Rank #1: Ep. 3: Trump Is Right About Economics, Says Krugman
Paul Krugman says Donald Trump is right to question supply-side orthodoxy about taxation of the wealthy. And Krugman says it's a myth that cutting those taxes helps the economy.
Lots of great stuff in today's episode: even Keynesian researchers disagree with Krugman; it's not true that the job creation numbers under Obama are better than in the 1980s; and how Krugman can claim to be right no matter what happens.
Oct 01 2015
Rank #2: Ep. 136 You Hate Schoolteachers, and Education, and Knowledge
Apr 30 2018
Rank #3: Ep. 137 Is Taxation Theft? Not If You're Not Entitled to Your Paycheck in the First Place, Says Philosopher
Philip Goff argues that libertarians make a variety of unsupported and unsupportable assumptions when they claim that taxation is theft. We defend the libertarian claim against Goff. (What else did you expect us to do?)
May 07 2018
Rank #4: Ep. 6 Enough About Denmark Already: Here's What Krugman and Sanders Left Out
Is Denmark a good model for the United States? Krugman thinks so, and claims the large welfare state there, combined with that country's prosperity, disproves free-market claims about the impoverishing effects of heavy government spending and intervention. To make his case, Krugman has to contradict his own textbook from six years ago. It isn't pretty, folks.
Oct 23 2015
Rank #5: Ep. 134 Liberals Are Honest, Aren't Bootlickers, and Admit Their Mistakes, Unlike Krugman's Stupid and Evil Enemies
Apr 12 2018
Rank #6: Ep. 150 We Need the State to Protect Workers
There's been plenty of discussion of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, says Krugman, but it's been focused mainly on his views of presidential power, and not on his opinions on business and workers. On this, too, he's atrocious, says Krugman. We say: Krugman is leaving out 95% of the argument.
Aug 04 2018
Rank #7: Ep. 144 How to Answer Climate Alarmists? Read Their Own Reports
In this episode, Bob flies solo and fields another Contra Cruiser request. Specifically, he explains the standard Austrian approach to air pollution, and then talks about the risks of catastrophic climate change. Do libertarians just have to hope nothing really bad happens?
Jun 23 2018
Rank #8: Ep. 147 Krugman Hearts Democratic Socialists; We Don't
During the 2016 campaign Krugman was critical of Bernie Sanders, but all of a sudden he can't see anything wrong with "radical Democrats" like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We help him see more clearly.
Jul 15 2018
Rank #9: Ep. 149 How to Unwind the Welfare State
Krugman is on vacation this week, so we take a topic suggestion from someone who's joining us on this year's Contra Cruise: how to unwind the welfare state peacefully as the fiscal crisis becomes impossible to evade.
Jul 30 2018
Rank #11: Ep. 212 Trump, Crony Capitalism, and Impeachment
Dec 07 2019
Rank #13: Ep. 138 The War on Dissidents, Which Krugman Pretends Not to See
Krugman makes fun of the idea that conservatives and libertarians are treated particularly unfairly. Why, people criticize Krugman, too, and that's all right by him! Well, we have more fun in this episode than in any episode in recent memory. Not to mention: Tom says something fairly outrageous and decides to edit it out -- then let himself be talked into keeping it in the episode. You'll know it when you hear it....
May 13 2018
Rank #14: Ep. 41 Brexit and Liberty: Krugman Wrong Again
Krugman urges the British to remain in the European Union, and thinks free-market arguments against it are mere fantasy. In fact, British exit from the EU would be a great step forward for freedom, as Bob and Tom show in this week's episode.
Jun 21 2016
Rank #15: Ep. 209 Robots Aren't the Problem
Krugman criticizes Democrats who think automation is behind American job losses. But just when he's sounding sensible, he jumps back into "inadequate spending" being the problem. Show notes for Ep. 209
Oct 27 2019
Rank #16: Ep. 60 Krugman Copes With Trump: Special Guest David Stockman
Even though Donald Trump supports massive infrastructure spending financed by debt in order to put people to work (sound familiar), Krugman is of course horrified by the election result. This week we're joined by David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, to review what Trump is likely to accomplish, what the Democrats will block, and what it all means for the economy.
Nov 13 2016
Rank #17: Ep. 177 Semi-Sensible Krugman vs. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is picking up steam (thanks to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders), to the point that even Krugman is alarmed. Yes, he says, you will have to raise taxes to pay for what progressives want. This is the episode folks have been asking us for. Show notes for Ep. 177
Feb 23 2019
Rank #18: Ep. 145 The Libertarian Wing of the Libertarian Party
The Libertarian Party's Mises Caucus held a special event last weekend during the Libertarian Party's national convention, and we both spoke. We recorded this episode with three other speakers as guests: Jordan Page, Michael Heise, and Murray Sabrin.
Jul 03 2018
Rank #19: Ep. 143 Here's What Krugman Did to Win the Nobel Prize
Jun 16 2018
Rank #20: Ep. 176 Trump vs. Socialism?
Socialism isn't all that radical, insists Krugman. Plus: virtually all people who call themselves socialists just want to be like Denmark, not Venezuela or the Soviet Union. They just want poor people cared for! Anyone who thinks nicey-nice socialism like this could lead to bad outcomes is crazy and unreasonable, he says. So, as usual, we respond. Show notes for Ep. 176
Feb 14 2019