236: Why are the prices so d*mn high? (Alex Tabarrok)

July 22, 2019 Over the last two decades, the prices of consumer goods like toys and electronics have gone way down, but the prices of health care and education have gone up roughly 200%. Why? In this episode, economist Alex Tabarrok discusses his latest book, co-authored with Eric Heller, “Why are the Prices So D*mn High?,” which blames rising … Read more

235: Why people think their violence is morally justified (Tage Rai)

June 24, 2019 We typically think of violence as being caused by a lack of control, or by selfish motives. But what if, more often than not, violence is intended to be morally righteous? That’s the thesis of the book “Virtuous Violence: Hurting and Killing to Create, Sustain, End, and Honor Social Relationships.” Author Tage Rai debates his book’s … Read more