Jason Hartman starts today’s episode from Germany, on his way back to the land of capitalism, and he couldn’t be happier. After nearly a month in Europe seeing the effects of socialism, Jason’s ready to get back to the land where people are more motivated and innovation is more apparent. When governments get involved in picking the winners and losers, nothing good comes out of it, and Jason wants to see America avoid the fate of Europe.

Then Jason finishes his interview with Dr. Nima Sanandaji, originally begun in episode 1028. The two wrap up the interview discussing where the ideas for Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand” really came from, how the Nordic society actually ended up being socialist (and why it doesn’t work in the places it’s being tried now), and the dangers of government growth.

Key Takeaways:

[2:48] Things in Europe are smaller and not as good of quality. We shouldn’t become more like Europe, Europe should become more like the USA

[5:54] The government needs to get out of the business of picking winners and losers

Dr Nima Sanandaji Interview:

[8:20] Adam Smith’s “Invisible hand” had been described in China and the Middle East thousands of years earlier

[11:36] Capitalism: the most successful “religion” of all time?

[14:56] The poor immigrants who left the Nordics for America have descendants that are much better off than those who stayed

[18:55] Governments can’t shrink down. Once they bloat they collapse under their own weight

[21:57] The Western world needs to learn from history and go back to free market economic policies with minimal government




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