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The Policy Popularity Game

Sometimes people don’t want what’s best for them.


Episode Notes

On The Gist, political correctness?

In the interview, Mike talks to political scientist James A. Robinson about why some nations have more liberty than others and what nations can do to uphold freedom in the face of political threats. His new book, co-written with Daron Acemoglu, is The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty.

A graph of the Leviathan
The Leviathan graph Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, The Narrow Corridor

In the Spiel, popular policies.

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  • Mike Pesca hosted Slate’s daily podcast The Gist from 2014 - 2021.