Yuval Levin on Burke, Paine, and the Great Debate EconTalk

Yuval Levin, author of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas of Burke and Paine and their influence on the evolution of political philosophy. Levin outlines the differing approaches of the two thinkers to liberty, authority, and how reform and change should take place. Other topics discussed include Hayek’s view of tradition, Cartesian rationalism, the moral high ground in politics, and how the “right and left” division of American politics finds its roots in the debates of these thinkers from the 1700s.

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I Did Not Enjoy This Sermon – Voddie Baucham

The Privilege of Prayer Voddie Baucham


I like sermons during which I can nod my head and think, “yeah, that’s me!” I dislike the sermons during which I hold my head in my hands and think, “ugh, that’s me.”

Double imputation

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 ESV

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

There is the heart of the Gospel. My sin on Him. His righteousness on me. All my hope, right there.

Charles Marohn on Strong Towns, Urban Development, and the Future of American Cities on EconTalk

Charles Marohn, President of Strong Towns, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts urban development and what makes a strong town. The two discuss how the post-World War II approach to town and city planning has led to debt problems and wasteful infrastructure investments, and how changes as small as the width of roads make cities more vibrant. Other topics discussed include central Detroit today as a model of city growth, the incentive problems associated with how state and federal infrastructure funds are distributed, and Marohn’s efforts to change civil engineers’ perspective on growth.


Dual Citizenship by Kim Riddlebarger

Dual Citizenship by Kim Riddlebarger

This is part of Dr. Riddlebarger’s ongoing series called “East of Eden.” Great stuff.


Gavin Andresen on the Present and Future of Bitcoin – EconTalk

Gavin Andresen, Chief Scientist of the Bitcoin Foundation, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about where Bitcoin has been and where it might be headed in the future. Topics discussed include competing cryptocurrencies such as Dogecoin, the role of the Bitcoin Foundation, the challenges Bitcoin faces going forward, and the mystery of Satoshi Nakamoto.