Today, Larry Siegel, Author and Director of Research at CFA Research Foundation, joins us to discuss his book, “Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance” and how demographic trends impact inflation. Additionally, we discuss the benefits of population growth, the importance of having a free society and how authoritarianism and fascism impairs a population, the history of economic growth and how it has enabled better and cheaper sources of energy, nuclear power and how it can be a solution to the global energy crisis. Lastly, we discuss why global warming is not as severe and urgent of a problem as many believe, due to technological advancements and great progress in recent years.
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00:00 - Intro
03:12 - An introduction to Larry and his book
11:46 - Key takeaways from Larry’s study of demographic trends
18:48 - Population and economic growth around the world
27:49 - The importance of freedom
31:53 - Economic growth = better and cheaper sources of energy?
38:30 - Nuclear power - a tail risk?
48:31 - The potential of genetic engineering in agriculture and medicine
54:07 - Is the climate emergency not an emergency?
01:01:40 - Takeaways from Niels