MPR broadcasts Institute conversation with Bryan Caplan
Minnesota Public Radio aired the St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community’s conversation with New York Times bestselling author and George Mason University Professor of Economics Bryan Caplan on Freedom, Populism, and Big Tech.
The “MPR News Presents” program broadcast the discussion on air Thursday, June 3, at noon and 9 p.m. and has featured it on the broadcast web page.
The conversation, which was hosted by Morrison Family Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community Edmund Santurri, is part of the Institute’s spring 2021 series America After Trump.
As MPR News notes, the conversation with Caplan addressed the criticism of big tech companies, especially social media companies, and pondered a number of important questions: Should there be limits to corporate power wielded by the technology businesses? Are they places of public accommodation or public utilities that should be subject to some government regulation?
Caplan wrote The Myth of the Rational Voter, which was named “the best political book of the year” by the New York Times, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, The Case Against Education, and Open Borders (co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith). Caplan’s latest project, Poverty: Who To Blame, is well underway.
Caplan also writes for EconLog. He is published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, Atlantic, American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and has appeared on ABC, BBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN.
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