In this episode of Pod Bless Canada, MLI Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer is joined by Tyler Cowen to discuss his latest book, Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. A leading US economist and intellectual, Dr. Cowan was ranked among the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine.

Dr. Cowen describes Stubborn Attachments as a defence of a free society with a particular emphasis on long-term thinking and the power of compounding economic growth. He argues that decreasing growth in the US economy is largely to blame for the zero-sum thinking that marks today’s political climate. The conversation also touches on the future Canada’s economy, the geography of political gridlock, effective philanthropy, and the current health of civil society.

Tyler Cowen holds the Holbert C. Harris chair in economic at George Mason University and serves as Chairman and Faculty Director of the Mercatus Centre. He is also co-author of popular economic blog Marginal Revolution, co-founder of online education platform Marginal Revolution University, and hosts Conversations with Tyler, a diverse and wide-ranging podcast that “engages today’s deepest thinkers.”