Essential Scholars

Essential Scholars

Economist Rosemarie Fike explores the insights and lasting legacies of the world's greatest economists, thinkers and scholars, including: Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, John Stuart Mill, Milton Friedman, John Locke, Elinor Ostrom, and many more. Learn about their most important ideas, which helped to shape the free and prosperous societies that many of us enjoy today. And discover why their insights are still relevant in today’s modern world. Visit www.essentialscholars.org to download books, explore our animated videos and more.

Episodes

December 13, 2023 43 mins

Dr. Aeon J. Skoble, Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University and author of The Essential Nozick, once again joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Nozick's perennial philosophical insights and how they might be applied today, including personal autonomy, the inherent morality in limited government, and even what a future society based on these core principles could look like.

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Dr. Aeon J. Skoble, Professor of Philosophy at Bridgewater State University and author of The Essential Nozick, joins host Rosemarie Fike to talk about Nozick's somewhat unconventional rise to prominence in the field of philosophy, as well as discuss Nozick’s key insights on morality, individual rights, limited government and the free market.

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Russell S. Sobel, co-author of The Essential Joseph Schumpeter and Professor of Economics & Entrepreneurship in the Baker School of Business at The Citadel, once again joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Joseph Schumpeter's most enduring and often prescient insights, including how contrary to popular belief, "creative destruction" and the technological innovation that embodies it in modern life doesn't equal mass unemployment.

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Russell S. Sobel, co-author of The Essential Joseph Schumpeter and Professor of Economics & Entrepreneurship in the Baker School of Business at The Citadel, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Joseph Schumpeter's life and most novel contributions to the field of economics, including "creative destruction" and how entrepreneurs allow consumers to better determine preferences. 

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Steven E. Landsburg, Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester and author of The Essential Milton Friedman, returns to discuss Friedman’s most salient ideas with host Rosemarie Fike, specifically how the expansion of government power may enable positive change but can just as easily enable negative societal change, ultimately removing choice from people and consumers. 

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Steven E. Landsburg, Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester and author of The Essential Milton Friedman, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Friedman’s profound contributions to the field of economics throughout the 20th century, including his work on monopolies and the impact of rising prices.

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Dr. Lynne Kiesling, author of The Essential Ronald Coase, once again joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Ronald Coase, specifically his theory of markets and what exactly prevents them from naturally emerging. 

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Dr. Lynne Kiesling, author of The Essential Ronald Coase, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Ronald Coase, one of the most influential economic thinkers of the 20th century, including his dissection of Price Theory in favour of real market evidence and tenure at the University of Chicago Law School that eventually lead to his Nobel Prize.

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Dr.James R. Otteson, Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame and author of The Essential David Hume, joins host Rosemarie Fike once again to discuss Hume’s perennial insights on how free trade can serve as a vehicle for global prosperity and the building blocks of a commercial society, while government debt can hinder a country’s sovereignty.

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Dr. James Otteson, John T. Ryan Jr. Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame and author of the Essential David Hume, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Scottish philosopher and economist David Hume’s perspective on human nature—and why he viewed specifically government as an oft-misused vehicle for a select few to extract resources at the expense of others.

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Dr. Jayme Lemke, Senior Fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, and host Rosemarie Fike discuss Nobel Prize winning economist Elinor Ostrom and why community is best served and best empowered through grassroots movements that enable solutions tailored to their specific needs.

 

 

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Christopher J. Coyne, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and co-author of The Essential Austrian Economics, returns to the podcast to join host Rosemarie Fike in a discussion about why the Austrian School’s way of thinking about politics, social change, and governmental power is as relevant today as ever—specifically, how advocating for expansion of state power may be intended as a vehicle for good but when leadershi...

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Christopher J. Coyne, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and co-author of The Essential Austrian Economics, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss the contributions to economic thinking and systems made by the Austrian School, including how our quality of life is in large part thanks to countless interactions occurring within the market that allow everyday people access to the things we need to sustain us. 

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Randall Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University and co-author of The Essential James Buchanan, joins host Rosemarie Fike once again to break down how economist James Buchanan's contributions to public choice theory remain relevant in today's world, specifically what it means to be "well-informed" how that informs voter logic--critical election or small.

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Randall G. Holcombe, DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University and co-author of The Essential James Buchanan, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss the life and philosophy of economist James Buchanan, including his contributions to public choice theory. They even get into why it is that government officials struggle to have the right information and the right personal incentive to make optimal decisions for soci...

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James R. Otteson, Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame and co-author of the Essential Adam Smith, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Smith’s perennial insights, including how human engagement naturally presents itself as opportunities for cooperation, and the ways in which the free-market can be a vehicle for this.

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James R. Otteson, Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Notre Dame and co-author of The Essential Adam Smith, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Smith’s concept of sympathy, and how paying attention to the feedback our behaviours elicit from others is what enables progress and change within society.

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Lynne Kiesling, co-author of the Essential Women of Liberty, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss the critical behind-the-scenes work done by Rose Friedman and Mary Paley Marshall—two women who, despite not having very public-facing roles when it came to their respective husbands' careers, both collaborated with and made invaluable contributions to not only the work of their partners, but the field of economics entire.

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Lydia Miljan, Professor of Political Science at the University of Windsor, joins host Rosemarie Fike to discuss Jane Jacobs’ unconventional road to economic thinking through community activism and urbanism—and why assessing the needs of communities within cities remains vital for effective, non-disruptive urban planning/design. They even get into the various ways community, big or small scale, combats isolation.

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David Henderson⁠—emeritus professor of economics with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California⁠—and Steve Globerman⁠—professor emeritus at Western Washington University and the Addington Chair in Measurement at the Fraser Institute⁠—both join Rosemarie Fike once more to talk about why the UCLA school of economics has remained relevant in today's world. Especially how even when it comes to social issues, companies are u...

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