The Human Action Podcast

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Man, Economy, and State: Entrepreneurship and Change

The Human Action Podcast

Tags Booms and BustsThe EntrepreneurLabor and WagesCapital and Interest Theory

08/01/2020Jeff DeistHunter Hastings

The Human Action podcast with Jeff Deist continues tracking Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State, this time focusing on the role of entrepreneurs in the production process (Chapter 8).

Hunter Hastings joins the show with great insights into the social benefits of profit vs. interest, entrepreneurial risk, progressing and retrogressing economies, and the bunkum known as the "Paradox of Saving." This chapter presents Rothbard's exposition of the individual's (or firm's) role in bringing goods and services to us—while Keynesian and classical economists see capital as a homogenous blog and try to wedge entrepreneurs into mathematical models. You'll also hear why Jeff Bezos is not the devil, why rich kids tend to waste the fortunes created by their parents or grandparents, and why Marx was dead wrong about the little guy.

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Additional Resources

Economics for Entrepreneurs Podcast:

Dr. Joe Salerno's introduction to Man, Economy, and State:

Man, Economy, and State:

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Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is president of the Mises Institute. He previously worked as chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul, and as an attorney for private equity clients. Contact: email; Twitter.

Hunter Hastings

Hunter Hastings is a member of the Mises Institute, Business Consultant, and co-chair of the Rescue California Educational Foundation. He is also host of the Economics for Entrepreneurs podcast. You can find Hunter’s writings on entrepreneurship at

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