Monday, July 13, 2009


Two Audio Suggestions

* Here is my talk [.mp3] to Christ Presbyterian Church (in New Braunfels, TX). The topic was the Great Depression, then and now. I think this was the biggest crowd I have given a talk to, except for my high school graduation. There were more than 250 people at this thing, I believe. Also, hands down this was the best reaction I have received. People weren't just saying, "Hey I liked your talk," they were saying things like, "You are a great teacher. I have never heard economics explained like that before." So anyway, if you haven't yet listened to one of these things, this particular example is probably the best sample so far.

* Here is the link to listen to Scott Horton's recent interview with Daniel Ellsberg, the guy who leaked the Pentagon Papers. (Ellsberg is also an accomplished game theorist.) Even though I read Ellsberg's book Secrets, I had forgotten just how much the government lied about the Gulf of Tonkin and other matters regarding Vietnam. Also, if you do decide to follow the link and listen, pay attention near the end of the interview. I swear Ellsberg comes right up to saying, "The Vietnam hawks took out JFK," but he stops just short. See if you agree.

hey bob, just was wondering at around what minute ellsberg does that?

I think "Romu" sounds like an excellent nickname.

Listening to it now, it's not as clear as it sounded to me when I heard it the first time. But anyway, start listening at 1:02:00, the part when Scott says, "Well pardon me for misrepresenting things, but to say that only ground troops would win the war in 1961, was equivalent to saying the war was lost, since nobody in 1961 was advocating ground troops, right?"

He says Kennedy "unfortunately was killed and replaced by Johnson" which of course is valid whether or not Kennedy was deliberately taken out or not.

But sure does make you wonder.
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