John Nye on Revisionist Economic History and Having Too Many Hobbies (Ep. 54)

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On free trade

On the Industrial Revolution

There’s not much evidence that human beings somehow evolve into very liberal political entities. So the periods that promote political and economic liberalism tend to be short-lived, historically.

On things under- and overrated

On the Philippines

I did some reading into literature, and what I finally came up with was this suggestion to my wife. I said, “Here’s what we’re going to do. For the first two years of his life, our eldest son — you’re only going to speak to him in Mandarin, and I’m only going to speak to him in English.” So instead of it becoming a strange language, English becomes Daddy’s language and Mandarin becomes Mommy’s language. And strangely enough, that worked. Our son became very fluent.

On the John Nye production function

In some sense, the spirit of the age favors specialization, and my personal tastes favor generalization or being a polymath. Or as my advisor once to put it, I have too many hobbies.

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