Johan Norberg: Why We Need a Capitalist Manifesto

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Today's guest is Swedish historian Johan Norberg, author of The Capitalist Manifesto: Why the Global Free Market Will Save the World, which caught the eye of Elon Musk. "This book is an excellent explanation of why capitalism is not just successful, but morally right," Musk tweeted

Norberg wrote the book to combat a growing belief on the right and the left that libertarian values of individual autonomy, property rights, limited government, and free enterprise are failing to raise living standards and need to be ditched in favor of more centralized power and control over virtually all aspects of our lives. A senior fellow at the CATO Institute, Norberg shows that life is actually getting better for all of us—especially the world's poor—and that economic globalization, political liberalization, and cultural freedom are the main drivers of that improvement.  

We talk about how liberals and conservatives get the past wrong, why he's not worried about China's supposedly unstoppable economic growth, and why the cases for free trade, free expression, and more immigration need to be constantly updated and renewed.

Norberg's previous appearances:

Johan Norberg: How Sweden Defied Dire COVID Predictions

America Should be More Like Sweden. But Not for the Reasons You Think

Capitalism and Neoliberalism Have Made the World Better

Johan Norberg: 10 Reasons To Look Forward To the Future

Swedish Myths and Realities

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