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Ryan Holiday — Turning the Tables (#410)

Welcome to The Tim Ferriss Show! It is — usually — my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on that you can apply and test in your own life. This time we have a “turning the tables” episode. What does that mean? Well, I will not be the one doing the interviewing. Instead, I will be the one being interviewed by my friend, Ryan Holiday. So who is this Ryan fella? Ryan Holiday (TW/IG: @RyanHoliday) is one of ...
Tags: Facebook, Molly, Lifestyle, Investment, Best, Austin, New York Times, Peter Thiel, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Ben Goldacre, Michael Lewis, Wall Street Journal, Tyler Cowen, Dave Chappelle, Bay Area

Tougher regulation of homebuilding makes developers more powerful

“Making big developers ‘give back’ to the community by running a gauntlet of concessions and fees seems like it should weaken their clout. Here’s why it actually does the opposite.” [Daniel Herriges, Strong Towns via Arnold Kling] Alas, “the number of veto points over new construction is increasing,” reports Tyler Cowen on a new NBER paper. From the abstract: “the housing bust [after 2006] …did not lead any major market that previously was highly regulated to reverse course and deregulate [buil...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Uncategorized, Tyler Cowen, Land Use And Zoning, NBER, Arnold Kling, Daniel Herriges, Joseph Gyourko Jonathan Hartley Jacob Krimmel

Seven Easy Habits to Read More Books Next Year

As a new year approaches, it’s a good time to think about what new habits you’d like to make. An obvious one is to read more books. Reading is a habit of compounding growth. Learn more and you’ll generate ideas and enthusiasm for making other changes. Reading books, not just random online articles, is especially helpful. An article can be penned in an afternoon, whereas most books take years. The result is that, when you read a book, you’re getting more concentrated thinking on a topic than sho...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, General, Lifehacks, Voice, Tyler Cowen

The Best Books of 2019

I made an effort to read more books in 2019 and mostly succeeded (I think). But there are so many good books out there I couldn’t get to, which is at once both panic-inducing (OMG, the endless bedside stack of books) and exciting (so much to look forward to reading). It’s in this spirit that I went through a bunch of end-of-the-year books lists to pull out some of our collective favorite books of the year for 2019. The NY Times has published two lists so far: The 10 Best Books of 2019 and 100...
Tags: Amazon, Washington Post, Mexico, Elizabeth Strout, Npr, Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantel, New York Public Library, Best Books, Tyler Cowen, Ted Chiang, Oaxaca, Marlon James, Jason Kottke, Ny Times, Jia Tolentino

Would A Wealth Tax Would Hurt Non-Profits?

Tyler Cowen: “The effects of pushing wealth out of the for-profit sector would be far-ranging. Wealthy donors might be more likely to pressure nonprofits for luxury consumption experiences, for example.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Tyler Cowen, Issues, SJ, 11.21.19

Wage and hour roundup

After Target, under pressure from activists, announced a $15 companywide minimum wage, “workers say they’ve had their hours cut and lost other benefits, such as health insurance.” [Eric Boehm, Reason] New Chicago scheduling ordinance is “the ultimate intrusion of government in the workplace.” [Chicago Tribune editorial; Allen Smith, SHRM; Fisher Phillips] “As predicted, the $15 wage is killing jobs all across the city” [New York Post editorial; Billy Binion, Reason; Michael Saltsman and Saman...
Tags: New York Post, New York, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, West Coast, Seattle, Tyler Cowen, Chicago Tribune, Littler Mendelson, FLSA, Michael Saltsman, Encino Motorcars, Tammy McCutchen, New Chicago, Eric Boehm Reason

Income Inequality Has Soared While Taxes Have Become Dramatically Less Progressive . . . or Not

The truth gets its boots on pretty quickly in the Internet age. On October 6, the New York Times ran a piece broadcasting the striking claims made by the economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman in the new book The Triumph of Injustice. Just a couple of weeks later, it’s clear that these claims are built atop a foundation of often questionable and sometimes indefensible assumptions.Per Saez and Zucman, while the rich have been pulling in more and more of the nation’s income — grabbing about a...
Tags: News, Obama, New York Times, Thomas Piketty, Tyler Cowen, Irs, CBO, Council of Economic Advisers, Tax Foundation, Gabriel Zucman, Zucman, Tax Policy Center, Jason Furman, JEC, Saez, ITEP

Labor and employment roundup

Democratic contenders’ platforms on employment issues: Sanders still gets out furthest to left but Warren, Buttigieg, and O’Rourke giving him some serious competition [Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox] Occupational licensure: more states embrace reform [Eric Boehm] Bright spots include Colorado (Gov. Jared Polis vetoes expansion) and Pennsylvania (recognition of out-of-state licenses) [Alex Muresianu and more] Connecticut catching up on nail salons, in a bad way [Scott Shackford] “Trump’s Lab...
Tags: Florida, Law, Colorado, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Connecticut, North Carolina, Tyler Cowen, National Labor Relations Board, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Rourke, David Henderson, NLRA

October 2 roundup

Supreme Court should step in to protect freedom of association against California’s push to obtain donor identities for controversial groups [Ilya Shapiro and James Knight on Cato certiorari amicus brief in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra, earlier] Civil liberties implications pretty dire if taken seriously: “Trump White House Mulls Monitoring the Mentally Ill for Future Violence” [Cato Daily Podcast with Julian Sanchez and Caleb Brown] Online platform liability: “all the igno...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Uncategorized, Psychiatry, Pennsylvania, Tyler Cowen, Mark, Cato, James Knight, Ninth Circuit, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, CALEB BROWN, Trump White House, Ilya Shapiro, Mark Pulliam

Higher education roundup

Harvard lawprof Ronald Sullivan Jr. driven from post as faculty dean of a residential house at the university after student protests of his representation of Harvey Weinstein [Jeannie Suk Gersen, New Yorker; Dianna Bell, WBUR; and for a different perspective Tyler Cowen] Stuart Taylor, Jr. has some questions about Harvard’s investigation, on charges of sexual misconduct, of noted economist Roland G. Fryer Jr. [Real Clear Investigations] 30 protesters rush the stage, ending Harvard President La...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Sports, Harvard, Yale, Harvey Weinstein, Tyler Cowen, Yale Law School, Sex Discrimination, Ilya Somin, Colleges and Universities, Keith Whittington, Stuart Taylor Jr, Racial Preferences, Robby Soave Reason

Watch: Tim Wu debates trustbusting with Tyler Cowen, who just wrote "a love letter" to Big Business

Competition scholar Tim Wu (previously) is one of the most cogent, accessible voices in the antitrust debate; his recent book on the subject is a must-read; this week, he debated George Mason University scholar Tyler Cowen, proprietor of Marginal Revolution and one of the leading voices for the expansion of unfettered, unregulated capitalism -- he's the face of the notorious Mercatus Center, where rich donors choose the faculty and out pop arguments against universal health care and Net Neutral...
Tags: Videos, Post, Video, News, Net Neutrality, Economics, University Of Chicago, Debate, Tyler Cowen, George Mason University, Tim Wu, Cowan, Wu, Cowen, Mercatus Center, Late Stage Capitalism

Medical roundup

Why is insulin so expensive? [Tyler Cowen] “People Are Clamoring to Buy Old Insulin Pumps” [Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic via Ted Frank (calling it “an amazing story …about a problem created by overregulation and fear of tort liability, words that never appear in the article”)] Opioid litigation might be working to let the policy offenders in government get away [Jeffrey Miron and Laura Nicolae, Real Clear Policy/Cato; Jeffrey Singer, Cato; Charles Fain Lehman, National Review] A contrasting view...
Tags: Law, Medical, Uncategorized, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Pharmaceuticals, Tyler Cowen, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, HIPAA, Jeffrey Miron, Opioids, Eric Ferguson, Illegal Drugs, Ted Frank, John Cochrane, Sarah Zhang

Escape the Algorithm!

The way I consumed information online radically changed on July 1, 2013. Before that date I was an avid Google Reader user. After July 1, I stopped being a Google Reader user because Google shut it down. For those of you who don’t remember Google Reader, it was an RSS feed aggregator. For those of you who don’t know what RSS is, it stands for “real simple syndication.” RSS is a web feed that most websites have that allows you to read information from a website without actually going t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Life, Aol, Jeremy, Pixar, Tyler Cowen, Apple News, Google Reader, Ryan Holiday, Cal Newport, Cal, Newport, Kyle

May 1 roundup

U.K.: Whole Earth 3 Nut Butter recalled for not displaying a “contains nuts” warning on the jar [Katie Morley, Telegraph] “Community College Reportedly Bans Pro-Second-Amendment Banner with Picture of Rifles” [Eugene Volokh] More on the dubious “hate crimes have surged” narrative, from Will Reilly of Kentucky State, who has a new book out [Nolan Finley, Detroit News, earlier] In Lamps Plus v. Varela, Supreme Court rules courts should not read class arbitration mechanisms into arbitration a...
Tags: Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Divorce, Chicago, Judges, Tyler Cowen, ABA Journal, Hate Crimes, Arbitration, Charlotte Garden, Morrison Foerster, Kentucky State, Detroit News, Eugene Volokh, Nolan Finley

Why Loyalty Programs Always Disappoint You

Tyler Cowen’s new book coming out April 9, Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero contains this passage final its chapter “If business is so good, why is it so disliked?” It’s not about loyalty programs per se, but loyalty marketing is one of the key ways that businesses attempt to trascend the transactional and make us loyal. Brand positioning, charitable giving, along with recognition and reward, can temporarily make us see the business as aligning with our values and integrating...
Tags: Travel, Advice, Tyler Cowen

Are Neighbors Overrated? (And Other Questions)

The latest edition of "Overrated, Underrated" with economist Tyler Cowen.(Image credit: NPR)
Tags: News, Tyler Cowen

Party of the people? Or the oligarchs?

The Trump uprising, with a renegade capitalist serving as the tribune of the forgotten working class, appears headed toward an inevitable denouement. Trump’s intemperance, jingoism and lack of political skills have undermined the GOP’s ability to reach beyond its base in the South, the exurbs and parts of middle America. The Democrats should be able to easily overcome this collapsing regime, much as has occurred in California when the GOP managed to alienate immigrants in an ever more diverse st...
Tags: Google, Texas, Minnesota, Obama, Colorado, California, Opinion, Germany, America, San Francisco, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Democrats, Gop, Bill Gates

January 30 roundup

“Battle over stolen diamond-studded golden eagle takes flight as insurer fights order to pay up” [Jason Proctor, CBC] Fentanyl test strips save lives. Feds oppose their distribution [Jeffrey Singer, Cato] D.C. Circuit judicial nominee Neomi Rao (full disclosure: an old friend) “comes under fire for undergraduate writings on sexual assault — though her views from 25 years ago are consistent with today’s statutes and rulings.” [K.C. Johnson, City Journal] One reason the costs of rent control p...
Tags: Law, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, Insurance, Antitrust, Tyler Cowen, Cbc, D C Circuit, Opioids, Judicial Nominations, Jason Proctor, Neomi Rao, Jeffrey Singer Cato, Richard McKenzie, Johnson City Journal, Dwight Lee Cato Regulation

Discrimination law roundup

New EEOC chief data officer says machine learning algorithms may soon enable agency to predict, and deploy resources against, workplace bias before it happens [Paige Smith, Bloomberg Law] “The BSO, in a statement, defended its pay structure, saying that the flute and oboe are not comparable, in part because the oboe is more difficult to play and there is a larger pool of flutists.” [Geoff Edgers, Washington Post/Allentown Morning Call] Even they can’t comply: “The case was ironic since the ...
Tags: Minnesota, Workplace, Law, Uncategorized, Sports, Transgender, Pennsylvania, Tyler Cowen, EEOC, BSO, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Sex Discrimination, Music And Musicians, Jon Hyman, Discrimination Law, Do As We Say

Medical roundup

“How the Reformulation of OxyContin Ignited the Heroin Epidemic” [William N. Evans and Ethan Lieber, Cato Research Briefs in Economic Policy] Antiquated regulations on methadone need revision [Jeffrey Singer, Cato] Concept of addiction is constantly run together with that of dependence, and applied in such dubious areas as “social media addiction” [Singer] EEOC sues Tennessee hospital over lapse of religious accommodation in its mandatory flu shot policy (but is a mask as effective as the va...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obamacare, Uncategorized, Hospitals, Tennessee, New York Times, Fda, Vaccines, Tyler Cowen, Medical Malpractice, EEOC, Opioids, Jeffrey Singer Cato, Thomas Hemphill, Jim Beck

Land use and zoning roundup

Minneapolis enacts major relaxation of residential zoning, issue has united ideological opposites [Ilya Somin; Christian Britschgi; Somin on developments elsewhere] “The Disconnect Between Liberal Aspirations and Liberal Housing Policy Is Killing Coastal U.S. Cities” [Better Institutions] “Steelmanning the NIMBYs” [Scott Alexander, and a response from Michael Lewyn] Ben Carson battles the NIMBYs [Christian Britschgi] “The use of new urbanist codes to promote inner-suburban renewal pos...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Minneapolis, Hotels, Uncategorized, Tyler Cowen, Hoover, Ben Carson, Land Use And Zoning, Scott Alexander, Ilya Somin, Christian Britschgi, Michael Lewyn, Nicole Garnett

2039: What Will The World Look Like In 20 Years?

Eight writers, including Dahlia Lithwick, Kate Julian, and Tyler Cowen, offer their predictions on sex, computers, neo-antebellum politics, China, the Internet, and the Supreme Court. — New York Magazine
Tags: Art, Supreme Court, China, Ideas, Tyler Cowen, 01.06.19, Dahlia Lithwick Kate Julian

A traveling Chinese executive is arrested

Urged by the U.S., Canada recently arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. “Meng was traveling in Canada, switching planes using a Chinese passport, when she was taken into custody.” For Tyler Cowen, the “procedural normality of the arrest is precisely what scares me. There are so many international laws, and so many are complex or poorly defined, and there are a couple hundred countries in the world. Arguably most multinational corporations are breaking some law in some manner or ...
Tags: Law, China, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Canada, Fifa, Huawei, Tyler Cowen, Crime And Punishment, U S Canada, Extraterritoriality, Meng Wanzhou Meng

The Best Books of 2018

2018 was the year that tsundoku entered our cultural vocabulary. It’s a Japanese word that doesn’t translate cleanly into English but it basically means you buy books and let them pile up unread. The end-of-the-year book lists coming out right now won’t help any of us with our tsundoku problems, but there are worse things in life than having too many books around. I took at look at a bunch of these lists and picked out some of the best book recommendations for 2018 from book editors, voracious...
Tags: Amazon, Npr, Ken Burns, Times, Michael Lewis, Tyler Cowen, Snoop Dogg, Jason Kottke, Ny Times, Yotam Ottolenghi, Michael Pollan, Yuval Noah Harari, Harari, Michael Wolf, Lynn Novick, Frederick Douglass

Twenty-Five Useful Thinking Tools

Most people think being smart is about having more facts. Trivia-shows like Jeopardy! epitomize this view of knowledge. The smartest people are the people with the most names, dates and places stored away inside their mind. This is probably the least important and useful part of learning though. Instead of facts, I’d prefer to focus on knowledge that acts as tools. The more you have, the more ways you can approach different problems. Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s long-time investing partner at...
Tags: New York, Berkshire Hathaway, Lifehacks, Bell Labs, Mindset, Tyler Cowen, Charlie Munger Warren Buffet, Bell Labs MIT

Why Are Humans Suddenly Getting Better at Tetris?

Tetris was invented in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov. It was a hit from the start but became a sensation after it was bundled with Nintendo’s Game Boy. It’s perhaps the most popular video game of all time and was played casually (and not so casually) by hundreds of millions of people around the world. You’d think with all those people playing, the limits of the game were fully probed and the highest scores reached, right? Not quite… As John Green explains in this video, a few people are actually ...
Tags: Japan, Tetris, Nintendo, Kenya, John Green, Tyler Cowen, Malcolm Gladwell, Jason Kottke, Alexey Pajitnov, Nintendo Power, John Green Malcolm Gladwell Tetris

What you need to know in advertising today

The pay-TV industry just reported its worst quarter to date, and a new revenue stream that had helped to soften declining subscribers is looking weak. As disruptive companies like Netflix and YouTube have spurred a cord-cutting revolution, cable and satellite companies have fought back with burgeoning virtual multichannel video programming distributor, or vMVPD, packages that aim to retain customers by shifting from one viewing platform to the next. Since the first quarter of 2017, traditional-T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Youtube, Wall Street, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Nancy Dubuc, Shane Smith, Wall Street Journal, Tyler Cowen, Eric Schmidt, Macy, Parks Associates

Eric Schmidt takes the blame for Google's social networking failures: 'I suspect we didn’t fully understand how to do it' (GOOG, GOOGL)

In a recent podcast interview with economist Tyler Cowen, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the company's failure to build the next, big social network was mostly his fault.  " I think it would be fair to say that the rise of Facebook, etc., occurred on my watch," Schmidt admitted.  The former top executive blamed his age, in part, for the company's social failures, saying: "Because we didn’t collectively use it, I suspect we didn’t fully understand how to do it."  Google has never been ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Larry Page, New York Times, Princeton, Tyler Cowen, Eric Schmidt, SCHMIDT, YouTube Today, Cowen, Google Buzz, Google Groups Well, Interestingly Cowen

Former CEO Eric Schmidt says Google had to revamp its whole hiring process because they were interviewing candidates 16 times (GOOGL, GOOG)

In a recent podcast interview, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt spoke openly about the company's infamously grueling interview process in the early days of the company.  Schmidt admitted that they interviewed one candidate sixteen times.  Eventually, they cut the number of interviews down to eight and today, Google has settled on a maximum of four to five interviews per candidate. Schmidt also discussed Google's preference for hiring smart candidates from top schools, rather than focusing on pri...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Seattle, Tyler Cowen, Eric Schmidt, SCHMIDT, Larry, Sergei, New York Times Join

Behind the Banksy Stunt: An In-Depth Breakdown of the Artist’s Self-Shredding Painting

By now, even those of us who pay no attention at all to the art market have heard about Banksy's latest art stunt: a painting called Balloon Girl that, when it sold for $1.4 million at auction, then immediately shredded itself. Assessments on the intent and impact of the piece's self-destruction have varied: many have complained that, far from the bold statement against the economics of modern art it may have looked like (and many of Banksy's fans may well have come to expect from his ar...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, Queens, John, Banksy, Seoul, Tyler Cowen, Willem De Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Giza, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Sarah Green, 21st Century Los Angeles