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IL03: Finding Optimism in Times of Crises ft. Larry Siegel
13th July 2022 • Top Traders Unplugged • Niels Kaastrup-Larsen
00:00:00 01:03:45

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Today, Larry Siegel, Author and Director of Research at CFA Research Foundation, joins us to discuss his book, “Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance” and how demographic trends impact inflation. Additionally, we discuss the benefits of population growth, the importance of having a free society and how authoritarianism and fascism impairs a population, the history of economic growth and how it has enabled better and cheaper sources of energy, nuclear power and how it can be a solution to the global energy crisis. Lastly, we discuss why global warming is not as severe and urgent of a problem as many believe, due to technological advancements and great progress in recent years.


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Episode TimeStamps:

00:00 - Intro

03:12 - An introduction to Larry and his book

11:46 - Key takeaways from Larry’s study of demographic trends

18:48 - Population and economic growth around the world

27:49 - The importance of freedom

31:53 - Economic growth = better and cheaper sources of energy?

38:30 - Nuclear power - a tail risk?

48:31 - The potential of genetic engineering in agriculture and medicine

54:07 - Is the climate emergency not an emergency?

01:01:40 - Takeaways from Niels

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