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Jan. 18, 2024

E11: What Byrne Hobart Thinks about Nearly Everything (Part Two)

E11: What Byrne Hobart Thinks about Nearly Everything (Part Two)

This week's episode is the second part of Erik's March 2020 interview with Byrne on Venture Stories from Village Global. Erik and Byrne talk about generalists vs specialists, how the work of Rene Girard can be used to understand financial bubbles, the role of pseudonyms, why duopolies exist, and more.

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This week's episode is the second part of Erik's March 2020 interview with Byrne on Venture Stories from Village Global. Erik and Byrne about generalists vs specialists, how the work of Rene Girard can be used to understand financial bubbles, the role of pseudonyms, why duopolies exist, and more.

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Byrne's writing: https://thediff.co

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TIMESTAMPS

(00:00) Intro

(00:01:10) The fox-hedgehog dichotomy and specialists vs generalists

(00:11:09) Finance as a metaphor for everything

(00:21:48) Sponsor | Shopify

(00:23:22) Darwinian metaphors for relationships

(00:27:06) Does everything move left over time?

(00:41:26) The role of Christianity in the West

(00:46:35) Girardian analysis of financial bubbles

(00:52:17) Austrian economics & the legacy of Alan Greenspan

(01:00:21) The future of homeschooling

(01:04:41) The role of pseudonyms & the future of identity

(01:17:50) Why is there so much political polarization?

(01:24:36) The role of government in Wall Street

(01:44:31) Understanding social capital

(01:48:58) How to think about financial bubbles

(01:55:45) Comparing text and audio content

(02:01:08) Byrne on Samo Burja

(02:03:24) The tyranny of the long generation

(02:08:01) Silicon Valley's approach to politics

(02:16:49) Why are there so many duopolies?

(02:25:01) What Byrne was thinking about in March 2020

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