@pmarca on the world after Covid


Marc on the covid aftermath

(…)I believe, a permanent civilizational shift. It is perhaps the most important thing that’s happened in my lifetime, a consequence of the internet that’s maybe even more important than the internet. Permanently divorcing physical location from economic opportunity gives us a real shot at radically expanding the number of good jobs in the world while also dramatically improving quality of life for millions, or billions, of people. We may, at long last, shatter the geographic lottery, opening up opportunity to countless people who weren’t lucky enough to be born in the right place. And people are leaping at the opportunities this shift is already creating, moving both homes and jobs at furious rates. It will take years to understand where this leads, but I am extremely optimistic.

This week in podcasts #4

The External Medicine Podcast — The Invisible Graveyard: A Conversation with Economist Alex Tabarrok


This episode is good. Alex goes further into his thinking on covid. He has been right all along and it took a year and then New York Times pointed it out too. We have some of the same blindspots that he highlights in Norway as well. When he talks about externalities we should listen.

Bruce Meyer on Poverty — EconTalk


A good look into poverty in America, both practical and academic. How many stay in poverty for long periods of time and how do you measure that? Are you poor if you have a TV?

The Breakdown – Revisiting Paul Tudor Jones’ ‘Great Monetary Inflation’ Thesis


If you are interested in crypto this one is fantastic. NLW breaks down Paul Tudor Jones’s paper The Great Monetary Inflation(link to PDF) which starts as follows:

The depth and magnitude of the economic drop-off took modern monetary theory—or the direct monetization of massive fiscal spending—from the theoretical to practice without any debate. It has happened globally with such speed that even a market veteran like myself was left speechless. Just since February, a global total of$3.9 trillion (6.6% of global GDP) has been magically created through quantitative easing. We are witnessing the Great Monetary Inflation (GMI)—an unprecedented expansion of every form of money, unlike anything the developed world has ever seen.

The podcast covers:

– The context and previous attitudes towards bitcoin of both authors of the letter
– The “Great Monetary Inflation” thesis driving a focus on stores of value
– How money supply growth compared to real economic output growth hasn’t been this out of sync since inflationary periods in the 1970s and 1980s
– The “Inflation Race” – a list of 8 potential inflation hedges
– The four categories by which a store of value can be judged: purchasing power, trustworthiness, liquidity, portability
– A ranked look at bitcoin, gold, fiat, and financial assets in the context of those four categories.

All-In – Wuhan lab leak theory, India’s “traceability” law, Coinbase’s fact check, Big Tech’s Hollywood takeover


This week’s All-In is interesting when they talk about Coinbase going the media house route. I’m planning on writing a collection piece on this later. The other intriguing aspect was the discussion around the value of content. Does a user care that Hollywood made $100 million when you can get great content for free on TicTok, YouTube et al.?

Breakdown – Cathie Wood on Where Bitcoin Fits in a World With Deflation Rather than Inflation


There is another episode of the Breakdown that was interesting. It’s an interview with Cathie Wood and y’all know I find her fascinating. She sees things differently and puts her money where her mouth is.

Modern Finance – Brave, The Privacy and Crypto-Friendly Browser with Brendan Eich


The last pod this week is an interview with Brendan Eich, founder of the Brave browser (good browser). He also invented JavaScript, he’s kinda a big deal. While it’s from a crypto podcast I would still recommend the episode to those who aren’t interested in crypto. Most of the way we work and innovate is browser-based, but always apps in the browser. We seldom look into the browser itself, they work. So how do you innovate in the space?

Conversations with Tyler – David Deutsch on Multiple Worlds and Our Place in Them


David is a weird cat, in the best way. He pushes back a lot which is nice, that never makes for a fluid conversation – but we don’t listen to Tay Tay for that.

This tread from Michael Nielsen is good. More after you click.