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Freedom of the Press in an Era of Misinformation – Cognitive Problems, Legal Solutions

Address: 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78705 Amidst escalating concerns about the dangers of misinformation (concerning vaccines, elections, etc.) and the generally deteriorating quality of public debate, demands for regulation of media companies’ content policies are ascendant, gaining favor from virtually all corners of the ideological spectrum. How much of a […]

You Will Not Stampede Me: Essays on Non-Conformism with Bryan Caplan

Please join us online as we interview Bryan Caplan about his new collection of essays. Bryan Caplan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and New York Times Bestselling author. He has written The Myth of the Rational Voter, named “the best political book of the year” by the New York Times, Selfish […]

Aristotle on Selfishness

Understanding the Iconoclasm of Nicomachean Ethics ix 8. For if any one is constantly anxious that he himself more than any other person should do what is just, or temperate, or any thing else connected with virtue, and in short is always for gaining something honourable for himself, no one would call such a man […]

David Puelz

David Puelz is the Director of Policy Analytics for the Salem Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the McCombs School of Business. His research develops computational methods for applied data analysis, especially in social and behavioral sciences.

Are we selfish by Nature?, a discussion with Bryan Caplan

The Podcast of the Objectivism Program at the Salem Center in the University of Texas at Austin. Gregory Salmieri and others discuss issues of the day in light of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of reason, individualism, and capitalism.

Changing Landscape of Brokers (with Ira Hammerman)

Ira Hammerman, general counsel of the trade association SIFMA, joins our episode to discuss how regulation is shaping massive changes in the brokerage industry. He addresses controversial topics like payment for order flow, gamification of trading, and the role of investor choice and advice giving under new regulation Best Interest.

Ken Judd: When Will the Fed Join the Third Millennium?

Policy@McCombs: Monday October 5th, 4-5:30pm When Will the Fed Join the Third Millennium? The U.S. Government and most businesses use powerful computing tools, but the Federal Reserve stands out as one government agency that has rejected modern computational tools. It is easy to document this description, but difficult to find good reasons for these gaps. […]

Academic Freedom in Crisis: Punishment, Discrimination and Self-Censorship

Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He will join Salem Center Senior Scholar Richard Lowery for a discussion on Academic Freedom. High profile incidents of campus illiberalism are often brushed off as spirited exceptions to the rule that academic freedom is safe. Examples include the mob violence directed against […]

Energy for All and Environmental Protection on The Journey to a Global Net Zero

Join us in person at RRH 4.314 or via Zoom here. Address: 300 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX, 78705 This is a thought-provoking nonpartisan presentation on the dual challenge facing ‘Spaceship Earth’ with 8 billion people ‘on deck’: energy for all and environmental protection. 2.4 billion people need access to clean cooking, […]