How the Intellectual Foundations of Hayekian Economics Relate to Jewish Ideas

Nov. 23 2020

The Hoover Institution economist and host of the popular EconTalk podcast Russell Roberts was recently named the next president of Shalem College, a one-of-a-kind liberal-arts college in Jerusalem. In 2018, Roberts joined Mosaic’s editor Jonathan Silver to explore parallels between ideas found in the Jewish tradition and the economic insights of the great Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek. Hayek’s arguments for intellectual humility, for instance, are congruent with rabbinic claims about the limits of human understanding; moreover, the very way in which halakhah has developed follows Hayek’s idea of “emergent order.” (Audio, 52 minutes.)

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More about: Economics, F. A. Hayek, Halakhah, Judaism, Shalem College

How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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More about: Arab democracy, Human Rights, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy