This week on JobMakers, host Denzil Mohammed talks with Johan Norberg, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of Open: The Story of Human Progress. They discuss the many ways in which America is better off because it has been open to the exchange of ideas and skills that created cures, machinery, and technology. However, Norberg cautions that progress is limited as a result of the current obsession with “borders”: sovereign nations, state borders, and rules and regulations that differ even by neighborhood and restrict what we can do. If history is a guide, openness and diversity mean faster progress, innovation, and entrepreneurship. But, he warns, America is already losing ground – entrepreneurs and inventors are going elsewhere, as you’ll learn in this week’s JobMakers.
Johan Norberg is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a writer who focuses on globalization, entrepreneurship, and individual liberty. Norberg is the author and editor of several books exploring liberal themes, including Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, named by The Economist as one of the best books of 2016; Financial Fiasco: How America’s Infatuation with Homeownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis; and In Defense of Global Capitalism, originally published in Swedish in 2001 and since published in over 20 different countries. Norberg has also been the writer and host of numerous television documentaries on such subjects as globalization, India, energy, and Adam Smith. Many of them can be found at FreetoChoose.tv. Prior to joining Cato, Norberg was head of political ideas at Timbro, a Swedish free market think tank, from 2003 to 2005. He then served as a senior fellow for the Brussels-based Centre for a New Europe during 2006. Norberg received his master’s degree from Stockholm University in the history of ideas. His personal website is http://www.johannorberg.net/.
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