04/16/2018

Prof. Rajshree Agarwal On The Rubin Report: The True Value Of Free Enterprise [Watch]

Richard Morrison, Competitive Enterprise Institute

I’ve been very interested over the last several years to see Dave Rubin’s metamorphosis from stand-up comedian to podcast co-host to serious public affairs interviewer and host of The Rubin Report. He’s had a long list of outspoken guests, from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro to British actor Stephen Fry to controversial psychology professor Jordan Peterson. This week, however, he’s released a pair of conversations with one of my favorite academics, Prof. Rajshree Agarwal of the University of Maryland.

Agarwal teaches at Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, where she is also the director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets, and she’s a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship and the infinite possibilities of the human mind.

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