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Episode 189
Featuring Niall Ferguson
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Episode 189
Featuring Niall Ferguson
Demetri Kofinas speaks with historian Niall Ferguson about the emerging cold war between Western democracies led by the United States and a coalition of authoritarian powers led by China and Russia. Other topics including digital currencies and the prospects for runaway inflation.

In Episode 189 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with historian Niall Ferguson about his latest book, “Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe.” The book is a historical tour de force of epic disasters ranging from pandemics to botched military responses, to nuclear accidents. What all these catastrophes share in common is a striking combination of operator and managerial error resulting from systemic problems that became calamities in the face of predictable, though unimaginable crises.

While Doom is mainly a history of disaster, its lessons apply most urgently in our own time, which provided us an opportunity to explore some of the contemporary challenges that we face in western society with someone who thinks and writes about such risks and opportunities regularly. At the top of this list is an emerging cold war between the United States and a coalition of authoritarian powers led by China and Russia, two nations that are increasingly cooperating on matters of national and economic security. This episode also includes a discussion about financial markets, digital assets, and the health of Western economies.

In place of an overtime, Demetri recorded a premium-only episode with Grant Williams on endgame scenarios for the economy, including a conversation about the prospects for runaway inflation and how to manage that risk for your portfolio.

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Episode Recorded on 04/26/2021

Niall Ferguson is one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of seventeen books, including Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, The Ascent of Money, and most recently “Doom: the Politics of Catastrophe.” He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the managing director of Greenmantle LLC. His many prizes include the International Emmy for Best Documentary (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service (2010), and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award (2016).

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