Albert Hirschman and Cardiff Garcia

Cardiff Garcia (born 1979 to Cuban-American parents) is a great fan of German-American political economist Albert Hirschman (1915-2012). I am also a fan of Hirschman, which is why I urge you to listen to a series of three interviews of the biographer of Hirschman that Cardiff posted before moving from FT’s Alphachat to NPR’s Planet Money podcast. It is possible to download these podcasts without cost, directly from the links below, from iTunes, or from wherever you get your podcasts. Enjoy!

Historian and biographer Jeremy Adelman joins Cardiff Garcia to survey the life and philosophy of economist Albert O. Hirschman, from his work on development economics to “The Passions and the Interests”, his book about the forgotten intellectual history behind the emergence of capitalism.

Cardiff Garcia, “The life and ideas of Albert O Hirschman (Part 1)“, FT Alphachat, 15 May 2017.

Becoming familiar with the original works of Albert O Hirschman is an intellectual delight that should appeal to anyone who cares about economics and the social sciences. And perhaps the best gateway into Hirschman’s life and works is Worldly Philosopher, the magnificent biography of his life written by Jeremy Adelman and published in 2013.

Adelman, a Princeton historian, first appeared on Alphachat earlier this year to discuss Hirschman’s The Passions and the Interests. On this week’s episode, Adelman returns to guide listeners through Exit, Voice & Loyalty, Hirschman’s best-known book. Enjoy!

Cardiff Garcia “Jeremy Adelman on Albert O Hirschman’s ‘Exit, Voice & Loyalty’”, FT Alphachat, 6 October 2017.

Historian and biographer Jeremy Adelman joins Cardiff Garcia to discuss the life and ideas of economist Albert O. Hirschman one last time. In this episode, the two cover Hirschman’s “The Rhetoric of Reaction” and his assessment of argumentative styles that emerge in times of progress.

Cardiff Garcia, “Hirschmania, the final chapter“, FT Alphachat, 30 November 2017.

For Cardiff Garcia’s own views on Hirschman (more truthfully, his adulation of Hirschman) I invite you to read a long blog that he wrote before leaving the Financial Times. Here is a paragraph from the end of the blog:

Hirschman … preferred reform to revolution. He preferred open channels to intransigence. He was sceptical of general principles that could apply across differing times and circumstances, instead seeking frameworks for better understanding each unique moment in history. He was sceptical of certainty, and of Utopian thinking — and he believed that such scepticism could be liberating, revealing an infinity of possible outcomes, including the chance for society to learn from terrible events. Such a disposition is quite possibly too naive. But it also seems a lovely and, given the tenseness of the present moment, perhaps essential way to be.

Cardiff Garcia, “Longing for the divisible within the invisible“, FT Alphaville, 7 November 2017.

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