Author Amity Shlaes joined Bill and Cole for a live podcast recording at the 2023 Smead Investor Oasis to discuss her new book, Great Society. During their conversation, they discuss comparisons between the failure of the Great Society’s idealism of the 1960s and today’s challenges. The conversation covers topics such as socialism, capitalism and today’s relevance to the thoughtless idealism of political leaders in history.

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