Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Adam Thierer, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, for a conversation about innovation and regulation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

What stands in the way of entrepreneurship and innovation today? What can we do to address those obstacles, and why is it so important that we do it?

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Show Notes:

Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance by Adam Thierer (May 2020)

Permissionless Innovation by Adam Thierer

Americans for Tax Reform: Over 600 regulations waived to help fight COVID-19

Three Felonies a Day by Harvey Silverglate

The Death of Common Sense by Phillip K. Howard

Fresh Start Initiative by the Mercatus Center

Have questions? Contact Adam Thierer on Twitter.

About our guest:

Adam Thierer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He specializes in innovation, entrepreneurialism, Internet, and free-speech issues, with a particular focus on the public policy concerns surrounding emerging technologies.

Thierer has authored and edited several books, including his foundational book on the freedom to innovate, Permissionless Innovation: The Continuing Case for Comprehensive Technological Freedom. In his latest book, Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments, Thierer makes the case that we should accept—and often even embrace—a certain amount of disruptive entrepreneurship that fosters innovation, drives economic growth, and makes government accountable to the governed. He examines how “evasive entrepreneurs”—innovators who don’t always conform to social or legal norms—are changing the world and challenging the status quo of governance, culture, and the way we earn a living.

Previously, Thierer was president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, director of Telecommunications Studies at the Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He received his MA in international business management and trade theory at the University of Maryland and his BA in Journalism and Political Philosophy from Indiana University.