by Niall Ferguson

“All disasters are in some sense man-made.”

Setting the annus horribilis of 2020 in historical perspective, Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters.

Disasters are inherently hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises. and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. But when disaster strikes, we ought to be better prepared than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted, or medieval Italians when the Black Death struck. We have science on our side, after all.

Interview with the Author

Commonwealth Club of California
Niall Ferguson: The Politics of Catastrophe
6/4/21         65 min

Uncommon Knowledge
Doom: Niall Ferguson On the Politics and Policies Of the Pandemic
5/4/21        59 min

The Jolly Swagman Podcast
#133: A General Theory of Catastrophe – Niall Ferguson
6/6/21         69 min

Hidden Forces
Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe | Niall Ferguson
5/3/21        64 min

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The Michael Shermer Show
179. Niall Ferguson – Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe
5/8/21       99 min

Intelligence Squared
Niall Ferguson on the Politics of Catastrophe
5/11/21       58 min

The Lawfare Podcast
Niall Ferguson on Catastrophes and How to Manage Them
5/4/21         56 min

The Realignment
124 | Niall Ferguson: The Politics and History of Catastrophe
5/13/21        69 min

Keen On
Niall Ferguson on the Increasing Levels of Human Incompetence when Handling Disasters
5/4/21          38 min

History Extra
What can we learn from past catastrophes?
6/12/21         53 min

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape
145 | Niall Ferguson on Histories, Networks, and Catastrophes
5/3/21        86 min

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