The transcript is here, with a podcast version, and there is also a YouTube version at the link, with cleaned-up audio compared to any earlier link you may have come across. Luigi was wonderful, and also fantastically witty. The topics included Italy, Donald Trump, Antonio Gramsci, Google and conglomeration, Luchino Visconti, Starbucks, and the surprisingly high productivity of Italian cafés.
Here is one excerpt:
In my chat today, a reader asked me to respond to Megan McArdle's lengthy case against national health insurance. The problem is that, well, there's not a lot to respond to. In 1,600 words, she doesn't muster a single link to a study or argument, nor a single number that she didn't make up (what numbers do exist come in the form of thought experiments and assumptions). Megan's argument against national health insurance boils down to a visceral hatred of the government. Which is fine.
Craig Pirrong submits: Chicago finance prof Luigi Zingales has written a short oped on OTC derivatives markets. Considering the source, it is very disappointing, not to say embarrassing. Indeed, it seems that Luigi is on the same frequency as Kenneth Griffin of Citadel: their arguments, such as they are, are