Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Very interesting interview. I'll count on the brilliant minds here at MR to make more sense of it than I can. It just seems as if there's a fundamentally different perception of reality at work here. A couple of thoughts ... Conrad says that there is not innovation happening in Japan or Europe. That just can't be true. He also says a number of times that capitalists want the middle class and the working man to have as much money as possible. Stewart never asks him to back that statement up, but I'm curious what he could offer as evidence for that. Stewart on the other hand stumbles when he tries to portray Americans as uniquely pioneering in spirit. I think that's b.s. American exceptionalism at its finest. In the end, I thought Stewart more than held his own, and if I could, I would gladly bear his love child. Thoughts? Edit: interesting book review at BloombergBusinessweek.