Mark Blyth is The William R. Rhodes ’57 Professor of International Economics at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University. Before becoming an academic Blyth has been variously, a stand-up comedian, a chef, and a funk bass player. Realizing that such pursuits where long options at best, he finished his PhD. in political science at Columbia University in 1999. He then joined the Johns Hopkins University before moving to Brown University in 2009. His research focuses upon the causes of stability and change in the economy and why people continue to believe stupid economic ideas despite buckets of evidence to the contrary. The power of economic ideas is a common theme in Blyth’s work, as seen in his recent award-winning Book Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (New York: Oxford University Press 2015) and in his new projects on the economic legacies of the baby boomers and the politics of low growth. Blyth has become a YouTube celebrity, with his talking regularly clocking views in the hundreds of thousands. One four-minute clip from an interview in June 2016 where he predicted the victory of Donald Trump and explained why it would happen was shared 1.2 million times on Facebook. He not only predicted Trump six months out, he got Brexit three months out, the failure of Renzi’s referendum, and the recent Italian election.