February 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 11 secs
athens, democracy, frank furedi, hamilton, philosophy, plato, politics, psychology, technocracy, woke
Emmet sits down with Frank Furedi to discuss his latest book, Democracy Under Siege: Don't Let Them Lock It Down!
February 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 20 mins
altright, borges, capitol riots, conspiracy theory, heidegger, incel, leo strauss, nihilism, philosophy, politics, qanon, yukio mishima
We talk through three pieces: Strauss's lecture on German Nihilism, Bradley Troemel's video essay on QAnon, and Boris Groys's essay Self-Design and Aesthetic Responsibility to understand the current state of American Nihilism.
February 2nd, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
america, american history, christopher lasch, corona, corona virus, coronavirus, covid19, ivan ilich, logistics, pfizer, supply chains, vaccine
Canada Mike joins us to talk about why America's vaccine rollout plan doesn't make sense and why it's not going well.
January 26th, 2021 | 1 hr 8 mins
19th century history, america, american canon, emerson, german philosophy, national identity, nationalism, philosophy, poe
We conclude (for now) our readings of Poe and Emerson by taking a look at how they conceived of American literary nationalism.
January 19th, 2021 | 1 hr 4 mins
1/6, anger, capitol building, justice, neostoicism, politics, ryan holiday, stoicism, taleb
Emmet and John discuss two different articles that take on stoicism and anger.
January 12th, 2021 | 1 hr 10 mins
cancel culture, facebook, flash animation, joshua harris, social media, tristan harris, twitter
We offer a brief obit for Flash animation and then discuss two documentaries that deal with the problem of social media.
January 5th, 2021 | 1 hr 16 mins
covid, fight island, music, nba, nba bubble, ufc
In our first episode of 2021, we speak with Ian Corey about his series of articles on art and entertainment in the age of COVID.
December 29th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
coronavirus, covid19, kanban, logistics, pfizer, supply chains, vaccine
In our end of year recap, we discuss how vaccines are made, how that's changed, and what that will mean for COVID vaccine distribution.
December 22nd, 2020 | 1 hr 41 secs
carl schmitt, cold war, democracy, hayek, kyong-min son, neoliberalism, randcorp
We speak with scholar Kyong-Min Son about his book The Eclipse of the Demos: The Cold War and the Crisis of Democracy before Neoliberalism.
December 15th, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
19th century, american history, borges, edgar allan poe, literature, poe, simpsons
In the second installment in our American canon series, we look at our beloved, gothic failson Edgar Allan Poe.
December 8th, 2020 | 51 mins 6 secs
christianity, conservatism, culture, george bush, jesus, liberalism, narcissism, politics
We revisit the 2006 documentary Jesus Camp to re-evaluate their perspective on the movie and to understand our current political moment.
December 1st, 2020 | 1 hr 1 min
flyover country, foxconn, kentucky, trump, wisconsin
We read two articles: one about a failed jobs program in coal country and another about a bad deal with Foxconn in Wisconsin.
November 24th, 2020 | 52 mins 37 secs
american canon, culture, emerson, history, religion, self-reliance, theology
We begin our American Canon series with Emerson's famous essay, "Self-Reliance."
Episode 12: The Lasch Files: Revolt of the Elites Pt. IV: Black Bloc Patrick Bateman Ft. Geoff Shullenberger
November 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
2020 riots, history, lasch, new left, politics, riots, weather underground
To conclude our series on Lasch's Revolt of the Elites, we talk to Geoff Shullenberger about his piece on Lasch's book for Wesley Yang's Correspondence Society.
November 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 10 mins
common core, democracy, higher ed, lasch
The lads dive into the middle portion of Lasch's book and talk about education, the press, and how "third places" helped them cultivate identities as a sense of civic virtue.
Episode 10: Putting the Neocon in Neoconfuscianism: Conservative Responses to East Asia's Rise ft. Jennifer Miller
November 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 9 mins
american history, conservative, east asia, foreign relations, history, japan, neoconservatism, protestantism, south korea
Historian Jennifer Miller joins Emmet and John to talk about two papers she's written on conservative responses to the rise of East Asia in the latter part of the Cold War.