John is student of computer science and the liberal arts on the East Coast.
May 2nd, 2021 | 2 mins 19 secs
Emmet and John talk about Eliot's essay on what it means for a writer to fit into a tradition.
April 20th, 2021 | 1 hr 9 mins
america, american politics, elites, political history, politics, populism, wasp culture
Emmet and John discuss two articles and try to fine-tune their understanding of who the American elites are and how they've changed over time.
April 18th, 2021 | 3 mins 48 secs
Canada Mike swings by the pod to talk about decadence, decline, and the aesthetic education of the soul. This is a brief clip from the episode.
Episode 33: Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of the American Electric Grid ft. Meredith Angwin
April 6th, 2021 | 1 hr 7 mins
Emmet and John sit down to speak with Meredith Angwin about her new book on America's fragile electric grid.
April 4th, 2021 | 5 mins 3 secs
John and Emmet discuss the failure of the Enlightenment's ethical project and highlight MacIntyre's skepticism of human rights.
March 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
christopher lasch, cia, cold war, congress for cultural freedom, cultural cold war, korean war, mccarthyism, nixon, psyop
Emmet and John discuss Christopher Lasch's essay, "The Cultural Cold War: A Short History of the Congress for Cultural Freedom."
March 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 17 mins
alex lee moyer, altright, charlottesville, incel, kantbot, loneliness, media criticism, tfw no gf
Emmet and John review Alex Lee Moyer's documentary TFW NO GF.
March 9th, 2021 | 1 hr 17 mins
after virtue, alisdair macintyre, christopher lasch, communitarianism, cultural decay, culture, ethics, marx, marxism, politics
Emmet and John begin their reading series on Alisdair MacIntyre's classic work After Virtue.
Episode 27: [teaser] Vax Traxx III: Medical Nihilism, mRNA Production Rundown, and the Downfall of the CDC ft. Canada Mike
February 28th, 2021 | 3 mins 15 secs
bayesian statistics, corona, corona virus, coronavirus, covid19, logistics, pfizer, supply chains, vaccine
A teaser for our first Patreon episode.
February 23rd, 2021 | 1 hr 13 mins
chamath, deepfuckingvalue, economics, elon musk, finance, free markets, gamestop, populism, the big short, wall street bets, wire card
Matt Stonks joins the lads to talk through financial fundamentals, what happened with GameStop, and what the whole kerfuffle might mean for the future.
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.