Co-hosts Emmet and John plumb the depths of history, culture, and philosophy to understand why it is that despite calamities and rapid change nothing feels possible anymore. Guests include artists, scholars, and thinkers from all over the world.
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November 26th, 2022 | 20 mins 1 sec
america, american history, carl schmitt, leo strauss, liberal, liberalism, modernity, political philosophy, politics
Alex Pirou from the New Thinkery podcast sits down with Emmet to talk about Leo Strauss and his posthumously published lecture "The Three Waves of Modernity. They talk about the split between the ancients and the moderns, what Strauss was really after, the tasks modernity presents us with today, whether or not we can recover lessons from the ancients, and more!
November 18th, 2022 | 1 hr 23 mins
cinema, columbine, film, programming, psyop, school shooter, social engineering
Brett and Thomas from PsyOp cinema join Emmet to talk about the school shooter movie The Dirties (2013). They talk about Columbine, the role media plays in "traumatizing" its audiences, social engineering, media saturation as grand social atomizer, and more!
October 28th, 2022 | 15 mins 3 secs
bruno latour, climate change, covid, philosophy, postmodernism, science
Geographer and author Jacob Shell joined me to talk about his obituary of the late Bruno Latour who rose to prominence critiquing science and then turned his back on his most influential works of critical theory in 2004. We discuss the postmodern turn, science as ideology, the problem of critical theory, epistemic authority, "trusting the science," and more!
October 22nd, 2022 | 20 mins 10 secs
american history, degrowth, democracy, economics, economy, industry, managerialism, new deal, political economy
Author Michael Lind joins Emmet to talk about his research speech on democratic pluralism in the 21st century. They discuss regime type, managerialism and technocracy, sector bargaining, the beauty of big, dumb, and simple, his forthcoming book on labor called Hell to Pay, and more.
October 14th, 2022 | 1 hr 21 mins
american history, history, libertarianism, new left, nihilism, progressivism, san francisco, woke, woke ideology, wokeness
Journalist Leighton Woodhouse joins Emmet to talk about the New Left of the 1960s and the values of the managerial class. They talk about progressive libertarianism, the difference between the old managerial order of the immediate postwar era and the post-70s era, cultural path dependency, the Port Huron statement, and more.
September 30th, 2022 | 15 mins 7 secs
Kat Dee joins Emmet to talk about movies they couldn't stop texting each other about which they think define, in part, the millennial vibe. They talk about movies that give a shit that you're watching them, what happened to music as part of identity formation, the sexual weirdness of all three movies, being awkward as an early millennial meme, what millennials did to language, and more!
September 26th, 2022 | 15 mins 9 secs
Emmet and Josh wrap up their series on the Shock of the New.
They discuss the modern art museum, Hughes's sick burns on everyone and everything, Superbowl Commericals as art appreciation ritual, Don Draper, and mourning the death of painting.
September 23rd, 2022 | 1 hr 13 mins
conspiracy theory, culture war, end of history, marshall mccluhan, neoliberalism, oligarchy, populism, trump
Essayist Michael Cuenco joins Emmet to talk about the totalizing permanence of the culture war. They talk about Ross Perot, Pat Buchanan, liberty, republicanism, oligarchy, living in a post-literate tribal world, and more!
September 5th, 2022 | 50 mins 14 secs
Josh and Emmet talk over episodes 6 and 7 of Robert Hughes's The Shock of the New. They get into Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Rothko, and the dawn of the Weak Universal Forms.
They discuss art as a window into the past and the schizo-world of television. And if painting can't matter in the way it used to, why did Hughes bother with the series?
August 19th, 2022 | 58 mins 11 secs
con artist, huck finn, kayfabe, pro wrestling, scandal, trump, vince mcmahon, wrestling, wwe
King of The Work and co-host of What's Left, Oliver Bateman joins Emmet to talk about the illustrious career of pro-wrestling mogul Vince McMahon after he stepped down from WWE. They talk about the hustler and con man as American architects, the intimacy of kayfabe, what people get wrong about their stale "politics as pro wrestling" takes, and more!
August 15th, 2022 | 1 hr 41 mins
Matt Kelly rejoins the boys to talk about Fukuyama's weird liberalism, econ theory, the triumphalism of the 90s, Fukuyama as an OG anti-Islamic type, and more!
July 28th, 2022 | 16 mins 13 secs
Emmet and John begin their series on Fukuyama's seminal The End of History and the Last Man. They talk through its context, Fukuyama's background, trouble some of his assumptions, and kick the tires of his liberal triumphalism in the opening 50 pages.
July 24th, 2022 | 58 mins 50 secs
california, climate change, electricity, energy crisis, gavin newsom, homelessness, nuclear energy
6-time author and host of the Power Hungry Podcast Robert Bryce sits down with Emmet to talk about the downfall of California and its war on the poor, his time covering the Branch Davidian trials, our troubled electric grid, the balkanization of America, and more!
July 1st, 2022 | 22 mins 11 secs
This one opens with some housekeeping, then we move on to talk about the energy crisis, regionalism, localism, PMC intermediation, American political tradition, and more!
Episode 85: School Shooters, Nihilism, and Child Sacrifice ft. Geoff Shullenberger and Default Friend
June 29th, 2022 | 1 hr 6 mins
Emmet sits Geoff Shullenberger and Default Friend to talk about their respective articles on the Uvalde shooting, school shootings in general, "zeitgeist killers," the spiritual hole in our society, and more!
April 30th, 2022 | 11 mins 49 secs
chris rufo, disney, don't say gay, family, florida, ideology, lasch
Geoff came onto the pod to talk about what's going on with conservatives and Disney, though it's really a conversation about cultural power, Lasch, the family, ideology, political anemia, and more.
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