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!
March 15th, 2022 | 1 hr 6 mins
america, energy politics, fracking, history, ireland, new left, nuclear, pipelines, standing rock
Recording times got bungled to do travel constraints, but here's an hour-long preview of Emmet's appearance on the Ryan Research podcast. Peter Ryan invited him on to talk about nuclear energy, why nothing feels possible, what happened to the left, financial brain poisoning, and more!
February 22nd, 2022 | 1 hr 4 mins
america, cars, chicago, cities, los angeles, new york, real estate density, robert moses, transit, urbanism
Xander sits down with Emmet to talk about what's going on with American cities. What happened to them? Why won't congestion die? Do we have to get in the pod and eat the bugs? What makes a city beautiful? Why is it so hard to figure out what's going on in your city? Emmet harasses Xander with these questions and more.
November 23rd, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
america, britain, coal, engels, history, japan, meiji, navy, progress, steven pinker, thermoeconomics, wolfgang streeck, wwii
Canada Mike and Emmet take a look at three pieces to consider different lenses for human development. The first is an essay on Engels by Wolfgang Streeck, the second is a lecture on thermoeconomics by John Constable, and the third is an overview of arguments for human evolution by Michael E. Mann. Emmet and Mike touch on the Meiji restoration, why we should read old thinkers, British coal, why Steven Pinker sucks, what kind of revolution was the Industrial Revolution, civilizational skillsets, and more!
October 5th, 2021 | 1 hr 15 mins
america, american history, conservatism, history, liberalism, politics
Political consultant and podcaster Luke Thompson joins Emmet to talk through different conceptions of political ossification. They talk through realignment theory, conceptions of political time, and, of course, why nothing feels possible.
September 28th, 2021 | 1 hr 26 mins
america, american culture, cold war, film, john milius, milius, movies
Emmet and John discuss the life and times of writer and director John Milius, looking specifically at his movies The Wind and the Lion and Conan the Barbarian.
August 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
america, american history, apocalypse, dystopian, ellison, fiction, horror, lovecraft, weird, weird fiction
Canada Mike, Emmet, and John discuss HP Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulu" and Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream."
July 20th, 2021 | 56 mins 36 secs
america, american history, aquinas, aristotle, christianity, conservatism, cs lewis, empire, plutarch, politics
Emmet sits down with Micah Meadowcroft, an editor at The American Conservative, to talk about some of his recent writing, a view of the right from the right, what conservatism should mean, and much more!
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.
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.