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!
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.
January 16th, 2022 | 9 mins 45 secs
american history, blm, christianity, civil rights, history, mlk, spirituality, whiteness, woke, wokeness
Emmet and John take on the ideas of Reinhold Niebuhr and his impact on neocons and MLK. Then they look at Lasch's interpretation of MLK's intellectual life and political career. They compare the Southern and Northern Civil Rights campaigns and contemplate the deadlock, in part created by King himself, left in his wake. They close by discussing resentment and its politics.
January 11th, 2022 | 1 hr 15 mins
american history, american literature, campaign, david foster wallace, didion, history, joan didion, literature, nonfiction, politics, writers
Luke Thompson returns to talk with Emmet about Joan Didion, who recently passed. They focus on her essay "Insider Baseball," her coverage of the 1988 presidential primary season, and discuss the nature of American presidential campaigns, the campaign press, the nature of Didion's insights, what made 2016 so weird, and more!
November 7th, 2021 | 15 mins 14 secs
american history, lasch, liberal, liberalism, politics, populism, progressive
Emmet and John dive into Lasch's overview of populism. They start to get glimpses of Lasch's commitments here. Touring classical conceptions of republicanism to people like Paine, Cobbett, and Brownson, Emmet and John track how they frustrate our contemporary interpretations of republicanism and liberalism can't or don't apply to them. Thinking with Lasch on historiography, they close the chapter discussing 19th-century artisans, populism, the New Deal, and the triumph of Taylorism.
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.
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!
June 29th, 2021 | 1 hr 17 mins
2008, american history, culture, film, financial crash, martin scorsese, michael bay, movies, politics
Josh Bregman comes back on the pod to talk with Emmet about two movies that came out in the same summer that sought to capture post-crash America: Pain & Gain and Wolf of Wall Street.