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 4th, 2021 | 7 mins 46 secs
cormac mccarthy, lasch, nostalgia, progress, progressivism
Canada Mike fills in for John for the third installment of our series on Lasch's True and Only Heaven. Mike and Emmet detail Lasch's argument and consider the necessary relationship between progressive ideology and nostalgia. They talk about living in an eternal present, Cormac McCarthy as subverter of American tropes, the frontier as a "zone of innocence" and more.
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.