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 6th, 2022 | 15 mins 36 secs
apocalypse, carl schmitt, christianity, heidegger, history, leo strauss, philosophy, politics, religion
Emmet and John began their reading of Koselleck's Futures Past. They situate his context, layout his questions and method, and then open the first essay. They discuss the transition into modernity, the nature of historical time, the waning of eschaton, the secularization of the political and thus the future, and medieval eschatological tradition, and way more.
January 18th, 2022 | 56 mins 32 secs
blm, covid, fandom, george floyd, political theory, politics, populism, social media, trump
Anton Jager sits down with Emmet to talk about how we moved from the post-political age of technocratic consensus to the noisy stasis of our current hyper-political present. They talk about whether the right and left descriptors handed down from French parliament hold today, politics as fandom, the death of political responsibility, and more!
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!
December 21st, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
agamben, bill gates, carl schmitt, constitution, covid, fear, history, law, medicine, politics, science, scientism, security
Emmet and Mike talk about Agamben's book, Where Are We Now?: The Epidemic as Politics, and reflect on life since the pandemic. They discuss Carl Schmitt, security theater, anti-social civics, the cultic gnosticism of scientific faith, the need for physical practices and spiritual mentors, bare life, their own intellectual failings during the pandemic, 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.
November 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 3 mins
american politics, crt, philosophy, polarization, political philosophy, politics, woke
Writer and philosopher Oliver Traldi sits down with Emmet to talk about what it means to be a public intellectual today, what being a writer's really like, CRT, how woke politicization has homogenized every other endeavor in the humanities, 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 21st, 2021 | 58 mins 48 secs
aoc, bernie, borgen, history, house of cards, liberalism, liberals, met gala, politics, victorian history
Emmet sits down with historian, podcaster, and writer Sam Biagetti to talk about his latest piece for American Affairs, "Into the Fairy Castle: The Persistence of Victorian Liberalism." They about Gilbert and Sullivan, Borgen, the downfall of the Bernie movement, meritocracy and more.
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!