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.
February 16th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
bernie, big tech, blm, crt, culture war, dnc, gop, liberalism, new right, populism, trump, woke
James Lynch, a producer at Breaking Points and contributor to Newsweek, sat down with Emmet to talk about what it was like to politically come of age as a zoomer, the deficits and merits of left and right, what the "crisis of masculinity" really means, what to do about Big Tech, 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.
December 14th, 2021 | 1 hr 5 mins
ap classes, bennington college, college, college admissions, common core, humanities, liberal arts, obama, pmc, professional managerial class, university, woke
Professor of film and media studies and author of Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class, Catherine Liu joins Emmet to talk about the death of the humanities in higher ed, the meritocratic nightmare of Common Core, why the humanities are important, the HRification of everything, and more!
Episode 67: The Imperial Vampire Castle II: Standpoint Bureaucracy and the CIA's New Dialect of Power ft. River Page
November 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
cia, identity politics, idpol, mental illness, pmc, populism, queer, tucker carlson, woke, wokeism, wokeness, working class
River Page joins Emmet to talk about the new woke institutions and how they reify previously existing class structures. They go into standpoint theory, identity politics, the CIA's relationship to the New Left, PMC projections of the working class's soul, and much more. They close by contemplating the possibility of a better left populism.
November 16th, 2021 | 1 hr 3 mins
divinity school, gender, ibram kendi, progressivism, protestantism, race, robin d'angelo, unitarian universalism, woke, wokeism
Emmet sat down with Joseph Keegin to talk about his pice for Tablet, The High Church of Wokeism, which traces certain elements of woke ideology back to Unitarian Universalism. They talk about the unacknowledged power of divinity schools in shaping American progressivism, repairing the "broken middle," identity talk as soul talk, and much more.
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 27th, 2021 | 1 hr 43 secs
college, community, dating, hookup culture, identity, sex positivity, woke
Default Friend returns to ex.haust to talk about the death of sex positivity, the coming wave of sex negativity, affinity community online, how our identities are formed now, and a whole bunch of other stuff.
May 25th, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
911, afghanistan, cancel culture, cia, cold war, empire, iraq war, joan didion, liberalism, mark fisher, mujahideen, neoconservatism, woke
Emmet and John use three articles to talk about our woke empire and how much it feels like the neocon heyday of the early 2000s.
May 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 3 mins
alt lit, cancel culture, millennial culture, myspace, paris hilton, sjw, tao lin, tumblr, woke, xo jane, zoomers
Emmet sits down with Default Friend to talk about the culture of confession, the emotional history of the internet, millenial blues, and more.