34 episodes

A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.

Know Your Enemy Matthew Sitman

    • Politics
    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.

    TEASER: Storming the Capitol

    TEASER: Storming the Capitol

    Matt and Sam analyze the Trumpist "siege" on the Capitol building on our latest bonus episode. Subscribe on Patreon to hear the rest!

    • 5 min
    Masks Off: The Right in 2020

    Masks Off: The Right in 2020

    Matt and Sam look back at what 2020 revealed about the state of American conservatism, from rightwing intellectuals' deranged responses to the pandemic to Trump's desperate attempts to over turn the election results.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    TEASER: Trump the Dove? (w/ Stephen Wertheim)

    TEASER: Trump the Dove? (w/ Stephen Wertheim)

    An excerpt from our latest bonus episode on Trump's 'non-interventionist militarism' and the future of American foreign policy — with Stephen Wertheim of the Quincy Institute. Subscribe on Patreon to hear more!

    • 2 min
    Why the Supreme Court Sucks (w/ the 5-4 podcast)

    Why the Supreme Court Sucks (w/ the 5-4 podcast)

    Matt and Sam are joined by Rhiannon, Michael, and Peter of the 5-4 podcast to talk about the rise of the conservative legal movement and the Supreme Court's assault on American democracy.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    TEASER: A Working Class GOP? (w/ Aaron Sibarium)

    TEASER: A Working Class GOP? (w/ Aaron Sibarium)

    An excerpt from our latest bonus episode on "the limits of realignment" with Aaron Sibarium. Subscribe on Patreon to hear more!

    • 4 min
    Talking Trump (w/ David Roth)

    Talking Trump (w/ David Roth)

    Matt and Sam are joined by David Roth, one of the funniest and best chroniclers of Donald Trump, to take stock of a truly grotesque and damaged man as he (hopefully) leaves the White House.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

gaff26black ,

And the place to start clearly...

Great discussion. Thoughtful discussion. Thought-provoking discussion. Views from inside the benevolent intellectual elite, that is representative of the vast, oppressed masses that make up the noisiest, and shrinking, plurality. I have already begun to understand the immutable laws of the human condition better. Sometimes, when you create a society that disenfranchises people because they look, believe, or think differently than you it’s not because you mean to. It’s just an unfortunate byproduct of colonial capitalism. Is that really so bad?
Also, really good tunes. Nice work.

egoVirus ,

Ethos and logos, in an era of pathos.

As a recovering conservative myself, it’s refreshing to listen to scholarly and self-aware repartee on a subject that effects all of us. When I immigrated to Australia in ‘07, I became aware of the problem of keeping abreast of issues in America while being divorced from the context. This, while “news”descended into propaganda spigots, meant my perception of my homeland was becoming impossibly inaccurate. “Know your Enemy” has an obvious point of view, but it feels like a very honest one, that side steps the polemical pitfalls everyone else is falling into. Nicely done, gentlemen.

Wezlo ,

Misleading but probably well-meaning

Being a centre right person politically I don’t think this podcast does a good job helping people understand conservatives/“the right”/Republicans (which are all different but are conflated by the speakers).

I get that “Know your enemy” is a catchphrase, but off the bat it doesn’t have a complementary or empathetic attitude to understand the other side’s perspective. Seeing someone as your enemy instantly polarises and demonises. So it seems to promote political tribalism rather than pragmatic compromise or even trade-offs.

Bringing on people to explain conservatives’ beliefs or policies would really be helpful and meaningful if they actual expressed conservative thought and founding principles. Too often it was “trash the right” authors or journalist or commentators. For example, in one episode they talk about right wing policy preferences as though the intent of the policy is to punish low income earners, as opposed to a view that the policy has an unintended consequence that results in low income earners are consequently worse off. Big difference.

Another, “nothing scares the right more than black people marching on the streets calling for justice.” Where does this come from other than the presenters own political biases and “hate”? What is that belief or “observation” based in for right wing zeitgeist? Just flippant and baseless in so many ways...

I learned more about how liberals, progressives and leftists think about conservatism or right wing ideology through this podcast than I did how the right wing thinks or believes. I could listen to the legacy media for that shallow commentary.

I appreciate the podcast is presented well, easy going demeanour which makes it fairly easy to listen to.

In the coming year, perhaps guests from the right wing could be invited to defend their perspectives and actually explain what the left is in tension with. Tired of the straw-manning, start steel-manning.

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