Welcome to Conservative Minds – a podcast about conservative ideas and thinkers. We explore what it means to call yourself a conservative, where conservatism has been, and where it's going. Each week, we select readings and conduct a discussion to share with you our investigation. Join the conversation by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter at @consminds.
Episode 78: Vaclav Havel - The Power of the Powerless
Havel's essay described the nature of post-totalitarian dictatorship and the need for people to live within the truth.
Episode 77: Roger Scruton - How to Be a Conservative
Scruton argues that conservatism starts from a sentiment that good things are easily destroyed but not easily created. We have collectively inherited good things that we must strive to keep. Further, democray needs boundaries to flourish. A shared identity - territory, culture, language - is a prerequisite for the politics of compromise.
Episode 76: Frank Meyer & Russell Kirk - What is Conservatism?
Special Guest - Josh Lewis, host of Saving Elephants Podcast: https://www.savingelephantsblog.com/podcast
This volume edited by Frank Meyer offers a collection of essays from conservative luminaries, including Russell Kirk, F.A. Hayek, and William F. Buckley, Jr. Josh joins us to discuss the current and future state of conservatism.
Episode 75: Herbert Marcuse - One-Dimensional Man
Reading the Left from a conservative perspective series
Marcuse argues that technology creates new forms of social control. Consumer culture creates false needs that distract from reality and rob the masses of free choice. Science and rationality are tools of the oppressor. Liberation necessarily appears to come from without and from above
Episode 74: Carl Schmitt - Concept of the Political
Schmitt argues that political actions and motives are rooted in friend-enemy relationships. The end of politics is to counter and oppose the enemy. All political concepts have a concrete opposition in mind. When party antagonisms within a state become the primary enemy grouping, conflict or civil war become a real possibility.
Episode 73: Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
Smith argues that a nation's wealth stems from the goods and services it produces, rather than the amount of money it collects. Specialization increases wealth through a dramatic increase in productivity. A market economic system is the most effecient method for setting prices and creating wealth. Money is a medium for exchange and has no inherent value of its own. International trade makes both nations in a transaction better off.
Eamon Butler, Condensed Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith Institute 2011: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56eddde762cd9413e151ac92/t/56fbaba840261dc6fac3ceb6/1459334065124/Condensed_Wealth_of_Nations_ASI.pdf
Worth a listen
This is a moderate and mostly thoughtful consideration of the politics of our day from a conservative perspective, but none the less balanced. It strays into condescension occasionally . In the latest episode the discussion on Brexit was flawed. It was a vote to retain the right to Self Determination and and Identity - something US citizens across the political spectrum would take for granted. Yet its seen in terms of being reactionary or what ever. But a decent thought provoking listen.