A weekly current affairs podcast featuring the editors & leadership of The American Conservative. Emile Doak, Helen Andrews, Micah Meadowcroft, and Sohrab Ahmari discuss the news of the day from a decidedly TAC perspective: one that is suspicious of big business as well as big government, and localist rather than globalist.
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Another Billion for Ukraine
Emile, Helen, and Micah are joined by staff reporter Bradley Devlin to discuss the latest in the war between Russia and Ukraine, including reports that the Biden administration has approved an additional $1 billion in aid. Plus, Biden marks Pride month with a new Orwellian executive order on "transgender youth," and triple-jabbed Anthony Fauci tests positive for COVID--while the FDA approves the vaccine for children as young as 6 months.
Picks of the week:
Emile: National Conservatism: A Statement of Principles, Edmund Burke Foundation Helen: Are Sanctions Hurting Russia?, Dimitri A. Simes Micah: America Is Crippling Small Farmers, Kevin Stocklin Bradley: Ukraine Isn't Worth Nuclear War, Doug Bandow
The J6 Show Trial
Emile, Helen, and Micah are joined by assistant editor John Hirschauer this week to discuss the slickly produced prime-time spectacle of the January 6 Select Committee hearings--and the political arrests surrounding it. Plus, more woke madness at the Washington Post, and an assassination attempt on Justice Kavanaugh.
Picks of the Week:
Emile: The Right to a Javelin, Micah Meadowcroft Helen: Christian Realism vs. The Simulation World, Michael Warren Davis Micah: Get Smart on Intelligence, Jason Morgan John:`Silver Screen, Red Scare, Helen Andrews
Whither the Religious Right?, with Nate Hochman
A special episode this week, as Emile and Micah welcome National Review ISI fellow Nate Hochman to the podcast to discuss his recent New York Times piece, "What Comes After the Religious Right?" Nate's argument is that while today's culture wars are as fierce as they've been in decades, they're also markedly less religious: issues of identity, nation, and race have supplanted former religious right priorities like marriage, school prayer, and abortion. The hosts debate Nate's description, and look towards the future of the social & cultural right.
In this episode:
What Comes After the Religious Right?, Nate Hochman, New York Times
Religious Wrong, Sam Francis, Chronicles
Christian Nationalism is on the rise in some GOP campaigns, AP News
Davos vs. Monkeypox
The World Economic Forum or monkeypox: which poses a greater threat to American lives? Helen, Micah, and Sohrab discuss. Plus, reflections two years later on how the death of George Floyd has affected us personally.
Picks of the Week
Helen: "Two Faces of Originalism," Matthew Schmitz Sohrab: "Who Is Really Winning in Ukraine," Doug Bandow Micah: "The Weather Above Ground," Scott McConnell
Buffalo, Pennsylvania, & Princeton
Emile, Helen, Micah, and Sohrab discuss the shooting in Buffalo, and the left's focus on "Great Replacement" in response. This week also saw big primary results in Pennsylvania, and a loss for Madison Cawthorne in North Carolina. Plus, Princeton University looks set to fire tenured professor Joshua Katz for dubious reasons.
Picks of the week:
Emile: Bitcoin and the Rule of the Material, Sohrab Ahmari
Sohrab: Keep Finland and Sweden Out of NATO, Bradley Devlin
Helen: Lawyers Cause Homelessness, Mark Pulliam
Micah: Nationally Reviewing Realism, Declan Leary
The Inflation Formula
Emile, Helen, Micah, and Sohrab discuss the nationwide shortage of infant formula that has left many families in the lurch. The shortage comes amidst skyrocketing inflation, compounding the financial difficulty for American families, while the Biden administration seems more interested in sending $40 billion to Ukraine. Plus, the hosts break down the pro-abortion protests at the homes of Supreme Court justices.
Picks of the week:
Emile: Groomers, To The Man, Casey Chalk
Micah: Will Orban Be Remembered as a Liberal?, Laszlo Bernat Veszpremy
Helen: The Bone-Locker's Speech, Margot Enns
Sohrab: What the Supreme Court Leak Means, Matthew Schmitz