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 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
Episode 72: Frederick Jackson Turner - Significance of the Frontier in American History
Turner argues that the frontier area of free land and the advance of American settlement westward, explain American democracy. Up to the late 1800s, American social development had been continually beginning over again on the frontier. This perennial rebirth, this fluidity of American life, this expansion westward with its new opportunities furnish the forces dominating American character. He says the true point of view in the history of this nation is not the Atlantic coast, it is the Great West.
Episode 71: Robert Welch - Blue Book of the John Birch Society
Robert Welch founded the Johh Birch Society in the late 1950s as a bulwark against communist advancement in America. We dive into the history and beliefs of the "Birchers." We also read The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter. We use these readings as a jumping off point to discuss conspiracy theories on the Right and Left.