Co-hosts Emmet and John plumb the depths of history, culture, and philosophy to understand why it is that despite calamities and rapid change nothing feels possible anymore. Guests include artists, scholars, and thinkers from all over the world.
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Episode 98: THE END OF THE SHOW AND THE END OF HISTORY
John returns and they finish out the show by finishing Fukuyama's book and reflecting on the experience of working on the show.
Thanks to all of our listeners! It was a great run and we were overjoyed to have you with us.
Episode 97: [UNLOCKED] The End of History and the Last Man pt. II: The Old Age of Mankind
Matt Kelly rejoins the boys to talk about Fukuyama's weird liberalism, econ theory, the triumphalism of the 90s, Fukuyama as an OG anti-Islamic type, and more!
Check out Matt's Stuff:
Closing Song: RiFF RAFF - Double Cup 2 Cups (KEIFER GR33N Remix)
Episode 96: [UNLOCKED] The End of History and the Last Man: Our Pessimism
Emmet and John begin their series on Fukuyama's seminal The End of History and the Last Man. They talk through its context, Fukuyama's background, trouble some of his assumptions, and kick the tires of his liberal triumphalism in the opening 50 pages.
Closing Song: https://godshate.bandcamp.com/album/gods-hate
Episode 95: [UNLOCKED] Sanctions and Self-Interest ft. Phil Cunliffe
Phil Cunliffe joins Emmet to talk about his opposition to the UK's sanctions against Russia, the politics of self-interest, what happened to the nation-state, and more.
Phil's piece on the sanctions: https://unherd.com/thepost/its-time-to-end-gas-sanctions-on-russia/
Phil's piece on ChatGPT: https://unherd.com/thepost/chatgpt-a-morbid-symptom-of-our-declining-universities/
Phil's Twitter: https://twitter.com/thephilippics
Closing song: https://chatpile.bandcamp.com/album/gods-country
Episode 94: Engineering Engineers ft. Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson returns to the pod to talk with Emmet about becoming an engineer. They talk about the history of the profession in America, how engineers think, what they study, and how they look at the world.
Check out Mark Nelson (@energybants): https://twitter.com/energybants
Closing Song: https://willkraus.bandcamp.com/album/eye-escapes
[teaser] Leo Strauss and the Three Waves of Modernity ft. Alex Priou
Alex Priou from the New Thinkery podcast sits down with Emmet to talk about Leo Strauss and his posthumously published lecture "The Three Waves of Modernity. They talk about the split between the ancients and the moderns, what Strauss was really after, the tasks modernity presents us with today, whether or not we can recover lessons from the ancients, and more!
Check out the New Thinkery: https://thenewthinkery.com/listen/
The essay: https://archive.org/details/LeoStrauss3WavesOfModernityocr
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I started the podcast earlier this year while trying to better understand Lasch, and haven’t left since. Emmet is a great story teller and always allows his guests to speak and make their points. John is seemingly always sick, but his dry demeanor is quite enjoyable. Would (and have) recommended this one
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This podcast continues to deliver accessible and compelling discussions about topics that don’t get enough attention from other shows. Both hosts are serious about ideas, but they never come off as elitist or obscure. I credit this show with helping open my eyes to the importance of nuclear energy in the transition away from fossil fuels.
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If you’re sick of the “bread and games” distraction of day-to-day political coverage, and instead you’re looking for astute commentary and analysis of the obvious rot that is everywhere in our society, then this is a podcast for you. The hosts are well-spoken and well-read. Definitely worth a listen.