159 episodes

Subversive is a podcast by Alex Kaschuta about ideas that may not fit neatly into the Overton window and could use a nudge, or a sledgehammer. Alex chats to thinkers across the spectrum from iconoclast philosophers, rogue scientists, *real* journalists, and our true intellectual elite, Twitter anons.

If you want to support the show or my work in general, head to my Substack: www.alexkaschuta.com
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Subversive w/Alex Kaschuta Alexandra Kaschuta

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 255 Ratings

Subversive is a podcast by Alex Kaschuta about ideas that may not fit neatly into the Overton window and could use a nudge, or a sledgehammer. Alex chats to thinkers across the spectrum from iconoclast philosophers, rogue scientists, *real* journalists, and our true intellectual elite, Twitter anons.

If you want to support the show or my work in general, head to my Substack: www.alexkaschuta.com
or Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aksubversive

    John Arcto - A thousand flowers blooming outside the Overton Window

    John Arcto - A thousand flowers blooming outside the Overton Window

    This is the first half of our conversation. The full episode and the complete archive of Subversive episodes, including exclusive episodes and my writing, are available on Substack.

    You can also subscribe to the podcast sans writing on Patreon for a bit less.

    This is how the show is financed and grows, so I appreciate every contribution!

    Please subscribe at:
    https://www.alexkaschuta.com/
    https://www.patreon.com/aksubversive

    We discuss our personal journeys and the factors that led us to the Dissident Right. We also touch on the fragmentation and infighting within the dissident right, the importance of Christianity in the UK, and the tension between ethno-nationalism and class elements. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the culture wars, the impact of social media, and the need for the right to find common ground and focus on effective strategies. We also discuss the manipulation of women's empathetic nature, the bundling of issues in politics, the flaws of first-past-the-post systems, the rise of the elite human capital right, the impact of gay marriage on societal norms, and the need for strong leadership to effect change, the challenges of imposing pro-social norms without strictures, the power of minorities in representative democracies, and the potential for backlash in the culture war. We also touch on the success of populist leaders in El Salvador and the importance of a strong client class for change.



    Chapters

    00:00 Attraction and Disillusionment with the Dissident Right

    05:41 Differences between the Dissident Right in the UK and the US

    11:20 The Escalation of the Culture Wars

    16:25 Finding Common Ground in the Dissident Right Movement

    32:27 The Influence of Women in Politics and the Challenges of Bundling Issues

    36:14 The Elite Human Capital Right and the Role of Leadership in Driving Change

    45:08 The Impact of the Sexual Revolution and the Institutionalization of Postmodern Values

    56:02 Power Dynamics: The Rights of Minorities and the Marginalization of the Majority

    John Arcto is a British writer and the author of the Substack The Anglofuturist


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    • 42 min
    Walt Bismarck - The boys are back in town

    Walt Bismarck - The boys are back in town

    This is the first half of our conversation. The full episode and the complete archive of Subversive episodes, including exclusive episodes and my writing, are available on Substack.

    You can also subscribe to the podcast sans writing on Patreon for a bit less.

    This is how the show is financed and grows, so I appreciate every contribution!

    Please subscribe at:
    https://www.alexkaschuta.com/
    https://www.patreon.com/aksubversive

    Our conversation explores the genealogy and evolution of the alt-right movement, discussing its origins, key figures, and the reasons behind its rise and subsequent implosion. We also talk about the demographic makeup of the alt-right, the influence of events like the Ron Paul movement and the Trayvon Martin case, and the role of race and IQ in shaping the movement's ideology. The conversation also touches on the leadership vacuum within the alt-right and the challenges of navigating the online space, different styles of communication between men and women, the challenges women face in leadership roles, the changing dynamics of sexuality, and the impact of technology on society and much more.

    Walt Bismarck is a writer with a rapidly growing Substack presence and you can find him on Twitter as well.

    Chapters for the full chat

    00:00 Introduction to the alt-right movement

    06:04 Demographics and influences of the alt-right

    13:09 The leadership vacuum and challenges of the online space

    25:01 The emergence of the dissident right

    34:47 Introduction and the Importance of Women in Leadership

    38:02 The Changing Dynamics of Sexuality and Early Onset of Puberty

    47:31 Navigating the Complexities of the Modern World

    01:00:38 The Fragmentation of Political Movements

    01:01:27 Engaging with Different Worldviews

    01:02:35 Finding Fulfillment and Meaning in a Complex World

    01:03:29 Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies

    01:10:05 The Historical and Cultural Dynamics of Eastern Europe

    The Walt Right

    We also mentioned a previous guest’s Substack on the show, Regan Arntz-Gray.

    https://www.allcatsarefemale.com/


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    • 52 min
    Bryan Caplan - Don't doom yourself.

    Bryan Caplan - Don't doom yourself.

    This is the first half of our conversation. The full episode and the complete archive of Subversive episodes, including exclusive episodes and my writing, are available on Substack.

    You can also subscribe to the podcast sans writing on Patreon for a bit less.

    This is how the show is financed and grows, so I appreciate every contribution!

    Please subscribe at:
    https://www.alexkaschuta.com/
    https://www.patreon.com/aksubversive

    Our conversation explores the topic of housing and its influence on people's lives, the supply and demand dynamics of the housing market, the problem of expanding housing supply and preserving cultural values, the impact of immigration on housing demand, the effect of open borders on non-college educated workers, negativity bias in the news, the role of the internet in shaping cultural conversations, the impact of screens and technology on children and more.

    Bryan Caplan is an economist and author. A professor of economics at George Mason University, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center, and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He publishes his own blog on Substack, which I highly recommend, Bet on It.

    Bet On It

    Chapters

    00:00 The Exorbitant Cost of Housing

    02:01 Government Regulation and Housing Prices

    04:14 Expanding Housing Supply and Cultural Values

    06:39 Deregulation and Open Borders

    10:55 The Internet and the Negativity Bias

    45:05 Nature vs. Nurture and Parenting

    48:26 The Impact of Screens and Technology on Children

    54:39 Choosing Coping Strategies and Individual Responsibility

    01:06:09 Underrated Thinkers




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    • 46 min
    Regan Arntz-Grey - How much agency do we have?

    Regan Arntz-Grey - How much agency do we have?

    This is the first half of our conversation. Substack offers the full episode and the complete archive of Subversive episodes, including exclusive episodes and my writing.

    You can also subscribe to the podcast sans writing on Patreon for a bit less.

    This is how the show is financed and grows, so I appreciate every contribution!

    Please subscribe at:⁠

    https://www.alexkaschuta.com/

    ⁠https://www.patreon.com/aksubversive/


    We chat about the concept of agency and how it relates to women's sexuality, the role of societal norms and expectations, and the importance of personal responsibility. We also touch on the dating market, gender differences, the impact of cultural shifts on relationships, transgender athletes in sports, the optimal rate of divorce, and the challenges of online communities.

    Regan Arntz-Grey is a writer with a compelling presence on Substack.


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    • 47 min
    Adam Van Buskirk (@Empty_America) - The strange 21st century

    Adam Van Buskirk (@Empty_America) - The strange 21st century

    This is the first half of our conversation. Substack offers the full episode and the complete archive of Subversive episodes, including exclusive episodes and my writing.

    You can also subscribe to the podcast sans writing on Patreon for a bit less.

    This is how the show is financed and grows, so I appreciate every contribution!

    Please subscribe at:⁠

    https://www.alexkaschuta.com/

    ⁠https://www.patreon.com/aksubversive/

    I speak with Adam about the concept of collapse and the various theories surrounding it, the likelihood of nuclear war as a primary cause of collapse, and the adaptability of complex systems. We also touch on the desire for revolution and the disconnect between online narratives and the real world. The conversation delves into the yearning for a different way of life and the challenges of escaping modernity, the impact of urbanization, immigration, and comparative advantage in different countries, the complexities of development, and the interconnectedness of the world. Our conversation also explores the crisis of competence in modern society and the decline of certain industries and professions, the perception that young people are checked out and not interested in high-status jobs, as well as the potential lack of competence in certain skilled trades.

    Adam Van Buskirk is a writer and knife craftsman who has written for Palladium
    https://www.palladiummag.com/author/adam-van-buskirk/
    and on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/AHVanBuskirk
    and https://twitter.com/Empty_America

    Chapters for the full episode

    00:00 Exploring the Concept of Collapse and Theories Surrounding It
    09:17 The Likelihood of Nuclear War as a Primary Cause of Collapse
    14:04 The Durability and Adaptability of Complex Systems
    24:28 The Yearning for a Different Way of Life and the Challenges of Escaping Modernity
    30:44 The Impact of Urbanization, Immigration, and Comparative Advantage
    37:15 The Complexities of Development and the Interconnectedness of the World
    45:09 The Crisis of Competence and the Decline of Industries
    52:13 The Modern Caesar: Power and Dominance over Global Elites
    01:04:34 The Decline of Adult Nightlife and the Retreat Indoors
    01:10:39 The Pacification of Society: Increased Sensitivity and Decreased Tolerance
    01:22:34 Reassessing the Ideas of Past Thinkers


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    • 46 min
    Jeremy Carl - A Reckoning on Race: Why we need to be honest about anti-whiteness

    Jeremy Carl - A Reckoning on Race: Why we need to be honest about anti-whiteness

    We speak about:


    The three pillars of modern anti-white civil rights laws: affirmative action, disparate impact, and the erosion of freedom of association.


    Criminality and different treatment under the law - the Central Park Five case.


    Hollywood and Madison Avenue.


    White flight and gentrification.





    Jeremy Carl is a senior fellow at Claremont Institute; he also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Trump and is a former research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.


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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
255 Ratings

255 Ratings

shootthemoonmom ,

This show is awesome.

Alex is an interesting person who is very thoughtful. It’s good that a woman with a family is so prominent in this space. That is rare.

Those on the deep right, nrx, paleolibertarian, nationalist, etc. will feel at home listening to this show. You won’t agree with all the guests but you will enjoy it none the less.

Everybody else will be challenged and still get something out of it.

leimar33 ,

Wonderful!

Alex is so tremendously thoughtful and deft. Covfefe Anon episodes are my favorite. So many clever, funny people

PensFan40 ,

Revolting

Straight-up apologia for fascism and white nationalism. I’m kind of amazed this stuff can be published, and I don’t particularly care if that makes me sound censorious.

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