Weekly episodes of Ricochet’s flagship podcast feature our hosts James Lileks, Rob Long, Peter Robinson, and guests discussing the issues of the week.
Henry Kissinger is gone after a century on Planet Earth. The most influential diplomat of the last fifty years, he's never been short of fierce criticisms from both the left and right. The great war historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to the Ricochet Podcast to give a careful review of the controversial emissary.
Plus Lileks, Robinson and Long are reunited after a couple weeks to evaluate Thursdays much-touted DeSantis/Newsom faceoff and they give their early impressions of Argentina's triumphant Milei and the seemingly vindicated Geert Wilders.
Trending and Blowin' Up!
Perhaps you're failing to vibe with Bin Laden and thus feeling a bit behind the times. Then again, you could be a sane person with a moral compass. James, Charles and Steve cover this and more with Noah Rothman, author of The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives' War on Fun. Aside from his anti-Osama stance, Noah takes us through the relevant considerations about America's interests abroad, the nearly abandoned project to promote democracy and the modern world's Western neurotic who's always clamoring for a club to beat their own civilization with.
The hosts also cover anti-Israel influencers on the right — edgelords or anti-semites? — and worry that the U.S. is picking a most inopportune time to be frivilous.
Panda-monium and Other Evils
We've made it to number 666! Unfortunately among the three of them James, Steve Hayward and Charles Cooke haven't a single sinister plan to reveal. They do however have lots to say about Wednesday's debate; progressive love for Hamas and what it means for the intersectionality coalition; and they wonder why there are no DACA protections for beloved pandas!
The Long Arc Forward with Christopher Rufo
The fight for our civilization is here, and today's guest is no stranger to the fray. Christopher Rufo is a member of the New College of Florida board and the mastermind of a number of projects devoted to winning the culture war. He's the author of the new bestseller America's Cultural Revolution: How the Radical Left Conquered Everything, which covers why the right's been on the losing side, and today he chats with Rob, Peter and James about how we can turn the tide. If you're seeking bold strategies on how to save our country, this is the podcast for you.
- Soundbite from the open: Christopher Wray and Kamala Harris
Under The Influence
Even a pessimist would have reason experience surprise and consternation by the extent of our institutional crises. It's revealed that American students know nothing of the history of the Holocaust and the story of the Jewish people in its aftermath. We've seen our government progressively possessed by the whims of influencer representatives. Even today's guest Yuval Levin, who's painstakingly documented this descent, is a bit bewildered. He joins Rob, James and Peter as they cover everything from Jewish students being forced to hide in a library, to priorities for Israel and of course on to the People's House and the hopes we may yet hold out for it.
- Audio from today's opening is new Speaker Mike Johnson's first address to Congress.
This Year in Israel
Nice as it would be to turn away, the Ricochet Podcast follows up on the chaos covered last week with a new pair of guests. David P Goldman joins for the first time to o lay out China’s long term strategy to build global markets, the edge it's gaining in the tech sector, the risks of its real estate bubble and the types of opportunity it may look for from the war in Middle East. Then Annika Rothstein gives a powerful report from what we may call the relative saftey of Jersulem. She talks about her harrowing trip to Kibbutz Be'eri and the mood of Israelis stuck waiting for the war to begin.
Peter, James and Steve Hayward discuss the bloodthirsty protests stateside and in Europe (where Steve's calling from); and with all the unrest, they lament how little can be done without a functioning functioning House of Representatives.
Smart and funny
The hosts are always worth hearing, even if they are chatting about their vacations or such things between topics. The guests are invariably impressive and I always learn something. At the end of an episode, I feel more optimistic about our country.
Like a Rock
Long time listener, first time reviewer. I’m an original listener (if not subscriber, *cough*), since 2010 while living outside of the U.S. This podcast is collectively the adult in the room of modern podcasting. You speak to Gen X like few can. Thank you for all you do!
I agree with the Ricochet team that DeSantis’s tone on Ukraine is wrongheaded. On the other hand, In a review of Polifact commentary, looking at DeSantis 2014 to 2022, they don’t see a lot of room between his position on Russia with respect to the Crimean takeover, and the comments to Tucker. Importantly, they highlight that our voters are becoming skeptical as Biden moves money and equipment to them, ratcheting up the ante. As a result of 40% of GOP voters now weary of Biden’s agenda, DeSantis seems to be establishing his position to the Left of Trump. To me, that’s a good political move as he moves to secure the GOP nomination.