27 November 2021


Are we headed for hyperinflation?

Glenn Loury and economist Laurence Kotlikoff discuss whether current US inflation rates will send us into a longterm crisis. Play entire video

Memes and the socialist left

Mike Watson talks about his new book, The Memeing of Mark Fisher: How the Frankfurt School Foresaw Capitalist Realism and What To Do About It.

Over the line or merely fringe?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether recent behavior by Representatives Paul Gosar and Lauren Boebert is worthy of a formal censure.

Were cocaine sentencing disparities “racist”?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the role of race in crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparities in the 1980s and 1990s.

The tricky politics of fixing inflation

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss why the delayed effects of inflation fixes may not pay off in time for Biden.

SNL as a conservative institution

Seth Simons, whose newsletter Humorism covers comedy from the left, argues that Saturday Night Live is conservative.

A conservative prescription for ending racial inequality

In a speech at the National Conservatism Convention, Glenn Loury critiques conservative attitudes toward racial inequality and proposes a new way forward.

How foreign money shapes US foreign policy discourse

Eli Clifton of the Quincy Institute runs through a list of think tanks that serve foreign interests.

“It is morally imperative to not say true things on social media”

Philosopher Justin E. H. Smith discusses his recent essay arguing that social media is swallowing real life.


What do we want from Bill Maher?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the comic’s recent criticisms of the Democratic Party.


Saving the species by transcending species-typical tendencies

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss the importance of overcoming cognitive distortions that are part of human nature.

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The Wright Show

Why the CIA is designed for “compulsive activism”

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Stephen Kinzer, author of The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War,

explains how the CIA’s organizational structure leads to interventionism around the world.

The Wright Show

Trump’s heir

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss who will claim ideological leadership of the Republican Party.


A judge on trial

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether the judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is putting his thumb on the scale.


How should Glenn Youngkin govern?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss how the Virginia governor-elect should run the state following his narrow victory.