8 December 2021


The inscrutable Joe Manchin

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the West Virginia senator’s opaque legislative strategy.

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Infrastructure vs. inflation

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether concerns about inflation will hurt the infrastructure bill’s chances in the Senate.

Taking the race debate seriously

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter talk about why they continue to push their messages about race in the US.

Mean girl politics

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether sniping among members of Congress defines our politics.

Is religion bad for the world?

In a bloggingheads classic from 2009, Robert Wright and Christopher Hitchens debate the thesis of Hitchens’s book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

Are we headed for hyperinflation?

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

Saving the species by transcending species-typical tendencies

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

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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.


What if Kant had never been born?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger ponder the role of contingency in the history of philosophy.

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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.

Culturally Determined

Memes and the socialist left

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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.


The tricky politics of fixing inflation

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