1 December 2021


Mean girl politics

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

Are we headed for hyperinflation?

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

What do we want from Bill Maher?

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

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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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.

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.

Why the CIA is designed for “compulsive activism”

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.

Trump’s heir

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

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.

The Wright Show

Is religion bad for the world?

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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.


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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The Wright Show

Over the line or merely fringe?

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


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.

Culturally Determined

SNL as a conservative institution

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


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.