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3 July 2022

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What’s conservative about the conservative justices?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether the Supreme Court’s majority is guided by conservative philosophy or just a conservative policy agenda. Play entire video

Reaching out to “the enemy”

Robert Wright and Matthew Yglesias discuss the difficult but necessary work of thinking outside the tribe.

Who loses in the gun fight?

Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate the fallout from the Supreme Court’s ruling that states must allow individuals to carry guns outside the home.

What do we know about diversity?

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss whether student knowledge about racial preferences in college admissions distorts our knowledge of black students’ real intellectual abilities.

The “Putin’s talking points” smear

Robert Wright and Matt Duss, foreign policy advisor to Bernie Sanders, discuss the debate-terminating accusation.

How diverse should viewpoint diversity be?

Glenn Loury and Jonathan Haidt discuss the point where maintaining viewpoint diversity meets the necessity of advocating for specific policy positions.

Propaganda: explanation or excuse?

Robert Wright and Russian artist and writer Nikita Petrov discuss the Russian people’s responsibility to resist disinformation.

The unified field theory of non-whiteness

Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss the possible fragmentation of a political coalition of “people of color” in the US.

Deflating the inflation issue

Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis ask whether Democrats’ anti-Trump midterm strategy will win over voters angry about inflation, gas prices, and quality of life issues.

The Glenn Show

Reckoning with the Ukraine War

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Glenn Loury and Nikita Petrov discuss the Russia-Ukraine war and the problem of responsibility under the conditions of political repression.

The DMZ

Will voters care about abortion in November?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether the overturning of Roe v. Wade will remain a motivating issue through the midterms.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Virtue signaling as foreign policy

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss growing skepticism toward Biden’s “struggle against autocracy.”

The DMZ

Should America raise the age to own a firearm?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss proposed changes to American gun laws in the wake of the most recent spate of mass shootings.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

“We kill people for policies that do no f***ing good”

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus weigh the merits of the US’s use of sanctions.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Is Ukraine becoming another Syria?

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Robert Wright and Syria expert Joshua Landis discuss whether US policy is helping to turn Ukraine into a devastating frozen conflict.