Transcripts (34)

Koenraad Elst

Brown Pundits

  • 2 days ago
  • 01:37:27

The Brown Pundits talk to Koenraad Elst.

Keerthik Sasidharan, Dharma Forest, and the Mahabharata War

Brown Pundits

  • 22 days ago
  • 01:03:53

Omar Ali talks to Keerthik Sasidharan about his book Dharma Forest, and its historical and philosophical background.

Akshay Alladi, India and conservatism

Brown Pundits

  • about 1 month ago
  • 01:22:23

Omar, Srikanth,  and Mukunda talk to Akshay Alladi about his vision of Indian conservatism. 

American Civil War, with Richard Hanania

Brown Pundits

  • about 1 month ago
  • 01:25:27

For this episode of Unsupervised Learning, I talked to Richard Hanania of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology. Richard is a smart and heterodox thinker whose ideas and opinions are informed by his background as a scholar of political science. He’s not “winging it.” Last fall The Washington Post published his op-ed, Americans hate each other. But we aren’t headed for civil war. My big question for him was if he had updated his assessment in light of recent events. In addition to talking about whether the US will erupt in civil war or suffer a coup in the next decade, we also discuss a new reporthe co-authored, The National Populist Illusion: Why Culture, Not Economics, Drives American Politics. The conclusion is that a populist economic realignment isn’t happening, and in much of the podcast we discuss  Richard’s belief that Republicans and Democrats will “regress to the mean.” He believes Donald J. Trump is a sui generis figure, and with his exit, Republicans will probably want to revert to their old playbook. We also mull over the possibility that the “Great Awokening,” a phenomenon first identified by one of the fellows at Richard’s think-tank, Zach Goldberg, still has steam left in it, and what that means for the Biden administration. Finally, while recording the podcast we uncover intriguing evidence that Jon Ossoff, Senator-Elect from Georgia, is “I.D.W.-adjacent.”

Glenn Loury: heterodox academy of one

Brown Pundits

  • 2 months ago
  • 01:02:37

I’ve long followed Dr. Loury’s career since I read a 2002 profile about his life in First Things. To say it’s been interesting is understating the case. For those who are more curious, I highly recommend the Glenn Show, which has been running in various forms since 2008. On this podcast we discuss: The value of economics as a predictive discipline Classical papers and texts in economics The abolition of the GRE The fall of the American academy China and globalization Dr. Ibram X. Kendi John von Neumann came up a few times. Once in relation to Dr. Kendi.