Conservative Minds

A Podcast Examining Conservative Political Thought

About the show

Welcome to Conservative Minds – a podcast about conservative ideas and thinkers. We explore what it means to call yourself a conservative, where conservatism has been, and where it's going. Each week, we select readings and conduct a discussion to share with you our investigation. Join the conversation by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter at @consminds.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 101: Conservative Stories - Rachel Bovard

    Episode  |  May 27th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  41 mins 23 secs
  • Episode 100: William F. Buckley - God and Man at Yale

    Episode  |  May 16th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  41 mins 47 secs

    For our centennial episode, we read God and Man at Yale, a 1951 book by William F. Buckley Jr., based on his undergraduate experiences at Yale . Buckley criticized the school for forcing collectivist, Keynesian, and secularist ideology on students. We discuss this and how it relates to current debates about politcis in the academy.

  • Episode 99: John Mearsheimer - The Great Delusion

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  45 mins 54 secs

    Mearsheimer argues that liberal hegemony — the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended — is doomed to fail. It would be better, he says, for America to practice restraint in the foreign policy sphere based on a sound understanding of how nationalism and realism constrain great powers.

  • Episode 98: Michael Strain - Forget the Economics of Grievance

    Episode  |  April 11th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  42 mins 9 secs

    We discussed "Forget the Economics of Grievance", a National Review article by Michael R. Strain.

  • Episode 97: Tim Stanley - Whatever Happened to Tradition?

    Episode  |  March 29th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  42 mins 57 secs

    Stanley talks about how tradition can be both beautiful and useful, how it's been undermined, and how it can be restored.

  • Episode 96: Conservative Stories -- Corey Astill

    Episode  |  March 14th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  46 mins 28 secs

    The second in our series of discussions with conservative people — their stories and where they think the movement is going.

  • Episode 95: Conservative Stories -- Kyle Sammin

    Episode  |  February 28th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  40 mins 34 secs

    First in a series of discussions with conservative people — their stories and where they think the movement is going.

  • Episode 94: WSJ Editorial Board - Trust and Expertise

    Episode  |  February 21st, 2022  |  Season 5  |  46 mins 22 secs
  • Episode 93: Kimberle Crenshaw – Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex

    Episode  |  January 24th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  42 mins 6 secs

    Crenshaw's law review article from 1989 is one of the foundational documents of critical race theory.

  • Episode 92: Thomas Paine - Common Sense

    Episode  |  January 17th, 2022  |  Season 5  |  42 mins 1 sec

    Paine's Common Sense made public a persuasive and impassioned case for independence early in the American Revolution, one that was widely read and influential at the time of the American founding.

  • Episode 91: Adrian Wooldridge - The Aristocracy of Talent

    Episode  |  December 20th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  44 mins 16 secs

    In The Aristocracy of Talent, Adrian Wooldridge traces the history of meritocracy and looks outside western cultures and shows what transformative effects it has had everywhere it has been adopted, especially once women were brought into the meritocratic system. He also shows how meritocracy has now become corrupted and argues that the recent stalling of social mobility is the result of failure to complete the meritocratic revolution. Rather than abandoning meritocracy, he says, we should call for its renewal.

  • Episode 90: Michael Sandel - The Tyranny of Merit

    Episode  |  November 29th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  45 mins 11 secs

    Philosopher Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome modern crises, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality, questioning the value of meritocracy itself.

  • Episode 89: Peter Turchin - Ages of Discord

    Episode  |  November 15th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  46 mins 21 secs

    Turchin says that long spells of equitable prosperity and internal peace are succeeded by protracted periods of inequity, increasing misery, and political instability. These crisis periods — Ages of Discord — have recurred in societies throughout history. Are we entering one now?

  • Episode 88: Bruno Maçães - History Has Begun

    Episode  |  October 18th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  44 mins 7 secs

    Americans believe in the liberal values that have guided Western politics since the Second World War, but Maçães argues that they are "true in a different way."

  • Episode 87: C.S. Lewis - The Abolition of Man

    Episode  |  October 6th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  40 mins 48 secs

    Lewis discusses "men without chests," the loss of virtue and values that comes from reliance on reason alone, moral subjectivism versus natural law.

  • Episode 86: Season 5 Recap

    Episode  |  September 7th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  42 mins 9 secs

    We look back at the last sixteen episodes and discuss the themes and ideas they shared.