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
SCOTUS Samuel Alito - Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization
Episode | January 23rd, 2023 | Season 5 | 44 mins 39 secs
Our analysis of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health.
Episode 105: John Stuart Mill - On Liberty
Episode | December 20th, 2022 | Season 5 | 42 mins 39 secs
Conservative Stories - Anthony Hennen
Episode | September 12th, 2022 | Season 5 | 41 mins 54 secs
We're back from summer hiatus! In this episode, we talked about conservatism and the news business with reporter Anthony Hennen.
Episode 103: Jonah Goldberg - Liberal Fascism
Episode | July 20th, 2022 | Season 5 | 44 mins 5 secs
Goldberg explains that fascism is an offshoot of socialism and, rather than being conservative, is just another variety of far-left thought.
102: Jonathan Haidt - Why the Last Ten Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid
Episode | June 29th, 2022 | Season 5 | 44 mins 46 secs
Haidt writes about social media and the downfall of normal society.
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.