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 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.
Episode 85: George Packer - How America Fractured into Four Parts
Episode | August 23rd, 2021 | Season 5 | 46 mins 5 secs
Packer writes about an America shattered into four increasingly hostile tribes.
Episode 84: Martin Gurri - The Revolt of the Public
Episode | August 2nd, 2021 | Season 5 | 45 mins 20 secs
Technology has reversed the information balance of power between the public and the elites who manage the great hierarchical institutions of the industrial age — government, political parties, the media. Gurri tells us how insurgencies, enabled by digital devices and a vast information sphere, have mobilized millions of ordinary people around the world.
Episode 83: Adrian Vermeule - Beyond Originalism
Episode | July 19th, 2021 | Season 5 | 43 mins 6 secs
Professor Adrian Vermeule's 2020 article proposes a new legal philosophy for conservatives, one at odds with prevailing originalist theories on the right.
Episode 82: E. F. Schumacher - Small Is Beautiful
Episode | July 5th, 2021 | Season 5 | 45 mins 20 secs
In "Small Is Beautiful", economist Schumacher criticizes mainstream economics and advances the idea that small, appropriate technologies are a superior alternative to the mainstream ethos of "bigger is better".
Episode 81: Henry Hazlitt — Man versus the Welfare State
Episode | June 21st, 2021 | Season 5 | 45 mins 18 secs
Episode 80: Thomas Jefferson - Selected Readings
Episode | June 9th, 2021 | Season 5 | 43 mins 46 secs
Jefferson's writings give an insight into the philosophy of the early republic and especially the influence of John Locke and other Enlightenment thinkers on the American founding.
Episode 79: Grace Olmstead - Uprooted
Episode | May 12th, 2021 | Season 5 | 45 mins 48 secs
Partly an elegy for the farming community in which she was raised, partly a reflection on the transient, frenetic life that has become the American ideal, Olmstead examines the things that make communities work, the things that built them, and the things we have lost.
Episode 78: Vaclav Havel - The Power of the Powerless
Episode | May 3rd, 2021 | Season 5 | 39 mins 23 secs
Havel's essay described the nature of post-totalitarian dictatorship and the need for people to live within the truth.
Episode 77: Roger Scruton - How to Be a Conservative
Episode | April 26th, 2021 | Season 5 | 42 mins 16 secs
Episode 76: Frank Meyer & Russell Kirk - What is Conservatism?
Episode | March 28th, 2021 | Season 5 | 43 mins 44 secs
Episode 75: Herbert Marcuse - One-Dimensional Man
Episode | March 13th, 2021 | Season 5 | 42 mins 10 secs