The American Mind’s ‘Editorial Roundtable’ podcast is a weekly conversation with Matt Peterson, James Poulos, David Bahr, and Spencer Klavan devoted to uncovering the ideas and principles that drive American political life. Stream here or download from your favorite podcast host.
Liberty on a Ventilator | The Roundtable Ep. 16
As Trump taps a loyal supporter to be postmaster general, Ryan educates us on the days of Taft and the spoils system. Matt discusses the importance of liberty in the age rule by Governor Gavin “Karen” Newsom. Plus: the anti-American 1619 Project continues to poison American education and discourse, and now its creator has a Pulitzer to lend her faux legitimacy. Our editors shout into the void.
Once Upon a Time in American Politics | Segment 1
Once upon a time, when a new president took office, he would usher in a fresh crop of personnel along with him. Our editors discuss that tentatcled monstrosity, the administrative state, which was meant to reform the corruptions of the old system but ended up entrenching them still deeper. Trump’s move hearkens back to an older and better way of doing things. Timestamp 0:48
Freedom in the Age of Wuhan | Segment 2
The kids on the New Right ridicule boomers who elevate freedom and liberty at all costs and above all. But the virus has reminded us that freedom is indeed a necessary condition for flourishing—one which the American people are dispiritingly ill-inclined to defend. Timestamp 28:27
And the Pravda Award goes to…| Segment 3
Nikole Hannah-Jones wins a Pulitzer Prize for the 1619 Project without responding to any of the serious scholarly objections raised by prominent historians both left and right. The Project has been installed as K-12 curriculum in thousands of schools across the country, exposing the corruption of our cultural institutions and demonstrating that this was never about the facts at all: the propaganda is the point. Timestamp 53:11