Click here to eFrank Furedi is a sociologist and social commentator. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury. His most recent book is “The Road to Ukraine: How the West Lost its Way.” Since the late 1990s, Frank has been widely cited about his views on why Western societies find it so difficult to engage with risk and uncertainty. He has published widely about controversies relating to issues such as health, parenting children, food and new technology. His book Invitation To Terror; Expanding the Empire of the Unknown (2007) explores the way in which the threat of terrorism has become amplified through the ascendancy of precautionary thinking. It develops the arguments contained in two previous books, Culture of Fear (2002) and Paranoid Parenting (2001). Both of these works investigate the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear, trust relations and social capital in contemporary society. Frank has also written extensively about issues to do with education and cultural life. His book, Wasted: Why Education Is Not Educating (2009) deals with the influence of the erosion of adult authority on schooling. On Tolerance (2011) offers a restatement of the importance of this concept for an open society. Authority: A Sociological History (2013) examines how the modern world has become far more comfortable with questioning authority than with affirming it.dit.
Today Ralph talks to Yoram Hazony, the President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, and current Chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation, a public affairs institute based in Washington that has hosted the National Conservatism Conference since 2019. Their conversation is about Yoram's most recent book, "Conservatism: A Rediscovery," that takes a new look at the history of conservatism and its potential future. I also highly recommend his book "The Virtue of Nationalism" that was published by Basic Books in September 2018. It has been selected as Conservative Book of the Year for 2019, and was an amazon #1 best-seller in both International Diplomacy and Nationalism.
In today's episode Ralph speaks with the historian and commentator Daniel Bermans (make sure to follow him on Twitter @DanielBerman2) Daniel Berman received his BA in Political Science and History from Bates College, an MLitt in Iranian Studies from the University of St. Andrews, and his Phd in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work has been published in the Diplomat, Times of Israel, and AMAC, and featured on Realclearpolitics. He worked in the United States Senate, and advised the last Administration.
Daniel Idfresne is a seventeen-year-old born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has experience on the Public Forum Debate team and is currently a member of the Philosophy Club at Brooklyn Technical High School. Tune in to the Daniel Idfresne Show, where he makes philosophical connections to political and cultural occurrences today.
In today’s episode Ralph talks with Dr. Barry Strauss about "The War that Made the Roman Empire" and what we can learn about leadership from Augustus. Barry S. Strauss is a historian and Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University. He is an expert on ancient military history and has written numerous books, including The Battle of Salamis (2004), The Trojan War (2006), The Spartacus War (2009), Masters of Command (2013), and The Death of Caesar (2015). His books have been translated into sixteen languages. His most recent book is “The War That Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium” in which professor Strauss takes a closer look at a conflict that would have a lasting effect on the direction of Western history. In addition to being a prolific writer, professor Strauss is also a commentator on contemporary issues from modern leadership to politics, and he publishes regularly in magazines like the New Criterion, the Wall Street Journal, and others. He is also a podcaster himself, and his podcast Antiquitas can be found on his personal homepage at www.barrystrauss.com. I highly encourage my listeners to take a look, because engaging with professor Strauss’ work is both educational and, due to his engaging writing style, entertaining and capturing. He is also a contributor to the highly acclaimed Netflix original series “Roman Empire.”
In today’s episode Ralph speaks with Newsweek’s deputy opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon (make sure to follow her on Twitter @bungarsargon) about the state of the Western working class, how elitism in the media has become a threat to democracy, and why Donald Trump might have enduring appeal. Ms. Ungar-Sargon has published her first book “Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy” in October 2021. You can get it on Amazon and other booksellers (I highly recommend you do) and on May 10th the audiobook read by the author herself will be available as well. In her book she describes how the Media shifted from being critical of those who held powerful positions in society to becoming part of the very powerful elites they were supposed to be critical of. Under the guise of culture wars Ms. Ungar-Sargon detects an actual class conflict that is deliberately (albeit maybe also unconsciously) obfuscated by focusing on cultural issues. he has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, the New York Review of Books Daily, and other publications. She has appeared numerous times on MSNBC, NBC, the Brian Lehrer Show, NPR, and at other media outlets.
In today's episode Ralph speaks with Gray Connolly (https://twitter.com/GrayConnolly) about geopolitics, history and culture. Gray Connolly is a Barrister-at-Law in Sydney, Australia. His practice is mainly in constitutional law, public law, as well as corporations and resources law, and Gray has advised the Australian Government on national security and public law matters. Gray served previously as a naval intelligence officer in the Royal Australian Navy in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, East Timor, and the Middle East, including service in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gray also periodically writes on national security and governance matters from a conservative perspective. He writes at “Strategy Counsel” and his Twitter is @GrayConnolly - all of Gray's comments are Gray's alone!
In today's Episode Ralph speaks with Elbridge A. Colby (@ElbridgeColby on Twitter). Mr. Colby is the co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition. He is the author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict (Yale University Press), which The Wall Street Journal selected as one of the top ten books of 2021. Colby’s work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The National Interest as well as in international outlets such as Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Nikkei Asia, The Hindustan Times, The Australian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Internationale Politik, Die Zeit, Le Figaro, The Spectator, Survival, La Stampa, The Taipei Times, Hankook Ilbo, The New Straits Times, and The Manila Standard. He is also the author of many book chapters, reports, and articles on defense and foreign policy issues. He has testified a number of times before Congress and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Colby is a recipient of the Distinguished and Exceptional Public Service Awards from the Department of Defense and of the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Colby is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
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