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Unregistered 115: Samuel Moyn



What are human rights, where do they come from and what are we willing to do to enforce them? Are we obligated to intervene in other countries when they are violated? I talked with Yale historian Samuel Moyn about the history of this curious and often lethal idea known as human rights.

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Unregistered 114: Daniel McCarthy



Daniel McCarthy, the editor of Modern Age magazine, gave me a lesson on the history and meaning of the most misunderstood political ideology in America: conservatism.

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Unregistered 113: Bill Ottman



Bill Ottman, the founder of Minds.com, spoke with me about his company’s alternative to the dominant social media companies that censor lawful speech, sell our personal data to corporations and government agencies, refuse to disclose their algorithms, and enjoy massive tax breaks and government subsidies that grant them monopoly power.

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Unregistered 112: Cody Wilson



I spoke with Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, which provides open-source software and hardware that allows anyone to make their own guns, about his success in nothing less than subverting the state’s monopoly on violence.

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Unregistered 111: Brendan O’Neill



I had a friendly collision with Brendan O’Neill, the editor of Spiked, about whether democracy is the cure or the disease for our current political troubles.

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Unregistered 110: Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay



Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay join me to discuss the claim, made by a number of prominent public intellectuals, that what is called “postmodernism” is responsible for the authoritarian and hysterical politics coming out of college campuses. Unlike nearly all those intellectuals, Pluckrose and Lindsay have actually studied not only “social justice” and identity politics but also the texts of postmodernist thinkers.

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Unregistered 109: Daniel Coffeen



Daniel Coffeen is a fellow academic exile, a philosopher and word magician, a “Jew-clown know-it-all,” and the future star of Renegade University. He also holds a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley, where he was a lecturer for many years, and is the author of Reading the Way of Things: Towards a New Technology of Making Sense.

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Episode 108: Linda Williams



Linda Williams was the first American academic to make pornography a subject of serious scholarly work, so of course I had to interview her. In her house near the UC Berkeley football stadium, we talked about her courage to break through the conservatism of the academy, her motivations for doing so, and the history of the “secret museum” of adult erotic films.

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Episode 107: A Higher Education (the Free Man Beyond the Wall interview)



On my recent appearance on the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast, I was able to talk in depth about several topics I don’t usually get to discuss on Unregistered, from the government-created higher education monopoly that Renegade University is challenging to the surprising and little-known racial history of Jews in America, the central importance of the Stonewall riots in expanding American freedom, and my argument that the United States entry into World War II guaranteed the fulfillment of the Holocaust.

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Episode 106: Dr. Warren Farrell



Warren Farrell was a national celebrity for being the leading male advocate for women’s liberation. Now he’s considered a pariah by many feminists for promoting the liberation of men. We sat down in his house among the redwoods in Mill Valley, California to discuss the importance of his career for me, for men, for women, and for the relationships between us.

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