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Unregistered 141: Dave Smith



My favorite comedian and political commentator joined me again for a discussion about fatherhood, indoctrination in families, the benefit of reading neo-Nazis, the libertarian conundrum on immigration, the “rich people’s politics” of most Americans, and how we both resent being associated with a president we both consider to be a mass murderer.

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Unregistered 140: Matt Welch



Matt Welch joined me to talk about his remarkable and—from my point of view—enviable career in journalism. After founding a counter-cultural newspaper in post-Communist Prague he went on to write columns for the Los Angeles Times, serve as Editor-in-Chief of Reason magazine, and co-host a short-lived but stunningly intelligent cable news show (The Independents). He is now Editor at Large for Reason and co-host of The Fifth Column—which I consider to be the best news analysis podcast on the internet.

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Unregistered 139: Justin Weiss



Justin Weiss became addicted to heroin and methamphetamine as a young teenager. Over the next decade he was made a ward of the state and incarcerated in juvenile detention facilities, adult prisons, and a series of brutal “rehabilitation” centers. He lived on the street and in trap houses. Now, as a recovering addict and a father, he wants to change everything about the system that treats people who need love like criminals.

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Unregistered 138: Coolee Bravo



I sat down with Chicago rapper and Vice Lords member Coolee Bravo to discuss life on the streets, in a gang, in prisons, in the Army, and under Joe Biden’s crime bill of 1994. Coolee also explains why a majority of black people “are not liberals.”

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Unregistered 137: Stephen Wertheim



Stephen Wertheim, a fellow U.S. history PhD from Columbia and a director of the anti-war Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, engaged me in a wonderful debate over the history of American imperialism and the pivotal era of World War II, when American policymakers secretly laid the plans for the United States to emerge from the war as the global hegemonic superpower.

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Unregistered 136: JJ Boogie



I spoke with Jason “JJ Boogie” Reichert about his life of transgressing racial boundaries while trafficking in joy. The recipient of a 2019 Black Music Honors Award, Jay is the guitarist as well as a producer and writer for the historic hip-hop group Arrested Development, one of my favorite musical acts of all time. He has also performed with Taj Mahal and produced for Eminem.

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Unregistered 135: Jesse Walker



Jesse Walker has studied conspiracy theories, fringe political movements, moral panics, and mass hysterias for most of his life. He is the books editor at Reason magazine and the author of The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory. Now was the time to talk to him.

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Unregistered 134: David Harsanyi



I sat down with a nice Jewish boy from New York City who grew up to become a champion of gun rights and an opponent of democracy: David Harsanyi, senior writer at National Review, former founding editor of The Federalist, and the author of First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun and The People Have Chosen (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy.

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Unregistered 133: Tom Woods



I finally sat down with Tom Woods, author of numerous bestselling books, host of the long-running and enormously successful Tom Woods Show podcast, arguably the most important living libertarian other than Ron Paul, and the best economics teacher I’ve ever had. We discuss Tom’s history of alienation from his school peers, our very different experiences as history PhD students at Columbia, why he converted to traditionalist Catholicism, his love for his five daughters, the different schools of libertarian thought, and of course the COVID lockdowns and “the most inane election” either of us can remember.

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Unregistered 132: Barbara Fields and Adam Rothman



I was joined by two old friends and colleagues, the eminent historians Barbara Fields of Columbia University and Adam Rothman of Georgetown University, who in my mind are two of the most brilliant analysts of the history and politics of race and racism in the United States. We begin with a discussion of their recent Dissent magazine article that laments the inattention given to white victims of police violence, recounts the history of the cross-racial coalition in the 1850s that ended slavery, and calls for building a non-racial coalition now to end police killings. The second half of the conversation focuses on Barbara’s classic work on the history, uses and mis-uses of the concepts of race and racism. This episode makes my life feel whole.

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