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The American Mind Podcast uncovers the ideas and principles that drive American political life. In each episode, we engage Claremont Institute scholars, co-conspirators, and critics in thought-provoking discussions about the real causes of our current political and cultural reality. We explore these ideas with an eye towards restoring American civic health. The Roundtable is a weekly show, hosted by our editors and publisher with a unique blend of joviality and intellectually stimulating conversation, boosted by an occasional glass of whisky. Each episode focuses on a handful of topics that carry significant weight in the debate of ideas for the best path of American life, both privately and civically. Of course, we do reserve some time for fun in each show. Occasionally, we produce special podcast features on individual topics with commentary from the top thinkers in America today. Think of American Mind Podcast specials as succinct audio-documentaries. Tell us what you think! Subscribe to our channel, rate us, leave a review, and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues! Interested in hearing from us on a particular topic? Email your suggestions to americanmind@claremont.org. And visit our website, americanmind.org, for essays, editorials, debates, and more. The American Mind, The Roundtable, and our specials are productions of the Claremont Institute. The mission of the Claremont Institute is the recovery of the American idea—the timeless principles that have made America great since its founding.

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The American Mind Podcast uncovers the ideas and principles that drive American political life. In each episode, we engage Claremont Institute scholars, co-conspirators, and critics in thought-provoking discussions about the real causes of our current political and cultural reality. We explore these ideas with an eye towards restoring American civic health. The Roundtable is a weekly show, hosted by our editors and publisher with a unique blend of joviality and intellectually stimulating conversation, boosted by an occasional glass of whisky. Each episode focuses on a handful of topics that carry significant weight in the debate of ideas for the best path of American life, both privately and civically. Of course, we do reserve some time for fun in each show. Occasionally, we produce special podcast features on individual topics with commentary from the top thinkers in America today. Think of American Mind Podcast specials as succinct audio-documentaries. Tell us what you think! Subscribe to our channel, rate us, leave a review, and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues! Interested in hearing from us on a particular topic? Email your suggestions to americanmind@claremont.org. And visit our website, americanmind.org, for essays, editorials, debates, and more. The American Mind, The Roundtable, and our specials are productions of the Claremont Institute. The mission of the Claremont Institute is the recovery of the American idea—the timeless principles that have made America great since its founding.

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Episodes

Trump’s Path of Totality

4/11/2024
The numbers are in, and they aren’t good. Recent inflation exceeded expectations, and even that doesn’t fully capture the pain felt by everyday Americans. Meanwhile, much of the US bore witness to the primal wonder of the cosmos during Monday’s total eclipse. As “The Science” becomes increasingly shamanistic, the world becomes more and more enchanted—but what you make of it depends on where you stand. The difference in lived and reported experiences seems to be manifesting in voters as the election season spools up and cracks deepen in the Democrat Party over the question of Zionism.

Duration:00:52:47

Scams' Day of Visibility

4/4/2024
Liturgical calendar printer go brrrrrr as the Trans Day of Visibility falls this year on Easter Sunday--and Biden's Twitter handlers clearly had no trouble deciding which should win out. Meanwhile Amazon has abandoned its "Just Walk Out" program, which identified as an AI marvel but was actually just a bunch of guys in India watching you shop. And Soros DAs have come up with a new answer to the housing shortage: just let wandering sex offenders squat in homes owned by law-abiding citizens. When the real thing disappoints, it seems our answer is just to spin up simulations--of sex, of competence, of progress. The fellas trace the common threads, then remind you to read the damn site.

Duration:01:06:51

Poor Man’s Rich Man

3/28/2024
Turns out that which doesn't bankrupt Donald Trump makes him richer. Somehow. Truth Social has been valued at $8 billion, over $4 billion of which accrues to Trump's net worth--all while his astronomical bond is being reduced in New York. Meanwhile, as Hamas enjoyers try to overrun the Left, the Right is locked in its own disputes about how to handle antisemitism. Everyone's looking for the one big bad guy or grand narrative that can explain the whole complicated world. But are they looking in the wrong places? The editors analyze the thought processes underlying the news before reminding you to read the damn site. Recommended reading: National Conservatism vs. American Conservatism (CRB) National Conservatism vs. American Conservatism (TAM) On Nations and Nationhood Two Adams, Two Foundings Czar Vladimir Gynocracy Takes an L

Duration:01:07:19

Shadowbond

3/21/2024
As Trump goes through the legal wringer in New York, the state’s AG is gearing up to start seizing his properties to cover a mammoth $464 million bond. Meanwhile, the government nakedly colluded with Big Tech giants to censor people that didn’t espouse the approved COVID narrative; can the Supreme Court fix things, or does the problem go deeper? Plus: Christine Blasey Ford has crawled out of the memory hole to shill for her new book about Justice Kavanaugh. How convenient. The editors unpack the news before reminding you to read the damn site. Recommended reading: Biden Broke Haiti Migration Is Invasion How the Left Was Left

Duration:01:12:45

Tik, Tok, Boom

3/14/2024
The House has passed a bill that will force TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, to divest from the platform within six months; otherwise, the service will be banned in the U.S. The bill has split the Right as well as the Left, raising questions about espionage, economics, and American sovereignty. But will shutting down the app really hurt China all that much? Meanwhile, old man yells at country as Biden gives his third State of the Union Address, which may or may not have riled up his supporters but certainly failed to win over his detractors. Finally, former special counsel Robert Hur testified about his decision to characterize Biden as a nice, forgetful old man. The editors investigate what it's all about, before reminding you to read the damn site. Recommended reading: Answering the Supporters of American Empire Swiftian Normality and the Freak Right The Regime v. America

Duration:01:03:19

They're Sending Their Worst

3/7/2024
In perhaps the least surprising but most unusual Super Tuesday ever, or at least in living memory, Donald Trump and Joe Biden have been all but officially confirmed as the presidential contestants for 2024. Whose party hates their candidate the least? Nothing is now stopping us from finding out--not even the best efforts of the Colorado Supreme Court, whose expulsion of Trump from the ballot was overruled in a unanimous SCOTUS decision that apparently ended the Constitution, or something. Meanwhile illegal immigrants are now being flown across the border? Seth and Spencer marvel at the outlandish nature of it all, and remind you to read the damn site.

Duration:01:03:25

Deaths of Decline

2/29/2024
It’s a sad news week. Aaron Bushnell, an active-duty member of the US Air Force, self-immolated in front of the Israeli Embassy in D.C. this week in a misguided protest against the war in Gaza. Meanwhile, a young nursing student, Laken Riley, was murdered by an illegal immigrant in Georgia with multiple prior arrests. Plus: an unusual ruling out of Alabama has raised difficult and uncomfortable questions about the moral status of IVF. The editors analyze the depressing facts and factors that undergird the headlines, before reminding you to read the damn site. Further reading: Extremism on Duty Finetuning the Matrix The 2024 Election Will Be Neither Free Nor Fair The History of Self-Immolation as Political Protest

Duration:00:59:10

Gemini Rising

2/22/2024
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has died in prison after multiple poisonings by Putin's operatives. In the States, this has prompted fewer sober reflections than fervid John Le Carré-style fantasies about domestic politics. Those politics are themselves increasingly sordid as Donald Trump grinds his way through one legal procedure after another, including a nakedly political judgment against him in New York. Will the absurdity of the ruling cause other business moguls in the state to take Trump's side? And what on earth is going on with Google's anti-white AI? Seth and Spencer talk through it all, and remind you to read the damn site. Recommended reading: Popping the Pill Socialist Fantasies

Duration:01:03:50

Sliding into Senility

2/15/2024
Russia is reigniting the space race as the House Intelligence Committee sounded the alarm that they may have already deployed an anti-satellite weapon system, which could cripple the US. Moreover, space provides an interesting use case for nuclear weapons, and Russia is signaling it may be willing to go nuclear. Meanwhile, America continues its descent into decay as Biden continues to show signs of mental decay, and the He Gets Us SuperBowl ad, which fundamentally misses the point of the biblical story, was plastered across the nation’s televisions. The editors break it down, and remind you to read the damn site! Recommended reading: https://americanmind.org/salvo/saving-americas-future-from-the-blob/ https://americanmind.org/salvo/welcome-home-to-somalia/ https://americanmind.org/salvo/our-gathering-storm/ https://babylonbee.com/cleanArticle/satan-he-gets-us https://www.americanmoment.org/category/podcast/

Duration:00:53:09

Respect the “Other”

2/8/2024
Republicans are seriously struggling to harness the momentum that Red-State governors have generated in favor of immigration enforcement. Is any Republican in Congress both competent and bold? Meanwhile, Nikki Haley suffered the latest and most embarrassing of her defeats in Nevada on Tuesday, losing a primary in which Trump did not participate, so that voters instead picked “None of These Candidates.” Plus: Elon Musk is doing some great things, including challenging Disney and other megacorps. Can he be a benevolent force, or is he a sinister transhumanist? In closing, a full complement of editors remind you to read the damn site. Recommended Reading First, Trans All The Children Draining the Pentagon Swamp Stop Hating the Puritans Wretched of the University The Delusions of Postcolonial Ideology The Paradoxical Perversities of Postcolonial Ideology

Duration:01:03:52

False God

2/1/2024
Is Taylor Swift a Deep State plant to help get Biden reelected? Almost certainly not, but the theory does provide an interesting window into everyone’s 2024 mindset. Meanwhile, conservative protestors are discovering what martyrdom really means as six abortion protestors were found federally guilty of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, and another is facing hate crime charges for allegedly destroying a Satanic Temple shrine in the Iowa capitol. Plus: police-abolitionists are manipulating a simple traffic stop for their political gain. In closing, the editors remind you to read the damn site. Recommended reading: McConnell vs. America Hialeah Blues The Scapegoating of Derek Chauvin, Pt. II Targeting the NYPD

Duration:01:00:59

Showdown on the Southern Border

1/25/2024
The New York Times has anointed the Claremont Institute and its fellows as leaders in the fight against DEI. They think this makes Claremont a sinister cabal, of course, but the editors are happy to accept it as a compliment and take a victory lap. And, in a major plot twist, even the Times's readers seem to be on our side--sort of. Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is facing down Biden's federal government and instructing state officials to enforce border laws, even in the face of a Supreme Court defeat. Is this a constitutional crisis in the making? Plus: Donald Trump scooped up another healthy primary win in New Hampshire. The gang's all here to break it down—before reminding you to read the damn site, of course. Recommended reading: Why America’s “Anti-Discrimination” Regime Needs to Be Dismantled The Road from Damascus The Lebanese Experiment A Blow Against Wokeness Pretext for a Fedsurrection

Duration:01:08:11

Trump Ecocides the Opposition in Iowa

1/18/2024
The Iowa results are in, and though they're not altogether shocking, they are revealing. Trump took the state with a commanding lead over all other candidates. Is the writing on the wall for DeSantis? What will become of Vivek Ramaswamy? Meanwhile, as the slow march to global government continues in Davos under the guise of going green, global elites are planning your future. Is Green™ the globalists’ greatest weapon, or just window dressing for their racial concerns? Plus: the editors remind you, as always, to read the damn site. Recommended reading: The Case for Christian Civilizationism Plagiarizing While Black The Coming War of Civilizations Like Some Prophet of Old Pandemic Pandemonium Millenarian Mobs Iowa Results Show That DeSantis Must Drop Out Against the Great Reset: Eighteen Theses Contra the New World Order

Duration:01:03:12

Everything Woke Goes To...

1/11/2024
Planes are literally falling apart in the sky--is DEI to blame, and does anybody care? Meanwhile, Biden found himself heckled in the middle of an early campaign speech by Israel ceasefire maximalists, providing further confirmation that the scrambled signals within the Democrat ranks are not getting un-scrambled anytime soon. And finally, the Republican party strikes back on ballot shenanigans, as a number of red-state leaders propose kicking Biden off the Ballot in response to corresponding attacks on Trump in Colorado and Maine. The editors discuss the wisdom and efficacy of this move before reminding you to read the damn site!

Duration:01:01:51

SCALPED

1/4/2024
It finally happened: Claudine Gay is out as president of Harvard after a tireless guerrilla journalism campaign led by the Manhattan Institute's Chris Rufo, who conclusively exposed Gay's fraudulence as a scholar. But is plagiarism just par for the course? Seth and Spencer consider the low, low bar that Gay failed to clear, and where the fight over higher ed will take us next. Plus: migrants continue to flood unchecked across the border, and the powder keg in the Middle East grows ever more flammable. What will come of it all? The editors discuss before insisting for the first (but not the last) time in 2024 that you read the damn site! Recommended Reading Revenge of the Liberators The TikTok Spiral From New Jersey to the Senate, fellow Democrats aren’t lifting a finger to help NYC and Chicago’s migrant crisis EXCLUSIVE: Read Claudine Gay's Private Resignation Letter to the Harvard Board The Great Replacement: Introduction to Global Replacementism

Duration:01:03:49

You Wild Colorado

12/21/2023
The Supreme Court of Colorado has ruled that Donald Trump can be excluded from the state’s ballots under a circuitous 213-page reading of the 14th Amendment. Meanwhile, Chris Rufo has forced CNN to run unfavorable stories about Harvard President Claudine Gay and her (allegedly) plagiarized academic papers. How can the Right keep the pressure on the diversocrats as they disgrace themselves? Speaking of disgrace, the editors cannot escape discussing the gay sex that was filmed in a Senate hearing room by a Democrat aide, before closing out by discussing “what a damn year” it has been. Recommended Reading: Trump’s Legal Victory in Colorado Colorado Supreme Court Opinion

Duration:01:15:30

Civil War Ain’t Like the Movies

12/14/2023
Douglas Emhoff, the “Second Gentleman,” has made an amusing and perhaps telling unforced error in very publicly butchering the story of Hanukkah. Meanwhile, Hunter Biden has found his way into the news again, surprising no one, and civil war is back in the discourse as Alex Garland’s forthcoming movie will attempt to tackle the subject. Is this wish fulfillment for the Left, subtle messaging for the Right, or something in between? And what would a second civil war really look like? The editors discuss the news before reminding you to read the damn site! Recommended reading: Black Privilege at Harvard Are Borders Back in Europe? American Statesman Gateway to Statesmanship: Selections from Xenophon to Churchill

Duration:01:05:41

Revolt of the Kids

12/7/2023
A generational divide is intensifying within the Left, as a radical ascendant generation increasingly decries the more moderate Boomers, as exemplified most recently by a demand from Biden’s White House interns that the administration throw itself behind a permanent ceasefire in Israel. Meanwhile, the US is being slapped around on the world stage, this time by the Houthis. The future for Americans looks increasingly bleak; can we turn the ship around successfully? The complete cast muse over the correct way to shake off the dust in the domestic and foreign policy arenas before, as always, reminding you to read the damn site.

Duration:01:03:32

Imagineering AI Domination

11/30/2023
The terminally online are showing themselves unable to unplug from the negative feedback loops to which they subscribe. Hollywood, especially Disney, is continuing to fail to really show us anything new that average people can connect to. Plus: censorship from top to bottom is wreaking havoc on nation states, especially as immigration spikes drive cultural wedges into the populace. Seth and James, refreshed from Thanksgiving, break it down.

Duration:01:00:09

Eighty-One Candles

11/23/2023
A full complement of editors is joined by not one, but two special guests this week: Jeremy Carl & Michael Anton, both Claremont Institute senior fellows. In addition to seared turkey liver stuffing (true story), the cast are finding both white and black pills aplenty as there’s ample reason to despair and rejoice. From the inferno that was Joe Biden’s birthday cake, to populists claiming upset wins in two countries, to what they’re grateful for, the guys discuss it all this Thanksgiving. Plus: An extended list of reading recommendations as the cast reminds you to head on over to read the damn site (after you finish your turkey, of course). Recommended reading: Carving Turkey Away from NATO Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863) A Friend Indeed Christian Nationalism or Godless Nationalism Everything Is—Still—Fine Settlers Versus Migrants Lone Star: A History Of Texas And The Texans

Duration:00:57:35