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Tevi Troy, "Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump" (Regnery History, 2020)

Washington Post best-selling presidential historian and former senior White House aide Tevi Troy examines some of the juiciest, nastiest, and most consequential internecine administration struggles in modern American history. In doing so, he not only provides context on the administrations, the players, and their in-fighting but also show how those fights shaped the administrations in question, the presidents' historical reputations, and the policy landscape of modern America. In showing these fights, the book highlights tough tactics used by sharp-elbowed operatives to prevail in bureaucratic disputes, from leaks to delays in submitting items for review to moving rivals out of cherished office spaces. Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump (Regnery History, 2020) also looks at the presidents' role in all of this and questions long-standing assumptions about whether creative tension is really the best method of governing. Troy employs both his historical knowledge as well as his own high-level White House experience to inform his recommendations for the best ways to staff and organize a White House to ensure the best results for the president - and the American people. Part riveting interpersonal history, part case study, and part analysis of the commanders in chief and their teams, Fight House is essential listening for students of the presidency and of the nation as a whole. Marshall Poe is the editor of the New Books Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53 MIN5 d ago
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Tevi Troy, "Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump" (Regnery History, 2020)

Aleksandr Dugin, "Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics" (Arktos, 2019)

Aleksandr Dugin’s Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics (Arktos, 2019)offers a seminal analysis of the contemporary philosophical crisis from one of the best-known writers and political commentators in post-Soviet Russia. Through a series of essays, course transcripts, and a single long interview—each remarkable for the depth of its learning and the boldness of its vision—Dugin exposes the profoundest roots of the Western philosophical tradition, centered around the thought of Plato, offering a Platonic view of why it has reached its final terminus, and his indication of where a new beginning must be sought. The works collected in this volume present Dugin’s theory of Political Platonism as a fundamental philosophical and political orientation, capable at once of reviving higher political and social forms and furnishing solid ground for resistance to the collapse of the contemporary world. His multi-perspective thesis offers a thorough and thought-provoking critique of...

89 MIN1 w ago
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Aleksandr Dugin, "Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics" (Arktos, 2019)

Brendan O’Neill, "Anti-Woke: Selected Essays" (Connor Court, 2018)

Not all those on the Left are "woke." The ever-controversial columnist Brendan O'Neill is a case in point. In Anti-Woke: Selected Essays (Connor Court, 2018), O'Neill takes a Marxist cudgel to identity politics. From woke white people to transgenderism, from Islamo-censorship to the fashionability of mental illness, O'Neill takes aim at it all. He puts the case for free thinking, free living, and free speech. From the book: "When even someone as pop as Perry, who has more Twitter followers than most countries have citizens, is playing the awful game of bowing and scraping before cultural dividing lines, you know PC madness has gone mainstream." "This is what happens when you think hyper-racially, as the left now does, in alarming contrast to earlier leftists who said ‘Let’s be colourblind, guys’: you resuscitate racial stereotypes." "In 2007 [Osama bin Laden]he lectured the foul, greedy West again, claiming that ‘all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations’. He beat Occupy Wall Street to the punch by four years, slamming the ‘greed and avarice of the major corporations and their representatives’." Brendan O'Neill is editor of Spiked, the online magazine based in London but speaking to the world. He is one of Britain’s most thoughtful and polarising polemicists. He has been described by the Daily Mail as 'one of Britain's leading left-wing thinkers' and by The Guardian as an 'obnoxious intellectual wind-up merchant'. He has written for The Spectator, The New Statesman, BBC News Online, The Christian Science Monitor, The American Conservative, Salon, Rising East, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Big Issue, The Australian in Sydney, and The Sun. He is host of The Brendan O'Neill Show podcast and he makes frequent appearances on Sky News and the BBC. Kirk Meighoo is a TV and podcast host, former university lecturer, author and former Senator in Trinidad and Tobago. He hosts his own podcast, Independent Thought & Freedom, where he interviews some of the most interesting people from around the world who are shaking up politics, economics, society and ideas. You can find it in theiTunes Storeor any of your favorite podcast providers. You can also subscribe to hisYouTube channel. If you are an academic who wants to get heard nationally Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

72 MIN1 w ago
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Brendan O’Neill, "Anti-Woke: Selected Essays" (Connor Court, 2018)

Dennis Baron, "What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She" (Liveright, 2020)

Today Dennis Baron talks about his new book What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He & She (Liveright, 2020). Baron is professor emeritus in English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has written many books about language and its connection to culture. What’s Your Pronoun addresses an important cultural question about women’s rights and the rights and identities of non-binary people, and reveals how we got from he and she to zie, hir, and singular they. Pronouns have sparked a national (and international) debate, prompting new policies about what pronouns to use in schools, workplaces and even prisons. Baron describes the historical context of singular they, how the use of generic he was both used to assert women’s suffrage and to deny it, and the use of neo-pronouns throughout the centuries.What’s Your Pronoun? chronicles the role that pronouns play in establishing our rights and identities. Indeed, the relevance of the question “what’s your pronoun” throughout English’s history may surprise you. Carrie Gillon is a linguist, editor and writing coach, working in the academic and healthcare sectors. She’s the author of The Semantics of Determiners (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2103) and the co-author of Nominal Contact in Michif (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is also the co-host of the podcast The Vocal Fries, a biweekly podcast about linguistic discrimination (or why judging language is not OK). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44 MIN1 w ago
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Dennis Baron, "What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She" (Liveright, 2020)

Benjamin Wittes, "Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office" (FSG, 2020)

Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2020) guides the reader through both historical and contemporary considerations of how the American presidency was originally structured and how it has evolved over more than 200 years. This fascinating examination of the presidency starts with the oath of office, as outlined in the Constitution, and explains how Donald Trump, from the very moment he became the 45th president of the United States, was at odds with the constitutional system designed in 1787. Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes, respectively executive editor and editor in chief of Lawfare and both senior fellows at The Brookings Institution, detail the historical basis for what they and many scholars refer to as the “traditional” presidency. This concept of the traditional presidency—which contains both the formal powers of the presidency as outlined in the Constitution as well as the norms and traditions th...

46 MIN1 w ago
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Benjamin Wittes, "Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office" (FSG, 2020)

Ann Coulter, "Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind" (Sentinel, 2018)

Today I talked to 13-time New York Times bestselling author, Ann Coulter about her book Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind (Sentinel, 2018). In the book, she skewers the various elements of "The Resistance." According to Coulter, the Left's response to Trump was a kind of collective madness. Coulter argues that "The Resistance" didn't harm Trump in any way, though it did seriously damage the credibility of some of America's most important cultural institutions. Kirk Meighoo is a TV and podcast host, former university lecturer, author and former Senator in Trinidad and Tobago. He hosts his own podcast, Independent Thought & Freedom, where he interviews some of the most interesting people from around the world who are shaking up politics, economics, society and ideas. You can find it in theiTunes Storeor any of your favorite podcast providers. You can also subscribe to hisYouTube channel. If you are an academic who wants to get heard nationally, ...

52 MIN2 w ago
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Ann Coulter, "Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind" (Sentinel, 2018)

Andrew Milner, "Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism​" (Brill/Haymarket, 2018)

Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism (Brill/Haymarket, 2018) brings together twenty-six essays charting the development of Andrew Milner's distinctively Orwellian version of cultural materialism between 1981 and 2015. The essays address three substantive areas: the sociology of literature, cultural materialism and the cultural politics of the New Left, and utopian and science fiction studies. They are bookended by two conversations between Milner and his editor J. R. Burgmann, the first looking back retrospectively on the development of Milner's thought, the second looking forward prospectively towards the future of academia, the political left and science fiction. Stephen Dozeman is a freelance writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

66 MIN2 w ago
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Andrew Milner, "Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism​" (Brill/Haymarket, 2018)

Theda Skocpol, "Upending American Politics" (Oxford UP, 2020)

Since 2008, the Tea Party and the Resistance have caused some major shake-ups for the Republican and Democratic parties. The changes fall outside the scope of traditional party politics, and outside the realm of traditional social science research. To better understand what’s going on Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Strategy at Harvard and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, convened a group of researchers to study the people and organizations and at the heart of these grassroots movements. Skocpol joins us this week to discuss their findings and the new book (co-edited with Caroline Tervo) Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance (Oxford University Press, 2020).Her work in particular focuses on the Tea Party and includes interviews with Tea Party members across the country. We also discuss the Resistance and whether these oppositional forces to th...

45 MIN2 w ago
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Theda Skocpol, "Upending American Politics" (Oxford UP, 2020)

Walter Nugent, "Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016" (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)

The political West is far from monochrome, writes Walter Nugent in Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018). Over the last half century and more, most of the states in the West have voted both Democratic and Republican on the national level, with only a handful remaining consistently with one party over that whole period (and even those, such as South Dakota, have significant exceptions). Nugent, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame and past president of the Western History Association, provides a detailed analysis of each Western state’s modern political history. In doing so, he explains that, while rarely was there a single factor that determined how a state would vote for its senators, governor, or president, crucial factor such as demographic change, state-level party apparatus, and change-making individuals all play vital roles. Whether a state went for the Democratic or Republican candidate was a decision that, in Nugent’s words, often sat balanced “on the edge of a knife.” Color Coded is an in-depth look at how Western politics can often defy expectations, and underscores how the red/blue dichotomy is often unsuitable for a region as diverse as the American West. Stephen Hausmann is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He teaches courses on modern US history, environmental history, and Indigenous history and is currently working on his book manuscript, an environmental history of the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52 MIN2 w ago
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Walter Nugent, "Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016" (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)

Steven D. Smith, "Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac" (Eerdmans, 2018)

What does an American political progressive in the 21st Century have in common with a pagan of ancient Rome? More than you may think, according to law professor, Steven D. Smith. In his important, provocative new book, Pagans and Christians in the City Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac (Eerdmans, 2018), Smith shows that traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and similar cultural developments feel themselves besieged by a triumphalist progressivism that increasingly is adopting a “we won, they lost” view of where society and public opinion now stand on issues such as abortion and euthanasia and that has little use for what it regards as passé notions about religious liberty. Where do we stand when it comes to working out some kind of sociocultural modus vivendi between the diametrically opposed camps of modern paganism and Christianity (and not even, in many cases, the traditionalist version)? Smith provides us with the historical background we need to understand where everyone involved is, so to speak, coming from. Give a listen. Hope J. Leman is a grants researcher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

67 MIN3 w ago
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Steven D. Smith, "Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac" (Eerdmans, 2018)

Latest Episodes

Tevi Troy, "Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump" (Regnery History, 2020)

Washington Post best-selling presidential historian and former senior White House aide Tevi Troy examines some of the juiciest, nastiest, and most consequential internecine administration struggles in modern American history. In doing so, he not only provides context on the administrations, the players, and their in-fighting but also show how those fights shaped the administrations in question, the presidents' historical reputations, and the policy landscape of modern America. In showing these fights, the book highlights tough tactics used by sharp-elbowed operatives to prevail in bureaucratic disputes, from leaks to delays in submitting items for review to moving rivals out of cherished office spaces. Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump (Regnery History, 2020) also looks at the presidents' role in all of this and questions long-standing assumptions about whether creative tension is really the best method of governing. Troy employs both his historical knowledge as well as his own high-level White House experience to inform his recommendations for the best ways to staff and organize a White House to ensure the best results for the president - and the American people. Part riveting interpersonal history, part case study, and part analysis of the commanders in chief and their teams, Fight House is essential listening for students of the presidency and of the nation as a whole. Marshall Poe is the editor of the New Books Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53 MIN5 d ago
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Tevi Troy, "Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump" (Regnery History, 2020)

Aleksandr Dugin, "Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics" (Arktos, 2019)

Aleksandr Dugin’s Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics (Arktos, 2019)offers a seminal analysis of the contemporary philosophical crisis from one of the best-known writers and political commentators in post-Soviet Russia. Through a series of essays, course transcripts, and a single long interview—each remarkable for the depth of its learning and the boldness of its vision—Dugin exposes the profoundest roots of the Western philosophical tradition, centered around the thought of Plato, offering a Platonic view of why it has reached its final terminus, and his indication of where a new beginning must be sought. The works collected in this volume present Dugin’s theory of Political Platonism as a fundamental philosophical and political orientation, capable at once of reviving higher political and social forms and furnishing solid ground for resistance to the collapse of the contemporary world. His multi-perspective thesis offers a thorough and thought-provoking critique of...

89 MIN1 w ago
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Aleksandr Dugin, "Political Platonism: The Philosophy of Politics" (Arktos, 2019)

Brendan O’Neill, "Anti-Woke: Selected Essays" (Connor Court, 2018)

Not all those on the Left are "woke." The ever-controversial columnist Brendan O'Neill is a case in point. In Anti-Woke: Selected Essays (Connor Court, 2018), O'Neill takes a Marxist cudgel to identity politics. From woke white people to transgenderism, from Islamo-censorship to the fashionability of mental illness, O'Neill takes aim at it all. He puts the case for free thinking, free living, and free speech. From the book: "When even someone as pop as Perry, who has more Twitter followers than most countries have citizens, is playing the awful game of bowing and scraping before cultural dividing lines, you know PC madness has gone mainstream." "This is what happens when you think hyper-racially, as the left now does, in alarming contrast to earlier leftists who said ‘Let’s be colourblind, guys’: you resuscitate racial stereotypes." "In 2007 [Osama bin Laden]he lectured the foul, greedy West again, claiming that ‘all of mankind is in danger because of the global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations’. He beat Occupy Wall Street to the punch by four years, slamming the ‘greed and avarice of the major corporations and their representatives’." Brendan O'Neill is editor of Spiked, the online magazine based in London but speaking to the world. He is one of Britain’s most thoughtful and polarising polemicists. He has been described by the Daily Mail as 'one of Britain's leading left-wing thinkers' and by The Guardian as an 'obnoxious intellectual wind-up merchant'. He has written for The Spectator, The New Statesman, BBC News Online, The Christian Science Monitor, The American Conservative, Salon, Rising East, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Big Issue, The Australian in Sydney, and The Sun. He is host of The Brendan O'Neill Show podcast and he makes frequent appearances on Sky News and the BBC. Kirk Meighoo is a TV and podcast host, former university lecturer, author and former Senator in Trinidad and Tobago. He hosts his own podcast, Independent Thought & Freedom, where he interviews some of the most interesting people from around the world who are shaking up politics, economics, society and ideas. You can find it in theiTunes Storeor any of your favorite podcast providers. You can also subscribe to hisYouTube channel. If you are an academic who wants to get heard nationally Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

72 MIN1 w ago
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Brendan O’Neill, "Anti-Woke: Selected Essays" (Connor Court, 2018)

Dennis Baron, "What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She" (Liveright, 2020)

Today Dennis Baron talks about his new book What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He & She (Liveright, 2020). Baron is professor emeritus in English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has written many books about language and its connection to culture. What’s Your Pronoun addresses an important cultural question about women’s rights and the rights and identities of non-binary people, and reveals how we got from he and she to zie, hir, and singular they. Pronouns have sparked a national (and international) debate, prompting new policies about what pronouns to use in schools, workplaces and even prisons. Baron describes the historical context of singular they, how the use of generic he was both used to assert women’s suffrage and to deny it, and the use of neo-pronouns throughout the centuries.What’s Your Pronoun? chronicles the role that pronouns play in establishing our rights and identities. Indeed, the relevance of the question “what’s your pronoun” throughout English’s history may surprise you. Carrie Gillon is a linguist, editor and writing coach, working in the academic and healthcare sectors. She’s the author of The Semantics of Determiners (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2103) and the co-author of Nominal Contact in Michif (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is also the co-host of the podcast The Vocal Fries, a biweekly podcast about linguistic discrimination (or why judging language is not OK). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44 MIN1 w ago
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Dennis Baron, "What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She" (Liveright, 2020)

Benjamin Wittes, "Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office" (FSG, 2020)

Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2020) guides the reader through both historical and contemporary considerations of how the American presidency was originally structured and how it has evolved over more than 200 years. This fascinating examination of the presidency starts with the oath of office, as outlined in the Constitution, and explains how Donald Trump, from the very moment he became the 45th president of the United States, was at odds with the constitutional system designed in 1787. Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes, respectively executive editor and editor in chief of Lawfare and both senior fellows at The Brookings Institution, detail the historical basis for what they and many scholars refer to as the “traditional” presidency. This concept of the traditional presidency—which contains both the formal powers of the presidency as outlined in the Constitution as well as the norms and traditions th...

46 MIN1 w ago
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Benjamin Wittes, "Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office" (FSG, 2020)

Ann Coulter, "Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind" (Sentinel, 2018)

Today I talked to 13-time New York Times bestselling author, Ann Coulter about her book Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind (Sentinel, 2018). In the book, she skewers the various elements of "The Resistance." According to Coulter, the Left's response to Trump was a kind of collective madness. Coulter argues that "The Resistance" didn't harm Trump in any way, though it did seriously damage the credibility of some of America's most important cultural institutions. Kirk Meighoo is a TV and podcast host, former university lecturer, author and former Senator in Trinidad and Tobago. He hosts his own podcast, Independent Thought & Freedom, where he interviews some of the most interesting people from around the world who are shaking up politics, economics, society and ideas. You can find it in theiTunes Storeor any of your favorite podcast providers. You can also subscribe to hisYouTube channel. If you are an academic who wants to get heard nationally, ...

52 MIN2 w ago
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Ann Coulter, "Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind" (Sentinel, 2018)

Andrew Milner, "Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism​" (Brill/Haymarket, 2018)

Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism (Brill/Haymarket, 2018) brings together twenty-six essays charting the development of Andrew Milner's distinctively Orwellian version of cultural materialism between 1981 and 2015. The essays address three substantive areas: the sociology of literature, cultural materialism and the cultural politics of the New Left, and utopian and science fiction studies. They are bookended by two conversations between Milner and his editor J. R. Burgmann, the first looking back retrospectively on the development of Milner's thought, the second looking forward prospectively towards the future of academia, the political left and science fiction. Stephen Dozeman is a freelance writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

66 MIN2 w ago
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Andrew Milner, "Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism​" (Brill/Haymarket, 2018)

Theda Skocpol, "Upending American Politics" (Oxford UP, 2020)

Since 2008, the Tea Party and the Resistance have caused some major shake-ups for the Republican and Democratic parties. The changes fall outside the scope of traditional party politics, and outside the realm of traditional social science research. To better understand what’s going on Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Strategy at Harvard and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, convened a group of researchers to study the people and organizations and at the heart of these grassroots movements. Skocpol joins us this week to discuss their findings and the new book (co-edited with Caroline Tervo) Upending American Politics: Polarizing Parties, Ideological Elites, and Citizen Activists from the Tea Party to the Anti-Trump Resistance (Oxford University Press, 2020).Her work in particular focuses on the Tea Party and includes interviews with Tea Party members across the country. We also discuss the Resistance and whether these oppositional forces to th...

45 MIN2 w ago
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Theda Skocpol, "Upending American Politics" (Oxford UP, 2020)

Walter Nugent, "Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016" (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)

The political West is far from monochrome, writes Walter Nugent in Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2018). Over the last half century and more, most of the states in the West have voted both Democratic and Republican on the national level, with only a handful remaining consistently with one party over that whole period (and even those, such as South Dakota, have significant exceptions). Nugent, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame and past president of the Western History Association, provides a detailed analysis of each Western state’s modern political history. In doing so, he explains that, while rarely was there a single factor that determined how a state would vote for its senators, governor, or president, crucial factor such as demographic change, state-level party apparatus, and change-making individuals all play vital roles. Whether a state went for the Democratic or Republican candidate was a decision that, in Nugent’s words, often sat balanced “on the edge of a knife.” Color Coded is an in-depth look at how Western politics can often defy expectations, and underscores how the red/blue dichotomy is often unsuitable for a region as diverse as the American West. Stephen Hausmann is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He teaches courses on modern US history, environmental history, and Indigenous history and is currently working on his book manuscript, an environmental history of the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52 MIN2 w ago
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Walter Nugent, "Color Coded: Party Politics in the American West, 1950–2016" (U Oklahoma Press, 2018)

Steven D. Smith, "Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac" (Eerdmans, 2018)

What does an American political progressive in the 21st Century have in common with a pagan of ancient Rome? More than you may think, according to law professor, Steven D. Smith. In his important, provocative new book, Pagans and Christians in the City Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac (Eerdmans, 2018), Smith shows that traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and similar cultural developments feel themselves besieged by a triumphalist progressivism that increasingly is adopting a “we won, they lost” view of where society and public opinion now stand on issues such as abortion and euthanasia and that has little use for what it regards as passé notions about religious liberty. Where do we stand when it comes to working out some kind of sociocultural modus vivendi between the diametrically opposed camps of modern paganism and Christianity (and not even, in many cases, the traditionalist version)? Smith provides us with the historical background we need to understand where everyone involved is, so to speak, coming from. Give a listen. Hope J. Leman is a grants researcher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

67 MIN3 w ago
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Steven D. Smith, "Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac" (Eerdmans, 2018)
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