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Wisdom of Crowds
Wisdom of Crowds
A Podcast by Shadi Hamid and Damir Marusic
2 days ago
Episode 23: Progress, Religion, Steve Albini, and the Kinks
Shadi quizzes Damir about his belief in the possibility of progress and social change, before the conversation spins off into a discussion about the creative process, selling out, and the nature of success. (Plus bonus material for Patreon supporters.) Reading (Listening) List:“How a Great Power Falls Apart” by Charles King (Foreign Affairs)“The Problem With Music” … Continue reading "Episode 23: Progress, Religion, Steve Albini, and the Kinks"
5 days ago
Episode 22: Activism and Its Discontents (Live)
On June 23, Shadi and Damir went live on Periscope to discuss Shadi’s latest piece for the Atlantic, the tension between political change and negative externalities, their new Patreon account, and plans for a newsletter. Listen, or watch the video of the Periscope livestream below!
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 21: A How-To Guide to Thinking Through the Apocalypse
Shadi talks through his inner conflicts. Damir responds by minimizing the reality of what is happening. Also: why Americans are all fundamentalists (whether secular or religious), the appropriateness of activist-journalism, the empty symbolism of woke politics, and whether the New York Times should(n’t) be our lodestar. Relax, it’s all (probably) going to be OK. Reading List:“Our … Continue reading "Episode 21: A How-To Guide to Thinking Through the Apocalypse"
Jun 8, 2020
Episode 20: Fixing Things in Fragile Democracies, with Mikheil Saakashvili
The former President of Georgia joins Shadi and Damir to talk about how tricky reforms—such as police reforms—can succeed (and fail), about how identity is a slippery thing in the post-Soviet space, about liberalism, illiberalism, and Western haughtiness, and about his encounters with Donald Trump when he was just another rich guy with a political … Continue reading "Episode 20: Fixing Things in Fragile Democracies, with Mikheil Saakashvili"
Jun 4, 2020
Episode 19: Cry Havoc. Really, Really Cry.
Very special guest Michael Signer joins the podcast to talk about his new book recounting his time serving as mayor of Charlottesville during the violence of August 2017. With America in upheaval, it’s an appropriate time to revisit that sad bit of recent history, but also an opportunity to think about what’s gone wrong with … Continue reading "Episode 19: Cry Havoc. Really, Really Cry."
1 hr 13 min
Jun 1, 2020
Episode 18: Live, Amidst the Flames
Shadi and Damir live-streamed an episode as a weekend of violent protests around the country wound to a close. Our episodes are never scripted or prepared, but in this case we are interacting with our audience on Twitter’s Periscope in real time to help guide the conversation. Also, please excuse the audio quality.
May 28, 2020
Episode 17: How The Expert Fetish Might Re-Elect Trump
Shadi and Damir discuss how Trump’s unabashed contempt for expertise has encouraged his opponents to latch onto expert opinion—and how this could boost Trump if the economic opening goes even tolerably well. Also, there’s a lot of talk about salad bars, cruise ships, and democracy. Be warned. Reading List:“What a Maskless Trump Says About His … Continue reading "Episode 17: How The Expert Fetish Might Re-Elect Trump"
1 hr 8 min
May 20, 2020
Episode 16: The Folly of Individuals
Shadi and Damir talk about their conflicted feelings about recording the previous episode in a room together, the dangers of optimism about the recovery, what the “new normal” in successful South Korea looks like, why America in all likelihood won’t ever be able to get there, and why that might or might not be OK. … Continue reading "Episode 16: The Folly of Individuals"
May 14, 2020
Episode 15: Trump Versus Coronavirus and the Elites
The Atlantic Council’s Benjamin Haddad joins Shadi and Damir to talk social distancing, the coronavirus response on both sides of the Atlantic, and how elites’ ever more fervent love of experts could lead them to political disaster. Reading List:Le paradis perdu: L’Amérique de Trump et la fin des illusions européennes, by Benjamin Haddad (Grasset)“The Coronavirus … Continue reading "Episode 15: Trump Versus Coronavirus and the Elites"
1 hr 1 min
Apr 3, 2020
Episode 14: The Dangerous Temptation of Ideals and Anti-Politics
In the third week of lockdown, Shadi and Damir ta…
Mar 18, 2020
Episode 13: Coronavirus and the Future of Politics
Catastrophe and resilience, human and economic co…
Mar 8, 2020
Episode 12: Sanders’ Goldwater Moment and The Future of the Left
In the shadow of Bernie Sanders' underperforming …
Feb 13, 2020
Episode 11: The Weaponization of Wokeness
Shadi and Damir talk about how racism, virtue sig…
Jan 26, 2020
Episode 10: The Russians and Their Souls
Author and essayist Peter Pomerantsev and Karina …
Dec 12, 2019
Episode 9: Meritocracy, Depoliticization, and the End of the End of History
Shadi and Damir start talking about the appeals a…
Dec 3, 2019
Episode 8: The Wisdom and Folly of Impeachment and Trump
Should Trump be impeached? And is he a transforma…
Nov 15, 2019
Episode 7: Macron’s Defensive Crouch and the Problem of European Statism
Shadi and Damir talk Europe, its problems of inte…
Oct 16, 2019
Episode 6: Holbrooke And Humanitarian Intervention
A healthy Shadi and a sick Damir chew over Richar…
Sep 27, 2019
Episode 5: Impeachment, Polarization, and Hate-tweets
What’s that in the air? It’s not autumn. It’s tha…
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 4: Travel, Nationalism, and American Exceptionalism
Shadi and Damir record an episode in transition, …
Aug 11, 2019
Episode 3: Conspiracy Theories, Flailing Gatekeepers, and Democratic Decay
Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide kicks off a fr…
Aug 5, 2019
Episode 2: Mass Shootings, The Secular Left, and the Emptiness Of Social Media
In the wake of last weekend's twin mass shootings…
Jul 26, 2019
Episode 1: Healthy Assimilation or White Supremacy?
In the inaugural episode of this ongoing experime…