Contrarian Perspectives

… back to Thought-provoking Writers, Journals, and Podcasts

Links to articles and podcasts by people challenging what they believe to be current orthodoxies

Michael Barbaro and David Leonhardt (2022), We Need to Talk About Covid – Part 1, The Daily, 26 January 2022, 28-minute podcast at

Brian Lee Crowley (2022), We undermine the neutrality of the law at our peril, The Line, 9 February 2022, at

Jonathan Haidt (2008), The moral roots of liberals and conservatives, TED Talk, at

Jonathan Haidt (2012), Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence, TED Talk, at

Mona Charen discussion with A.B. StoddardBill GalstonDamon LinkerLinda Chavez, and Ben ParkerBiden’s Nadir Week?, Beg to Differ with Mona Cheren, 14 January 2022, 55-minute podcast at

Tom Clark (2022), Peter Hennessy – Boris Johnson has killed off the “good chaps” theory of government, Prospect Magazine, 21 January 2022, at

Moshe Krakowski (2022), The Fight Over What Children Learn, Quillette, 29 January 2022, at

Eric Levitz (2022), Was Larry Summers Right All Along? How the ultimate Establishment figure became the preeminent critic of the Biden era’s economic consensus, New York Magazine, 24 January 2022, at

James Lindsay and Richard Haass (2022), President Biden’s First Year, With Richard Haass, The President’s Inbox, 18 January 2022, 39-minute podcast at

Jonathan Kay (2022), Michael Shermer: Watching ‘Scientific American’ Go Woke, Quillette Podcast, 17 January 2022, 50-minute podcast at

Rudyard Kipling (1895), If, 3-minute recording by Shane Morris on YouTube, at

Tom McTague (2022), How Britain Falls Apart, The Atlantic, 4 January 2022, at

Peter Nicholson (2021), Will Liberalism Prevail, Max Bell School of Public Policy, 29 November 2021, at

Andrew Potter (2022), Self Help for Partisans, The Line, 1 February 2022, at

David Remnick and Timothy Snyder (2022), Russia’s Intentions in Ukraine – And America, The New Yorker Radio Hour, 28 January 2022, 29-minute podcast at

The New Yorker Radio Hour (2022), A New Civil War in AmericaDavid Remnick talks with Barbara F. Walter, author of the new book How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them, in a 27-minute podcast at

Jeffrey Simpson (2022), That Ever Governed Frenzy – Through the eyes of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Michael Wernick, The Literary Review of Canada, January-February 2022, at

Sean Speer and David Frum (2022), COVID-19 in Canada and the U.S., Hub Dialogues, Episode #3, 21 January 2020, 28-minute podcast and transcript at

Sean Speer and Samuel Hammond (2022), Is a Left-Right policy synthesis possible? Samuel Hammond is working to find out, Hub Dialogues, Episode #6, 1 February 2022, 28 minute podcast and transcript at

Sean Speer and Chris Ragan (2022), Economist Chris Ragan on the problems with Modern Monetary Theory, Hub Dialogues, Episode #2, 20 January 2020, 36-minute podcast and transcript at

Sean Speer and Batya Ungar-Sargon (2022), Dialogue with Batya Ungar-Sargon, Hub Dialogues, Episode #5, 26 January 2020, 29-minute podcast and transcript at

Charlie Sykes and Bill Kristol (2022), The Dysfunction Is a Pre-Existing Condition, The Bulwark Episode 773, 43-minute podcast at

Matt Taibbi (2022), Let’s Not Have a War, TK News by Matt Taibbi, 25 January 2022, at

Bari Weiss with Alec MacGillis (2022), The Aftermath Part I: Kids, Schools, and the Crime Surge, Honestly with Bari Weiss, 19 January 2022, 58-minute podcast at

Bari Weiss with Alec MacGillis (2022), The Aftermath Part II: The Haves and the Have Nots, Honestly with Bari Weiss, 21 January 2022, 34-minute podcast at

Stephen West (2022), Karl Popper – The Open Society and Its Enemies, Episode #161 of the Philosophize This!, 15 January 2022, 32-minute podcast at

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