Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide kicks off a frenzy of conspiracy theories in the media—and prompts Shadi and Damir to talk through whether we are living through a healthy democratic correction
Damir MarusicEpisode 3! @shadihamid and I start off on how conspiracy theories have gone mainstream in the Age of Trump, and end up trying to square the promise of democratic renewal of a rotten status quo with the fears that technology is empowering demagogues.
Damir MarusicIf you liked that, episode 3 was in some ways my favorite: recorded at the height of the Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy frenzy, we get into a discussion about the role of modern media in shaping our populist moment. Also, it features the most meta cold open.
An attempt to put conservatism on firmer intellectual footing in the Age of Trump has led to some strange—and shaky—alliances.
Damir MarusicOur @aaronsibarium is on fire. First his piece on Legutko the other week, now this. Few people are as honestly trying to grapple with what’s going on with the Right as Aaron—no ideological axes to grind, no frothy panic, just engagement and criticism.
Damir Marusic💥 I’m doing a new podcast with @shadihamid—and the first episode is live! We spend an hour talking about American identity, assimilation, and how technology is shaping our increasingly twitchy politics.
Money lust is now driving the trend toward legalizing marijuana. We may end up doing the right thing—or the wrong thing—for all the wrong reasons.
Damir Marusic5. Adam Garfinkle’s argued that on the march towards marijuana legalization, we are ignoring unintended consequences. He makes no excuses for the injustice of the current regime, but is unnerved at how greed is legitimating itself as virtue.
The West needs to focus on these fundamentals to achieve its overarching strategic objective: preventing China's domination of Eurasia.
Damir MarusicI feel like we’ve had some excellent pieces at @aminterest the last two weeks. My faves, ICYMT:
1. @andrewmichta took square aim at a core piety that is proving to be our undoing: that globalization is a civilizing force in international relations.
Damir Marusic3. Martha Bayles’ moving recollections, of how her own youthful idealism came face to face with the unhappy shortcomings of school busing programs, landed just as Kamala Harris was walking back her attack on Joe Biden.
Damir Marusic2. @OrlovaKarine’s review of @MarkGaleotti’s book is what I look for in a review essay—deep engagement and an extension of the argument. Key takeaway: Putin is indeed terrible, but many wealthy Russians claiming to be his victims today enabled his rise.