https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddIii8xWgIA Flags fly at half-staff on Memorial Day to honor the hundreds of thousands who died serving in the U.S. armed forces. Reflecting on significant wars — both past and present — what can we learn about the fundamental drivers of war? What conditions are necessary for peace? What role if any does global trade … Continue reading What are the roots of war?
An analysis of the philosophic issues behind the deadly, intensifying conflict between Hamas and Israel. What are the moral issues at stake? What fuels this seemingly intractable conflict? What should be the U.S. approach to it? Aaron Smith interviews Elan Journo, author of What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. Recorded May 14, … Continue reading The Israel-Hamas Crisis
Amid the war between Hamas and Israel, Trevor Noah voices a widely resonant position. Is he right that the imbalance of “power” between the adversaries is the crucial issue?
The Dissident, a new documentary about the Khashoggi scandal, prompts us to look more closely at how the U.S. and Western countries engage with Saudi Arabia.
What, in a nutshell, is Ayn Rand’s case for capitalism? How did her views contrast with libertarianism? anarchism? conservatism? These are some of the questions addressed in my conversation with the coeditors of Foundations of a Free Society, an important new book on Ayn Rand’s political philosophy.On the book’s release, my colleague Keith Lockitch called it “a much-needed … Continue reading How Ayn Rand Ignites Appreciation of Capitalism
Ben Bayer and Elan Journo discuss whether Americans are dropping religion or are simply substituting one set of dogmas for another. Recorded April 28, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na28Jpm02rI Photo by Channel 82 on Unsplash
Elan Journo and Keith Lockitch discuss the emergent idea of “environmental humanism” advanced by thinkers such as Steven Pinker and Michael Shellenberger. Recorded April 22, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-fDLXprQTE Photo by Karsten Würth on Unsplash
Elan Journo and Onkar Ghate discuss Amazon’s pushback against Elizabeth Warren’s threats to break up the company. Recorded April 7, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPDwn9GCvkw Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash