DiscoverMaking Sense with Sam Harris#160 — The Revenge of History
#160 — The Revenge of History

#160 — The Revenge of History

Update: 2019-06-1793
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In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Weiss and Yascha Mounk about the state of global politics. They discuss the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, the prospect that democracy could fail in the US, Trump’s political instincts, the political liability of “wokeness,” the Left’s failure to re-think its support of Chavez, the dangers of political polarization, the attractions of extreme partisanship, cancel culture, and other topics.

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Tibor Radovits

I am from Sopron, Hungary. What a coincidence!

Jun 29th
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Abbott Hill

I agree that to investigate a political opponent with governmental agencies is wrong btw. But, it sure seems to be ok with y'all that Barry O. Did it to Trump for HRC. Also sicked the irs on right leaning organizations. The hypocrisy knows no bounds. Or you're blinded by ideology. Those are the only 2 ways I can see it.

Jun 26th
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Manjushri

I havent like trump from the jump. but i like the people who hate him, and lie or stretch truth, then do a whatabout or say to forget context, I like them way, way less. He isnt authoritarian, hes hardly more conservative or authoritarian than Bush. You just dont like his arrogance, which i can understand, but catastrophizing only makes it worse. Modern journalism, the far left, universities, prison reform, are all issues that will destroy us before a pompous man made of cheetos. Get over it - even minorities are taking little if any brunt because of flippin Trump. if they do, deal with it locally as it comes. Getting rid of trump wont do what you think or hope it will, and doing much more nuanced and difficult things will. as far as eastern Europe, I trust few people to report on that so its hard to say, but as long as elections are happening, i hope for the best.

Jun 26th
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Alex Mercedes

some interesting ideas in the longest podcast I have ever listened to. overall, I found Mounk's frequent inability to state a different opinion without calling it "higher" or "more importantly" or "central" annoying and a little Trump-ish. but there's definitely food for thought in this conversation. thanks to all three.

Jun 25th
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William Haywood

What is the name of the author mentioned regarding a book which was not published for reasons of cultural appropriation (or whatever the controversy)? I'm hearing Emily Wanzawa. Curious about finding a copy, as I find banned books tend to have interesting perspectives.

Jun 25th
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Mike Smith

how someone as intelligent as Sam can continually confuse himself over the issue. The people that supported Trump weren't "Trumpists". We live in a binary society, and right now, the progressive left is more dangerous than a populist goober...

Jun 24th
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Tom MacDonald

unimpressed.

Jun 22nd
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William Younger

I call bullshit on Hungary and Poland being as authoritarian as these lot claim. if it was then our media in Europe would be tearing them to shreds. they are dying to destroy Orban.

Jun 21st
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C Dennison

after the previous administration weaponized the IRS to target political thought..put me in the wrecking ball camp Sam.

Jun 21st
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Stuart Morgan

When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They're sending us not the right people. It's coming from more than Mexico. It's coming from all over South and Latin America, and it's coming. Donald Trump, at Trump Tower (16 June 2015)

Jun 19th
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Matthew James

Trump called Mexicans rapists? Maybe a little fact checking is in order. not listening past that point

Jun 18th
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Joshua Reich

Three wealthy white guys, telling you what people of color care about. smh

Jun 18th
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Nelson Doris

Some interesting stuff, but I found this yascha guy to be too self important and diverting. He kept interrupting Sam to talk about whatever he wanted to talk about (and only about half of which was as important as he thought it was). For instance, I liked where Sam was going about not needing to speak in hyperbole to condemn the POTUS, and suddenly Yascha interrupted and changed the subject.

Jun 18th
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Jared Enck

This episode is by far the biggest waste of your time. The circular hypocrisy is as evident as humanly possible by all of Sam's guests. Rich guys yammering about injustice with their hands vibrating under Sam's pants.

Jun 18th
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#160 — The Revenge of History

#160 — The Revenge of History