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

#160 — The Revenge of History

Update: 2019-06-1784
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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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Comments (29)

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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Terje Tollefsen

Abbott Hill Could it be that you are blinded by lack of insight?

Jul 2nd
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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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William Haywood

William Haywood Thank you!

Jun 25th
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Alex Mercedes

William Haywood Amélie Wen Zhao

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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Tom MacDonald

Matthew James he did. he did not call Mexican rapists he called illegal immigrants some of them rapists you have to listen to the context or just read the quote that was just posted it's accurate.

Jun 22nd
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Alex Gage

Stuart Morgan This. Why do left people keep lying? It's really not helping.

Jun 20th
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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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Matthew Nesbitt

Joshua Reich Agreed. I like a lot of what Sam has to say, but a good portion of this one sounded like an echo chamber where the guests claimed what they wanted without even considering the merits of the counterpoints (which of course were absent from the interview).

Jun 25th
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Tom MacDonald

Joshua Reich self-righteous and sanctimonious is what I heard

Jun 22nd
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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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William Miles La Mont

Alex Gage I don't know how you figure that, he's not an American politician. Experts are essential to not only culture but commerce. Trust me, I live in a country that eliminated its experts and so-called elitists, and put "radical new thinkers" in charge. Now they can barely get plumbing right, has massive human-rights issues, and buildings rot six months after being built. An extreme example, but pertinent none the less.

Jun 28th
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Alex Gage

William Miles La Mont He is the disdainful elitis that half the country voted against.

Jun 20th
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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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John O'Brien

Jon Wicke Why don't you believe wealth would effect someone's experience of reality? It's not necessarily hypocritical, but these guests literally said they dont't believe the term "neoliberalism" means anything, and then surrounded their comments with euphemisms and insuations that neoliberals use to justify using the military to attack other nations. Maybe duplicitous would be a better term, which they were certainly being.

Jun 28th
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Alex Gage

Jon Wicke "You don't need to lie about Trump, he's awful as is." 30 seconds later. "Trump called all Mexicans rapists" which is a lie.

Jun 20th
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#160 — The Revenge of History

#160 — The Revenge of History