After Nationalism (w/ Samuel Goldman)
In this episode, Matt and Sam are joined by political theorist and conservative intellectual Samuel Goldman—a very sensible and polite "enemy"—to discuss his brilliant new book, After Nationalism. Topics include: Goldman's punk-rocker past; the influence of Leo Strauss on his thinking; historical attempts to provide Americans with a coherent, enduring symbol of national identity; why these symbols have failed; what all this means for debates about teaching U.S. history; and what alternatives to nationalism its critics can offer.
Samuel Goldman, After Nationalism: Being American in an Age of Division (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021)
James Ceaser, Nature and History in American Political Development (Harvard University Press, 2008)