I felt uneasy after my recent episode with Michael Malice on the meaning of political left and right, and now I know why: I’ve been wrong about a major piece of the puzzle. The brilliant Paul Gottfried joins me to walk through the issue: is there really a “left-right spectrum”? What do the terms mean? Has there been a “right” in America? Is “fascism” really resurgent? What books does he recommend? Plenty of provocative stuff here, including Gottfried’s contention that politics is not “downstream of culture,” but rather that it’s the other way around: to a considerable extent, culture flows from politics.
About the Guest
Paul Gottfried is professor emeritus of humanities at Elizabethtown College and a Guggenheim recipient.
Selected Books by the Guest
Ep. 1308 Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard is No More
Ep. 1259 A Neoconservative’s Embarrassing Fall
Ep. 1164 Cultural Marxism and the Frankfurt School
Ep. 977 Left, Right, and Charlottesville, with Paul Gottfried
Ep. 947 Divided Republicans, Unified Democrats, and Our Future
Ep. 889 The Biases of Historians, Beneath a Magnifying Glass
Ep. 862 The Alt Right
Ep. 650 Fascism: The Career of a Concept
Ep. 574 Neocon Says Word Neoconservative Is Outdated Now; I Remain Unmoved
Ep. 496 Wilsonianism: The Legacy That Won’t Die
Ep. 386 What Fascism Is, and Why It Isn’t Just a Name for Everything People May Oppose
Ep. 87 World War I: Sleepwalk to Suicide
Unmasking the Administrative State: The Crisis of American Politics in the 21st Century, by John Marini
Meltdown, by Tom Woods
Rollback, by Tom Woods
National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, by Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin
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