One of the biggest lies we’re told is that celebrating our ancestral past is stupid, dishonest, or worse. None of that is true. “Beowulf,” the Anglo-Saxon masterpiece about England’s Germanic forefathers, is a sophisticated tale full of weirdness, complexity, and melancholy—plus, it’s an awesome romp with lots of crazy monsters and sick fights. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan uncovers the poem’s greatness.

“Cancel one, cancel all!” wokesters religiously chant as they close in on another brand or person they don’t like. Cancel culture is spreading its abhorrent tendrils through American culture from boardrooms to classrooms at the behest of the self-righteous, yet all-too-often guilty media and elite classes. Professor Richard Samuelson joins Spencer to poke a few witty holes in the flawed logic of cancel culture, complete with a case study: The New York Times.

Want some self-help that actually works? Despite being complicated and somewhat intimidating, Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics” is actually a very practical book with advice you can use. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan unpacks Aristotle’s profound insights in one of the most life-changing books you’ll ever read.

If you really want to talk pandemics, then let’s talk Julian of Norwich. She lived in religious seclusion, but she understood deeply that there are no guarantees in life—no safety other than in God. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan talks through the weird, intense, and powerful visions of Julian and what they say about God and womanhood.

“Gone with the Wind” is the movie they don’t want you to see. Following HBO pulling it from streaming services and then putting it back up with a ridiculous health warning, Spencer Klavan insists on rewatching it. In this episode of “Young Heretics” Klavan proves why the movie is not just a masterwork, but a triumph of American culture in the best traditions of Western art, and a tragedy in the true sense of the word.

Francesco Petrarca, commonly known as Petrarch, lived at the dawning of a new age. He’s credited with helping to revive classical learning when it went dormant, which makes him an excellent guide for our own day. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan reads Petrarch’s poems and contemplates how to revitalize the wisdom of the past—not through nostalgia, but through rebirth.

Join Dr. Kesler and Spencer as they dive into the latest CRB and its major themes. Dr. Kesler highlights the effects of rioting and statucide on America’s bedrock foundations. The fall issue charts America’s crisis in detail–Spencer and Dr. Kesler explain some of the dysfunction currently plaguing the country and contemplate possible solutions.

How do you acknowledge the wild forces of the world without letting them destroy you? Euripides, the youngest Greek tragedian whose work survives, asked exactly this question in his radical, boundary-pushing play “The Bacchae.” In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan explores how, with the clarity of an artist’s vision, Euripides saw the downfall of Athens coming and spoke wisely into the heart of his moment—and our own.

The Peloponnesian War was one of the most catastrophic conflicts of the ancient world—protracted, brutal, and disastrous for the Athenian hegemony that had grown over the course of the early 5th century BC. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” classical scholar and military history expert Victor Davis Hanson joins Spencer Klavan to discuss the war’s causes, tactics, and consequences.

T.S. Eliot’s God was no mere fantasy or abstraction: he was a tough, strange, sorrowful savior presiding over a world gone terribly wrong. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan concludes his series on Eliot by walking through the passages in “Four Quartets” which outline the trinity to reveal what God looks like in the modern world.

How do you find authentic faith in a world that is falling to pieces around you? In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan returns to his series on T.S. Eliot—this time with a study of “Four Quartets,” Eliot’s greatest Christian work.

Why is capitalism good for music and what does any of it have to do with outer space? In this episode of “Young Heretics,” classical composer Stephen Limbaugh joins Spencer Klavan to discuss the thrilling profusion of musical creativity that accompanied the Belle Époque period. Plus, Spencer and Stephen get into the wonders of music theory, the benefits of patriotism, and the future of American art.

As Trump’s first term draws to a close, former senior national security advisor Michael Anton joins Spencer to discuss the political phenomenon that is Trump: are we better off now than we were four years ago? Anton, author of the forthcoming book The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return, argues there’s little wrong with Trump that more Trump can’t solve.

As cancel culture is on the rise, freedom of speech is all over the news. Why do we even believe in freedom of speech in the first place? Take a look at John Milton, the revolutionary firebrand whose writing nearly cost him his life. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan explores the connections between Milton’s views on speech, sin, and revolution in “Areopagitica.”

Is China really an existential threat to America? Economist David P. Goldman joins Spencer to discuss the meteoric rise of a ruthless and emboldened China. Goldman, president of Macrostrategy LLC and columnist for Asia Times, is well-placed to observe and analyze the underhand tactics of the Chinese Communist Party.

America is not only a great nation, it is also the inheritor of the best the West has to offer. In this special episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan sits down with Senator Ted Cruz to talk through the enduring principles of the United States Constitution, their roots in English law, and their relevance for all time.

Does this story from the fall of the Roman republic hold wisdom for America in her troubled moment? In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan explores how Gaius Gracchus tries and fails to propose an entirely new constitution. But it’s more fun than that! An unsolved murder mystery, a trip to Africa, and a deadly riot later, we will find our takeaway from this story.

To prevent our own republic from failing, we must look to the wisdom of Western history and find insights from moments similar to our own. If only our elite professors would pay attention! In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan explores the “Gracchan disturbance,” a turbulent and dramatic period in Roman history, to find wisdom for our own unsettled times.

Sometimes, you have to face up to despair before you can find an honest way to hope. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan returns to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land to uncover the surprising hope that waits just beyond the edges of Eliot’s dark vision.

As civil unrest threatens to tear the country apart, Spencer Klavan offers a special Young Heretics message of hope and pride in our heritage. From Cicero to John Adams to us, the long march of liberty reminds us to keep fighting for the West and the USA—no matter what.