New York Times columnist Ross Douthat joined Banter to discuss what it’s like being a conservative who writes for a predominantly liberal audience, the state of religion in America, and why the Star Wars sequels represent all that is wrong with modern American society.

Ross Douthat is a fellow at AEI and a columnist for The New York Times. In 2009 he became their youngest-ever columnist, taking the position at the age of 29. He’s the author of several books, including “Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the American Elite” and “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.” His new book, “The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success,” is out February 25.

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