Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 28, 2017 it is the “Trump First Things” edition of the podcast with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa.

This week we are very lucky to have the senior editor of First Things magazine and Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein as our guest for an extended discussion on dumbing down of English departments and conversations at Thanksgiving when you are the only Trumpkin and what’s wrong with Western civilization anyway and a wide array of other topics.

Mark (the author, by the way of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30)) is a fascinating guy. So fascinating, in fact, that as a Trump-supporting conservative he has nevertheless been invited on to Politico and Vox and CNN. Is this guy a hypnotist or what?

We will have our shower thoughts and we will have Greta van Fleet’s Black Smoke Rising as our hidden gem! Enjoy!

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There are 2 comments.

  1. Thatcher

    I not suggesting that Todd get into an argument with his elderly mother but I would be curious to know how those people who think Trump is horribly crude reacted to finding out, after many years , about the crude antics of the Kennedy brothers and also are they at all disgusted with the press corps who covered it all up while it was going on.

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    • November 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm
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  2. Thatcher

    Interesting comments from Mark. But I think there’s also a danger in reading too much into 2016 in the rightward direction, in the way he seems to be doing. I think 2016 was part of the typical pendulum swinging rightward after 8 years of Obama, and it will swing back the other way eventually. Mark has good insights on what Trump voters were thinking, but I don’t think that’s necessarily the sea change it sounds like he is making it out to be. Maybe it’s just his dramatic way of speaking that gives me that impression.

    Specifically, his comments around Minute 37, where he says Trump broke every rule of reaching out to minorities and women and etc etc and he still won, HA HA, seem overdone. Will another candidate be able to repeat that in 2024 or 2028? Can losing the popular vote but winning the electoral college be some kind of new strategy that can improve with time? I am just skeptical of the lessons he seems to be drawing from 2016.

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    • November 29, 2017 at 7:25 am
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