Kevin and Charlie discuss Kevin’s new book, The Smallest Minority.

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  1. Lois Lane Coolidge

    What was the name of the philosopher who felt capitalism created Protestants in opposition to Weber? I listened to this while grocery shopping and did not catch the name. 

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    • August 13, 2019, at 1:07 PM PDT
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  2. Kephalithos Member

    Lois Lane (View Comment): What was the name of the philosopher who felt capitalism created Protestants in opposition to Weber? I listened to this while grocery shopping and did not catch the name.

    Erich Fromm.

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    • August 13, 2019, at 1:09 PM PDT
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  3. big spaniel Member

    Kevin Williamson’s description of the basis of the A$AP Rocky phenomenon, where he traces the ultimate reason for U.S. government interest and intervention into the matter to the existence of Kim Kardashian’s ass, is the most brilliant and perceptive insight ever, and no further words need to be written about anything, anywhere, at any time. Please put down your pens and stow away your keyboards.

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    • August 13, 2019, at 1:32 PM PDT
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  4. Joseph Stocks Member

    I mean this in no pejorative fashion but I believe one of Kevin’s biggest contributions to our culture is leaving social media. I think he showed how excellent political and cultural analysis can be created without being in that toxic environment.

     

    One thing I don’t get, however, is the gratuitous use of profanity in the book. I haven’t read the book yet but have seen some reviews that have quoted his profanities and I don’t see the point. 

     

    I have been enlightened by Kevin’s prose on many occasions and never in these passages was there a profanity or a need for one. 

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    • August 14, 2019, at 8:46 AM PDT
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  5. Icarus213 Thatcher

    Joseph Stocks (View Comment):

    I mean this in no pejorative fashion but I believe one of Kevin’s biggest contributions to our culture is leaving social media. I think he showed how excellent political and cultural analysis can be created without being in that toxic environment.

     

    One thing I don’t get, however, is the gratuitous use of profanity in the book. I haven’t read the book yet but have seen some reviews that have quoted his profanities and I don’t see the point.

     

    I have been enlightened by Kevin’s prose on many occasions and never in these passages was there a profanity or a need for one.

    Yeah, you put your finger on the only thing about Kevin that has always kind of bothered me: he always strikes me as excessively aware of whether or not he’s being “cool.” This might be totally untrue and something I’m just projecting onto him, but in his columns and conversations with Charles, there is a kind of coy air about him that strikes me as a bit contrived, as if he thinks he’s being a bit rebellious against old notions of what a conservative is like. Even the name “Mad Dog” is unusual and unfitting for him.

    In the whole Atlantic blow-up, I feel like he was going out of his way to make people believe things about him that weren’t true (such as his refusal to clarify what he actually thought about the death penalty) just because it made him out to be more of a rebel. If this is truly who he is, than fine, but his views aren’t really extreme or unusual to much of the conservative movement. It’s like he doesn’t want to be perceived to be normal, but it is purely a matter of style.

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    • August 15, 2019, at 8:31 AM PDT
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  6. RufusRJones Member

    There can’t possibly be a person more prepared to do longform investigative reporting than Kevin Williamson. That’s what he should be doing now. 

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    • August 18, 2019, at 8:41 AM PDT
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