James Poulos and Vast Asteroid

Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (@RedSteeze) welcome back writer and musician James Poulos (@JamesPoulos) to chat about everything from spacegaze to Nietzsche to mimetic desire. James is the author of The Art of Being Free, a contributing editor at National Affairs, and a contributor to Ricochet, The Federalist, Foreign Policy, and Vice. He’s also in a great band called Vast Asteroid.

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There are 6 comments.

  1. Arahant Member

    Good show. I suspect that most people on Ricochet like deep.

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    • November 2, 2017, at 3:05 AM PDT
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  2. ChrisShearer Coolidge

    My middle name isn’t Godwin but I must admit at one point I thought Poulos would speak of a corporal who would come out of the ashes of our past conflicts and inspire the masses to a new and greater America.

    I thought libertarians were suspicious of “inspiring leaders”.

    PS We’ve seen that disdain corrodes from without and cynicism corrodes from within. Steve, please find something to be optimistic about.

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    • November 2, 2017, at 6:48 AM PDT
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  3. James Locker Member

    As a baby boomer, I did enjoy be told that I should get off the scene. If you don’t want 60+ year old’s listening to your podcast, you succeed with me.

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    • November 2, 2017, at 3:27 PM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    James Locker (View Comment):
    As a baby boomer, I did enjoy be told that I should get off the scene. If you don’t want 60+ year old’s listening to your podcast, you succeed with me.

    Now, now, Boomers go all the way down to 53. Let’s ignore them and listen anyway so we can criticize their music every week.

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    • November 2, 2017, at 4:17 PM PDT
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  5. Drusus Coolidge

    James Locker (View Comment):
    As a baby boomer, I did enjoy be told that I should get off the scene. If you don’t want 60+ year old’s listening to your podcast, you succeed with me.

    I’m one of those on the border of Gen X and Millennial. Ripping on my generation is a favorite pastime. You should get in on the action.

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    • November 2, 2017, at 7:31 PM PDT
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  6. Drusus Coolidge

    Can we not get James Poulos to host a podcast on the Ricochet network? Monthly perhaps? I miss his quirky, weird, but probing sensibility. I loved the short-lived Free Radicals podcast. Come on, folks – make it happen.

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    • November 2, 2017, at 7:33 PM PDT
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