Bret Stephens, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, sits down with Bridget to discuss Trump’s effect on the Republican Party, feeling out of place in your own country, the dangers of a culture that’s so sure of its convictions, mob politics, and how Trump’s behavior is both a symptom and a cause of a form of cultural corrosion. Bret talks growing up in Mexico and the perspective it gave him on the US that most Americans don’t have, and why what we have in the US is relatively rare, difficult to achieve, and extraordinarily easy to lose. He and Bridget cover tolerating behavior you find morally offensive because you realize that the price of intolerance is worse than whatever offense is being perpetrated, the unforgiving nature of writing a weekly column, maintaining the understanding you don’t possess a lock on truth, how antisemitism is like a society’s immune system, the emerging attitude of a hatred of excellence, and his experience of being in Jerusalem on 9/11.

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There are 2 comments.

  1. TerryS Member

    I like Bridget’s interviewing style. She really draws out the subject, in this case Brett Stephens.

    About Stephens, it is a wonder that a person so well educated cannot understand the POV of people who think about public policy in terms differently than he does.

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    • December 5, 2019, at 8:04 PM PST
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  2. mildlyo Member
    mildlyo Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thanks for having Mr. Stevens declare himself a NeverTrumper so early in the interview.

    Saved a lot of time.

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    • December 6, 2019, at 12:57 PM PST
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