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Essay Questions is the podcast in which your hosts, Joe & Josh, read an essay that's interesting to them and/or of historical importance, and then talk about it. Pretty simple, right? Well, we like to think we're using these essays as a starting point for conversations that end up going in strange and surprising directions. Nothing makes us happier than dragging luminaries like Mencken, Orwell, Adorno, and Didion into our own long-standing obsessions with conspiracy theories, the National Security State, media consolidation, high and low culture, and the meaning and purpose of religion. But this isn't a seminar, and we're not scholars or experts. Joe is a comic, Josh is a writer, and for them, this is just fun. So if you love to read but feel like you don't do enough of it, and you think you might enjoy hearing two ordinary guys shoot the s*** about things other than sports, politics, or pop culture, this is the podcast for you. Each episode, we choose a reading that's publicly available and encourage all our listeners to read it beforehand so you can follow along with our conversation. And of course, you can also always contact us with your thoughts, too!
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While hardly a counter-cultural figure himself, the late Samuel Francis was
enormously influential in fringe right-wing movements at the turn of the
century, helping to popularize with his writing both an explicitly
racialist view of civilization and a "Gramscian" strategy - after the
theories of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci - of cultural warfare. Without
Francis, the Alt-Right and "white nationalism" as we (unfortunately) know
it today would almost certainly not exist, at least not in the U.S. "Angry
White Male," a vivid and prescient 1996 profile of Francis by D.C.
journalist John Cloud, looks at the internecine battles within conservatism
during the 1990s that led to Francis being fired from The Washington Times.
In this episode, Joe & Josh examine how a dour Southern traditionalist -
whose thought was, at heart, simply a defense of the white supremacist
society in which he was raised - paved the way for sh*tlords, edgelords,
and racist trolls to take the struggle for cultural hegemony online.
“Angry White Male” by John Cloud, The Washington City Paper, 1996
“Why Race Matters,” by Samuel Francis, American Renaissance, 1994
“Unpatriotic Conservatives” by David Frum, National Review, 2003
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