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If you are a conservative like me it seems we are living in a world where less and less makes sense, and the people around us are losing their minds and drifting farther and farther away from reality. But we are far from alone! I am a regular guy, living in a blue state, who grew up in a different America. One that I think can largely be restored. I'm an optimist, a Trump supporter, I believe in the Constitution, support our military, and am a proud person of faith who loves this country and ...
 
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It's impossible to comprehend the state of conservative politics — or American politics in general — without looking closely at the wars we've been waging for the past two decades. The story we've been telling about American conservatism has been incomplete without a deep-dive on the so-called Global War on Terror. Luckily, Spencer Ackerman has wri…
 
This is a slightly different kind of Know Your Enemy episode—a conversation about hope and despair as the effects of climate change bear down upon us. At the center of that conversation is a brilliant new book, Daniel Sherrell's Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of the World, that focuses not on the facts of climate change or how to stop it, but wha…
 
Today I talk about three different stories and they are all related in some way. First I talk about the pullout from Afghanistan, the things we are being told, and what the repercussions might be going forward. Then I talk about how we have become soft as a society and give examples how people in the past dealt with pandemics and hardshipts. Finall…
 
After going over some Afghanistan info I do a deep dive into Janet Woodcock, the Commissioner of the FDA who just approved the Pfizer jab. I do not anticipate you're going to like her history at all. To say she is knee deep in controversy is an understatement. Make your own health decisions, I've certainly made mine. Here is a link to the FDA lette…
 
Finally, a deep-dive on William F. Buckley, Jr.! Matt and Sam are joined by Buckley's biographer, Sam Tanenhaus, to talk about WFB's 1965 campaign for mayor of New York City. Topics include: how Buckley's campaign made him the most famous conservative in America; the importance of his candidacy to the conservative movement's rise; the hardline posi…
 
The Democrats have been using Cloward Piven strategies for decades to destroy America from within. We saw it's rise under Obama. Now, in 2021, how are they using it again to tank this country as quickly as possible? After a very brief talk on Afghanistan I show how the chaos we see all around us is largely due to the Cloward / Piven strategy being …
 
No doubt about it, the "Biden" administration or whoever is actually running the show doesn't have America's interest's at heart. I go over all the ways this doesn't seem right, how there could be a larger agenda behind this. I talk about our hapless evacuation strategy, how this emboldens China, and repercussion around the world. Finally I talk ab…
 
With the CDC saying both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated can catch Covid and spread Covid, there is no viable, rational excuse left for the push for vaccine passports. I go over the statistics from the CDC, use a study in the UK and show examples to make the argument that now, any attempt at vaccine passports cannot be explained away as anythin…
 
In this episode, Matt and Sam are joined by political theorist and conservative intellectual Samuel Goldman—a very sensible and polite "enemy"—to discuss his brilliant new book, After Nationalism. Topics include: Goldman's punk-rocker past; the influence of Leo Strauss on his thinking; historical attempts to provide Americans with a coherent, endur…
 
It's been over seven months since pro-Trump protestors breached the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The meaning of the event remains contested. Was it a genuine coup attempt by an extra-parliamentary faction of the Trump movement? Or was it a disorganized and pathetic act of desperation by Fox News-poisoned rubes? Were the protestors inside the Capitol…
 
Biden flies to Philly to make a fool of himself while Kamala does the same in Detroit. The AZ results are nearly here, while PA is ready to get going, and more fraud in GA will force the situation there too. All involved are NOT happy and are gaslighting the public like never before. I also touch on Cuba and how this goes with what I was saying abo…
 
The election and the great lie. Covid. Gaslighting us like crazy. The violence. The one sided justice. The constant attack on our kids. The human condition is made to endure and endure but at certain times there is a tipping point, a catalyst where an event causes a collective shift in what people will accept, and these are usually huge historical …
 
Trump struck back against Big Tech today with a class action lawsuit against Google, Twitter and Facebook. Some are worried Section 230 will protect these companies, I dive into the actual wording of the law, not just the often quoted section but other sections that outlines the intent of the law, and why I think this is good news for Trump. I also…
 
In this unlocked bonus episode, Matt is joined by historian Eric Rauchway for a deep-dive into his new book, Why the New Deal Matters. It's Rauchway's latest effort to recover Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an anti-fascist political leader who sought to expand the meaning and practice of American democracy—that in a robust democracy, people don't jus…
 
Subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon to listen to this bonus episode, and all of our bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy Matt and Sam are back in the same room — Matt's study — enjoying brown liquor, each other's company, and a surprisingly coherent discussion of the right's latest fixations: our "rainbow regime" and "critical r…
 
In this episode Matt and Sam discuss Ravelstein, Saul Bellow's roman à clef about the Straussian political philosopher Allan Bloom, who achieved late-in-life wealth and fame after publishing his controversial bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind. Along the way they consider the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought, eros and t…
 
Subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon to listen to this bonus episode, and all of our bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy Every June it happens: conservatives get all hot and bothered by Pride celebrations, and this year has been no different. Why do banal corporate expressions of support for LGBTQ+ rights drive them so mad? How …
 
Covid, the weaponized version of a coronavirus to take out Trump and keep Globalism and the Central Bank going, is more sinister than we realized. Dr Baric and Fauci had ties to Covid research going back years and years, with ties to American labs, and even made an early deal to get MRna vaccines as early as DECEMBER 2019!! I also talk about what a…
 
The Legislature of AZ invited a delegation of PA legislators to witness the audit in Maricopa and learn from it. They wouldn't do that if they hadn't already found election altering results. And PA wouldn't go if they weren't 100% interested in doing a Maricopa style audit. Big news. Second, I talk about Fauci and his fall from grace as email after…
 
Subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon to listen to this bonus episode, and all of our bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy What is the status of "equality" in the American political tradition? What place does it have in the inheritance that conservatives are trying to preserve? Matt and Sam pick up where they left off in their rec…
 
For a slight change of pace, we invited our dear friend Brandy Jensen—author of the world's best advice column, Jezebel's Ask a Fuck-Up, and features editor at the new Gawker.com—to answer listener questions about reentering the world post-vaccine, dating, conservative relatives, whether the "Trad Caths" are right, and mourning the lives we did not…
 
In this follow-up episode to "Democracy and Its Discontents" (listen here), historian Joshua Tait joins Matt and Sam for a conversation about the intellectual origins of the American Right's hostility to democracy—from John C. Calhoun's invention of the filibuster in the nineteenth century to the writings of conservatives like Russell Kirk, James B…
 
We suddenly get attacked by a hacking group that takes out a major pipeline, then they tell us not to politicize it or blame anyone but them. Biden and his administration of Fools all but look the other way and we are supposed to believe there's nothing to see here. Add in the updates to Maricopa County and the Democrat ending audit, Michigan and t…
 
Note: This bonus episode was first published on April 13. We're unlocking it now because we're working on a companion episode that explores in greater detail the intellectual origins of, and justifications for, hostility toward democracy among the founders of the modern American conservative movement. *** In state legislatures across the country, R…
 
Subscribe at https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy to hear this and all our bonus content. In this episode, Matt is joined by historian Eric Rauchway for a deep-dive into his new book, Why the New Deal Matters. It's Rauchway's latest effort to recover Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an anti-fascist political leader who sought to expand the meaning and…
 
First part of the episode I briefly touch on the happenings in Maricopa with the election audit. Then I go into the major problem of personal responsibility among Democrats and how they are using the blame game to try to end policing when ultimately the fault lies with how kids are being raised. No morality, no sense of right or wrong, no limits, n…
 
At last, Know Your Enemy takes on climate change! Kate Aronoff, staff writer at The New Republic and Dissent editorial board member, joins Matt and Sam to discuss her new book, Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet—And How We Fight Back. The conversations traces the history of collaboration between fossil fuel executives and conservative thin…
 
To listen to this episode, and all of our bonus content, subscribe here: https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy In state legislatures across the country, Republicans are unleashing a fierce assault on voting rights. Hundreds of proposals aimed at restricting ballot access are being considered, and in a few states—most notably Georgia—have already be…
 
This episode starts off with a brief overview of some of our victories regarding the election with the audits coming in multiple states, then I get into the Second Amendment. I talk about what is the real reason behind the Leftist attack on our rights, the history of it, and I go over a lot of statistics and data that prove the Democrat narrative i…
 
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