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The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

 

#40

The Better Angels of Our Nature

This week we're tackling Steven Pinker's 900 page dissection of the reasons why violence, torture and war have declined over the last 10,000 years. Was it an indeterminate mixture of politics, economics, technology and serendipity?  Or did some European guys write some books that said murder was bad?Special thanks to Philip Dwyer, Eleanor Janega, David M. Perry and Doug Thompson for help researching and fact-checking this episode! Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/darker-angels-of-our-nature-9781350140608/'>The Darker Angels of Our Nature</a> ---<a href='https://d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfront.net/86131278/The_Darker_Angels_of_Our_Nature_Refuting_the_Pinke..._PART_TWO_Periods_-libre.pdf?1652909631=&response-content-disposition=inline%3B+filename%3DGetting_medieval_on_Steven_Pinker_Violen.pdf&Expires=1706305247&Signature=HDeNZt8eD~rK9noHyc4mMvYj796byUGK~NGTGkaDAykbUQsIXSa2BQhJFbZFP8P39m7d3UQ56qkTKoe0ngYx47Yy5liASTyt4zDyzIvuhDj-STW8d5fJiNiW37P9eaD0clCetaWnX5Beoc4bGAPc4S7EcY10a4Uos6qAiuRJP1QREyVAqBeRxr3zUfe9hfr8b5PR-vC-Z-qXq1bjTV-AMd8-9HC5EF0Y4bifH8pHT-YsQZqhUxWSsGtPeBukPED8sDEry4FIb6m5lzVwgISBJ-gDOO1j4DumSkNExxHBKLo~-ZjmO9YdRnSBWAyGYGQFw5WfomkAmPnGv9daRR-eLw__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAJLOHF5GGSLRBV4ZA'>Getting Medieval On Steven Pinker</a> ---<a href='https://academic.oup.com/ehr/article-abstract/128/531/367/445752'>The Decline of Violence in the West: From Cultural to Post-Cultural History</a> ---<a href='https://d1wqtxts1xzle7.cloudfront.net/57278255/Dwyer-Whitewashing_History-libre.pdf?1535718694=&response-content-disposition=inline%3B+filename%3DWhitewashing_History_Pinkers_Mis_Represe.pdf&Expires=1706305239&Signature=Xx-Dfv413e1Ychl7PkXJhnUI1glGXJv94G4jJABo5V312Mhtn7asdL49LwDxbsyoDz1Z4gSTEWICT1HPYKWRnLeV5aIougwiuQdQWWBCBfUviZyxgZxxJ-ILZ9ZN3aUdY2pZ6Jwu~3sy~NxWxzmzL~1C7LCQQw38ilLXqdZ606wbrV1WJokvcY1K42Jjy0T1Ddg7a3vhTuh5cmhE8JVeUjuc5Jn295XdvA9XdNsex2n5T8VBfdYKqMOrYo5nRL5XMTaRHKGuKns8Sp4GOOUPtkRHjZ1OajYNSijZtqW9NN~zAhEccNVwRObUo0cxNxkM9FVUc8mvAH4617wulcUNEg__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAJLOHF5GGSLRBV4ZA'>Pinker’s (Mis)Representation of the Enlightenment and Violence</a> ---<a href='https://www.jstor.org/stable/3005938'>Herding and Homicide: An Examination of the Nisbett-Reaves Hypothesis</a> ---<a href='https://12ft.io/proxy'>Peace in Our Time</a> ---<a href='https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/13/john-gray-steven-pinker-wrong-violence-war-declining'>John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war</a> ---<a href='https://www.salon.com/2018/09/16/the-business-class-doesnt-understand-the-enlightenment/'>The business class doesn't understand the Enlightenment</a> ---<a href='https://web.archive.org/web/20120109124246/https:/www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2011/09/john-gray-steven-pinker-violence-review/'>Delusions Of Peace</a> ---<a href='https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hith.10666'>Pinker And Progress</a> ---<a href='https://dial.uclouvain.be/pr/boreal/object/boreal%3A225513/datastream/PDF_01/view#page=157'>Norbert Elias and the History of Violence</a> ---<a href='http://www.antoniocasella.eu/nume/Eisner_2001.pdf'>Modernization, Self-Control And Lethal Violence</a> ---<a href='https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26652645_Explaining_Long_Term_Trends_in_Violent_Crime'>Explaining Long Term Trends in Violent Crime</a> ---<a href='https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/taking-the-enlightenment-seriously-requires-talking-about-race.html'>The Enlightenment’s Dark Side</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

22 Feb 2024

1 HR 37 MINS

1:37:45

22 Feb 2024


#39

The Art of the Deal

Before Donald Trump became America's most prominent politician and birth certificate inspector, he spent his days making everyone in New York City slightly uncomfortable. Michael and Peter discuss "The Art of the Deal," Trump’s 1987 bestseller chronicling his exploits as a celebrity slumlord. Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://memphismagazine.com/features/columns/donald-trump-holiday-inns/'>When Donald Trump Took Down Holiday Inns</a>  ---<a href='https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/06/29/trump-robert-moses-new-york-television-city-urban-development-1980s-218836/'>The Lost City of Trump </a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/1985/04/28/magazine/who-runs-new-york-now.html'>Who Runs New York Now? </a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/nyregion/donald-trump-atlantic-city.html'>How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions </a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/1985/03/09/opinion/new-york-doer-and-slumlord-both.html'>Doer and Slumlord Both </a> ---<a href='https://www.gq.com/story/donald-trump-gq-profile-graydon-carter'>Donald Trump Gets What He Wants</a> ---<a href='https://money.cnn.com/2016/03/28/news/trump-apartment-tenants/'>Donald Trump was a nightmare landlord in the 1980s </a> ---<a href='https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/668293/confidence-man-by-maggie-haberman/'>Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

11 Jan 2024

52 MINS

52:22

11 Jan 2024


#38

The Worst Takes of 2023 [TEASER]

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21 Dec 2023

28 MINS

28:15

21 Dec 2023


#37

The Identity Trap

"There are two kinds of political scientists: The types who deal with noisy data and post on Twitter with a bunch of caveats. And then there are the types who write books about identity politics." Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---Sam  Huneke's "<a href='https://newrepublic.com/article/175779/yascha-mounks-woke-straw-man'>Yascha Mounk’s Woke Straw Man</a>" ---Jacob T. Levy's "<a href='https://www.niskanencenter.org/defense-liberty-cant-without-identity-politics/?ref=liberalcurrents.com'>The Defense of Liberty Can’t Do Without Identity Politics</a>" ---Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò's <a href='https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1867-elite-capture'>"Elite Capture"</a> ---Aaron Huertas's <a href='https://www.aaronhuertas.com/we-need-to-talk-about-reactionary-centrists/'>"We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists"</a> ---<a href='https://thesoutherneronline.com/91196/news/mary-lin-elementary-under-federal-investigation/'>Mary Lin Elementary under federal investigation</a> ---<a href='https://roughdraftatlanta.com/2021/08/12/parents-refute-claims-of-segregation-at-mary-lin-elementary-school/'>Parents refute claims of segregation at Mary Lin Elementary School</a> ---<a href='https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3694754/'>School Segregation in Metropolitan Regions, 1970–2000</a> ---<a href='https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-soc-071913-043152'>60 Years After Brown</a> ---<a href='https://hechingerreport.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Sikkink-and-Emerson.pdf'>School choice and racial segregation in US schools</a> ---<a href='https://www.gao.gov/assets/gao-22-104737.pdf'>Student Population Has Significantly Diversified, But Many Schools Remain Divided Along Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Lines</a> ---<a href='https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2021/12/15/u-s-public-school-students-often-go-to-schools-where-at-least-half-of-their-peers-are-the-same-race-or-ethnicity/'>U.S. public school students often go to schools where at least half of their peers are the same race or ethnicity</a> ---<a href='https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1017/s0022381612000904?journalCode=jop'>The Return of Old-Fashioned Racism to White Americans’ Partisan Preferences</a> ---<a href='https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-the-democrats-have-shifted-left-over-the-last-30-years/'>Why The Democrats Have Shifted Left Over The Last 30 Years</a> ---<a href='https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2107260119'>Widespread misperceptions of long-term attitude change</a> ---<a href='https://tufts.app.box.com/s/wrth10sv6yv7gls8o7q3i61tanoqkss4'>Trump, the 2016 Election, and Expressions of Sexism</a> ---<a href='https://www.centenary.edu/files/resources/2018-sept-jc-zunick.pdf'>Changing Norms Following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: The Trump Effect on Prejudice</a> ---<a href='https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Benjamin-Ruisch/publication/358756248_Changes_in_Americans'_prejudices_during_the_presidency_of_Donald_Trump/links/62cc234fcab7ba7426e4c085/Changes-in-Americans-prejudices-during-the-presidency-of-Donald-Trump.pdf'>Changes in Americans’ prejudices during the presidency of Donald Trump</a> ---<a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iIPYXldHV4&list=PLvrp9iOILTQb6D9e1YZWpbUvzfptNMKx2&index=189'>The CDC slide presentation</a> ---<a href='https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.abe6959'>Model-informed COVID-19 vaccine prioritization strategies</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

14 Dec 2023

1 HR 47 MINS

1:47:03

14 Dec 2023


#36

Pundit Portraits: Kathleen Parker and Chris Cillizza [TEASER]

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28 Nov 2023

29 MINS

29:42

28 Nov 2023


#35

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

You stare, mouth agape, at the bookstore display. It’s a self-help book, but with curse words in the title?! This must be a revolutionary new framework, not simply the same dull, reactionary ideas repackaged as hip and new.<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a>Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://markmanson.medium.com/the-subtle-art-of-not-giving-a-fuck-82c0901dde3d'>The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (Blog Post)</a> ---<a href='https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/016146811211400707'>Where A is Ordinary: The Evolution of American College and University Grading, 1940-2009</a> ---<a href='https://slate.com/culture/2019/04/participation-trophy-history-world-war-i.html'>We’ve Been Handing Out Participation Trophies for 100 Years</a><a href='https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1965-06298-000'>Positive Disintegration</a><a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/04/movies/the-subtle-art-of-not-giving-a-review.html'>‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a #@%!’ Review: A Blunt Philosophy</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

21 Nov 2023

45 MINS

45:44

21 Nov 2023


#34

The 48 Laws of Power

In 1996, a frustrated screenwriter got a fellowship in Italy. Twenty years later, Beyoncé released "Lemonade." Content warning: This episode includes a mention of suicide. <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a>Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/301070/a-paradise-built-in-hell-by-rebecca-solnit/'>Rebecca Solnit’s “A Paradise Built in Hell”</a> ---<a href='https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/704687/white-cat-black-dog-by-kelly-link/'>Kelly Link's "White Cat, Black Dog"</a> ---<a href='https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-half-century-in-bullshit-on-peter-bogdanovichs-paper-moon-and-robert-greenes-the-48-laws-of-power/'>The Half-Century in Bullshit: On Peter Bogdanovich’s “Paper Moon” and Robert Greene’s “The 48 Laws of Power”</a> ---<a href='https://archive.org/details/bookofanecdotes0000dani'>A Book of Anecdotes, 1957</a><a href='https://archive.org/details/littlebrownbooko00fadi'>The Little Brown Book Of Anecdotes</a> ---<a href='https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03007766.2010.537902'>Fear Nothing: Self-Fashioning and Social Mobility in 50 Cent’s The 50th Law</a> ---<a href='https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-22849-y#:~:text=The%20fear%20of%20conflict%20leads,zero%2Dsum%20situations%20%7C%20Scientific%20Reports'>The fear of conflict leads people to systematically avoid potentially valuable zero-sum situations</a> ---<a href='https://spssi.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/0022-4537.00220'>The Immigration Dilemma</a> ---<a href='https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0022103114001620'>You Can Win But I Can't Lose</a> ---<a href='https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9075794/'>If you rise, I fall: Equality is prevented by the misperception that it harms advantaged groups</a> ---<a href='https://nathannunn.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2022/12/Zero_Sum_US_Political_Divides.pdf'>Zero-Sum Thinking and the Roots of U.S. Political Divides</a> ---<a href='https://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1759&context=facultypub'>A Genesis of Conflict: The Zero-Sum Mindset</a> ---<a href='https://books.google.ki/books?id=T3YFAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_book_other_versions_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q=louis&f=false'>Forbes Winslow’s Physic and Physicians</a> ---<a href='https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272735816300046'>The role of masculinity in men's help-seeking for depression: A systematic review</a> ---<a href='https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/joe-orton-stolen-books'> The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books </a> ---<a href='https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1209/ML12093A081.pdf'>A Failure Of Initiative</a> ---<a href='https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/19/new-orleans-reaches-settlements-for-police-shootings-after-hurricane-katrina'>New Orleans reaches settlements for police shootings after Hurricane Katrina</a> ---<a href='https://www.propublica.org/article/post-katrina-white-vigilantes-shot-african-americans-with-impunity'>Post-Katrina, White Vigilantes Shot African-Americans With Impunity</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

02 Nov 2023

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:56

02 Nov 2023


#33

The "Organized Retail Crime" Panic [TEASER]

Retailers have been sounding the alarm about a shoplifting epidemic driven by organized criminal syndicates. In a shocking twist, it turns out that their story is mostly made up. Join us as Peter tries to figure out where this panic originated and as Mike finally comes clean about his criminal past. <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>To hear the rest of the show, support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> ... Read more

26 Oct 2023

31 MINS

31:12

26 Oct 2023


#32

San Fransicko

This week we're tackling "San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities," a book that dares to ask: What if everything that experts think about homelessness is wrong, and everything that one crank on Twitter thinks about homelessness is right?Thanks to <a href='https://nedresnikoff.com'>Ned Resnikoff</a> for helping us with the research for this episode! <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://wp-tid.zillowstatic.com/3/Homelessness_InflectionPoints-27eb88.pdf'>Inflection Points in Community-level Homeless Rates</a> ---<a href='https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2023/08/22/how-housing-costs-drive-levels-of-homelessness?utm_campaign=financeandeconomy_hpi________&utm_source=twitter_trusts&utm_medium=social&utm_content=_____photo_&utm_term=___'>How Housing Costs Drive Levels of Homelessness</a> ---<a href='https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/2022-AHAR-Part-1.pdf'>The 2022 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report To Congress</a> ---<a href='https://homelessness.ucsf.edu/sites/default/files/2023-06/CASPEH_Report_62023.pdf'>The California Statewide Study of People Experiencing Homelessness</a> ---<a href='https://sf.gov/sites/default/files/2023-07/2023%20Homelessness%20Benchmarking%20Report.pdf'>San Francisco Homelessness Benchmarking Report</a> ---<a href='https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520383784/homelessness-is-a-housing-problem'>Homelessness is a Housing Problem</a> ---<a href='https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1475-6773.13553'>A randomized trial of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons with high use of publicly funded services</a> ---<a href='https://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/MHR/Mental_Health_Reform_Update_Report_FINAL.pdf'>San Francisco Department of Public Health Update Report on Mental Health Reform</a> ---<a href='https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3392176/'>Civil Commitment in the United States</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

19 Oct 2023

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:43

19 Oct 2023


#31

The 4-Hour Workweek

Have you ever wanted to escape the grind and follow your dreams? This week we're discussing "The 4-Hour Workweek," which reveals that all you need is a plan, a willingness to take risks and a modestly sized fraud operation built on Third World labor. <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://jacobin.com/2018/03/four-hour-workweek-tim-ferriss-work'>The Fraud and the Four-Hour Workweek</a> ---<a href='https://www.newyorker.com/culture/office-space/revisiting-the-4-hour-workweek'>Revisiting "The 4-Hour Workweek"</a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/books/07book.html'>New! Improved! Shape Up Your Life!</a> ---<a href='https://www.gq.com/story/tim-ferriss-interview-quarantine-psychedelics'>From Productivity to Psychedelics: Tim Ferriss Has Changed His Mind About Success</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

21 Sep 2023

56 MINS

56:25

21 Sep 2023


#30

The Clinton E-Mail Scandal [TEASER]

But her e-mails! Michael explains the non-scandal that captivated the mainstream media in 2016 while Peter attempts to sow the podcast with anti-Hillary sentiment. <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>To hear the rest of the show, support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> ... Read more

14 Sep 2023

28 MINS

28:02

14 Sep 2023


#29

God And Man At Yale

Oops all grievance.<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://books.google.com/books/about/No_Ivory_Tower.html?id=-jyFNAAACAAJ'>No Ivory Tower : Mccarthyism And The Universities</a> ---<a href='https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691181547/the-fire-is-upon-us'>The Fire Is Upon Us</a> ---<a href='https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Conservative-Intellectual-Movement-in-America-Since-1945/George-H-Nash/9781933859125'>The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945</a> ---<a href='https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-american-studies/article/abs/passion-of-william-f-buckley-academic-freedom-conspiratorial-conservatism-and-the-rise-of-the-postwar-right/2A5EC6C8AEA69A3A5ACB679FF9BC5568'>The Passion of William F. Buckley: Academic Freedom, Conspiratorial Conservatism, and the Rise of the Postwar Right</a> ---<a href='https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674059092'>Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care?</a> ---<a href='https://global.oup.com/academic/product/compromised-campus-9780195053821'>Compromised Campus: The Collaboration of Universities with the Intelligence Community, 1945-1955</a> ---<a href='https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/03/31/buckley-john-birch-society-00087893'>Debunking a Longstanding Myth About William F. Buckley</a> ---<a href='https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/05/william-f-buckley-jr-right-wing-college-movement'>How William F. Buckley Jr.’s Right-Wing College Crusade Paved the Way for Ron DeSantis</a> ---<a href='https://www.jstor.org/stable/20710374'>The Right v. Higher Education: Change and Continuity</a> ---<a href='https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Buckleys_a_Family_Examined.html?id=ewt3AAAAMAAJ'>The Buckleys: A Family Examined</a> ---<a href='https://www.jstor.org/stable/40252731?origin=crossref'>The Academic Elite Goes to Washington, and to War</a> ---<a href='https://digitalcommons.lasalle.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=fourquarters'>What About “God and Man”?</a> ---<a href='https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1951/11/the-attack-on-yale/306724/'>The Attack on Yale</a> ---<a href='https://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+academy+on+the+firing+line%3A+William+F.+Buckley%2C+Jr.%27s+God+and+Man...-a0370031193'>The academy on the firing line: William F. Buckley, Jr.'s God and Man at Yale and the modern conservative critique of higher education</a> ---<a href='https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/09/22/conservatives-charge-that-universities-are-hotbeds-of-liberalism-theyre-wrong/'>Conservatives charge that universities are hotbeds of liberalism. They’re wrong.</a>   Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

07 Sep 2023

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:17

07 Sep 2023


#28

'On Bullsh*t' and the Pundit Industrial Complex [TEASER]

For this month's bonus episode we dissected Harry Frankfurt's gloriously brief bestseller and applied the concept to our favorite op-ed page.  <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>To hear the rest of the show, support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> ... Read more

10 Aug 2023

16 MINS

16:17

10 Aug 2023


#27

Liberal Fascism

Who poses the greatest threat to democracy? Is it the movement that openly identifies with the symbols, goals and policies of fascist governments? Or is it the median bureaucrat at the Department of Health and Human Services? In 2008, a National Review nepo-baby attempted to answer this vexing question.<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>: <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://archive.is/ZK6D'>History News Network: A Symposium on Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism</a> ---<a href='https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Nature_of_Fascism.html?id=544bouZiztIC'>The Nature of Fascism</a> ---<a href='https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586030/how-fascism-works-by-jason-stanley/'>How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them</a> ---<a href='https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/128540/the-anatomy-of-fascism-by-robert-o-paxton/'>The Anatomy of Fascism</a> ---<a href='https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691617886/mussolini-and-fascism'>Mussolini and Fascism: The View From America</a> ---<a href='https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1017/s0022381612000904?journalCode=jop'>The Return of Old-Fashioned Racism to White Americans’ Partisan Preferences in the Early Obama Era</a> ---<a href='https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691174198/identity-crisis'>Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America</a> ---<a href='https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/30351/0000753.pdf'>What Hillary Rodham Clinton Really Said About Children’s Rights and Child Policy</a> ---<a href='https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780929587820/The-Ku-Klux-Klan-in-the-City-1915-1930'>The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930</a> ---<a href='https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2009/04/campus-takeover-symbolized-era-change'>A campus takeover that symbolized an era of change</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

27 Jul 2023

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:33

27 Jul 2023


#26

Are The Straights OK [TEASER]

In our "Rules" and "Game" episodes we didn't get a chance to dissect the phenomenon of online dating (i.e. describe our worst dates and read cringe profiles out loud to each other), so that is what we are doing on today's bonus episode.  <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>To hear the rest of the show, support us on Patreon</a>:<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> ... Read more

13 Jul 2023

24 MINS

24:10

13 Jul 2023


#25

BONUS: Conservatives vs. Pride Month

Lots of subscribers asked us to release last month's bonus episode in full so here it is! Share it with the conservatives, the boomers and the Satanists in your life.<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>: <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a>  Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

06 Jul 2023

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:16

06 Jul 2023


#24

The Rules

In 1995 a bestselling book proposed a simple dating strategy for women: Lose weight, wear bright colors and become a completely different person for the rest of your life.Thanks to <a href='https://moiradonegan.substack.com/'>Moira Donegan</a> for helping us with this episode! <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>: <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://www.press.jhu.edu/books/title/1626/front-porch-back-seat'>From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America</a>  ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/style/the-rules-book.html'>Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s essay, “Stuff Your ‘Rules’”</a>  ---<a href='https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00497878.2000.9979317?journalCode=gwst20'>The More Things Change: The Rules And Late Eighteenth‐Century Conduct Books For Women</a>  ---<a href='https://www.jstor.org/stable/3789817'>Shrinking Violets and Caspar Milquetoasts: Shyness and Heterosexuality from the Roles of the Fifties to "The Rules" of the Nineties</a>  ---<a href='https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-020-09743-3'>From Mountain Peak to Total Woman: An Evolutionary History of Pre-feminist Dating Advice</a>  ---<a href='https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520298699/the-mating-game#:~:text=Through%20interviews%20with%20heterosexual%20and,with%20competing%20messages%20about%20gender%2C'>The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date by Ellen Lamont</a>  ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/1996/10/23/garden/so-many-rules-so-little-time.html'>So Many Rules, So Little Time</a>  ---<a href='https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0959353503013002007?journalCode=fapa'>Abiding by The Rules: Instructing Women in Relationships</a>  ---<a href='https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19558447/'>What leads to romantic attraction: similarity, reciprocity, security, or beauty? Evidence from a speed-dating study</a>  ---<a href='http://www.elainehatfield.com/uploads/3/4/5/2/34523593/38._hatfield_walster_piliavin__schmidt_1973.pdf'>"Playing Hard To Get": Understanding An Elusive Phenomenon</a>  ---<a href='https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/019251398019004005?journalCode=jfia'>Egalitarian Daters, Traditionalist Dates</a>  ---<a href='https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/sciadv.aap9815'>Aspirational pursuit of mates in online dating markets</a>  ---<a href='https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.1908630116'>Disintermediating your friends: How online dating in the United States displaces other ways of meeting</a>  ---<a href='https://web.archive.org/web/20081109093956/http:/www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,985233-1,00.html'>Playing Hard To Get</a>   Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

29 Jun 2023

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:07

29 Jun 2023


#23

Atomic Habits

This week we're discussing "Atomic Habits," a book about how to use science (and also some stuff that’s definitely not science) to train yourself to be a more functional person.<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>: <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a> Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://hbr.org/2015/10/how-1-performance-improvements-led-to-olympic-gold'>How 1% Performance Improvements Led to Olympic Gold</a> ---<a href='https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/from-paupers-to-kings-the-lottery-funded-revolution-93603'>From paupers to kings: The lottery-funded revolution</a>  ---<a href='https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4826769/'>Habit Formation</a> ---<a href='https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article/23/7/1085/5998113'>Implementation Intentions to Reduce Smoking: A Systematic Review of the Literature</a> ---<a href='https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0376871620302854'>Effectiveness of the use of implementation intentions on reduction of substance use: A meta-analysis</a> ---<a href='https://s18798.pcdn.co/motivationlab/wp-content/uploads/sites/6235/2019/02/gollwitzer-et-al-2009-when-intentions-go-public.pdf'>When Intentions Go Public</a> ---<a href='https://www.povertyactionlab.org/sites/default/files/documents/Luby,%20Agboatwalla,%20Painter-%20Handwashing%20in%20Pakistan-%202004.pdf'>Effect of Intensive Handwashing Promotion on Childhood Diarrhea in High-Risk</a> <a href='https://www.povertyactionlab.org/sites/default/files/documents/Luby,%20Agboatwalla,%20Painter-%20Handwashing%20in%20Pakistan-%202004.pdf'>Communities in Pakistan</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

15 Jun 2023

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:09

15 Jun 2023


#22

The World is Flat

Much has been said about globalization, but perhaps no one has said it worse than Thomas Friedman.Content Note: Discussions of xenophobic and racist content, especially toward the end of the episode.<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>: <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a>Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://foreignpolicy.com/2009/10/14/why-the-world-isnt-flat/'>Why The World Isn't Flat</a> ---<a href='https://hbr.org/2014/11/the-world-is-still-not-flat'>The World Is Still Not Flat</a> ---<a href='https://www.dhl.com/content/dam/dhl/global/delivered/documents/pdf/dhl-global-connectedness-index-2022-complete-report.pdf'>DHL Global Connectedness Index 2022</a> ---<a href='https://www.researchgate.net/publication/229602922_The_Fallacies_of_Flatness_Thomas_Friedman's_The_World_Is_Flat'>The Fallacies of Flatness</a> ---<a href='https://ceinquiry.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/thomas-friedman-sociopath-quotes/'>The Sociopathy of Thomas Friedman: A Compendium</a> ---<a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwFaSpca_3Q'>Thomas Friedman sums up the Iraq War (YouTube)</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

01 Jun 2023

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:41

01 Jun 2023


#21

"Nudge" Part 2: Mr. Nudge Goes to Washington

The Nudgening.<a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>Support us on Patreon</a>: <a href='https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod'>https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod</a>Where to find us:  ---<a href='https://twitter.com/IfBooksPod'>Twitter</a> ---<a href='https://www.fivefourpod.com/'>Peter's other podcast, 5-4</a> ---<a href='https://www.maintenancephase.com/'>Mike's other podcast, Maintenance Phase</a> Sources: ---<a href='https://psyarxiv.com/jn7kf'>David Gal's "Behavioral Winter"</a> ---<a href='https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4046264'>The i-frame and the s-frame: How focusing on individual-level solutions has led behavioral public policy astray</a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/opinion/sunday/behavioral-economics.html'>Why Is Behavioral Economics So Popular?</a> ---<a href='https://www.bi.team/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Applying-Behavioral-Insights-to-Intimate-Partner-Violence-ENG-3.pdf'>Applying Behavioral Insights To Intimate Partner Violence</a> ---<a href='https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15265161.2011.634485'>What Counts as a Nudge?</a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/upshot/the-power-of-nudges-for-good-and-bad.html'>The Power of Nudges, for Good and Bad</a> ---<a href='https://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1253&context=faculty_scholarship'>Allowing Patients to Waive the Right to Sue for Medical Malpractice: A Response to Thaler and Sunstein</a> ---<a href='https://harpers.org/archive/2014/12/obamas-obama/'>Obama’s Obama</a> ---<a href='https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC100547'>Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy - Country Overviews 2016</a> ---<a href='https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7124175/'>The opioid crisis and nudge theory</a> ---<a href='https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13164-015-0248-1'>On the Supposed Evidence for Libertarian Paternalism</a> ---<a href='https://www.csus.edu/indiv/h/howellj/econ145_f2009/handouts/bettinger_eer.pdf'>The effect of charter schools on charter students and public schools</a> ---<a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/science/earth/policy-and-politics-collide-as-obama-enters-campaign-mode.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1'>Re-election Strategy Is Tied to a Shift on Smog</a> ---<a href='https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/06/11/why-is-the-white-house-delaying-so-many-safety-and-environmental-rules/'>Is the White House delaying too many health and safety rules?</a> ---<a href='http://sensiblesafeguards.org/assets/documents/down-the-regulatory-rabbit-hole.pdf'>Down the Regulatory Rabbit Hole</a> ---<a href='https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/ct-xpm-2012-03-19-ct-oped-0319-regs-20120319-story.html'>Why regulations are good — again</a> ---<a href='https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cass-sunstein-obama-ambivalent-regulator-czar_n_874530'>Cass Sunstein: The Obama Administration's Ambivalent Regulator</a>  Thanks to <a href='https://mindseye-music.bandcamp.com/track/the-place-beyond-the-clouds-2'>Mindseye</a> for our theme song! ... Read more

19 May 2023

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:04

19 May 2023