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Know Your Enemy

A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.

A leftist's guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time, with co-hosts Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell.

 

#97

How They Did It, Pt. 3: The End of the Beginning

In the third and final episode in their series on the overturning of Roe v. Wade—recorded on the day it happened—Matt and Sam pick up with 1990s, the George W. Bush administration, and eventually take listeners up to the present. They focus especially on way conservative, mostly Christian intellectuals, many of them connected to the religious journal First Things, brought Catholics and evangelicals together to fight against abortion rights, with figures like Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Robert P. George, and Hadley Arkes providing language and arguments in a more elite idiom—a project that deeply influenced Bush's presidency and helped cement the anti-abortion movement's place not just in the religious right but the broader conservative movement and the GOP. Sources: " [Killing Abortionists: A Symposium] (https://www.firstthings.com/article/1994/12/killing-abortionists-a-symposium#Arkes) ," First Things, December 1994 " [Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millenium] (https://www.firstthings.com/article/1994/05/evangelicals-catholics-together-the-christian-mission-in-the-third-millennium) ," First Things, May 1994 " [The End of Democracy? The Judicial Usurpation of Politics] (https://www.firstthings.com/article/1996/11/the-end-of-democracy-the-judicial-usurpation-of-politics) ," First Things, November 1996 Damon Linker, [The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/101823/the-theocons-by-damon-linker/) (Doubleday, 2006) Mary Ziegler, [Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment] (https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300260144/dollars-for-life/) (Yale University Press, 2021) Joshua Wilson, [The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars] (https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=22575) , (Stanford University Press, 2013) Richard John Neuhaus, [The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America] (https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/0080/the-naked-public-square.aspx) (Eerdmans, 1984) Robert P. George, [Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality] (https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260240.001.0001/acprof-9780198260240) (Oxford University Press, 1993) Hadley Arkes, " [The End of the Beginning of the End of Abortion] (https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2022/06/the-end-of-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-abortion) ," First Things, June 24, 2022 Matthew Sitman, " [Reading Left to Right] (https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/reading-left-right) " (review of [Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square] (https://books.google.com/books/about/Richard_John_Neuhaus.html?id=HO5MBAAAQBAJ) ), Commonweal, August 24, 2015 Tara Isabella Burton, " [The Biblical Story the Christian Right Uses to Defend Trump] (https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/3/5/16796892/trump-cyrus-christian-right-bible-cbn-evangelical-propaganda) ," Vox, March 5, 2018 ... Read more

30 Jun 2022

1 HR 47 MINS

1:47:37

30 Jun 2022


#96

The State of the American Right (w/ Daniel Denvir)

Today we're sharing a special "Dig Your Enemy" crossover event, as Daniel Denvir of Jacobin magazine's The Dig podcast puts Matt and Sam in the hot seat. We answer all of Dan's excellent questions about the state of the American right, including: the return of isolationism, the New Right, Peter Thiel, Curtis Yarvin, Blake Masters, Doug Mastriano, the prospects for a multi-racial conservative majority, the "groomer" panic, masculinity and gender politics, MAGA, authoritarianism, NYC's new reactionary "downtown scene," and the bad dialectic between racial liberalism and the anti-woke reactionaries. Enjoy!  This episode was originally posted by The Dig; find the rest of their excellent podcasts here: [https://thedigradio.com/ ] (https://thedigradio.com/ ) ...and don't forget to subscribe to [Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) for access to all of our bonus episodes!  ... Read more

22 Jun 2022

2 HR 24 MINS

2:24:07

22 Jun 2022


#95

How They Did It, Pt. 2: The Christian Right and Roe

At long last, Matt and Sam dive into the origins of the Christian right—a complicated tale often flattened by contemporary debates. What was the history of Christian anti-abortion activism before Roe, and how soon after the landmark Supreme Court decision did conservative Christians coalesce around the abortion—and other issues—to become the political force we know today? What did it take to get Catholics and evangelicals to join forces, and what were the barriers to them coming together, especially given the history of anti-Catholicism in the United States? And how did all this help reshape the GOP into a vehicle for anti-abortion politics, given that such a scenario was not fated on the eve of Roe? Your hosts take up these questions and more, stopping in the early 1990s—when they'll pick up with the story in the third and final episode in the series. Sources and Citations: Randall Balmer, " [The Religious Right and the Abortion Myth] (https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/05/10/abortion-history-right-white-evangelical-1970s-00031480) ," Politico Magazine, May 10, 2022 Neil J. Young and Gillian Frank, " [What Everyone Gets Wrong about Evangelicals and Abortion] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2022/05/16/what-everyone-gets-wrong-about-evangelicals-abortion/) ," Washington Post, May 16, 2022 Neil J. Young, [We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics] (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/we-gather-together-9780199738984?cc=us&lang=en&) (Oxford University Press, 2015) Kristen Luker, [Abortion & the Politics of Motherhood] (https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520055971/abortion-and-the-politics-of-motherhood) , (University of California Press, 1985) Mary Ziegler, [After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate] (https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674736771) , (Harvard University Press, 2015) Ilyse Hogue and Ellie Langford, [The Lie That Binds] (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lie-that-binds-ilyse-hogue/1137333853?ean=9781947492509) (Strong Arm Press, 2020) Rick Perlstein, [Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-80] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Reaganland/Rick-Perlstein/9781476793061) (Simon & Schuster, 2020) Daniel K. Williams, [Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade] (https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391646.001.0001/acprof-9780199391646) (Oxford University Press, 2016) Joshua Wilson, [The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars] (https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=22575) , (Stanford University Press, 2013) David L. Chappell, [A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Crow] (https://uncpress.org/book/9780807856604/a-stone-of-hope/) (UNC Press, 2005) " [Killing Abortionists: A Symposium] (https://www.firstthings.com/article/1994/12/killing-abortionists-a-symposium#Arkes) ," First Things, December 1994   ... Read more

16 Jun 2022

1 HR 28 MINS

1:28:29

16 Jun 2022


#94

How They Did It: Overturning Roe, Pt. 1 (w/ the 5-4 podcast)

On May 5, Politico published a [leaked draft] (https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473) of the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health, written by Justice Samuel Alito, that would overturn Roe v. Wade. How did we get here? In the first of three episodes dedicated to answering that question, Matt and Sam talk to Peter, Rhiannon, and Michael of the 5-4 Podcast about the conservative legal movement's role and the right's use of the courts in achieving their aims. What were the main arguments in the leaded Dobbs decision, and where did these ideas come from? How important was opposition to abortion rights to the development of originalism and organizations like the Federalist Society? What function has the Federalist Society served in the conservative takeover of the Supreme Court? Also discussed in this episode: the relationship between radical, violent anti-abortion groups and the broader anti-abortion legal movement, the narrower victories the right won against abortion rights along the way, and what might come next from an emboldened conservative movement with the Supreme Court on their side. Sources: Josh Gerstein and Alexander Ward, " [Supreme Court Has Voted to Overturn Abortion Rights, Draft Opinion Shows] (https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/02/supreme-court-abortion-draft-opinion-00029473) ," Politico, May 5, 2022 5-4 Podcast, " [Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health: The End of Roe] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-the-end-of-roe/id1497785843?i=1000559621838) ," May 4, 2022 5-4 Podcast, " [The Return of the Rise and Fall of Roe v. Wade, Pt. 1] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-return-of-the-rise-and-fall-of-roe-v-wade-pt-1/id1497785843?i=1000546865659) ," January 4, 2022                                " [The Return of the Rise and Fall of Roe v. Wade, Pt. 2] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-return-of-the-rise-and-fall-of-roe-v-wade-pt-2/id1497785843?i=1000546865444) ," January 4, 2022 Know Your Enemy (w/ 5-4's Rhiannon), " [The Texas Bounty Hunter Bill] (https://www.patreon.com/posts/texas-bounty-w-5-56780941?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copy_to_clipboard&utm_campaign=postshare) ," September 30, 2021 Amanda Hollis-Brusky, [Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution] (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/ideas-with-consequences-9780190933746?cc=us&lang=en&#) (Oxford University Press, 2019) Ilyse Hogue and Ellie Langford, [The Lie That Binds] (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lie-that-binds-ilyse-hogue/1137333853?ean=9781947492509) (Strong Arm Press, 2020) Joshua C. Wilson, [The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, America's Culture Wars] (https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=22575) (Stanford University Press, 2013) ...and don't forget to subscribe to [Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) to access to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

28 May 2022

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:15

28 May 2022


#93

UNLOCKED: A New Pink Tide? (w/ Thea Riofrancos & David Adler)

A conversation with David Adler and Thea Riofrancos about the return of the Latin American left — unlocked from Patreon in advance of hugely consequential [elections] (https://www.justsecurity.org/81654/colombias-second-independence-likely-left-victory-marks-historic-shift/) in Colombia this weekend!! (Originally published May 15, 2022.) Hope for the American left is at a fairly low ebb, at the moment, but our counterparts in Latin America are on the march and succeeding at beating back repressive right wing governments across the region. What can we learn from them? And given extremely volatile global conditions — and the continued role of the US in defending the interests of capital in the region — what can these new left-wing governments hope to accomplish? Sam is joined by political scientist Thea Riofrancos and David Adler, the General Coordinator of the Progressive International, to discuss left populism in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and elsewhere.  Further Reading:  Thea Riofrancos & David Adler, " [Gabriel Boric and Latin America’s new pink tide] (https://www.newstatesman.com/ideas/2022/03/gabriel-boric-and-latin-americas-new-pink-tide) ," New Statesman, Mar 11, 2022. Thea Riofrancos, " [The rush to ‘go electric’ comes with a hidden cost: destructive lithium mining] (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/14/electric-cost-lithium-mining-decarbonasation-salt-flats-chile) ," Guardian, Jun 14, 2021. — " [The View from Latin America] (https://bostonreview.net/forum_response/thea-riofrancos-view-latin-america/) ," Boston Review, Apr 27, 2020.  — " [Ecuador After Correa] (https://www.nplusonemag.com/issue-29/politics/ecuador-after-correa-2/) ," n+1, Fall 2017. John Bartlett, " [Chilean journalist dies after being shot while covering Workers’ Day marches] (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/12/francisca-sandoval-chilean-journalist-dies?emci=c4186102-d9d2-ec11-b656-281878b8c32f&emdi=7895f4cc-dad2-ec11-b656-281878b8c32f&ceid=4608707) ," Guardian, May 12, 2022 ...and don't forget to subscribe to [Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) for access to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

25 May 2022

1 HR 23 MINS

1:23:53

25 May 2022


#92

TEASER: Yinzer Country

In this bonus episode, Matt takes Sam on a tour of his native state, Pennsylvania, where a number of key primaries were held this week. The results brought some hopeful news: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman handily defeated State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and (even better) Manchin-backed moderate Rep. Conor Lamb in the contest for the Democratic senate nomination. But it also revealed the madness that continues to grip the GOP: State Sen. Doug Mastriano, a January 6 marcher and election-fraud true believer, will be running for governor in November, and Dr. Oz, as of this writing, was clinging to a narrow lead in the race to take on Fetterman. Don't worry, though, it's not all punditry: the cuisines, strange regional dialects, and curious folkways of the virtuous commonwealth also are discussed. Then the episode turns to the fortunes of the Thiel tools: J.D. Vance and Blake Masters, both of whom are running for the Senate (Vance in Ohio and Masters in Arizona). The former won the Republican nod, and in come-from-behind fashion—how did he do it, especially after months of woke pundits dismissing his campaign? And what are Masters chances in August, when the Arizona GOP primary will be held? Subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon to listen to this bonus episode, and all of our bonus content: [https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) ... Read more

21 May 2022

03 MINS

03:31

21 May 2022


#91

TEASER: A New Pink Tide? (w/ Thea Riofrancos & David Adler)

Hope for the American left is at a fairly low ebb, at the moment, but our counterparts in Latin America are on the march and succeeding at beating back repressive right wing governments across the region. What can we learn from them? And given extremely volatile global conditions — and the continued role of the US in defending the interests of capital in the region — what can these new left-wing governments hope to accomplish? Sam is joined by political scientist Thea Riofrancos and David Adler, the General Coordinator of the Progressive International, to discuss left populism in Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and elsewhere.  Subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon to listen to this bonus episode, and all of our bonus content: [https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) ... Read more

15 May 2022

01 MINS

01:28

15 May 2022


#90

The Conservative and the Convict (w/ Sarah Weinman)

Sarah Weinman's new book—Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free—is a gripping true crime story, and perhaps the tale of an ill-fated love triangle.  It also is a story about William F. Buckley, Jr., who defied expectations to show mercy to a death-row prisoner, Edgar Smith, after finding out that he supposedly read National Review. In this episode, Weinman joins Matt and Sam to talk about this fascinating, half-forgotten episode from a key period in Buckley's life and career—how Smith and Buckley met; what Buckley did for him; the role played by Sophie Wilkins, Smith's editor at Knopf, in what happened; and the sad ending toward which it all careened. Sources: Sarah Weinman, [Scoundrel: How a Convicted Murderer Persuaded the Women Who Loved Him, the Conservative Establishment, and the Courts to Set Him Free] (https://bookshop.org/books/scoundrel-how-a-convicted-murderer-persuaded-the-women-who-loved-him-the-conservative-establishment-and-the-courts-to-set-him-9780062899767/9780062899767) (Ecco Press, February 2022) Sam Adler-Bell, " [The Conservative and the Murderer] (https://newrepublic.com/article/165580/scoundrel-book-review-buckley-edgar-smith-conservative-murderer) ," New Republic, March 7, 2022 Christopher Buckley, [Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir] (https://www.twelvebooks.com/titles/christopher-buckley/losing-mum-and-pup/9780446556644/) (Twelve Books, May 2009) Garry Wills, " [Daredevil] (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/07/daredevil/307546/) ," Atlantic, July/August 2009 Sophie Wilkins, trans., [The Man Without Qualities] (https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/robert-musil/the-man-without-qualities/9781447289432) by Robert Musil (1930, 2017) Alexander Chee, " [Mr. and Mrs. B] (https://longreads.com/2015/06/18/mr-and-mrs-b/) ," Apology Magazine, Winter 2014 ...and don't forget to subscribe to [Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) for access to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

09 May 2022

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:49

09 May 2022


#89

The Right Kind of Worker (w/ Gabriel Winant)

Since Donald Trump was elected president — partially on the strength of white working class support in the Rust Belt — we've heard that the GOP is a working class party; that liberals sold out American labor to globalized capital; and that American workers are too socially and culturally conservative to remain within the increasingly progressive Democratic tent. According to the populist right, the culture war is itself a class war, waged on behalf of real workers against a secular, libertine professional elite who control the commanding heights of the economy, government, and media.  What's wrong with this story? Labor historian and essayist Gabriel Winant joins Matt and Sam to answer that question. Using Gabe's award-winning book [The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America] (https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674238091) as a guide, we tell a different story about working class formation in this country, about the forces that led to the decline of America's industrial base, and about the prospects for renewing labor's power relative to capital. Along the way, we take on figures of the newly labor-curious right — Oren Cass, Sohrab Ahmari, and others — explaining how their vision is based on ideologically motivated elisions that seek to resolve rather than energize class conflict.  It's a hot one, folks!  Further Reading: Gabriel Winant, " [We Live in a Society] (https://www.nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/we-live-in-a-society/) ," n+1, Dec 12, 2020 — " [Professional-Managerial Chasm] (https://www.nplusonemag.com/online-only/online-only/professional-managerial-chasm/) ," n+1, Oct 10, 2019 — " [Coronavirus and Chronopolitics] (https://www.nplusonemag.com/issue-37/politics/coronavirus-and-chronopolitics-2/) " n+1, Spring 2020. — " [Strike Wave] (https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/strike-wave) ," New Left Review, Nov 25, 2021. Sohrab Ahmari, " [How America Kneecapped Its Unions] (https://compactmag.com/article/how-america-kneecapped-its-unions) ," Compact, Mar 31, 2022. Julius Krein, " [The Real Class War] (https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2019/11/the-real-class-war/) ," American Affairs, Nov 20, 2019. Alexander Riley, " [Labor Betrayed by the Progressive Left] (https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/labor-betrayed-by-the-progressive-left/) ," Chronicles, Mar 2022.  Landon R.Y. Storrs, [The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left] (https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691153964/the-second-red-scare-and-the-unmaking-of-the-new-deal-left) , Princeton U Press, 2012. Melinda Cooper, [Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the New Social Conservatism] (https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9781935408345/family-values) Zone Books, 2017. Alice Kessler-Harris, [In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America] (https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/in-pursuit-of-equity-women-men-and-the-quest-for-economic-citizenship-in-twentieth-century-america_alice-kessler-harris/734250/item/18112756/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvLOTBhCJARIsACVldV0omtAa840N9K-ZNtRT7VySN_-a4Kae72dvfYuZTxwsps3411mvBFgaAtb-EALw_wcB#idiq=18112756&edition=3668411) , 2001. Oxford U Press. 2001. ... Read more

30 Apr 2022

1 HR 31 MINS

1:31:29

30 Apr 2022


#88

Macron vs. Le Pen (w/ Cole Stangler)

Did this week's one-on-one debate between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen change the race in any significant ways? Why is Le Pen drawing notably more support this time around than she did in 2017? How much is Macron's strategy of pivoting to the right on issues of culture and identity to blame for her rise? What about Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leftwing politician who nearly made it to the runoff? And why did the far-right candidate Éric Zemmour fade? Listen for the answers to these questions—and more! You can do so by [subscribing to Know Your Enemy at Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) .   ... Read more

22 Apr 2022

02 MINS

02:10

22 Apr 2022


#87

The Other Side of the Story (w/ Michael Kazin)

Matt and Sam are joined by Georgetown University historian and co-editor emeritus of Dissent, Michael Kazin, to discuss his new book, [What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party] (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374200237/whatittooktowin) . They discuss the origins of the Democratic Party, the alliance between its urban North and segregationist South, the party's turn toward using government to help ordinary people, and the eventual crack-up of the New Deal coalition—and the rise of the right, and the Republican Party, that followed. Why did people whose relative comfort and prosperity had been made possible by policies championed by Democrats turn against them? How did Democrats respond to Ronald Reagan winning 49 states in 1984? Did it have to turn out the way it did?  Sources: Michael Kazin, [What It Took To Win: A History of the Democratic Party] (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374200237/whatittooktowin) (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2022)                                     [A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/90625/a-godly-hero-by-michael-kazin/) (Anchor, 2007) Michael Kazin, " [Whatever Happened to Moral Capitalism?] (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/24/opinion/democrats-moral-capitalism.html) " New York Times, June 24, 2019 Nathaniel Hawthorne, " [Earth's Holocaust] (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/9231/9231-h/9231-h.htm) " (1844) Sam Rosenfeld, " [What Defines the Democratic Party?] (https://newrepublic.com/article/165240/what-defines-democratic-party-michael-kazin-book-review) " New Republic, February 15, 2022 Matthew Sitman, " [Tribute to Michael Kazin] (https://www.dissentmagazine.org/blog/tributes-to-michael-kazin#sitman) ," Dissent, October 6, 2020 ...don't forget to [subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (http://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) for access to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

13 Apr 2022

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:06

13 Apr 2022


#86

TEASER: Compact with the Devil? (w/ John Ganz)

Matt and Sam are joined by KYE all-star John Ganz to discuss Compact: A Radical American Journal, a new publication founded by Sohrab Ahmari, Matthew Schmitz, and Edward Aponte. It's launch coincided with a profile in the New York Times—and a party that Sam attended. What are the ideas behind Compact? How should the left approach the perspective it offers? Your hosts answer these questions, and more, drawing on Ganz's excellent Substack post on these topics, "Compact Magazine's Unholy Alliance." Subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon to listen to this bonus episode, and all of our bonus content: [https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) ... Read more

09 Apr 2022

01 MINS

01:40

09 Apr 2022


#85

Red Diaper Baby (w/ Ari Brostoff)

Matt and Sam are joined by Ari Brostoff, author of   [Missing Time: Essays] (https://shop.nplusonemag.com/products/missing-time-by-ari-m-brostoff) , to explore David Horowitz's 1996 memoir, Radical Son. Like a number of prominent conservatives, Horowitz is a convert from the left. But he's younger than most of the first neocons, and his journey to the right went through Berkeley and the New Left more than the alcoves of City College. Radical Son is his account of that journey—an evocative, angry, revealing text that takes the reader from his red-diaper baby childhood in Queens's Sunnyside neighborhood to his involvement with Huey Newton and the Black Panthers in Oakland to his break with the left and turn to the right. What does Horowitz's trajectory reveal about the rightwing politics today?  Sources: Ari Brostoff, [Missing Time: Essays] (https://shop.nplusonemag.com/products/missing-time-by-ari-m-brostoff) (n+1, 2022) Vivian Gornick, [The Romance of American Communism] (https://www.versobooks.com/books/3110-the-romance-of-american-communism) (1977, reprint Verso 2020) David Horowitz, [Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey] (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Radical-Son/David-Horowitz/9781642934007) (Simon & Schuster, 1996) Fran Lebowitz, " [Speaking of New York] (https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/speaking-new-york) ," Commonweal, February 7, 2019 Ronald Radosh and Sol Stern, " [Our Friend, the Trump Propagandist] (https://newrepublic.com/article/162227/david-horowitz-profile-trump-propagandist-radical-leftist) ," New Republic, May 5, 2021 Cole Stangler, " [David Horowitz: 'Conservatives are So F**king Well-Mannered] (https://inthesetimes.com/article/david-horowitz-conservatives-are-so-fking-well-mannered) ," In These Times, December 12, 2013 Reinhold Niebuhr, " [Augustine's Political Realism] (https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.12987/9780300162646-013/html?lang=en) ," from The Essential Reinhold Niebuhr (Yale University Press, 1987) ..and don't forget to [subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) for access to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

30 Mar 2022

1 HR 30 MINS

1:30:49

30 Mar 2022


#84

The Anti-Trans Agenda (w/ Gillian Branstetter)

Matt and Sam talk to [Gillian Branstetter] (https://nwlc.org/staff/gillian-branstetter/) ,  press secretary for the National Women’s Law Center, about the spate of anti-trans laws sweeping the country: What do these interventions do? Who is pushing them? And why?  The American right has long been invested in policing gender boundaries, but its fixation on trans people — and trans children, in particular — has  become more acute in recent years. Over 100 anti-trans state-level measures have been passed this legislative session alone, including athletics bans, curriculum/book bans, religious refusal laws, and bans on access to health care. Perhaps most alarmingly, states like Texas are instituting policies that equate gender-affirming care with child abuse, terrorizing  trans kids and their families. With Gillian's help, we explore the conservative forces behind these bills and reveal the ideological fixations, misapprehensions, and contradictions driving this panic. It's a difficult but necessary conversation. If you'd like to help fight the right's anti-trans onslaught,  consider donating to [The Trans Justice Funding Project] (https://www.transjusticefundingproject.org/) .    Further Reading:  J David Goodman, " [How Medical Care for Trans Youth Became ‘Child Abuse’ In Texas] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/11/us/texas-transgender-youth-medical-care-abuse.html) ," NY Times, March 11, 2022 Melissa Gira Grant, " [The Groups Pushing Anti-Trans Laws Want to Divide the LGBTQ Movement] (https://newrepublic.com/article/165403/groups-pushing-anti-trans-laws-want-divide-lgbtq-movement) ," The New Republic, Feb 17, 2022.  Jeremy W Peters, " [A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground] (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/03/us/politics/kentucky-transgender-school-sports.html) ," NY Times, Nov 3, 2019.  Judith Butler, " [Why Is the Idea of ‘Gender’ Provoking Backlash the World Over?] (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2021/oct/23/judith-butler-gender-ideology-backlash) " The Guardian, Oct 23, 2021. Jules Gill-Peterson " [The Anti-Trans Lobby’s Real Agenda] (https://jewishcurrents.org/the-anti-trans-lobbys-real-agenda) ," Jewish Currents, Apr 27, 2021. — [Histories of the Transgender Child] (https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/histories-of-the-transgender-child) , UM Press,  2018.   ...and don't forget to subscribe to [Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) to listen to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

20 Mar 2022

1 HR 25 MINS

1:25:29

20 Mar 2022


#83

TEASER: Disinformation, Peter Thiel, and the Vibe Shift (w/ Joe Bernstein)

In the first half of this conversation with Buzzfeed’s Joe Bernstein, Sam asks: What is “disinformation?” Who gets to decide? And does it explain what's wrong with our politics? And in the second half: why is Trump’s favorite venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, funding New York City’s downtown arts scene? And what are the political stakes of "anti-woke" art?  This was a fun conversation with one of our favorite journalists! Enjoy.  Subscribe to Know Your Enemy on Patreon to listen to this bonus episode, and all of our bonus content: [https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy ] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) ... Read more

11 Mar 2022

03 MINS

03:28

11 Mar 2022


#82

A Second Civil War? (w/ Jamelle Bouie)

The past few months have seen much talk of a "second Civil War" in the United States or a "national divorce" between red states and blue states. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie joins Matt and Sam to discuss why the analogy to the Civil War fails, what such rhetoric does for those who deploy it, and what the challenges really are to a better politics in America. Listening: Check out Jamelle's podcast, co-hosted with fellow KYE guest John Ganz, [Unclear and Present Danger] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unclear-and-present-danger/id1592411580) ! Reading: Jamelle Bouie, " [Why We Are Not Facing the Prospect of a Second Civil War] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/15/opinion/second-civil-war.html) ," New York Times, Feb 15, 2022 Michelle Goldberg, " [Are We Really Facing a Second Civil War?] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/06/opinion/america-civil-war.html) " New York Times, Jan 6, 2022 Nate Hochman, " [Let's Stay Together] (https://spectatorworld.com/topic/lets-stay-together-america/) ," Spectator, January 2, 2022 Michael Anton, " [Right Flight: The War Between the States] (https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/right-flight/) ," Claremont Review of Books, Summer 2021 Helen Andrews, " [Reconstruction Revisionism] (https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/reconstruction-revisionism/) ," American Conservative, Dec 11, 2021 Harry Jaffa, [Crisis of the House Divided] (https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo6950926.html) (University of Chicago, 1959) ..and don't forget to subscribe to [Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/C/bo6950926.html) for access to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

07 Mar 2022

1 HR 24 MINS

1:24:41

07 Mar 2022


#81

Mothers of Conservatism (w/ Michelle Nickerson)

Matt and Sam talk to [Michelle Nickerson] (https://www.luc.edu/history/people/facultyandstaffdirectory/facultybytheme/womengenderandsexuality/nickersonmichelle.shtml) about her brilliant book, Mothers of Conservatism, which explores the lives and political activism of conservative women in the Los Angeles area in the 1940s and 50s. Unlike many other conversations on the show, this one is less about intellectuals and ideas than social history—a description of how, as Nickerson puts it, housewife activists worked to "protect the nation from aliens, internationalism, and power-hungry bureaucrats in Washington." Topics include: the Great Depression and the rise of "housewife populism," conservative bookstores and "Americanism" centers run by women, the networks of activism that conservative women built and deployed, fierce battles over public education, the menace of psychiatry and the social sciences in shaping education policy, and more. Sources: Michelle Nickerson, [Mothers of Conservatism] (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9716.html) (Princeton University Press, 2012)                                               " [Stefanik's Rise and Cheney's Fall Mark a New Role for GOP Women] (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/05/13/stefaniks-rise-cheneys-fall-mark-new-role-gop-women/) ," Washington Post, May 13, 2021 Alan Brinkley, " [The Problem of American Conservatism] (https://www.jstor.org/stable/2167281) ," American History Review, April 1994 Jean Bethke Elshtain, [Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy ] (https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/jean-bethke-elshtain/jane-addams-and-the-dream-of-american-democracy/9780465019137/) (Basic Books, 2002) ...and don't forget to subscribe to [Know Your Enemy on Patreon] (https://www.patreon.com/knowyourenemy) to listen to all of our bonus episodes! ... Read more

27 Feb 2022

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:41

27 Feb 2022