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Kermit’s Tears: Rightwing Politics

  • Thumbnail for EP54: Dugin: Russia’s Imperial Philosopher

    EP54: Dugin: Russia’s Imperial Philosopher

    We look at the mind behind Russia’s imperial vision, Aleksandr Dugin. Political theorist Matt McManus walks us through this far-right thinker’s strange and often contradictory ideas, from: his geopolitical clash-of-civilizations narrative, his flirtation with left-wing postmodernism, his Nietzschean great man-visions, his rejection of all things liberal, and his more ancient and mystical imagination.
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  • Thumbnail for EP53: Survival of the Leftest: Should We Embrace Behavioural Genetics?

    EP53: Survival of the Leftest: Should We Embrace Behavioural Genetics?

    Can genetics play a role in crafting left social policy? Or should we not touch those ideas ever again–even with a 10 foot pole? Paige Harden’s new book, “The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality” makes a forceful case for an egalitarian politics informed by DNA.  However, geneticist Joseph Graves critiqued the book in the pages of the Lancet, arguing that we do not need sophisticated genetic knowledge to make a more socially just world. Managing producer Marc Apollonio guest hosts, talking to both. 
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  • Thumbnail for EP42: The Road From Roe (ft. Becca Andrews, Chelsea Ebin & Laurie Bertram Roberts)

    EP42: The Road From Roe (ft. Becca Andrews, Chelsea Ebin & Laurie Bertram Roberts)

    For years, abortion rights advocates have worried about the United States drifting towards abolishing Roe vs. Wade. Could this be the moment? On this episode of Darts and Letters, we look at the road from Roe: years of court cases and anti-choice activism that have led to the current showdown that threatens the right to choose.
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  • Thumbnail for EP36: Koch Block My Campus (ft. James L. Turk & Jasmine Banks)

    EP36: Koch Block My Campus (ft. James L. Turk & Jasmine Banks)

    Right wing money in academia is pervasive and influential. Libertarian-minded billionaires like the Kochs and their partners have funded scholars and think tanks across the US, and similar things go on in Canada too. On this episode of Darts and Letters, we explore big money and its corrosive influence on academic freedom and academic integrity.
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  • Thumbnail for EP27: Proud to be Canadian (ft. Leigh Phillips, Samantha Kutner, & Barbara Perry)

    EP27: Proud to be Canadian (ft. Leigh Phillips, Samantha Kutner, & Barbara Perry)

    Happy Canada Day to our Canadian listeners! But actually, we are not celebrating here. Instead, we lament our country’s decay. In particular, our intellectual decay. This week, we look at the far-right in Canada and ask: what should we do about them? And also: what shouldn’t we do about them?
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