Wisdom of Crowds
Wisdom of Crowds
Shadi Hamid and Damir Marusic
We’re Damir Marusic and Shadi Hamid. We live in Washington DC and have been friends for a while. One of us works at a magazine, another thinks in a tank. The idea behind the podcast is to try out ideas in the hope of getting considered push-back—in real-time. We talk politics, ideas, culture, and current events. Civil discussion, maybe even a bit odd. But hopefully fun.
Episode 38: "...If You Can Keep It..."
A glitchy episode (apologies), as Shadi and Damir record across the Atlantic, with Damir in self-isolation and with shaky internet in Croatia. Damir talks about his run-in with the law, and Shadi admits Republicans' rejection of democratic outcomes is bringing out his uncompromising inner partisan.
Nov 22
47 min
Episode 37: An Optimistic Take on the 2020 Vote
Shadi and Damir get together after a long night of watching the results come in from the 2020 Presidential elections and take stock of where they stand. You'll never guess who's the optimist.
Nov 4
56 min
Episode 36: Who's the Biggest Threat?
Who poses the biggest danger to our country aside from Trump: the wokes, the integralists—or the Never Trumpers themselves? Aaron Sibarium of the Washington Free Beacon joins Shadi and Damir to talk about his new essay about Weimar Germany, polarization, and the allures and dangers of moral certitude.
Oct 31
1 hr 28 min
Episode 35: Jewish Identity in the Age of Trump
What is dissolving the social bonds that tie us together in America? Is liberalism decaying? And is there a "successor ideology" waiting in the wings? Special guest Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, joins Shadi and Damir to talk about Jewish identity and American politics in the waning moments of 2020.
Oct 16
1 hr 11 min
Episode 34: The Romance of Righteousness
Why so angry? Shadi and Damir talk about useful idiocy, neoconservatism, and the dangerous temptation of righteousness in politics. Come for Shadi musing about U2 and stay for Damir rhapsodizing about Guy Debord.
Oct 8
1 hr 6 min
Episode 33: The Things We Do To Each Other
Does rhetorical escalation among our elites belie the stability of the nation today? With Amy Coney Barrett nominated for the Supreme Court and partisan rancor at an all-time high, Shadi and Damir pick apart their doubts about the health of our democracy.
Sep 26
51 min
Episode 32: The Looming Crisis of Legitimacy
The great Nils Gilman of the Berggruen Institute and Noema joins Shadi and Damir to talk about why the upcoming elections feel existential, why our federal government feels increasingly illegitimate, and why Shadi's most recent piece in The Atlantic has annoyed so many people.
Sep 18
1 hr 5 min
Episode 31: Smart People and Dumb Ideas
Shadi thinks Damir is getting more worried about how institutions are becoming increasingly woke. Damir reveals the depths of his relentless fatalism. All because NPR thought it was a good idea to interview a radical. Reading List: "One Author's Controversial View: 'In Defense of Looting'," by Natalie Escobar (NPR) "Between Orientalism and Postmodernism: The Changing Nature of Western Feminist Thought Towards the Middle East," by Shadi Hamid (Hawwa) "The Free Floater," by John Gray (TNR)
Sep 10
58 min
Episode 30: The Revolution May Not Be Televised
During a livestream, Shadi and Damir talked about the site redesign and relaunch, why it's smart to abandon Big Tech platforms during the upheavals of the Age of Wokeness, how America is definitively not on the cusp of revolution (no matter what the activists might think), and whether violence was likelier if Trump defeats Biden than vice versa.
Sep 4
54 min
Episode 29: Writing, Working Out, and Why Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Evil
It's summer. Damir rings up Shadi to talk about the pleasure of writing and the pain of exercising, before the conversation takes a much darker turn. Required Reading: Islamic Exceptionalism, by Shadi Hamid That Mohammed Tweet, by Shadi Hamid
Aug 14
1 hr 7 min
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