Jonah Goldberg on The Tyranny of Cliches

It was my distinct pleasure to have Jonah Goldberg join Pejman Yousefzadeh and myself for this week’s edition of Coffee and Markets.  We discussed his new book The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, the liberal pretense to being non-ideological – and just how much ideology is found in the use of cliches – and how we might be able to combat this ideological base stealing. Not only is Jonah smart and talented – and really more insightful than he...

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Q&A with Nick Arvin, author of The Reconstructionist

As I noted in my review of his latest novel, The Reconstructionist, Nick Arvin really captured my attention with Articles of War.  He was gracious enough to participate in a Q&A for that novel so I was excited about getting his perspective this time around.  Luckily for me, he agreed to take some time to answer some questions. First, a brief bio: Nick Arvin is an American engineer and writer. Born in North Carolina, he was raised in Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan...

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Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Pejman Yousefzadeh and I are joined by Andrew Kelly, to discuss Sticks and the Bully Pulpit: Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools.  In the podcast we discuss the federal role in education and ways to move past traditional, and often stale, debating points regarding the federal government’s responsibilities in education policy (what works versus what doesn’t, the constitutionality of federal...

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Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Pejman Yousefzadeh and I are joined by Andrew Kelly, to discuss Sticks and the Bully Pulpit: Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America’s Schools.  In the podcast we discuss the federal role in education and ways to move past traditional, and often stale, debating points regarding the federal government’s responsibilities in education policy (what works versus what doesn’t, the constitutionality of federal...

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Podcast: Jay Nordlinger on the Nobel Peace Prize

On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Pejman Yousefzadeh and I are joined by Jay Nordlinger to discuss his book on the Nobel Peace Prize – Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World.  We discussed the way the famous prize is structured, the interesting people who have won it, the politics that are so often involved, and who he would nominate for a Peace Prize if he could. Listen here.

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John Tomasi on a libertarian approach to social justice

Today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, covers a subject of particular interest to me.  Pejman Yousefzadeh and myself were joined by John Tomasi to discuss his book Free Market Fairness, which makes the argument for a libertarian approach to social justice. Despite its seemingly philosophical and analytical nature, this is a subject of some importance in my mind.  The Right simply must find better ways to address concerns about justice and fairness – mere reactionary impulses...

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Olen Steinhauer on An American Spy and Post 9/11 Spy Fiction

Great timing for this weeks Coffee & Markets podcast. Pejman Yousefzadeh and I were  joined by one of my favorite authors, Olen Steinhauer.  We discussed his just released novel An American Spy, the post-Cold War and post 9/11 spy novel, and his career as a writer while living outside the United States. Listen here. Related articles An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer (collectedmiscellany.com)

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