Conservative Kids Squandering Their Political Inheritance with Michael Walsh (PODCAST)

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Michael Walsh is an acclaimed novelist, music critic, and screenwriter now filling the role of prophet.  He joined us on the show to discuss his excellent book, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory & The Subversion of the West.  In a fascinating conversation we somehow never got to discuss the book directly, so focused were we on the manifold examples of the subversion of the West that we see around us, in particular those within American conservatism itself.

Here’s a telling excerpt from the book:

When everything could be questioned, nothing could be real, and the muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a fashionable central-European nihilism that was celebrated on college campuses across the United States. Seizing the high ground of academe and the arts, the new Nihilists set about dissolving the bedrock of the country, from patriotism to marriage to the family to military service; they have sown . . . “destruction, division, hatred, and calumny” – and all disguised as a search for truth that will lead to human happiness here on earth.

A prolific and insightful writer, many listeners are probably familiar with Walsh’s work.  Not all great writers can do great radio.  Michael can.  In a candid discussion of crisis facing the American Right – the civil war that is either brewing or has broken out depending on whom you ask – Walsh offered a key insight: Much of the most intransigent opposition to Donald Trump and to the agenda he represents comes from conservatives under 50.  This means that the oldest in the cohort cast their first vote for president for George H.W. Bush.  They were born into the embarrassment of riches bequeathed to conservatives by the Reagan years and thought that was normal.  They have the entitled, aloof outlook common to the heirs of great fortunes and like so many of them, they are busy squandering their inheritance.  Shirt sleeves to shirt sleeves in 3 generations, as they say.

You can hear the whole discussion with Michael Walsh below.

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4 responses to “Conservative Kids Squandering Their Political Inheritance with Michael Walsh (PODCAST)”

  1. And those younger supporters of the Donald tend to be xenophobic, racist, and anti-semetic children whose perfected means of communication is twitter. Insulting young people who might be willing to support Republicsns because they won’t support Trump is not the way to grow the party.

    • Dave, Donald Trump won the primary with 5 million more votes than any Republican ever. He’s currently polling around 80% support from Republicans. The slur that anything other than a tiny percentage of those people are racists is foolish and easily disproved.

    • Thus making Walsh’s point that many on the Right are now thinking like those on the Left. If you like someone I don’t like you are racist, sexist etc. Straight out of the Alinsky playbook.

  2. Excellent interview with Michael Walsh…can’t wait until you have him back, {a treasure trove of information and worldly experience}