Similarly, we have a whole generation of Americans that are, in a quite literal sense, scared of being alive. By promoting "safe spaces" and a sense that millions of American citizens with the wrong ideas are dangerous, media and universities heighten this daily sense of siege
The fact that there actually real life people (I couldn't believe this was true, and I thought maybe folks were pulling my leg) who think Netflix should be boycotted because Dave Chapelle said offensive things on a comedy special is absolutely remarkable to me
Yes, Chappelle says offensive things. So what? He's not actually hurting you, is he? On a more serious note, I enjoy speaking to people who hate Muslims and work to make their lives worse. I learn something, even if it's disturbing. That's what living in free society is about
Seriously, where did this idea that life should be comfortable, gentle, and accommodating come from? It's a bizarre thought, and it's a form of "privilege." Moreover, it's contrary to the spirit of both democracy and basic pluralism

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12 Oct
This is probably the most detail I've ever gone into on my own approach to Islam, for those of you who have been confused

Thanks to @thinking_muslim for having me on. It's one of the best Islam podcasts around today

This is a very kind introduction. I appreciate the caveats. @thinking_muslim doesn't have many self-described Muslim liberals on his show (however reluctant my liberalism may be). He captures my own ambivalence quite well here
There's a dissonance between my public writing on Islam and my own personal beliefs. I'm on the more "progressive" side theologically, but I'm not sure I'm right (in a metaphysical sense) so I don't really advocate for progressive interpretations of Islam much
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9 Oct
Excited to share this with all of you. Our 2-part @WCrowdsLive episode with @ElbridgeColby is live!

How much do values matter in our struggle with China? Is conflict inevitable? If China was a democracy, would we still need to confront it?…
Colby was a top Pentagon official under Trump and key architect of the 2018 National Defense Strategy.

His new book is a chilling must-read. I disagreed with some of its core premises, which made our conversation all the more fascinating

Check it out:…
I'm basically an anti-realist of sorts, while @ElbridgeColby bases his arguments on an unapologetically realist logic. So I didn't know where we'd end up

In Part 1, we discuss how much these starting premises matter when it comes to China policy…
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9 Oct
They're never going to let this go. Despite being vaccinated, despite a maybe 1 in 10,000 chance (…) of getting a breakthrough infection, and despite being in spaces where 90%+ of people are also vaccinated, they want us to live like this indefinitely
This is why it's absurd to defer to scientists who constantly pontificate about risk tolerances, psychology, incentives, and how to balance competing values. Almost none of them are experts in any of the related fields. Historically, scientists aren't great ethicists for a reason
Through sleight of hand, misinformation, and the guise of "expertise," doctors and scientists like @DrEricDing have huge megaphones where they mislead millions of Americans—even though they have no expertise in the relevant disciplines
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9 Oct
Reviewing my book manuscript. It's still striking each time I go through the events leading to the 2013 Egyptian coup. CIA deputy director @MichaelJMorell openly praised the coup the day it happened. A month later, the worst mass killing modern Egyptian history took place
To my knowledge, @MichaelJMorell, who for all I know is some resistance hero now because he opposed Trump, has never had to account for his and his agency's role in green lighting the Egyptian coup
To this day, one of the most influential Washington figures (with direct access to top officials) is the UAE's ambassador, Youssef al-Otaiba. To commemorate the coup, Otaiba went to Cafe Milano in Georgetown to celebrate with friends. This is how one of our closest allies acts
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6 Oct
Our latest @WCrowdsLive episode was epic. We talked to @SWGoldman about whether America is actually great

The last part got raucous because we thought it would be paywalled. But it was so awesome we decided to make it available to everyone

Enjoy 🍿…
If you don't know @SWGoldman, it's time to correct the error

He's one of the most brilliant center-right thinkers around—and perhaps the preeminent scholar of American nationalism. His book AFTER NATIONALISM is one of my favorite books of 2021

Buy it:…
Do check out the last 20 minutes of our @WCrowdsLive conversation with @swgoldman. I've been struggling with these issues, but I think I got some clarity

The episode is also available on all major podcast platforms 👇🏽…
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5 Oct
For reasons that aren't entirely clear to me, I've decided to listen to the entire Sonic Youth discography in chronological order, in the (perhaps misplaced) hope that this might help make me more productive
The first two Sonic Youth albums—the Sonic Youth EP and 'Confusion is Sex'—are surprisingly good. More listenable than I would have expected and intriguing because they don't sound much like what would come after
Sonic Youth's third album 'Bad Moon Rising' is oddly compelling, although probably too inaccessible and dirge-like for even my idiosyncratic musical tastes. The mood and hazy production is dark and dreamlike—always a plus in my book
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