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French Friday: Alt-Right Lost Boys & Oppenheimer

The presidential campaign of Ron Desantis recently fired a young communications staffer who created and posted a video celebrating fascism. It turns out the man has a history of engagement with racist, misogynist leaders of the Alt-Right movement. David French explains why so many conservative young men are being drawn to the Alt-Right, and how they are now occupying more influential roles within the American conservative movement and the Republican Party. Then, Skye Jethani and David French discuss the new Christopher Dolan movie, Oppenheimer. Was the U.S. justified in creating and dropping the A-bomb? And what lessons does the movie have for us today?

0:00 - Theme Song

0:17 - The New Right and the recent troubles of alt-right men

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33:54 - Lessons from Oppenheimer

58:49 - End Credits

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2 Kommentare

11. Aug. 2023

Skye! Loved the episode. At some point after discussing social identity theory you say: So the new right, with the Daily Wire or these other outlets……they may not perceive how much they are driving more and more people to the extreme left..

Then David French says "if will always criticize to your left and you will never criticize publicly to your right....that ends up driving people off the deep end".

Have you ever wondered if you are not realizing how much you are driving people to the right? By hardly ever speaking positively about white conservative evangelicals that sit to your right, are you not alienating them and sending them further to the right? By painting them as stupid and…

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Mary L W
Mary L W
01. Aug. 2023

While studying for a masters in history, I remember asking my classmates to think about the zeitgeist of the time that made people think "we need one big weapon as soon as possible to end this war and stop the carnage. And we'll do anything to get it." I enjoyed your discussion of the movie. I'm watching the doc The Day After Trinity. It's not just the weapon itself, it's the why. After 2 world wars, the Holocaust and the Spanish flu, people were at the end of their rope. There's not enough written about that in the history books; it's just beginning to be explored now. And, as Americans, we need to avoid feeling smug about leaders like Stalin.…

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