Is conservatism the antidote to desperation? Does "Never Trump" mean you must make allyship with Democrats? In this conversation with Commentary editor Noah Rothman, Joe and his guest tackle, among other things, what to do with your feelings when you're a hopeless disaffected Republican.
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Glenn and Stu go over the massive blowout loss Liz Cheney experienced in her Wyoming primary and the decisions she made that led to the loss. Glenn exposes BlackRock’s ESG scam as they company is accepting millions in investments from Saudi Arabia. President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act as America’s farmers are already speaking out. Michigan attorney general candidate Matthew DePerno sets the record straight on an allegation he’s facing from his Democratic opponent. Author Noah Rothman joins to discuss his new book, “The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives’ War on Fun,” and the importance of laughter. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes shares exactly how his state is fighting back against ESG scores taking over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The Glenn Beck Program
Glenn and Stu go over the massive blowout loss Liz Cheney experienced in her Wyoming primary and the decisions she made that led to the loss. Glenn previews his special debunking the narrative that believing in America's Christian founding is equal to being a "White Christian Nationalist." Author Noah Rothman joins to discuss his new book, “The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives’ War on Fun,” and the importance of laughter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Noah Rothman argues that the progressive left is closer in similarity to 16th century Puritans than the free-spirited, leftist hippies of the 1960s. By judging a person's moral character based on their clothes, Netflix queue, favorite foods, and the sports they watch, they've managed to suck the fun out of everything. Noah shows us how we can fight back against these "New Puritans," and ultimately, how we can live more meaningful and enjoyable lives by rejecting their oppressive judgments of moral character. Noah Rothman is the associate editor of Commentary Magazine and the author of The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives' War on Fun. Follow him on Twitter at @NoahCRothman.
"That's not funny!" is the cri de guerre of contemporary progressives, argues Noah Rothman in The Rise of the New Puritans. "No longer is the American left comfortable with hedonistic pursuits," writes the Commentary associate editor. "To the New Puritan, all society's engines must be harnessed to restore a lost paradise….Enchanting diversions and happy frivolities are distractions to be avoided or even forbidden."In a deeply researched and wittily written book, Rothman explores the totalizing philosophy of the founders of Plymouth Plantation and Massachusetts Bay Colony and argues a similarly sour and single-minded utopianism undergirds contemporary left-wing attacks on standup comedy, ethnic food appropriation, professional sports, and other culture-war skirmishes.Rothman is smart and funny and, just as he did in his previous book, Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America, argues in exceptionally good faith. This is a deep and wide-ranging conversation and there's no question that Rothman is definitely onto something. But why then, I ask him, are conservatives such drags, too?Today's sponsors: The Reason Rundown with Peter Suderman. Free minds. Free markets. Big stories. That's The Reason Rundown, which comes out every Friday. End the week with concise, thought-provoking stories from the journalists at Reason, the magazine of logic, not legends; coherence, not contradictions. Hosted by Features Editor Peter Suderman, each episode he talks to a single Reason journalist about a single big story. Subscribe today. The Reason Speakeasy is a live, monthly, unscripted conversation with outspoken defenders of free thinking and heterodoxy in an age of cancel culture and thought police. Hosted by Nick Gillespie in New York City, the next one takes place on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at The Sheen Center and features George Dawes Green, the founder of The Moth, the popular show and podcast that has redefined personal storytelling in the Internet Age. The author of three previous novels, Green's latest, The Kingdoms of Savannah, has just been published to rave reviews. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased online. Go here for details and here for previous installments of The Reason Speakeasy. photo: Robin Rayne/ZUMAPRESS/NewscomThe post Noah Rothman: The Progressive War on Fun appeared first on Reason.com.
E188. Noah Rothman Thinks The Lunatics Are The Ones Left In The Political Arena
Walk-Ins Welcome with Bridget Phetasy
Noah Rothman returns to discuss his new book, The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives' War on Fun . He and Bridget discuss the cultural role reversal that he's documenting which is very new and still evolving, how being charitable to the other side doesn't sell anymore and you have to be totally convinced of the righteousness of your views, and why trying to create an intellectual monoculture is the pathway to destruction. They also cover how the rules around sex have become so fraught and complicated that younger generations are just not having sex, how politically we're left with a band of fanatics who doesn't understand how politics works, why SJWs' primary targets are people who agree with them, and how whimsy and irreverance are the only answer to this tone of self-seriousness.