Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on April 3, 2019
4:00 – Reagan looks at America Today
The last several elections have been won by the candidate who most successfully courted the working class. Ronald Reagan is an example. What would he have to say about America today? How would he react to our culture of identity politics and support for socialism? What would he think about President Trump’s “strongman” style of leadership? How does today’s political climate differ from the Cold War when America had a single, identifiable enemy in the USSR? We talk with Henry Olsen, author of Working Class Republican.
4:40 – Unplanned: A Pro-Life Movie that Doesn’t Play it Safe
Unplanned had a strong first weekend: it made $6.1 million in box office sales, more than double what movie industry forecasters were projecting, and will be shown in an additional 700 theaters this week. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society has a review.
5:00 – Aristopopulism: A Proposal for America?
In a liberal democratic age, two words are widely used to contrast what liberal democracy is not: aristocracy and populism. Yet, we have both political factions emerging today in new and caustic forms that pit an increasingly corrupt elite against an increasingly coarse and angry populace. Both are morally adrift and engaged in politics as an assertion of power, albeit for different reasons. In an age in which monarchy and inherited titles are rightly suspect, is there a prospect for a mixed regime in the modern age that goes beyond pitting elite against populace could give rise to a fruitful combination? We talk with Patrick Deneen, associate professor of political science, who recently addressed this matter at Catholic University of America.