Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten
Summary: Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten features compelling long-form conversations with exceptional thinkers and doers on the most important ideas and issues of our time, and all time. Discussions focus on topics ranging from national security and foreign affairs, to economics and politics and philosophy and culture with a classical Liberal bent and a grounding in history. Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten challenges the prevailing progressive orthodoxy with a contrarian conservative/libertarian counter-narrative based in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong, national interest-oriented and prudently used defense. Host Ben Weingarten is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Senior Contributor at The Federalist and Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media, a conservative media consulting and production company.
Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review, one of the nation’s foremost NatSec analysts/legal experts, and former Assistant US Atty in the SDNY chats with Ben Weingarten about prosecuting the Blind Sheikh -- mastermind of the first WTC attack -- and what it taught Andy about Islamic supremacism, what animates jihadists, willful blindness towards jihad, why US Middle East policy fails from Libya to Syria and collapsing Iran's Khomeinist regime. Show notes, transcript and more at benweingarten.com/bigideas.
Andrew Klavan, a screenwriter, bestselling novelist, contributor to City Journal and PJ Media and proprietor of The Daily Wire's 'The Andrew Klavan Show,' chats with Ben Weingarten about his intellectual journey from liberal to conservative, the criticality of culture to politics and how conservatives can compete, regressive progressivism, political correctness and saying the unsayable, Islam, freedom of speech and Silicon Valley and much more. Show notes, transcript and more at benweingarten.com/bigideas.
Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor at City Journal and author most recently of The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe sits down with host Ben Weingarten, Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and Senior Contributor at The Federalist to discuss identity politics, multiculturalism and criminal justice. Show notes, transcript and more at benweingarten.com/bigideas.