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Summary: The American Mind Podcast uncovers the ideas and principles that drive American political life. In each episode, we engage Claremont Institute scholars, co-conspirators, and critics in thought-provoking discussions about the real causes of our current political and cultural reality. We explore these ideas with an eye towards restoring American civic health. The Roundtable is a weekly show, hosted by our editors and publisher with a unique blend of joviality and intellectually stimulating conversation, boosted by an occasional glass of whisky. Each episode focuses on a handful of topics that carry significant weight in the debate of ideas for the best path of American life, both privately and civically. Of course, we do reserve some time for fun in each show. Occasionally, we produce special podcast features on individual topics with commentary from the top thinkers in America today. Think of American Mind Podcast specials as succinct audio-documentaries. Tell us what you think! Subscribe to our channel, rate us, leave a review, and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues! Interested in hearing from us on a particular topic? Email your suggestions to And visit our website,, for essays, editorials, debates, and more. The American Mind, The Roundtable, and our specials are productions of the Claremont Institute. The mission of the Claremont Institute is the recovery of the American idea—the timeless principles that have made America great since its founding.

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 Whose Democracy? | The Roundtable Ep. 88 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:16

Self-styled “democracy advocates” are up in arms over the mere prospect of a Trump 2024 run. So they’re doing what they always do: writing overlong essays about the end of democracy. Ruling class gonna ruling class. Meanwhile, APSA has removed Claremont from its lineup this year fearing protests. Does it even matter? Our editors break it down.

 Angelo Codevilla, R.I.P. | The Roundtable Ep. 87 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:36

This week, the editors convene with heavy hearts to reminisce about the life and work of Claremont Senior Fellow Angelo Codevilla. The group recall entertaining stories about Codevilla's life and return to some of his many enduring books and essays. Rest in peace, Dr. Codevilla.

 Compliance Mandatory | The Roundtable Ep. 86 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:18

Last week the Biden administration unveiled its ghastly plan to effectively force vaccines into people’s arms unless they’re willing to risk unemployment. Meanwhile, other elites like George W. Bush mouth the platitudes of the uniparty establishment. Plus: Gavin Newsom clings to power in California—and no points for guessing LA County’s first order of business after the news dropped.

 The Stakes: Texas vs. California | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:23:59

In this edition of The Stakes, Michael Anton, lecturer in politics and research fellow at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center, and a Claremont senior fellow, is joined by Matt Peterson, founding editor of The American Mind. The two discuss the massive and widening rift between California and Texas, both as individual states and as standard-bearers for their respective sides of the aisle. In the coming “big sort,” the question will be: which state is better for everyday Americans?

 Dark Gods | The Roundtable Ep. 85 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:43

After a week off due to technical issues, the editors are back in the saddle. The woke Left is becoming ever more open about the religious nature of its commitment to abortion—they even sought out an oddly fitting alliance with the literal Satanic Temple. From Texas’s new abortion law to George Floyd murals in Afghanistan, the question is increasingly one of whose gods will survive the digital age.

 Can't Make It Up | The Roundtable Ep. 84 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:22

What will happen to the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Afghanistan? Will we ever be allowed to know? Does Europe's experience with Afghan refugees leave us with any useful lessons? If so, will we be permitted to learn them? Plus: Andrew Cuomo vanishes into obscurity, lobbing a political grenade on the way out, while Australia and the rest of the Anglosphere are careening into perpetual COVID despotism. Our editors discuss.

 Nationbuilding, American Style | The Roundtable Ep. 83 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:27

In just 11 short days, the US-backed government in Afghanistan utterly imploded and the Taliban seized control of the country, even managing to get their hands on billions of dollars’ worth of US war gear. Could it have been done better? Yep. Does the regime care? Nope. They’re just blaming Americans and making them pay the cost. All the while, the Delta variant gives them the perfect chance to seize even greater powers. Our editors pop a few black pills and discuss.

 Chaos and Corruption | The Roundtable Ep. 82 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:58

Left-wing and fake-conservative Twitter had one of their trademark meltdowns when Tucker Carlson visited with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. At home, Governor Newsom is feeling the heat from the upcoming recall efforts and Governor Cuomo put in his two weeks under the continued pressure of sexual harassment allegations. Really, though, it’s all just froth on the surface of deeper currents: as the digital age renders our ruling classes obsolete, they are scrambling to eat one another alive.

 The Tyranny Variant | The Roundtable Ep. 81 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:11

Against a backdrop of complete and utter disarray, progressive autocrats are attempting to snatch up as much power as they can using the Delta Variant as their excuse—though really they’ve created a beast even they can’t control. From a damning AG report on Governor Cuomo’s sexual escapades, to California’s recall election, to figuring out who the real enemies are, our editors have thoughts and analysis.

 The Stakes: Machiavelli for the Modern Day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:52:49

In this special edition of The American Mind Podcast, Michael Anton, lecturer in politics and research fellow at Hillsdale College's Kirby Center, and a Claremont senior fellow, is joined by James Poulos, executive editor of The American Mind. The two discuss the applications of Machiavelli’s political philosophy to the modern day. Topics covered include priestly authority, political corruption, regime decay, and the progression of technology.

 The Quantum Pill | The Roundtable Ep. 80 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:01

As one looks around America today, it's easy to fall into a state of deep despair. But there's also much to be hopeful for. Today, The American Mind editors are holding both states of mind at once: they have taken the quantum pill. Our editors apply this attitude to the January 6 Commission, Big Tech surveillance, lockdown part 2, and another amusing hit piece against Claremont.

 Seceding from Earth | The Roundtable Ep. 79 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:56

Who runs America? Is it the surveillance state that aims to strangle the life out of regular citizens? The billionaires racing to space? Or the people? As the Borg gathers power, the editors gather to discuss what may come. Plus: in Michigan, the feds are caught out in a sting operation.

 The Interview: Dr. Scott Yenor on The Recovery of Family Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:08

In this ongoing series, Ryan Williams, President of The Claremont Institute, interviews scholars in the Institute’s orbit. Dr. Scott Yenor, Professor of Political Science at Boise State University and Washington Fellow at The Center for the American Way of Life, joins Ryan to discuss his recent book, The Recovery of Family Life. The two trace the intellectual and political roots of our current family crisis and presents a series of practical approaches to revitalizing and restoring the American family.

 The Sinking Ship | The Roundtable Ep. 78 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:40

In this "combative, juvenile, and grotesque" episode of The Roundtable, our editors take great joy in laughing off the Bulwark's newest hit piece on the Claremont Institute. Save yourself from reading all 12,000+ words by listening to an extremely short and accurate synopsis. Then the editors turn to more serious questions, such as: with wokeism creeping over the land—toward your kids and your SMS messages—what can patriots do to win?

 The Woke Praetorian Guard | The Roundtable Ep. 77 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:52

The American regime is currently undergoing a fundamental takeover by the woke elite. To protect themselves from people wearing hats with horns, the Capitol Police are expanding their reach from the Capitol to include new offices in California and Florida. Meanwhile, weapons technology company Raytheon is admonishing white staff (which is most of them) to feel as guilty as possible. Plus: the NSA is spying on Tucker Carlson, and now they're leaking his email data to hostile journalists.


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