Left and Right

Matthew Rose On The Radical Right

His new book delves into the philosophers behind the alt-right’s assault on liberalism and Christianity.

Matthew Rose is a scholar of religion. He’s currently Senior Fellow and Director of the Barry Center on the University and Intellectual Life — a project of the Morningside Institute — and he previously taught at Villanova. He’s written for magazines such as First Things and The Weekly Standard, and his newest book is A World After Liberalism. It’s an examination of five far-right thinkers, from Julius Evola to Sam Francis, who are proving increasingly influential in post-liberal conservatism in America.

It’s the first of several episodes in which I hope to explore more deeply the radical alternatives to liberal democracy being touted on the right. Think of it as a balance to my focus this past year on the illiberal alternatives being touted on the woke left.

You can listen to Rose right away in the audio player above (or on the right side of the player, click “Listen On” to add the Dishcast feed to your favorite podcast app). For two clips of our convo — on the anti-Christian nature of the New Right, and why liberalism needs religion to stay resilient — pop over to our YouTube page.

Speaking of reactionary thinkers, a listener writes:

One of your readers commented that the episode with Sohrab Ahmari made Ahmari more likable and his ideas even more objectionable. I agree. I hesitated to listen, because I expected I would feel angry. I was wrong. I felt curious and sympathetic. I’m glad I listened and that you interviewed him because it humanized Ahmari. In a world where it’s easy to see people as “other,” humanizing controversial figures is a service to society.

A moment stood out, when Ahmari said communities within a larger collective can be different. That’s what he would call Frenchism!

I think you’re right that Ahmari’s unusual childhood shapes his thinking. I also think he is probably living in the wrong place. He should sort himself into a more socially conservative community than NYC.


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