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The General Eclectic

Sep 23, 2021

Kale hosts a conversation with Rod and Michael Brendan Dougherty, senior writer at National Review. They discuss:
  • Orban, Fidesz, and the "conservative fascination with Hungary."
  • Is corruption a form of statecraft?
  • The Fog Machine of the Culture War
  • What will be left for posterity?
  • Progressives aren't happy

Sep 22, 2021

Rod and Kale catch up after Rod's return from Italy and his meeting with Pope Francis. They talk about:
  • The aftermath of Hurricane Ida's destruction of Louisiana
  • Meeting Pope Francis during his trip to Rome
  • The Ruling class's conflation of Nazi liberation with LGBTQ+ initiatives
  • Do members of Conservative Inc....

Sep 3, 2021

Kale is joined today by his brother Mark Zelden, a long-time Capitol Hill guy, to discuss the Trump administration from the inside. Mark talks about the differences between Trump and the so-called Republican Establishment, and his own journey from skeptic to supporter.
They discuss the unintended consequences of free...

Aug 31, 2021

Rod and Kale discuss Rod's upcoming trip to Italy to promote Live Not By Lies as well as a trip to San Galgano and the strange story that has been part of Rod's life for the last few years. They move on to discuss an impending hostage crisis in Afghanistan, and the deep resonances with the Iran situation when Rod was a...

Aug 26, 2021

Rod and Kale discuss the immediate aftermath of the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20 years in the making debacle. How did this happen, and who is to be held accountable? They discuss the resonances between this disgraceful exit and the exit from Vietnam. Will there be a hostage crisis in the...