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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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 Will the State Survive? | The Roundtable Ep. 95 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:45

From exploiting the DOJ and FBI, to vaccine mandates, the federal government seeks to exert ever-tighter control over your life. Meanwhile, congressmen are either asleep at the wheel or cheering it on. But are the courts even a viable option to slow the spread? Our editors discuss three under-appreciated news stories and the state of our three branches of government.

 Rittenhouse Takes the Stand | The Roundtable Ep. 94 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:59

Kyle Rittenhouse has testified in his own defense at the trial which will determine his future after he stood up against rioters in Kenosha, WI. The editors discuss Kyle’s remarkable composure in the face of a ruling class mob that is howling for his imprisonment. Ryan and Matt also give a brief recap of NatCon2. Plus: is there any parallel between today’s events and Dune?

 Red Wavelet | The Roundtable Ep. 93 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:09

Republicans Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears, and Jason Miyares have turned Virginia red, and everyone is closely scrutinizing what this might signal for other elections in 2022 and 2024. Or at least, sensible people are scrutinizing it, while the Left screeches absurdly about racism and refuses to even consider introspection. Our editors consider what conservatives could do to capitalize on this initial victory.

 Boosterpalooza | The Roundtable Ep. 92 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:11

Since people don’t really believe left-wing “fact checking” sites in the age of petty tyranny, a few billionaires had a truly innovative idea: just make another one. But this time, it’ll be bigger and better. Meanwhile, the CDC continues to expand vaccine dose and booster recommendations, all while hinting that they will soon change what constitutes “fully vaccinated”. Our editors put everything into context.

 Transhumanist Takeover | The Roundtable Ep. 91 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:02

As the US adopts wokeness as its grand strategy and promotes its first trans four-star admiral, China is embracing masculinity and testing a hypersonic missile that the US, according to military brass, cannot stop. Will reality ever set in and put an end to our desperate fantasies? Plus: Facebook’s most recent whistleblower is being funded by Pierre Omidyar. Our editors discuss the shadowy web of organizations seeking to deconstruct humanity.

 Supply Chained | The Roundtable Ep. 90 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:34

The US is currently facing unprecedented logistical shortcomings brought on by government restrictions. Meanwhile, inflation has been steadily skyrocketing as the feds continue to print obscene amounts money. In other words, the time is just right for the steady creep of a new social credit system into the limelight. Plus: Loudoun County has been covering up sexual assaults to keep its talking points in order.

 Fedbook | The Roundtable Ep. 89 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:52

Our predatory federal bureaucracy has its eye on Facebook. The ruling classes will settle for nothing less than full transhumanism and total control. Meanwhile, as if trying to prove the point, the FBI this week announced its plan to treat parents who are upset at critical race theory in schools as domestic terrorists. Plus: Matt has an idea for a darkly humorous music video.

 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.


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