Richard Hanania's Newsletter

Richard Hanania
Foreign policy, American politics, and social science
Created 17 Sep 2020
  • Wokeness as Saddam Statues: The Case of the Tesla Elevator Operator
    12 Oct 2021 • 15 min read • 36 19
    John Nixon was a CIA analyst who interviewed Saddam Hussein after he was captured by American forces. He wrote a book about the experience called Debriefing the President. The following passage I alwa...
  • Review of The Many Saints of Newark
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Find the podcast and video here. Leave comments on other thread, not here.
  • The Sopranos Goes Woke
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 0 2
    I discuss The Many Saints of Newark (2021) with Rob Henderson. For reference, see our earlier discussion on The Sopranos, in podcast and video form. Listen here, or watch the video below. This movie w...
  • Review of White Lotus
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    I talk to Rob Henderson about White Lotus here. Apologize for those who might’ve gotten the same message twice, I see that many did not get the original, as if you include a podcast a post only goes t...
  • Review of White Lotus (2021)
    28 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 3
    I am joined by Rob Henderson to talk about the HBO show "White Lotus" (2021). We discuss the show's treatment of race, sex, class, generational differences, wokeness, and much more. Up until this poin...
  • Rationality Requires Incentives: An Interview with Steven Pinker
    27 Sep 2021 • 61 min read • 12 8
    One of the best parts of becoming (sort of) famous in the last year has been getting to meet and form relationships with some of my intellectual heroes. Seeing those I’ve looked up to for years not on...
  • NYT Article: Save Expertise from the Experts
    20 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 12 7
    I have an article in The New York Times today, drawing on my previous post “Tetlock and the Taliban.” See also my interview with Robin Hanson, and collection of Afghanistan content for some background...
  • Futarchy: Robin Hanson on How Prediction Markets Can Take over the World
    15 Sep 2021 • 62 min read • 12 2
    I recently had Robin Hanson on the CSPI podcast to talk about futarchy. It’s one thing to spread knowledge on a particular issue, it’s another to invent a new technology to create more knowledge in th...
  • Review of The Chair, and Criticisms of the Afghan Withdrawal as Pro-War Propaganda
    27 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 18 9
    If you are a subscriber, on the podcast you can get my conversation with Rob Henderson about the new show The Chair, which we both thought was awful but nonetheless fun to analyze. It is also availabl...
  • Review of The Chair
    27 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Richard Hanania and Rob Henderson discuss the new Netflix series The Chair (2021). They talk about the politics of the show, what it says about liberal assumptions of human nature, its portrayal of da...
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