Know Your Enemy #14: Morbid Symptoms, with Ross Douthat

Know Your Enemy #14: Morbid Symptoms, with Ross Douthat

Matt and Sam welcome their first “enemy” onto the show—Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of the new book The Decadent Society—to talk about the state of conservatism.

The Romans in their Decadence (1847) by Thomas Couture

Know Your Enemy is a podcast about the American right co-hosted by Matthew Sitman and Sam Adler-Bell. Read more about it here. You can subscribe, rate, and review to the show on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher, and receive bonus content by supporting the podcast on Patreon.

Ross Douthat is that strangest of all creatures, a religious conservative with a New York Times column—a perch from which he pronounces on U.S. politics, the Catholic Church, and modern culture with style and intelligence, plus a dash of mordant pessimism. In other words, the perfect choice to be the first “enemy” to come on the show. He joins Matt and Sam to discuss his own conservatism, the American right in the Trump era, and his new book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.

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