On the Nature of Patriotism in America. Why does the progressive left harbor a pejorative view of patriotic sentiment? Should simple, straightforward patriotism be regarded with more respect in the eyes of Western intellectuals? We visit on matters of war and peace with John Andrews, former Nixon speechwriter and president of the Colorado Senate. What to make of President Obama's oddly denatured speech in Hiroshima? What framework best encapsulates the contrasts between Obama and Donald Trump? Plus, we offer reference notes on Thucydides, Confucius, Giacomo Leopardi and Isaiah Berlin. With music, listener calls and Memorial Day tributes.
May 29, 2016