Damir and Shadi talk about health security theater during this latest phase of the pandemic, before going on to discuss how technocratic approaches tend to worsen and exacerbate polarization in democratic societies. Also: can anyone make a moral case for democracy without recourse to God? Required reading: The Islamic World Today: Issues and Perspectives (Brigham Young University) "The danger of bringing religious zeal to the political realm," by Shadi Hamid (Deseret News). "One in 5,000," by David Leonhardt (NYT). Public Opinion, by Walter Lippmann. "Limits to Democracy," by Roger Scruton (New Criterion). "Solutionism Is Not the Solution," by Damir Marusic (WoC)
RSL striker Rubio Rubin joins The Drive to discuss the weekend win over Colorado, a coaching search ongoing, leadership of Damir Kreilach/Aaron Herrera, playoff push in full swing + more
Elbridge Colby joins Shadi and Damir to talk about his challenging new book The Strategy of Denial, an unflinchingly clinical argument for confronting China. Does China's authoritarianism make it our enemy, or is confrontation inevitable regardless? Will our allies stick by our side just because China is a bully? And what does Henry Kissinger get wrong about power politics?
Is America the most successful third world country on earth? Shadi and Damir welcome Samuel Goldman, author of the new book After Nationalism, onto the podcast for a raucous discussion on national identity, the likelihood of another civil war, and the possibility that, because it has more in common with Latin America than Europe, the United States may be the best place on the planet. Required Reading: After Nationalism, by Samuel Goldman. A symposium on the book at Law and Liberty. Sam's column at The Week. Bruno Maçaes on dreampolitik. "The Case Against Consensus," by Shadi Hamid. "Who Are America's Peers," by Samuel Goldman.
This summer, the inherent ugliness of the world reasserted itself. And yet we Americans still found a way to make it all about us, who we think we are, and what we think we represent. Shadi and Damir sit down to talk about the remarkable frivolity of our politics today, and whether there's any way out. Required reading: Shadi's recent Friday Essay on Carl Schmitt. Damir's recent Friday Essay on the Missionary Position. Damir's tweet on politics.
With the drawdown complete, Shadi and Damir sit down to talk about what could have worked better in Afghanistan—and what the democracy promotion community can learn from America's two decade commitment. Could we have done Libya better, or are our dysfunctions baked in to our bureaucracy? And what hope is there for Tunisia now? Recommended Reading: Twitter thread on the Human Terrain System. Shadi's Atlantic piece. Damir's Examiner piece. Mike McFaul on Obama's realism.
Damir Kreilach, Real Salt Lake midfielder and one of the nicest people in football, calls in to the show fresh off his appearance in the MLS All-Star game. I talk to my former teammate about his journey from his youth club, Rijeka in Croatia to Union Berlin and on to the US, hear his unique perspective on the game, make him deflect a barrage of compliments and really just enjoy him being extremely wholesome. Connect with Nedum on Social Media: Instagram @kickback_nedum Twitter @kickback_nedum Be sure to check out the official Kickback playlist, hand-picked by Nedum: Spotify https://spoti.fi/2kXmkib Apple Music https://bit.ly/KickbackApple Music by S.K.I.T.Z Beatz, aka Aiden Hogarth Graphic Design by David Dryden --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nedum-onuoha/message
This week we are lucky enough to chat with one of our nearest and dearest on the podcast - Tayla Damir. What happens when 3 best friends sit down for a chat - there are some laughs, there are some hard hitting questions about life and we all get to know each other a little bit better. What do we do to keep us sane in 2021? What do our morning routines look like? ..Some are more woo woo than others. Check out TD firstname.lastname@example.orgStay up to date with the Tully & Sarah @tullyhumphrey @spasini To shop Tully Lou visitwww.tullylou.com.au @tullylou See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
How did it all go wrong? Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, a leading scholar of Afghanistan, joins Damir and Shadi to dissect the Taliban's victory and discuss what it tells us about the failures of America's nation-building effort. Why did the Afghan government collapse so quickly? Have the technocrats and NGOs in the democracy promotion industry been completely discredited? And for the sake of the Afghan people, should we now help the Taliban succeed in governing the country? Things get heated. Murtazashvili is director of the Center for Governance and Markets and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of Informal Order and the State in Afghanistan. She lived in Afghanistan for 3 years, conducting fieldwork in rural villages across the country, and previously worked at the US Agency for International Development and the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit. Recommended reading: Jen Murtazashvili in the Washington Post "Afghanistan is not the Balkans," by Thomas Barfield (ResearchGate) Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History, by Thomas Barfield (Amazon) Nassim Taleb on the Taliban's refusal to deadlift "When Terrorists and Criminals Govern Better Than Governments," by Shadi Hamid, Vanda Felbab-Brown, and Harold Trinkunas (The Atlantic)
With Kabul close to collapse, Shadi and Damir argue about the nature of the multiple screwups in Afghanistan, both long-term and of more recent vintage. What exactly is Biden doing wrong? Should we stay a bit longer, and if so, to what end? And what lessons should Americans learn from all if it? Recommended reading: Aris Roussinos' tweet thread. "Afghanistan's Unraveling May Strike Another Blow to U.S. Credibility," by Steven Erlanger (NYT). Jen Murtazashvili (recently in the Washington Post).
Our first episode of a series covering the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival. We are joined by Rada Šešić, who leads the selection of films in the Documentary Competition. We discuss her work as a filmmaker, critic, mentor, and film programmer. We also talk about the origins of the Sarajevo Film Festival and how it's rooted in cultural protest, review some of the films included in this year's Documentary Competition including LOOKING FOR HORSES by Stefan Pavlović, LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE by Marta Popivoda, WHEN WE WERE THEM by Danis Tanović and Damir Šagolj, and the Georgian documentary film, SUNNY by Keti Machavariani. More episodes from the ground are in the works, so please be sure to subscribe to get more updates!
Fresh off a joint trip to Europe, Shadi and Damir debate if the Balkans are where political theories go to die, and "Great Man" interpretations of history are vindicated. They also observe how Americans' and Europeans' responses to COVID continue to differ, and lament the return of DC's mask mandate. Finally, Damir and Shadi discuss the conundrum facing liberal politicians pressured to enact vaccine mandates. Are they a necessary step to corral intransigent holdouts? Or a new form of discrimination against blacks and hispanics, who are vaccinated at lower rates than whites? Their conversation continues in a bonus episode out next week, in which they carry on their debate about democratic theory in the context of the ongoing strife in Tunisia. Subscribe here to get it straight to your inbox. Recommended Reading: Damir's tweet Shadi's response
Jacob Bridger tells a story that shows the kind of challenges he has been facing in his first year serving in Turkey. Frontier Missions Journal--Stories of hope from Adventist Frontier Missions, reaching people around the world who have never heard the name of Jesus.
Matt, Kyle and Trevor talk: Toni Datkovic's arrival in the U.S., as well as Jony Menendez's David Ochoa and the Mexican National Team Ownership rumors emerge again RSL's 4-0 win over Vancouver Damir Kreilach's RSL tenure and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Parents in the 1990s believed they were doing their children a favor by instilling in them the ethos “do what you like, follow your dreams, and things will work out.” But Michael Brendan Dougherty, author of My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son's Search for Home, argues that sometime in the 2000s, this promise of liberation revealed itself as a curse, feeling more like abandonment than instruction. In a wide-ranging conversation, he, Shadi, and Damir talk about the meaning and importance of identity, where modernity falls short, the promise and peril of nationalism, and much more. In Part Two, available here for subscribers, the conversation continues with a discussion about immigration in America and Europe, if Islam is the religion of the future, whether white Americans have a distinct identity, and if right-wing governments in Poland and Hungary are harbingers of the future or the last gasps of a dying ideology. Subscribe here to listen to the rest of the discussion. Members will also have access to our recent two-part conversation with Ross Douthat as well as our weekly Friday Essays. Recommended Reading: My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son's Search For Home, by Michael Brendan Dougherty (Amazon) "Critical Race Theory as Metaphysics," by Michael Brendan Dougherty (National Review) "Why the Fight Over Critical Race Theory Matters," by Michael Brendan Dougherty (National Review)
Wisdom of Crowds associate editor Matt Winesett joins Damir and Shadi to debate Donald Rumsfeld's legacy and if his mistakes permanently discredited nation building and democracy promotion abroad. They also discuss how younger Millennials perceived the Iraq War, whether Bushism or Trumpism would better serve the GOP's future, how much politicians' personal character ultimately matters, and much more. Their conversation continues in a bonus episode, out next week. Subscribe here to get it straight to your inbox. Recommended Reading: “The Defense Secretary Who Let Bin Laden Get Away,” by Peggy Noonan (The Wall Street Journal) “The Hubris of Donald Rumsfeld,” by Damir Marusic (Wisdom of Crowds) “Oh, the Audacity!” by Shadi Hamid (Wisdom of Crowds) Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream, by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam (Amazon) American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition, by Andrew Bacevich (Amazon) "Dispatches From the Conservative Bubble," with Matt Winesett, Damir Marusic, and Shadi Hamid (Wisdom of Crowds) "The Poetry of D. H. Rumsfeld," by Donald Rumsfeld (Slate)
RSL asst. Pablo Mastroeni joins The Drive to discuss Wednesday's loss to Seattle, Damir Kreilach's leadership, Saturday vs Houston + more
KSL Sports own Tom Hackett joins The Drive to discuss 2020 Euros, Real Salt Lake entering midseason form, Damir Kreilach's leadership, RSL vs SEA, NCAA/SCOTUS + more
Damir calls in from a conference in Slovakia and describes what life is like in a land without widely available vaccines. Shadi addresses why he won't just register as a Republican already (or convert to Catholicism). And they both discuss if Europe is in danger of sinking into irrelevance, whether George W. Bush should have sent troops to Crimea, the relationship between America's power and its values, and much more. Recommended Reading: "Biden Talks a Big Game on Europe. But His Actions Tell a Different Story," by Jeremy Shapiro (Politico) "Morality is Impossible Without Power," by Shadi Hamid (Wisdom of Crowds) "How Liberal Triumphalism Breeds Passivity," by Damir Marusic (Wisdom of Crowds) The Avery James tweet
As revealed by ESPN, Alen Stajcic will leave Central Coast this offseason, sending the troubled franchise into another age of uncertainty. Josh, Ed, Damir and Teo ponder who would best replace him at the Mariners, and where Staj goes next.
Josh & Ed are joined by Teo & Damir to discuss EURO 2020 so far - the flops, the surprises, and the nations we expect to bounce back in Matchday 2. Plus, Alen Stajcic has left the Central Coast Mariners in the lurch, the Matildas have been tested against Scandinavian opposition, and the Socceroos are through with a perfect record - but what challenges loom in the next round of qualifying?
Damir and Shadi return to a familiar topic, but this time with a twist. Damir manages to sound like an optimist. He argues that the fad of wokeness will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions, while Shadi thinks it's probably too late. They also discuss whether justice is possible without God, the rather odd fact that Shadi's first academic article was on feminist theory, why white parents seem nonplussed about indoctrinating their kids, and whether a rising crime wave will undermine the woke revolution. The debate continues in a special bonus episode, out on Saturday. Subscribe here to get it straight to your inbox. Recommended Reading: "How America Fractured Into Four Parts," by George Packer (The Atlantic) "How Michel Foucault Lost the Left and Won the Right," by Ross Douthat (The New York Times) "Stop Blaming the Pandemic for America's Violent Crime Wave," by Zaid Jilani (Inquire) "Nice Woke Parents, Episode 4," (The New York Times) The Harper's Letter
Vince Ferrara visits with Bellator Welterweight Mark Lemminger ahead of his Bellator 260 fight on Showtime & Valor Fighting Challenge Lightweight Champion Damir Ferhatbegovic before his title defense at VFC83. Plus Vince & Tim preview MMA & Paul/Mayweather.
Vince Ferrara visits with Bellator Welterweight Mark Lemminger ahead of his Bellator 260 fight on Showtime & Valor Fighting Challenge Lightweight Champion Damir Ferhatbegovic before his title defense at VFC83. Plus Vince & Tim preview MMA & Paul/Mayweather.
“What fascinates and terrifies us about the Roman Empire is not that it finally went smash,” W. H. Auden once wrote, but rather that “it managed to last for four centuries without creativity, warmth, or hope.” In his latest book, The Decadent Society, Ross Douthat suggests contemporary America may be in a similar spot. He joined Shadi and Damir to discuss the factors contributing to our present state of decadence, and possible avenues out—from wokeness to a new post-liberal politics to UFOs. In Part Two, available here, the conversation continues with Damir asking Ross if wokeness will burn itself out or if it must be countered with a new, more compelling faith. Shadi, Ross, and Damir also discuss why more and more elites are no longer Christian, if meritocracy has failed, the role of rationalism and faith in sustaining the American project, and why—despite his religious conservatism—more liberals don't hate Ross. Recommended Reading: The Decadent Society: America Before and After the Pandemic, by Ross Douthat (Amazon) "Can the Meritocracy Find God?" by Ross Douthat (The New York Times) Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, by Ross Douthat (Amazon) "Sohrab Ahmari on Liberalism, Tradition, and Political Catholicism" (Wisdom of Crowds) "Sohrab Ahmari on Liberalism, Tradition, and Political Catholicism—Part Two" (Wisdom of Crowds)
What do Shadi and Damir's divergent responses to the Gaza crisis tell us about questions of morality, idealism, and power? Damir presses Shadi on his recent commentary about Israel's treatment of the Palestinians—and the line between analysis and polemics. Shadi argues the Middle East still matters—and that it's in America's national interest to be moral. Damir counters by saying that it is the job of the analyst to complicate stories, not necessarily to resolve them. Required Reading: "I'm Angry About Palestine. Should You Be?" by Shadi Hamid (Wisdom of Crowds) "Don’t take the narrow view of what’s happening in Gaza," by Shadi Hamid (The Atlantic) "A separate peace? What the Gaza crisis means for Arab regimes," by Shadi Hamid (Brookings) The Shadi vs. Dershowitz showdown (The Megyn Kelly Show) "Four Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" (Carnegie Connects)
The liberal idea arose partly as a response to the religious wars of 17th-century Europe. Could something similar occur in the Islamic world today? Mustafa Akyol thinks so—and his new book Reopening Muslim Minds offers a fascinating and forthright case for reinterpreting Islamic history and revisiting Islamic law. Mustafa joined Shadi and Damir to talk about what inspired the book, starting with his arrest by Malaysia's "religion police." They go on to debate Islam's proper role in public life, how to interpret sharia in a modern context, the promise (and dangers) of "rationalism," and what makes Islam attractive in the first place. Part two of the conversation with Mustafa is available here for subscribers. If the first hour catches your interest, join us as we wade deeper into various controversies. The discussion turns to whether Islam will follow a similar trajectory as Christianity, apostasy laws, the case of Turkey, whether democracy is a means or an end, and what all of this means for American foreign policy. Subscribe here. Required Reading: Reopening Muslim Minds: A Return to Reason, Freedom, and Tolerance, by Mustafa Akyol (Amazon) "Where Islam and Reason Meet," by Mustafa Akyol (The Wall Street Journal) Sharia: Theory, Practice, Transformations, by Wael B. Hallaq (Amazon) Mustafa's New York Times archive
Augmented reveals the stories behind the new era of industrial operations, where technology will restore the agility of frontline workers. In episode 15 of the podcast, the topic is: Bottom up and Deep Digitization of Operations. Our guest is Dr. Damir Hrnjadovic, Managing Director, DMG MORI Digital GmbHIn this conversation, we talk about How DMG MORI was able to digitize their operations in a matter of weeks, using Tulip software. Lean, nocode startups are transforming experiences for factory owners because its shopfloor solutions are so easy to implement. We discuss whether nocode actually means process engineers can become independent from the IT department. Damir confirms that DMG MORI power users are able to do that even though not every shopfloor operator will create a Tulip application. We discuss upskilling in the German Mittelstand of small-and medium size businesses and how Damir feels like a time traveler when he encounters paper based processes on the shop floor.After listening to this episode, check out DMG MORI as well as Dr. Damir Hrnjadovic's social profile.DMG MORI (@dmgmorieu): https://us.dmgmori.com/Dr. Damir Hrnjadovic (@DamirHrnjadovic): https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-damir-hrnjadovic-3ba0485b/My takeaway is that it's striking to hear about how Damir at times feels like a time traveler when encountering paper based operations at the shop floor, at other times, he can experience bottom up, deep digitalization in a matter of weeks. How can those to co-exist? Clearly shopfloor change is uneven at the moment, depending on whether you heard the right digital gospel and what the attitude of the IT department is to introducing changes that democratize IT.Thanks for listening. If you liked the show, subscribe at Augmentedpodcast.co or in your preferred podcast player, and rate us with five stars. If you liked this episode, you might also like episode 3 How to Train Augmented workers or episode 10 A Brief History of Manufacturing Software. Augmented--the industry 4.0 podcast.
The journalist, author, and firebrand Glenn Greenwald joins Shadi and Damir for a two-part episode ranging from Glenn's investigative work in Brazil to his increasingly contentious relationship with the liberal establishment in America. In part one, Glenn talks about the corruption case at the center of his new book, why respectable middle-class people supported an authoritarian bigot, and how living in Brazil has shaped his views on American politics—including the January 6 riots at the Capitol. Part two of their conversation, for subscribers only, is available here. The conversation gets more personal, with Glenn discussing if he considers himself a man of the left, why he is disliked by American liberals, what he has against wokeness, and whether he would have considered serving under a Bernie Sanders administration. His answers might surprise you. Required Reading: Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro's Brazil, by Glenn Greenwald (Amazon) Glenn's Substack Glenn's Twitter
Damir and Shadi pull back the curtain on the thought process behind Damir's latest essay. The central question: If Europe's social democracies offer far more support to their citizens, why has America weathered both the Great Recession and Covid-19 pandemic better than the European Union? Required Reading: "Selfishness and American Resilience," by Damir Marusic (Wisdom of Crowds) "Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi Have One Last Job," by Adam Tooze (Foreign Policy)
Olimpijske igre u Tokiju održaće se od 23. jula do 8. avgusta, a na nešto više od 100 dana do početka otkrivamo sve detalje i ono što je do sada poznato o najvećoj svetskoj sportskoj smotri. Gost novog izdanja podcasta "Penâl" bio nam je Izvršni direktor Olimpijskog komiteta i šef misije Damir Štajner. Iako će 14. aprila biti obeleženo 100 dana do početka Igara u Tokiju, već sada može da se potvrdi kako će se sportisti naći na OI u Japanu. Svakako da to neće biti Olimpijske igre kao nijedne do sada i, nadamo se, kao nijedne posle njih. Štajner je do detalja pričao šta je trenutno poznato po pitanju učešća u Tokiju, kakvi će biti protokoli, koja su ograničenja već na snazi, kakve informacije stižu iz Japana i Međunarodnog olimpijskog komiteta. Pričali smo i o tome da li će vakcinacija biti obavezan uslov za učešće sportista na Igrama, kao i zašto je neophodno da zaštitite ne samo sebe, već i širu zajednicu, odnosno šta će se desiti ako se pojavi neko pozitivan od sportista u Olimpijskom selu... Kako tvrdi, tim Srbije uveliko je spreman i još mnogo toga otkrio je u novom izdanju našeg "Penâla", a sa njim je razgovarao zamenik urednika sportske rubrike Nova.rs, Nebojša Todorović.
In another sprawling episode, Shadi and Damir talk about Germany's decision to surveil one of its leading political parties and what this says about modern liberalism. They also discuss Shadi's Islam-as-Keto metaphor, the EU's legitimacy problem, and how theodicy relates to democracy. Required Reading: “Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism,” by Katrin Bennhold (New York Times) “German Court Suspends Right to Surveil Far-Right AfD Party,” by Melissa Eddy (New York Times) “Goodbye to Europe,” by Luuk van Middelaar (London Review of Books) “Keto is basically ‘the Islam of diets,’ which probably explains why it’s so effective,” by Shadi Hamid (Twitter)
Was Barack Obama America's last "realist" president? Was he even a realist at all? Emma Ashford of the Atlantic Council joins Shadi and Damir to answer these questions and more. They also discuss democracy promotion, whether to confront China, and why Shadi supported Bernie's candidacy even though Shadi is an interventionist. Required Reading: "Reality Check #1: Build cooperation cycles, not security spirals," by Emma Ashford (Atlantic Council)
What is driving our current political upheaval? Shadi and Damir discuss a few different theories including the decline of religion, the absence of an aristocracy, and, crucially, modern America's obsession with dogs. Required Reading: "The Weimarization of the American Republic," by Aaron Sibarium (American Purpose) "Reflections on What's to Come," by Shadi Hamid (Wisdom of Crowds) "The Death of Our Most Cherished Pieties," by Damir Marusic (Wisdom of Crowds)
We're baaaaaack and BOY is this a goodie to officially kick off 2021!Today on the show, we bring you the delightful Tayla Damir. You may know Tayla from her time on Love Island season one where she fell in love, won the reality show, and promptly found out her boyfriend - the one she won beside - actually had a girlfriend on the outside the entire time. Now, with an Instagram following of more than half a million people, Tayla Damir has proven to be so much more than her Island experience and the drama that ensued in the weeks after.In this chat, we talk about the sugary stuff like, how does one even find themselves applying for the show? And how did she find out Grant Crapp actually had a girlfriend sitting at home? But also, we go deeper into Tayla’s struggles with her mental health and why her first business venture is something so close to her heart.For more from Tayla, follow her on Instagram @tayla.damir. If you enjoyed this episode, may we also recommend you listen to our In Conversation chats with Bella Varelis and Brooke Blurton.Thank you so much to today’s sponsor, Sweaty Betty. For 20% off their Power Leggings and all other items, use the code ‘SHAMELESS’ at checkout here.If this is your first time checking us out (hey, you), we are an independent media company that is dedicated to telling young women’s stories. The best way to support Shameless is to click ‘Follow’ on your Spotify app, and to tell your mates about us. We will reward such good behaviour with a puppy! Not everything in this paragraph is true!To catch up on everything Shameless, head to our website www.shamelessthepodcast.com.We cherish your feedback on the show, and would bloody love to hear your wonderful voices. If you’d like to weigh in on an episode - whether it be a segment in our Thursday pop culture analysis, an In Conversation guest, or this month’s book club pick, we’d love for you to call our Shameless Hotline. You miiiiight just be featured on an episode.Thanks so much for lending us your ears for this episode! Have a great day! Stay hydrated!This episode was produced by Annabelle Lee for Shameless Media.
I did a simulcast episode with Damir and Shadi that will also air on their own podcast, Wisdom of Crowds. We discussed and debated the resilience of American democracy in this fraught time — with some sharp disagreements. Get full access to The Weekly Dish at andrewsullivan.substack.com/subscribe