76:48oh just interesting first of all how doyou manage to to have discussions withboth jordan peterson and at the sametime people like automated which aretotally of the different size of the mapand still be a look of the interview ora discussion that partner by both sidesof the equation with some alienating oneof the sites you know a lot of people inyour position just like enough beingeither clone of the right totallyelection they can’t have discussionsthat’s a very good question I’m not sureI know the answer I mean my audienceprobably has a better sense of that thanI do but you know I’ve had likepublished dialogues with Paul KrugmanJeffrey Sachs Dani Rodrik Larry Summersthere is basically all like the leadingleft-leaningeconomists and I just asked them likewould you do it and they all said yesand none of them have been paid yeteither it’s not like oh we had to shellout you know the box to get Paul Krugmanjust asked him I guess I think hethought he would get a fair treatmentand then when you do a bunch of these ifpeople feel the others have gotten afair treatment they’re willing to do ittoobut I’m genuinely mystified because youknow I never thought any of those peoplewould say yes so like through some wayin which I’m still miss perceiving theworld peoplemeet printed in the same newspaper assome of the other people that you like Ithink a lot of them see Jordan Pearsonis a really yeah you know I think Iapproach those conversations trying tolearn from those people and not tryingto refute them so I try to refute myselfin a sense and that changes the demeanorand the tone and I guess it’s workingfor attracting the people like sometimesreaders will write to me and they’ll sayOh Krugman said this Jeff Sachs saidthat like how could you just let thatslide they want me to like fight combatwith them on every point but somehowthat’s not what I think it should belike if their arguments have weaknessesmaybe those weaknesses will come outmore if I’m encouraging and drawing outthe argument rather than in justrefuting it and that’s been like part ofwhat my podcast series has been aboutbut again it’s still a mystery to me Ithink sometimes just like if you dothings that other people think can’t bedone like they can be done so just dothem that’s a very naive answer but Idon’t think it’s totally off-base eitherso we’re all like under investing injust doing things because I didn’tapproach this with any kind of plan orstrategy whatsoever I just like askedthem and then did it and it’s gonepretty well and it’s a very popularpodcast and it’s like famous writerswe’ve had in it like Margaret Atwood allsorts of different people I didn’t thinkwould be possible Martina Navratilovathe tennis star Kareem abdul-jabbar thebasketball player sorry yeah so for themit’s like a platform where they canreach a quality audience so I’m likegiving them access to my audience theyvalue that and it’s kind of like achallenge I sometimes say I approach thepodcast I try to make every person lookas smart as possible andthat’s actually a lot more intimidatingthan when someone tries to make you lookas stupid as possible because you’reused to that people trying to refute youlike you always have your comebacks but80:54the pressure on you and someone’s trying80:55to make you look really smart like80:57that’s a real challenge for people and I81:00think they somehow respect that or they81:02don’t get enough of it elsewhere and81:04they’re sort of keen to sign up and take81:06on the challenge like if I ask you the81:08hardest but sympathetic questions like81:11how well will you do and people like81:13that anyway I thank you all for coming81:18if you have been like any follow-up81:19questions ever you can just feel free to81:21email me my email is online and I’d like81:24to thank my hosts also for having me81:27here in Israel it’s been a great81:28privilege and I do hope to come back and81:30again thank you all for the evening81:33[Applause]
Now Paul Ryan is announcing that he’s retiring — after saying “I ain’t going anywhere” in December — and the outlook for Republicans is grim, both in the 2018 midterms and beyond.
.. “Ryan has never loved the job; he oozes aggravation when discussing intraparty debates over ‘micro-tactics,’ and friends say he feels like he’s running a daycare center.”
.. By July, the House of Representatives had passed a slew of big bills, only to watch them slowly die in the Senate. He’s also trying to work with a president who flips from priority to priority (
- North Korea!
- ) and a constantly-changing White House staff. It’s hard to generate any sustained momentum for key legislation.
.. At least some of this year’s mass GOP retirements stem from a sense that little can really get done in Trump’s Washington, so you might as well do something else more lucrative... The guy who liberals depicted throwing granny off the cliff . . . was also the kind of man goes into drug treatment centers, touches the scars from the “track marks” of heroin addicts, and prays with and for them. He was portrayed as some sort of heartless Ayn Rand acolyte when he emphasized how conservatives needed to find solutions for poverty. He was civil, well-informed, polite, and firm, the opposite of a table-pounding, demagogic extremist, and that probably just aggravated his critics on the left even more