Author Yuval Harari on his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

Why Exciting Politicians—and Philosophies—Always Beat the Merely Good Ones

Why Exciting Politicians—and Philosophies—Always Beat the Merely Good Ones

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 7 2018 7:43 PM

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Author Yuval Harari worries that liberalism offers no compelling vision of the future.

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If you’re old enough to remember November 2016, you know that telling a good story—even an untrue one—wins elections. Author Yuval Noah Harari worries that populism has liberalism beat on this front, especially given an uncertain future looming with AI, biotechnology, and the possible obsolescence of the human worker. Harari’s new book is 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

In the Spiel, a lawmaker’s voting record is the only thing we should judge them on.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.