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Published on: March 10, 2015
Episode 57: The Smearing of Strauss and the Chinese Coup Question

Good evening, listeners! What a treat we have for you this week, as Francis Fukuyama stops by again to discuss Leo Strauss, and Sulmaan Khan explains why he thinks a coup may be coming in China.

First, Stanford University senior fellow and TAI Chairman Francis Fukuyama discusses the state of esoteric writing, using a recent review of Arthur M. Melzer’s book Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing as a jumping off point. He goes on to discuss Leo Strauss’ contributions to 20th century philosophy, and especially his effect on neoconservative thinking and the Iraq War, before moving on to examine Strauss’ eventual legacy once the dust settles.

Then Sulmaan Khan, assistant professor of international history and Chinese foreign relations at the Tufts University’s Fletcher School and director of the Water and Oceans program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, talks about Xi Jinping’s crackdown on the very real problem of corruption in China, and how this purge is helping consolidate his power. He tells us why he thinks a coup could be in the cards, and describes what that coup might look like.

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