The Unbearable Lightness of Freedom
Good evening, listeners! We’ve got a great episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous discusses China’s rampant and mysterious (!) coal consumption with Gal Luft before speaking with Benjamin Haddad about Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel.
First, we welcome back to the show Gal Luft, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council, who examines China’s recent release of statistics that say its coal consumption is 17 percent larger than previously reported. He places this admission in the context of the upcoming Paris climate summit, and takes a closer look at China’s recent green policy experiments and target-setting.
Then Richard speaks with Hudson Institute research fellow Benjamin Haddad about Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, Submission. Spoiler alert for our listeners: the ending of the novel is discussed. Also discussed are the novel’s salience in French domestic politics, along with its themes of truth, loneliness, community, and civic values. Haddad also looks at the reception the book has had both in France and around the world.