The Decay of American Political Institutions
Good evening, TAI podcast listeners! You’re in for a treat this week. First, we bring you the second half of Richard Aldous’s interview with Stanford University senior fellow and TAI chairman Francis Fukuyama, in which the two discuss Frank’s upcoming book, the second volume of The Origins of Political Order, due out this Fall. The topic touches on the advantages of a civil service staffed by eunuchs, the Chinese origins of the modern state, and the decay of American political institutions.
Then, Richard speaks with Brett Forrest, author of The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer, about new allegations of corruption within the ranks of FIFA, the premier global governing body for the sport. The World Cup is displaying the “balletic” qualities of the beautiful game, but it’s also shining a spotlight on its dirtier underbelly.