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The Politics of Smart

Rick Perlstein talks to Chris Lehmann
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Welcome to this Baffler podcast, EXPERTS BAFFLED.

In our first episode, Rick Perlstein talks to Baffler editor in chief Chris Lehmann about his salvo “Outsmarted” in the new issue of the magazine. They discuss the curious identity of smartness, American Psycho, the dark underbelly of meritocracy, and the long-term political origins of the “libtard” insult.

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