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Bestselling author Michael Covel is the host of Trend Following Radio with 15+ million listens. Investments, economics, psychology, politics, decision-making, human behavior, entrepreneurship and trading -- all passionately explored and debated. Guests include Nobel Prize winners: Robert Aumann, Angus Deaton, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Hart, Harry Markowitz & Vernon Smith. More guests: Jack Canfield, Howard Marks, James Altucher, Dan Ariely, Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, Kathleen Eisenhardt, Marc Faber, Tim Ferriss, Jason Fried, Gerd Gigerenzer, Larry Hite, Sally Hogshead, Ryan Holiday, Jack Horner, Ewan Kirk, Steven Kotler, Michael Mauboussin, Tucker Max, Barry Ritholtz, Jim Rogers, Jack Schwager, Ed Seykota, Philip Tetlock & Walter Williams. 1200+ episodes.

Apr 1, 2024

My guest today is Doug Stokes, a British academic who is Professor in International Security and Strategy in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter, and a Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute. His areas of research specialism include American foreign policy, geopolitics and the culture wars. Doug acted as the Director of Exeter University's Strategy and Security Institute and was a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for over a decade.

The topic is his book Against Decolonisation: Campus Culture Wars and the Decline of the West.

In this episode of Trend Following Radio we discuss:

  • DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and culture wars
  • Philosophical roots of DEI
  • Social constructivism and postmodernism
  • Meritocracy vs DEI ideology
  • Racism and differential outcomes
  • Civilizational competition and bureaucratic capture

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