Oct 5, 2022 • 32M

The Rise of the New Puritans

My conversation with American writer and editor Noah Rothman

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Tara Henley
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The American journalist H. L. Mencken once said that “puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.” This comment resonates now more than ever, with the emergence of a new sanctimonious, humourless movement that targets all of the things that make life most worth living, from sports and comedy to art and food and special occasions.


My guest on the podcast today argues that history will likely not remember these “woke” zealots well — and that, at the heart of their movement, there is a deep distrust of humanity.

Noah Rothman is the associate editor of Commentary Magazine. He’s also the author of The Rise of the New Puritans: Fighting Back Against Progressives’ War on Fun.

Noah Rothman is my guest, today on Lean Out. Transcript to come tomorrow for paid subscribers.

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