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Episode 220
Featuring Julius Krein
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Julius Krein about the forces responsible for driving America's economy into a state of “proletarianization,” where its citizens are increasingly ruled by an oligarchy whose insatiable appetite for wealth and power is endangering the very systems of free-market capitalism and liberal democracy that this kakistocracy claims to uphold.

In Episode 220 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Julius Krein, the editor of American Affairs, a quarterly journal of policy and political-economy that delves into the deeper sociopolitical, cultural, and economic issues facing America and other Western countries.

The episode is broken into two parts, the first hour of which focuses on issues of political-economy, policy, and market dynamics that have driven the American economy into a state of “proletarianization,” where its citizens are increasingly ruled by an oligarchy of global elites whose insatiable appetite for wealth and power is endangering the very systems of free-market capitalism and liberal democracy that this kakistocracy claims to uphold. It’s an outcome that Julius Klein would refer to as “capitalism without competence and feudalism without nobility.”

The second hour of today’s conversation is, unsurprisingly, the most satisfying insofar as Demetri and Julius tackle the socio-political and cultural dimensions and manifestations of the problems created by the perversions of what was earlier described as the “proletarianization” or conversion of the American economy and political system into a more corrupt, upwardly sclerotic, and extractive system of governance than anything experienced in America since at least the Gilded Age.

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Episode Recorded on 11/15/2021

Julius Krein is the editor of American Affairs, a quarterly journal of policy and political thought. Julius was raised in Eureka, South Dakota, the son of Gary and Nancy Krein. He has one sister. He graduated from Eureka High School in 2004. He is a 2008 graduate of Harvard College, where he studied political philosophy with Harvey Mansfield. Prior to founding American Affairs, he was an investment analyst at various alternative asset management firms. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, American Conservative, and other publications.

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