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Episode 17: Dr. Spencer Case and Henry Olsen on the Future of Progressivism

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Dr. Spencer Case and Henry Olsen

Dr. Spencer Case and Henry Olsen join this week’s episode of Breaking Battlegrounds with our hosts Sam Stone and Chuck Warren.


Dr. Spencer Case is a freelance writer and 2018 CU Boulder philosophy Ph.D. He is now an international research fellow at the Wuhan University school of philosophy in China. He is the author of the recent article You Have the Right to Email Politically Silent. Dr. Case spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve, working as a public affairs specialist with an emphasis on print and photography. During this time he completed two deployments: to Iraq in 2005-2006 with the 207th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 with the 304th Public Affairs Detachment.


Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist focusing on politics, populism, and American conservative thought. Olsen began his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. After three years working for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, he returned to school to become a lawyer. Following law school he clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as an associate in the Philadelphia office of Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He then joined the think tank world where he spent the next eighteen years as an executive at a variety of institutions, serving as the President of the Commonwealth Foundation, a Vice President at the Manhattan Institute, and as Vice President and Director, National Research Initiative, at the American Enterprise Institute. He left AEI in 2013 to pursue a career in political analysis and writing at EPPC. During that time his work has appeared in variety of leading publications in America and the United Kingdom. He is the author or co-author of two books, “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism” and (with Dante J. Scala) “The Four Faces of the Republican Party”. His biennial election predictions have been widely praised for the uncanny accuracy, and he is a frequent guest on television and radio programs.


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