Uncertain Things
Uncertain Things
The CIA Analyst Who Saw It Coming (w/ Martin Gurri)

The CIA Analyst Who Saw It Coming (w/ Martin Gurri)

William Blake’s “The Beast of the Second Coming”

Perched from his position as a media analyst at the CIA, Martin Gurri noticed — way before most of us — that change was afoot. Starting in the early 2000s, he noticed the new "tsunami" of information coming our way, and he began to see how it was changing, and would forever change, not just our means of communication, but our concepts of authority and power, and even our societies themselves. In 2014, he put down his reflections in a book — The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium — which might as well be the Uncertain Things bible.

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On the agenda:

  • The 20st century vs the tsunami

  • From Cuba to the CIA

  • On Authority, Truth, and Utopia

  • The long march to somewhere

  • The border infiltrates the center

  • The sectarian mind and the force of negation

  • The nuttiness of the Trump years

  • What we can do

  • There are no alternatives to liberal democracy

  • Short-term pessimist, long-term optimist

Uncertain Things is hosted and produced by Adaam James Levin-Areddy and Vanessa M. Quirk. For more doomsday thoughts, subscribe to: uncertain.substack.com.

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Uncertain Things
Uncertain Things
Everything is broken. Adaam James Levin-Areddy and Vanessa M. Quirk, two jaded journos, interview people far wiser than themselves and ask: "now what?"