How to Ruin Dinner
How to Ruin Dinner
HTRD Episode #25: Family Fights on HTRD w/ Xavier Flory

Just in time for the holidays, Family Fights on HTRD

If you’ve vowed to create a tranquil holiday season, listen as my nephew Xavier Flory
and I discuss topics you’re forbidden to broach: Supreme Court selections, America’s faux
democracy, authoritarianism, religion and the abdication of responsibility, the limits of
originalist interpretations, and the responsibilities of citizenship—spoiler alert: protesting is not

Xavier is a double PhD candidate in political theory at Columbia and Sciences Po Paris, completing his dissertation on American oligarchy. Prior to his PhD, Xavier was a Michel David-Weill Scholar at Sciences Po, where he received his MA with distinction; a Thouron Prize Winner at the University of Cambridge; and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his BA in history summa cum laude.

Xavier also sings. He spent many years traveling the world with the Vienna Boy’s Choir
as a soloist and is currently training as an operatic tenor. I’ve done my best to highlight his lilting
tone with haggish chiding.

He has written for The New York Times and CounterPunch, and now he’s made his podcast
debut with How To Ruin Dinner.
Enjoy this episode and have a delightful, Covid free holiday season.

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