Finneran's Wake

Glenn Ellmers is an author, journalist, political scientist, and fellow at the Claremont Institute. 

The late Harry Jaffa–of whom Glenn was a student–is the subject of his excellent 2021 book, The Soul of Politics (of which I strongly urge you to buy a copy!) 

His forthcoming work, The Narrow Passage, will be released in the Summer of 2023. 

Glenn is a true renaissance man; he can write and speak as fluently about Aristotle and Machiavelli as he can Shakespeare and barbells. 

In this episode, Glenn and I discuss…

What it means to be a political philosopher in a decidedly UN-philosophic age; The difference between a Statesman and a Politician; Where to find the former; Examples of great statesmen in history; Favorite works and characters from Shakespeare; Living in West Virginia v. Washington DC; The “Deep State”; The Durham Report; The failures of the FBI; The appeal of Nietzsche; The role of young men in America; The Daniel Penny subway incident; If Trump really is the answer; Plato’s allegory of the cave; The Cave beneath the cave; and MUCH more! 

Glenn can be reached through the Claremont Institute’s website:


As for me, 

I can be reached at

Instagram (on which shorts are posted): Daniel Ethan Finneran

Twitter: DanielEFinneran



Youtube: @pneumabydanielfinneran

Available on all podcast streaming services. Search, “Pneuma by Daniel Finneran” 

#politics #aristotle #conservative #trump #shakespeare 

What is Finneran's Wake?

Finneran’s Wake – where the ART OF CONVERSATION lives.

Here, no topic is untouchable, no idea inadmissible, and no one too heretical to be heard.

As the great French essayist Montaigne once said, “To my taste, the most fruitful and natural exercise of our minds is CONVERSATION. I find the practice of it the most delightful activity in our lives”.

It certainly is the most delightful activity in my life. I want it to be so in yours as well.

To that end, I humbly welcome you to my channel.

Here, we'll exercise our minds together. Here, we'll practice this delightful activity as friends. We'll engage, now and forever, in the art--the highest and most human art--of conversation!

With affection,