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Great in depth discussion

If only I wasn’t indebted to the United States Government, $425 a month for the next 17 years, I would be able to donate and become a lifetime member.

Need more Saagar!

Marshall is a little too much of a bleeding heart to be doing these interviews solo lol. Still a good podcast tho!

Question: Voting Rights

Hi guys, love the show! My question is about voter suppression. Growing up as a Republican in Washington State, I always assumed voter suppression in the 21st century was simply a talking point for Democrats when they lost elections. However, as I’ve moved more to the center (thanks to shows like yours) I realized that I may not be seeing the full picture. I’m curious to get your guys’ thoughts. Is voter suppression a scapegoat for elite Democrats, or is there a need to ensure more broad voting rights to certain groups in 2022? I’m sure the answer is somewhere in the middle but I’d love to hear your opinions. Thanks!

Breath of Fresh Air

Genuine discussion, self-correcting when needed, open-minded and generally interesting takes. Can’t go wrong with this pod. Cheers!

Much needed Kronkite journalism

I think given the millions of potential news out there and gossip. Realignment has the special touch of objectiveness Most relevant issues, insights and questions Adherence to truth regardless of political leanings

Kodak - innovators dilemma

Hey guys, in your latest episode (Saager’s triumphant return) you mentioned Kodak inventing the digital camera and then sitting on it for decades while they tended to their golden goose of film. It just so happens that my grandfather (Peter Dillon) won a nerd Emmy for being 1/2 engineers of that technology that Kodak then proceeded to sit on. Also - I’m almost positive he invented it in the 60’s not the 80’s and the Japanese started really developing digital in the 70’s which then took off in the 80’s, totally killing Kodak. You guys rock and I’d love for you two to explore more political examples of the innovators dilemma. Keep on rockin’ in the free world 🤘🏼

Holy Context, Batman!

Almost every episode leans into sensitive and/or complex current events, and subsequent reactions to those events. It’s a great mixture of historical references, exposing the problems with our current hot takes, and they’re not afraid to admit when they’re not sure, or when mistakes were made. Great show!

I trust the hosts’ sincerity.

Love the podcast for its striving to engage in thoughtful discussions. In this world where I don’t know which sources to trust, this is one of the places where I turn to as I gather information. Appreciate the tone and demeanor of the hosts as well. Q: which era in our country’s history is the present time similar to? (Comes from the school of thought that “nothing is new under the sun.”). Please keep up the sincerity in your show.

Fantastic and Informative

Marshall really brings the heat on every episode. Topics are well researched, his guests are experts in their fields, and his questions are so well thought out and insightful. Also, I’m loving the recent Ukraine series he’s put together. I’m excited to see this podcast continue to grow and flourish. Keep up the great work!

Better Without Saagar

Marshall’s recent interviews have been incredibly helpful in understanding the situation in Ukraine. I really appreciate the humility and thoughtfulness with which he approaches his questioning and analysis.


Timestamp—do the intro like you used to, w/ some background, thoughts on the episode, context, whatever, but give a timestamp for people who want to skip right to the interview. Might even be nice to hear Saagar’s perspective on the solo Marshall episodes, and this could be done in the first 10 minutes. Keep it up, great guests and topics!

Invaluable discussions.

High level insights- past and present

I no longer hate the news

I have the same review for all of their shows. I originally went to college under a political science and criminal justice major and originally want to be a law enforcement officer. I became quite jaded after undergrad and disliked the news greatly. Their shows make the news informative and watchable again. I only want to throw the remote at the tv out of depression now not anger Jokes aside great shows.

Criminally underrrated

If you love geopolitics or domestic politics - recent episodes have focused on the former - look no further. Marshall’s insightful questions informed by a remarkable knowledge of world history facilitate fascinating conversations. While you may find the same guests in other forums (including podcasts), these episodes are in a different league in terms of their intellectual depth. Keep up the great work!

Informative & Well Produced

This isn’t just some “political drama podcast”. This is real substantive discussion on several serious and relevant issues to our modern day world. One thing I love (but what I’d like to see more of) is when the hosts pause and “set the stage” for all listeners. Political Science was not a Gen-Ed for my college degree so most times I’m left to wonder what some of these terms mean. Neo-Con, Hawks, Doves. Other times I just lack the historical context. But the hosts are willing to include and inform us in their discussions. They’ll stop and ask their guests to define a term or they’ll give a brief history of the topic in question. This is something I’d love to see more of in the future. Audio quality is mostly good too. As someone who works with podcast audio, I think their plosives are a bit heavy. Easily fixed with a pop filter or cover for the mic. If they can touch up their audio and continue to provide context for those less informed as myself, I’ll be happy to change my review to a 5! 100% worth a listen. Edit: Changed to 5 stars! Audio quality seems to be improving + more context given!

One of the few reliable sources of info

It’s always been hard to find shows/news/podcasts that consistently present factual information and hold great conversations. From the dozens of episodes I’ve listened to The Realignment has done both.

Very Good

A lot of really great guests and very good questions are asked showing a real interest in the subjects. As a history nerd, I am impressed by how much Marshall and Sagar know about and bring up nuggets of history even though I don’t always agree with their analysis. I don’t agree with plenty of their (or their guests’) opinions, but I enjoy hearing them and the way they discuss them. One minor quibble. I’ve heard a couple of episodes discussing the War in Iraq and IED’s and Marshall keeps saying IFP’s when he really means EFP’s (it stands for Explosively Formed Penetrator and is a shaped charge for penetrating armor). I’m not sure what he thinks IFP stands for and I’m not sure why his guests haven’t corrected him, maybe they’re too polite or think they’re just hearing him wrong, but if EFP’s come up again I hope he refers to them correctly (and maybe explains what they are so listeners aren’t just getting Army acronyms).

The Best Podcast

I consume as much political news and views as time allows me. This podcast is as smart as anything out there. Marshall asks amazing questions and one can tell his level of intellectual curiosity is real and deep. The guests are also well curated and all add to the arc of the overall theme of Realignment. I recommend this podcast to everyone who will listen to me and this is the first podcast review I’ve ever written. Listen.

Intelligent, interesting and well informed discussions

Simply a great podcast, I’ve been listening for six months now, and am very impressed. Marshall has really risen to the sad occasion of this war to really expand our understanding of the situation, history and possible outcomes.

Best politics podcast

Excellent guests, excellent topics

Sane conservative conversations

If you want conservative perspectives that don’t include inflammatory hyperbolic rhetoric then this is a great option.

Solid Thoughtful Discussion

This is a great podcast that provides solid thoughtful discussion. Much needed deep diving discussion with educated and expert guests. I only wish they would go longer and publish more!


This podcast provides well balanced, realistic information and opinions. I love that they push book sales for their guests as well as adding to their own digital library‘s. I’ve had some great pics since I began listening within the last year. I love that lately they’ve been doing many more episodes per week instead of once a week. Thank you for this podcast!

Disappointed as of late

I originally came to this show through Saager on Rising. I loved the conversations especially around a time where our politics in the US is evolving. Marshall was a great contrast to Saager and I have thoroughly enjoyed the guests and deep conversations they have had. However, as of late, it seems the Ukraine crisis has invoked an emotional response which threw the same objectivity and nuance that attracted me to this show out the window. Marshall has seemed to become a Biden shill. He stated that he likes Biden and the current administration which I appreciated the honesty despite having wholeheartedly disagreeing with that point. The argument he laid out for Ukraine was essentially we (US citizens/politicians) should support Biden in this crisis because politics. That’s just gross to me. The situation in Ukraine is so much more complex than good vs bad and a nuance conversation about it should be warranted. There are no good guys in this conflict. The American people owe nothing to a government which emboldens other governments to commit such evils. Biden has been shady in his dealings with Ukraine and that should be acknowledged. The Ukrainian government has shown corruption at the highest level as well and that should be acknowledged. NATO has committed atrocities across the Middle East for the past few decades and that should be acknowledged. The same compassion and coverage should be had for any war. And this topic I would hope would be approached with nuance and objectivity of all sides but sadly is so blatantly one sided.

Love This Pod!!!

Marshall takes the words right out of my mouth when I listen to these episodes. Saager runs a little red for me but makes some decent points on occasion. Lastly, your Ukraine coverage has been top notch! Please discuss the photo recently shared of Lukashenko in front of a map suggesting that an invasion of Moldova is yet to come. -Connor from Brooklyn

Audience Capture

I have listened to your show for the last 2-3 years. In my opinion Sagar has been captured by his audience on Breaking Points. They say Don’t trust the corrupt establishment when Breaking Points opens and that has defined his world view. I think everything he thinks stems from that. It means I almost automatically know what he thinks on almost any issue. I have become a bigger fan of Marshall who seems to still think on issues on a case by case basis. I don’t think Sagar would change his point of view because his subscribers on Breaking Points would tank if he sometimes becomes pro establishment.

Great show!!

This is one of my favorite shows really makes me think. The conversation is top notch and something I love to binge when in the mood. Saager is what got me to the show but Marshall has won me over with his critical thinking. Thank you gentlemen for the GREAT content.

Demetri from Hidden Forces 202.201

I just want to say Marshall, I’m an African immigrant who’s been listening to this podcast since it started but this is the first episode that has made me comment. There’s something you hit here that I don’t think you have with any other episode I think the best word I can phrase it is “Authenticity”. The joy of seeing an American recognize the times they are living through and actually feel deep concern about it. It all feels like a luxury now. This country needs to heal, in more than a us than one and I think more people need to realize this if this Republic is to endure to its tricentennial. Thank you for your work here and please I’d love more raw and emotional episodes like this that truly show that someone cares on a fundamentally non political, downright existential level.

Really good

This is a really good podcast that would be even better if Marshall stops consistently interrupting every guest.

I would have liked this sooo much more…

If Saagard wasn’t in this conversation. Idk who is in a more crabby mood. Me listening to you now or you recording then. I tried not to leave a comment but here we are. Excellent guest today, 4 stars for him!


Why barely any conversation, not just on this Program, regarding the Republican Party and it’s freezing of our government. Also Money in politics⁉️

A Millennial Realignment Awaits, Ethan

My 5 star review comes with a request. This show is great and I recommend you to everyone I know. S&M have effectively red-pilled me on several topics, and expanded my personal Overton window in the most respectable, well-reasoned, and unbiased way possible. Thank you! As for my request: You have had several guests on your podcast, including your most recent – Anne Helen Oeterson and Charlie Warzel – that approach the problem of Millennial political representation on some related topic (like housing, WFH, interest rates, etc) but fail to speak to it in direct generational economic terms. As an example, WFH is a major Millennial economic issue with significant potential for political debate; but both Anne and Charlie failed breach this subject on your podcast. WFH has the power to transform the fiscal outcome of nearly every Millennial household. It can summon a much-needed generational transfer of wealth in this country. And it has the potential to undo the long term economic and fiscal damage from the Recession. Collectively, our ability to retain earnings has been stymied by housing inflation, student loans, medical bills, and child care to name a few things. We have seen lower rates of marriage and housing starts, lower rates of marriage and child-birth, higher rates of suicide and drug addiction. Perennially low interest rates have permanently damaged our rate of asset accumulation and lowered our quality of life. WFH can serve to change all that by enabling us to take our salaries to place where housing costs are low and where we can finally re-claim our American Dream. But the enormity of this issue isn’t reflected in our political discourse. Take another more obvious Millennial issue of student loans. According to Morning Consult poll conducted Dec ’21, 52% of Boomers are against student loan forgiveness, compared to the 79% of Millennials who are for it. If you aren’t a Baby Boomer, the topic isn’t anywhere near controversial. And yet both Congress and the Biden Administration approach the issue as if it were. There are 42.9 million student loan borrowers in the United States with an average payment of 393 dollars a month. That’s 16.5 Billion a month, 66 Billion dollars a quarter, and nearly a quarter Trillion per year. This was a crisis before COVID. Can you imagine the political uproar, the sheer scale of controversy if Boomers also had 393 dollars a month deleted from their take home pay starting May 1! Nothing else would be on TV/Twitter/the Interweb. The Fed Chairmen would be forced to “weigh in” on its consequences. Economists would warn that consumer spending would plummet and that we’d be courting recession. Hearings would be held. Elections would pivot. Schumer might do more than just asking Biden to “flick his pen” and Biden’s Administration might stop punting to Congress. And yet, we see very little of the sort because the Millennial economic perspective is muzzled, unseen and politically unrepresented. It isn’t hard to see why when the key decision-makers are all Boomers. The HML is 81, the SML is 71 and POTUS is 79. On the GOP side, Trump is 75 and McConnell is 79. The establishment media dissects most issues in terms of conservative vs liberal, rich vs poor, small vs big business, black vs white, red state vs blue state – but I invite you to explore our political economy in the context of Millennial vs Boomer. I invite you to explore how and why the political and media establishment treats Millennial issues as a fringe topic, a side story akin to an MTV “rock the vote” campaign, when in fact we are literally the majority of working-class Americans. We staff your restaurants and offices. We police your streets and pick up your trash. We spill our blood in wars we never wanted. We have been at the front lines of COVID care and in the back of the line of vaccine deployment. And we sacrificed 2 years of normal socializing to help keep alive as many Boomers as possible. S&M – you get five stars from me but with this request: WFH and Student Loans should be our Tea Party moment that –dare I say—REALIGNS the American body politic towards a Millennial economic and fiscal needs. Kindly address this issue and speak directly to the Millennial Political REALIGNMENT we all still need.

Episode 133 = #1

Your July podcast with Conor Dougherty was the best podcast I’ve heard all year. You’re a great, intuitive host. The causes of homelessness and housing out-of-reach for so many Americans is a subject we must get “to the root” of. Mr. Dougherty is highly knowledgeable on this subject, and I recommend anyone listen to this episode about our current state of housing and homelessness in the US. Thank you!

Great Show

Thanks for the amazing show. Great guests. Hosts that have intelligent, yet relatable takes on politics, society, and more. I’m looking forward to more historical topics in 2021. My question is mainly for Marshall - I live and work in the Portland Metro area. I’m not a native, but fell in love with the state while attending Oregon State University, GO BEAVS, and moved to Portland after graduating college in 2014. My family have visited often and have fallen in love with the city and all it has to offer, I have no family or relatives here. I’ve been asked many times in 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy and other subsequent social issues about “what it’s like in Portland?” It’s hard for me to contrast the social aspects of the openness of culture and diversity that is the city and a lot of Oregon with “Proud Boys” and Far Right activism that lives strongly here. I’m an ethnic minority myself and business owner who wants law and order but I understand that racism exists in all institutions, including law enforcement. Can you help me explain this situation and answer this question? Thanks for all that you both do. Saagar, my older brother is a GWU grad as well. Go Colonials...?

Informative & Well Produced

This isn’t just some “political drama podcast”. This is real substantive discussion on several serious and relevant issues to our modern day world. One thing I love (but what I’d like to see more of) is when the hosts pause and “set the stage” for all listeners. Political Science was not a Gen-Ed for my college degree so most times I’m left to wonder what some of these terms mean. Neo-Con, Hawks, Doves. Other times I just lack the historical context. But the hosts are willing to include and inform us in their discussions. They’ll stop and ask their guests to define a term or they’ll give a brief history of the topic in question. This is something I’d love to see more of in the future. Audio quality is mostly good too. As someone who works with podcast audio, I think their plosives are a bit heavy. Easily fixed with a pop filter or cover for the mic. If they can touch up their audio and continue to provide context for those less informed as myself, I’ll be happy to change my review to a 5! 100% worth a listen. Edit: Changed to 5 stars! Audio quality seems to be improving + more context given!

Get rid of the intro

Saagar and Marshall, great show but get rid of the intro. it's way too long. I just want to hear the interview. put everything else in the show notes. at the very least put the timestamp of the start of the interview in the shownotes (excluding the intro music)


One of the hallmarks of a great podcast is that the most interesting episodes are those where I disagree with the guest. Saagar and Marshall are excellent at finding the overlap between what their guests know well and what’s actually important, and ask excellent questions in those areas. This show also completely flipped my perception of the American economy on issues like free trade and the minimum wage, and incidentally made it almost impossible for me to listen to a fiscal conservative or a neo lib democrat without yelling at the radio. Guest suggestion: Dean Baker of CEPR. I like his blog and I think he would have a lot to say about free trade and manufacturing. His open disdain for the innumerate press would make a great match with the show.


Trucking like yellow cabs medallions are two of many industries that sell their jobs as though it’s an investment for the worker. meanwhile they lease trucks for too much money and the medallions are just ridiculous with no protection Medallions were always an unreasonable tax against taxi drivers and when they let Uber and lift in they destroyed any value that they supposedly had. It’s taking too much time for this country to realize they need the workers and the workers need to earn a living wage.

Guide to a rapidly changing world

Tectonic shifts in politics, business, media, education, etc. is a topic I’m really interested in. They’ve done a good job navigating the post-2020 world after the hopes of populism didn’t materialize and they’re doing it with intellectual honesty and genuine curiosity. You guys have to get Tim Dillon on. He’s this eras greatest philosopher.

Good show

Suggested guest: Michael Hudson (economist) 5 stars, I hope the hosts will watch Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. It’s an old bbc show but I’m confident that they would love it.

Heading in a Good Direction

I’ve been listening to the show for a while now & have been fluctuating on how I want to review it. My primary critique is that at times it can be pretty intense and hard to grasp for a political novice such as myself. If you aren’t prepared to really exercise your brain, this probably isn’t the show for you. However, after some time of listening I’ve absorbed enough base information to make the show overall easier for me to listen to and actually understand. Partially for the reason described above, I do find some episodes to be “boring” or of a topic that is of little interest to me. Like most humans, I am most interested in things that directly relate to my life, so I just find it hard to care or devote brain space to certain niche political goings on. In regards to the episodes I do enjoy (which is the majority of them), the discussion is always excellent, fair, and balanced. I attribute a lot of this to the fact that they avoid anything related to culture war and almost always present both right and left angles when pushing back on guests. It seems like a lot of reviewers consider the show to be right leaning, which I can kind of see why they would say that, but imho, I just think they are realists who take a more right lean on some topics, more left on others, but always present and respect the entire discourse. Their guests are also from all over the political spectrum. I am somewhere between center and left myself on most issues and I don’t find myself disagreeing with Marshall and Saagar too often, although I disagree with some of their guests regularly. However, even the guests who I strongly disagree with, I usually still appreciate the episode and the discourse. Anyways, I really like the direction the show is heading in with the new season and am looking forward to listening to more.

Which way, Realignment men?

Great show. I understand the desire to lean away from cultural issues when they continue to be used so cynically (including by members of the anti-GOP dissident right). That said, presumably both of you believe in the continuation of many traditional/conservative/right-wing values and that a society organized around left-wing progressive cultural mores will be neither healthy nor sustainable. As modern thinkers, how do you balance the desire to maintain and push forward certain cultural values while avoiding getting bogged down in the culture war that maintains the status quo? Saagar, for his part, seems to believe that enacting populist economic policies will simply lead normal Americans to unleash their inner Bronze Age warrior/tradwife. I am skeptical of this and think that any right-wing populist movement that doesn’t include aspirational sociocultural values will fail. (This thought process is inspired in part by the many “China is based, let them destroy globohomo America” takes floating around the right lately.)

Informative & Well Produced

This isn’t just some “political drama podcast”. This is real substantive discussion on several serious and relevant issues to our modern day world. One thing I love (but what I’d like to see more of) is when the hosts pause and “set the stage” for all listeners. Political Science was not a Gen-Ed for my college degree so most times I’m left to wonder what some of these terms mean. Neo-Con, Hawks, Doves. Other times I just lack the historical context. But the hosts are willing to include and inform us in their discussions. They’ll stop and ask their guests to define a term or they’ll give a brief history of the topic in question. This is something I’d love to see more of in the future. Audio quality is mostly good too. As someone who works with podcast audio, I think their plosives are a bit heavy. Easily fixed with a pop filter or cover for the mic. If they can touch up their audio and continue to provide context for those less informed as myself, I’ll be happy to change my review to a 5! 100% worth a listen.

China and the risk of nuclear conflict

In your conversation with Colby about the need to take a tougher military stance against China, you spent over an hour and the topic of nuclear conflict only came up once, in passing, in a throwaway line from Colby. Why isn’t this a bigger concern to you, and if it is, why didn’t you bring it up on the pod? The more time that passes between today and the end of the Cold War, the more I hear policy wonks completely ignore this topic when it comes to discussions about Russia and China. It’s extremely disturbing, and I fear that the next generation of American leaders are so cavalier about and ignorant to the potential horrors of nuclear war that they’re steering us towards existential danger.

Interesting view into the political outlook of the rising generations.

Old fart here. Appreciate the opportunity to get the POV of younger people with different life experiences on matters of politics and culture. Good guests and great conversation.

Constitutional Amendment Question

Love the show! If another constitutional amendment were to be ratified what do you think it would be?


You guys have been killing it recently, keep up the good working. Really appreciate what you do.

Fantastic Show!

Been binge listening/watching this show for the last week. Highly recommend, 10/10

Top notch pod

Big fan of the show. Here’s a question about a pretty bold and innovative idea. What do you know about charter cities / the Charter Cities Institute and do you think that innovation in city planning and governance has a big role in development both in the US and abroad?

The Future

So I am a conservative, and I’ve considered myself one for most of the time I’ve been politically aware. Despite being black, I went along pretty comfortably with the conservative consensus on race for the past couple of years. However, when I got “redpilled” by Saagar, I began adjusting my views on politics. Unfortunately, this lead me to be involved with some fringe people on the right. “Gryopers”, and their views on race, and IQ in particular. At first I ignored this, and even went along with it, despite never really liking Nick Fuentes himself. I did however like some of his followers, and thought I we agreed in most areas. When it became clear that race wasn’t just “another” policy area for these people, but the underlying foundation, despite claims their foundation was religion, this required a serious reexamination of race for me. Doing what establishment conservatives didn’t and seemed to pin on “culture”, gryopers discussed “nature vs nurture.” Their conclusions of course that people of color in large part were by their nature worse. For obvious reasons, this forced me to re-examine race in America, and I’ve come to an opposite conclusion for a variety of reasons. Now the idea that many racial disparities are due to environment seems sensible to me, albeit it’s very complicated. However this puts me at odds with even establishment conservatives. I could never consider myself a liberal or leftist due to certain social inclinations like abortion. However it’s not like I can ignore race either. Where exactly would you say that puts me? A right wing populist who is very unorthodox on the question of race


Great Podcast you two. Found you guy through Joe Rogan and have been an avid fan ever since. I’m looking for books to educate myself about Economics, specially modern economics and the way corporation are run. Since you two are such avid reader (and Saagar majored in Econ LOL.) I was wondering if you have any idea where to stat

Listen and Learn

I love that I can listen to year + old episodes and they still seem relevant. My question is: After watching the aftermath of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and realizing the limitations of our ability to shape the world with military intervention. Would it be in our best interest to defend Taiwan if China invaded? How is deploying force in that situation different from recent engagements? Thanks and love the show.

Great perspective

I really enjoy this show as it pushes my way of thinking and overall perspective. I consider myself a right leaning moderate from Montana. They have very interesting guests and I really like how they push the guests with tough questions and also play devils advocate so everyone has to think more about it. One of my favorite parts is the conversation around bring back American manufacturing! Guys, What are some of your favorite American made goods? I’m a big fan a Leatherman multi tools and Origins Maine jeans … saving up for a pair of boots! As an older millennial I want to say hats off to you both!

Real Diversity In Thought

Thank you both for constantly and respectfully pushing back on your guests in real time. Also, continue to remind your guests that your listeners are outside of their bubbles and probably not on their red or blue political team. Always the best.

Review/Book Recommendation

Love the pod, love that you guys are both open minded and willing to give other people the benefit of the doubt. I’d love to hear you speak with someone like Richard Wolff or Jeffery Sachs, get really into the weeds about economic leftism and what would work/wouldn’t. Book recommendation is Killing Hope by William Blum, been quite the eye opening read for our Cold War history.

Education Realignment?

You guys have already answered my question, but here’s another if you run out :) A lot of what you talk about on the show is centered around political realignment, but an idea you often come back to how is politics is downstream of culture. One of the biggest contributors-to and recipients-of culture is of course the education and schooling system. Where do you place education and schooling in the context of “the realignment?” (and while the problems at the university level are obvious, here I’m actually wondering about high school and below). Interested in your thoughts and thanks for the pod. Some questions to consider: Do you largely see schools as contributing to or suffering from the fractured nature of our society? If you were in charge of “fixing” the system, would you emphasize decentralization so school could return to being focal points of the community, or would you favor a more centralized effort to reconstruct shared values? What challenges or opportunities do you see in this space going forward?

Amazing Podcast

Recently found this podcast after the Joe Rohan / Rising podcast and I love it!!! Here’s my question: What do you know about charter cities / the Charter Cities Institute and do you think that innovation in city planning and governance has a big role in development both in the US and abroad?

Fiction recommendations

The red rising trilogy by Pierce Brown

Balanced and Informative

Very interesting and love the deep dives into topics that are rarely covered in US media! I’m disgusted with the radical leftist ideology but at the same time I’m not a Trumper. As someone who is in favor of a more regulated capitalist society with both classically liberal to moderate/conservative values it’s SO hard to find journalists and thinkers who have similar types of viewpoints or at least present those viewpoints in a fair and insightful way. One question - With US pulling out of Afghanistan (I’m very in favor of less endless wars) I can’t help but think that this is a win for China expansion however could it be a major risk for them because of the volatile Taliban ideology and previous countries that have failed in stabilizing Afghanistan? I think it will be very interesting following this.

VP Harris question

Saagar, you have said you were shocked when Biden chose Harris as his running mate. Have you gained any more insight into why she was chosen? Does she have powerful friends? Not only was I taken aback when she was chosen but now feel that there is an attempt at gaslighting us all into thinking that she was always popular when she was not. Thank you

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

You guys have a lot of authors on the show, which leads to many great non-fiction book recommendations. I love non-fiction and often get accused of reading too much of it. So, with that in mind, what are your favorite FICTION books, and have these in any way informed your political framework?

Boyle episode

I found this so confusing and creepy. Venture capitalists care about America ?? Hahahahaha that’s kind of hard to believe


Question: What are your favorite books, and have these in any way informed your political framework? If so, how?

Black Lives Matter

Hello, I would like to hear the pros and cons IRT the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as, what African American leaders are doing at the grass roots level to address black on black crime, and maybe some coalition partners of all races who are interested in truly defining and solving this problem.

Getting involved

What would you recommend to a 20 something year old interested in politics? I’ve heard Bret Weinstein comment on the podcast: “stay out of the current discourse if you have dissident politics like ours”(paraphrasing). Ultimately any institutional route would lead to partisan brainwashing or outright failure. And going independent/podcasting is a huge risk and not financially stable for someone starting out. I’ve always thought about applying for a DC org that studies important ideas that I care about. Any suggestions or feedback?

Implications of Epstein

You probably should ignore this question if you value your institutional acceptance, but here goes. Ari Ben Menashe, former Mossad operative, has said that Jeffrey Epstein was part of a Mossad honeypot operation, and Secretary Acosta stated “I was told he was intelligence.” Further, we have seen evidence of wealthy Americans who are deeply committed to Israel, having funded Epstein’s operations, whether knowingly or not. Lets assume this were true, and Israel, through the Mossad, ran (or is running) a honeypot operation using Underage American (and European) girls to blackmail American politicians and other powerful western leaders, and was funded by Israeli-first Americans. What implications should that have for American-Israeli relations? Should we have congressional hearings for people like Bill Clinton and others who may have been blackmailed in this operation? Is there a way to actually get this issue addressed by official America? Thank you and great show!

Ep 135

Re: moderation Why is so much to ask that social media site not moderate but provide extensive tool for user to control and curate their own experience? I feel like everyone not just the guest skips that as an option. Also idk that I would use 8 Chan founder as an example, there is drama there and he was burned by the current owners. Also 4 Chan predates Reddit by 6 years and it's moderation team fell victim to entryism. (Yes sites need some to remove child porn, but that's illegal not thought crime. I assume you have seen Timcooks unhinged speech.) Also, on the point of Monopoly, our laws didn't develop with the concept of platforms as a service business model. So much of the is out of step with reality and these businesses acting in many cases as quasi soviegn entities.

Finally I Wrote a Question

Hi my name is Jesse. I love the show and have listened for a while but just got around to the Q and A. I am an incoming graduate student in the DC area. I know I want to work in the political or political-media sphere but despise the Democrats and am disillusioned by the Republicans. I strongly believe in a more realist and overall Realpolitik view of American foreign policy and this only lessens my chances in the neo-liberal status quo. What would you suggest for someone in my position? Also, what did you guys do in your post graduate years to position yourself best into a role of prominence? - Jesse (An OG Realigner)

Great podcast!

Great podcast! I enjoy listening to your thoughtful interviews, even when I disagree. You two are wickedly smart and sometimes it can go a little over my head but I enjoy it! Question - where do you two turn for more right leaning news/commentary? Any specific podcast or shows? Thanks!

Much Love

Hi, Guys, Not really a political question, but I finally thought of something I have not been able to find an answer to. I mainly listen to podcasts and only use Youtube sparingly (mostly Breaking Points). So, what works best on youtube to get you and other creators (1. paid and (2. suggested after other videos: is it subscribing, liking, or just viewing the video mostly? And a follow up to that, does it know if you watch the whole video or not and does it count if I just let it start? Most of the time I will jump on and hit play, like your vid, I'm already subscribing, then jump off, do the same to another vid-- just to get you and a few other shows numbers or money or whatever- but I don't know if it's necessary/helpful or not. Second, and likewise, no idea how podcasts work. Is it the subscriptions, plays, downloads, or likes that get you paid or moved up? For instance on Google Podcasts, you can't even hit like, so I'm not sure what helps. Then, is there one podcast platform that benefits you more than others (google, apple, spotify, etc.) to get paid from and also ranked and all that? Anyway, if you hit every part of those questions for both youtube and podcasts, and make suggestions, it might help you guys as well. Thanks for great content on all your shows and platforms! -Mike Data


Josh Rogin is amazing. We need to replicate him a hundred times over and maybe we can gain trust in American journalism. Great podcast - going to buy his book. Thanks for having him on as he is interesting to listen to as well as entertaining!

Great show!!

Love what y’all are doing really enjoy the conversations!!


Love the podcast and especially the recent Wuhan episode. Censorship around the Hunter Biden scandal was briefly mentioned and a podcast on the facts around Hunter would be interesting.

Awesome pod, legit Q

Marshall and Saagar are great on this podcast. I was a Riser from day 1 so I’m happy to see how everything has elbowed for you guys. I loved the latest lab leak episode Here is my question: Saagar, how did you feel when Eric Weinstein compared you to Dave Rubin? I literally burst out laughing when he said that as I know you must have felt deeply insulted yet you let it go with out objection. Here is your chance to respond. Thanks guys keep up the good work. Nathaniel Shaw


Hey you two, I really appreciate the show, you have taught me a lot. What is your take on the climate crises? How do you think politicians and the media are skews the true story?

Great Conversations

This podcast and the others like Breaking Points and Krystal, Kyle & Friends are more of what we need in this country. We need to make people like Marshall, Saagar, and others the new faces of media. If we get more conversations in the mainstream like the ones on this podcast, our society will be much more educated, and much better off.

Steady Growth

I was a huge fan of rising. Found this podcast few months ago through my large interest in learning more about Sagaar. I’ve happily got a lot of episodes to catch up on. Love the content and the steady growth of exposure for these guys. I would like to see Ryan Dawson of ANC Report get an opportunity to converse with these two wonderful fellows. Love listening so far and looking for TShirts to promote it.

Great pod

Love listening to the podcast. Saagar and Marshall do a good job of asking good questions that leads to interesting conversations, not just typical talking points. Makes for a good listen, even if you disagree politically with the guest. Keep up the good work.

Political medicine

Just listed to Marshall with Katherine Gehl and was energized by the conversation. The concept is doomed if establishment corporate media get wind of this, so I hope the independent outlets and individuals like Break Points, Greenwald, Taibbi, Rogan etc. all use their collective growing strength to spread the word of these ideas. This could be the enlightenment and different realignment this country has been waiting for after a dark 30-50 years. Keep dropping these 🔥pods guys it makes my mornings easier and more thought provoking.

Great show!

I love the Realignment even when I disagree with a guest because it makes me think. With that said, Gehl oversells Final 5 voting. When she described it as an achievable reform, another way of interpreting that is that it’s a reform politicians can approve of. The reason they can do so is two-fold: 1. It solves a problem for them. That problem is being primaried . Right now, if you’re primaried and you lose, that’s it. You’re done. Final 5 voting makes being primaried more survivable for them. That’s a self-interested reason to be interested in a reform. 2. Parties can approve of it, too, because primaries will still be based on plurality voting and - as California has shown with jungle primaries where the Top 2 advance to the general - this can work to the advantage of one major party over another by locking the other major party out. At 5 candidates, this is less likely to happen, but this may be the smallest crack the major parties would willingly open for any third parties. And as Gehl herself noted, she’s fine with a 2 party system. Is Final 5 voting an improvement? Sure. But let’s not kid ourselves. It’s an accommodative, self interested reform.



Civil War Question

Long time listener, first time review writer. Since the Lincoln Network supports the Realignment podcast, I thought a Civil War question would be appropriate. Lincoln’s decision to suspend the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War is arguably the most controversial of his presidency. I haven’t been able to find a case where suspension of the writ was necessary to imprison and try a dangerous criminal where otherwise that criminal would have gone free. Do you think that suspension of the writ of habeas corpus was necessary and do you agree with Lincoln’s decision? Or do you think it was an overreach of executive power?

Fantastic show

I don’t have faith in a real realignment yet, but I am hopeful and love and listen to the show- great thoughts and guests. Two questions for Saagar (sorry). First, can you try to explain what happened in Zapata County Texas during the November election? Trump defeated Biden, yet in the Senate race the Democrat Hegar defeated John Cornyn. Every time I try to think of how that could happen, my brain bursts. Second, why no love for the Bigfoot team, Saagar? I have been a Bigfoot fan all of my life, but I only have faith in evidence that predates television, as well as in some of the - you know- footprints. But just as in the UFO world, a lot of pranksters and glory seekers give the rest of us a bad name. I have often thought how the world might change if a Bigfoot showed up and proved itself- perhaps a reaction similar to if an Alien landed and did the same. Hmmmm...

Quality Intellectual Programming + Question

The Realignment is a fantastic program that explores important and often overlooked questions about America’s cultural, political and economic future. The guests are great, the hosts are even better and can consistently prompt thoughtful discussions. My question is for both hosts: with nearly every facet of life being ported to the digital ecosystem, I question young adults and kids’ ability to healthily adapt to the technologies they’re born into—specifically due to many companies’ investment in and reliance on psychological, emotional and attention-manipulating tactics. Do you think politicians should address this through educational legislation, similar to what young people must do to get a driver’s license, that gives kids the pros, cons, opportunities and pitfalls of the technology they’re using? I think it’s safe to say parents can’t keep up fast enough to provide that level of education and, similar to the reasons we don’t rely solely on parents to teach their kids how to drive, think there needs to be some level of mutual understanding surrounding the technologies they use.

Great new addition to my regular podcasts

I’ve been searching far and wide for an actual non-crazy reality based right leaning podcast that addresses substantive issues from a conservative perspective. A real populist right podcast that discussed and had nuanced conversations about culture, finance, and all things political who’s main agenda was not to promote outrage and demonize anything that opposed Trump. I suppose the closest I’ve found so far are The Fifth Column or Useful Idiots. They aren’t promoted as right wing podcasts but definitely do not favor either side of the isle, bash on both their houses and come out after listening that a big lefty like myself agrees with 90% of the populists right economic agenda. If leftists are able to put aside on all their culture war and “woke” agenda, there definitely is a very substantial voting block that could advocate for a real middle class revolution. I often tell myself that there is plenty of time to fight about all the cultural disagreements after major policy has been enacted that compensates workers who’s pay has not been tied to the gains in productivity over the past 40 years. And once no one has to worry about going bankrupt due to unexpected medical expenses, and finally a job with an employer that pays well enough, with or without a college degree, for someone to afford a small home or apartment, save a little for retirement or even take a vacation once or twice a decade, and maybe even have the luxury of having a kid or two.

Actually worth the 5 stars

Love the show, guys. Each episode is thoughtful, and thought provoking. Keep up the great work!

The Realignment Thesis

Marshall & Saagar may be the best podcast hosts you will find. I find myself consistently impressed at their ability to break guests out of their bubble & engage on deeper issues, steering the conversation to the broader thesis of the Realignment that is taking place under our noses. Marshall & Saagar have incredible insight into what the future holds and what direction this country is headed. We are entering into a time when people long not only for truth, but for voices they know aren’t trying to manipulate them. The Realignment and Rising break away from your regularly scheduled Kayfabe & give the viewer a much needed dose of reality. I am so excited to see where Saagar, Marshall, Krystal, and these end up going.

Much Love Ya’ll - And a Question!

I'm a big fan of The Realignment! My fav episodes have been ones where you bring on guests with different perspectives from yours on an issue. Would you consider bringing on a CR Theorist like Ian Haney Lopez to discuss your differing thoughts on CRT?

New Favorite Political Podcast

I love Marshall and Saagar, but the true strength of this pod comes from their incredible ability to find an endless stream of smart heterodox guests. I don’t always agree with what they say, but the best pods don’t bolster your worldview but challenge it. Listening always makes me reconsider issues and say to myself “I never thought about x that way.” Marshall and Saagar really understand politics and their guests each grasp issues in new and fascinating ways. I’ve suggested this to my family over quarantine(I’m sixteen) and each episode has been a launching point to greater conversation. Keep up the good work guys!

One of my top podcasts!

Longtime listener. Here’s my question: in regards to the recent talk about tech monopolies, isn’t monopoly the goal of business and capitalism? Peter Thiel has an excellent book called Zero to One where he proposes the idea that you should create niches for your business where you are able to dominate. Monopoly is the goal (i.e. The Reallignment is the top political podcast for libertarian, centrist-minded millennials). That said, should we punish companies that have fought hard to rise to the top? Aren’t they the winners of capitalism? They created better products, services, etc… Would love to hear your thoughts -Danno


Hey guys my name is Anthony DuPrau and I’m a huge fan of your show and a Riser. My question is if you could pick one president either dead or alive you could bring on your show who would it be?


Political fantasy draft: Every politician is now a free agent and it’s your job to draft into office your top 10 or 20. The catch is you must select an equal number of left/right, republican/Democrat for a 50/50 split. Bonus points if you choose a celebrity like Matthew McConaughey as one of your people. Love the podcast Love when Marshall shows up on rising Hate with a passion when Jennifer Holdsworth shows up. Hope you read this, keep up the good work!


Hey Guys, regular listener here although I am more left aligned politically. Love your show and find it to be a good faith attempt at presenting your side of the story. I wouldn’t have given Senator Hawley the time of day but I don’t resent you for doing it. I have some questions on this topic in particular but also on some of the other things you have covered in the past. 1. Senator Hawleys attempts to explain his positions against monopolies was extremely disingenuous in my book. One he has a poor understanding of who are the customers of their products. It’s the advertisers and they love FB, Twitter, google and Amazon because it allows them to micro-target audiences with the least money spent. These platforms have substantially reduced the barrier to entry for small business advertisers who would never be able to afford the reach that CBS or Fox would give them. And two if he was actually serious about it, he would extend it to all industries including Boeing, Northrop Grumman or Hallie Burton who actually have govt funded monopolies with huge barriers to entry. It’s easy to bootstrap a Twitter rival. It’s nigh impossible to build a startup airplane manufacturer. Why do you think nobody considers this more urgent? 2. Regarding the lab leak hypothesis of Covid-19, gain of function research gets talked about a lot. I see it in the same light as Project Manhattan. Even though the first use of nuclear fusion technology was a WMD, it did eventually lead to a nuclear power revolution. More importantly blaming project manhattan for Chernobyl isn’t a good strategy. The inability to implicate or punish China has more to do with the US removing itself from world organizations like UN than anything else. Why is WHO a Chinese puppet? Because it’s not a US puppet anymore. How do you reconcile your support for an isolationist foreign policy with the reality that when police retreat, the mafia takes over?

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥 🔥 🔥

I’m not sure it’s possible to overstate how impactful this podcast is. Not only to Marshall and Saagar string together one of the most thoughtfully curated list of relevant guests you can find if you’re interested in understanding the cultural moment we live in, they navigate each conversation with the kind of beginner’s mindset that makes anything remotely touching politics actually fun to engage with! Regardless of where you are in your journey of learning and understanding our social fabric (it’s highs, lows and everything in between) this show needs to be on the top of your playlist. Full stop. 🙌

Balanced Discourse and Thought-provoking Guests

The Realignment is built for curious people who are open to new perspectives and better thinking. The assortment of guests across the tech and political spectrum have helped me open up to ideas - both new ones and historical ones we should revisit.

The Standard for Republican News

Saagar and Marshal are some of the only Republican voices that are objective about facts today. They openly express their opinions as opinions, not facts, which is refreshing.

Best Poscast

I’ve been watching Saager on the Rising the last couple of years and recently started listening the podcast as well. He and Marshall are a great team and always an interesting listen.

Link to Explores

Marshall, on the most recent podcast you asked for suggestions for ways to link the Explorers Podcast with The Realignment. Here’s a thought: The book 1493 by Charles Mann speaks to the fact that Spanish exploration started the more modern globalization and the interdependence of the economies of China, Spanish America, and Europe, including monetary policies. There is a lot here that ties to today and modern globalization has deep roots with the Spanish explorers. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Tom @goletaslim

Always thought provoking, narrative challenging, and well informed.

Hi Marshall and Saagar, big fan of the podcast and the work you’re doing! My question for you is almost more of a question of advice. I am 27 years old, and just started an exciting new job as a project manager with a large fintech in the Midwest. We have been experiencing exponential growth over the last few years, and a lot of the growth is international, mostly in India, Europe, and China. I am concerned about the level of involvement that my new job is going to have with Chinese companies and the business practices that we have to follow to appease the CCP. We have to communicate with our counterparts via WeChat, which is something that makes me very uncomfortable. The fact that I am now part of a US based team that has to kowtow to this system goes against everything I believe. I guess my question would be - how do I balance my own beliefs, and my own concerns with this, without jeopardizing my career? I am not sinophobic towards the people of China, but I am starting to feel like I am part of a bigger problem with American corporate acceptance and compliance with the Chinese system in the chase of a dollar.

Always a great listen

Always a very informative and interesting show. The hosts will push the guests and get the most from the interviews. Learn something new every episode.

Bid is 25% above list price, Cash offers only.

Hi guys, big fan of the podcast, have been listening since early 2020. As a member of early Gen Z, I see how an impending housing crisis can severely effect those around my age who have just recently entered the workforce. My long term girlfriend and I have been saving up hoping to buy a house or townhome, but with the current market inventory in the southeastern US, I’ll say it isn’t looking to promising. What sort of policy measures have been proposed or suggested to try to keep the possibility of buying “The American Dream” open to young people, while creating punitive measures to discourage mass real estate purchases by large financial entities? And do you think that the Biden administration will keep an issue like this at the forefront?

Turning Points No One Mentions?

Hi Marshall and Saagar, Love the show. You guys have had some amazing guests recently and you seem to be making a bigger and bigger impact which is awesome. My question for you is about turning points in political history. Are there any moments you two think were really influential that most people either don’t remember or don’t mention? As an Econ geek I always think of the US leaving the Bretton Woods system as a critical policy decision and I only ever heard about it from ONE of my college professors (he was an economic anthropologist). What do you guys think? The more obscure the better. Thanks!

The Best Show for Rational Young Americans

Marshall and Saagar have fundamentally changed the way I look at a lot of topics and American politics in general. They do a great job of not forcing an ideology on you, but giving you the basis to which you can form your own opinion. You guys devote a lot of time to discussing foreign policy, tech, VC’s, etc. As an young professional and avid outdoorsman, I think it would be interesting to have a guest like Steven Rinella or Ryan Callaghan from MeatEater to discuss the confirmation of Deb Haaland and the issues of domestic policy on public lands, natural resources, etc. It would be a great blend of two of my favorite podcasts. Keep at it guys! Jake

Weston wamp episode

I’m giving this review a 5 star review even though I want to give it a 1, because I like the show. This episode was great up until deficit talk. This guys claims he’s “no austerity hawk” when he literally has an organization complaining about national debt. I appreciate saagars push back but I’m sorry this was not a “good faith” take by Weston. He claims that mmters think the debt has no limits when in fact it’s clearly stated that there is a real production and inflation limit to deficit spending. I am still searching for a good faith argument about the debt concern, being on the right myself, but this guy ain’t it. I certainly think there are potential flaws in MMT but have not heard good arguments yet.

Thoughtful, fair, & efficient

New to your podcast...I’m a fan already. Thank you for your in-depth, multi-faceted, strategic style of examining topics. I love that you are able to laugh and be fully present while simultaneously leaving emotions that would otherwise fog your perception out of the conversation. Keep it up! Great guests, too!

Love your show!

Keep it up!


Why do you believe so much the vaccines are safe? I recommend watching the Bret Weinstein interview with Geert Vanden Basche who even used to work at the Gates Foundation, & is raising serious fears about using these types of mRNA vaccines, which Weinstein agrees is a plausible. The fact that the same crowd of people who treat science as a religion hold you in contempt for, you know, raising some questions makes me far more skeptical to get the vaccine (FYI I’ve never been an anti-vaxxer but the shear level of propaganda & contradictions since Covid started has made more distrustful of the medical groupthink). Thanks

History class

My history of modern Latin America class covered Brazil a couple of weeks ago. I shared your episode with Glenn Greenwald with my class a couple of weeks ago, because Glenn reiterated many of the points Glenn spoke upon regarding Brazil. There were a couple points in the podcast that I’m sure my professor would disagree with, however, it’s important that we hear different view points. I love the podcast, thank you Saagar and Marshall!

Inspiring 4/20 episode

The episode with Dr. Sabet was fantastic, and it spurred me to think much more seriously about how marijuana has become more visible my life and what to do about it. After my state legalized the drug, it has become extremely common, now even among kids who I believe never would have used it if it was illegal. My question to you would be, how can a young person advocate caution and temperance on this issue without coming off as a complete narc?


All you hear these days is how decriminalization is the best policy solution. Those in favor often evoke the “justice” argument. I appreciate hearing the other side of this issue. Policy is about trade offs, so hearing an opposing view should help those listening better understand them for this issue. Well done!

Good show

Would love to hear a conversation with Prof Richard D. Wolff or David Harvey.

Love this podcast!

Its very refreshing to hear open discussion on sensitive and critical topics without all the politicization we see in MSM. 100% agree with Dr. Sabet. Just because something is a tradition or normalized, doesn’t make it good.

Love the show, y’all are great

So, y’all often talk about here and on Rising about “Washington Brain” and how politicians often get into power and lose touch with their voters and don’t understand what they actually think. Unfortunately, here in my home, a Dallas suburb, we are having a small version of that issue. For example the city council isn’t listening to the people and basically bully each other when new members are elected to vote how they want rather than how the voters overwhelmingly want them to. Outside of voting them out, which isn’t working, what do we do to change our local politics and break up some of this mini Washington brain mentality? Everyone is constantly furious but nothing changes. Thank y’all, Diana Boss PS Saagar thank you soooo much for your thank you video for the 2020 book, my toddler was over the moon that you finally said “hi” back to him. 😊

Alcohol Regulation / Tied House Laws/ Question

Hey Marshall and Saagar, You two are killing it with this podcast. Thank you for taking the time to dissect the nuances and framework of each guest’s argument without allowing to become a bilateral left/right cage match. It truly is a breath of fresh air compared to the mainstream media. Really great discussion with Dr. Kevin Sabet on Marijuana and the future of the industry. I noticed Saager brought up the various states and how some of them have ABC stores for selling liquor and some do not. It’s a great observation, you didn’t get a succinct answer from the doctor, and I think it needs a though explanation and even a podcast. I wanted to recommend a book for you both which has quintessentially laid the framework for each states laws on the segregation of the manufacturing sector and wholesale sectors from the retail sector, otherwise known as tied house laws. The book is called “Toward Liquor Control” by Raymond B. Fosdick and Albert Scott, and commissioned by John D. Rockefeller to study and prepare America for the return to legal alcohol and regulation with the eventual passage of the 21st Amendment. I think this will help you both in understanding how each of our 50 states have fashioned their own laws to balance the interests of the alcohol industry and our own personal vices with the virtues of public safety and health, along with some sound economic theory on why eliminating vertical integration, as suggested in the book, in an industry of controlled-substances like alcohol has actually given rise to the growth of the modern craft beer and craft distilling movements, spawning more jobs and creating competition in the marketplace. This book is constantly used and cited by regulatory experts and the foundational treatise of modern alcohol policy in the post-prohibition era. I respectfully disagree with the Doctor that the task to legalize and properly regulate Marijuana is not politically or practically feasible. I think with great advocates who know what they are doing, and these people actually exist, this task can be achieved to spawn a new era in proper Marijuana regulation using a variant of the tied house model approach, which creates built in checks and balances within the industry, and legal mechanisms to address public safety concerns. Also, if you want a good date to launch a podcast to have that discussion like you did with 4/20, do December 5th, the date Prohibition ended. I hope my brief synopsis has made this topic sound sexy enough to do a deep dive. I also had a totally unrelated question: I want to buy a house so bad, but I don’t know if I can trust big tech sites like Zillow and Redfin to give me clear answers on housing prices and purchasing strategies. Are these sites really a “great utility” for the average homebuyer or are they simply an online mechanism for driving up prices? What is their business model and who do these sites really serve? Thanks guys!

Good show

5 stars, I hope the hosts will watch Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister. It’s an old bbc show but I’m confident that they would love it.

Fan Love and Question and Book Recommendation

These dudes absolutely rock and I recommend everybody to listen to this podcast. The way that these guys spit it straight without clinging to any ideological dogmas is refreshing, and they have great guests on all the time. BOOK RECOMMENDATION for Marshall and Saagar: First a book recommendation. You guys totally have to read the book The Fourth Turning by Neil Howe and William Strauss. It is an amazing work of American history viewed through a generational lens, and explains a lot about why culture has shifted how it has since WW2. They also coined the term millennial in 1997 and its spot on about this generations mindset. QUESTION for Marshall and Saagar: Do you guys think that the US will accept a fate of long-term population decline?? East Asia is facing population decline right now and shows little intention to bring in immigrants. Europe is facing a nativist backlash for the immigration that it’s invited in the last decade and family size continues to shrink. Im pro-immigration and want a growing USA, but you guys often talk about tight labor markets regarding worker wages. Do you think the US will allow itself to shrink in size, or will we snap out of our coma when we realize this trend. Will there be a baby boom, immigration wave, or a period of decline? Predictions and opinions??

Question: Federal subsidies for the culture war?

Fantastic show, if you like rising and feel like there aren’t any shows examining today’s issues in depth and in good faith, you’ll love this show whether you’re left or right. On to my question for the hosts: In episode 103 with Michael Doran, you touch on the culture war debate and the “private companies / universities can do whatever they want” retort, to which Marshall briefly brings up the fact that Amazon is receiving billions in federal contracts. This gets at a larger issue which i’ve barely seen brought up: universities (and companies, to a lesser but still significant extent) receive MASSIVE federal subsidies and grants, and these grants often directly fund highly partisan CRT “studies” which are then used as the basis to push leftist policy. With the understanding the private organizations have freedom of assembly, shouldn’t the acceptance of federal government funds carry some restrictions, or at least guarantee that the recipients won’t discriminate based on race (as Mr Doran admits many universities do)? During the episode all three of you seem to take at face value the fact that these organizations’ behavior can’t be challenged legally, but i would posit that the government has an obligation not to give grants or subsidies to organizations that so blatantly limit political expression. Welcome your guys thoughts on this, and any recommendations on writers or thinkers on this topic.

Awesome podcast

Great podcast. Hay I had an idea for you: “proletariat replacement theory”. As all of us informed people know, American elites are not simply trying to “replace” working class whites, but Blacks as well. The mania for low skilled immigration is about class, not race. Do you think this formulation can take the issue away from the ultra right and allow America to finally resolve this problem before it drives us into major civil unrest? Thanks.

Asking the right questions

I enjoy your podcast and rising, both shows speak to me as to asking the nuanced questions we need to ask if we are to move past the generation of our parents governance Which leads to my question. Biden has stated that the US will withdraw within the Middle East and while I agree with that idea. I imagine there will be negative effects, economic or otherwise, to the US because of that decision. There are profits to be made off of war and what happens when those profits disappear?

Thought Provoking and Insightful

I love listening to your show and the wide diversity of topics. However, as I listen again to discussion of AI, tech, the requirement for advanced degrees, etc I think there may be a counter path. What about talking to someone like Mike Rowe about the Skills Gap. There are many high paid Blue Collar jobs that can’t be filled. Too many people get in debt for college degrees that don’t serve them in the future. Thanks

Best podcast, period. Here’s a question...

Hey guys, love the pod. Both “war with China” podcasts reminded me of a short but impactful conversation I had with an old history professor I had in college in 2016. We were discussing the turmoil in our country and I simply asked “when do you think we will see a major political shift in politics including both as a geopolitical super power and our domestic policy across both parties?” His response was “when the baby boomers die off”. At first I laughed but soon realized the truth in his statement. Do you guys think there will be a political shift after our parent’s generation dies off? (I’m pro parents not dying off btw) and do y’all think it will cause yet more division given the current trends with younger generations? I see an obvious attitude difference towards social issues and foreign policy amongst baby boomers and millennials but I’m not so sure that we haven’t just inherited the same views but with different roots. In 1960 it was the fight against communism. Today it’s the fight against terror. Does money and power supersede generational beliefs and tendencies? P.S. I’m a history major and I love the historical context you guys provide. I always gravitated towards WW1 as an interest and the lack of perspective many Americans have on western civ in general is alarming particularly topics such as Marxism, the Revolutions of 1848, WW1, and the French Revolution. Also, the Guns of August by B. Tuchman should be required reading. I also want to recommend a couple books “Passchendaele: The Untold Story” by Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson and “The End of Tsarist Russia: the March to WW1 and Revolution” by Dominic Lieven. The latter is a grind but amazingly informative on the Russian sphere during the turn of the century. I was going to say “Ordinary Men” by Christopher Browning but I’m sure you guys have got it. If not, it’s a must. Thanks for making my days better. Sincerely, Ryan K. from Atlanta, Ga

#1 Political Podcast out today

Always incredibly insightful, ideologically curious, truly focused on the issues and it couldn’t be more helpful to today’s world of political commentary.

Longer format

Love that you are having longer conversations! Keep it going love the podcast!

Good show

5 stars


I love the show you guys have really broaden my thinking about the world we live in. I have been also been listening to a guy named Peter Zeihan and I just want to know if this guy is a joke or if he is somewhat right.

Like the show but not sure it’s conservative

I’ve been listening for a few months and the topics and discussion are good though the jargon can run high. I like the show but I’m not sure you guys are conservative. At least not in the way I think of conservatism. I’m older than your usual (and clearly targeted) demographic but that’s also why I listen (we gen Xers tend to be contra). Maybe the generational gap is the cause of my confusion. From what I heard from the show you are what I would consider center left particularly your support of modern monetary theory (maybe I’m hearing you wrong on this). My question (more of a request) is that you run down the beliefs and policies that make you conservative? And what is your view of MMT?

Thought Provoking

I ran into this podcast through Rising and I have been going through the episodes for a few months now. I think it is the only thing online that closely mirrors my politics. Hopefully sometime in the future this vision of the conservative realignment will be mirrored by leaders in Washington. I hope Saagar and Marshall continue the great work!!

Great show

I appreciate that this podcast asks the right questions and has a focus on how current events relate to the big picture instead of getting lost in the day to day culture war Twitter flare ups. As someone who works around NY politics and as a fan of Caro, I’d be interested to hear if Saagar noticed any parallels between Gov. Cuomo’s scandals and Robert Moses’ fall from grace as detailed in the Power Broker. I believe Cuomo thinks of himself as an heir to the Moses framework and if you agree, what do you think comes next?

Fantastic Pod!

Marshall and Sagaar, love your show and a huge fan of Rising as well! Given the recent media hubbub surrounding the GA election law as well as the increasing prominence of crypto currencies and blockchain technologies, do you ever see a future where blockchain is used to facilitate voting, perhaps on a national scale? Something that crossed my mind recently is a sort of “voter NFT”, like an electronic voting token provided directly by the government to each eligible voter, which could possibly alleviate concerns surrounding voter identification, election security, as well as voter accessibility. Would love to hear your thoughts on this and whether you think we could ever move to a nationwide system of voting that is 100% electronic given concerns about security and the variability of voting laws across the 50 states.

Greatest podcast out there!

This is truly a phenomenal podcast. Marshall and Saagar do a great job bringing in interesting guests, and presenting an unbiased look at the larger political movements occurring in the US. I love hearing well thought out arguments from both sides of the political spectrum. It is the first and only podcast I consistently tune in for on a weekly basis. Keep up the great content!


I enjoyed you on Rogan and I get it that you’re a fan/friend of his, but you don’t need to bring him up every episode. It’s starting to get weird.

Great podcast

Love the podcast and the really well thought out takes tou guys have. What are some “conspiracy theories” you guys think are actually true? I personally didn’t buy into any of them until the whole Jeffrey Epstein debacle. Now I’m not sure what other conspiracies may or may not be true.

Great podcast, even better hosts

I found this podcast from watching Saagar on Rising. It’s a good one with an unbiased view of the world, which is hard to find these days. These guys are only going up!

Responsible political discourse

Saagar is one of my favorite voices in podcasting. I share him regularly with both my liberal and conservative friends and more often than not get a positive response in return (I’m a CA independent) For all the negativity towards younger voices today he is one of the few adults in the room. Marshall is starting to grow on me the more I listen and is really coming into his own. His questions come off sincere and honest and not loaded and obvious to get a response he wants. These two guys make my life more enjoyable than before. Undo the insanity and subscribe. Grab a Topo Chico and enjoy.

The Near-Term of GOP Populism

Marshall/Saagar, have really enjoyed the podcast and looking forward to what is coming down the road. One of my favorite aspects is the quality of conversations you have with guests that aren’t as widely known across the country, or really, Twitter. Given this, I am curious if you think there are more J.D. Vance’s waiting in the wings espousing similar populist views? Or if those possessing similar abilities are largely staying away from the political arena? Also, if anything can be done in the ‘22 Ohio race, or a similar race, to push back against whoever Trump endorses, assuming it is not Vance? Thank you!


Really enjoy this pod. Was a Bernie supporter both in 2016 and 2020 but have generally been disappointed by the left podcast sphere and the amount of time they spend rehashing internet drama. These guys are having thoughtful conversations about topics the left will be completely blindsided by unless we can wise up.

Y’all should invite...

Russell Brand! He’s on the pulse of the Western zeitgeist, makes good cases about the problems with Big tech and Political power, is very articulate is HILARIOUS! But you’d need 2.5 hours for a legit discussion. Make it happen, Gents!!


Marshall and Saagar - I don’t always agree with your takes but I really enjoy the podcast, always listen in, and I like the topics you discuss and the guest you have on. I am also a Riser and watch every episode. What you guys are doing is beneficial for us as a country and I never hesitate to recommend your content. Although I would like to ask a variation of a third party question, the question I’ll ask is about identity politics. After Tammy Duckworth basically said she’s not voting for a white nominee until President Biden commits to selecting more AAPI individuals to serve in his administration, do you think this is a trend that will continue? Will more minority groups threaten to withhold their votes if they don’t feel adequately represented? And furthermore, do you think the electorate will care more about identity or ideology/policy going forward?

Stimulating and Enjoyable Listen

Love the show. Thanks for the great work that you do Marshall and Saagar. It feels like many conservatives I know have become increasingly skeptical and hostile to big business for culture war reasons, but that doesn’t seem to have translated to support for labor or counterbalancing institutions. Is there an opportunity for opinions on labor issues to be realigned by way of the culture wars? I’m interested in what circumstances would be required for a broader shift in attitudes on the topic. Thanks!

Foreign Policy Question

Hey Guys - Big fan of the pod (started 4 months ago). After listening to Admiral Stavridis episode and Sagar’s recent Rising radar, I’ll admit, I’m somewhat addicted to hear you both talk foreign policy. Have not heard much from new administration outside of rejoining JPOC, and the love missiles sent to Syria. IMO the Abraham accords have totally changed the game, since Obama years. Would love to know your thoughts on how the current state of Middle East policy and what the future holds?

Great content!!

I listen regularly and truly feel many episodes could be much longer. Saager and Marshall are prepared and very articulate along with compelling guests and topics. I always learn something new. Thanks for all you do.

Should Be Required To Vote!

This podcast is illuminating and timely as well as precisely edited. The expert handling of so many facets of American culture convincingly propels their thesis that global, national, and local societies are realigning. Marshall and Saagar are smart, thoughtful, and SO well-read. I am an end-of-generation Gen-Xer and a huge fan. There is minimal-Millennial-navel-pondering in this podcast.

Probably will be my number one most listened to podcast of 2021

I started listening right before the election and it very quickly helped me realized I wasn't as libertarian as I had once thought. A really insightful pod that has helped me understand political ideas that I had always had in the back of my mind but didn’t know how to voice. Also does anyone else clap on the snare drop during the bumper music? Just me? Oh, okay. Thank you Marshall and Saagar! My question: I have always wondered what the effect of a government policy to help people move for work would be. For example, if you are a family of low-income service worker and say you want to leave a big, expensive city and move to a small midwestern town but could never save enough money for a moving truck and other expenses for your family. You hear of a new industry or business that has lots of new openings in a town across the country, so the government provides a $3000 to check to alleviate move costs? How do you think that would affect underemployment and cross-country migration?

Question from a simpleton

Is this too simple an answer to an issue. What do you guys think would happen if the voting laws were changed that would only allow those whom have served in the military or contributed to the system in the way of employment taxes? A couple thoughts on the taxes. 1. Should be house hold in nature so the stay at home spouses have a voice if their significant others are the earners. 2. Those whom are on government assistance longer than 9 months would not be qualified to vote. In my simpleton mind I think this would solve some issues. Happy to debate the idea since I haven’t had the time to dig into the idea.

All-time Favorite Podcast

Long-time listener, first-time reviewer. This podcast is excellent - intellectually stimulating guests, engaging hosts, quality production. Saagar and Marshall really care about the listener and focus on the substance of the political and cultural realignment that is defining the age we live in. I look forward to when this drops every Tuesday and Thursday, and know I'll get to ponder some truly deep issues and challenge my own thinking, assumptions and biases. Keep it up!


Love the show gentlemen. Question for Saagar. What’s your beef with teachers unions? I’ve heard you mention them negatively a couple of times recently. I’m an active member of my teachers union and while I do think they have their flaws (particularly with the recent embrace of culture wars) I do think they are overall a force for good in education. While we do fight for wages and benefits for our members, most recently the battles have been mostly for increased resources, smaller class sizes, less testing, etc. In my view, the major issue with teachers unions in the past was tenure, but most states have significantly reformed their tenure systems in recent years. I ask because I believe that you would have a thoughtful and nuanced view from the other side of this issue. Thank you again for a great show

Remarkable in Every Way!

LOVE the intersection of tech, politics, culture, economics, religion and more that Saagar and Marshall bring to the table in their conversations with guests. It’s organized, distilled, thorough, and RISEs (see what I did there, Saagar?) above the partisan fray of traditional media. Two questions: 1) Saagar — how do I become your friend? 2) Marshall - what’s your strangest memory or experience with Saagar?

New listener and really enjoying

Which “glorious loser” - someone who never became president but perhaps tried and failed - do you think could have been truly great? What kept them from winning - was it the times or something in the person? Great podcast!

The Dangers of Oversimplification

Big fan of the show! I have never been very interested in politics, mainly because the media covers it in such an abrasive manner, but you both handle important political dialogues in a nuanced and humane manner. While I don’t agree with all of your guests, I love that this is a place that I can come for such wide-ranging opinions on a variety of topics. Question: As a college-aged millennial who ditched social media several years ago, I am always frustrated by how Twitter and Facebook oversimplify extremely dense and multifaceted issues for my friends and family. For example, I read quite a bit of critical race theory while in grad school and can easily say that some works of CRT are really bad and some works are really persuasive and well-researched. Yet, it seems that everyone I know either trashes on the entire field of CRT or unquestioningly praises all works of CRT, no matter how poorly constructed, in order to throw more fuel on the culture war flames. What are some very complex issues that you feel have been overly-simplified by social media or the larger cultural war dialogue? Do either of you think we can escape this vortex of oversimplification, or are we doomed to continue minimizing the details and nuances of major issues?


Marshall and Saagar, I’m a high schooler with a real interest in the populist right movement and politics/economics as a whole. I love your show and it really changed my perspective on workers’ issues as a conservative. Question: I agree with your contention that most deficit hawk rhetoric is bad faith and only emerges as a lazy criticism of over due and popular policies. Having said that, do you guys view the deficit as a real threat? If not why and if so what is your approach to combatting it without compromising the needs of the working and middle classes? Also do you have any advice on how to get involved with the conservative populist movement as a young person? Thank you guys, love the show. Patrick from NJ

5 ⭐️ Review ?

What goes into the perfect candidate for President? In other words, what characteristics do you want in our elected officials? Big fan of the show guys, found you through Sagaar on Rogan then this through Rising. Shows you the power that man has. Keep up the good work my dudes 🤙🏼

Politics 101

Hey guys! Love the podcasts and everything you guys are doing! I feel like there is an entire generation of people who have recently taken notice of politics since the Trump took office in 2016. That being said, the four years of the Trump administration doesn’t seem like ideal time to begin learning the basics of politics and US government. What advice would you give this generation in reference to learning the basics of politics and US government to ensure intellectual development of political ideologies? (Books, YouTube channels, podcasts, etc.)

Fantastic Podcast

Really enjoy listening to this podcast. Tons of interesting information here. You asked for a different question, here it is. With the uptick of UFO/UAP news and if there was a move towards a potential disclosure on the topic by world governments… How do you imagine something like this effects local, national and global economies and governments? How do you both envision this plays out?

Culture v Politics

Gents, Absolutely love the show, you both are great young minds who think about things in very interesting ways. Question for the show: I’ve heard the saying before, most recently from Saagar that ‘politics is downstream of culture’. I’d love a show focused around this. I am not of fan of politicians trying to change culture or wage a battle in the culture war. But I also am not sure why I think this or if it’s the right thought process. Should politics be downstream of culture? Is that just the nature of things? What is the right way for government to interact with culture? How do other countries do it? What does history show us? How does modern technology affect this? Love the show, keep up all the great work. Steve R

Interesting show

Anything with Saagar’s name on it is 5 stars! Great content!


Love the show and multitude of topics discussed. My question is about the potential for new collective bargaining organizations in the private sector. Is there any chance for a resurgence of unions or Oren Class’s idea in Once and future worker of letting a thousand organizations bloom allowing the creation of co-ops or alternative means of bargaining. Thanks love the podcast!


What unpopular political conspiracy do you believe to be true?


Hey guys, love the show. You have a lot of folks from media, tech, business, and politics; but I feel as though a major source of power is missed (by yourselves, and many others) in the lack of interviews with those in the national defense field (I am thinking a Patraeus, McRaven, McCrystal, etc.) One thing I wonder is, with all the talk about competition with China; the US still retains an asymmetrically more powerful military, how do you think the US wields this advantage in competition with China going into the future? Obviously the pit falls are severe, but it’s naive to think the US won’t press this advantage while it exists, both conventional and unconventional (Nice empire you are building there China, now go defend it).


You guys talk about clubhouse a lot. At face value it seems like the invite only system is a good way to keep out trolls and other bad actors. In practice it feels like a digital country club for tech bros and the journalistic class designed specifically to keep normies out because no one they know has an account or the associated invites. What’s your best argument that this isn’t what’s happening?

Great show

Always interesting guests/discussions. Really makes you challenge your own assumptions.

Questions for the fellas...

Love your show guys, truly prescient stuff that is guiding me through the insanity and giving me hope for the future as 24 yr old be open minded about the whole bushel of political issues and trying to go from first principles. My question is: with the Democratic Party alienating many young people with its overt radicalism, while the republicans party is staid and kind of a billionaires boys club without trump, what does a young, practical, innovative republican platform look like for you two? Thanks & keep on truckin 🤟🏼

Great podcast that may challenge your priors.

Really enjoy the show and the unique perspective that doesn’t fit neatly into a tribal box. A question: Two issues of decreasing birth rates/delayed household formation and the decline of community in modern life receive a lot of attention individually, but to what degree do you believe these issues are linked? My wife and I are both from the very tail end of Gen X (born in 78’ & 79’) and are outliers in that we had our first child right out of college. We now have 3 kids ranging in ages from 19 to 13. Kids are the on-ramp to being involved and engaged in a local community. We started attending church regularly after we had kids, we got involved in their schools, I coached their sports teams, etc. Spending my late 20’s & 30’s focused on my kids provided a sense of purpose and fulfillment anchored in institutions and activities locally. 31 and coaching a little league team means you’re thinking more about the quality and availability of local parks than anything going on in DC. Are kids the key to community?

Encampment question for Clubhouse

Thanks for the great podcast - I came here off the Lex Fridman pod. I’m hoping the two of you can discuss the phenomenon of homeless encampments in major West Coast cities on your Clubhouse show. Like many other trends, it’s accelerated through Covid and I’m curious to hear any thoughts on this multifaceted and seemingly durable societal problem. Thanks!

Stay informed with rationally minded host

Recently started listening and I’m really enjoying this podcast. Lots of rationale practical conversations with intelligent people. QUESTION: I’m from Illinois and gerrymandering is a big issue hear that’s help state representatives stay in power. Not sure if this conversation has been had before, but how can we realistically reverse that when the people in control, have all the motivation to not do anything about it?

Great podcast!

Thoughtful discussion with level minds. Really enjoy this podcast.

Saager :))

Saager is nice wit it. 5 stars

Thought provoking.

I could listen to Marshall and Saagar all day every day. This show is THE BAR for independent thought.

Great podcast

Fantastic podcast!

Trump Insider

Saagar, you seem to have had the inside track on Trump, given you’ve interviewed him four times. Can you give us a full disclosure of your thoughts on who he is, having spent time with him personally. Not just his mannerisms but the deeply felt sense of him as a person- insofar as you could tell. -Charlie T.

Great listen

What we need to amplify in the 21st century.

The Realignment

Dope show. Funny, insightful, and always challenging. Look forward to each new episode.

It seems important?

How much does it really matter what we the people want? It feels that our political system is so far out of touch. This is especially scary with huge looming changes in how we produce and work on this country. Can it really be changed and really be for the people?

Reasonable guests

Saagar and Marshsal seem to be able to get guestts that have differing, but reasonable points of view. They also are good hosts by not interrupting too much while keeping the conversation useful and on track.

Electoral reform question

Question: can you envision a scenario where modest electoral college reform received bipartisan support, something along the lines of every state adopting the Maine / Nebraska method of awarding electors? No more winner take all states, no more disenfranchising voters of opposition parties (i.e. California Republicans or Oklahoma Democrats), more direct input on your presidential vote, and (in theory) a need for presidents to more actively campaign across the country. Love the show and look forward to encountering new ideas and solutions for our current trials as a nation. Keep up the great work!

American Truth in a Post Truth Era

This is the best podcast ever to be co-hosted by an Oregonian. This podcast is two very intelligent and knowledgeable people interviewing other intelligent and knowledgeable people about the state of affairs in the United States. They are great at breaking down our past, the current state of things, but more importantly they make thoughtful prognostications (with the help of their guests) about where things are headed, which takes me to my question: What would it take for the United States to eradicate poverty? Could we millennials make it happen in our lifetimes? Should it even be an objective of our generation, or should we leave it be? Keep sharing truth. Nathan Corliss Portland, Oregon

One of my favorite podcasts!

This is a great podcast, that looks at issues from all sides without a agenda. Would highly recommend this podcast.

Thanks and Question

Great podcast, guys! Thoughtful discussion with knowledgeable guests. What role can Gen X play in the future of leadership in the parties and government?

Informative Show!

I never considered myself as someone who is interested in politics but this show keeps me coming back every week!

5 star question

thanks for creating such a thoughtful and inquisitive space! I just graduated from an elite liberal institution, and have slowly been exposing myself to alternative viewpoints, centering my own growth over any ideology or party line. I’m interested in both of your personal developments as political thinkers, especially in your early 20s. How did you balance self-education (reading books, etc.) with life experience? What were some of your personal political realignments and shifts in thinking that led you to inhabit your current positions?

Comment + Question

Conservatives need to pushback on UBI, it’s truly the most dystopian idea of them all. This would effectively entrench our current feudalistic system by the Boomers to pay for their retirement. Printing money & sending checks forever is completely inhumane, it doesn’t do anything to create value in the world. People need purpose in life & it would be great to see you both pushback on people like Kevin Roose or Andrew Yang who offer these simplistic political solutions that really just paper over the problem rather than solve it. Wouldnt a better approach be for Conservatives to offer the alternatives which seek to at least modestly level the playing field? For instance, in Singapore, their tax structure exempts paying taxes under $300k in profit, so it’s a massive boost for small businesses. Wouldn’t this plus a corporate tax structure that incentivizes large firms to retrain people in house, which they could benefit from for a new initiative, be the better approach? For example, tax corporations making over (x) amount of net profit based on their Earnings per Employee, this way no matter how much technology disrupts individual workers, it’s in their interest to retrain & retain quality employees rather than kick them to the curb.


Love the show. Since conservatives have no answer to the left’s control of big tech, should the Republicans push for a GDPR styled data privacy law to weaken the tech companies? Or at least as some kind of cynical revenge tactic?

Love the podcast

Not everyone who loves your podcast (and Rising) is under 40 years old. I really appreciate both. Keep being honest, inquisitive, and concerned about working class Americans and about the future of this country.

These guys get it!

Both Saagar and Marshal have deep insights into the way Washington works and they present honest conversations about our political environment. We need more people in our media sphere like them and I hope more people get onboard with their way of thinking about the world.

5 Star Question

Do you think the survival of the Republican Party hinges on being able to separate itself from Trump? It appears he is causing a lot of decent in the party. It also appears the longer he is associated with the Republican Party, the more ammunition the Democrats have to use against the Republicans. Thanks for everything you guys do. I love the podcast!

On point like literally nothing else at present.

They are voices in the wilderness. This is meat, not a side order.

First time reviewer, long time listener

Love the podcast, as someone who leans center-left its refreshing to get information that isn’t dumbed down by MSM and fed through a hyper partisan lens. As an Asian-American, I wonder if you think race relations for asian Americans under the Biden administration have gotten better or worse? Biden has mostly governed by being an antithesis to Trump, aside from foreign policy, his executive orders at home aim at undoing anything the Trump administration accomplished. Including his executive order to outlaw the term “chinese virus”. This compared to how the last POTUS tweeted “Kung-Flu” in the early days of the pandemic leading to news outlets and companies expressing their “solidarity with the asian community” to combat Trump’s “evil rhetoric”. As someone who spends a little too much time on social media, I can honestly say things have gotten worse with Biden in office. As Americans we are inherently opposed to do what we’re told. We scream when we’re told to be quiet, run when we’re told not to move. Telling people they can’t say something to express their frustration at what they wrongly believe to be the source or cause for the virus takes away another outlet for their anger, leading to ongoing situation we have today. Yesterday on 2/26 in NYC a 36 year old asian man was stabbed in the back because the suspect “didnt like how he was looking at him.” Theres a new “knockout game” circulating twitter where you “fight coronavirus” by seeing who can knock out the most asian people. Our elderly that normally keep to themselves are being targeted, robbed, and beaten to death in parts of California and New York City. I guess my question to Saagar and Marshall are do you see things getting worse under Biden and will it affect the midterms in regards to the asian voting block?

Great podcast for learning about real policy views!

This is the first review I have ever left for any podcast and I am leaving it because not enough people in my age bracket actually understand how policy and politics works and I hope that this podcast can help them on that path. Question: I am a young graduate student and I study Advanced Manufacturing. I am very concerned about the direction of US policy around China. How can someone truly affect change and help alter the trajectory of policy in politics today considering the polarization and corruption?

Great podcast!

Love the podcast. I’ve been a Riser since the summer of 2019 when the primaries started and have been tuning in daily since. Just started listening to the Realignment on my commute to and from the Naval Academy not far from DC. In that vain I’m wondering how important the military and foreign policy will be to voters over the coming years. It’s common to hear people claim that voters don’t care about foreign policy—is that true? I was very young when the Iraq War was a hot topic so I don’t remember how much of a factor that was in 2004 and 2008. Especially for presidential races, war and foreign policy should matter a lot since the POTUS has so much unilateral power in that realm. ISIS and Libya were raised in 2016 but I don’t remember it being a big deal to most voters or even pundits. Do we just have too much going on domestically (even pre-covid) with healthcare, wages, and social division for the greater population to be concerned with what’s happening thousands of miles away?


It’s a really smart podcast for right now

Awesome guests with interesting hosts!

Really enjoy each episode and find that even when I don’t agree, I respect all the discourse in the discussion. Any fictional literature that you have found to be influential in the way you think about the world?

Weston wamp episode

I’m giving this review a 5 star review even though I want to give it a 1, because I like the show. This episode was great up until deficit talk. This guys claims he’s “no austerity hawk” when he literally has an organization about national debt. I appreciate saagars push back but I’m sorry this was not a “good faith” take by Weston. He claims that mmters think the debt has no limits when in fact it’s clearly stated that there is a real production and inflation limit to deficit spending. I am still searching for a good faith argument about the debt concern, being on the right myself, but this guy ain’t it.

One of the top political casts

Incredibly insightful review of political topics. A clear , nuanced look at the issues with a goal of letting speakers voice their views in an uninterrupted manner, with insightful pushback. Wish I could find a similar one ( perhaps with krystal?) On the left side.

Realigning the Politically Homeless (1sttimelongtime)

First review ever. I felt compelled to leave a review upon learning it will help others find the show. Young and Brown conservatives bringing nuance and intellectualism back to the right. Refreshing. Insightful, prescient, and always relevant. Question: Are you willing to share any Lincoln Network/Project mix up anecdotes? Has it ever presented a genuine issue? Or just annoying/confusing? At what point does the “market confusion” begin to truly impede our Realignment? Thanks! I’ll hang up and listen!

For the people

Which one of you would be most likely to run for office someday and if so what position would that be? Marshall and Saagar 2024? Or Saagar and Marshall 2024? 🤔

Great Podcast to Get You Thinking!

I don’t agree with Marshall and Saagar and everything, but they ask smart questions and it helps me think about specific policies and how that falls within my political identity. Question: What areas of policy do you think should be exclusively federal? What areas should belong exclusively to the states? It seems like a strong national COVID response would have saved a lot of lives.

Question From Chauncey

Why has the culture war heated up so much to the point where it seems to be driving these two huge political movements? Simply Trump’s election? Social media? Changing geography of where Americans live?

One of my favorite podcasts

Excellent discussion of current political & social affairs! Great, informed guests with articulate, savvy hosts.

D Roth

Thank you both for what you do - it feels especially important these days to cut through the noisy mainstream media narrative in order to really understand the issues we’re facing as a country. As a lifelong liberal and reliable Democrat I have recently become quite disenchanted with the left, primarily due to their championing of critical race theory and other “overcorrections” that seem destined to divide rather than to unite. My question, as a person who’s always been concerned with environmental issues, is, how should a well informed centrist look at climate policy in 2021 with an eye toward solutions that work, but also ones that aren’t laden with bad incentives or that cause further damage to our already-fragile economy? Many thanks, and once again, thank you for what you do.

A California Republican’s Answered Prayer

As a California Republican I have been amazed and intrigued about the topics discussed on this podcast because it relates so much to the struggles CA Reps have been facing for years. Republicans lost the culture war in the Golden State and now finds itself struggling to survive politically. The CA GOP roughly holds 30 of the 120 seats in the CA Legislature. In my opinion, the ideas and topics talked about on this podcast provide a blueprint for CA Reps to get behind the issues California voters actually care about. Saagar and Marshall—thank you and please continue to put out this great content.

Texas disaster

Hey guys, love the show. So, today, in the midst of the devastation caused by the cold in Texas I’d like to ask this. It seems to be the perfect example ofpropaganda and partisan nonsense. Both sides immediately blame the other for what’s happened. And what this does, as usual, it just perpetuates the hate and anger and does nothing to solve any problems. Both sides are just comfortable blaming the other, benefiting from it politically and financially and leaving it as is. The right says it’s the fault of depending too much on wind turbines and new sources of energy that just don’t work as well as the old stand by’s. The left says that it’s the fault if deregulation and greed that keeps these companies from really providing a modern and dependable source of energy. Is one side right? Are both sides right? Which is it? Most of us have lives that don’t afford us the ability to delve into research all day and come to a well thought out conclusion, so we count on our ‘news’ source. And the cycle continues.