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Missing the big picture

I have been listening to this show for a while and especially Sagar has gone on and on about this stimulus package being a major component of this election. I think you are way off on this This election is clear and simple: Do the people in swing states want more lockdowns or do they want to reopen. I live in Michigan and I would be shocked if Biden wins here, the people here faced one of the most strict lockdowns in the country and the people in my area are enthusiastically favoring trump. Whole neighborhoods with signs and flags only for trump. People do not want free money from the government. People want to go back to work and back to their normal lives. And the choice for who will do that is clear.


Great Podcast

Happy to stumble upon this starting from JRE to the Rising to the Realignment.


Realignment

What are your thoughts on Trump’s flopping on his populist promises to rebuild infrastructure


Great Policy/Politics Podcast!

I really enjoy listening to this podcast, which regularly invites guests with heterodox views from across the ideological spectrum to explore the present realignment in America politics. Also, after 7 months of tweets, news and podcasts heavily focused on COVID, Antifa and BLM it was refreshing to take in several episodes that are broader, long-term and more future-oriented.


Thoughtful Podcast

This is a great podcast for those who are interesting in thinking about public policy in different ways. My only regret is that I would have loved to know more about what you thought of ideas of Zephyr Teachout. She is definitely on the very far left and I want to know how you agreed or didn’t with her views. Otherwise this is a great podcast.


Excellent podcast

Great show and great interviews. Good banter between Saagar and Marshall. Definitely part of my podcast rotation.


The Debt

My Very Long Question Saagar constantly hyping Joe W. got me to listen. His answer to the debt though, was as underwhelming as it could be. The debt doesn’t matter because he’s been alive 40 years and it he hasn’t had to pay any of it back? Like wut? Or his theoretical response being that you can’t be in debt to yourself?? Wut? Neither of those, makes any sense or is sufficient to help determine monetary policy. If monetary policy can be summed up by, “well I’ve never been billed for the debt” then shouldn’t we just go ham? Why not universal healthcare + ubi + student debt payoff + yuge military + new houses for everyone?? The fact that you allowed that conversation to continue without drilling down on how much is too much is absolutely crazy to me. Why not 5 trillion in stimulus guys? Anyone want to answer that? Why not lambos for eveyone? Like why am I taxed period? Why not pay teachers 150k a year? Surely big investment into teaching will help everyone. We can’t be in debt to ourselves, right? Seriously answer it. With love, Zach Rogo


Incredible Podcast

Hey Saagar and Marshall, thank you guys so much for working so hard on this show. It really means a lot for people actually looking for nuanced perspectives on the world. My question to you guys has two parts. First, do you think Josh Hawley could win the Republican primary and or the presidency in 2024? Second, do you think his odds would improve if Biden wins or if Trump wins in November?


Excellent Podcast

Incredibly insightful podcast and they continually have great guest on. Highly recommend. Question: Where do you guys want to go with your careers and have either of you considered running for office?


Great show

Found this podcast because you guys had Schulz on. Then I binged a bunch in one night. Subscribed now and looking forward to more. 5 star for sure.


Question

In a world flooded with garbage propaganda, how do I educate myself with objective resources? Podcasts like this are great, but I am curious if you could compile resources, so listeners can continue to educate themselves beyond this specific podcast. Any book, journals, analysts, etc. that you would recommend? New to the podcast— saw on the Flagrant 2. Love what you guys are doing.


Great podcast

I found this because of his appearance on Joe Rogan with Krystal Ball. Glad I did.


Referred by the WSJ

I learned about this podcast from a WSJ op-ed. More than current events which I appreciate.


New to the podcast

I found The Hill Rising from Rogan, and found this from from that. I disagree with a lot of what you guys are saying, but you have a lot more of an honest perspective than most people I watch. -1 star because i disagree with you on so many things, but 4/5 because you guys are really smart and give people that aren't on your side good things to think about. Either way, I kind of love listening to you guys.


The future of energy in the US

Hey guys! My actual name is Evan. I’m a big fan of the show! I think you guys give some great perspective and analysis. I’m 23 and I study energy efficiency and systems analysis (HVAC, water distribution, and power generation). Obviously one of my bigger concerns when it comes to politics is how our government plans to deal with climate change and the evolving global energy demand. I enjoyed the Green New Deal episode because I see climate alarmism causing insane amounts of anxiety in my generation and friends. I was a big fan of Andrew Yang in the Dem primary because he was openly pro nuclear. What role do you guys think government needs to play in the development of safe nuclear technology? I think yang was the only one to support funding research for it; how long before nuclear can gain more widespread attention in government? Will the government even develop technology like that responsibly? They already abandoned a leaking nuclear waste site in the Marshall Islands, should it be in the hands of the private sector? I saw this study that showed people have no real conception of how much energy it takes to run appliances, light rooms, heat water and keep things cool. This might be a reason people are hesitant to believe we need nuclear. It also causes people to be hesitant about how much energy is actually saved from making little changes or getting efficient appliances. Is it up to engineers and scientists to always create more efficient technology, or do you think education reform will ever be considered as an option to help people become more resource conscious? Sorry for the rant but I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for the great show and I can’t wait to hear more from you guys :)


Can populists unite?

Is there any issue where the populist wings of both parties can unite to effectively apply pressure on the government and media spheres from both sides? Or are the party structures too rigid to allow this? I thought COVID stimulus would have been it, but that clearly didn’t work out.


The future of energy in the US

Hey guys! My name is Evan and I’m a big fan of the show! I think you guys give some great perspective and analysis. I’m 23 and I study energy efficiency and systems analysis (HVAC, water distribution, and power generation). Obviously one of my bigger concerns when it comes to politics is how our government plans to deal with climate change and the evolving global energy demand. I enjoyed the Green New Deal episode because I see climate alarmism causing insane amounts of anxiety in my generation and friends. I was a big fan of Andrew Yang in the Dem primary because he was openly pro nuclear. What role do you guys think government needs to play in the development of safe nuclear technology? I think yang was the only one to support funding research for it; how long before nuclear can gain more widespread attention in government? Will the government even develop technology like that responsibly? They already abandoned a leaking nuclear waste site in the Marshall Islands, should it be in the hands of the private sector? I saw this study that showed people have no real conception of how much energy it takes to run appliances, light rooms, heat water and keep things cool. This might be a reason people are hesitant to believe we need nuclear. It also causes people to be hesitant about how much energy is actually saved from making little changes or getting efficient appliances. Is it up to engineers and scientists to always create more efficient technology, or do you think education reform will ever be considered as an option to help people become more resource conscious? Sorry for the rant but I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for the great show and I can’t wait to hear more from you guys :)


Question

I wonder what you guys think of Steve bannon saying that one of the key pillars of right wing populism is the deconstructions of the administrative state?


Bill Gates interview with Stephen Curry

I was wondering if either of you had a chance to watch the interview NBA superstar did with billionaire Bill Gates. I know Saagar talks a lot about how political parties are tied to Wall Street and the wealthiest people in our country, and I was wondering what you think of the interview getting so much positive feedback considering Gates has more than likely profited off the pandemic.


Love it

Great diversity of subjects and guests. Good job. Keep it going!


Well worth your time

This is the only podcast about politics that I’m genuinely excited to hear. Always interesting and fresh perspectives on questions that mainstream networks think are forever settled. Well worth your time. Question: I work in pharma and the internal perspective is many critics are just ignorant of healthcare and the economics of the industry, while externally people see the industry as basically blood sucking. All bs aside, what’s your idea of a good system for discovering and getting medicines to the patients who need them?


Review and Question

I was lead here through watching Rising and had to subscribe! Listening to you guys really highlights the partisan spin/hackery so many other commentators have that I never realized before. I've learned much more about the dynamics of populism through this podcast than anywhere else. My question is how should we look at wage stagnation that the populist left/right both talk about. If you look at a chart of 'Real Medium Personal Income Growth' in the US it has steadily increased since the 70s. If you then compare that to the 'Real Hourly Wages' it tells a different story and has remained flat. What's the reason for this difference and how do you compare these metrics? Thanks! - I'm from Minneapolis as well.


Republican Party and Climate Change Policy

Hey guys great podcast! I keep on finding myself recommending this show (and a few others like Saagar’s show Rising) to friends that want to expand their thoughts and discussions about where American politics is today and where it might be going in the future. So, again great stuff and keep it going! My question is about the Republican Party and it’s refusal to acknowledge the real danger that climate change is to the US (and the world). After watching the V.P. debate this past week, I was not surprised, but still disappointed in both parties responses to climate change...especially Mike Pence’s. I understand why they said what they said about fracking (Pennsylvania) and the Green New Deal, but when thinking about the big picture and longer trajectory of where the GOP is going, I don’t get their ignorance. I don’t understand how they don’t see the political upside of joining the Democratic Party and every other government in the world, in addressing the very real threat of climate change. In my eyes, I think if the Republican’s change their direction about this issue, it could really help them politically. I don’t think they realize how many independent and Democratic voters (especially young voters) they lose and isolate themselves from because they don’t believe the scientists, the economists, or the U.S. military when they all say it’s the largest threat to our country today. Therefore, my question is do you foresee in the near future the GOP making a 180-degree turn on this issue and regardless, what are the policy concerns or ideas that you guys have on addressing climate change? Full disclosure, I am a Gen-Z college student from New Jersey studying the scientific, technical, and policy solutions on how to address climate change so this is an issue I hold in high regard. Again, great podcast!


Neat!

I love this show. Refreshing, rational, open-minded thinking. Well done!


Can’t Spell Realignment Without Real

Love this show. No partisan spin, great guests and an interesting heterodox framework. As a Rising fan it’s interesting to flesh out Saagar’s ideology and see how that informs your interactions with Krystal as well. Keep up the great work!!


Post VP Debate Question Thanks

First off, really enjoy the varied conversations that you all have and the willingness to expose opposing/different viewpoints. The last question of the debate had a decidedly “classic” tone and Gmail’s autocomplete probably could have written out the answers we got, but I was curious about whether it’s really true in DC anymore that people from opposing sides can and do come together and can separate the work and personal? As a political outsider, while I understand this is the answer they’re supposed to give, since politics is so much more about identity and attached to who a person is for both liberals and conservatives, can and should politicians separate work and personal? If they don’t, doesn’t it seem more than a bit disingenuous that people who basically accuse one another of being radicals or nuts all day could have a beer and laugh about it after they’re done at the office?


Educated approach to polarizing issues

Only way to move conversations and a nation forward is through thoughtful discussion and open mindedness. Will the majority of Americans ever be able to sacrifice some non-essential beliefs in order to get their core beliefs met? Seems like many people want it all or nothing with such polarized support for the parties Time will tell but this podcast is one wheel on that vehicle of progress


Great discussions, great guests.

My sympathies are firmly with the left but if you are intellectually honest you should realize Marshall and Saagar are too. I love to hear about the issues young minds on the right and left can agree on and gain better understanding of why we disagree when we do. In that vein, here is my question. Do you think abortion and guns are even a good issue for the right to run on anymore? As someone on the left, I find myself annoyed with Democrats rhetoric on guns. As with abortion this is largely a question of asking the government to litigate values. Personally I don’t want the government deciding my partner and I’s family planning options anymore than I want them deciding if I can own an AR-15. Is it too late to depoliticize these issues and allow for more pluralism or is continued totalism on these issues still the way forward for the national parties? I sorely wish Republicans would relax away from “life starts at conception” as much as I wish Democrat’s would stop touting an assault weapons ban. Can a nuanced, compromise oriented discussion ever be had on these issues?


Great podcast!

Very informative and interesting podcast. It’s great to hear about topics not covered in the MSM. Hope it continues to grow. Question: Who would make up your dream ticket for President and VP?


Refreshing lack of loaded bias

It’s nice to find a place (maybe the only one) that isn’t towing a party line or spewing partisan bull****.