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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.