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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.