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.
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.
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.
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?
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...
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.
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.
Love the show, guys. Each episode is thoughtful, and thought provoking. Keep up the great work!
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.
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?
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!
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?
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. 🙌
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.
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.
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.
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
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 very informative and interesting show. The hosts will push the guests and get the most from the interviews. Learn something new every episode.
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?
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!
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
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.
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!
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