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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.