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D Roth

Thank you both for what you do - it feels especially important these days to cut through the noisy mainstream media narrative in order to really understand the issues we’re facing as a country. As a lifelong liberal and reliable Democrat I have recently become quite disenchanted with the left, primarily due to their championing of critical race theory and other “overcorrections” that seem destined to divide rather than to unite. My question, as a person who’s always been concerned with environmental issues, is, how should a well informed centrist look at climate policy in 2021 with an eye toward solutions that work, but also ones that aren’t laden with bad incentives or that cause further damage to our already-fragile economy? Many thanks, and once again, thank you for what you do.

A California Republican’s Answered Prayer

As a California Republican I have been amazed and intrigued about the topics discussed on this podcast because it relates so much to the struggles CA Reps have been facing for years. Republicans lost the culture war in the Golden State and now finds itself struggling to survive politically. The CA GOP roughly holds 30 of the 120 seats in the CA Legislature. In my opinion, the ideas and topics talked about on this podcast provide a blueprint for CA Reps to get behind the issues California voters actually care about. Saagar and Marshall—thank you and please continue to put out this great content.

Texas disaster

Hey guys, love the show. So, today, in the midst of the devastation caused by the cold in Texas I’d like to ask this. It seems to be the perfect example ofpropaganda and partisan nonsense. Both sides immediately blame the other for what’s happened. And what this does, as usual, it just perpetuates the hate and anger and does nothing to solve any problems. Both sides are just comfortable blaming the other, benefiting from it politically and financially and leaving it as is. The right says it’s the fault of depending too much on wind turbines and new sources of energy that just don’t work as well as the old stand by’s. The left says that it’s the fault if deregulation and greed that keeps these companies from really providing a modern and dependable source of energy. Is one side right? Are both sides right? Which is it? Most of us have lives that don’t afford us the ability to delve into research all day and come to a well thought out conclusion, so we count on our ‘news’ source. And the cycle continues.

Insightful podcast

This is such an amazing show! I hardly ever miss an episode now. Marshall and Saagar are the future and I could not recommend this podcast enough. It’s fair, they’re transparent and offer analysis from both sides of the spectrum while also proposing new ideas for policy and political tactics.


It’s refreshing to see such a practical & pragmatic approach to governance & policy. Saagar & Marshall make a great team. Keep up the work! And bring Niall Ferguson as a guest. I like his supercilious attitude 😆

Voices of Reason Amidst The Chaos of the far-right & far-left Cults

The conversations in this podcast are essential for the survival of Democracy.

The best political activism is civil dialogue

So hard to find fair honest dialogue about the state of politics today! Question: NYT just wrote an article about how the economy does better under democrat presidents. I found the article super interesting and spoke to republicans focus on tax cuts. However, being from Texas and a former LA resident and looking at the migration from Blue States to Red States, it seems obvious that quality of life is generally higher in states like Texas, Tennessee and Florida compared to states like New York, and California. How do you see/square the data presented about democrat presidents economic superiority with the general superior economic health of Republican states?

Interesting and Amazing Podcast Discussions

This podcast is one of the best at describing the state of US Politics. Saager and Marshall both know how to discuss the issues out there about political factions and political coalitions. Each episode talks about voters in the major current events context recently with historical/reflective connections. Great People! Great Topics! Great Talk!

Question about the nature of a Republic’s military

I am loving the podcast and am also a big fan of Rising. I grew up in a military family. I have never served, but several people in my immediate family have made careers in the different branches of our military. Additionally I grew up on Army posts and my entire childhood community is built around the Army. I have noticed a large percentage of the people I grew up with ,including my cousins, following in their parent’s footsteps and going into the military. I don’t know the stats, but I would wager the majority of military brats join the military in adulthood. I worry that the military community increasingly thinks of itself as distinct from the larger American nation. Additionally, I think that most Americans aren’t forced to bear the weight of wars overseas, and therefore don’t overly care if the United States continues fighting around the globe. For these reasons I believe that returning to a conscript military is of paramount importance to the long term survival of democracy. I am very curious if either of you have an opinion on the draft versus an all volunteer military? I worry that having a small like-minded percentage of our population be the only trained warriors is a recipe for disaster down the road. Keep doing what you’re doing, and thank you. -Ryan

Best Theme Song

I love the show. Saagar & Marshall are thoughtful and thought provoking. Their guests are engaging and the conversation is always enlightening. Love the show. Now.... you want hinted that it was not easy choosing the theme song that you use, which I love. So my question is how did you come to choose that song? Tell the story of how “Perezi” by Isaac Joel came to be the theme song for The Realignment.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Burner Account

Great podcast hosted by two of the most forward-thinking folks in all of politics. Question - Relating to the GameStonks situation, I can’t help but pick up on something Marshall said on the Emergency Pod, which is that there is a very not insignificant amount of very wealthy people who are fully backing this movement. It seems to me that the reason for this is in large part the fact that a full democratization of the stock market = more money for them. Given that a big reason why GameStop in particular blew up the way it did was because of the overlap between Redditors and gamers, it also doesn’t seem like a coincidence that many of the rich people cheering it on (Musk, Portnoy) are the social media savvy type who, in my mind, seem to be attempting to parlay their good graces on the internet into cashing in on a sort of “public approval stock” should democratization come from all this. Am I reading too much into this, and doesn’t it seem like just as bad of a system? How can we push for better regulation that doesn’t enable market manipulation for redditors OR hedge funds without seeming like hypocrites for pushing for it NOW? Sorry for the long question, love the podcast. -Teddy Roosevelt’s Burner Account (Pls actually read this name on air that’d be so dope)

Necessary and Enjoyable

Marshall and Saeger are fun to listen to, intelligent but relatable, unlike so many in the swamp. My question is why. WHY DO YOU ALWAYS USE THE WORD BOOMER? It’s literally only in your vocabulary that I hear it so frequently.

Critique of Free Market Economics

Love the show! Been listening for a while. I'd love to hear a series of episodes that debunk many of the economic claims of free market idealogues like Thomas Sowell, Ben Shaprio, etc. Or if you have any recommendations for books that do this well, I'd love to hear what you guys recommend! Keep up the good work, fellas!

The best there is!

Marshall and Saagar host the best political / cultural podcast out there and are sincere seekers of the truth and engage in honest conversations with a variety of guests from both sides of the aisle armed with thoughtful and challenging questions. Keep up the good work and hope to see your numbers grow.

Forward-thinking Guide to Politics

Love this show, really varied look at what’s going on in the political world without getting bogged down in the muck. Listener question: Hey Marshall and Saagar, who are figures you guys see as potentially inspiring leaders in politics at the moment and going forward? I’ve felt particularly frustrated over the past year because it seems like most of our leadership class are plutocrats, do-nothing panderers, or both. Personally, I’m a Ron Desantis fanboy mostly because I think he takes his own responsibility seriously and he hasn’t been afraid of bold policies. Keep up the good work!

Top shelf millennials

There’s no better source out there for interesting, whip-smart commentary from a millennial perspective. Each of these kiddos is a star thinker on his own. Their decision to share a stage here is brilliant. Dudes are both clearly used to being the smartest guy in the room. Instead of flaunting that, they combine to constantly challenge each other and their guests. They model intellectual leadership and gentlemanship for their age group, which shows wisdom beyond their years! This show has been my first go-to for a long time but I didn’t have a question. I will think of one.


Love the podcast, and have learned so much about politics since becoming a regular listener. Question: why is “filibusters” the hop topic now?? Can you give me a “Filibuster 101” and explain why we are talking about it?

Thoughtful and Balanced

Despite the fact that I do not share yalls politcs (marxist of sorts) I greatly appreciate the work you all do. I appreaciate it so much that created an apple id just so I could leave this review, and I am someone who onwed a Zune until they werent supported anymore. While we dont agree on economic solutions I do feel that you all are being honest about the problems the country faces. My question is this, when faced with news and developments that enrage you such as the lack of the government being able to do basic policy such as stimulus checks, what do you all do so that your anger doesnt led to destructive pathways? How does an ever increasingly angering population deal with these problems constructively?

Marijuana Legalization

My new favorite podcast - Marshall and Saager approach our political and social unraveling with nuance, tact and dare I say a healthy dose of optimism. Question — What are the prospects of marijuana legalization or decriminalization in the next 4 years? I’m guessing it would need 60 votes in the Senate but given recent ballot initiatives passing overwhelmingly in red and blue states, is it possible? Could it be done/will it be done via executive order?

Seeking a constructive way forward

These guys are big fans of Michael Lind, an intellectual heir of Christopher Lasch, who was prescient about the cultural and political unraveling we’ve seen over the past few decades. The show features guests who offer reasoned critiques of the current political and social order, while providing ideas for constructive ways forward. Idea for a show: Lind and Patrick Deneen discussing the intellectual legacy of Christopher Lasch.

Reigniting hope

Thank you both for doing what you do! I never miss a Rising episode, and recently got into this podcast to get even more honest, intellectual and balanced political insights. The fact that you champion bipartisan discussion is huge, and gives me hope for our finding common ground in solving problems of today and our future. Don’t stop!

Mayor Pete and Cancel Culture

Love you guys and have so much respect for you but the last episode with the Mayor Pete campaign supporter/funder buried the lede for me. Mayor Pete’s people started the Trump Accountability Project, as in “let’s cancel the Trump people and make sure they cannot earn a living.” This is not what you guys stand for. Why not ask them the hard question? Maybe talk to some Trump people exiting the administration about where they were coming from? Or about what it feels like to be canceled for your political beliefs? They are the people we should be here for right now! I know you guys can do this.

JRE Listner

51 year old white guy, aka the problem with America. Really enjoy the show. Eric W interview was fantastic.

Confused about today’s politics?

This is a great podcast that discusses how political parties seem to be altering, how modern politics impacts your life, and what you may be interested in. I find both hosts to be very moderate conservatives that aren’t afraid to point out foolish things on the right at the same pace as questioning actions on the left. Give the podcast following the election a shot then give the Eric Weinstein podcast a whirl.

An Antidote to Political Chaos (Question Included)

This podcast is a lifesaver for Americans who feel lost outside of the two party system. They not only have fresh opinions on current debacles, they bring guests on with the intended purpose of actually bringing some change. Everyone who wants to be involved in US politics should listen. Question: I'm a practicing Muslim with leftist economic/foreign policy views and right-leaning social views. I am concerned with the threat of Islamism and terrorism, particularly the increase in jihadist attacks in Europe in recent years. How do you think the United States can better fight terrorism without continuing the disastrous war on terror?

Red Pill

Best Political/Cultural podcast out there!! Question: Do you guys see the MAGA movement and Populism as the same thing. Or are their differences and what may those differences be?


Smart discussion. Thank you

I enjoy getting the other side from this podcast

It’s interesting to get the views of republicans who are well spoken and not 70 years old. They always have interesting guests on and clearly take their research seriously, being well read in for their interviews. Roy

Great Show

Thanks for the amazing show. Great guests. Hosts that have intelligent, yet relatable takes on politics, society, and more. I’m looking forward to more historical topics in 2021. My question is mainly for Marshall - I live and work in the Portland Metro area. I’m not a native, but fell in love with the state while attending Oregon State University, GO BEAVS, and moved to Portland after graduating college in 2014. My family have visited often and have fallen in love with the city and all it has to offer, I have no family or relatives here. I’ve been asked many times in 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd tragedy and other subsequent social issues about “what it’s like in Portland?” It’s hard for me to contrast the social aspects of the openness of culture and diversity that is the city and a lot of Oregon with “Proud Boys” and Far Right activism that lives strongly here. I’m an ethnic minority myself and business owner who wants law and order but I understand that racism exists in all institutions, including law enforcement. Can you help me explain this situation and answer this question? Thanks for all that you both do. Saagar, my older brother is a GWU grad as well. Go Colonials...?

Great stuff.

The Eric Weinstein interview was the beat thing I have heard politically in a long time. There is hope.