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The United States is in the midst of a dramatic political realignment with shifting views on national security, economics, technology, and the role of government in our lives. Saagar Enjeti and Marshall Kosloff explore this with thinkers, policymakers, and more.

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yesterday 336 | The Realignment Live Part I: Matt Stoller, Julius Krein, Elbridg... Last week, Marshall and Saagar hosted The Realignment Live! in Washing...ton, DC. Today's episode features multiple sessions including American Economic Liberties Project's Matt Stoller and American Affairs' Julius Krein on whether the "realignment" is real, the Marathon Initiative's Elbridge Colby on the right's foreign policy debates after Ukraine, the New York Times' Jane Coaston on the dynamics driving America's political system, and the American Enterprise Institute's Yuval Levin and the Washington Post's Jason Willick on the right's relationship with democracy in the 2020s. more Transcribed
1/27/23 335 | America's Pacific Power Paradox and the Roots of Asia's Instabil... Van Jackson, author of Pacific Power Paradox: American Statecraft and ...the Fate of Asian Peace, joins The Realignment to discuss why he believes the U.S. is often the source of threats to peace in the Asia-Pacific, rather than the bulwark against instability, alternate security arrangements that aren't reliant on American primacy, the cost of the foreign policy "blob's" lack of focus on political economy, and the future of progressive foreign policy more Transcribed
1/25/23 334 | Is Main Street Conservatism the Future of the Right? with Helen ... Helen Andrews and Emile Doak, co-editors of Main Street Conservatism: ...The Future of the Right - Lessons from 20 Years of the American Conservative, join The Realignment as a tie-in to yesterday's "Realignment Live" event. They discuss the right's political realignment through the lenses of American culture, political economy, foreign policy, and faith & family, why the issues that drove Trump's election aren't going away, and why their brand of "main street" conservatism is the only way to bridge the chasm between voters and the DC professional class. more Transcribed
1/24/23 333 | Inside the New House China Select Committee with Rep. Mike Galla... Congressman Mike Gallagher, the newly-appointed chairman of the Select... Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, returns to The Realignment. He discusses his vision for the select committee, how to avoid a catastrophic military conflict in the Pacific, objections to the committee raised by progressive Democrats, and how the Pentagon should navigate culture war controversies. Plus, Congressman Gallagher offers Marshall some advice on how to get the most bang for his buck at his upcoming nuptials. more Transcribed
1/20/23 332 | How the Congo's Cobalt Fuels Electric Vehicles, Batteries, and M... Siddharth Kara, author of Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Power...s Our Lives, joins The Realignment to discuss the role cobalt plays in lithium batteries that power everything from laptops, phones, and electric vehicles, how the concentration of the world's vital cobalt supply in the Congo leads to the exploitation of workers, and offers a road map for how corporations can clean up their global supply chains. more Transcribed
1/19/23 331 | One Small Step Towards a Fusion Energy Breakthrough with Charles... Charles Seife, author of Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusio...n and the Science of Wishful Thinking, joins The Realignment to discuss last month's announcement by the Department of Energy of a successful controlled nuclear fusion reaction. Charles and Marshall separate the promise of "near limitless, clean energy" from the hype, explore why for six decades, fusion energy has always been "20 years away," the steep hurdles to a commercial reactor, and the role of moonshot scientific projects play in meeting the world's energy needs. more Transcribed
1/18/23 Realignment Q&A Mailbag: Does Davos/the World Economic Forum Matter, t... Marshall and Saagar answer Realignment Supercast subscriber Q&A from o...ur ask-me-anything page. Subscribers to The Realignment's Supercast help us monetize the show, submit questions for Q&A episodes, listen to exclusive content, and more. more Transcribed
1/17/23 330 | Does Great Power Equal Responsibility? America and the World fro... Robert Kagan, author of The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collap...se of World Order, 1900-1941, joins The Realignment to discuss how the U.S. responded to the collapse of world order during and after WWI, how the acquisition of economic and military power permanently shifted America's relationship to Europe and Asia, debates over intervention, and how the pre-WWII period rhymes with today's conflicts. more Transcribed
1/13/23 329 | Saagar & Marshall on Congress, Airline Debacles, & Taiwan + John... Saagar and Marshall discuss Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the new Republi...can House majority, the lessons of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg's tenure, and the results of a wargame focused on a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Afterward, Marshall interviews Economic Innovation Group President and Chief Executive Officer John Lettieri about the FTC's proposed rule banning non-competes in the workplace and EIG's approach to restoring dynamism in the American economy. more Transcribed
1/12/23 328 | The Pentagon Isn't Ready for the New World of Disruptive Innovat... Steve Blank, co-founder of the Gordian Knot Center for National Securi...ty Innovation, Stanford adjunct professor, and former Defense Business Board member, joins The Realignment to discuss why the Department of Defense is built for a world that no longer exists, how and why the U.S. finds itself in an undeclared "crisis," the case for sweeping reform, the implications and nature of disruptive technology, and why the Pentagon continues to fail its audits. more Transcribed
1/11/23 Realignment Q&A Mailbag | The Return of Serious Politics? Speaker Dram... Marshall and Saagar answer Realignment Supercast subscriber Q&A from o...ur ask-me-anything page. Subscribers to The Realignment's Supercast help us monetize the show, submit questions for Q&A episodes, listen to exclusive content, and more. more Transcribed
1/10/23 327 | Welcome to 2023 - Navigating Political & Market Chaos with Bradl... Bradley Tusk, CEO and co-founder of Tusk Ventures, returns to The Real...ignment to discuss Speaker Kevin McCarthy's election debacle, the prospects for Congressional Democrats and Republicans in 2023, the state of the post-boom tech industry, crypto post-SBF, and offers several predictions for 2023. more Transcribed
12/14/22 326 | Ian Kershaw: The Personalities Who Built and Destroyed Modern Eu... Ian Kershaw, author of Personality and Power: Builders and Destroyers ...of Modern Europe, Hitler: A Biography, and The Global Age: Europe, 1950-2017, joins The Realignment to discuss how the characters and personalities of individual 20th-century European leaders led to triumph and tragedy. Ian and Marshall also discuss his evaluations of despots ranging from Hitler, Stalin, and Lenin to democratic leaders such as de Gaulle, Churchill, and Adenauer, and how we should approach today's authoritarian leaders. From one of the leading historians of twentieth-century Europe and the author of the definitive biography of Hitler, Personality and Power is a masterful reckoning with how character conspired with opportunity to create the modern age’s uniquely devastating despots—and how and why other countries found better paths. The modern era saw the emergence of individuals who had command over a terrifying array of instruments of control, persuasion and death. Whole societies were reshaped and wars were fought, often with a merciless contempt for the most basic norms. At the summit of these societies were leaders whose personalities somehow enabled them to do whatever they wished, regardless of the consequences for others. Ian Kershaw’s new book is a compelling, lucid and challenging attempt to understand these rulers, whether those operating on the widest stage (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini) or with a more national impact (Tito, Franco). What was it about these leaders, and the times in which they lived, that allowed them such untrammelled and murderous power? And what brought that era to an end? In a contrasting group of profiles—from Churchill to de Gaulle, Adenauer to Gorbachev and Thatcher to Kohl) more Transcribed
12/13/22 325 | Shannon K. O'Neil: The Globalization Myth - Why Regions Matter Shannon K. O'Neil, author of The Globalization Myth: Why Regions Matte...r, joins The Realignment to discuss why the conventional story of globalization since the 1980s is wrong, why companies, money, ideas, and people looked regionally, not globally, how three regional hubs (North America, Europe, and Asia) will dominate the next decade(s), who will get left behind, and how the U.S. can lean into its regional strengths. more
12/12/22 324 | Paul Millerd: Imagining a New Story for Work with the Pathless P... Paul Millerd, author of The Pathless Path: Imagining a New Story for W...ork, joins The Realignment to discuss the future of work and career advancement in a fast-changing world. Marshall and Paul discuss economic and workplace tumult post-COVID, recent layoffs across the tech sector, and how his story transitioning from high-powered consulting and an MBA offers a model for those seeking to embark on new paths outside our increasingly tracked society. more
12/9/22 323 | James Rickards: How Broken Supply Chains Will Sink the Global Ec... James Rickards, author of Sold Out: How Broken Supply Chains, Surging ...Inflation, and Political Instability Will Sink the Global Economy, joins The Realignment to discuss how and why the global supply chain crunch began long before COVID, the entanglement of economics and geopolitics, why reforms/fixes to the status quo aren't enough, and what the emerging, regionally-focused "Supply Chain 2.0" will look like. more
12/8/22 322 | Jeremi Suri: America's Unfinished War Over Democracy Jeremi Suri, author of Civil War by Other Means: America’s Long and ...Unfinished Fight for Democracy and The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office, joins The Realignment to discuss the history of debates over how America should implement its democratic ideals. Jeremi and Marshall also discuss how and why the "democracy" issue defined the midterms in battleground states, expanding responsiveness within the political system, and his critiques of the status quo. more
12/7/22 321 | Beverly Gage: How the FBI and Its Politics Shaped the American C... Beverly Gage, 20th-century American History Professor at Yale and auth...or of G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century, joins The Realignment to discuss how J. Edgar Hoover's tenure as FBI director shaped American history, politicized federal law enforcement, and how today's bureau navigates its hyper-political challenges like the Mar-a-Lago raid and the Trump presidency. more
12/6/22 320 | Trae Stephens: Rebooting the Arsenal of Democracy Trae Stephens, Co-Founder of Anduril and Partner at Founders Fund, joi...ns The Realignment's daily end-of-year coverage to discuss Anduril's mission document: Rebooting the Arsenal of Democracy. Trae and Marshall discuss the defense industrial base vulnerabilities exposed by the war in Ukraine, how technology can deter aggression, and how to address challenges rising from outdated systems to the spiraling defense budget. more
12/5/22 319 | Frank Dikötter: Shattering the Myths of China After Mao Frank Dikötter, author of China After Mao: The Rise of a Superpower, ...How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century, and The People's Trilogy, joins The Realignment to discuss how unprecedented access to Chinese archives during the brief 2000s-2010s period of openness offers a corrective to the conventional wisdom in the West about China's post-1976 ambitions. Frank and Marshall also cover what questions future researchers should study should the archives ever open again, particularly relating to Zero-COVID. more
12/2/22 318 | Noah Smith: Vibe Shifting Out of the Long 2010s Noah Smith, author of the Noahpinion Substack, joins The Realignment's... end-of-the-year daily series to discuss why 2022 *actually* feels like the end of the long 2010s that began with the response to the 2008 financial crisis and the election of President Barack Obama, how 2010s upheavals reshaped American politics, and why the remainder of the 2020s will be defined by "exhaustion." more
12/1/22 317 | Saagar & Marshall's 2022 Year-in-Review: China Protests & Zero C... Saagar and Marshall kick off The Realignment's End-of-Year coverage wi...th a discussion of the issues that defined 2022: the rising backlash against China's Zero COVID policy, how liberal democracy fared against its authoritarian rivals, where the culture war stands post-midterms, and how political exhaustion could define the rest of the decade. more
11/29/22 316 | William D. Cohan: The Rise & Unimaginable Fall of General Electr... William D. Cohan, founding partner of Puck, writer at large for Airmai...l, former investment banker, and author of Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon, joins The Realignment to discuss his autopsy of General Electric, from its founding by Thomas Edison to its fall in the 2010s, the keys to impactful business journalism in an age of scandals from SBF/FTX to Elizabeth Holmes, what (if anything ) this story says about the capitalist system, and where responsibility for the GE's fall lies. more
11/22/22 315 | David Sax: The Over-Hyped Digital World and Why Our Future Is An... David Sax, author of The Future Is Analog: How to Create a More Human ...World and The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, joins The Realignment to discuss why early-COVID promises of digital transformation were over-hyped in work, commerce, health/fitness, and our personal lives and what a proper balance of analog and digital experiences looks like. more
11/18/22 314 | Saagar & Marshall: Unpacking Trump's 2024 Announcement + the 202... Saagar and Marshall discuss former President Trump's 2024 announcement..., the Republican Party's outperformance in the 2022 midterms, and take listener questions. more
11/17/22 313 | William Inboden: How Ronald Reagan Won the First Cold War William Inboden, author of The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War..., and the World on the Brink, Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security, and Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, joins The Realignment to discuss how President Reagan's grand strategy led to the Soviet Union's "negotiated surrender," America's long-term strengths in the face of short-term challenges, and how the conditions of the 1980s compare to what many describe as our second Cold War with China and Russia. more
11/15/22 312 | Christopher Marquis: How China's Communist Roots Shape Its Econo... Christopher Marquis, Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at Cambridg...e Judge Business School and author of Mao and Markets: The Communist Roots of Chinese Enterprise, joins The Realignment to discuss the degree to which China's economic success is rooted in communism, the throughline between the leadership of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping, and what the West's traditional understanding of Deng Xiaoping's economic and political opening in the 1970s gets wrong. more
11/11/22 311 | Lars Doucet on Georgism: Land and Why Rent is too High & Wages t... Lars Doucet, author of Land is a Big Deal: Why rent is too High, Wages... too Low, and What We Can do About It, joins The Realignment to argue that Georgism, the economic/political philosophy of Henry George, an often forgotten 19th-century thinker, is the best lens to analyze America's housing affordability and wage stagnation challenges. more
11/10/22 310 | The Realignment x Breaking Points Election Analysis & Coverage As we wait for the full results of the 2022 midterms, check out the au...dio version of Saagar Enjeti, Marshall Kosloff, Kyle Kulinski, and Krystal Ball's analysis of the 2022 midterms. Next week we'll be back with a full-episode and un-paywalled Q&A around the results. more
11/8/22 309 | Michael Gibson: Setting the Higher Ed Paper Belt on Fire Michael Gibson, Co-Founder of the venture capital firm 1517 and author... of the upcoming Paper Belt on Fire: How Renegade Investors Sparked a Revolt Against the University, joins The Realignment to discuss his journey challenging the higher education status quo leading the Thiel Fellowship, why the "Paper Belt" running from D.C. to Cambridge struggles to innovate, and which significant scientific and technological problems dropouts and college grads alike should tackle. more
11/4/22 308 | Johnathan Bi: René Girard, Mimetic Theory, and Confronting the ... Johnathan Bi, host and creator of a new seven-part series on René Gir...ard's political thought, joins The Realignment to discuss the case for studying political philosophy, Mimetic Theory's theoretical and practical applications, and how Girard's work explains 21st-century economic challenges and fears of a nuclear apocalypse. more
11/3/22 307 | Saagar & Marshall: Elon Musk's Twitter Buy & the Death of Social... Saagar and Marshall discuss Elon Musk's post-acquisition plans for Twi...tter amid the so-called "death" of social media and give their pre-midterms predictions/analysis. more
11/1/22 306 | Lyle Jeremy Rubin: A Marine Questions American Power, Capitalism... Lyle Jeremy Rubin, author of Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Mari...ne's Unbecoming, joins The Realignment to discuss how his time as a Marine officer in Afghanistan led him to re-evaluate his perspectives on American hegemony, capitalism, and his neoconservative political beliefs. He also discusses how the debates within the American left about the proper response to the war in Ukraine and Russian and Chinese imperial projects. more
10/27/22 305 | Nick Santhanam: The Return of Manufacturing and a Better, Faster... Nick Santhanam, co-author of The Titanium Economy: How Industrial Tech...nology Can Create a Better, Faster, Stronger America, joins The Realignment to discuss why he believes that the future of the American economy lies in the manufacturing sector, how the titanium economy jobs provide the basis for middle-class wages and growth outside the coasts, and that the structural economic and geopolitical factors fueling re-shoring and localized production are here to stay. more
10/25/22 304 | Shadi Hamid: The Problem of Democracy Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of ...The Problem of Democracy: America, the Middle East, and the Rise and Fall of an Idea, joins The Realignment to discuss the domestic and international challenges facing "democracy," why how democratic liberalism compares to its rivals in China and Russia, and what the Middle East can teach America about de-escalating "existential" political conflict. more
10/21/22 303 | Jai Malik & Lucas Bagno: Disrupting America's Industrial Base Jai Malik, founder and General Partner at Countdown Capital, and Lucas... Bagno, an investor at Village Global and co-host of the Solarpunk podcast, joined The Realignment for a live recording at Lincoln Network's Reboot Conference in Miami last week. They discussed the need to rebuild America's industrial base, the need to invest in areas including aerospace, manufacturing, defense, energy, and construction, and which challenges can be solved by startups and venture capital, and what requires actual policy change. more
10/20/22 302 | Timothy Shenk: The Struggle to Realign American Politics from Al... Timothy Shenk, historian and author of Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Pol...itical Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy, joins The Realignment to discuss who popular majorities, leaders, activists, and visionaries have translated ideas to action in order to transform the American political system. more
10/18/22 301 | Rana Foroohar: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-Global World Rana Foroohar, author of Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-...Global World and Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, joins The Realignment to discuss why she believes the post-COVID age of economic localization will put an end to 50 years of neoliberal globalization, how the left and right are responding to this new paradigm, and what a more resilient and regionally-focused America will look like. more
10/14/22 300 | Thomas E. Ricks: How the Civil Rights Movement Waged a "Good War... Thomas E. Ricks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Waging a Good War: A... Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968 and military histories including The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, and Making the Corps, joins The Realignment to analyze the success of the civil rights movements through the lens of military strategy and its lessons for nonviolent movements today, revisits his critique of American generalship as the profession comes under political scrutiny, and assesses the state of the U.S. military as it transitions from the War on Terror to the era of great power competition. more
10/13/22 299 | Reza Aslan: How Should Americans React to Iran's Revolution(s)? Reza Aslan, author of An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and ...Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville, joins The Realignment to discuss the ongoing protests against the Iranian regime, the role Americans such as Howard Baskerville have played in Iran's century of revolutionary movements and protests, and the long-running debate about whether America has a responsibility to spread a Wilsonian democracy and human rights agenda? more
10/11/22 298 | Josh Steinman: Inside Trump's NSC & Rebuilding America's Industr... Josh Steinman, Cofounder of Galvanick and former Deputy Assistant to t...he President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Cyber Security, joins The Realignment to discuss his National Conservatism Conference speech: "China and the Case for Promoting the National Industrial Base," his time on the National Security Council during the Trump administration, and the present cyber threat environment post-Ukraine invasion. more
10/7/22 297 | Saagar & Marshall: Marc Andreessen's Book List, Semiconductors, ... Saagar and Marshall discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-We...stern post-annexation speech, why Mr. Beast (probably) will never be President of the United States, how we should address the next decade's microchip supply challenges, and unpack Marc Andreessen's recent blog post offering book recommendations (that also features a shout-out to our Realignment episode). more
10/6/22 296 | Richard Reeves: Why Modern Boys and Men Are Struggling and What ... Richard V. Reeves, Brookings Senior Fellow and author of Of Boys and M...en: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It, joins The Realignment to discuss how decades-long social and economic changes have left boys and men struggling in the classroom and the workforce, how and why the educational system favors girls and women, but the labor market favors men, and the idea of "equality of opportunity" in America by revisiting his previous book: Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It. more
10/4/22 295 | Chris Miller: The Chip War and the Fight for the World's Most Cr... Chris Miller, Tufts University professor and author of Chip War: The F...ight for the World's Most Critical Technology, joins The Realignment to discuss how and why microchip technology became the world's most critical resource, the role it plays in the U.S.-China relationship, why Taiwan dominates microchip manufacturing, the implications of an invasion, and the prospects for reshoring chip manufacturing in the U.S. more
9/30/22 294 | Steve Case: How Entrepreneurs in Surprising Places Are Building ... Steve Case, co-founder of America Online (AOL) and Revolution joins Th...e Realignment to discuss his new book: The Rise of the Rest: How Entrepreneurs in Surprising Places Are Building the New American Dream, what he has learned about America's jobs landscape visiting 43 cities on his Rise of the Rest Tour, and how communities outside coastal America benefit from a level playing field. more
9/29/22 293 | Saagar & Marshall: Nord Stream Leak Origins + How Should We Dete... Saagar and Marshall discuss the debate over the origins of the Nord St...ream leak/sabotage, Europe's energy challenges moving into winter 2022-2023, and the best ways to deter the use of a nuclear weapon/escalation given Russia's "referendums" in eastern Ukraine. more
9/27/22 292 | Scott Galloway: America Adrift - The Story of the U.S. Through 1... Scott Galloway, author of Adrift: America in 100 Charts, Professor of... Marketing at NYU, and podcast host, returns to The Realignment to discuss why he believes America is on the brink of massive changes that will reshape the economy and disrupt the middle class. more
9/22/22 291 | Geoffrey Cain: Should TikTok Be Banned or Independently Spun-Out... Geoffrey Cain, Lincoln Network Senior Fellow in the FACET program and ...author of The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey Into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future, returns to The Realignment to discuss his recent Congressional testimony about the national security threat posed by TikTok, the state of U.S.-China tech relations, and how the U.S. government should approach the app, even if straight a ban isn't on the table. more
9/21/22 Teaser | Marshall & Saagar Supercast Subscriber Q&A: Personal Bias, Am... Marshall and Saagar answer Realignment Supercast subscriber Q&A from o...ur ask-me-anything page. Subscribers to The Realignment's Supercast help us monetize the show, submit questions for Q&A episodes, listen to exclusive content, and more. more
9/20/22 290 | David Phillips: The War for the Soul of the Navy Seals, Recruitm... David Phillips, author of Alpha: Eddie Gallagher and the War for the S...oul of the Navy SEALs and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times national correspondent, joins The Realignment to discuss scandals within the Navy Seal community, the U.S. military's problem meeting recruitment goals, and whether today's struggles rhyme with the aftermath of the Vietnam War? more
9/16/22 289 | Jonathan Darman: How FDR, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan Real... Jonathan Darman, author of Becoming FDR: The Personal Crisis That Made... a President and Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America, joins The Realignment to discuss how FDR, LBJ, and Ronald Reagan became transformational presidents (for good and for ill), the role of individuals vs. institutions in shaping the country, and how personal struggles can transform leaders. more
9/15/22 288 | Michael Tomasky: Why Progressive, Middle-Out Economics Will Succ... Michael Tomasky, author of The Middle Out: The Rise of Progressive Eco...nomics, Editor of The New Republic and Editor in Chief of Democracy, joins The Realignment to discuss how progressives are reimaging economics to confront the neoliberal era's failures, why rising inequality and upward distribution is the central challenge facing America, and how the Biden administration's agenda reflects an emerging economic consensus in the Democratic Party. more
9/13/22 287 | Jack Detsch: Will Ukraine's Counteroffensive Change the Course o... Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy's Pentagon and National Security Reporter,... joins The Realignment to discuss the results of Ukraine's new eastern counteroffensive, why Russian forces are struggling on the defensive, the impact of winter, and what the status quo through 2023 could look like. more
9/9/22 286 | Inside YouTube's Chaotic Rise to Global Domination - Mark Bergen... Mark Bergen, technology reporter and author of Like, Comment, Subscrib...e: Inside YouTube's Chaotic Rise to World Domination, joins The Realignment to discuss why YouTube flies under the radar in the big tech conversation, how the company addressed free speech and election challenges, and how it upended the media industry. more
9/8/22 285 | Saagar & Marshall: Was the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan Botc... Saagar and Marshall discuss the dual anniversaries of 9/11 and the U.S.... withdrawal from Afghanistan falling the fall of Kabul in 2021, lessons from the War on Terror, and the history of civil-military relations since the end of World War II. more
9/6/22 284 | The Realignment x The Pull Request: Antonio García Martinez on ... During our Labor Day Weekend hiatus, Marshall joined previous Realignm...ent guest Antonio García Martinez's Callin podcast The Pull Request. They discussed "What’s broken, why, and how to fix it (or do we just move to Balaji’s network state?)" more
9/2/22 283 | California at the Epicenter of America's New Energy Crisis - Kat... Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal reporter and author of California... Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric - and What It Means for America's Power Grid, joins The Realignment to discuss the challenge of fixing the nation's overstrained and outmoded power grid, the role of utilities in the wildfire epidemic, and the new energy challenges facing America in the 2020s. more
9/1/22 282 | The Realignment X Narratives Podcast: How Do We Make it to the 2... In this Labor Day weekend crossover, Marshall recorded an in-person cr...ossover episode in Austin with the Narratives Podcast. Will Jarvis and Lars Doucet spoke with him about their theories of change and progress, what outsiders get right and wrong about the American political system, and more... more
8/30/22 281 | Why Are Latino Voters Moving Towards Trump? - Geraldo Cadava on ... Geraldo Cadava, Northwestern University professor and author of The Hi...spanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump, joins The Realignment to discuss how working-class Republican voters trended toward's former President Trump between 2016 and 2020, debates over terminology (Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx), and how immigration reform influences the Hispanic vote. more
8/26/22 280 | Saagar & Marshall on Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Plans + Be... In today's two-part episode, Saagar and Marshall discuss President Bid...en's student loan forgiveness plan and how they think one can actually "solve" America's higher education crisis. Then, Beth Macy, author of Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America's Overdose Crisis and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, joins the show to discuss the next stage of the opioid crisis. more
8/25/22 279 | Sprinting Towards Conflict with a Peaking China - Michael Beckle... Michael Beckley, Tufts University professor and co-author (with Hal Br...ands) of Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China, joins The Realignment to discuss why he believes that China's power relative to the United States will peak in the 2020s, how that makes a catastrophic conflict more, rather than less, likely, and how the United States and its allies should navigate combustible challenges such as defending Taiwan. more
8/23/22 278 | Why Were Schools Closed So Long During COVID? - Anya Kamenetz o... Anya Kamenetz, former NPR education reporter and author of The Stolen ...Year: How Covid Changed Children's Lives, and Where We Go Now, joins The Realignment to discuss how COVID impacted a generation of school-aged children, how and why we failed to elevate in-person education as an "essential service," and the role public schools play in America's social safety net. more
8/19/22 277 | Does America’s Most Important Asian Ally Want to Fight? - Tobi... Tobias Harris, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and... author of The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan, joins The Realignment to discuss the assassination of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, how and why he sought to orient Japan away from post-war pacifism, what the "new" Japan looks like, and how the U.S, Japan, and other allies should approach the growing threat of conflict in the Asia-Pacific. more
8/18/22 276 | Saagar & Marshall: What Are Realignments? Liz Cheney's Defeat + ... In today's discussion episode, Saagar and Marshall discuss Rep. Liz Ch...eney's Republican primary loss, Trump's centrality to the GOP during the lead-up to 2024, whether the GOP's foreign policy stance changed with Trump, and how the U.S. should approach Taiwan after Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit. more
8/16/22 275 | Jason Willick: Mar-a-Lago and Justice in a Divided America Washington Post columnist Jason Willick joins The Realignment to discu...ss the aftermath of the FBI's search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, how both parties approach federal law enforcement, and the broader question of how the justice system can operate in a zero-sum political world with eroding consensus and trust? more
8/12/22 274 | Franek Sokolowski & Wiktor Babinski: How Sanctions Are Crippling... Franek Sokolowski and Wiktor Babinski of the Yale Chief Executive Lead...ership Institute, join The Realignment to discuss their work on the institute's paper: Business Retreats and Sanctions Are Crippling the Russian Economy. They discuss the impact of foreign business exits and sanctions on Russia's ability to wage war, the country's economic capacity, and its long-term industrial capabilities. more
8/11/22 Teaser | Listener Q&A: Vibes vs. Policy, Responding to Binary Moments,... In this teaser of today's bonus episode for Supercast subscribers, Mar...shall and Saagar answer questions from our Supercast AMA page. Go to to join in, support the show, and access exclusive content. more
8/9/22 273 | Elliot Ackerman: Reckoning with America's End in Afghanistan Elliot Ackerman, author of The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan... and 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, returns to The Realignment near the first anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from Kabul to discuss how the war reshaped American society, the pivot to Great Power competition, and his service during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a Marine/CIA officer. more
8/5/22 272 | Frank DiStefano: Why Democrats & Republicans Haven't Realigned (... Frank DiStefano, author of The Next Realignment: Why America's Parties... Are Crumbling and What Happens Next, joins The Realignment's weekly discussion episode to unpack what causes political parties to realign, the debate over what America's political problems/challenges, whether existing parties should be reformed with new ideas, figures, and coalitions, and the show's long-running debate over third/new political parties. more
8/4/22 271 | Special: Dr. Mark Trexler (AKA Marshall's Dad) Responds to Alex ... Note: This episode was recorded before the announcement of this week's... Manchin-Schumer negotiations in the Senate. In the long-promised follow-up to The Realignment's episode with Alex Epstein on his book: Fossil Future, Marshall is joined by his dad, Dr. Mark Trexler, a climate policy expert with 30 plus years of experience in the space. They discuss Dr. Trexler's critique of the episode with Alex, the state of U.S. climate policy, and the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of climate activism and politics. more
8/2/22 270 | Season Premiere: Saagar & Marshall Discuss Andrew Yang's Forwar... Saagar and Marshall kick off The Realignment's new season by discussin...g Andrew Yang's new political party, America's political center-of-gravity, whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan in the face of CCP protest is a good idea, and more... more
7/22/22 269 | Season Finale: Eve Fairbanks on What South Africa's Reckoning Me... For the show's season finale (we're back in August) Eve Fairbanks, aut...hor of The Inheritors: An Intimate Portrait of South Africa's Racial Reckoning, joins The Realignment to discuss parallels between 21st century South Africa and the United States when it comes to issues of race, class, economics, and optimism vs. pessimism. Eve and Marshall also discuss post-Apartheid South Africa in the context of our reevaluation of early 1990s triumphs such as the Cold War. more
7/21/22 268 | Saagar & Marshall on Realignments + Mark Leibovich on Trump's DC After last week's technical difficulties, we've combined two recording...s that were cut short. First, Saagar and Marshall discuss the NYT's new poll on the realignment of American politics on issues of race, class, and deep dissatisfaction with the status quo. Then, Marshall interviews The Atlantic's Mark Leibovich, author of This Town, a negative portrait of DC during the height of the Obama era, about his new book, Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission. more
7/20/22 Listener Q&A: Collapsing Institutions and Medicore Elites. How to Get ... Marshall and Saagar answer biweekly questions for Supercast subscriber...s on the following: collapsing institutions and the quality of elites, how should young men get into suits, book recommendations on WWI, blue states vs. red states, and more....Go to realignment.supercast.com to subscribe to the show and get the full episode. more
7/19/22 267 | Matthew Ball: How the Metaverse Could Revolutionize Everything Matthew Ball, author of The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize E...verything, joins The Realignment to argue the Metaverse represents the "next internet," explains why the term is everywhere, defines what the concept is (and isn't), and how it could upend the digital and real worlds alike. more
7/14/22 Note for Listeners About Today and Tomorrow's Episodes, Season Finale,... Due to technical difficulties, we're releasing today and tomorrow's ep...isodes next week. After next Friday, we're taking the week of July 25th off before coming back the week of August 1st. Check the show notes of this recording for links to our Supercast subscription, sign up for tomorrow's Substack, and our Bookshop. more
7/12/22 266 | Nick Seabrook: Gerrymandering, Responsive Politics, and the Thre... Nick Seabrook, author of One Person, One Vote: A Surprising History of... Gerrymandering in America, joins The Realignment to discuss the history of gerrymandering and its costs, the need for responsive politics, why despite its long history, gerrymandering is particularly harmful today, and the reasons why campaign finance reform, electoral reform, and new parties won't solve America's polarization problem. more
7/8/22 265 | Peter Leyden: Is California the Future of American Politics? Peter Leyden, Host of the Civilization Salons at The Long Now Foundati...on and former Managing Editor of Wired Magazine, joins The Realignment to discuss his optimistic perspective on America's future, why California's recent political history is a preview of America's long-term trajectory, the forces and dynamics that will shape the 21st century, and looks back on The Long Boom, his 1990s era imaging of the present day. more
7/7/22 264 | Balaji Srinivasan: How and Why to Start New Countries Balaji Srinivasan, author of The Network State, returns to The Realign...ment to discuss why he thinks internet-native "Network States" are the successors to the nation-state, how he sees American and global politics reorienting around cryptocurrencies in the 2020s, compares and contrasts the prospects of the United States, China, and India, and why mainstream elites will struggle to navigate this emergent order. more
7/6/22 Teaser | Biweekly Supercast Listener Q&A: Voting for the Lesser of Two... Subscribe to The Realignment on Supercast to listen to this episode, a...nd all of our other bonus content: . In this teaser of today's bonus episode for Supercast subscribers, Marshall and Saagar answer questions from our Supercast AMA page. Go to to join in, support the show, and access exclusive content. more
7/5/22 263 | Steven McGregor: Will the U.S. Win the Next Battle of Midway? Steven McGregor, co-author with Brendan Simms of The Silver Waterfall:... How America Won the War in the Pacific at Midway, joins The Realignment to discuss how the lessons of the U.S. victory in the Pacific apply to today, how the Battle of Midway revealed the country's fundamental strengths, the state of naval readiness, and the new challenge to the status quo in the Asia-Pacific region. more
7/1/22 262 | Saagar & Marshall: Marc Andreessen Reflections, Roe v. Wade Over... Saagar and Marshall reflect on this week's episodes with a16z's Marc A...ndreessen and Katherine Boyle and discuss how last week's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade will shift short, medium, and long-term American politics. They conclude with lighter segments arguing for the importance of suits and ties (at least sometimes) and Saagar's deeper explanation of his critique of Europe that went viral on Twitter. more
6/30/22 261 | Katherine Boyle: Getting Serious About American Dynamism Katherine Boyle, general partner at a16z and co-lead of the firm's Ame...rican Dynamism practice, joins The Realignment to discuss how the frame of American Dynamism as a response to technological and societal stagnation, her optimism about the United States, and why the ability to "build," hold oneself accountable, and deliver results will be increasingly prized in founders and politicians alike. more
6/28/22 260 | Marc Andreessen on Everything: The Need to Build, Web3's Value, ... Marc Andreessen, cofounder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz,... cofounder of Netscape, and co-creator of the influential Mosaic web browser joins The Realignment to discuss how the second industrial revolution (1880s-1920s) shapes his view of America today, the consequences of the shift from a high to low institutional trust society, the response to Web3 skeptics, how crashes shape the tech industry, and why it's "time to build." more
6/24/22 Unlocked | Saagar & Marshall's First Subscriber Q&A Discussion Due to a delayed discussion episode this week, we're unlocking our Jun...e 15th Supercast Q&A/AMA for free listeners of the show. If you'd like to support The Realignment and access our other two pieces of subscriber-only content, go to realignment.supercast.com. more
6/23/22 259 | Chris Fenton: Top Gun: Maverick & the Future of Hollywood in Chi... Warning, this episode contains spoilers for Top Gun: Maverick. Chris F...enton, Hollywood executive and author of Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Busines, joins The Realignment to discuss what the success of Top Gun: Maverick means for the future of Hollywood, considering that it will cross $1 billion in global box office without the lucrative Chinese market. more
6/22/22 Teaser | Subscriber AMA: Our Favorite Elections, Government Gas Cards,... In this teaser of today's bonus episode for Supercast subscribers, Mar...shall and Saagar answer questions from our Supercast AMA page. Go to to join in, support the show, and access exclusive content. more
6/21/22 258 | Michelle Wilde Anderson: How Recessions & Politics Dismantle Loc... Michelle Wilde Anderson, Stanford Law professor and author of The Figh...t to Save the Town: Reimagining Discarded America, joins The Realignment to discuss how the Great Recession devasted working-class community's across America, how bankrupt local governments struggle with decline, effective models for reform and renewal, and how local politics can make a difference. more
6/17/22 257 | Saagar & Marshall: Unpacking Peter Zeihan, Senate Gun Legislatio... Saagar and Marshall discuss their reaction to Peter Zeihan's appearanc...e on The Realignment, the collapse of globalization, how and if the U.S. can still solve big problems, the debate over whether Biden should run again in 2024, the Senate's proposed gun legislation, and more... more
6/16/22 256 | Andrew Rice: How the Year 2000 Broke America Andrew Rice, author of The Year That Broke America: An Immigration Cri...sis, a Terrorist Conspiracy, the Summer of Survivor, a Ridiculous Fake Billionaire, a Fight for Florida, and the 537 Votes That Changed Everything, joins The Realignment to discuss how and why the year 2000 was a decisive turning point in American politics and culture. more
6/15/22 Teaser | Monthly Supercast Q&A: Trump vs. Desantis, What's the Next Re... Subscribe to The Realignment on Supercast to listen to this episode, a...nd all of our other bonus content: . In this teaser of today's bonus episode for Supercast subscribers, Marshall and Saagar answer questions from our Supercast AMA page. Go to to join in, support the show, and access exclusive content. more
6/14/22 255 | Peter Zeihan: The End of the World Is Just the Beginning Peter Zeihan, geopolitical strategist and author of The End of the Wor...ld Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization, joins The Realignment to discuss why 2019 may have been the world's economic peak, which nations will rise and fall as globalization collapses, and why America's lost interest in keeping the system going. more
6/13/22 Teaser | What Trump's Foreign Policy Legacy Means for 2024 In this bonus episode for Supercast subscribers, Marshall speaks with ...previous Realignment guest Peter Bergen about his new book: The Cost of Chaos: The Trump Administration and the World. Go to realignment.supercast.com to subscribe for the full show. more
6/10/22 254 | Saagar & Marshall: Jan. 6 Committee, SF DA Recall, and Celebs in... Saagar and Marshall discuss the January 6 Committee's hearings, their ...significance, and why they aren't driving the midterms, the results of the recall election of San Francisco's DA, Chesa Boudin, and what his loss means for criminal justice reform, and the impact of celebrities in politics via Dr. Oz's win in the PA Republican Senate primary and Matthew McConaughey at the White House. more
6/9/22 253 | Realignment Double-Header: Is a U.S. Conflict with China Inevita... New Format: In a special, two-part episode, two guests join The Realig...nment to provide differing perspectives on a pressing issue. First, Dr. Aaron Friedberg, Princeton professor and author of Getting China Wrong joins to argue why the post-Cold War "engagement" approach to China failed, and how the U.S. should redefine the relationship. Second, Zachary Karabell, previous Realignment guest and author of Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and the American Way of Power, joins to discuss his NYT op-ed arguing that the U.S. should prioritize pushing back against actual Russian aggression as opposed to hypothetical Chinese actions. more
6/7/22 252 | Ian Bremmer: Pandemics, Climate Change, and Disruption. Do Crise... Ian Bremmer, author of The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats -- And O...ur Response -- Will Change the World and of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, joins The Realignment to discuss the opportunity for reform and renewal presented by looming health emergencies, catastrophic climate change, technological disruption, and other emerging crises. more
6/3/22 251 | Alex Epstein: The Case for Fossil Fuels Alex Epstein, author of Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Re...quires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas -- Not Less, joins The Realignment to discuss why he believes fossil fuels will be the dominant energy source moving forward, humanity's relationship and responsibility toward the environment, and where climate change fits into his analysis. more
6/2/22 250 | David Gelles: Undoing the Legacy of the Man Who Broke Capitalism David Gelles, "Corner Office" columnist at The New York Times and auth...or of The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America -- and How to Undo His Legacy, joins The Realignment to discuss how Jack Welch's 1981 assumption of the CEO role at General Electric ushered in a new, cutthroat era of American capitalism while permanently redefining the role of the CEO. more
5/31/22 249 | Saagar & Marshall: America's Gun Debate + Should the U.S. Fight ... Saagar and Marshall discuss the disastrous police response to the Uval...de school shooting, where America's gun debate heads next, whether the U.S. should defend Taiwan, and how the lessons of Russia's invasion of Ukraine will play out in the Asia-Pacific theater. more
5/27/22 248 | Yoram Hazony: Realigning Conservatism Yoram Hazony, author of Conservatism: A Rediscovery and The Virtue of ...Nationalism, joins The Realignment to discuss his view that the conservative movement lost its way after the 1960s, why the left, right, and center aren't up to the task of addressing the problems of a "dissolving" America, and his vision for a less individualistic and more traditional version of conservatism. more
5/26/22 247 | Ira Shapiro: Is the U.S. Senate Broken? Ira Shapiro, former Ambassador, trade negotiator, Senate staffer, and ...author of The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans Abandoned America, Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country, and The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis, joins The Realignment to discuss the structural problems, personalities, and trends that ail a U.S. Senate unable to address the country's biggest problems. more
5/24/22 246 | Zach Graumann: What Are the New Rules of Politics? Zach Graumann, Andrew Yang's 2020 campaign manager and author of Longs...hot: How Political Nobodies Took Andrew Yang National -- and the New Playbook That Let Us Build a Movement, joins Marshall and Saagar on The Realignment. They discuss what does (and doesn't) work as social media, shifting ideologies, and new expectations upend the political system, the areas where traditional gatekeepers still hold power, and the difficult balancing acts required of any political figure or movement. more
5/20/22 245 | Phil Klay: Citizenship in an Age of Endless & Invisible Wars Phil Klay, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and author of Uncertain Ground: C...itizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War, Missionaries, and Redeployment, joins The Realignment to discuss how veteran and non-veteran Americans should reckon with the War on Terror, what policies should be up for debate when it comes to foreign policy, the withdrawal of Afghanistan, and whether the concept "endless wars" is useful or not. more
5/19/22 244 | Michael Kazin: The Future of the Left in a Realigning America Michael Kazin, Georgetown professor and author of What It Took to Win:... A History of the Democratic Party, American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, and The Populist Persuasion: An American History, joins The Realignment to discuss the future of the Democratic Party, how economics can trump culture wars, how to build a majority coalition in a divided America, and the long-running battle between liberals and progressives. more
5/17/22 243 | Saagar & Marshall: Baby Formula Shortage, Stocks/Crypto, Debatin... Saagar and Marshall discuss the roots of America's baby formula shorta...ge and what to do about it, the value of stocks and crypto, the impact of inflation, streaming services after the end of Netflix's monopoly, the future of the office/WFH set-ups, and debate the $40 billion aid package to Ukraine. 10:36 - Stock/crypto markets & inflation 32:49 - Streaming services 38:15 - Work from home 47:49 - Ukraine aid more
5/13/22 242 | Christopher Blattman: Why Studying the Roots of War Shows the Pa... Christopher Blattman, Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the Univ...ersity of Chicago and author of Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace, joins The Realignment to discuss the reasons why conflict escalates into full-blown violence and warfare and the implications of the fact that "peace" not war is the historical norm for humanity. more
5/12/22 241 | Francis Fukuyama: How the Left and Right Challenge Classical Lib... Francis Fukuyama, author of Liberalism and Its Discontents, The End of... History and the Last Man, and Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, joins The Realignment to discuss the emerging challenges to Classical Liberalism from the left and right, why the war in Ukraine could revive the spirit of 1989's political revolutions at the end of the Cold War, and how to overcome cynicism about democracy. more
5/10/22 240 | Saagar and Marshall Discuss the Supreme Court and Russia's Victo... Saagar and Marshall continue their new one-on-one discussion series. O...n today's episode, they cover the Supreme Court after the draft decision leak, how the overturning of Roe v. Wade would shift American politics, and assess the state of the war in Ukraine after Russia's May 9 victory parade commemorating the end of WWII. more
5/6/22 239 | Josh Mitchell: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe Following up on last week's discussion of how President Biden should a...pproach student debt before the 2022 midterms, Josh Mitchell, author of The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe, joins The Realignment to discuss the past, present, and future of student debt in America. more
5/5/22 238 | Gen. Robert Spalding: Can China's "Unrestricted Warfare" Beat th... Marshall speaks with return Realignment guest Retired Air Force Brigad...ier General Robert Spalding, author of War Without Rules: China's Playbook for Global Domination. They discuss and unpack "Unrestricted Warfare" a PLA strategy document from the late 1990s that in Spalding's view reflects Chinese strategy today, discuss whether the U.S. and China are "enemies," and whether one should be optimistic or pessimistic about Taiwan's future post-Ukraine war more
5/3/22 237 | Matthew Continetti: What's the Future of the Right in a Realigni... Marshall and Saagar are joined by Matthew Continetti, author of The Ri...ght: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism. Matthew returns to take The Realignment back to its roots and discuss what Trump and Biden era debates on the right mean for 2024 and beyond, who exactly is (and isn't) a conservative, and what makes the current "realignment" moment so unique. more
4/29/22 236 | Saagar and Marshall Discuss Musk & Twitter, How Saagar Became Pa... On today's episode, Marshall and Saagar kick off their biweekly one-on...-one discussion episodes. They cover the fallout from Elon Musk's Twitter acquisition, how Saagar became part of the story, who's winning the debate over online speech on social media platforms, and how President Biden should respond to calls to cancel student debate. more
4/21/22 235 | Mike Solana Returns: A Heretical View of Silicon Valley Mike Solana, author of the Pirate Wires Substack, VP at Founders Fund,... and newly appointed Lincoln Network board member, joins The Realignment to discuss debates over speech on tech platforms, Elon Musk, how Silicon Valley's wealth and power differs from the Gilded Age, and his vision of government's role in society. more
4/19/22 234 | Yascha Mounk: Can Diverse and Divided Democracies Survive? Yascha Mounk, author of THe Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies ...Fall Apart and How They Can Endure, joins The Realignment to discuss the unprecedented challenges facing diverse and democratic societies such as the United States and Europe. more
4/15/22 233 | Saagar and Marshall Debate Finland and Sweden in NATO, Elon Musk... After Marshall and Saagar recorded yesterday's Breaking Points live sh...ow, they recorded the first official expanded Realignment discussion episode. They covered Elon Musk's attempt to purchase Twitter, whether Finland and Sweden should be let into NATO, what America's relationship to Europe should be, and the significance of the sinking of Russia's Baltic Sea flagship. more
4/14/22 232 | Sohrab Ahmari: A Radical Challenge to the American Overclass IMPORTANT: The Realignment's launched a Supercast subscription yesterd...ay. Support the show at realignment.supercast.com For today's episode, Sohrab Ahmari, founder and editor of Compact Magazine, joins to discuss the newly launched magazine's challenge to elites of the right and left, why the U.S. needs "radical" politics, and how he approaches foreign policy challenges from Ukraine to Taiwan. more
4/12/22 231 | David Sacks: The Case for Realism & Non-Interventionism IMPORTANT: The Realignment's launched a Supercast subscription yesterd...ay. Support the show at realignment.supercast.com For today's episode, David Sacks, keynote speaker at Up From Chaos: Conserving American Security, cohost of the All-In podcast, and venture capitalist, joined Marshall and Saagar joined to discuss his case for foreign policy realism and non-intervention as the U.S. moves on from the War on Terror and the war in Ukraine deepens. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
4/11/22 We're launching the next phase of The Realignment. Get in early. We've finally launched The Realignment's paid subscription/podcasting ...option. If you'd like to support the show, visit: realignment.supercast.com. Your support will help us increase our production, compensate the team, and take the show to the next level. Email us at realignmentpod@gmail.com if you have any questions/comments. more
4/7/22 230 | Ukraine Series Finale: Fredrik Logevall: Lessons from Pre-WWII J... For the series finale of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Mar...shall spoke with Dr. Fredrik Logevall, author of JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956. They discussed how college-aged JFK, his older brother Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and their father, Joseph P. Kennedy, then serving as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, responded to the lead up to World War II in Europe and what we can learn when facing our own international crises today. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
4/6/22 ANNOUNCEMENT: "I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now." Note: This is an announcement that tomorrow's Realignment episode mark...s the end of our Ukraine series. If you didn't get the Forrest Gump reference, I've finally reached my limit and am ending the daily series with tomorrow's episode. That said, we're spending a lot of time planning out the future of the show going into next week, so please write us at realignmentpod@gmail.com if you have thoughts on the number of episodes a week, discussion formats, our upcoming Supercast monetization option, or just broader thoughts on the series. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
4/5/22 229 | Rupert Russell: Commodity Markets and the Making of Our Chaotic ... NOTE: This is the last week of The Realignment's daily Ukraine program...ming. For Day 23 of The Realignment's Daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke with Rupert Russell, author of Price Wars: How the Commodities Markets Made Our Chaotic World. They discussed how observing global conflicts and events through the lens of commodity markets, how Chinese coal markets may have empowered Putin pre-invasion, and alternate explanations for notable events over the past two decades, including the 2008 global food crisis, the Arab Spring, the war in Ukraine, and more. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
4/4/22 228 | Seth G. Jones: Irregular Warfare and the Future of Global Compet... NOTE: This is the last week of The Realignment's daily Ukraine program...ming. For Day 22 of The Realignment's Daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke with Dr. Seth G. Jones, author of Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare and Senior VP and Director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. They discussed how the conventional military strength of great powers such as the United States and Russia are increasingly challenged by irregular warfare approaches: cyber attacks, the use of proxy forces, propaganda, espionage, and disinformation. While Three Dangerous Men focused on how China, Iran, and Russia favored irregular warfare to challenge the United States, the Ukraine war has demonstrated that irregular warfare presents a serious challenge to any nation's ambitions. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
4/1/22 227 | Aparna Pande: India's Foreign Policy in a Multipolar World For Day 22 of The Realignment's Daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke... with Dr. Aparna Pande, author of From Chanakya to Modi: The Evolution of India's Foreign Policy and Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Global Power. They discussed India's reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, India's priorities, its ambitions in a multipolar world, and how the country's post-colonial and Cold War history drives its approach to the world. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/31/22 226 | Saagar's Triumphant Return: Marshall & Saagar Discuss Ukraine an... For Day 21 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Saagar returns... to the show for a one-on-one discussion episode with Marshall to discuss recent episodes, developments in the war, and a broader discussion of the launch of CNN+. Note: After we end our daily Ukraine coverage next week, we'll be releasing these discussion episodes every two weeks on Fridays. Write in to realignmentpod@gmail.com to submit topics, questions, etc... SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/30/22 225 | Jon Wolfsthal: How Do We Handle Nuclear Weapons After Ukraine? For Day 20 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke... with Jon Wolfsthal, a member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and a former adviser to President Obama. They discussed the past, present, and future of U.S. nuclear policy, Ukraine's history with nuclear weapons, whether nuclear weapons promote peace or not, and the future of disarmament after Iraq and Libya. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/29/22 224 | Dr. Jennifer Sciubba: How the Population Boom & Bust Is Reshapin... For Day 19 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine and beyond coverage, Mar...shall spoke with Dr. Jennifer Sciubba, author of 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World. They start by discussing the over-hyped idea in the American foreign policy community that Russia's declining population and rising mortality rate signaled the decline of its foreign policy ambitions and then engage in a broader discussion on the implications of lower birthrates in wealthy, industrialized countries and why left and right approaches to push replacement-level family sizes have failed. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/28/22 223 | Sean McFate: The New Rules of War for the Age of Durable Disorde... For Day 18 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine and beyond coverage, Mar...shall spoke with Dr. Sean McFate, professor of strategy at the National Defense University and author of The New Rules of War: How America Can Win--Against Russia, China, and Other Threats. They discussed Dr. McFate's central argument that conventional warfare no longer furthers broad political objectives, why "peace" as we know it is over, and what Ukraine instructs about what's real and what's hype when it comes to predictions about the future of warfare. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/25/22 222 | William Drozdiak: Emmanuel Macron and a Fractured Europe Confron... For Day 17 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke... with William Drozdiak, author of The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron's Race to Revive France and Save the World and Fractured Continent: Europe's Crises and the Fate of the West. They discussed the degree to which Putin's invasion of Ukraine has (and hasn't) unified a Europe fractured by Brexit, the Syrian refugee crisis, questions of identity, and economic stagnation and the significance of French President Emmanuel Macron's relationship with Putin and his broader project to reform France and revitalize Europe. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/24/22 221 | Mark Valentine: Can Artificial Intelligence Disrupt the Battlefi... For Day 16 of The Realignment's daily coverage of Russia's invasion of... Ukraine, Mark Valentine, Head of Federal at Scale AI and Air Force veteran/F-16 pilot, joins to discuss how artificial intelligence/machine learning tools teamed with human analysts will reshape the battlefield and scale the satellite-based reconnaissance that revealed Russia's pre-invasion buildup. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/23/22 220 | Robert Farley: Air Wars in Ukraine and Beyond For Day 15 of The Realignment's daily coverage of Russia's invasion of... Ukraine, Marshall spoke with Dr. Robert Farley, author of Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force and The Battleship Book. They discussed why Russia has failed to achieve air superiority in Ukraine, the debates over No-Fly-Zones and MiG-29 deliveries to Ukraine, the evolving nature of air combat from WWII to today, and the evolution of fighter aircraft alongside the transition from Generation 4 to 5. NYT Article on Ukraine's Air Force: SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/22/22 219 | Amy B. Zegart: Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The Future of U.S. I... For Day 14 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall talks... with Dr. Amy Zegart, author of Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The History and Future of American Intelligence. Dr. Zegart discusses how the release of classified intelligence before Russia's invasion of Ukraine will reshape geopolitics, how to think about intelligence failures in Afghanistan and Iraq, and provides an overview of the structure and make-up of the U.S. intelligence community. SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/21/22 218 | Elbridge Colby: Is Taiwan Next? For Day 13 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke... with return Realignment guest Elbridge Colby, co-founder of The Marathon Initiative, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, where he served as the lead official in the development of the 2018 National Defense Strategy. They discussed what Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the increased focus on the European theater means for Taiwan and America's Pacific positions. For more on Elbridge's recent book: The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in the Age of Great Power Conflict, check out our episode with him last September: SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/18/22 217 | Ian Buruma: How the Ghosts of Churchill and Appeasement at Munic... For Day 12 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke... with Ian Buruma, historian and author of The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit. They discuss how much our judgment of Zelensky, Biden, and Putin's performances are shaped by myths and lessons from Winston Churchill's leadership during World War II, along with mistakes made by the British and French when it came to confronting Hitler in 1938. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: ... REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/17/22 216 | Ian Morris: How Russia's Grand Strategy Drives the War in Ukrain... For Day 11 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke... with Stanford University history professor Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules - For Now, War! What Is It Good For? and the upcoming Geography Is Destiny, joins to discuss his recent piece for Time : The Russian Strategy Guiding the Invasion of Ukraine. Ian's piece: SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: ... REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/16/22 215 | John Nagl: Russia's Insurgency Problem For Day 10 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall spoke... with retired U.S. Army Lt. Col John Nagl, counterinsurgency expert and visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College. John is the author of Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and co-authored the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. They discuss how the study of past insurgencies instructs about Russia's ability to accomplish its military objectives in Ukraine. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: ... REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/15/22 214 | Christian Brose: Can the U.S. Military Compete with Russia and C... For day 9 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall and Sa...agar speak with Christian Brose, Chief Strategy Officer at Anduril Industries, former Staff Director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and author of The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare, joins The Realignment to discuss the state of the U.S. military as it faces down peer-competitors like Russia and China. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/14/22 213 | Ben Bowman: Unpacking Ukraine + Calling Out The Realignment's Cy... For day 8, Ben Bowman, Tigard, Oregon school board chair, candidate fo...r Oregon's House of Representatives, and Marshall's friend from college joins to discuss the Ukraine crisis through the lens of our recent coverage, plus, give a different perspective from Marshall and Saagar and getting engaged in the political system. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/11/22 212 | Neil Lanctot: How the Legacy of World War I Shapes Our Response ... For day eight of The Realignment's Ukraine coverage, historian Neil La...nctot, author of The Approaching Storm: Roosevelt, Wilson, Addams and Their Clash Over America's Future, joins to discuss how the clash between Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jane Addams over America's entry into World War I shaped the 20th century and redefined America's role in the world. Neil and Marshall discuss how each figures competing instinct: intervention, neutrality, and pacifism lives on in today's debates. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/10/22 211 | Marshall and Saagar Unpack Ukraine: Peace Deals, Oil Sanctions, ... Day Seven: Marshall and Saagar continue their one-on-one discussions o...f Russia's invasion of Ukraine. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/9/22 210 | Hal Brands: What Can the Cold War Teach Us About Modern Conflict... For day six of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall... spoke with Hal Brands, author of The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches About Great-Power Rivalry Today, John Hopkins University professor, AEI Resident Fellow, and Bloomberg columnist. They discussed America's successes and failures during the Cold War, how today's Russia and China differ from their 20th-century incarnations, what sacrifices a second cold war will demand, and more. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/8/22 209 | Demetri Kofinas: What’s Next in Ukraine Part II For day five of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage, Marshal...l speaks with return Realignment guest and host of the Hidden Forces podcast about the current state of the Ukraine crisis Link to the Hidden Forces podcast: SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/7/22 208 | Alec Ross: What Happens When Companies Get Involved in Geopoliti... For day four of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage, Marshal...l speaks with return Realignment guest Alec Ross, author of The Raging 2020s: Companies, Country, People - and the Fight for Our Future and The Industries of the Future, joins The Realignment to discuss the factors and policies driving private sector companies into the geopolitical arena. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/4/22 207 | David Kilcullen: Insurgencies, Resistance, and Russian Strategy ... For day three of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage, Marsha...ll spoke with Dr. David Kilcullen, a theorist and practitioner of guerilla and unconventional warfare. They cover the present state of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and whether the conflict could transition into a drawn-out war of resistance/insurgency. Dr. Kilcullen's perspective is drawn from a 25-year career in the Australian Army and postings to the U.S. Defense and State Departments during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a professor at Arizona State University and the University of New South Wales and the author of The Dragon and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West, The Ledger: Accounting for Failure in Afghanistan, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla, Counterinsurgency, and The Accidental Guerilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/3/22 206 | Ukraine Emergency Podcast #2: Marshall and Saagar Unpack the Ukr... Yesterday, Marshall and Saagar recorded their second one-on-one episod...e reacting to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and responding to audience questions. This is a part of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage. Submit any questions to realignmentpod@gmail.com. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/2/22 205 | Nate Sibley: Russia's Rulers Aren't Who You Think and What Sanct... Welcome to the first day of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine cover...age. For our first episode, Marshall interviews Nate Sibley, a Research Fellow at Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative. His research focuses on authoritarian regimes, transnational corruption, and U.S. national security. They discuss the rise and fall of Russia's oligarchs, why Putin's largely immune to financial sanctions, how economic warfare impacts Russian society, and more. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
3/1/22 204 | Jimmy Soni: PayPal and the Origins of Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, R... Jimmy Soni, author of The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrep...reneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley, joins The Realignment to discuss how the PayPal mafia of Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, David Sacks, Reid Hoffman, and countless others shaped Silicon Valley. more
2/28/22 ANNOUNCEMENT: Daily Ukraine Coverage Starts 3/2 + Request for Qs for U... Hey everyone, just wanted to say that we pre-recorded tomorrow’s epi...sode on PayPal, Elon Musk, and Peter Thiel before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began. Our producer’s going to be out of pocket, so we weren’t able to record an alternate episode. However, starting Wednesday, March 2nd, we’re going to significantly up our coverage of the Ukraine crisis. On Thursday, we’re going to host another Q&A/reaction show, so please send anything to realignmentpod@gmail.com. more
2/25/22 Emergency Podcast: Marshall and Saagar Unpack the Ukraine Crisis Yesterday afternoon, Marshall and Saagar recorded an emergency podcast... reacting to Putin's invasion of Ukraine and answered audience questions. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
2/24/22 203 | Lisa Miller and Andrea González-Ramírez: What AOC Means for th... Lisa Miller and Andrea González-Ramírez authors (among others) of Ta...ke Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC, join The Realignment to discuss what AOC’s rise and time in Congress means for the future of the progressive movement, the Millennials and Gen-Zs, and the questions raised by her successes and failures. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
2/22/22 202 | Jeremy W. Peters: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got What ... Jeremy W. Peters, author of Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Par...ty and Got Everything They Ever Wanted, joins The Realignment to discuss how the transformation of the Republican Party during the Trump era shattered American politics. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: BOOKSHOP: more
2/17/22 201 | Demetri Kofinas: What’s Next in Ukraine? Demetri Kofinas, host of the Hidden Forces podcast, joins The Realignm...ent to discuss the West’s future relationship with Ukraine, how to shut out the noise and think for yourself, and a broader discussion about the state of American politics and public discourse. Demetri’s Hidden Forces Episode with Marshall and Saagar: SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: more
2/15/22 200 | Kara Frederick: The Right vs. Big Tech, Debating Misinformation,... Kara Frederick, Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and author ...of Combating Big Tech’s Totalitarianism: A Road Map, joins The Realignmen to discuss the right’s changing approach to tech, combatting terrorism and misinformation on social media, free speech, and more. Kara’s Report: Link to Antonio’s Callin convo on 2/17 at 2:00 PM EST: SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: more
2/10/22 199 | Peter S. Goodman: How Billionaires Devoured the World Peter S. Goodman, author of Davos Man: How Billionaires Devoured the W...orld and Global Economics Correspondent at The New York Times, joins The Realignment to make the case that Wall Street and tech billionaires drove the destabilization and hollowing out of the American and global economy in the lead up to the COVID-19 pandemic. Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: more
2/8/22 198 | Erich Schwartzel: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cu... Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The R...ealignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: Erich Schwartzel, film industry reporter at The Wall Street Journal and author of Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy, joins The Realignment to discuss the rise, fall, and future of Hollywood’s relationship with China. more
2/3/22 197 | Joseph Weisberg: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War with R... Joseph Weisberg, the creator of FX’s The Americans, former CIA offic...er, and author of Russia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War, joins The Realignment to discuss how the U.S. should approach a conflict in Ukraine, how and when a second cold war began, what off-ramps look like, and how to assess and approach complicated issues. Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: more
2/1/22 196 | Sebastian Mallaby: How Venture Capital and the Power Law Shape t... Sebastian Mallaby, author of The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Ma...king of the New Future, The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, and More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite, joins The Realignment to offer a contrarian take on the importance of VC funds when it comes to technological progress, how VC-backed startups challenge big tech incumbents, and how China and the U.S. are pursuing different paths when it comes to regulating firms and the tech unicorns they fund. Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: more
1/27/22 195 | Frank DiStefano: How to Realign American Politics Frank DiStefano, author of The Next Realignment: Why America’s Parti...es Are Crumbling and What Happens Next, returns to The Realignment for the third part of our series on what political realignments are, what they mean for the present, and how we can shape the system moving forward. Subscribe to Frank’s YouTube channel: Frank’s Interview with Andrew Yang: Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: more
1/25/22 194 | Extended Q&A + Geoff Cain on Xinjiang’s Police State Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The R...ealignment’s Substack newsletter: Check out our special Bookshop on Russian history: We’re going to start experimenting with extended content on The Realignment. This episode features an extended Q&A section on audience capture, Ukraine, political narratives going into 2024, and whether the U.S. still has a compelling narrative in the 21st century. After, Geoffrey Cain, a FACET Fellow at Lincoln Network and author of The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future and Samsung Rising: The Inside Story of the South Korean Giant That Set Out to Beat Apple and Conquer Tech, joins The Realignment to discuss China’s controversial treatment of its Uyghur population in Xianjiang. more
1/20/22 193 | Realignment x The Deep End: Saagar Enjeti on Building Breaking P... Send us questions for Tuesday’s Realignment Q&A episode: realign...mentpod@gmail.com, reply to our Substack newsletter, or leaves us a 5-star review on Apple podcasts. Check out and subscribe to The Deep End before the new season launches in coming weeks: Due to a misplaced driver’s license, Marshall’s trip back to NYC was delayed a day, so we, unfortunately, couldn’t record a fresh episode today. Instead, we decided to upload a previous interview from last year where Saagar appeared on The Deep End, Marshall’s other podcast focused on business, tech, and startups. Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: more
1/18/22 192 | Jonathan M. Katz: Reckoning with American Empire + Debating “W... Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The R...ealignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: Plus, here are the links to Jonathan’s Substack: and his Gangsters Movie Night episode on Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay: Jonathan M. Katz, author of Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Remaking of America’s Empire and The Racket Substack, joins The Realignment to discuss the legacy of General Smedley Butler (the most decorated U.S. Marine in history) through the lens of his involvement in early 20th century interventions in Cuba, the Philippines, China, and Haiti, how we should reflect on America’s imperial legacy in the context of 21st century Chinese and Russian aggression, and how (or should) we evaluate present and future wars under his famous “War Is a Racket” speech/pamphlet. more
1/13/22 191 | Glenn Hubbard: Walls vs. Bridges in a Disrupted America Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The R...ealignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: Glenn Hubbard, author of The Wall and the Bridge: Fear and Opportunity in Disruption’s Wake, dean emeritus at Columbia Business School, and former chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers, joins The Realignment to discuss why populist “walls” aren’t the right responses to critiques of capitalism and the forces of technological change and globalization. Instead, he advocates for an agenda of “bridges” of preparation and adaption. more
1/11/22 190 | Christopher Leonard: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American ... Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The R...ealignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: Christopher Leonard, author of The Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy, Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Powe rin America, and The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business, joins The Realignment to argue that the Federal Reserve’s policies over the past decade have accelerated income inequality and put the country’s economic stability at risk. more
1/6/22 189 | Stephen Marche: Is the U.S. on the Path to Dissolution? Liked this (or any other episode)? Send us a tip: Subscribe to The R...ealignment’s Substack newsletter: Visit our Bookshop storefront and support the show: Stephen Marche, author of The Next Civil War: Dispatches from the American Future, joins The Realignment to discuss why he believes America is coming to an end, how the 21st century will make it difficult for nation-states to hold together, and why and how civil conflict could emerge from the country’s divisions. more
12/30/21 188 | Roy Bahat: How Can We Build a Win-Win Society? Marshall and Saagar’s Book’s of the Year Bookshop: Subscribe to ...The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Roy Bahat, head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture firm investing in the future of work and former co-chair of New America’s Shift Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology, joins The Realignment to discuss the challenges facing labor and capital, the future of work, and how the technology can (and can’t) redefine questions of representation and ownership. more
12/28/21 187 | Greg Lukianoff: The Second Great Age of Political Correctness Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in E...ducation (FIRE) and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, joins The Realignment to discuss the differences between debates over political correctness in the 80s/90s and today, how “PC” is different from “wokeness,” and how speech fights play out on college campuses. Marshall and Saagar’s Book’s of the Year Bookshop: Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: more
12/21/21 186 | Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel: The Problem and Promise ... Marshall and Saagar’s Book’s of the Year Bookshop: Subscribe to ...The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel, authors of Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home and respective writers of the Culture Study and Galazy Brain newsletters, join The Realignment to discuss how work-from-home has *ahem* realigned the workplace, the great resignation, how financial crisis and pandemics will shape Millenials/Gen Z’s futures, and more. more
12/16/21 185 | Mark Yzaguirre: Realignment or Not, Normies Get Votes Writer and attorney Mark Yzaguirre joins The Realignment to discuss ou...r show’s original focus: cultural, economic, and political realignments are reshaping the right and left. Marshall and Saagar’s Book’s of the Year Bookshop: Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: more
12/14/21 184 | Steve LeVine: The U.S. and China’s Great EV Battery War and th... Steve Levine, editor of The Information’s ‘The Electric’ newslet...ter and author of The Powerhouse: America, China, and the Great Battery War, joins The Realignment to discuss the global competition to develop electric vehicle batteries, why China dominates the battery supply chains, and the state Tesla, Rivian, and the Big Three legacy automakers. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
12/9/21 183 | Matt Ridley: Lessons from Investigating the Origins of COVID-19 Matt Ridley, co-author (with postdoctoral researcher Alina Chan) of Vi...ral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19 and member of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords, joins The Realignment to discuss lessons from leading a decentralized scientific investigation into COVID’s origins, how the leading scientific journals, mainstream outlets, and governments have helped or stymied the investigation, what we currently do and don’t know about COVID’s origins, and why it matters. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
12/7/21 182 | Alex Kantrowitz: Twitter’s New Leadership, Moving on from the ... Alex Kantrowitz, writer and host of the Big Technology Substack newsle...tter and podcast, returns to The Realignment to discuss post-Jack Dorsey Twitter, why the discourse’s moving on from Frances Haugen’s Facebook whistleblowing, and how to think about the transition from Web2 to Web3. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
12/2/21 181 | Kyle Strickland: 20th Century Racial Liberalism’s Reached a De... Kyle Strickland, Deputy Director, Race and Democracy at the Roosevelt ...Institute joins The Realignment to build upon last week’s episode with John McWhorter. Kyle is the co-author of a new report: A New Paradigm for Justice and Democracy: Moving Beyond the Twin Failures of Neoliberalism and Racial Liberalism. In this episode, he discusses the past, present, and future of the civil rights movement, the tie between race and class, and how 20th-century paradigms no longer provide the framework for governing the United States. Kyle Strickland and Felicia Wong’s paper on race and neoliberalism: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
11/30/21 180 | The Realignment Conference Part II: Centralization vs. Decentral... Today we’re featuring excerpts from our Realignment conference in Mi...ami. The James Madison Institute’s Andrea O’Sullivan and Wired’s Gilad Edelman on the tensions between centralization and decentralization will define tech and politics. American Affairs’s Julius Krein, American Compass’s Wells King, and the Niskanen Center’s Samuel Hammond and the new right, populism, and the debate over neoliberalism. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
11/25/21 179 | Thanksgiving Special: Jeremy Dauber on the History of Comics, De... Happy Thanksgiving Realignment listeners! From now on, whenever we rel...ease on holidays, we’re going to release (probably) non-political content that captures the holiday’s spirit and Marshall and Saagar’s interests. High on our priority list today/this weekend is catching up on all the different movies/shows we’ve missed this and last year, many of which are comic book-themed. In that spirit, today’s guest, Jeremy Dauber, professor of Jewish Literature and American Studies at Columbia University and author of American Comics: A History and Jewish Comedy: A Serious History, joins The Realignment to discuss the past, present, and future of American comics, why we’re stuck in a sequel/reboot spiral, and how culture war debates over diversity and representation are playing out in the pages of major comics. more
11/23/21 178 | John McWhorter on Race in America: Third Wave Anti-Racism, Lesso... John McWhorter, Columbia University professor, New York Times columnis...t, and author of Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America, joins the Realignment to discuss the state of civil rights discourse in America and how the country can move past our post-Summer 2020 stalemate. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show and purchase Tim Marshall’s books: Listen to our bonus segment and learn more about Lincoln Network’s FACET Fellowship here: Applications for Lincoln Network’s FACET Fellowship close on November 30, 2021. more
11/18/21 177 | Tim Marshall: How the Power of Geography Shapes 21st Century Fla... Tim Marshall, author of The Power of Geography: Ten Maps That Reveal t...he Future of Our World, The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World, and Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World, joins The Realignment to discuss how the flashpoints, conflicts, and questions that will define the 21st century through a geographic lens. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show and purchase Tim Marshall’s books: Listen to our bonus segment and learn more about Lincoln Network’s FACET Fellowship here: more
11/16/21 176 | ConstitutionDAO’s Julian Weisser and Will Papper: We’re Tryi... Will Papper, co-founder of SyndicateDAO and Julian Weisser, On Deck co...-founder and ODX investor, join The Realignment to discuss their work as contributors to ConstitutionDAO to purchase one of 11 surviving copies of the U.S. Constitution from a Sotheby’s auction this Thursday via a decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO. They discuss their interest in Web3 projects, how Web3 concepts like DAO can fix the internet, and why decentralized organizational models hold so much promise. For more on ConstitutionDAO and additional Web3 resources: Packy McCormick, Let’s Buy the Constitution: Jack Raines, We the Peopl3: = more
11/11/21 175 | Michael Shellenberger: How Progressives Failed America’s Citie... Michael Shellenberger, author of San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin ...Cities, returns to The Realignment to argue that progressive governance has failed on its own terms to address, why he still considers himself a “liberal” even though many on the right are inclined to agree with his critiques, how to address homelessness and housing shortages, and more... Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
11/9/21 174 | Derek Robertson: What’s Next for America’s New Culture Wars Derek Robertson, Contributing Editor to Politico Magazine, joins The R...ealigment to discuss what Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia gubernatorial upset means for the future of American politics, how new culture wars over race and education differ from 1990s-2000s fights of gay marriage and abortion, and how President Biden and Democrats will cope. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
11/4/21 173 | Kyla Scanlon on Everything: The Metaverse, Inflation, Web3, Supp... Kyla Scanlon, prominent TikTok and YouTube financial analyst, joins Th...e Realignment to discuss the emerging issues and ideas of the moment: Facebook’s pivot to the metaverse, the inflation debate, the promise (and need for clarifty about) Web3, what some see as the internet’s next evolution, the continuing supply chain crunch, and much, much more. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Subscribe to Kyla’s Substack: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
11/2/21 172 | The Realignment Conference: Antonio García Martínez, Jacob Hel... Today we’re featuring excerpts from our Realignment conference in Mi...ami. Antonio García Martínez on how culture, economics, and politics are downstream from technology. Jacob Helberg on his book: The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power. Mike Solana on local politics when everything’s hyper-nationalized. Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop to support the show: more
10/28/21 171 | Ross Douthat: The Limits of Modern Medicine in a Post-COVID Worl... Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of The Deep Places: ...A Memoir of Illness and Discovery, returns to The Realignment to discuss his struggle with Lyme disease, the push and pull between what the medical establishment does and doesn’t know, and what it all means for COVID era debates about misinformation/censorship, treatment options, and alternative care. Support The Realignment and purchase Ross Douthat’s new book: The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery at The Realignment’s Bookshop Storefront: more
10/26/21 170 | Christopher Mims: Inside the Supply Chain Crisis Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Real...ignment’s Bookshop to support the show: Christopher Mims, author of Arriving Today: From Factory to Front Door -- Why Everything Has Changed About How and What We Buy and Wall Street Journal technology columnist, joins The Realignment to tell the story of the worldwide supply chain crunch, from the 2018 trade war between China and the U.S. to the decline of the trucking industry. more
10/21/21 169 | Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels: What Universi... Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Real...ignment’s Bookshop to support the show: Ronald Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University and author of What Universities Owe Democracy, joins The Realignment to discuss the role of the university system in American democracy, the degree to which it does (or doesn’t) live up to its promise, and answers the critiques of skeptics of the American higher education system. more
10/19/21 168 | Parag Khanna: How Migration and Asia Will Define the 21st Centur... Parag Khanna, Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap and author of Mo...ve: The Forces Uprooting Us and The Future Is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century, joins The Realignment to discuss how the unprecedented mass movement of individuals and the rise of Asia and the relative decline of Europe and North America will impact the future politics, business, culture, and technology. more
10/14/21 167 | Evan Osnos: The Making of America’s Fury and China’s Ambitio... Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack Newsletter: Visit The Real...ignment’s Bookshop to support the show: Evan Osnos, author of Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury, Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now, and Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, and staff writer at The New Yorker, joins The Realignment to discuss the state of the U.S. and China and what Joe Biden’s presidency means for both countries. more
10/12/21 166 | Jacob Helberg: What a Tech “Gray War” Means for Taiwan, the ... Jacob Helberg, senior adviser at the Stanford University Center on Geo...politics and Technology, former news policy lead at Google, and author of The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power, joins The Realignment to discuss how technological conflict will reshape the world order, describes the hidden back-end battle to control the internet’s hardware, and the past, present, and future of U.S.-China relations through the lens of a potential conflict over Taiwan. more
10/7/21 165 | Bradley Tusk: How Mobile Voting Could Save Democracy Bradley Tusk, CEO and co-founder of Tusk Ventures, author of The Fixer...: My Adventures Saving Startups from Death by Politics, and host of the Firewall podcast, joins The Realignment to make the case for using mobile to radically increase political participation and move beyond crippling political dysfunction in Washington, D.C. more
10/5/21 164 | Andrew Yang: The Case for a New Party, Open Primaries, and Ranke... Andrew Yang, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and author of Forw...ard: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy, joins The Realignment to discuss the Forward Party and why he thinks open party primaries and ranked choice voting are the keys to ending political gridlock in Washington. more
9/30/21 163 | Eliana Johnson and Chris Stirewalt: The Real Lessons from the 20... For more information on Lincoln Network’s new Fellowship on Emerging... Technologies: lincolnpolicy.org/facet Cohosts of the Ink Stained Wretches podcast, Eliana Johnson, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Free Beacon, and Chris Stirewalt, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Contributing Editor of The Dispatch, join The Realignment to discuss the state of the media, the takeaways from the 2004-2020 elections, and the future of conservatism. more
9/28/21 162 | Max Chafkin: What the Rise of the Silicon Valley Right Means for... ... more
9/23/21 161 | Alec Ross: Welcome to the Raging 2020s Alec Ross, author of The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People - ...and the Fight for Our Future and The Industries of the Future, joins The Realignment to discuss how the 2020s will be defined by the breakdown and reforging of our social contract, what we can learn from 19th-century tumult during industrialization, and the importance of defining the role increasingly powerful corporations will play in the 21st century. more
9/21/21 160 | Peter Bergen: What the Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden Means fo... In the last episode of The Realignment’s post 9/11 era foreign polic...y series, Peter Bergen, author of The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden and Vice President at New America, joins to discuss how Osama bin Laden’s worldview, actions, and strategies defined the post-Cold War world and how he was ultimately undone by his inability to understand how the U.S. would react to 9/11, for good for ill. more
9/16/21 159 | Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying: How the 21st Century Drove Us... Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, co-hosts of The DarkHorse Podcast, ...James Madison Program Visiting Fellows at Princeton University, and co-authors of A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life, join The Realignment to discuss how an increasingly “hyper-novel” 21st century is pulling our lives and societies apart. more
9/14/21 158 | Elbridge Colby: Welcome to the Era of Great Power Conflict Elbridge Colby, co-founder of The Marathon Initiative, former Deputy A...ssistant Secretary for Strategy and Force Development at the Defense Department, and author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, joins The Realignment to discuss the War on Terror’s legacy, how great power conflict will change U.S. foreign policy, and it will reshape the military and American society as a whole. New Yorker Profile: more
9/9/21 157 | Adam Tooze: How Covid Reshaped Capitalism, the Cold War, and Pol... Adam Tooze, professor of history at Columbia University and author of ...Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy and Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, joins The Realignment to discuss how Covid reshaped capitalism, geopolitics, the U.S. vs. China, and more... more
9/7/21 156 | Ben Mezrich: How the GameStop Short Squeeze Brought Wall Street ... Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires (adapted into The S...ocial Network, Bitcoin Billionaires, and The Antisocial Network: The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders that Brought Wall Street to Its Knees, joins The Realignment why he believes WallStreetBets represents the first shot in a revolution that could upend the entire financial system. more
9/2/21 155 | Mehran Sahami and Jeremy M. Weinstein: Where Big Tech Went Wrong... Mehran Sahami and Jeremy M. Weinstein, Stanford University professors ...and co-authors (with Rob Reich) of System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot, join The Realignment to discuss their new approach to empowering users, citizens, and technologists, and founders to develop new approaches to the tech industry’s future. You can preorder System Error at our Bookshop or wherever else you purchase your books. more
8/31/21 ... Jeffrey Selingo, special advisor for innovation and professor of pract...ice at Arizona State University and author of Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, joins The Realignment as a new school year kicks off to discuss COVID’s effect in higher education, plus, debates over affirmative action, endowments, and student debt. more
8/26/21 153 | Amy Chua: How Tribalism Set the World on Fire After 9/11 Amy Chua, professor at Yale Law School and author of Political Tribes:... Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, joins The Realignment to discuss how political and ethnic tribalism undermines American foreign policy and domestic politics. more
8/24/21 152 | Final Extended Realignment Q&A…For Now Before we get back to our regularly scheduled programming on Thursday,... we’re kicking this season off with the last extended Q&A episode for the foreseeable future. We’re working on the Realignment’s format this season, so be sure to tune in for more more
8/19/21 151 | Ret. General Dan Bolger: Why We Lost in Afghanistan and Iraq Retired General Dan Bolger, author of Why We Lost: A General’s Insid...e Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, joins The Realignment’s season premiere to discuss the rise and fall of America’s post-9/11 military interventions. more
8/17/21 A Quick Note for the Season Finale (Back on 8/19) As of today, The Realignment’s released more than 150 episodes, so w...e’re taking a quick break today. If you’re new, go back and check out our previous episodes! If you haven’t given us a five-star review, purchased a book on our Bookshop, checked out our conference, or subscribed to the Substack, please do so below: We’ll be back with our regular programming on Thursday, the 19th. more
8/12/21 150 | Theodore R. Johnson: How National Solidarity Can Defeat Racial D... Theodore R. Johnson, author of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcomin...g Racism and Renewing the Promise of America and Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, joins The Realignment to discuss race in America through debates over America’s “original sin,” reparations, policing, political preferences, and more... more
8/10/21 149 | Spencer Ackerman: How the War on Terror Broke America Spencer Ackerman, writer of the Forever Wars Substack, Reign of Terror...: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and and Produced Trump, and contributing editor at The Daily Beast joins The Realignment to discuss the post-9/11 era, the legacy of the War on Terror, and the Biden administration’s plans to withdraw from Afghanistan in September. more
8/5/21 148 | Kinsey Grant and Josh Kaplan: What’s the Future of Media Look ... Kinsey Grant and Josh Kaplan, co-founders of Thinking Is Cool, join Th...e Realignment to discuss the best ways to podcast and build media companies in 2021, debate whether billionaires should exist, whether platforms like Spotify should police their star’s content, and what the successor to cable news could look like. more
8/3/21 147 | Vivek Ramaswamy: Does Politics Have a Place in Corporate America... Vivek Ramaswamy, Executive Chairman of Roivant Sciences and author of ...Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam, joins The Realignment to debate whether companies should take stands on issues like Black Lives Matter, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other political issues, the social contract between corporations and the public, and the role of identity in a hyper-polarized America. more
7/29/21 146 | Amanda Litman and Pete Davis: If All Politics is National, What ... Learn more about Statehouse Futures: Amanda Litman, co-founder of Ru...n for Something, and Pete Davis, co-founder of the Democracy Policy Network, join The Realignment to discuss Statehouse Futures, their progressive policy and strategy, one of the largest convenings of state and local leaders of the year, why progressives and Democrats have struggled locally the last decade, and how down-ballot candidates should approach culture war issues such as the debate over Critical Race Theory and policing. more
7/27/21 145 | Robert Draper: How and Why America Went to War in Iraq Robert Draper, writer at large for The New York Times Magazine and aut...hor of To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq, joins The Realignment to discuss the process that led President Bush to make one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history. more
7/22/21 144 | Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang: The Ugly Truth About Facebook Apply to attend The Realignment’s conference in Miami on October 22n...d: Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, technology reporters at The New York Times and authors of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination, join The Realignment to discuss Facebook’s fall from grace, whether antitrust action will address complaints about tech companies, and the future of social media platforms after Trump. more
7/20/21 143 | Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell: How Wall Street and Venture Ca... Apply to attend The Realignment’s conference in Miami on October 22n...d: Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell, authors of The Cult of We: Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion and Wall Street Journal reporters, join The Realignment to discuss what the rise and fall of Adam Neumann’s WeWork says about venture capital, Wall Street, startups, and the future of commercial real estate after COVID-19. more
7/15/21 142 | Jeff Shesol: What the Billionaire Space Race Means for Cold War ... Apply to attend The Realignment’s conference in Miami on October 22n...d: Purchase Mercury Rising at The Realignment’s Bookshop: Jeff Sheshol, author of Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War and founding partner at West Wing Writers, joins The Realignment to discuss Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson’s ambitions, how to balance private and public interests in space, and how the space race between NASA and the Soviet Union can help us understand competition between the U.S. and China in the 2020s. more
7/13/21 141 | Bruno Maçães: Geopolitics for the End Time Apply to attend The Realignment’s conference in Miami on October 22n...d: Use code “realignment” to get a 50% discount to Lincoln Network’s evening event with Peter Thiel in Miami on October 20th: Bruno Maçães, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of The Dawn of Eurasia, Belt and Road, History Has Begun, and the forthcoming Geopolitics for the End Time: From the Pandemic to the Climate Crisis, returns to the Realignment to discuss the transformation of the international system before, during, and after COVID-19, and how the U.S. can accommodate the new status-quo. more
7/8/21 140 | Antonio García Martínez: America’s Thirty Years’ War Check out Lincoln Network's Policy Hackers program: Apply to attend ...The Realignment's conference on October 22nd in Miami: Antonio García Martínez, author of The Pull Request Substack and Chaos Monkeys; Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, joins The Realignment to discuss tribalism in America, how social media fuels in-person (and virtual) conflict, the upending of the advertising industry, debates about online privacy, and what the invention of the printing press and religious conflicts tells us about polarization in America today. Buy a book from our bookshop: more
7/6/21 139 | George Packer: How America Fractured and the Way Forward Apply to join Marshall, Saagar, and Katherine Boyle in Miami on Octobe...r 22, 2021 for the first Realignment conference: Let us know if you have any questions about the conference at realignmentpod@gmail.com George Packer, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of The Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, joins The Realignment to discuss how America fractured into four parts and how it can come back together again. Buy a book from our bookshop: more
7/1/21 138 | Katherine Boyle: What’s America’s Problem? Apply to join Marshall, Saagar, and Katherine Boyle in Miami on Octobe...r 22, 2021 for the first Realignment conference: Let us know if you have any questions about the conference at realignmentpod@gmail.com Katherine Boyle, partner at General Catalyst, joins The Realignment to discuss the prospects for America’s renewal, how the finance and tech diminished interest in public service, and what D.C. and Silicon Valley can learn from each other. more
6/29/21 137 | Dr. Julian Zelizer: We Burnt the House Down. Now What? Dr. Julian Zelizer, Princeton professor and author of Burning Down the... House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party, joins The Realignment to discuss the state of the Republican Party, how former Speaker Newt Gingrich changed the course of Congress, and how ambitious politicians rise to power. Subscribe to our Substack: Buy a book from our bookshop: Purchase a mug on our new website: more
6/24/21 136 | Josh Rogin: An Honest Conversation About the Wuhan Lab Leak Theo... Josh Rogin, author of Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle fo...r the Twenty-First Century and Washington Post columnist, returns to The Realignment to discuss the continued development of the COVID-19 Wuhan lab leak theory and what the story means for U.S.-China relations, the scientific community, media, domestic politics, and content moderation. Subscribe to our Substack: Buy a book from our bookshop: Purchase a mug on our new website: more
6/22/21 135 | Alex Kantrowtiz: Can Tech Survive Washington’s Onslaught? Today’s episode is a crossover between The Realignment and Alex Kant...rowitz’s podcast/newsletter Big Technology. Alex Kantrowitz returns to The Realignment to discuss the five new bills targeting big tech companies, what Lina Khan’s appointment as chair of the Federal Trade Commission means for the the industry, what the Wuhan lab-leak theory means for the future of content moderation, and whether conservatives get a fair shake on social media platforms. more
6/17/21 134 | Dr. Eric Weinstein: What Happens Now? Dr. Eric Weinstein, host of “The Portal” podcast and managing dire...ctor at Thiel Capital, makes his third Realignment appearance to discuss where Marshall and Saagar should take The Realignment and Breaking Points, returning heterodox viewpoints to institutions, and why and how those who’ve tried to do so have failed so far. more
6/15/21 133 | Conor Dougherty: The Housing Crisis vs. the American Dream Conor Dougherty, author of Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reck...oning for the American Dream and New York Times economics reporter, joins The Realignment to unpack the housing crisis, the connection between homelessness and affordability, NIMBYs vs YIMBYs, and what a backlash to policies that increase construction could look like. more
6/10/21 132 | Charlotte Alter: Are Millennial Politicians the Ones We’ve Bee... Charlotte Alter, a Time national correspondent and author of The Ones ...Weve Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America joins The Realignment to discuss the careers and impact of the first millennials to hold political office, the prospects for both parties over the next few decades, and whether social media era politicians have the skills to actually address big problems and advance their agendas. Purchase a mug: Subscribe to our Substack: more
6/8/21 131 | Katherine Gehl: Breaking the Duopoly with Political Innovation Katherine Gehl, author of The Politics Industry: How Political Innovat...ion Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy and founder of The Institute for Political Innovation joins The Realignment to discuss why Washington isn’t actually broken, and instead operates exactly as it was designed, why an increasing number of people feel politically homeless, and how to restore competition to the political system. Purchase a mug: Subscribe to our Substack: more
6/3/21 130 | Frank DiStefano: Welcome Back to The Realignment Frank DiStefano, author of The Next Realignment: Why America’s Parti...es Are Crumbling and What Happens Next, returns to The Realignment to define what realignments are (and aren’t), how either political party could collapse, and why our system isn’t ready to face the 21st century. Subscribe to Frank’s YouTube Channel for more on realignments: Purchase a mug: Subscribe to our Substack: more
6/1/21 129 | Krystal Ball and Saagar Are Leaving Rising. Here’s What’s Ne... Krystal Ball and Kyle Kulinski of Krystal Kyle & Friends join The Real...ignment for a crossover episode to announce the launch of Saagar and Krystal’s new YouTube show/podcast, Breaking Points, launching on June 7th. Subscribe to Breaking Points at: krystalandsaagar.com. Subscribe to the Breaking Points YouTube channel: To purchase the long-awaited Realignment mugs, go to The Realignment’s store at therealignment.fm more
5/27/21 128 | Edward-Isaac Dovere: How Joe Biden Proved Everyone Wrong Marshall’s launched a new podcast with On Deck. Go to to check out ...the first three episodes with Balaji Srinivasan, Erik Torenberg, and Katherine Boyle and leave a five-star review on Apple podcasts. Edward-Isaac Dovere, author of Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump and staff writer at The Atlantic, joins The Realignment to discuss how the Trump presidency changed the Democratic Party, how the Obama presidency left the party in shambles, and Joe Biden’s victory means for a realigning America. more
5/26/21 BONUS | Marshall's New Podcast, The Deep End: Erik Torenberg on the Fu... Listen & Subscribe to The Deep End: The Deep End is produced by On D...eck - where top talent goes to accelerate their ideas and careers. We hope those who listen to the ideas on this show are inspired to build. To learn more about On Deck’s programs visit beondeck.com. more
5/25/21 127 | Zachary Karabell: Welcome to the Anti-American Century Zachary Karabell, author of Inside Money: Brown Brothers Harriman and ...the American Way of Power, joins The Realignment to discuss the rise of American finance, the rise and fall of “the establishment,” America and China’s long divorce process, and why American’s will have to adjust to being a “normal” country moving forward. Buy Zachary's book using our Bookshop link: more
5/20/21 126 | Brad Stone: What Does an Unbound Amazon Mean for America? Purchase Brad’s books (Amazon Unbound, The Upstarts, and The Everyth...ing Store) at The Realignment’s Bookshop store: Brad Stone, Senior Executive Editor for Global Technology at Bloomberg News and author of Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, joins The Realignment to discuss the challenges, impact, and scope of Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s ambitions in cloud computing, streaming services, news media, retail, politics and more. more
5/18/21 125 | Emergency Book Recommendation Episode Buy a book using our bookshop link: Due to a last-minute booking sna...fu (and a lack of backup episodes), we’re releasing a book recommendations update episode instead of our usual programming. Don’t worry, we’ll be back with new content the rest of the week more
5/13/21 124 | Niall Ferguson: The Politics and History of Catastrophe Niall Ferguson, author of Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe and senior... fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, joins the show to discuss why some societies fall apart while others rise in the face of doom, how a Cold War between the U.S. and China could lead to catastrophe, and analyze the pathologies facing modern America through the lenses of imperial decline, finance, institutional decline, and social fragmentation. Special Niall Ferguson Bookshop Link: Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack, now released on Thursdays: more
5/11/21 123 | Senator Josh Hawley Part II Senator Josh Hawley returns to The Realignment to discuss the right’...s fraying relationship with the tech industry and what antitrust enforcement can (and can’t), accomplish. more
5/6/21 Vacation Special: Team Realignment’s Favorite Episodes, Books, and P... We’re on vacation this week, but rather than not publish anything, w...e’re releasing a special episode featuring the entire team that puts together the show. Join Marshall, Saagar, Phil, James, and Emma for episode, book, and podcast recommendations to hold you over until next week. more
5/4/21 122 | Cade Metz: How Google, Facebook, Elon Musk’s OpenAI, and the U... Cade Metz, technology correspondent with The New York Times and author... of Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World, joins The Realignment to discuss the past, present, and future of AI and the actors and players that will shape the technology’s future. more
4/29/21 121 | Julia Galef: The Path to Thinking Better with the Scout Mindset Buy a book using our bookshop link: Julia Galef, author of The Scout... Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t and host of the Rationally Speaking podcast, joins The Realignment to make the case for embracing the “scout” mindset in order to make better decisions and avoid tribalism and wishful thinking, as opposed to the knee-jerk bias of the “soldier” mindset. more
4/27/21 120 | Extended Q&A: Yes, We Noticed Hooters Stole Our Theme Song + How... Note: During today’s episode, we discuss our plans to launch a Super...cast subscription in May: . A bunch of you have already written that you’d like to support the show financially, so please email us at realignmentpod@gmail.com if you’d subscribe to a paid Realignment membership, plus we’d love to hear any suggestions with what additional features we should add to make it worthwhile. Don’t worry though, we won’t paywall the Tuesday, Thursday, or Reboot episodes we already offer. Marshall and Saagar answer the backlog of Realignment Qs on the impact of a U.S. withdrawal from the Middle East and Central Asia, whether you need elite credentials to impact policy in D.C., how to skeptically discuss marijuana without sounding like a NARC, how to support the show (financially or otherwise), and more... more
4/22/21 119 | Zachary Carter: How to Reimagine Capitalism Buy a book using our bookshop link: Zachary Carter, Writer in Reside...nce at the Omidyar Network and author of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, returns to The Realignment to discuss the government response to COVID, how capitalism will and won’t change after the pandemic, and how economic policy debates played out over the past three decades. more
4/20/21 118 | Dr. Kevin Sabet: 4/20 Special: America’s Decriminalizing Drugs...
4/15/21 117 | Elliot Ackerman, Part II: What Would a War with China Look Like? Subscribe to The Realignment’s Substack, now released on Thursdays: ... Check out Elliot and Admiral Stavridis’s Bookshop recommendations on the U.S. and China, foreign policy, and warfare: Elliot Ackerman, co-author of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War and Marine combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, joins The Realignment to follow up on the pod’s conversation with Admiral James Stavridis, the legacy of the “forever” wars in the Middle East and Central Asia, what history teaches us about a future U.S.-China conflict, and of course, the weakened state of the two-party system. more
4/13/21 116 | Lisa Napoli: Understanding Media’s Past to Build Its Future Bookshop link for Lisa’s books, plus recommendations discussed in th...e episode: Lisa Napoli, author of Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR and Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News, returns to The Realignment to discuss the past, present, and future of the news media, and why the challenges and opportunities facing the industry today perfectly rhyme with those of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. more
4/8/21 115 | Frank DiStefano: The Next Realignment and Why America’s Partie... Subscribe to Frank’s YouTube channel on realignments: Frank DiSte...fano, author of The Next Realignment: Why America’s Parties Are Crumbling and What Happens Next, joins The Realignment to explain why realignments are a regular feature of American politics, the need to move beyond 20th century debates between conservatives and liberals, and why the collapse of the current party system will lead to renewal and reform. more
4/6/21 114 | Glenn Greenwald: Securing Democracy and the Lessons from Bolsona... Glenn Greenwald, Co-Founder of The Intercept and author of Securing De...mocracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro’s Brazil, joins The Realignment to discuss the past, present, and future of Brazil, America’s involvement in Latin America during and after the Cold War, and the legacy of the Edward Snowden leaks. Check out our Bookshop store: more
4/1/21 113 | Jonathan Cohn: Why the Ten Year War Over Obamacare Explains Ever... We’ve built a special Bookshop selection on Obamacare, healthcare, a...nd Medicare for All: Jonathan Cohn, a senior national correspondent at HuffPost and the author of The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Care, joins The Realignment to offer the definitive account of Obamacare’s successes and failures, the history of healthcare reform in America, and what the law’s survival despite countless attempts at repeal and unified Republican control of government says about the state of both parties. more
3/30/21 112 | Josh Rogin: Inside Trump, Xi, and Biden’s Battle for the 21st ... We’ve built a special booklist selection of 10 books to understand t...he U.S. and China: Josh Rogin, Washington Post columnist and author of Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the 21st Century, joins The Realignment to discuss U.S.-China relations under Obama, Trump, and Biden, how Trump and the CCP’s leadership misunderstood each other, why both country aren’t in a state of cold war, and more... more
3/25/21 111 | Admiral James Stavridis: What Could a World War with China Look ... Realignment Bookshop list of Admiral Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman’s... book recommendations on the U.S. and China: Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and co-author (with Elliot Ackerman) of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, joins The Realignment to offer a warning about the consequences “sleepwalking” into a military conflict with China along with the legacies of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and how dysfunction in the U.S. political system impacts foreign policy. more
3/23/21 110 | Alec MacGillis: Winning and Losing in Amazon’s “One-Click”... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Alec MacGillis, senior reporter for ProPublica, joins The Realignment to discuss Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America, how the rise and dominance of Amazon tells the story of 21st century America, and the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on educations and workers. more
3/18/21 109 | Alex Kantrowitz: Are We About to Enter the Roaring 20’s? + Joi... Join our Thursday (3/18) Clubhouse event featuring Marshall, Saagar, A...lex Kantrowitz, Jane Coaston, and Joe Weisenthal: Alex Kantrowtiz, writer and host of the Big Technology newsletter and podcast, rejoins The Realignment to discuss our new collaboration on Clubhouse and whether the (*knocks on wood*) post COVID 2020’s will be the new Roaring 20’s. more
3/16/21 108 | Ross Douthat: America Before and After the Pandemic Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of The Decadent Soci...ety: America Before and After the Pandemic, returns to The Realignment to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic will lead America towards catastrophe, renaissance, or further decadence. more
3/11/21 107 | Michael Brendan Dougherty: Populism’s Just Getting Started Michael Brendan Dougherty, Senior Writer at National Review, Visiting ...Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author of My Father Left Me Ireland, joins The Realignment to unpack the state of populism in the West, make the case for natalism, and discuss the challenges of the Biden era. more
3/9/21 106 | Kevin Roose, Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Autom... ... more
3/4/21 105 | Mike Solana: What’s the Matter with San Francisco? Mike Solana, author of the Pirate Wires Substack newsletter and Vice P...resident at Founders Fund, joins The Realignment to discuss San Francisco’s fractious relationship with the tech industry, the importance of local politics, and what individuals and industries owe their communities. more
3/2/21 104 | Cal Newport: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communications Overlo... Check out our Bookshop store to find all of Cal's books: Cal Newport..., author of A World Without Email: Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload, joins The Realignment to discuss how email broke the workplace, remote-work during COVID, and how to pursue “digital minimalism” and “deep work.” more
2/25/21 103 | Michael Doran: Biden’s Foreign Policy and the Future of Populi... Listen & Subscribe to Marshall & Doran's new podcast Counterbalance: ... Michael Doran, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and cohost (with Marshall) of the new Counterbalance podcast, joins The Realignment to discuss the state of populism after 2020, the Biden administration’s approach to foreign policy, and why the Republican Party fails to govern. more
2/23/21 102 | Weston Wamp: Is Washington Rigged? Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Weston Wamp, Senior Political Strategist at Issue One and host of the Swamp Stories podcast, joins The Realignment to discuss campaign finance reform, corruption in Washington, and the future of the national debt. more
2/18/21 101 | Ben Fritz: The Fight for the Future of Movies During and After C... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Ben Fritz, author of The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies and West Coast Bureau Chief for U.S. News at The Wall Street Journal, joins The Realignment to discuss how the past, present, and future of Hollywood and emerging streaming platforms. more
2/16/21 100 | David Sacks: Recalling Gavin Newsom, U.S.-China Relations, and H... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... David Sacks, co-founder and general partner at Craft Ventures and cohost of The All-In Podcast, joins The Realignment to discuss the case for recalling California Governor Gavin Newsom, the tech industry’s future in China, and the future of online speech. more
2/11/21 Ep. 99: Mara Hvistendahl, The Scientist and the Spy: China, the FBI, a... Mara Hvistendahl, investigative reporter at The Intercept, joins The R...ealignment to discuss her book, The Scientist and the Spy (a Realignment best book of 2020), U.S.-China relations under Obama, Trump, and Biden, industrial espionage, and the past, present and future of the FBI. Visit The Realignment’s Bookshop storefront to purchase The Scientist and the Spy: more
2/9/21 Ep. 98: Balaji Srinivasan, the Coming Decentralization of Everything Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Balaji Srinivasan, angel investor, entrepreneur, and former CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowtiz, returns to The Realignment to discuss the world after COVID-19, why decentralization is inevitable, and the future of Asia. more
2/4/21 Ep. 97 Q&A: Marijuana Legalization, the New Leadership Class, Filibust... Join Marshall and Saagar for the February edition of Realignment Qs: W...ill the Biden administration legalize marijuana? What would happen if China invaded Taiwan? How did the team pick The Realignment’s theme song? How would Tulsi Gabbard fare in the 2024 election? And more…. more
2/2/21 Ep. 96: Derek Thompson, Robinhood Populism, Coastal Cities in Trouble,... Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, joins The Realignment to... discuss the aftermath of the Robinhood controversy, the effect of remote work on major cities, and technology’s role in the disappearance of a shared American reality. Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store: more
1/29/21 Ep. 95: EMERGENCY POD: Saagar Enjeti, Marshall Kosloff, And Big Techno... Alex Kantrowitz, author/host of the Big Technology Substack/podcast, j...oins The Realignment for an emergency explainer of the Gamestop fiasco. Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store: Marshall and Saagar on this week’s Big Technology podcast: more
1/28/21 Ep. 94: Steven Teles, America’s Factional Future, Elites in Revolt, ... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Steven Teles, Johns Hopkins University professor, senior fellow at the Niskanen Center, and author of Never Trump: The Revolt of the Conservative Elites, joins The Realignment to discuss how political moderates can win again and what’s next for Never Trumpers. more
1/26/21 Ep. 93: Lee Drutman, Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop Lee Drutman, senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New Amer...ica and author of Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America, joins The Realignment to make the case that the two-party system is wrecking American democracy. Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store: more
1/21/21 Ep. 92: Michael Lind, The Failure of Populism and the Class War After ... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Michael Lind, author of The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite, returns to The Realignment to discuss the end of the Trump administration, and the start of the Biden presidency. He also expands on his formulation that “neoliberalism is the disease, populism is the symptom, and democratic pluralism is the cure.” more
1/19/21 Ep. 91: Swati Mylavarapu and Matt Rogers, Reckoning with Silicon Vall... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Swati Mylavarapu and Matt Rogers, co-founders of Incite, join The Realignment to discuss Silicon Valley after Trump, campaign finance reform, the future of the Democratic Party, and the challenge of fixing broken systems when one benefits from the status quo. more
1/14/21 Ep. 90: Erik Torenberg on Realignments in Tech, Media, and Education Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Erik Torenberg, co-founder and partner of Village Global, an early stage venture capital firm, host of the Venture Stories podcast, and founder of On Deck, joins The Realignment to discuss the future of the tech industry, the challenges facing higher education, and individual creators vs. legacy media. more
1/12/21 Ep. 89: Eric Weinstein, Reckoning with Capitol Chaos and How to Save A... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Eric Weinstein, host of “The Portal” podcast and managing director at Thiel Capital, returns to The Realignment to discuss the state of the U.S. after the riot at the U.S. Capitol. more
1/7/21 Ep. 88: Helen Andrews, How Boomers Promised Freedom and Delivered Disa... Subscribe to The Realignment Substack: Check out our Bookshop store:... Helen Andrews, a senior editor at The American Conservative and author of Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster, joins The Realignment to discuss the failed legacy of the Baby Boom generation and the world that Millennials and Gen-Z will inherit. more
1/5/21 Ep. 87: Joe Weisenthal Returns! Stimulus Checks, Stocks, Bitcoin’s S... Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter via Joe Weis...enthal, Bloomberg Editor and co-host of The Odd Lots Podcast, rejoins The Realignment to discuss stimulus checks, the government’s economic response to the pandemic, cryptocurrencies, and more. more
1/4/21 BONUS | Ep. 86: A Realignment Podcast About Podcasting with Sachit Gup... Before The Realignment returns on Tuesday, January 4th, join Marshall,... Saagar, and Sachit Gupta, Program Director of the On Deck Podcasting Fellowship, for a conversation about the future of podcasting, plus tips for starting and running your own podcast. More info on Sachit’s On Deck Podcasting Fellowship: more
12/18/20 Ep. 85: Reboot | Jennifer Harris Wants to Replace Neoliberalism Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter via Jennife...r Harris, Director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Economy and Society Initiative, joins The Realignment to discuss her new initiative to support efforts to replace neoliberalism and develop a new approach to addressing society’s biggest challenges. more
12/17/20 Ep 84 Season Finale: Richard Hanania on the Working-Class Realignment ... Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter via Richard... Hanania, President of the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, joins The Realignment’s 2020 season finale to argue that culture wars, not economics, drive political realignments, thwarting populist efforts to reform the Democratic and Republican Parties. more
12/15/20 Ep. 83: Alex Kantrowitz on Breaking Up Big Tech, Stock Market Bubbles,... Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter via Alex Ka...ntrowitz, author of Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever and founder of the Big Technology newsletter and podcast, joins The Realignment to discuss the past, present, and future of the tech industry. more
12/10/20 Ep. 82: Avik Roy Makes the Case for a Centrist Realignment Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter via Avik Ro...y, President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, joins The Realignment to discuss the state of the Republican Party and why free market conservatives and moderate Democrats should join together to form a new political movement. more
12/8/20 Ep 81: Joe Scarborough on Saving Freedom After WWII and Grappling with... Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter via Joe Sca...rborough, former Congressman and creator of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, joins The Realignment to discuss his new book Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization, why political outsiders fail in Washington, and covering politics during and after the Trump era. more
12/3/20 Ep. 80: Lisa Napoli on CNN, Ted Turner, and the Future of Cable News Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter via Lisa Na...poli, author of Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News, joins The Realignment to discuss the past, present, and future of CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. more
12/1/20 Ep. 79 Q&A: Culture Wars, COVID Lockdown Pushback, Urban vs. Rural Ame... Subscribe to The Realignment podcast’s new newsletter: Join Marsha...ll and Saagar for the December edition of Realignment Qs: Do voters know what’s best for them? Is America’s ideological divide better explained by urban vs. rural than North vs. South? Do moderate Biden voters have a future on the right? What are the next steps for campaign finance? And most importantly, will there be artists in Saagar’s America? more
11/26/20 Ep. 78: Andrew Sullivan, the Best and Worst Case Joe Biden Scenarios Subscribe to The Realignment’s new weekly newsletter: The Weekly D...ish writer Andrew Sullivan joins The Realignment to discuss the prospects for Joe Biden’s presidency, the state of media, and his case against internet censorship. more
11/24/20 Ep. 77: Scott Galloway, Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity Subscribe to The Realignment’s new weekly newsletter: Scott Gallow...ay, Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern, serial entrepreneur, and author of Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity, joins The Realignment to discuss the future of business, government, and technology after the COVID-19 pandemic. more
11/19/20 Ep. 76: Matt Stoller on Power, Tech, and How to Solve Wealth Gaps Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties ...Project, returns to The Realignment to discuss the prospects for a Biden administration, wealth gaps, and lessons from the Obama presidency. more
11/17/20 Ep. 75: Anna Khachiyan Stares Into the Abyss Anna Khachiyan, cultural commentator and co-host of the Red Scare podc...ast, joins The Realignment to discuss why she dislikes politics and labels, who wields power in American society, and what’s cringe about the left and right. more
11/12/20 Ep. 74: Jane Coaston Returns to Mythbust the 2020 Election Jane Coaston, newly announced host of The New York Times’ The Argume...nt podcast, rejoins The Realignment to unpack the 2020 election. more
11/10/20 Ep. 73: Ross Douthat, Lessons for the Right and Left After 2020 Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of The Decadent Soci...ety: How We Became Victims of Our Own Success, rejoins The Realignment to discuss the 2020 election and its aftermath, and the path forward for Republicans and Democrats. more
11/5/20 Ep. 72: Julius Krein, What’s Next for the Realignment? Julius Krein, editor of American Affairs, joins The Realignment discus...s the 2020 election results, Trump’s gains with minority voters, class warfare, and whether the parties will continue to realign. more
11/3/20 Ep 71: Election Realignment Q&A Special Join Marshall and Saagar for a special election 2020 edition of Realig...nment Qs: Were the Realignment hosts Neoliberals all along? Why won’t backlash to the COVID-19 lockdowns swing the election to Trump? How should we approach climate change and the administrative state? And more. more
11/2/20 Ep. 70: Dr. Eric Weinstein, The Real Stakes of 2020 Dr. Eric Weinstein, host of “The Portal” podcast and managing dire...ctor at Thiel Capital, joins The Realignment to discuss what’s at stake in the 2020 election and why he’s focused on 2024. more
10/30/20 Ep. 69: Reboot 2020 | Reeves Wiedeman, What Adam Neumann’s Rise and ... In this bonus episode of The Realignment, Reeves Wiedeman, Contributin...g Editor at New York Magazine and author of Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork, joins The Realignment to discuss what the story of WeWork means for the future of the tech industry. more
10/29/20 Ep. 68: Chris Buskirk’s Contrarian Case That Trump Will Win Chris Buskirk, editor and publisher of the journal American Greatness ...and contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, joins The Realignment to discuss polling, why he’s optimistic about a Trump victory, and the ways that Trump will change the GOP. more
10/27/20 Ep. 67: Chris Arnade, In Defense of Non-Voters Chris Arnade, author of Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America, ...rejoins The Realignment to discuss the 100 million non-voting Americans, whether populism is doomed to fail, and why his time as a Wall Street banker in emerging markets makes him pessimistic about America’s future. more
10/23/20 Ep 66: Reboot 2020 | Jarrod Dicker on the Future of Media, Record Labe... In this bonus episode of The Realignment, Jarrod Dicker, VP of Commerc...ial Technology & Development at The Washington Post, joins to discuss the future of journalism, how legacy media will change to keep and attract talented creators, and why future news organizations will look more like record labels. more
10/22/20 Ep. 65: Douglas Murray, The Madness of Crowds Douglas Murray, author of “The Madness of Crowds” and “The Stran...ge Death of Europe,” joins The Realignment to discuss the 2020 election, the meaning of Brexit and Trump’s 2016 election, and the past, present, and future of the culture wars. more
10/20/20 Ep 64: Zephyr Teachout, The Public and Private Threats to Freedom Professor, attorney, and political activist Zephyr Teachout joins The ...Realignment to discuss the nature of power, how to check private and public power, and her progressive case for decentralization. more
10/15/20 Ep. 63: Joe Weisenthal, Is the Economy Totally Screwed?
10/13/20 Ep. 62: Keith Rabois, In Defense of Big Tech Keith Rabois, General Partner at Founders Fund and outspoken Silicon V...alley investor, joins The Realignment to discuss the 2020 election, Supreme Court packing, conflict between the U.S. and China, and debates over tech and antitrust. more
10/8/20 Ep. 61: Jane Coaston, Was Trumpism Even Real? Jane Coaston, Senior Politics Reporter at Vox, rejoins The Realignment... to discuss the past, present, and future of populism, and the role of class and identity politics in the 2020 election. more
10/6/20 Ep. 60: Andrew Schulz, Creators Don't Need Corporations Anymore Andrew Schulz, comedian and host of the Flagrant 2 podcast joins The R...ealignment to discuss why tv comedy isn’t funny anymore, why creators are breaking with the mainstream media, and the 2020 election. more
10/1/20 Ep. 59: Bruno Macaes, History Has Begun Bruno Macaes, a senior advisor at Flint Global, and a non-resident sen...ior fellow at the Hudson Institute joins The Realignment to discuss his new book, History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America. more
9/29/20 Ep. 58 Q&A: Is Gen Z Up for Grabs? Marshall and Saagar answer Realignment Qs about Gen Z’s political le...anings, how to think about the CCP, Twitter as real life, and who they plan to book on the podcast. more
9/24/20 Ep. 57: Rachel Bovard, The Conservative Civil War Over the Supreme Cou... Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnersh...ip Institute, rejoins The Realignment to discuss the Supreme Court, the future of social conservatism, and the TikTok deal. more
9/22/20 Ep. 56: Dr. Bret Weinstein, The Best Case Against the Two-Party System Dr. Bret Weinstein of the Unity 2020 campaign and the Dark Horse podca...st joins The Realignment to discuss his plan to upend the two-party duopoly, why he fears for the country’s future, and uses his background as a biologist to illustrate how corruption evolves. more
9/17/20 Ep. 55: Krystal Ball, Can America Survive the 2020 Election? Krystal Ball, Saagar’s other co-host at Rising with Krystal and Saag...ar, rejoins The Realignment to discuss the 2020 election. more
9/15/20 Ep. 54: Matt Yglesias, The Case for 1 Billion Americans Matt Yglesias, Vox co-founder and author of One Billion Americans: The... Case for Thinking Bigger, joins The Realignment to argue for radically increasing the size of the American population by increasing immigration and expanding the welfare state. more
9/10/20 Ep. 53: Oren Cass, The Conservative Case for Unions and the Battle for... Oren Cass, executive director of American Compass, rejoins The Realign...ment to discuss how the GOP can reconcile with organized labor, how the left and right should rethink their approach to economics, and answers listener Realignment Qs. more
9/8/20 Ep. 52 Q&A: What is Populism and Where Should the Politically Homeless... Marshall and Saagar answer Realignment Qs about populism, mail-in ball...oting, where they stand on politics, the plight of the politically homeless, and more. more
9/3/20 Ep. 51: Zaid Jilani, the Left Case Against Defunding the Police Zaid Jilani, reporter and activist, joins The Realignment to discuss B...lack Lives Matter, the response to protests and riots, and crime and imprisonment in America. more
9/1/20 Ep. 50: The Realignment x Andrew Yang Crossover In a Realignment podcast/Yang Speaks crossover episode, Andrew Yang an...d Saagar discuss the future of the Republican and Democratic Parties, challenging the mainstream media, the future of journalism, and their shared critique of the status quo. more
8/27/20 Ep. 49: Jacob Helberg Makes the Case for Joe Biden on China Jacob Helberg, a senior advisor at the Stanford University Program on ...Geopolitics and Technology, and former lead of news policy at Google, joins The Realignment to discuss the Cold War II, why ByteDance should divest from TikTok, and makes the case for Joe Biden’s approach to competing with China. more
8/25/20 Ep. 48: Marshall, Saagar, and Emily Jashinsky Debate the Future Of Soc... The Federalist’s Emily Jashinsky joins The Realignment to discuss th...e future of the GOP, Biden Republicans, and why “moderate” is a terrible political label. more
8/18/20 Ep. 47: Zach Carter, The Future of Left and Right Wing Populism Zach Carter, senior reporter at HuffPost and author of The Price of Pe...ace: Money Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, joins The Realignment to discuss why Keynes matters today, Cold War II, and how left and right populists will respond to the COVID-19 recession and the 2020 election. more
8/13/20 Ep. 46 Q&A: How Can Republicans Ever Win the Popular Vote Again? Marshall and Saagar answer Realignment listeners' questions ranging fr...om marijuana legalization to merchandising, ending with a full discussion of a recent David Brooks article on the future of the Republican Party. more
8/11/20 Ep. 45: Nathan Baschez, How Independent Media Can Take on the World Nathan Baschez writer and strategist at the Everything Substack bundle... joins The Realignment to unpack what Joe Rogan, Call Her Daddy, Spotify, and Quibi mean for the future of media. more
8/6/20 Ep. 44: Joe Lonsdale, Free Speech is Under Attack Following up on his anti-Facebook boycott op-ed in The Washington Post..., Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir and founding partner at 8VC, joins The Realignment to argue that free speech and the public square are threatened by illiberalism at home and abroad. more
8/4/20 Ep. 43: Balaji Srinivasan and Decentralized Media Balaji Srinivasan, angel investor and former CTO of Coinbase joins The... Realignment to make the case for using decentralized technology to take on the power of Big Government, Big Media, and Big Tech. more
7/29/20 Ep. 42 RELAUNCH: Senator Marco Rubio, the Republican Who Governed Saagar and Marshall are taking The Realignment independent, first up, ...they’ll tell you everything you need to know. Then, Senator Marco Rubio joins the podcast to talk the future of the right, whether TikTok should be banned, and why the government needs to spend during economic emergencies. more
7/23/20 Ep. 41 Season Finale: FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Big Tech, China, ... FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr joins The Realignment's season finale to... discuss how the right should approach Big Tech and free speech debates, competition with China, and how a political realignment will reshape the right. more
7/16/20 Ep. 40: Thomas Duesterberg Makes the Case Against Industrial Policy Hudson Senior Fellow Thomas Duesterberg joins The Realignment to make ...the case for why U.S. "industrial policy" isn't the best response to economic competition from China and America's vulnerable supply chains. more
7/8/20 Ep. 39: Michael Shellenberger's Alternatives to the Green New Deal Michael Shellenberger, environmentalist activist, founder and presiden...t of Environmental Progress, joins The Realignment to make the pro-nuclear, anti-Green New Deal case for confronting climate change. more
7/2/20 Ep. 38: Nick Timothy, the UK's Political Realignment Nick Timothy, author of Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatis...m and former Chief of Staff to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, joins The Realignment to discuss the future of the right on both sides of the Atlantic. more
6/19/20 Ep. 37 Re-Up: Bhaskar Sunkara, Debating the Socialist Manifesto Marshall and Saagar revisit their debate from last fall with Bhaskar S...unkara, the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin, about the virtues and vices of socialism. Episode originally aired on September 24, 2019. more
6/12/20 Ep. 36 Re-Up: Josh Hawley, Realignment Senator Marshall and Saagar traveled to Capitol Hill last October for a conver...sation with Missouri Senator Josh Hawley. In light of recent developments in Hong Kong, debates over the state of the economy, and speech controversies on Big Tech platforms, we're excited to re-air this season one episode relevant to the present moment. Episode originally aired on October 29, 2019. more
6/1/20 Ep. 35: John Lee, Decoupling from China After COVID-19 Hudson Senior Fellow Dr. John Lee returns to The Realignment to make t...he case for decoupling the American and Chinese economies after the COVID-19 crisis. more
5/22/20 Ep. 34: Heather Long, The COVID-19 Economy Part II Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long joins The Realign...ment to unpack impact of COVID-19 on the labor market. more
4/28/20 Ep. 33: Matt Stoller, the COVID-19 Economy Matt Stoller, Director of Research at the American Economic Liberties ...Project, returns to The Realignment to discuss the structure of the economy during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. more
4/15/20 Ep. 32: The COVID-19 Security Challenge Hudson scholars Walter Russell Mead, Rebeccah Heinrichs, and John Walt...ers join The Realignment to discuss how the U.S., and the world at large, is re-assessing national interests and national security in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. more
4/1/20 Ep. 31: Matthew Continetti, Conservatism After the Coronavirus Matthew Continetti, founding editor of the Washington Free Beacon, joi...ns The Realignment to argue that the coronavirus outbreak has accelerated generational and ideological changes on the right. more
3/26/20 Ep. 30: The Geopolitics of the Coronavirus Hudson Senior Fellows Michael Doran, Peter Rough, and John Lee join Th...e Realignment to explore the geopolitical ramifications of the Coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. more
3/17/20 Ep. 29: Tim Morrison, The Coronavirus and China's Grip on America's Su... Hudson Senior Fellow Tim Morrison joins The Realignment to discuss the... economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the national security threat of China's leverage over the American healthcare system. more
3/10/20 Ep. 28: Ross Douthat, The Decadent Society Ross Douthat, conservative New York Times columnist and author of The ...Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success, joins The Realignment. more
3/3/20 Ep. 27: Jane Coaston, Covering the Right's Realignment Jane Coaston, Vox senior politics reporter and co-host of The Weeds po...dcast, joins The Realignment to discuss the state of the conservative movement. more
2/25/20 Ep. 26: Senator Tom Cotton Marshall and Saagar return to Capitol Hill to speak with Arkansas Sena...tor Tom Cotton about the Coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese Communist Party, and the case for American leadership abroad. more
2/18/20 Ep. 25: Oren Cass Introducing American Compass Oren Cass served as former domestic policy director for Mitt Romney's ...2012 presidential campaign. He joins The Realignment to launch American Compass, his new organization that’s arguing for a new conservative approach to economics. more
2/11/20 Ep. 24: Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, The Populist Guide to 2020 Hill Rising co-hosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti join The Realignme...nt to articulate the case for the populist left and right. more
2/5/20 Ep. 23: Christopher Caldwell, The Age of Entitlement Author Christopher Caldwell discusses the relationship between the 196...0s and today’s political polarization. more
1/28/20 Ep. 22: Klon Kitchen, the Right’s Big Tech Debate Klon Kitchen, the Heritage Foundation’s Senior Technology Research F...ellow, joins The Realignment to debate the right’s response to the power of big tech companies. more
1/22/20 Ep. 21: Live Show with Michael Lind and J.D. Vance Michael Lind, author of The New Class War, and J.D. Vance join The Rea...lignment in front of a live audience for the season two premiere. more
12/31/19 Ep. 20: The Afghanistan Papers, with Douglas Feith and John Walters In this season one bonus episode we talk to Hudson Institute’s John ...Walters and Douglas Feith about the explosive Afghanistan Papers and reflect on the history of the war. more
12/17/19 Ep. 19: Representative Mike Gallagher In The Realignment’s season one finale, Marshall and Saagar return t...o Capitol Hill and speak with Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher about how he’s navigating the realignment era. more
12/10/19 Ep. 18: Chris Arnade, Back vs. Front-Row America Chris Arnade, author and former Wall Street trader argues America’s ...educational system and economy unfairly favors credentialed elites over those left-behind. more
11/28/19 Ep. 17: A Very Realignment Thanksgiving Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and author of Thanksgiving: The Holiday... At the Heart of the American Experience joins The Realignment for a special Thanksgiving-themed episode. more
11/19/19 Ep. 16: Gen. Robert Spalding, China’s Stealth War Hudson Institute Senior Fellow retired Brigadier General Robert Spaldi...ng joins The Realignment to discuss his new book about China’s decades-long strategy to use American institutions to undermine U.S. national security. more
11/12/19 Ep. 15: Debating the Post-Syria Middle East Hudson colleagues Michael Doran and Blaise Misztal join The Realignmen...t for a wide-ranging debate on Syria, Turkey, the Kurds, and the state of the U.S. alliance system in the Middle East. more
11/6/19 Ep. 14: Dr. Peter Navarro Peter Navarro, director of the White House Office of Trade and Manufac...turing Policy, joins The Realignment to discuss the Trump administration’s approach to economic competition and the need to focus on blue-collar workers and manufacturing. more
10/29/19 Ep. 13: Josh Hawley, Realignment Senator Marshall and Saagar travel to Capitol Hill to interview Missouri Senat...or Josh Hawley about the dramatic political, economic, and technological changes reshaping America and its role in the world. more
10/22/19 Ep. 12: A Conversation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Marshall and Saagar sit down with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to di...scuss the Trump foreign policy agenda and how recent events have brought China’s influence over American culture and business into the mainstream consciousness. more
10/21/19 SNEAK PEEK: A Conversation with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tune in tomorrow, as Marshall and Saagar sit down with Secretary of St...ate Mike Pompeo to discuss the Trump foreign policy agenda and how recent events have brought China’s influence over American culture and business into the mainstream consciousness. more
10/15/19 Ep. 11: Mike Isaac, The Plight of Uber and WeWork Mike Isaac, New York Times technology reporter and author of Super Pum...ped: The Battle for Uber discusses the challenges and opportunities facing massively valued technology companies. more
10/9/19 Ep. 10: Rebeccah Heinrichs, Trump’s Foreign Policy Explained Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs breaks down Trump’...s worldview and explains why his foreign policy is better for American interests and security than the Obama doctrine. more
10/2/19 Ep. 9: Rachel Bovard, The Conservative Case for Regulating Big Tech Rachel Bovard, senior adviser to the Internet Accountability Project, ...joins The Realignment to argue that tech companies can be as much a threat to privacy and free speech as government. more
9/24/19 Ep. 8: Bhaskar Sunkara, Debating the Socialist Manifesto Bhaskar Sunkara, founding editor and publisher of the socialist magazi...ne Jacobin, joins The Realignment to debate Marshall and Saagar on the vices and virtues of socialism. more
9/17/19 Ep. 7: Eliana Johnson, Reporting the Realignment The Washington Free Beacon’s new Editor in Chief and former Politico... reporter Eliana Johnson describes reporting on the White House during a time of political upheaval in D.C. more
9/10/19 Ep. 6: Michael Doran on the Failures of the Foreign Policy Elite Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Michael Doran describes the shifting Am...erican foreign policy consensus in both parties and argues that the foreign policy elite has yet to truly reckon with the significance of President Trump’s election. more
9/4/19 Ep. 5: Megan McArdle Defends the Market Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle likens capitalism to Winston C...hurchill’s famous saying about democracy, saying it’s the “worst system except all the others.” Megan offers a spirited defense of the market amid increasing skepticism from the left and right. more
8/27/19 Ep. 4: John Walters, Drug Czar Former White House Drug Czar and Hudson Institute COO, John Walters, j...oins The Realignment to discuss drug control policy at home and abroad. more
8/20/19 Ep. 3: Silicon Valley vs. D.C. ... more
8/13/19 Ep. 2: George Will The Conservative Sensibility author George Will joins The Realignment ...to debate the impact of technology, the next steps for the conservative movement, and how societies maintain their faith in the forces of dynamism amid rapid change. more
8/5/19 Ep. 1: J.D. Vance Hillbilly Elegy author and investor J.D. Vance joins The Realignment t...o discuss the future of conservatism, the Big Tech backlash, industrial policy, and the rise of China. more
7/29/19 Welcome to The Realignment Hosts Saagar Enjeti and Marshall Kosloff welcome you to The Realignmen...t, a podcast project from the Hudson Institute. Catch episode one launching Tuesday August 6th. Subscribe now! more
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