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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.

The Realignment


    • May 27, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    248 | Yoram Hazony: Realigning Conservatism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 63:10

    SUBSCRIBE & SUPPORT THE SHOW: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comYoram 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. 

    247 | Ira Shapiro: Is the U.S. Senate Broken?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 60:47

    SUBSCRIBE & SUPPORT THE SHOW: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comIra 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. 

    246 | Zach Graumann: What Are the New Rules of Politics?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 57:22

    SUBSCRIBE & SUPPORT THE SHOW: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comZach Graumann, Andrew Yang's 2020 campaign manager and author of Longshot: 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 major political figure or movement.

    245 | Phil Klay: Citizenship in an Age of Endless & Invisible Wars

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 55:02

    SUBSCRIBE & SUPPORT THE SHOW: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comPhil Klay, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and author of Uncertain Ground: Citizenship 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.  

    244 | Michael Kazin: The Future of the Left in a Realigning America

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 58:54

    SUBSCRIBE & SUPPORT THE SHOW: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comMichael 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.

    243 | Saagar & Marshall: Baby Formula Shortage, Stocks/Crypto, Debating $40 Billion to Ukraine, and More...

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 72:18

    SUBSCRIBE TO OUR SUPERCAST: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comSaagar and Marshall discuss the roots of America's baby formula shortage 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.

    242 | Christopher Blattman: Why Studying the Roots of War Shows the Paths to Peace

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 55:35

    SUPPORT THE SHOW & SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PAID SUPERCAST: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comChristopher Blattman, Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago and author 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. 

    241 | Francis Fukuyama: How the Left and Right Challenge Classical Liberalism

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 58:26

    SUPPORT THE SHOW. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PAID SUPERCAST: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comFrancis 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.

    240 | Saagar and Marshall Discuss the Supreme Court and Russia's Victory Day Parade

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 66:33

    SUPPORT THE SHOW. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PAID SUPERCAST: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comSaagar and Marshall continue their new one-on-one discussion series. On 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.

    239 | Josh Mitchell: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 55:06

    SUBSCRIBE TO OUR PAID SUPERCAST: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comFollowing up on last week's discussion of how President Biden should approach 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.

    238 | Gen. Robert Spalding: Can China's "Unrestricted Warfare" Beat the U.S.?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 61:12

    ENJOYED THE EPISODE? SUPPORT THE SHOW AT: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comMarshall speaks with return Realignment guest Retired Air Force Brigadier 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, whether the U.S. and China are "enemies," and why he's pessimistic about Taiwan's fate despite the results of the war in Ukraine. 

    237 | Matthew Continetti: What's the Future of the Right in a Realigning America??

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 60:41

    ENJOYED THE EPISODE? SUPPORT THE SHOW AT: realignment.supercast.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible  thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comMarshall and Saagar are joined by Matthew Continetti, author of The Right: 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.

    236 | Saagar and Marshall Discuss Musk &Twitter, How Saagar Became Part of the Story, and Biden's Student Debt Forgiveness Decision

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 53:13

    LAST CALL FOR THE REALIGNMENT'S SUPERCAST SOFT-LAUNCH:Support the show at realignment.supercast.comThis discussion/debate episode between Marshall and Saagar is a part of our expanded coverage thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comMarshall 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.

    235 | Mike Solana Returns: A Heretical View of Silicon Valley

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 61:02

    If you enjoy our work you can support our new Supercast subscription membership, join below.SUPERCAST: The Realignment's launched a Supercast subscription. Support the show at realignment.supercast.comREALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comToday, Marshall speaks with 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.

    234 | Yascha Mounk: Can Diverse and Divided Democracies Survive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 56:05

    If you enjoy our work can support our new Supercast subscription membership, join below.SUPERCAST: The Realignment's launched a Supercast subscription. Support the show at realignment.supercast.comREALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comToday, Marshall speaks with 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.

    233 | Saagar and Marshall Debate Finland and Sweden in NATO, Elon Musk & Twitter, Ukraine, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 53:11

    This discussion/debate episode between Marshall and Saagar is a part of our expanded coverage thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show below.SUPERCAST: The Realignment's launched a Supercast subscription. Support the show at realignment.supercast.comREALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comAfter Marshall and Saagar recorded yesterday's Breaking Points live show, 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.If you have thoughts on how we should run future discussion episodes, write in or respond to today's Substack.

    232 | Sohrab Ahmari: A Radical Challenge to the American Overclass

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 57:49

    SUPERCAST: The Realignment's launched a Supercast subscription. Support the show at realignment.supercast.comREALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.com

    231 | David Sacks: The Case for Realism & Non-Interventionism

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 51:10

    IMPORTANT: The Realignment's launched a Supercast subscription yesterday. 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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    We're launching the next phase of The Realignment. Get in early.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 4:32

    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.

    230 | Ukraine Series Finale: Fredrik Logevall: Lessons from Pre-WWII JFK for Today

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 64:58

    For the series finale of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall 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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    ANNOUNCEMENT: "I'm pretty tired. I think I'll go home now."

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 3:57

    Note: This is an announcement that tomorrow's Realignment episode marks 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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    229 | Rupert Russell: Commodity Markets and the Making of Our Chaotic World

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 61:35

    NOTE: This is the last week of The Realignment's daily Ukraine programming. 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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    228 | Seth G. Jones: Irregular Warfare and the Future of Global Competition After Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 58:43

    NOTE: This is the last week of The Realignment's daily Ukraine programming. 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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    227 | Aparna Pande: India's Foreign Policy in a Multipolar World

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 60:55

    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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    226 | Saagar's Triumphant Return: Marshall & Saagar Discuss Ukraine and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 68:30

    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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    225 | Jon Wolfsthal: How Do We Handle Nuclear Weapons After Ukraine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 52:51

    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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    224 | Dr. Jennifer Sciubba: How the Population Boom & Bust Is Reshaping the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 61:41

    For Day 19 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine and beyond coverage, Marshall 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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    223 | Sean McFate: The New Rules of War for the Age of Durable Disorder

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 60:28

    For Day 18 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine and beyond coverage, Marshall 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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    222 | William Drozdiak: Emmanuel Macron and a Fractured Europe Confront Putin's Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 64:24

    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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    221 | Mark Valentine: Can Artificial Intelligence Disrupt the Battlefield?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 54:14

    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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    220 | Robert Farley: Air Wars in Ukraine and Beyond

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 58:50

    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: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/22/world/europe/ukraine-air-force-russia.html SEND US A TIP: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    219 | Amy B. Zegart: Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The Future of U.S. Intelligence After Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 49:20

    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: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    218 | Elbridge Colby: Is Taiwan Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 63:33

    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: https://podcasts.apple.com/cz/podcast/158-elbridge-colby-welcome-to-the-era-of-great/id1474687988?i=1000535266823&l=cs SEND US A TIP: https://app.swapstack.co/tips/the-realignment REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    217 | Ian Buruma: How the Ghosts of Churchill and Appeasement at Munich Haunt Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 56:52

    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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaE... REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    216 | Ian Morris: How Russia's Grand Strategy Drives the War in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 64:02

    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: https://time.com/6155129/russian-strategy-guiding-invasion-ukraine/ SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaE... REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    215 | John Nagl: Russia's Insurgency Problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 55:58

    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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaE... REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    214 | Christian Brose: Can the U.S. Military Compete with Russia and China?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 56:12

    For day 9 of The Realignment's daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall and Saagar 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    213 | Ben Bowman: Unpacking Ukraine + Calling Out The Realignment's Cynicism

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 58:40

    For day 8, Ben Bowman, Tigard, Oregon school board chair, candidate for 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    212 | Neil Lanctot: How the Legacy of World War I Shapes Our Response to Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 56:44

    For day eight of The Realignment's Ukraine coverage, historian Neil Lanctot, 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    211 | Marshall and Saagar Unpack Ukraine: Peace Deals, Oil Sanctions, Russophobia, and Settling In for the Long-Haul

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 63:46

    Day Seven: Marshall and Saagar continue their one-on-one discussions of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    210 | Hal Brands: What Can the Cold War Teach Us About Modern Conflict with Russia and China?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 53:27

    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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    209 | Demetri Kofinas: What's Next in Ukraine Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 56:47

    For day five of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall 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: https://hiddenforces.io/ SUPPORT/SEND US A TIP: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    208 | Alec Ross: What Happens When Companies Get Involved in Geopolitics?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 47:43

    For day four of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    207 | David Kilcullen: Insurgencies, Resistance, and Russian Strategy and Tactics

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 66:09

    For day three of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage, Marshall 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    206 | Ukraine Emergency Podcast #2: Marshall and Saagar Unpack the Ukraine Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 63:22

    Yesterday, Marshall and Saagar recorded their second one-on-one episode 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    205 | Nate Sibley: Russia's Rulers Aren't Who You Think and What Sanctions Can (and Can't) Do

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 52:23

    Welcome to the first day of The Realignment's near-daily Ukraine coverage. 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    204 | Jimmy Soni: PayPal and the Origins of Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, and David Sacks

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 60:32

    Jimmy Soni, author of The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrepreneurs 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.

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Daily Ukraine Coverage Starts 3/2 + Request for Qs for Upcoming Reaction Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 3:36

    Hey everyone, just wanted to say that we pre-recorded tomorrow's episode 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.

    Emergency Podcast: Marshall and Saagar Unpack the Ukraine Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 74:53

    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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    203 | Lisa Miller and Andrea González-Ramírez: What AOC Means for the Future of American Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 76:31

    Lisa Miller and Andrea González-Ramírez authors (among others) of Take 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

    202 | Jeremy W. Peters: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got What They Wanted

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 54:06

    Jeremy W. Peters, author of Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Party 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: https://buy.stripe.com/bIYdRx0gc6qjaEEcMM REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/ BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignment

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