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Every week, Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez and frequent special guests discuss what's happening in technology, business, politics, and beyond.
Moment of Zen is part of the Turpentine podcast network. Learn more: turpentine.co

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    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Every week, Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez and frequent special guests discuss what's happening in technology, business, politics, and beyond.
Moment of Zen is part of the Turpentine podcast network. Learn more: turpentine.co

    What's Happening in France with Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

    What's Happening in France with Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

    Today on Moment of Zen, Journalist Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry sits with Erik Torenberg to explain the volatile state of French politics following recent European Parliament elections where Macron’s party performed poorly and the National Rally did very well. The conversation offers insights into the broader implications of these political shifts, touches on the societal divisions fueling these changes, immigration, and the potential economic impact on France.
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    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (00:35) Sponsor: CommandBar
    (04:20) Macron's Strategy & Cohabitation
    (08:11) The Political Landscape
    (14:28) Comparison with U.S. Politics
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    (16:22) Macron's Unpopularity & Economic Challenges
    (21:02) Energy Policy and the Rise of Populism
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    (27:94) The Economic Consequences of Populism
    (31:11) France vs. Brexit
    (35:46) The Future of France
    (45:00) Brexit Comparison & EU Reform
    (52:57) The Role of Young People in the Future
    (54:34) Wrap

    • 55 min
    Balaji Srinivasan on the Fiat Crisis, China, Russia, and Conspiracy Practices

    Balaji Srinivasan on the Fiat Crisis, China, Russia, and Conspiracy Practices

    In this episode that originally aired on Upstream, Erik sits down with Balaji Srinivasan to discuss the Fiat Crisis, geopolitics, conspiracies, and the signs of decline for a hyperpower. It was recorded in June of 2023. Balaji is an angel investor, tech founder, philosopher, and author of The Network State. He was formerly the CTO of Coinbase.
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    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Episode Preview
    (00:51) Intro
    (01:23) Understanding the flat crisis
    (08:34) Balaji’s equivalent premises
    (14:54) Sponsor: NetSuite and Beehiiv
    (17:55) Aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan wars
    (20:35) Multipolar world
    (25:17) Blue America is at war with the world
    (28:35) Sponsor: Babbel | Squad
    (31:02) Cancellation is a weak form of warfare
    (33:05) Interplay of realism and idealism in the U.S
    (37:00) Red vs Blue vs Grey America
    (44:11) Concept of American partition
    (46:00) Rise of India's national Identity
    (47:00) Evolution of China and Russia
    (53:00) Microsoft, Facebook, and Google
    (54:00) Japan-USSR rivalry and its impact
    (01:01:10) Conspiracy theories and historical narratives
    (01:09:00) Balaji’s predictions for 2024 & the Fed
    (01:18:31) Wrap

    • 1 hr 22 min
    David Sacks on his Intellectual and Political Journey

    David Sacks on his Intellectual and Political Journey

    David Sacks is known as a CEO/investor in multiple unicorns, and most recently a media mogul with All-In. In this episode, he sits down with Erik Torenberg to trace his intellectual and political history from his days fighting student activism at Stanford to now. We cover the political and cultural changes in the last 30 years of silicon valley, how the real distinction today is between the college-educated and the not, and how even though 2⁄3 of the country didn’t go to college, their views are not represented in our institutions today. This episode was recorded in December 2022 but is just as relevant today. 
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    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Intro
    (02:11) How did tech become less free speech-oriented?
    (03:35) Why is PayPal so woke?
    (06:02) Woke Capitalism game
    (08:52) Corporations and governments collaborating to censor
    (16:22) Tracing political history in Silicon Valley 
    (20:54) College educated vs. not is the biggest difference in US
    Our elite is not democratic
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    (29:15) Foreign Policy and Realism
    (32:28) U.S. Russiaphobia
    (36:30) Sponsor: Squad
    (38:05) Big Tech Monopolies and Regulation
    (41:42) The Future of Silicon Valley and Monopolies
    (42:32) Regulating Acquisitions and Startup Ecosystems
    (45:39) Censorship and Section 230
    (47:17) The Role of Free Speech in Social Progress
    (53:52) Institutional Reform and Accountability
    (54:56) Elon Musk's Influence on Tech and Media
    (1:06:33) The Future of Political and Economic Accountability
    (1:19:30) Wrap

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Joe Lonsdale on How to Solve America’s Problems

    Joe Lonsdale on How to Solve America’s Problems

    Today we are airing Erik's interview with Joe Lonsdale, originally published on Upstream in 2023. Joe Lonsdale is the co-founder of Palantir, managing partner at 8VC, and the founder of The Cicero Institute, a nonpartisan policy organization discusses the root causes of educational inequality and homelessness, and argues for competence over culture wars, data-driven solutions, and market incentives to fix some of the US' most plaguing problems. Grow your newsletter with Beehiiv: head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months.
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    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Intro
    (00:47) Philanthropy and Impact: Joe's Approach to Social Change
    (01:18) Nonpartisan Solutions for Broken Systems
    (02:55) Cicero Institute's Mission and Impact Across States
    (07:42) Addressing Education Inequality and Accountability
    (12:32) Reforming Prisons and Probation with Data and Accountability
    (16:12) Tackling Homelessness with Common Sense and Accountability
    (18:53) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv
    (21:16) Introducing Market Incentives, Market Competition, and Market Accountability
    (25:06) Sponsor: Squad
    (26:34) Innovative Approaches to Healthcare
    (31:12) Rethinking Healthcare and Leadership
    (31:32) Innovating Within vs. Outside the System
    (32:13) The Challenge of Reforming Institutions
    (33:41) Navigating the Complexities of Defense and Innovation
    (37:36) The Power of State-Level Impact and Education Reform
    (39:29) Silicon Valley's Influence and Responsibility
    (40:32) Cultural Shifts and the Role of New Institutions
    (55:27) The Future of American Competence and Optimism
    (57:42) Wrap

    • 57 min
    Crypto and Gaming with Carlos Pereira

    Crypto and Gaming with Carlos Pereira

    In this episode, Carlos Pereira, partner at BITKRAFT Ventures, joins Erik, Antonio and Dan as they delve into the significant transformations within gaming, betting, and combat sports, facilitated by cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, emphasizing the groundbreaking integration of cryptocurrency through Web3 gaming.
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    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Opening Banter
    (01:28) Diving Into Crypto and Gaming Discussions
    (02:11) The Evolution and Challenges of Web3 Gaming
    (04:44) Analyzing the Crypto Gaming Landscape
    (13:48) The Future of Gaming: Web3 and Beyond
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    (18:29) Deep Dive into Web3 Gaming and Digital Economies
    (32:38) Exploring User-Generated Content and Game Modding
    (34:14) Sponsor: Squad
    (42:19) Investment Perspectives on Gaming and Infrastructure
    (45:47) The Fascinating World of Gaming Business
    (49:49) The Evolution of Gaming: From PVE to PVP
    (51:40) The Intriguing Dynamics of Safe Zones in Games
    (53:29) The Rise of Financialized Gaming Experiences
    (1:06:31) Karate Combat: A New Era of Crypto-Infused Sports
    (1:17:15) The Future of Media and Crypto's Role
    (1:23:13) Wrap

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Social Media Theory of Everything with Jonathan Haidt

    The Social Media Theory of Everything with Jonathan Haidt

    In this episode of Moment of Zen, Erik is joined by Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of the newly released book "The Anxious Generation."
    They have a comprehensive discussion that touches on the polarization and dysfunction in American politics, the impact of social media on democracy, and the importance of reclaiming a play-based childhood for the current generation
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    The Anxious Generation Book: https://www.anxiousgeneration.com/book
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    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Intro
    (00:13) Evolution of Jonathan's Work: From Moral Psychology to 'The Anxious Generation'
    (01:14) The Impact of Social Media on Teen Mental Health
    (02:50) Exploring the Tragedy of the Modern Childhood
    (07:29) Addressing the Criticism and Pushback
    (12:08) The Unprecedented Effects of Social Media on Society
    (19:37) Adapting to Technological Changes and the Future of Childhood
    (20:20) The Dire State of Democracy in the Digital Age
    (27:01) How Technology Affects Liberals and Conservatives Differently
    (28:20) Unveiling the Research: The Rise of Anxiety and Depression
    (28:48) Breaking Down the Data: Gender, Politics, and Mental Health
    (30:48) The Protective Power of Religion and Community
    (31:32) Parenting Styles and Moral Values
    (32:07) Challenges for Progressive Organizations and the Democratic Party
    (32:42) Recommendations for a Healthier Childhood in the Digital Age
    (33:50) Addressing the Broader Issues Beyond Smartphones
    (34:35) The Role of Schools in Children's Mental Health
    (36:33) A Call for Intentional Community Building
    (37:34) Navigating the Public Health Crisis with Apolitical Solutions
    (40:41) Engaging with the Tech Industry: Critiques and Clarifications
    (41:01) The Debate on Content Moderation and the Need for Structural Changes
    (56:27) Wrap

    • 56 min

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