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"The Good Fight," the podcast that searches for the ideas, policies and strategies that can beat authoritarian populism.
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"The Good Fight," the podcast that searches for the ideas, policies and strategies that can beat authoritarian populism.
Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight.
If you have not yet signed up for our podcast, please do so now by following this link on your phone.
Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
Website: http://www.persuasion.community

    Can We Build a More Rational World?

    Can We Build a More Rational World?

    Steven Pinker dares to believe that human beings are better off than ever before in human history. A world-renowned linguist, Pinker has dedicated his career to unveiling the ways by which we express our human nature through our language, behaviors, and beliefs. In an era often plagued by fatalism, Pinker maintains a radical and unwavering dedication to his belief in humanity's steady improvement.  
    In this week's conversation, Yascha Mounk and Steven Pinker sit down to discuss why we need to look to "nature" as well as "nurture" to understand the human condition, how to build institutions untainted by human biases, and whether human beings are inherently irrational. 
    Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight. If you have not yet signed up for our podcast, please do so now by following this link on your phone.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: http://www.persuasion.community
    Podcast production by John T. Williams and Rebecca Rashid
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How to Strengthen American Democracy

    How to Strengthen American Democracy

    A proud Never Trumper and a founding editor at The Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg believes that capitalism and liberal democracy have long been the foundations of America's success. But as the country fractures, Goldberg fears we’re throwing all that away - and threatening to crash American democracy itself.
    In this week’s episode, Yascha Mounk and Jonah Goldberg sit down to discuss the meaning of the assault on the U.S. Capitol, the future of the GOP, and whether to impeach Donald Trump.
    Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight. If you have not yet signed up for our podcast, please do so now by following this link on your phone.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: http://www.persuasion.community
    Podcast production by John T. Williams and Rebecca Rashid
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Is It Wrong to Believe in Racial Progress?

    Is It Wrong to Believe in Racial Progress?

    Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Glenn Loury became Harvard's first black tenured professor of economics at 33. Now, he’s one of the country’s most irreverent thinkers on racial inequality--often challenging an emerging consensus on the nature and causes of structural racism.
    In this week’s conversation, Yascha Mounk and Glenn Loury discuss the nature of racism, how much progress America has (or hasn't) made over the past fifty years, and what a just society would look like.
    Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight. If you have not yet signed up for our podcast, please do so now by following this link on your phone.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: http://www.persuasion.community
    Podcast production by John T. Williams and Rebecca Rashid
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Why Education Fails to Advance Equality

    Why Education Fails to Advance Equality

    Why is it OK to discriminate on grounds of intelligence? That might seem like an odd question. But for writer and academic Fredrik deBoer, it’s one we can't ignore. His new book, The Cult of the Smart, argues that we’ve created an educational system that incessantly rewards the good luck of innate intelligence—while condemning the less clever to failure.
    In this week’s conversation, Yascha Mounk and Fredrik deBoer discuss America’s broken schools, debate the damage of overvaluing academic ability, and ask what sort of education system we need for a truly just society.
    Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight. If you have not yet signed up for our podcast, please do so now by following this link on your phone.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: http://www.persuasion.community
    Podcast production by John T. Williams and Rebecca Rashid
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    • 58 min
    Xi's China

    Xi's China

    As it recovers from Covid more quickly than other nations, China appears to be stronger than ever. But the world’s next superpower faces enormous challenges of its own. Minxin Pei, a professor at Claremont McKenna College and one of the world’s leading China experts, has spent years writing about them. Behind the country's façade of invincibility, he argues, lies “a Leninist state in an advanced stage of decay”.
    In this week's conversation,Yascha Mounk and Minxin Pei trace the country's political evolution since the 1980s and debate whether Xi Jinping is cementing the party's power--or may unwittingly be seeding the roots of its own demise.
    Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: http://www.persuasion.community
    Podcast production by John T. Williams and Rebecca Rashid
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    • 56 min
    Is there Hope for Humanity? (Yes.)

    Is there Hope for Humanity? (Yes.)

    In times of crisis, it’s easy to wish for the good old days. Rutger Bregman wants us to look to the future instead. One of Europe’s leading young thinkers, Bregman's unapologetic calls for higher taxes at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2019 made him an overnight internet sensation. As a self-confessed utopian, he now wants us to think big – and that means planning for 15 hour workweeks, open borders and a universal basic income.
    In this week’s conversation, Yascha Mounk and Rutger Bregman discuss human nature; its implications for contemporary politics; and the policies which we need to create a more human-centric world. 
    Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight.
    If you have not yet signed up for our podcast, please do so now by following this link on your phone.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: http://www.persuasion.community
    Podcast production by John T. Williams and Rebecca Rashid
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    • 1 hr 20 min

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