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At a time when our nation is portrayed as increasingly polarized, media often ignore viewpoints and stories that are worthy of attention. American Thought Leaders, hosted by The Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek, features in-depth discussions with some of America’s most influential thought leaders on pertinent issues facing our nation today.

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At a time when our nation is portrayed as increasingly polarized, media often ignore viewpoints and stories that are worthy of attention. American Thought Leaders, hosted by The Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek, features in-depth discussions with some of America’s most influential thought leaders on pertinent issues facing our nation today.

    The TikTok Trojan Horse and China’s Long Arm of Artificial Intelligence: Geoffrey Cain

    The TikTok Trojan Horse and China’s Long Arm of Artificial Intelligence: Geoffrey Cain

    In this episode of American Thought Leaders, I sit down with Geoffrey Cain, an award-winning journalist, technologist, and author of “The Perfect Police State: An Undercover Odyssey into China’s Terrifying Surveillance Dystopia of the Future.”
    “Everybody was constantly being watched by an artificial intelligence system, which was called the IJOP,” says Cain, referring to a pre-crime surveillance platform that the Chinese Communist Party launched in Xinjiang to predictively police the population.
    Cain recently testified before the U.S. Senate about TikTok and why he believes the social media app’s troubled emergence in America, its shadowy corporate structure, and its connection to China’s security and data laws make it a unique national security threat.
    “It is a disaster waiting to happen because TikTok, though the company denies it, is fundamentally obligated to follow … the laws that were created by the Chinese Communist Party,” Cain says.
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    Alan Dershowitz: Liberal Democracy Dies When Illiberalism Wins

    Alan Dershowitz: Liberal Democracy Dies When Illiberalism Wins

    In this episode of American Thought Leaders, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz discusses his book, “The Price of Principle: Why Integrity is Worth the Consequences,” and argues that “unprincipled” partisanship has taken over America.
    “How dare they call themselves progressives,” says Dershowitz. “They are regressive. They are reactionaries. They are repressors.”
    One of the top constitutional lawyers in the country, and a self-described liberal Democrat, Dershowitz has been excoriated by both the right and the left for defending highly unpopular public figures.
    “People love me when I defend people they like and they hate me when I defend people they don’t like,” says Dershowitz. “The more unpopular you are, the more likely I am to want to defend you.”
    Dershowitz shares his thoughts on COVID-19 mandates and censorship, due process and civil liberties, as well as the rise of antisemitism in America.
    “You see these protests against Zionism by people who have no idea what Zionism is,” claims Dershowitz. “I’ve been a Zionist from the time I was born. All it meant is that the Jewish people, like every other people, have a right to a homeland.”
    Note: Our team contacted Virginia Giuffre about Dershowitz’s allegations against her, but we did not immediately receive a response.
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    Hunter Biden Story ‘Made for Cinema’—Star Laurence Fox Talks ‘My Son Hunter’

    Hunter Biden Story ‘Made for Cinema’—Star Laurence Fox Talks ‘My Son Hunter’

    “If it’s the last job I ever do—which at the moment, it looks like it is—I’m proud of it,” says British actor Laurence Fox.
    He is the star of the new film “My Son Hunter” and leader of the UK’s Reclaim Party.
    “It’s almost as if the Hunter Biden story was made for cinema,” Fox says.
    We discuss the making of the film, the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the growing assault on free speech and objective truth. Fox faced the brunt of cancel culture after pushing back on claims that the UK is a systemically racist country or that Meghan Markle was “torn to pieces” because she’s black.
    “I think to apologize to people that have malevolent intent towards you is essentially to beg while being dragged to the scaffold … If you’re going to be hung and digitally removed and executed, then you might as well do it with your head held high.”


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    ESG Could ‘Become Part of Our Credit Scores’: W.Va. State Treasurer Riley Moore on Ending Contracts With Companies Adopting ESG

    ESG Could ‘Become Part of Our Credit Scores’: W.Va. State Treasurer Riley Moore on Ending Contracts With Companies Adopting ESG

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    “So, there’s a big game kind of going on here, but they’re making a killing off of these ESG products. And why are they able to do that? Well, they’re charging you a little bit more to make you feel better and you’re doing something about the environment. … But they’re raking it in.”
    ESG stands for “environmental, social, and governance”: a collection of corporate performance criteria that exist outside of fiduciary responsibility. Money managers such as BlackRock, arguably ESG’s biggest champion, are increasingly using them to determine investment. Riley Moore, treasurer of the state of West Virginia, sees ESG as a destructive force. He is leading a movement of state governments that are terminating contracts with companies that adopt ESG policies, and blocking them from bidding on them.
    “For us here in West Virginia, it is something that would ultimately destroy our economy, our people, and our way of life,” Moore says.
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    Clyde Prestowitz: How American Companies Became Subservient to Beijing and How to Stop It With Industrial Policy

    Clyde Prestowitz: How American Companies Became Subservient to Beijing and How to Stop It With Industrial Policy

    “Because everything it makes is in China … China can compel Apple to do whatever it pleases … And it’s not just Apple. Many major American companies are highly reliant on production in China, and all of them are subject to coercion by the Chinese Communist Party.”
    At the National Conservatism Conference in Miami, Florida, I sat down with leading China expert Clyde Prestowitz, who led the first U.S. trade mission to China in 1982. Prestowitz is the author of “The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership.”
    He makes the case for reshoring manufacturing, especially of essential products, and for America to adopt an industrial policy to level the playing field with China.
    “To any free, rule-of-law system—U.S., European, Japanese—the Chinese Communist Party is an enemy. Absolutely,” Prestowitz says.
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    Rod Dreher: What Happens When a Society Loses the Desire to Know the Truth?

    Rod Dreher: What Happens When a Society Loses the Desire to Know the Truth?

    "Hannah Arendt, the great political philosopher of the 20th century, said that when a society loses the desire to know the truth, that is a precursor to totalitarianism. And I think that has happened on both the left and the right.”
    Rod Dreher is the author of “Live Not By Lies” and a senior editor at The American Conservative. At a time of rampant propaganda and disinformation, how do we get at the truth?
    “This whole corrupt system depends on everyone being willing to nod their heads and go along with the lie. This is happening all over in the West today with gender ideology, with so-called anti-racism, and so much more.”
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Telltail Heart ,

Trying to get beyond the slant

There are no uninterpreted facts - However, American Leaders interviews help me to engage people who are directly involved in many of the issues being commented on in media and that helps me to get a more balanced outlook. Please keep up the good work.

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The interview with Corey DeAngelis was excellent … informative and insightful. Corey is an outstanding spokesperson for money following the student. His logic and command of the facts is amazing. He should consider running for a public office! We need people like him.

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He actually listens to interviewee!

I started listening to Jan because my daughter kept saying what a great interviewer he is! That he actually listens to the person being interviewed without interrupting! Then if he wants to discuss a point more, he’ll go back and request further clarification or discuss more. The conversation is basically driven by the interviewee, not by debate or Jan trying to make a point. I totally agree!

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