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Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten features compelling long-form conversations with exceptional thinkers and doers on the most important ideas and issues of our time, and all time. Discussions focus on topics ranging from national security and foreign affairs, to economics and politics and philosophy and culture with a classical Liberal bent and a grounding in history. Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten challenges the prevailing progressive orthodoxy with a contrarian conservative/libertarian counter-narrative based in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong, national interest-oriented and prudently used defense. Host Ben Weingarten is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Senior Contributor at The Federalist and Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media, a conservative media consulting and production company.

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Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten features compelling long-form conversations with exceptional thinkers and doers on the most important ideas and issues of our time, and all time. Discussions focus on topics ranging from national security and foreign affairs, to economics and politics and philosophy and culture with a classical Liberal bent and a grounding in history. Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten challenges the prevailing progressive orthodoxy with a contrarian conservative/libertarian counter-narrative based in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong, national interest-oriented and prudently used defense. Host Ben Weingarten is a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Senior Contributor at The Federalist and Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media, a conservative media consulting and production company.

    Rep Brad Wenstrup on the New Cold War with Communist China and Deep State Corruption

    Rep Brad Wenstrup on the New Cold War with Communist China and Deep State Corruption

    Rep. Brad Wenstrup (@RepBradWenstrup) (R-OH) is a doctor, Army Reserve officer, and Iraq War veteran who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

    I had Rep. Wenstrup on the podcast to discuss his views on  what he describes as an emerging new cold war with Communist China, and the weaponization and hyper-politicization of our national security and intelligence apparatus.
    What We Discussed The CCP’s tightening of the noose on Hong Kong Whether America should ditch the One-China Policy and recognize Taiwan Long-term fiscal dangers as a consequence of the coronavirus The railroading of General Flynn and Russiagate/Spygate Weaponization and hyper-politicization of the national security and intelligence apparatus, and whether it should be reformed The state of the FISA court and FBI Thanks for Listening!
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    • 38 min
    Hedge-Fund Manager Kyle Bass on Winning the Economic and Ideological Battle with Communist China

    Hedge-Fund Manager Kyle Bass on Winning the Economic and Ideological Battle with Communist China

    Kyle Bass (@Jkylebass) is the Chief Investment Officer of Hayman Capital Management, and arguably the most outspoken China hawk on Wall Street.

    I had Bass on the podcast to discuss his views on the U.S.-China economic competition, what a U.S. grand strategy with respect to China might look like, and much more.
    What We Discussed Why Bass believes China is a paper tiger China's ignored Achilles' heel The Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) effort to set up a competing global reserve currency How the CCP has ensured a predominant pro-Beijing narrative in the U.S., through developing relationships with our political class, titans of  financial services and other powerful sectors of the economy, and Hollywood--to our great detriment How America can use capital market reforms to end the CCP's unfair trade practices What Bass would do if he was advising the Trump administration on trade vis-à-vis China Whether America can decouple from China, and what the consequences would be The economic viability of China's Belt and Road Initiative The stakes of the competition with Huawei in 5G telecommunications technology Making China pay for its culpability in the coronavirus crisis China's biggest Achilles heel Bass's three major recommendations for a U.S. grand strategy with respect to China Thanks for Listening!
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    • 40 min
    The Democrat-Deep State-Media Cover-Up that Protected the Russiagate Narrative -- Revisiting Awangate with Luke Rosiak

    The Democrat-Deep State-Media Cover-Up that Protected the Russiagate Narrative -- Revisiting Awangate with Luke Rosiak

    Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) is an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation where he broke arguably one of the biggest scandals in the history of the federal government -- one the media refused to cover and the prosecutors refused to prosecute. 
    This is the story of Awangate, which proved no match for Russiagate -- but should have on its merits.
    It is the subject of Rosiak's Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats, a book that has taken on new significance as the treasonous Russian collusion narrative collapses.
    I had Luke Rosiak on the podcast to reflect on the story of the Awans, and its far broader significance for our nation.
    What We Discussed How the Awans amassed so much power on Capitol Hill The breathtaking litany of criminality of the Awan conspiracy Why and how House Democrats and the Department of Justice covered up Awangate – and House Republicans enabled it Why Rosiak is confident members of Congress were blackmailed and are still susceptible to blackmail by the Awans, how deep the blackmail threat runs and why Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s behavior proves it How politicians and bureaucrats put self-interest above national security The inextricably intertwined relationship between Russiagate and Awangate, and what both “investigations” say about the Deep State The Democrat-Media-Deep State collusion over Awangate Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her underlings’ role in rigging the Awan case for the Democrats’ benefit The government’s failure to do anything to prevent future Awans from infiltrating Congress Thanks for Listening!
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    • 44 min
    Robert Spencer on Islamic Supremacism, U.S. Middle East Policy, Defeating Jihad

    Robert Spencer on Islamic Supremacism, U.S. Middle East Policy, Defeating Jihad

    Robert Spencer (@jihadwatchRS) is the director of the invaluable counterjihadist website, Jihad Watch, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS.
    Mr. Spencer's work sits at the nexus of a number of seminal issues, from national security and foreign policy, to identity politics and free speech, and theology and political philosophy. The battle being waged by Islamic supremacism against the West implicates all of these matters, and Mr. Spencer's insights make him uniquely qualified to discuss them. 
    I had him on the Big Ideas podcast to touch on everything from Islamic supremacist ideology and the goals, tactics and strategies its adherents use to impose it, to free speech and the deplatforming of counterjihadists like Spencer himself to the Sunni v. Shia battle in the Middle East and how we can actually triumph in the global jihad being waged against the West.
    What We Discussed Why the story of Muhammad is so integral to understanding Islamic supremacism, jihad and the Middle East today Mecca vs. Medina in Islamic history, and its practical consequences How Islam defines peace Spencer's view on the prospects of Islamic reformation, and separating political Islam from individual practice Why former CIA Director John Brennan was wrong in his definition of "jihad" Enforcement of Sharia speech codes in the West Jihad Watch's experience getting deplatformed from PayPal The state of the Middle East and what U.S. national interest in the region requires from a policy perspective What Spencer would advocate if he were named counterjihad czar How to vet for Sharia supremacy Defeating jihad, and much more Thanks for Listening!
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    • 36 min
    U.S. Amb. to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, U.S. Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel

    U.S. Amb. to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, U.S. Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel

    Richard Grenell is the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and the longest serving UN spokesman and political appointee in American history, where he served from 2001 to 2008.
    Amb. Grenell occupies one of the most critical positions in American diplomacy in Berlin, not only because Germany represents the EU's largest economy and has disproportionate influence on the continent, but because of its pivotal role with respect to both Iran's efforts to evade U.S. snapback sanctions, and Russia's efforts to provide energy to and thus leverage over European nations.

    During our discussion we touched on the ambassador’s efforts to persuade the Germans to cease trade with Iran and comply with the U.S. sanctions regime – and how those who resist can justify their stated intolerance of Jew-haters while seeking to do business with a regime dedicated to Israel’s destruction -- Germany’s place in an America First foreign policy, energy, Nord Stream 2 and America’s efforts to counter Russia through selling liquefied natural gas to Germany, Chancellor Merkel and German politics and Amb. Grenell’s dogged efforts to deport a Nazi officer who had been living in the United States for decades.
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    • 26 min
    Ex-NSC Official Allegedly Fired Over Memo Warning Trump of ‘Deep State’ Resistance: ‘There’s a Whiff of Tyranny in the Air’ from Politicization and Weaponization of the NatSec Apparatus

    Ex-NSC Official Allegedly Fired Over Memo Warning Trump of ‘Deep State’ Resistance: ‘There’s a Whiff of Tyranny in the Air’ from Politicization and Weaponization of the NatSec Apparatus

    Rich Higgins is an expert on the nexus between theological doctrines and information age unconventional warfare, and has spent 20 years combating terrorism in a variety of senior positions within the Department of Defenses.
    Higgins, an early supporter of President Trump, served as director for strategic planning in President Trump's National Security Council (NSC).
    That all changed when a memo that he had produced for President Trump on the political warfare that he was to face internally from the Deep State, and externally from the media and like-minded interest groups in collusion with the administrative state, leaked out to the public.

    Higgins' memo was dismissed as conspiratorial, and he was fired from the NSC.
    What he foretold has risen to the forefront again in the wake of the unsigned New York Times op-ed detailing measures taken by Trump administration officials to "Resist" the president, and seek to sabotage his agenda.
    I had Higgins on the podcast to discuss the "Deep State's" efforts to subvert the president's agenda, whether there was an effort to purge like-minded individuals from Trump's national security and foreign policy team -- and why, what can be done to reform the administrative state, the ramifications of the politicization and weaponization of our national security and intelligence apparatus and much more.
    What We Discussed Higgins' reaction to the anonymous New York Times op-ed about the brazen Resistance within the Trump White House which seemed to confirm precisely what he warned of in his memo How the litany of allegations being raised against Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his Supreme Court confirmation hearings plays into Higgins' thesis Whether there was a concerted effort to purge national security and foreign policy officials in the Trump administration who sought to advance Trump's agenda, and what Higgins believes the establishment felt so threatened by that it would require such a purging Why Higgins believes it isn't the Deep State or Obama holdovers that are to blame for the sabotage of President Trump's policies, but rather the Republican Party itself Higgins' believe that Resistance to Trump was largely driven by vested financial interests -- specifically centered on China -- and the belief Trump would upend the major investments of the last 30 years in restructuring the global financial architecture and economy, hurting said vested interests How to reform the "Deep State" The "whiff of tyranny" in the air over the ability for the intelligence community to use its surveillance powers against American citizens, up to and including spying on and seeking to undermine and bring down the president Higgins' view on protecting liberty in the face of powerful surveillance tools and the need to counter our adversaries The imperative to bring back civics and reunite the country on the basis of shared values, principles and knowledge of and reverence for our Founding What Higgins would add to his memo to the president if he had the chance today Thanks for Listening!
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    • 30 min

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112 Ratings

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Ben,

Thank you for another excellent interview. I’m looking forward for more.

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Not enough episodes

Ben, do more of these!

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Outstanding podcast!

Ben asks incisive questions of great knowledgeable guests producing highly informative interviews which stand head & shoulders above most podcast interviews.

Ben’s interview with Kyle Bass regarding China’s malign behavior was fantastic! If only those decision makers in Washington, on Wall Street, in Hollywood, & especially in media would heed his advice, our nation & its people would be in a much safer & more secure position in the event of future worldwide crises.

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