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"The Good Fight," the podcast that searches for the ideas, policies and strategies that can beat authoritarian populism.

The Good Fight Yascha Mounk

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    • 4.8, 323 Ratings

"The Good Fight," the podcast that searches for the ideas, policies and strategies that can beat authoritarian populism.

    Is it Racist for a White Man to Bounce a Brown Baby on His Lap?

    Is it Racist for a White Man to Bounce a Brown Baby on His Lap?

    Please sign up to become a member of Persuasion, the new community Yascha has founded for those who believe that a free society is worth fighting for. Just go to www.persuasion.community
    A few days ago, a rather strange exchange caught my attention on Twitter. At a public meeting of a local New York City school board, one member accused another of perpetrating racism by holding his girlfriend’s nephew.
    “It hurts people when they see a white man bouncing a brown baby on their lap,” she said. Asked for an explanation as to how this might be racist, she suggested that the man “read a book. Read White Fragility.”
    When I delved deeper into this strange story, I discovered that another member of the board had spoken up against this twisted view of the world with lucid rage; to be honest, it was one of the most compelling speeches I have heard in months.
    Edward Irizzary is, himself, a product of the New York City public school system. He grew up under difficult circumstances, and joined the local board of education to fight for students just like him. In conversation with me, he explains why the ideas of people like Robin diAngelo, or reforms that are focused on what he calls “cosmetic diversity,” make it harder to improve a deeply flawed educational system.
    Please do take the time to listen to our conversation.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: http://www.persuasion.community
    Podcast production by John T. Williams
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    • 48 min
    An Exciting Announcement!

    An Exciting Announcement!

    Yascha is starting a new platform for citizens who are committed to the defense of a free society. Please go to http://www.persuasion.community to sign up.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: https://www.yaschamounk.com/
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    • 12 min
    Thomas Rid

    Thomas Rid

    Yascha Mounk speaks with Thomas Rid, Professor of Strategic Studies at John Hopkins University SAIS about the operations of secret services around the world and the misinformation campaigns that shape international competition. 
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
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    Website: https://www.yaschamounk.com/
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    • 49 min
    Omar Wasow

    Omar Wasow

    Yascha Mounk talks to Omar Wasow, a professor of political science at Princeton University, about the case for non-violent protest, and how best to bring about greater racial equality in the United States.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: https://www.yaschamounk.com/
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    • 59 min
    Francis Fukuyama on COVID-19

    Francis Fukuyama on COVID-19

    Yascha Mounk talks to Francis Fukuyama about the changes that COVID-19 will (and will not) bring about.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: https://www.yaschamounk.com/
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    • 58 min
    Ron Daniels

    Ron Daniels

    Yascha Mounk talks to Ron Daniels, President of Johns Hopkins University, about the impact the coronavirus will have on higher eduction and the role universities can play in defending liberal democracy against the rise of populism.
    Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
    Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
    Website: https://www.yaschamounk.com/
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
323 Ratings

323 Ratings

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One of the best political broadcasts out there

I love this podcast. Yascha is the kind of interviewer/person who makes me really, REALLY want to get involved in today’s political conversations, which are largely without forethought and almost wholly without resolution. The kinds of questions he asks are the kinds I’ve been practically screaming since the election of Trump, and he’s not afraid to be on either side of the microscope in his quest for answers.
Excellent, excellent work.

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Refreshing voices

Yascha Mounk is one of the most eloquent and thoughtful voices out there, and his guests are well-curated.

William- LeeLab ,

An Essential Voice and Podcast

Yascha's clever and insightful questions to an amazing set of guests shine little shafts of light into the darker corners of todays democracy. Like a doctor taking an ill patient's history the show takes us on an investigative journey into the the political malaise we all feel.
The Podcast has helped me see that the past definitions of left and right, Greater government vs greater individualism -- Democratic vs Republican in the US, is instead an argument between aknowledged complexity and simple action. Statistical analysis vs clear anecdotal example.
So getting back to the medical analogy -- people are rebelling against the complicated FDA approved drug system with all their disclosed side effects and instesd opting for holistic natural remedies that worked foer someone. In the case of medicine they are generally saved by their Doctor when they get sick enough. In the case of Trump, Brexit and Bibi Neteyahu they are still putting their faith in strong simple messages over a more murky path in a better direction.

Thanks for the podcast -- William

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