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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.
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Email: goodfightpod@gmail.com
Twitter: @Yascha_Mounk
Website: http://www.persuasion.community

    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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    How Can Joe Biden Strengthen Democracy Around the World?

    How Can Joe Biden Strengthen Democracy Around the World?

    With Trump gone it’s tempting to think that America’s foreign policy can return to normality – no more praise of Putin, no more maligning of allies. But as Thomas Wright makes clear, restoring America’s place in the world will be far from plain sailing. As Director of The Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe, Wright’s access to the incoming administration has afforded him a unique understanding of the challenges it will face. His view that Biden’s presidency may be “the last best chance to demonstrate that liberal internationalism is a superior strategy to populist nationalism” serves as a vivid reminder that post-Trump, the stakes remain higher than ever.  
    In this week's conversation, Yascha Mounk and Thomas Wright brainstorm practical ways to prevent further democratic backsliding, why the public must understand the connection between domestic and foreign relations, and how much the Biden administration can actually achieve in the fight against dictatorships around the world. 
    Please do listen and spread the word about The Good Fight.
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
419 Ratings

419 Ratings

Vegetable Sputnik ,

Thoughtful and fair

Yascha Mounk is an amazingly good interviewer. He asks interesting questions, challenges his guests without being rude or condescending, and tries to look at both sides of an issue. I don’t know how he’s so good at interviewing. My understanding is that he’s not a journalist. He’s a philosopher. I’m impressed.

Salubrious Spring ,

Love this podcast!

I listened to today’s episode with Fred deBoer and was struck by the extent to which his views jibe with people like Robert Putnam or Charles Murray. It also prompted me to go back to listen to the episode about meritocracy with Michael Sandel. I think Yascha was right to press him about the alternative to meritocracy. Sandel never did offer a good answer on how we are to allocate prestigious positions like a surgical residency without using merit. I cannot imagine Sandel truly believes that we should allocate, say, endowed Professorships at Harvard Law School on the basis of a lottery system. Finally, his concept that meritocratic winners should have humility sounds right to me and echoes a very old virtue-noblesse oblige.

I cannot say enough about Persuasion and this podcast. Great work.

gidreich ,

Wonderful, intelligent podcast

I have become a big fan of this show. If you are looking for erudite, balanced discussion of the issues that explore all the angles, look no further.

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