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The Rationalist is a new podcast focusing on American policy and politics, as well as foreign affairs. We don't summarize the news, but instead analyze it, explain how it will affect you, and put current events into historical and global perspective.

The Rationalist Mike Coté

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The Rationalist is a new podcast focusing on American policy and politics, as well as foreign affairs. We don't summarize the news, but instead analyze it, explain how it will affect you, and put current events into historical and global perspective.

    Episode 14: Things Are Heating Up

    Episode 14: Things Are Heating Up

    In this 14th episode of The Rationalist, the ‘Things Are Heating Up’ edition, host Mike Coté and returning guest Robb McClintock discuss a hot topic in political and policy circles: climate change.















    Specifically, they break down the problem, attendant important concepts, the positions on all sides, and the proposed potential solutions. The hosts avoid diving into statistics on the problem itself (as we’re no scientists) but talk quite a bit about the economics of the solutions being proposed. National security concerns, the problem of collective action and externalities, and the ‘Green New Deal’ are all topics of discussion.







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    * Green New Deal

    • 1 hr
    Episode 13: From Reagan to Obama

    Episode 13: From Reagan to Obama

    In this 13th episode of The Rationalist, the ‘From Reagan to Obama’ edition, host Mike Coté and returning guest Robb McClintock do a retrospective on the 5 most recent US Presidents, from Reagan through Obama.















    They walk through the elections, accomplishments, administrations, and foreign policy of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and Barack Obama. The hosts take an extra amount of time discussing the recently deceased 41st President, George HW Bush. There’s some talk about the current occupant of the Oval Office, but the discussion focuses on the prior 5 chief executives.







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    * Ronald Reagan* George HW Bush* Bill Clinton* George W Bush* Barack Obama

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 12 Part I: Civilization Fantasy Draft

    Episode 12 Part I: Civilization Fantasy Draft

    In this special 3-part 12th episode of The Rationalist, the ‘Civilization Fantasy Draft’ edition, host Mike Coté and returning guests Robb McClintock and Cornelius Radek take part in a Rationalist podcast first: a fantasy draft.



    This fantasy draft was meant to create our ‘ideal’ civilization and the potential draftees were various and sundry historical figures. In this first part of the podcast, we introduce the concept, the rules, and the draft order, as well as go through the first 5 rounds of our 10-round draft. Interspersed within are asides on various governmental concepts, historical figures, and other shenanigans. In the section below, we’ve put the results of the 5 rounds of drafting covered in this podcast. Be sure to check out the second and third parts of the podcast to hear the remainder of the draft and our ‘postgame’ show on how things shook out in the end. Enjoy, and please check out the linked Twitter and Facebook polls to help us determine who ‘won’ the draft!



    Draft Results



    * Round 1: Leonardo da Vinci (Cornelius), Napoleon I (Mike), John Adams (Robb)

    * Round 2: Caesar Augustus (Robb), Otto von Bismarck (Mike), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Cornelius)

    * Round 3: Benjamin Franklin (Cornelius), Lyndon Baines Johnson (Mike), Alexander the Great (Robb)

    * Round 4: Albert Einstein (Robb), Thomas Hobbes (Mike), Andrew Carnegie (Cornelius)

    * Round 5: Shaka Zulu (Cornelius), Oliver Cromwell (Mike), Harald Bluetooth (Robb)



    Links



    * Twitter poll

    * Part II of podcast

    * Part III of podcast

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 11: The Times, They Are A Changin’

    Episode 11: The Times, They Are A Changin’

    In this 11th episode of The Rationalist, the ‘Times They Are A Changin’ edition, host Mike Coté and returning guest Robb McClintock discuss a wide variety of fascinating potential reforms to the American system of government and governance.



    They walk through ideas about the Supreme Court, from court packing to term limits, and touch on the potential changes to be made to the Executive Branch as well. Much of the conversation focuses on Congress and voting, as the hosts talk about term limits in Congress, reapportionment, the Senate’s anti-democratic tendencies (they’re good!), and more. Tune in to find out everything you need to know about the radical reforms being bandied about in the media.

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    Links



    * Robb’s Heavy Metal Piper YouTube Channel

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 10: Abolish ICE?

    Episode 10: Abolish ICE?

    In this 10th episode of The Rationalist, the ‘Abolish ICE?’ edition, host Mike Coté discusses the contentious topic of immigration.



    He approaches the issue from a logical, centrist perspective and tries to avoid the insanely heated rhetoric currently being espoused by both the left and right. During the podcast, Mike talks through the recent genesis of this immigration furor, the family separation issue, and breaks down what the media has gotten right and wrong about its coverage of this important topic. Afterwards, he does a deep dive into several topics related to both legal and illegal immigration, including immigration levels, assimilation, border security, push & pull factors leading to illegal immigration, and the idea of abolishing ICE. Listen in for that and much more on the subject of immigration.

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    Links



    * Violence and Immigration from Central America

    * Fact-checking family separations

    * Vox on monitoring of illegal immigrants

    * Immigration statistics (historical and current)

    * AP Story on military removals

    • 56 min
    Episode 9: Trumped-Up Diplomacy

    Episode 9: Trumped-Up Diplomacy

    In this 9th episode of The Rationalist, the ‘Trumped-Up Diplomacy’ edition, host Mike Coté and returning guest Cornelius Radek discuss President Trump’s unique approach to diplomatic relations with both friends and foes.

    They break down the Trump administration’s general attitude towards diplomacy, how it is different from prior administrations, and what sort of impacts those choices have. After talking on the overall topic, they delve into two recent representative examples of ‘Trumped-Up’ diplomacy: the G7 summit in Canada and the US – North Korea bilateral meeting in Singapore. These two instances are excellent cases of how the President approaches diplomacy and reveal how he tends to think of our long-standing alliance relationships. The dueling summits also are a window into the mind of the President when it comes to making deals. Mike and Cornelius talk through these issues and many more related to American diplomacy in the age of Trump.

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    Segment 1: G7 Meeting



    * The 2018 G7 Summit

    * BBC on G7 Controversy

    * CFR on the G7 Summit

    * World Bank Tariff Data



    Segment 2: Singapore Summit



    * Trump – Kim Joint Statement

    * Fact-Checking Trump on North Korea

    * Washington Post on the Summit

    * Brookings Experts on Summit

    * Trump Tweet on North Korea

    • 1 hr 32 min

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