ReConsider, by Xander and Erik, is a twice per month podcast in which we take on, in-depth, one pressing political issue facing western Democracies with a fresh, researched, and challenging perspective. We help listeners see the full context behind the issue and make up their own minds.
In Wedged, we talk about BS and bias in media coverage of elections. We've always wondered: Can we measure it?
Turns out, someone can. Danielle Deibler is the CEO/founder of Marvelous.ai: she's where AI and politics meet. In this episode, Danielle walks us through how we can measure BS, bias, and other sentiment in media coverage, with the 2020 election as a case study. We learned a ton and you will, too.
It's often taken as given that Trump is acting on Moscow's behalf in his foreign policy. In this episode we ask: what foreign policy would be in Russia's interest? And is Trump following that foreign policy, or a different one?
We explore such topics as Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East, with NATO, in Ukraine, and even in trade. We’ll see how he does.
In which Erik gets sucked into Game of Thrones theory clickbait, and then realizes that this has an excellent analogy to political media. Plus some great announcements.
David Campt, "The Dialogue Guy," founder of the Ally Conversation Toolkit, who you may know from The Daily Show, joins ReConsider to help us learn better how to talk to people we disagree with. Straight up this is one of the best shows we've ever had.
We learned so much from David about the emotions, roadblocks, and pitfalls that get in the way of having an effective conversation in dismantling bias and changing minds; as well as an incredibly effective and compelling methodology to actually getting into the trenches with someone and making real process. This is a must listen.
We ask tough questions such as:
-Is it even possible to not do the thinking for you?
-How do we discuss tribalism without evoking false equivalence?
-What does heterodoxy even mean in a bi-polar political society?
You might feel pretty strongly about trade and immigration policy--either very happy or very cranky with the way things are currently being done. But you might be surprised to learn that your tribe might have felt very differently about it just a few years ago.
Xander and Erik are crazy-busy, and we're very sorry about that. In lieu of this fortnight's episode, here is our Halloween Special from Agoraphobia 2018: "WE DO THE THINKING FOR YOU." Yes it's silly, but it's of course meant to get us thinking about how we frame the behavior of our tribe and our enemy tribe in ways that makes it impossible to be introspective.
So hey Thanksgiving is coming up; time for an emergency prep episode! If your Thanksgiving turns into fighting, and you don’t want it to, we can help! Challenge yourself to have a great political conversation rather than a brutal slugfest.
Today we're joined by Emmet and Karl of OnlineGreatBooks.com to discuss why a bunch of dead thinkers are still hyper-relevant today. We talk about their impact on society and politics, as well as make a case for why they should still be read if we want to understand the world around us, and ourselves. The three philosophers that go under the microscope: Plato, Machiavelli, and Marx.
Politics gets emotional. However the emotional part of our brain was designed not for rational thought, but for knee-jerk survival mechanisms. How can we train our brain to think more clearly about politics in our daily lives?
In this episode, Erik and Xander talk Stoicism, a philosophy and thought strategy that has been used for thousands of years by everyone from salves to emperors to get a grip on the turbulent world around them. You'll learn why Stoicism is so powerful, and you can apply it in your life and conversations today.
What if you decided to immerse yourself in the opposite political narrative to what you know?
That's just what Stephanie did. She lives surrounded by liberal news media and friends, and she decided to spend a few months reading and listening only to Fox News, to understand what's missing from her own narrative.
The results are awesome.
Everything's falling apart! The breakdown of multilateral institutions! Anti-establishment candidates are popping up everywhere! Russia is escalating! China! Syria! Turkey! Terrorism!
What's it all look like in the long-term?
Free speech protests have popped up in campuses across the United States over the past few years, and everyone is getting their word about it in, even President Obama. You may or may not yet feel strongly about this. No matter where you stand, now's the time to get yourself some context. What is "harm," and what kinds of speech should still be protected even if they are harmful? Time to ReConsider.