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The Realignment

The Realignment

News, Politics, News Commentary, Technology, Policy, International Relations, National Security, Public Policy, Economics, U.s. Politics, Marshall Kosloff, Saager Enjeti

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Overview

The United States is in the midst of a dramatic political realignment with shifting views on national security, economics, technology, and the role of government in our lives. Saagar Enjeti and Marshall Kosloff explore this with thinkers, policymakers, and more.

535 Episodes

Saagar & Marshall Supercast AMA & Discussion Preview: How the U.S. Should Handle Israel & Iran's Escalation, Ukraine Aid's Passage Means for the Battlefield, Audience Questions, and More...

In the latest edition of The Realignment's weekend Ask Me Anything and discussion series, Saagar and Marshall discuss the fallout from Iran and Israel's latest escalation cycle, what the passage of Ukraine aid means for the battlefield and Zelensky's political strategy, take-aways from their latest live events (conference on black conservatism and an Israel livestream debate), take audience questions, and more...

Transcribed - Published: 21 April 2024

RE: Something Interesting | Steven Kurutz on the Entrepreneurs Bringing the Art & Business of Making Clothes Back to the USA

Steven Kurutz, a features writer at The New York Times and author of American Flannel: How a Band of Entrepreneurs Are Bringing the Art and Business of Making Clothes Back Home, joins the show. Marshall and Steven discuss how and why Americans went from wearing 70% domestic-made apparel to almost none, the revival of domestic clothes manufacturing in the 2000s and 2010s, and how the lessons of the industry's domestic revival applies to post-COVID reshoring opportunities in critical industries.

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

Realignment Ask Me Anything | Supercast Anniversary Edition - Show's Future, Texas Book Pitch, and 2028 & Beyond (Full Episode)

To celebrate the anniversary of The Realignment's Supercast subscription, Marshall recorded a special, best-of edition where he answers questions on everything from the show's future to his Texas-centered book idea and more...

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Note: Personal Day for Work Travel

The Realignment is taking the day off so that Marshall can travel to Dallas to moderate a conference panel. There is however, a new episode of his Hudson Institute podcast, Arsenal of Democracy, summing up the lessons from the recent TikTok legislative debate and what it means for U.S. digital sovereignty and political economy.

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

470 | Nick Troiano: Are Party Primaries the Cause of America's Political Dysfunction?

Nick Troiano, author of The Primary Solution: Rescuing Our Democracy from the Fringes and founding executive director of Unite America, joins The Realignment. Marshall discuss the case against party primaries, how politicians respond to the structure of the American political system, the lessons and results of 2020s election reforms, and whether proposed election reforms benefit one side of the aisle over the other.

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

Saagar & Marshall Supercast AMA & Discussion Preview: Working at the Institute for the Study of War, Thoughts on Japanese Culture and Ally-Status, Barstool Conservatism's Future, Trump's VP Choice, and More...

In the latest edition of The Realignment's weekend Ask Me Anything and discussion series, Saagar and Marshall discuss what its like to start one's career at the DC national security think tank, their thoughts on Japanese culture and status as an American ally, the state of the "Barstool conservatism" phenomenon, why Trump won't pick Tulsi Gabbard as his VP choice, and more...

Transcribed - Published: 7 April 2024

469 | Taylor Lorenz & Corbin Barthold: The Case Against the TikTok Sale Legislation

Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post columnist and author of Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, and Corbin Barthold, TechFreedom's Internet Policy Counsel and Director of Appellate Litigation, join The Realignment. In this two-part episode, Marshall and Taylor discuss her work on the creator economy, broader story of the social internet's development, and her opposition to the House legislation to force ByteDance to divest itself from TikTok. Then, Marshall and Corbin discuss his belief that the legislation as written violates the First Amendment.

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

468 | Adam Klein: Why TikTok Should Be Owned by Americans

Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin and former Chairman of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Adam discuss the case for forcing ByteDance to divest itself from TikTok or face a ban, why a forced divestment of TikTok passes constitutional muster, the case for treating a social media app like a radio station or cable network from a foreign-ownership ban perspective, and how to balance the American tradition of free speech and privacy in national security contexts.

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

467 | Annie Jacobsen: What the Threat of Nuclear War Means for the Era of Great Power Competition

Annie Jacobsen, journalist and author of Nuclear War: A Scenario, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Annie discuss what experts predict the initial minutes after a nuclear launch and strike would look like, why the return of Cold War style relationships between great powers has brought the threat of nuclear conflict back to the forefront, the history of the U.S. military and Executive Branch's nuclear policies, and the need to ensure that adversary nations maintain lines of clarity and communication to prevent a disastrous miscalculation.

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

466 | Tim Carney: Are Falling Birth Rates the Result of a "Family Unfriendly" American Culture?

Tim Carney, AEI Senior Fellow, Washington Examiner columnist, and author of Family Unfriendly: Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than It Needs to Be, joins The Realignment. Tim and Marshall discuss the cultural, economic, political, and technological roots of America's falling birth rate, the gap between the number of children that families wish to have and the actual number they have, government's role in family formation and social policy, the role of class and region in parenting struggles, and the ways that individual parents can make navigate an increasingly difficult social environment.

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

Saagar & Marshall Supercast AMA & Discussion Preview: Candace Owens and the Daily Wire Split Up, Societal Damage from Smartphones, Underrated Presidents, and More...

In the latest edition of The Realignment's weekend Ask Me Anything and discussion series, Saagar and Marshall discuss the implications of Candace Owens leaving the Daily Wire, Jonathan Haidt's argument that smartphones severely damaged society from 2012 onwards, and respond to Supercast subscriber AMA questions.

Transcribed - Published: 24 March 2024

465 | Admiral James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman: How AI, Biotech, and Geopolitics Will Define the 21st Century

Former NATO Allied Supreme Commander Admiral James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman, co-authors of 2054: A Novel and 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, return to The Realignment. In a follow-up to their fictional exploration of a military conflict between the U.S. and China in the 2030s, Stavridis and Ackerman explore how artificial intelligence, advances in biotechnology, fractious politics, and an evolving world order defined by nation-states and corporate power could shape the midpoint of the 21st century.

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

464 | Saleha Mohsin: How the Weaponization of the Dollar Changed the World Order

Saleha Mohsin, author of Paper Soldiers: How the Weaponization of the Dollar Changed the World Order and Senior Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg News, joins The Realignment. Saleha and Marshall discuss the "strong dollar" consensus that emerged after the end of the Cold War, the resulting tradeoff between cheap consumer imports and the decimation of the manufacturing sector, how the Trump administration began to turn against the strong dollar consensus, the role the Treasury Department and the dollar play in perpetuating America's superpower status, and the increasing use of financial sanctions from the War on Terror to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

463 | Jim Sciutto: Has Great Power Conflict Set Us on the Path to the Next World War?

Jim Sciutto, CNN Chief National Security Analyst and author of The Return of Great Powers: Russia, China, and the Next World War, joins The Realignment. Jim and Marshall discuss why he believes we're living in a "1939 moment," why the "Cold War II" description understates the perilous geopolitical environment, lessons from the past two years of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, whether the United States can afford to handle multiple theaters of conflict at once, and the Biden vs. Trump foreign policy visions that will define the 2024 election.

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

462 | Frank H. McCourt, Jr.: How Decentralization Can Fight Big Tech & Reclaim the Internet's Promise

Frank H. McCourt, Jr., founder of Project Liberty and author of Our Biggest Fight: Reclaiming Liberty, Humanity, and Dignity in the Digital Age, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Frank discuss his belief that the internet as we know it is broken, why reimagining the internet's architecture could address growing social strife, the limits of the past decade's regulatory and status-quo market approach, and the promise a "third-generation internet" premised on digital property rights, autonomy, and ownership.

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Saagar & Marshall Supercast AMA & Discussion Preview:

In the latest edition of The Realignment's weekend Ask Me Anything and discussion series, Saagar and Marshall discuss their reaction to President Biden's State of the Union address, the takeaways of their reading binge on America's WWII leadership, Cal Newport's long-term vision for the Apple Vision Pro, and answer audience Q&A.

Transcribed - Published: 10 March 2024

Saagar & Marshall Supercast AMA & Discussion Preview: Biden State of the Union Reaction, Contrasting WWII Leadership with Today's, Unpacking Cal Newport's Spatial Computing Vision, and More...

In the latest edition of The Realignment's weekend Ask Me Anything and discussion series, Saagar and Marshall discuss their reaction to President Biden's State of the Union address, the takeaways of their reading binge on America's WWII leadership, Cal Newport's long-term vision for the Apple Vision Pro, and answer audience Q&A.

Transcribed - Published: 10 March 2024

461 | Lucas Vaz: Navigating Decaying Infrastructure, Failing Institutions, and Geopolitical Threats with “Critical Software”

Lucas Vaz, Founder and General Partner of Ravelin Capital, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Lucas discuss, Ravelin, his newly launched fund focused on "critical software." They discuss how successful critical software startups can address the looming challenges posed by decaying infrastructure, failing institutions, and geopolitics, his previous investments in companies like Apex and Hadrian, the generational opportunity to utilize software to address real-world problems, and the ins and outs of launching a new fund amid market uncertainty in the tech industry.

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

460 | Cal Newport: Why the Obsession with "Pseudo-Productivity" is Driving Knowledge Worker Revolts and Burnout

Cal Newport, Georgetown University professor of computer science, founding member of the Center for Digital Ethics, and author of Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout, returns to The Realignment. Cal and Marshall discuss why "pseudo-productivity" is at the root of trends such as anti-work and quiet-quitting, why knowledge workers feel so burnt out despite the promise of post-COVID remote/hybrid work, the economics behind decades of evolving productivity fads, and where workplace norms and practices settled after COVID's disruption.

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

459 | Steve Coll: Saddam Hussein, the CIA, and the Perils of Misreading Dictator's Ambitions

Steve Coll, author of The Achilles Trap: Saddam Hussein, the C.I.A., and the Origins of America's Invasion of Iraq and Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Steve discuss America's decades-long relationship with Saddam Hussein before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA's intelligence failures that led to radical misinterpretations of Saddam's ambitions after the Gulf War, the Iraq War's significance 20 years later, and how past mistakes can inform today's assessments of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

458 | Carlos Lozada: How to Read Politics & Politicians - What Books Say About Power, Personalities, and Washington

Carlos Lozada, New York Times columnist and author of The Washington Book: How to Read Politics and Politicians & What Were We Thinking: A Brief Intellectual History of the Trump Era, joins The Realignment. Carlos and Marshall discuss how people in power reveal themselves through their books and writings, the books and ideas that defined the Trump era (2004-2028?), his presidential biography recommendations, and the role the "Washington book" plays in the D.C. day-to-day.

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

457 | Jacob Heilbrunn: From Isolationism to America First - Does the American Right Have a Foreign Dictator Problem?

Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor of The National Interest and author of America Last: The Right's Century-Long Romance with Foreign Dictators, returns to The Realignment. Jacob and Marshall discuss how the American right and left cozied up to foreign autocrats during the 20th century, why he believes the far-right's sympathies with autocrats are more relevant to today's policy debates than the left's sympathy with communist regimes, the differences between good faith skepticism of the U.S. foreign policy establishment and bad faith sympathy towards autocrats, and the parallels between modern day isolationists and the Bush-era Neoconservative movement.

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

456 | Alexander Ward: Biden's Internationalists, Trump's Nationalists, and the Fight for the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

Alexander Ward, Politico reporter and author of The Internationalists: The Fight to Restore American Foreign Policy After Trump, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Alexander discuss the Biden foreign policy team and agenda's origins in the wake of Trump's surprise 2016 election, whether foreign policy does (or doesn't) determine election outcomes, where the Biden foreign policy builds upon and distances itself from Trump's, the conflicts, events, and regions that shaped 2021-2024: China, Kabul, Ukraine, and why the Biden team's orientation is best described as "internationalist" versus Trump's "nationalists."

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

Saagar & Marshall Supercast AMA & Discussion Preview: Apple Vision Pro Review, Will AI Video Kill Hollywood?, What We're Reading, Good Vibes, Bad Policy, and More...

In the latest edition of The Realignment's weekend Ask Me Anything and discussion series, Saagar and Marshall discuss Saagar's Apple Vision Pro review, OpenAI's Sora AI video generation product, and answer subscriber-exclusive questions on the cases for and against Biden and Trump, how to fix the immigration system, their latest reading, and more...

Transcribed - Published: 18 February 2024

455 | Sarah Scoles: What Does the Future Hold for America's Nuclear Arsenal?

Sarah Scoles, author of Countdown: The Blinding Future of Nuclear Weapons, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Sarah discuss why nuclear weapons have regained their Cold War relevance, the modern nuclear weapons landscape, efforts to modernize America's vintage nuclear stockpile, and prospects for the nuclear status-quo, proliferation, and abolishment.

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

454 | Jeffrey Rosen: How the Education of the Founders Can Inspire the Next Generation of American Leaders

Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center and author of The Pursuit of Happiness: How Classical Writers on Virtue Inspired the Lives of the Founders and Defined America, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Jeffrey discuss the Greek and Roman roots of early American political thought, why the founders focused on the pursuit of "virtue," why classical education has become partisan in the 21st century, and the role of education and self-development in the formation of leaders.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

453 | Benn Steil: The Rise & Fall of Henry Wallace and the Inevitability of the Cold War

Benn Steil, author of The World That Wasn't: Henry Wallace and the Fate of the American Century and Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins The Realignment. Benn and Marshall discuss the origins of the Cold War and postwar U.S. foreign policy through the career of Henry Wallace, FDR's VP before Harry Truman. They discuss despite claims from critics of U.S. foreign policy like the director Oliver Stone, a Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union was inevitable.

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

452 | Jerry Hendrix: The Age of U.S. Naval Dominance Is Over

Dr. Jerry Hendrix, Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute and author of To Provide and Maintain: Why Naval Primacy Is America's First Best Strategy, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Jerry discuss the conflict with Yemen's Houthi rebels and a potential conflict in Asia through a naval lens, the case for increasing the size of the U.S. Navy, what a proper mix of carriers, aircraft, and drones in the fleet would look like, and the need to revitalize the defense industrial base.

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

451 | Jonathan Blitzer: The Central American Origins of the Border Crisis

Jonathan Blitzer, author of Everyone Who Is Gone Is Here: The United States, Central America, and the Making of a Crisis, joins The Realignment. Jonathan and Marshall discuss the Central American origins of the border crisis, the origins and state of the asylum system, why the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations have struggled to "solve" the U.S.-Mexico border, and why we can expect future border showdowns for the foreseeable future.

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

450 | Nicholas Dirks: The Uses and Abuses of the University - Where Does Higher Ed Go from Here?

Nicholas Dirks, former Chancelor of UC Berkeley, author of City of Intellect: The Uses and Abuses of the University, and President & CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences, joins The Realignment. Nicholas and Marshall discuss how his tenure at UC Berkely in 2010s presaged today's debates over free speech, tuition, and administrative bloat, increased societal distrust of higher education, and how the university system must evolve to meet the needs of a changing America.

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

Supercast AMA & Discussion Preview: GOP Heads to SC, Mass Media Layoffs, Texas Border Standoff, AMA, and More...

Subscribe to The Realignment to access the full version of this episode and support the show: https://realignment.supercast.com/. In the latest edition of The Realignment's weekend Ask Me Anything and discussion series, Saagar and Marshall discuss the state of the GOP Primary moving into South Carolina, the state of the media industry after this week's mass layoffs, the standoff between the Biden administration and Texas, answer audience questions, and more...

Transcribed - Published: 28 January 2024

449 | Noah Smith: 2024's Stakes, Rebuilding the Arsenal of Democracy, and How to Get Industrial Policy Back on Track

Noah Smith, author of the Noahpinion Substack, returns to The Realignment. Noah and Marshall discuss the likely Biden vs. Trump contest in November, the challenges facing the U.S.-led alliance system, the state of America's defense industrial base, the future of warfare through the lens of Ukraine, how democracies can deter autocratic aggression, and how to actually accomplish the industrial policy aims of the CHIPS Act and IRA.

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

448 | Benjamin Herold: Are America's Schools and Suburbs Unraveling?

Benjamin Herold, education reporter and author of Disillusioned: Five Families and the Unraveling of America's Suburbs, joins The Realignment. Benjamin and Marshall discuss the rise and fall of suburbia through the lens of five families, why many middle-class suburbs resemble a Ponzi scheme, debates between progressives and the liberal status quo over race, the role of school choice, and the state of the American dream.

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

447 | Nick Romeo: The Public Rejects the Status Quo. What is the Alternative?

Nick Romeo, New Yorker writer and author of The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Nick discuss the outdated nature of many of the dogmas preached by modern economists, the growing number of new approaches aimed at reshaping economic outcomes, the importance of "political economy," and the opportunity to provide an alternative to a stagnating status quo.

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

446 | Tina Nguyen: How the Conservative Movement Went MAGA

Tina Nguyen, a national correspondent for Puck and author of The MAGA Diaries, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Tina discuss the evolution of the conservative movement since President Obama's 2008 election, Tina's career in the right-wing ecosystem from Claremont to the Daily Caller, the state of digital media, and why alternate 2024 Republican alternatives aren't able to take over the MAGA mantle.

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

Supercast Preview: 2024 Reading Goals, Yemen Strikes, Taiwan's Election, the GOP Primary Kicks Off, Audience AMA, and More...

In 2024's first edition of The Realignment's Recap and Ask Me Anything, Marshall and Saagar discuss their 2024 reading goals, the aftermath of the airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen, Taiwan's elections, the start of the 2024 GOP presidential campaign, November election predictions, and audience Q&A.

Transcribed - Published: 14 January 2024

445 | Arun Gupta: Venture Meets Mission - How Mission-Driven Capitalism Can Solve Societal Challenges

Arun Gupta, CEO of the NobleReach Foundation and co-author of Venture Meets Mission: Aligning People, Purpose, and Profit to Innovate and Transform Society, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Arun discuss the need for business, government, and society to collaborate in the face of massive societal challenges, what a mission-driven politics could look like, how working together across ecosystems can rebuild societal trust, and the generational opportunities at the intersection of technology and policy.

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

444 | Joshua Green: AOC, Bernie, & Warren - The Left Populist Struggle for a New American Politics

Joshua Green, Bloomberg National Correspondent and author of The Rebels: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Struggle for a New American Politics & Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising, joins The Realignment. Joshua and Marshall discuss the past, present, and future of left populism through the careers of AOC, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, why the perceived inadequacy of the response to the 2008 Financial Crisis fueled the left, and how the Biden administration has built on populist insights from the 2010s and COVID.

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

443 | Yaroslav Trofimov: Will 2024 Bring Victory, Defeat, or Stalemate in Ukraine?

Yaroslav Trofimov, The Wall Street Journal's Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and author of Our Enemies Will Vanish: The Russian Invasion and Ukraine's War of Independence, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Yaroslav discuss his on the ground reporting since 2021, the history of the war from the start of the invasion to the present, why the 2023 counteroffensive failed to achieve its objectives, how to define victory or defeat, and how increasing aid skepticism in Western capitals could change the course of the war.

Transcribed - Published: 9 January 2024

442 | Heather Jo Richman: The AUKUS Partnership and How the U.S., U.K., and Australia Can Invest in Dual-Use Technologies

Heather Jo Richman, Founder and Chair of the U.S. Defense Investors Network, joins The Realignment. Heather and Marshall discuss her co-chairmanship of the newly-launched AUKUS Defense Investors Network, the AUKUS partnership between the U.S., U.K., and Australia, dual-use technologies such as cyber, AI, quantum computing, undersea capabilities, hypersonics, and EW/information sharing, and the role of the private sector when it comes to developing solutions to national security challenges.

Transcribed - Published: 22 December 2023

FAI Presents | Jennifer Pahlka & Michael Kratsios : From Tech to Government and Back Again

Earlier this month Marshall moderated a conversation Jennifer Pahlka and Michael Kratsios on their experiences moving from tech to government and back again. Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, served as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Obama, and as a member of the Defense Innovation Board under Presidents Obama and Trump. This year, she published Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better. Michael Kratsios, former Principal and Chief of Staff at Thiel Capital, served as Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Under Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon during the Trump administration. Today, he is Managing Director at Scale AI, where he leads corporate strategy and helps accelerate AI applications across industries. They discuss how tech can contribute to the national interest, opportunities for a tech "tour of duty" in government, and the sclerotic political environment in DC.

Transcribed - Published: 21 December 2023

441 | Matthew George: Human-Machine Partnership and the Case for Autonomous Flight

In the last episode of The Realignment's coverage of the Reagan Defense Forum, Matthew George, CEO of Merlin Labs, joins the show. Matthew and Marshall discuss the case for scaling the capabilities of autonomous flight, how the technology demonstrates the promise of human-machine partnership, the potential role of autonomous flight in an Indo-Pacific conflict, and the path to scaling autonomation in planes and beyond.

Transcribed - Published: 19 December 2023

Recap and AMA - Free Edition | Marshall & Saagar on 2024 Optimism, Zelensky's Visit to DC, Biden vs. Trump, the Vibecession, and More...

In this week's EOY edition of The Realignment's Recap and Ask Me Anything, Marshall and Saagar discuss their optimism moving into 2024, Biden and Trump's prospects for 2024, the "Vibecession" discourse, Zelensky's visit to DC, and more...

Transcribed - Published: 17 December 2023

440 | Ryan Grim: What's Next for AOC and the Squad?

Ryan Grim, the Intercept's Washington Bureau Chief, cohost of Counterpoints, and author of The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution, joins The Realignment. Marshall and Ryan discuss the state of the Democratic Party, where the Squad and "the left" fit into the party's coalition, whether political revolution is a valid concept in American politics, and AOC's successes and failures since her surprise 2018 election.

Transcribed - Published: 15 December 2023

439 | John Brennan: The AI Future We Were Promised Is Finally Here

John Brennan, General Manager, Public Sector at Scale AI, joins The Realignment as part of the show's coverage of the 2023 Reagan National Defense Forum. John and Marshall discuss AI's impact on national security and warfare, how the U.S. can maintain its strategic advantage technological competition, and the sector's transition decade-long transition from science-fiction to present-day reality.

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

438 | Mike Slagh: The Case for Building American Civil-Military Fusion

Earlier this month, the Foundation for American Innovation flew The Realignment out to the Reagan Defense Forum for a series of interviews covering the intersection of national security, technology, and foreign policy. For today's interview, Marshall spoke with Shift CEO and Defense Ventures Summit Founder Mike Slagh. They discuss the defense ecosystem, recap last month's Defense Venture Summit, and articulate the respective roles played by veterans, founders, technologists, civilians, venture capitalists, and policymakers when it comes to addressing defense challenges.

Transcribed - Published: 12 December 2023

RE: Something Interesting | Johnny Smith on What Michael Jordan Meant for 1990s America, the Colorblind Racial Ideal, and Sports in Politics

Welcome to RE: Something Interesting, The Realignment's new Saturday podcast focused on more casual conversations about American culture and society with people who've released something worth diving into. Today's guest is Georgia Tech's Johnny Smith, author of Jumpman: The Making and Meaning of Michael Jordan. Marshall and Johnny discuss how racial politics shaped Michael Jordan's career, the role of sports in society, how American culture shifted during the 1980s and 1990s, and why the country's 1990s-era racial optimism seems to have transitioned into racial pessimism during the 2010s and 2020s.

Transcribed - Published: 9 December 2023

437 | Joe Lonsdale: The Role of Defense Technology in a New Era of Conflict

Last weekend, the Foundation for American Innovation flew The Realignment out to the Reagan Defense Forum for a series of interviews covering the intersection of national security, technology, and foreign policy. Next up, Palantir co-founder and 8VC Managing Partner, Joe Lonsdale. Marshall and Joe discuss the evolution of the defense technology space from the War on Terror to the great power competition era of the 2020s, how technology can deter conflict, and his writing on how innovators can avoid becoming cogs in the legacy defense industrial complex.

Transcribed - Published: 8 December 2023

437 | Joe Lonsdale: The Role Defense Technology in a New Era of Conflict

Last weekend, the Foundation for American Innovation flew The Realignment out to the Reagan Defense Forum for a series of interviews covering the intersection of national security, technology, and foreign policy. Next up, Palantir co-founder and 8VC Managing Partner, Joe Lonsdale. Marshall and Joe discuss the evolution of the defense technology space from the War on Terror to the great power competition era of the 2020s, how technology can deter conflict, and his writing on how innovators can avoid becoming cogs in the legacy defense industrial complex.

Transcribed - Published: 8 December 2023

436 | Shyam Sankar: From the "Last Supper" to the "First Breakfast" - How 30 Years of Consolidation & Financialization Broke the Defense Industry

Last weekend, the Foundation for American Innovation flew The Realignment out to the Reagan Defense Forum for a series of interviews covering the intersection of national security, technology, and foreign policy. First up, Marshall interviewed Shyam Sankar, Palantir's Chief Technology Officer, about his perspective on the emerging defense tech ecosystem. They discuss why the post-Cold War "Last Supper" and peace dividend led to a financialized and over-consolidated military-industrial-complex, the current lack of a pre-WWII style mobilization of industry, and the need for "founders" in the mold of those who led the U.S. to victory in WWII and the Cold War.

Transcribed - Published: 7 December 2023

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