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3RT:12 – Global Development with Stefan Lako

Joining me this week is Stefan Lako, the host of the podcast “Is This It?” Much of Stefan’s life has involved service to others. From growing up on a Mercy Ship, to his work to combat child trafficking and sexual abuse around the globe. Today he’s here to talk about some of his unique formative experiences, and share some of the knowledge he’s accumulated from studying International Affairs and Global Development. Questions raised include what is dependency theory, what have we learned from our interactions with less developed nations, what has gone wrong, and how can we be better partners in the future.

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3RT:11 – Talking UBI and Economics with Riopublican

Joining A.Ron this episode is Riopublican from the podcast Moving Forward. They discuss why Andrew Yang had somewhat unique crossover populist appeal, the advantages and possible pitfalls of Universal Basic Income, how Democracy Dollars could save American politics from political corruption, and much more. But first, A.Ron talks a little bit about Bernie Sanders retiring from the field, and lays out the ground work for analyzing the pros and cons of supporting a Joe Biden presidential campaign through the lens of harm reduction or accelerationism.

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3RT:8 – How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bern

A listener writes in with a dilemma: How can they support politicians like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren when their policy proposals are seemingly so extreme with so little thought and analysis put into them? In an attempt to answer the question, A.Ron does a deep dive into the intuitive, strategic, and empirical arguments for Medicare for All.

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3RT:7 – IowAHMYGOD!

The Iowa Democratic Caucus was an embarrassing mess, so let’s talk about it. The caucus process is already weird and complicated, and this year added a poorly conceived app and other irregularities that lead to a lot of heated rhetoric and conspiracy theories. Then a listener asks what you should do when you feel like giving up on politics?

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OWT:5 – Battle of the Flexes

In this episode of One Weird Trick, A.Ron puts the rap game in a chokehold by discussing Cardi B’s hustle; and Cecily encourages everyone to find meaningful friendships. They offer advice on managing anger in yourself and others, continuing traditions for your children, wielding happiness responsibly, and finding a good therapist.

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3RT:5 – Looking Through the Overton Window

In this podcast, I recount the time I accidentally played a minor role in starting RedState.com and discovered the power of the Overton Window.

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OWT:4 – The AristoCATS

New Year, New Tricks! Cecily and A.Ron discuss traditions over resolutions in the new year. They also discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s big announcement (hint: it’s not a baby this time) as well as the definitive and only Cats movie you should be watching.

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3RT:4 – The Law In All Its Majestic Equality – Mailbag!

It’s the feedback episode! Plus, discussion of the Supreme Court’s 9th Circuit decision not to hear an appeal on the homeless sleeping in public. Have a great holiday, whatever you’re celebrating, and an even better new year. We’ll see you in 2020! (*Insert your preferred hindsight joke here)

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OWT:3 – Carton Capers

Cecily and A.Ron discuss the holly, jolly effects of depression and overcoming, or at the very least, managing it. They also debate the ethics of drinking directly out of the carton.

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3RT:3 – Ferengi Democrat

The problems of capitalism are legion, and for many, 21st century life in these United States is harder than it should be. Enter socialism! Is it the silver bullet cure for all that ails society? A.Ron once again calls upon his ancient Star Trek fandom, rubbing his lobes and counting his latinum, as he lays out the problems he has with socialism and how the Left struggles to articulate theory and advocate for policy. Also; a listener makes a case for billionaires!

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