Politics

All Good Things…

It’s time to make official what we announced a few months ago on the last Swizzbold livestream: Swizzbold is CANCELLED! By us; Jim, A.Ron and Cecily, not some nefarious internet people. It’s been a lot of fun and very rewarding to produce the content we have over the last year plus, but with some of our members dropping off the work isn’t sustainable or as fun as it used to be. It’s an important ability to be able to step back and be able to stop things that aren’t working for you, on your own terms, and to get closure on things where there isn’t really closure to be had.

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3RT:36 – Hailing Frequencies Open with BJ from S. Carolina

“How do I talk with my more conservative friends and family?” is the number one question I get asked on this show. It’s also something I’ve thought a lot about, because I have a LOT of conservative friends and family! While my batting record is far from 1.000, I’ve had some successes here and there. Today I talk with a former Trump supporter and disillusioned right leaning individual from South Carolina, who has a lot of questions, like… how can I trust the democrats will do any better? Why should I care about policies for people worse off than me when I don’t feel secure myself? What if helping others makes me fear that I’ll be worse off? Let’s see if I can build some bridges and common ground and try to get us on the same page, or at least reading from the same book!

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3RT:35 – The Wrong Kind of Kindness

We’re almost to Joe Biden’s 50th day as President. In this short period of time, there have been some important victories, but there’s also been a fair share of disappointment. Do these setbacks mean electoral politics has failed yet again? Is it really as some fear, that the two parties in the US are the same? If so, how do we move politicians left? How can we be more politically effective? How can we keep our eyes on the long term prize and not give in to political despair, cynicism, and apathy? In this episode we talk about $2000 Covid-relief checks, the $15 minimum wage, problems on our southern border, and airstrikes in Syria.

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3RT:34 – Gun Control with Aiden from Socialism Done Left

America has more guns than people. Our murder and suicide rates are far above our international peers. Can something be done about gun violence and death in America? And if so, what? Aiden from Socialism Done Left (youtube / twitch) joins the podcast once again to share some stats and debate what policies and priorities we should be pursuing in the goal of saving lives and protecting personal freedoms.

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3RT:033 – Diamond Hands with Jim!

Podcast producer and host Jim Jones breaks his 3RT silence by joining me to try and separate math from myth when it comes to Game Stop. Game Stop (GSE) has been living the classic “rags to riches to rags to maybe riches to almost certain rags” story in the stock market and on social media this past week. What’s going on? Has the financial Davids finally gotten one over on the Wall Street Goliaths? Is this kind of investing sound? How does shorting stocks work? How can you make money when a company’s value falls? Is this chaos a problem, have crimes been committed, and what if anything can or should be done about it? We’ll try to provide some answers, and some context.

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3RT:032 – Happy New Year?

We’re just over two weeks into 2021, and it doesn’t seem that we’re fated to reduce our collective anxiety levels any time soon. What happened at the Capitol on January 6th? What can we do about it in the future? What should the Biden administration and congressional Democrats have as their priorities over the next two years? And how does Swizzbold and 3RT plan on covering politics in 2021 and beyond?

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3RT:31 – I’m Dreaming… of a Social Wealth Fund for America

This week A.Ron talks briefly about the various messes we’re in, and encourages people to help take the Senate back in Georgia, before doing a deep dive into the history and future of social wealth funds. What is a Social Wealth Fund? How has Norway’s experience proved that government can effectively and responsibly manage such a thing? And could it possibly work here? We consider the American Solidarity Fund proposal from the People’s Policy Project to find out!

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3RT:30 – Court Rebalancing with Aiden from Socialism Done Left

Aiden joins A.Ron to discuss Court Rebalancing. Is the Supreme Court lost to progressives for a generation? What is the cost of such a loss? Is there any way we can fight back? What is legal, what is even possible? We consider several popular suggestions on rebalancing the Court, as well as how we can tactically and strategically achieve this. Bur first, A.Ron gives a pep talk about the current and future defeats of Trumpism.

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3RT:29 – Election 2020 Mythbusting

Congratulations, America! We dodged the authoritarian bullet for four more years. It was a close race, perhaps closer than we were hoping for, and maybe we’ll be tempted to be disappointed in the outcome. After all, even if we take Joe Biden’s win as a repudiation of Trump, we lost ground in the House and…

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3RT:28 – Rules Lawyers

A.Ron makes his closing arguments for why you, the listener, should make sure to go out this presidential election. Whether you’re a third party voter, someone planning to sit out a battleground state race, or someone stuck in deep blue or deep red America, A.Ron has a little something to motivate you to get out there and vote. And if the worst should come to pass, and we find ourselves in an uncertain time with no clear winner and no clear loser, how can we prepare ourselves for that moment? What can we as citizens do to make sure our voice is heard and our nation chooses democracy?

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