Three Right Turns

Three Right Turns explores progressive politics and policy with an eye towards out reach and explanation to centrists and open minded people of conservative persuasion. Do you feel left behind by the modern culture and economy? Are you alienated by friends, co-workers, and family, or are angry and confused for always feeling like the bad guy? Maybe Three Right Turns can help. Hosted by A.Ron, a former Christian conservative turned secular progressive, this podcast will answer honest questions with straightforward answers without judgment or condescension. Email or tweet @ARonHubbardBM with #3RT to have your questions or comments considered for the show.

All Episodes

3RT:10 – Be the Picard You Want to See in the World

A.Ron has a conversation with activist/filmmaker/author Ron Dawson, who stakes forth the claim of being his black doppleganger! Ron created a fantastic video using the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Darmok” to explain the concept of privilege. Ron invites us all to unleash our inner Picard to fight against modern injustices and inequality.

3RT:9 – A Lot’s Happening Right Now

Two weeks ago Bernie was in the lead, and everybody was wondering if this corona thing was going to be a big deal. Now the coronavirus is here, Biden has bested Bernie in several important contests, Sanders is almost certainly eliminated as a viable candidate, and our store shelves have been swept clean of toilet paper and hand soap. What the hell happened? A.Ron tries to help people understand the lay of this new world we’re living in, and why we shouldn’t under any circumstances give up or give in.

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.


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?

3RT:6 – The Unbearable Whiteness of Being

This week on 3RT, we’ll be talking about Whiteness. More and more we hear that whites are in trouble in America. They’re facing economically anxiety, they’re depressed, they’re suicidal, they’re resentful. But we’re also told that nearly everything we value in society; democracy, art, science, and philosophy has been largely shaped by white culture. But what does it mean to be white? What is white culture? Does white culture need to be protected and preserved?

3RT:5 – Looking Through the Overton Window

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

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)

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!

3RT:2 – Star Trek Republican

Last week I shared my personal history and how it informed and informs my worldview. This week we talk about how a particular part of my past — my love for Star Trek — informs my vision of the future. To give us our best shot at boldly going towards this future, we’ll need to maximize our human capital to enable our best and brightest around the globe to create new technologies and new ways to organize society for the task. While this will not be cheap or easy, I argue the value of this proposition over aimlessly shuffling towards a future dystopia. Finally, I consider some bad faith criticism of 3RT so we can get that out of the way early.