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Author: Xander Snyder and Erik Fogg

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Politics without pushing perspectives. We challenge you to reconsider your views by providing context. But we don't do the thinking for you.

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161 Episodes
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In this episode, Erik expands substantially on work from Wedged, talking about how media technology, now and in the past, contributes to (or doesn't contribute to) political polarization.Check out the show notes at http://www.reconsidermedia.com for the slide deck!Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Volume Bias

Volume Bias

2021-09-2742:241

In the words of the legendary Terry Pratchett, in the Discworld novel The Truth:“A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth has had a chance to get its boots on.”Or from one of my favorite bands, The Protomen in their song, “The Hounds”:“When I say he was a monsterWhen I set fire to his nameIt does not matter where you hear it fromWhether truth or lies, it gets said all the sameBecome a ReConsider Patron…Whatever’s on the table plays!”Volume biasI’ve been on a kick recently about a propensity for us to misunderstand or misrepresent people who aren’t in our tribe. And how BS gets amplified.In “How to casually radicalize a citizen,” we talked about how people with less-than-awesome intent can easily (and do) create a stream of the worst of the opposition. You can see this and then get a bit radicalized yourself, as we see.But this is happening passively, too. I call it VOLUME BIAS.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Selective Forgiveness

Selective Forgiveness

2021-09-0931:12

What are you willing to forgive in the heroes of your story?Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Agenda:Weren’t nukes good for global stability? The idea of Mutually Assured DestructionGame Theory and the First Strike problem of most nuclear weaponsThe Dr. Strangelove scenarioWere there close calls? Yes, here are all of themAlso, the broken arrow problemCan you actually get rid of nukes? Probably not…....but can you get rid of the first strike problem? Probably!The magic of stealth boomer submarinesFmr. SecDef William J Perry’s modest proposalHow would you get this done? Who do you lobby?https://www.wjperryproject.org/Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Patron Q&A! #1

Patron Q&A! #1

2021-08-0358:25

I finally managed to get a bunch of patrons to send me questions. Many who are eligible have still sent none, so I’m going to be doing another soon!Some GREAT questions came in this time! Enjoy!Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Competing Frames

Competing Frames

2021-07-1250:461

Do you ever feel like your political opposition is talking right past you? As if you are having two entirely different conversations?You might be working with COMPETING FRAMES. Come learn how those work - and how to win.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Escape

Escape

2021-06-2626:432

How does the United States escape spiraling political polarization? Waiting for a hero may not work. The cause of polarization is structural; the solution must be, too.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Insurrection

Insurrection

2021-06-1201:24:461

In an age of sensationalism and hyperbole for political points, words like 'insurrection' and 'coup' might make us numb. but let's dig deeper. Was the Jan 6th Capitol Riot an "Insurrection?"(Note: this episode long delayed due to potential threats to the hosts' welfare, but we're finally releasing it!)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
False Premises

False Premises

2021-05-1942:261

If Trump had just decided to stay in power (and managed it), if Democracy had failed, might you have stormed the capitol? What does belief drives us to do? Do we, too, operate on false premises?Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
If I could convince you to spend two hours per day on certain Subreddits or other internet forums, I could probably make you a radical of any stripe I want. Knowing how this process works is the only way to avoid it.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
BTC is over $60k!? GME hit $300!? Inverted Yield Curve!? What the heck is going on? Dr. Jake Meyer returns to help us try to make... _any_ sense of this.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Weird people are moving to my neighborhood, rent is going up, and I'm not happy about it! Am I protesting gentrification, or immigration? Am I upset about both, or only one? And why?Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Yes, I'll be speaking again, and yes, again, it will be awesome.Get your tickets with the discount code "reconsider" for all-day awesomeness, straight to your living room.https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/product/intelligent-speech-spring-2021/Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It's happened before, and under similar stresses: American parties have shattered into splinter groups, and the ensuing land grab has led to deep realignments, and even the end of American parties. What causes these realignments, and could they happen today?Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Long before the capitol riots, a few good people began working on a documentary about the best Americans working to bridge our yawning divide. They created a movie: The Reunited States.Erik asks them hard questions--not about the movie, but about America. Can we walk backwards... or somehow go forward? Three amazing Americans who have spent the last few years devoting themselves to bridging the divide answer Erik's tough questions about what next comes for a bruised and battered nation.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Richard Hanania returns to speculate with Erik about how Congress, Silicon Valley, the Republican Party, and the nation as a whole will change after the Capitol Riots. Will our DNA change in the same way that it changed after 9/11?As usual, prepare for Erik and Richard to disagree fiercely :)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Historian Mike Duncan makes a compelling case that a breakdown of the political rules of the game--mos maiorum--drove the downfall of the Roman Republic. How much is America's breakdown of political norms and cohesion like that of the Roman Republic? How do we avoid our own Civil Wars and Rubicon?Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This Christmas is like no other. Millions of Americans traveled and unsafely visited family during Thanksgiving, leading to countless super spreader events that are killing thousands, needlessly, right now. Tomorrow, Christmas, is a critical day, and we all have an important ethical decision to make. Stay home, save other people's lives, and try to encourage as many others to do the same in whatever language they're familiar with. Acting in a way that conforms with our own moral principles will be ensure that we do not take actions that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
If 2020 has demonstrated anything, it is that geopolitical services are no longer a luxury. Like legal or accounting services, geopolitical services are crucial for businesses with global exposure in the unstable years ahead. You wouldn’t do your own accounting...why would you do your political risk?Perch Perspectives was built to serve clients with international exposure, whether agribusiness, energy, financial, technology, or supply chain. Perch's mission is simple: give clients the geopolitical perspective they need to understand their operating environments and the power to influence their global business.  Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Covid-19: Debunking the BS

Covid-19: Debunking the BS

2020-12-0601:31:211

There is an astounding amount of BS surrounding COVID-19. In part because of that, we have nearly 300k Americans dead, and more to come. In this episode, Xander and Erik arm you with what you need to convince anti-maskers to get with the program.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/reconsiderpodcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Midnight Rambler

sorry boys the days of big media big tech lecturing the people are over.

Oct 7th
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Midnight Rambler

quoting mitt Romney lol.

Jul 13th
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ratchet2505

Up'ed my patreon to £2.00 now, hope that helps a little bit 👍

Apr 2nd
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ratchet2505

👍

Oct 17th
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ratchet2505

This is awesome, just what the world needed. Please have another mashup please.

Oct 13th
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ratchet2505

An amazing episode, we need more minds like this 👌

Oct 4th
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ratchet2505

Yo! Let the episodes be as lkng as they naturally needed, we love em that way so we get all the information 👍

Sep 15th
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ratchet2505

Way too sad of end to such an mazing life!

Sep 7th
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ratchet2505

The pension problem is stupid, the rules were made to fail!

Aug 30th
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ratchet2505

Thank you for your hard work 👍

Aug 8th
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ratchet2505

Best episode ever made, well done 👏

Jul 31st
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ratchet2505

Advice, jump between police brutality and covid and then other topics that you had planed so then you can keep your support going for current events and you can cover other topics that you like 👍

Jun 14th
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ratchet2505

This is a amazing podcast episode, thank you very much 👌

May 31st
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ratchet2505

Looking forward to part two 👌

Mar 22nd
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ratchet2505

A beautiful realistic look at the world of international politics 👌

Mar 7th
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ratchet2505

Soild episode even if we didn't get anywhere 😂

Feb 11th
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ratchet2505

Soild episode even if we didn't get anywhere 😂

Feb 11th
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ratchet2505

What a bloody amazing episode, the content is solid and to the point. Thank you.

Feb 3rd
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ratchet2505

This is a bloody amazing episode guys, well done! 👌👍

Jan 20th
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ratchet2505

Amazing episode gents, amazing episode 👏👌👍

Jan 2nd
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