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American democracy is being threatened, and *Rick Wilson* knows exactly who is responsible. In each episode, Rick calls out those who are the enemies of democracy and exposes their treachery- because sunlight is the best disinfectant. https://bit.ly/3P82A5g

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American democracy is being threatened, and *Rick Wilson* knows exactly who is responsible. In each episode, Rick calls out those who are the enemies of democracy and exposes their treachery- because sunlight is the best disinfectant. https://bit.ly/3P82A5g

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From FBI Director to Novelist

5/21/2024
James Comey writes fiction! On the show today, the former FBI Director joins to discuss his latest novel, "Westport." They explore the inspiration behind Comey's second foray into fiction, drawing from his time at a hedge fund and his experiences in law enforcement. The conversation dives into the current political landscape, focusing on the high-profile trials of Donald Trump and their implications for the rule of law. Comey shares his insights on the importance of the DOJ and FBI's independence, the potential consequences of politicizing these institutions, and his outlook on upcoming legal battles. Timestamps: [00:01:42] Inspiration for the book [00:04:27] Trump's trial [00:07:58] Predictions on the election case and the documents case [00:12:43] Experience with DOJ [00:16:21] What happens if we end up with a politicized FBI Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:07

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Another Republican Supports Biden

5/19/2024
There were just a few brave Republicans to openly criticize Trump for falsely claiming the election was stolen in 2020, today's guest was one of them. In this episode we welcome former Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, Geoff Duncan, for an insightful conversation about the state of the Republican Party and American politics. Duncan shares his unexpected journey into politics, his vision for a renewed GOP based on policy, empathy, and tone, and his courageous stand for election integrity during the 2020 election. They discuss Duncan's recent decision to support President Biden in 2024 to help the GOP rebuild post-Trump and critique the current divisive and chaotic influence within the party. Timestamps: [00:03:37] Policies, empathy, and tone [00:10:04] Taking sides in 2020 [00:14:19] Why I'm voting for Biden and why other republicans should too Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:41

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A History of Political Upheaval

5/15/2024
History can be viewed through the lens of political upheaval and revolution. On today's episode Rick is joined by Fareed Zakaria to discuss Zakaria's new book, "The Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present." They explore the historical patterns of cultural and political upheavals, beginning with the Tea Party movement and the cultural backlash during Barack Obama's presidency. Zakaria contrasts the incremental nature of the American Revolution with the more radical French and Russian revolutions. They delve into the challenges faced by modern authoritarian regimes in China and Saudi Arabia, the importance of America's post-war influence, and the need to navigate technological and economic transformations while preserving liberty and human dignity. Fareed's new book, "Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present", available now. Timestamps: [00:01:28] A new era of cultural politics [00:06:38] Is Trump a dictator? [00:12:18] The expansion of rights [00:15:24] Saudi Arabia and China Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:35

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The Embarrassing Trump Trials

5/13/2024
How do we make sense of the chaos Donald Trump's election interference trial? To help us find clarity Rick welcomes Norm Eisen, a CNN commentator and the author of "Trying Trump." Eisen provides an insider's look into Donald Trump's first election interference criminal trial, offering detailed observations from his frequent visits to the courtroom. The discussion dives into the legal strategies and courtroom dynamics, particularly focusing on the impact of key testimonies and the prosecution's approach. Together they explore the broader implications of the trial on American democracy and the rule of law, discussing potential outcomes and the political landscape. Timestamps: [00:01:59] Seeing Trump everyday [00:11:05] Will he end up in jail? [00:17:03] How do we undo Trump's example? Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:02

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Donald's Hot Mess

5/8/2024
Trump is a hot mess, we know this. And while everyone seems to have an opinion, few have the depth of knowledge and insight like today's guest. David Cay Johnston, a seasoned journalist and author known for his deep dives into American politics and economics, joins Rick to discuss the deeply troubling trajectory of Trump’s influence on American politics. Johnston, who has authored several critical books on Trump, shares insights into Trump’s personality, legal troubles, and the broader implications of his actions on the American democratic system. The conversation explores Trump’s history, from his early business ventures to his presidency, highlighting how his conduct in office signaled deeper issues of corruption and potential authoritarianism. Timestamps: [00:01:50] The brand of Trump [00:13:55] A tyrannical administration [00:15:51] Trump's bullying Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:58

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A Fraudulent Claim of Voter Fraud

5/6/2024
For years we've heard from the Trump campaign that the 2020 election was stolen via an elaborate scheme of coordinated voter fraud. On today's show, we speak with Ken Block, author of "Disproven: My Unbiased Search for Voter Fraud for the Trump Campaign." Block shares his experiences as a data analyst tasked by the Trump campaign to investigate claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. Throughout the discussion, Block details his rigorous process of vetting various allegations, revealing the baselessness of the claims and the internal dynamics among Trump's legal team. He also discusses the broader implications of election denialism and the troubling divide in media coverage. This episode provides a deep dive into the chaotic aftermath of the 2020 election and the challenges of combating misinformation within political and media landscapes. Ken's book "Disproven: My Unbiased Search for Voter Fraud for the Trump Campaign", available now. Timestamps: [00:01:43] Disproven [00:05:46] Donald.win [00:14:44] The math isn't there Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:13

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Democracy at Stake in American Exurbia

5/1/2024
Democracy will be won or lost in America's exurbia. In today's episode, Rick speaks with author David Masciotra, discussing his new book "Exurbia Now! The Battleground for American Democracy." The conversation dives into the transformation of American political life influenced by the migration from urban to suburban and ultimately to exurban areas. Masciotra sheds light on how these shifts reflect broader societal changes, contributing to the rise of authoritarian right-wing ideologies in less densely populated exurbs. They explore historical factors like white flight and infrastructure developments that spurred suburban growth post-World War II and discuss the current political dynamics where exurbs play a pivotal role. Timestamps: [00:01:57] A battleground for American democracy [00:10:11] Generica [00:17:12] Where do they run to next? Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:39

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Apocalyptic Partisanship

4/29/2024
American political discourse has become more toxic than ever. In today's episode, Rick speaks with Frank Bruni, author of the new book "The Age of Grievance," which examines the pervasive culture of outrage and grievance driving contemporary American politics. Together, they analyze the roots of this phenomenon, tracing it back to historical and media influences, such as the rise of conservative media figures like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. They explore how social media has intensified this culture, rewarding anger and performative outrage over substantive dialogue. They reflect on the decline of civility and compromise in political discourse, the rise of apocalyptic partisanship, and the erosion of trust in institutions. Timestamps: [00:01:30] The Age of Grievance [00:16:22] Pessimism sells [00:15:46] Breaking the spell [00:24:40] Strategies for governing Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:58

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The Horror of Trump's Potential Return

4/24/2024
Trump will be the next president, according to today's guest, if we do not learn the lessons of the past. On this episode Rick connects with author of the book Blowback and a vocal critic of Donald Trump, Miles Taylor. They dive into the potential dangers of a second Trump presidency, particularly focusing on the drastic changes he could impose on American democracy and government functionality. Taylor elaborates on his concerns about Trump's vindictive use of power, the politicization of civil services, and the shift in foreign policy towards autocratic regimes. The episode serves as a warning and a call to action, urging us to recognize and respond to the threats posed by a possible Trump re-election to our democracy. Timestamps: [00:01:26] Blowback [00:12:04] Schedule F [00:15:46] Breaking the spell [00:20:05] Foreign policy Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:22

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A Policy Proposal That Could Ruin Your Life

4/22/2024
In the event of a Republican victory in the 2024 presidential election, there potential implications for the country are darker than you may imagine. Project 2025 is one such outcome. In this episode, Rick is joined by author Andra Watkins to discuss her Substack publication, "How Project 2025 Will Ruin Your Life." Watkins, a former Christian nationalist, dives into the details of Project 2025, a hypothetical policy proposal she believes could dramatically alter American society through strict, moralistic governance. She highlights how the project's definitions of pornography could lead to severe restrictions on various forms of expression and details how its economic policies might adversely affect the middle class. Watkins also addresses the potential rollback of civil liberties, including gay marriage, and the imposition of religious conditions on social assistance. Timestamps: [00:01:38] Inspiration for Project 25 [00:04:50] Christian nationalists and their urges [00:10:47] Economic ideas of Project 25 [00:15:12] Schedule F Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:00

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MAGA's Republican Takeover

4/17/2024
The Republican party has changed. On this episode Ricks sits with Isaac Arnsdorf, a Washington Post reporter and author to discuss the profound transformation within the Republican Party instigated by the MAGA movement. Arnsdorf shares insights from his book, revealing how grassroots activism, led by figures like Steve Bannon, has reshaped the party from the bottom up. The episode explores the strategic takeovers of local party positions by MAGA supporters, the creation of a new political narrative surrounding the 2020 election, and the broader implications of this shift on American politics. Timestamps: [00:02:06] Who's running the new revolution? [00:05:54] Karizona [00:10:10] A foundational conspiracy [00:16:34] No enemies to my right Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:32

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A Conservative Environmentalist?

4/15/2024
Conservatives in America are not typically known as lovers of environmental advocacy. Well, our guest bucks that trend. Benji Backer, an environmental advocate and author of "The Conservative Environmentalist" joins Rick to discuss the urgent need for practical and innovative solutions to environmental challenges, critiquing both extreme denial and radical approaches currently dividing the political landscape. Backer emphasizes a historical bipartisan approach to environmental issues and proposes a balanced pathway that leverages American ingenuity and respects local knowledge. Timestamps: [00:01:54] Green new deal vs. denial [00:19:09] Becoming a conservative environmentalist Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:31

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AI Apocalypse

4/10/2024
It feels like all anyone wants to talk about these days is how AI is taking over. Well, we thought it time to have an expert on to break it all down. In this episode Rick speaks with AI expert Daniel Faggella in a comprehensive discussion on the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence. They speak to the implications of AI on the workforce, economy, and society, examining both the current state and future possibilities. Faggella brings insights from his experience in market research, discussing how AI is reshaping industries from legal to entertainment. They explore the concept of artificial general intelligence (AGI), its accelerated timeline, and potential societal impacts. The conversation also touches on the role of AI in politics, the concept of a political singularity, and the ethical considerations of AI development. Timestamps: [00:01:18] What we're missing with AI [00:10:48] How AI will impact politics [00:21:04] AI exceeding expectations Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:51

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Refreshing Optimism

4/8/2024
The participation of talented young people is a critical element in a functioning democracy. On this episode, Rick sits down with Gevin Reynolds, a rising figure in Democratic politics with experience in the Biden White House. They dive into the 2024 campaign landscape, focusing on Biden's presidency and the strategic positioning of the Democratic party. Reynolds shares insights on the administration's handling of crises like COVID-19, economic challenges, and racial justice issues. The discussion also touches on Vice President Harris's role and public perception, the impact of recent State of the Union addresses, and the evolving political dynamics among young and minority voters. Timestamps: [00:01:40] Perspective on the race [00:07:03] An underpriced political stock [00:16:02] The case of young voters [00:20:00] Mitigating the drift towards Trump Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:46

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The State of the Race

4/3/2024
From polls and pundits to dramatic headlines, sorting through the chaos of the presidential election is no easy task. To help parse madness, Rick had a conversation with Elaine Kamarck, political expert and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. The two give their view of the current state of American politics and the presidential election. They discuss the dynamics of the primary elections, voter demographics, and the strategic approaches of both political parties. The discussion also touches on the influence of third-party candidates, the role of money in political campaigns, and the changing landscape of voter behavior. Timestamps: [00:02:00] Surveillance capitalism [00:14:22] Where does RFK play into the election? Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:50

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You're Being Surveilled

4/1/2024
Big tech collects our data, this much we know. But to what extent? To explore this question Rick speaks with Byron Tau, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and author of "Means of Control." Together, they unravel the complex alliance between technology companies and government agencies, exposing how this partnership has birthed a new American surveillance state. They explore the evolution of data brokers, the commercialization of personal data, and the implications for individual privacy and public freedom. Tau shares insights from his book and his reporting journey, offering a chilling yet fascinating glimpse into the invisible world of surveillance capitalism. Byron's book, "Means of Control: How the Hidden Alliance of Tech and Government Is Creating a New American Surveillance State," available now. Timestamps: [00:01:52] Surveillance capitalism [00:06:13] How is government using this data? [00:09:58] Total Information Awareness [00:17:57] How much of this information is being used? [00:23:00] Notable bad actors Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:37:34

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Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and our Veterans

3/27/2024
America is no stranger to extremist political groups, a phenomenon further highlighted on January 6th. However, one thing we don't understand clearly enough is the overlap with our veteran community. On this episode Rick speaks with Ken Harbaugh, veteran and co-producer of "Against All Enemies," a documentary exploring why veterans are drawn into extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. Harbaugh discusses the search for belonging post-military service, the political endorsement of these groups, and the threat they pose to democracy. The conversation highlights the importance of personal outreach, the role of misinformation, and the need for alternatives that provide veterans with a sense of purpose. Harbaugh calls for awareness and action to prevent the exploitation of veterans by organizations aiming to undermine democratic foundations. Timestamps: [00:01:25] Against All Enemies [00:11:08] What are their objectives? [00:12:48] A feeling of betrayal [00:20:22] The one who missed the war Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:52

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Trump's Legal Quagmire

3/25/2024
Many Americans are asking the question "what's going on with Trump's legal battles?" Today on the show Rick speaks with author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin to dissect the intricate legal battles Trump faces in Georgia, Florida, and D.C., scrutinizing their procedural complexities and wider implications. Their discussion extends to the repercussions of Trump's actions on American democracy, examining themes of executive power and the rule of law. They discuss the societal impact of Trump's rhetoric and the polarized media landscape. Timestamps: [00:01:52] The Fani Willis case [00:10:16] John Robert's position [00:13:12] The worst case scenario Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:24

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The GOP's Battle for Electoral Integrity

3/20/2024
Barbara Comstock is a former Republican Congresswoman and longtime RNC veteran. We were excited to have her on the show to discuss the dramatic shifts within the Republican Party and the repercussions of its current trajectory. Together, the two discuss the challenges posed by aligning the party too closely with Trump, the impact on election integrity, and the future of the party. Comstock shares insights from her work on bipartisan efforts to combat election denialism, underscoring the conversation with reflections on the importance of democracy and the need for an inclusive political environment. Timestamps: [00:01:23] The past week at the RNC [00:05:42] Virginia post Trump [00:14:55] Working on election integrity Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:38

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The Looming "Dread Election"

3/18/2024
In a time when it can be difficult to find common ground in American politics one thing feels widely agreed upon, our collective dread for the upcoming presidential election. This week on the show we discuss just that with Time Magazine's Charlotte Alter, dissecting the current political landscape and the looming "Dread Election." Rick and Charlotte examine the widespread political fatigue among activists, the crucial role of young voters, and the influence of cancel culture on political discourse. Charlotte also highlights emerging young leaders and the quest for a message that resonates beyond the politically initiated. Timestamps: [00:01:41] The Dread Election [00:06:46] Young voters on this election cycle [00:12:10] Future candidates Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:52