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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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News is Dead

6/19/2024
The steady decline of traditional media seems a near certainty. In this podcast episode, Rick speaks with Margaret Talev, a journalist and head of the Institute for Democracy, Journalism, and Citizenship at Syracuse University. They discuss the evolving challenges in the news industry, including the decline of local news, the rise of misinformation on social media, and the growing distrust in media, particularly among conservatives. Talev emphasizes the importance of reliable news sources for a healthy democracy and describes efforts to rebuild local news and civic engagement. She also shares insights from focus groups and polling on voter behavior and media consumption, highlighting the impact of media sources on public perceptions and polarization. Timestamps: (00:02:20) Margaret's role (00:06:21) The ecosystem of local news (00:16:39) Voting based on vibes Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:18

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BONUS: This Is Why I Blocked You

6/18/2024
Today on The Enemies List, Rick reads a particularly spicy post from his Substack. Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:15:47

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Jewish Identity, Israel, and Constitutional Crises

6/17/2024
Navigating what it means to be Jewish today's world is a nuanced conversation. In this episode Rick enlists the support of Noah Feldman, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. The conversation dives into Feldman's latest book, "To Be a Jew Today: A New Guide to God, Israel, and the Jewish People," exploring its themes and the broader American legal landscape. They discuss the evolving perspectives within the Jewish community, the challenges facing Israel, and the complex relationship between American Jews and Israel. Additionally, Feldman offers insights into the current state of the U.S. Supreme Court, the impact of recent rulings, and the future of constitutional law in an era of political polarization. Noah's new book, "To Be a Jew Today: A New Guide to God, Israel, and the Jewish People," available now. Timestamps: (00:01:33) To Be a Jew Today (00:09:56) Defining what Israel is (00:16:41) Challenges to the constitution Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:25

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The Death of Truth

6/12/2024
Truth in politics has become an oxymoron. In this episode Wilson is joined by veteran journalist and author Steven Brill to discuss his latest book, "The Death of Truth." Brill, the founder of NewsGuard, dives into how social media and the internet have become powerful tools for spreading disinformation, influencing politics, and polarizing society. The conversation covers the impact of generative AI, programmatic advertising, and the role of bad actors like Russia, China, and Iran in propagating falsehoods. Brill shares insights on combating these issues, including potential regulatory measures and political reforms. Steven's book, "The Death of Truth," available now. Timestamps: (00:02:00) The Death of Truth (00:08:09) The Russian disinformation machine (00:20:21) The hill that companies die on (00:27:11) Strategies against disinformation Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:55

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Dominance in Politics Matters

6/10/2024
Dominance in politics matters, clearly, but how do we have strong leadership without authoritarianism? In this episode Rick speaks with political scientist Steven Fish, discussing his new book, "Comeback: Routing Trumpism, Reclaiming the Nation, and Restoring Democracy's Edge." They dive into the dynamics of political dominance, the importance of strong leadership, and the failures of current Democratic messaging. Fish argues that Democrats need to reclaim patriotic symbols and adopt a more assertive and emotional approach to connect with voters. The conversation covers the need to highlight achievements confidently and ridicule opponents effectively to counter authoritarian figures like Trump. Steven's book, "Comeback: Routing Trumpism, Reclaiming the Nation, and Restoring Democracy's Edge, available now. Timestamps: (00:01:53) Comeback (00:13:36) The four pillars of Americanism (00:19:51) Whole country nationalism (00:22:32) Reactions to Trump's convictions (00:31:51) Strategizing against Trump Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:41:41

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The 80th Anniversary of D-Day

6/5/2024
As the 80th anniversary of D-Day approaches, Ricks sits down with Garrett Graff to discuss his latest book, When the Sea Came Alive: An Oral History of D-Day. Graff's book offers a compelling recounting of this pivotal moment in history through the voices of over 700 interviews. The conversation explores the logistical challenges, the cultural and racial dynamics among American troops, and the personal stories of bravery and sacrifice. Highlighting battles like the fierce struggle for Lafayette Causeway, this conversation is a reflection on the significance and legacy of D-Day. Garrett's book, "When the Sea Came Alive: An Oral History of D-Day, available now. Timestamps: (00:02:12) Approaching the research (00:07:52) The majestic, inevitable, and terrible task (00:21:40) What should I be doing on January 6th? (00:27:26) Inspiration behind the book Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:25

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Guilty as Charged

6/3/2024
Now that we have the dramatic and decisive guilty verdict against Trump, what happens next? In today's episode, Rick dissects the landmark moment in the former president's long history of legal and ethical controversies. He explores the broader implications of the verdict, dismantling Trump's aura of invincibility and labeling him unequivocally as a felon. Through vivid analogies and historical references, Rick paints a picture of a once untouchable figure now facing the tangible consequences of his actions. Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:09

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The Situation Room

5/29/2024
What really happens in the White House Situation Room? In this episode Rick sits down with George Stephanopoulos to discuss his new book, "The Situation Room: The Inside Story of the Presidents in Crisis." They delve into the history and evolution of the White House Situation Room, from its creation by John F. Kennedy after the Bay of Pigs to its current high-tech incarnation. George shares insights into how different presidents have utilized this critical hub during moments of national crisis, including 9/11, the operation to capture Osama bin Laden, and the January 6th insurrection. George's new book, "The Situation Room: The Inside Story of the Presidents in Crisis", available now. Timestamps: (00:01:26) Origins of the situation room (00:04:00) Managing a crisis (00:12:39) What should I be doing on January 6th? (00:20:22) Inspiration behind the book Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:48

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The Inevitable New World

5/27/2024
Understanding the new world order is a moving target. In this episode Rick engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Ian Bremmer, president and founder of the Eurasia Group. Bremmer, a prominent political scientist and author, delves into the complexities of the shifting global power dynamics and the rise of a multipolar world. The discussion touches on the implications of Russia's aggression, China's economic ascent, and the transformative power of technology, particularly AI, on international relations and democracy. Bremmer also provides insights on the challenges facing Western democracies and offers valuable advice to the younger generation on navigating this evolving geopolitical landscape. Timestamps: (00:01:58) The great power realignments (00:08:44) Future impact of AI (00:14:30) Regulations around the impact of social media (00:20:24) Promoting individual liberty Follow Resolute Square: Instagram Twitter TikTok Find out more at Resolute Square Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:45

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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