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The Vivek Show

English, National/National politics/National assembly, 3 seasons, 77 episodes, 2 days, 19 hours, 37 minutes
Vivek Ramaswamy, a product of the American Dream, shares his journey from being a nerdy kid to becoming a biotech entrepreneur and founder of multi-billion-dollar companies. He faced challenges, but never saw hardship as victimhood. Instead, he found opportunities in adversity. After creating successful biotech companies that developed life-saving drugs, Vivek turned his attention to the rise of the ""woke cult"" and woke capitalism, writing best-selling books on these subjects. Ramaswamy decided to take action and founded Strive Asset Management to compete with ESG-pushing asset management firms, urging companies to focus on making products and services for profit. Realizing the need for a cultural revival in America, he decided to run for US president. He aims to lead, not follow, and plans to use his podcast to open up the Overton window to discuss ideas that are currently seen as taboo, with the hope that these ideas will become mainstream in the future.
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Biden Drops Out ... Now What?

Biden's announcement that he will not be the Democratic nominee confirmed what I've been saying for over a year (even when they called me a conspiracy theorist). It also confirmed that we're not really running against a candidate. We're running against a managerial machine. It doesn't matter if the Democrats put up Kamala Harris or someone else. 2024 is about dismantling that machine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/22/202419 minutes, 23 seconds
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RNC Update + Carl Trueman on Faith, Freedom, and the Sexual Revolution

First, I reflect on my time at the Republican National Convention and how we can move forward as a party and a country after the tragic attempt on Donald Trump’s life. Then, pastor, author, and theologian Carl Trueman joins me to discuss the tension between freedom and duty, the decline of organized religion, and the fallout of the sexual revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/17/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 27 seconds
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Lyman Stone on Demographic Decline

Should the government be paying people to have babies? Or are there other ways to reverse our demographic decline? Demographer Lyman Stone joins me to discuss the causes and implications of America’s falling birthrate.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/10/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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Vivek & friends talk Chevron Deference, Realignment, and the Plot to Replace Joe Biden

It’s been a hell of a week. Biden’s debate disaster left Americans wondering who’s really pulling the strings, and a pair of Supreme Court decisions gutted the administrative state. I joined my old classmate Paul Davis and political law attorney Steve Roberts to discuss these events and game out exactly how Democrats might replace Biden on the ballot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
7/3/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 7 seconds
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Vivek and Semafor’s Ben Smith on Buzzfeed, Assange, and Media Bias Ahead of the Trump-Biden Debate

Description: How will media failures in the lead-up to the 2020 election affect their coverage of the 2024 race? Vivek talks to Semafor editor-in-chief Ben Smith ahead of the first Trump-Biden debate. They cover the Julian Assange plea deal, Vivek’s shareholder activism at BuzzFeed, and the revival of institutional purpose. It’s a rapid-fire, high-intensity episode not to miss. Like Ben? Listen to his podcast at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/26/20241 hour, 17 minutes, 2 seconds
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Pastor Jim Davis on Fixing America's Crisis of Purpose | Truth | S3 E8

Vivek and Pastor Jim Davis investigate the crisis causing Americans to abandon their churches -- dechurching. Our hearts have God-shaped holes. In today's episode, we learn what else Americans are using to try to fill those holes right now and discuss how to restore meaning and purpose to our nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/19/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 57 seconds
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Consequences of a Legal System that Encourages Political Subversion of the Law | Truth | S3 E7

Vivek and law professor Jed Rubenfeld unpack how the ambiguity and laxness of the American legal system has permitted partisan legal practitioners to interpret laws in favor of political objectives, as seen in the recent conviction of former president Donald J. Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/12/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 21 seconds
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Re-Defining Luxury : The New Virtue Currency of Today’s Elites | S3 E6 | The Truth

U.S. Air Force Veteran and award winning author Rob Henderson joins Vivek to discuss his take on the current class system in the United States and how many of today’s social movements end up hurting the very people they profess to stand up for. A Ph.D. from Yale University, Rob coined the term, “luxury beliefs”, which refers to the elitism we see in the western world when it comes to progressive ideologies; beliefs, most times radical, that can be held with no consequences to the people championing them - while having a negative impact on everyone else. We see it all the time - the loudest voices for open border policies living in gated communities, or celebrities scolding their fans on climate change while attending worldwide galas via their private jets. Rob takes us through the psychology behind this current brand of elitism, and gives some heart wrenching insight into his own upbringing within the U.S. foster care system. A true American story, Rob details his life coming from broken homes and hopelessness, to serving his country and becoming a new voice for the importance of family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
6/5/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 1 second
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Dr. Vinay Prasad on How FDA Gatekeeping Makes Us Less Healthy | S3E5 | The TRUTH Podcast

Vivek and Dr. Vinay Prasad discuss whether American patients are better off or worse off today because of the existence and the mandate of the FDA, or any other health-focused agencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/29/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 48 seconds
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Philip Goff on The Religion of Scientism | S3E4 | The TRUTH Podcast

Vivek and Philip Goff discuss the rise of scientism–the framework that says that science or empiricism is the only means of accessing knowledge. How may humanity access knowledge? What is the core philosophy of scientism? What are the implications for accessing not only scientific but also spiritual knowledge? More from Philip Goff: Philip Goff’s book ‘Why? The Purpose of the Universe’: Philip Goff’s book ‘Galileo’s Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness’: Philip Goff’s Website: Philip Goff’s ‘Mind Chat’ Podcast: Philip Goff’s Social Media: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/22/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 24 seconds
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Vivek's take from the Trump trial | S3 E3 | The TRUTH Podcast

Vivek was in court with President Trump on Tuesday and now shares his first-hand account of the sham trial. Is it a prosecution or a persecution? What even are the charges? What are the scandals hiding in plain sight?
5/15/202447 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ann Coulter on the N Word: Nationalism | S3E2 | The TRUTH Podcast

Vivek and Ann Coulter debate and discuss the n word: nationalism. What are the differences between civic vs ethnonationalism, and what does it truly mean to be an American? 
5/8/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Ultimate Fighter | S2 E8 | The TRUTH Podcast

00:00 Introduction00:26 Putting Team First02:54 The Rise of UFC07:22 Pandemic08:45 The Power of Relationships and Shared Interests24:22 The Importance of National Pride and Unity26:32 The Expansion of UFC into China26:55 The Influence of Martial Arts and Asian Culture27:38 Introduction to Weili Zhang27:52 National Pride28:02 Critique of American Culture28:35 Running for Presidency29:17 Confronting Cancel Culture29:30 Hope for Change29:59 Criticism of Media and Politicians30:29 Supporting a High School Basketball Team31:57 Critique of the State of Maine32:54 Capitalist Achievement33:31 Impact of Business on Lives33:40 Challenges of Running a Business in California37:32  Hiring Practices44:31 Reflection on Public Company Experience46:39 Advice for Younger Self50:30 Closing Thoughts
1/29/202453 minutes, 1 second
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Disrupting the Mainstream Media | S2 E7 | The Truth Podcast

Donate here: For more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy
11/20/202354 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Most Censored Man In The World | S2 E6 | The TRUTH Podcast

Support us here: For more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Time-coded highlights: 00:00 Intro1:55 Censored3:15 “Don’t Talk to Him”4:40 The most informed candidate6:57 Globalist Puppets8:27 Alex Jones background13:12 Speaking/Finding Truth19:00 Admitting Wrongs and Corrupt Trials28:58 Digital Prison30:05 Founded on Radical Ideas32:30 Rules for thee not for me35:50 Our 1776 Moment38:30 A Time of Revival41:58 The Failed Power Structure45:27 Unapologetically American48:00 Tyranny of the Minority and the Climate Cult52:01 Question Everything53:40 Sean Hannity Attacks and WW359:00 Outro
10/24/202359 minutes, 45 seconds
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George Floyd, Mental Health & Being Blacklisted by the NBA | S2 E5 | The Truth Podcast

Support us here: For more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Time-coded highlights:0:00 Intro1:00 The Royce White Story4:47 A Gift & A Curse6:02 The Human Mind (Struggles with Anxiety)8:14 Panic Attack10:43 Coming from a “Real Neighborhood”12:40 Benched15:55 Cinderella Story18:45 The Draft20:44 Conversations about Mental Health23:35 “We’re Way Behind”25:10 Medical “Experts”26:52 Blacklisted30:20 How Leaders Fail34:23 The Managerial Class36:57 “Stand for Hong Kong”40:37 Woke Politics & the CCP42:58 BLM & Weaponizing the Truth (BLM and the Police)47:16 Leading Protests53:01 Protesting the Fed Again54:34 LGBTQ Issues55:47 January 6th58:02 The Belly of the Beast58:58 The U.S. Senate1:01:33 Railroaded by the GOP1:02:31 Vivek’s Advice (Filling the Void of Purpose and Meaning)
10/18/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Anti-Racists Have Become Racist - ZUBY | S2 E4 | The Truth Podcast

More information here: For more content, follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Time-coded highlights:0:00 Intro0:52 Zuby’s Background3:20 Racism and Growing Up in Saudi Arabia5:44 Oxford University and Rapping for Fun11:15 Breaking the British Women’s Weightlifting Record15:55 Going Viral16:48 Changing Views & The Rise of Wokeness20:07 Libertarianism vs. Conservatism22:35 Systematic Institutional Racism27:22 How Free Market Capitalism Stops Racism28:40 The Role of a Leader32:45 The Appropriate Size of the Federal Government36:34 Advantages of Conservativism38:15 Fatherlessness and Broken Homes41:12 “Progressive” Conservatism43:37 Taking on the Administrative State46:29 Blind Spots of Conservatism48:58 Driving the “Right Kind” of Change50:50 Connecting Policies with the Vision52:42 Making Good Things Easier to Achieve  56:30 Artificial Divide58:31 Weaponization of TikTok1:01:05 Remembering What We’re Fighting for1:04:03 Outro
10/3/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 19 seconds
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How James O'Keefe Became the Enemy of the State | S2 E3 | The Truth Podcast

Donate here:   For more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Time-Coded Highlights:00:00 Intro01:02 The Centurion03:42 Andrew Breitbart06:07 ACORN08:45 Disconnected Phones Scandal10:29 Becoming the Enemy of the State11:45 Founding Project Veritas14:15 “One Step From the Abyss”17:53 Pfizer Exposed, O’Keefe Deposed21:42 Conservative Infighting23:20 The Board Member25:25 Trials & Tribulations26:13 O’Keefe Media Group29:03 Piping vs Fluid31:00 Responsibility & Authority32:25 Vivek’s Advice to O’Keefe35:05 “Trust Is a Two-Way Relationship”36:15 Journalism Ethics41:20 World We Live In45:18 Turn the Tide47:42 The 80/2051:10 Grounded In Purpose52:58 “State Action Files”55:20 The Swamp Strikes Back57:52 Quantum Leap58:56 One Truth 
9/27/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds
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"Libs of TikTok" & Vivek Ramaswamy | The Truth Podcast

Donate here:   For more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Time Coded Highlights:  0:00 Intro1:21: The Origin of “Libs of TikTok”7:14: Lockdown and Anthony Fauci9:07: Why Libs of TikTok?11:05: How Did This Happen?16:02: The Left’s Playbook18:15: Woke Pledge of Allegiance19:38: Banned22:30: From Order to Chaos25:00 “The Loss of God”28:56: This should not be political31:08: Who are we?32:10: The Trans Agenda35:00: Mental Health Crisis37:55: “Chest Feeding” & the CDC40:00: Shutting down the FBI44:14: Offering our Vision  49:30: Keeping the Sabbath54:48: Staying Grounded55:20: Politicization of the Stars & Stripes59:30: The 2024 Revolution1:02:33: Purpose1:06:55 Outro
9/19/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 31 seconds
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Papa John's Recipe for Success in America | The Truth Podcast

Donate here:   For more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Time-coded highlights:00:00 Intro01:15 American Dream Story09:18 Being “Normal”10:58 The Left’s Ideology13:16 Papa John’s Finances14:57 Papa John’s “Four Criteria” for Business17:28 Weak Labor Market19:44 Lead up to 2018 Controversy23:30 The Board26:07 The Attack31:29 The Secret Tapes36:30 Love vs Envy39:23 “It Was Hell”43:37 Natural Law48:05 Papa John’s Advice to Young People50:03 Restoring Self-Confidence53:17 A Presidential Role Model  55:20 Papa John’s Advice for Vivek
9/12/202358 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Crypto Frontier: Regulatory Frameworks and their Future with Mark Lurie

In this episode of The Vivek Ramaswamy Show, Vivek engages in a riveting discussion with his college friend, cryptocurrency expert Mark Lurie. This dialogue centers around cryptocurrency's role in modern financial systems and its interaction with traditional regulations. Mark insightfully dives into topics like Bitcoin's initial appeal, the potential disruption caused by crypto, and its need for a distinct regulatory approach. The latter half of the episode explores securities law, the concept of 'Know Your Transaction', and possible changes to accommodate crypto in these laws. Finally, a fascinating talk about crypto's ability to check the administrative state, serve as an opt-out jurisdiction, and its potential long-term impacts ensues. The episode concludes with reflections on a recent political event they both attended.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:01:14 - Vivek introduces Mark Lurie, a cryptocurrency authority, who starts sharing his insightful views on the subject.00:05:00 - Mark discusses the potential impact of cryptocurrency on the traditional financial system, highlighting its ability to disrupt the status quo.00:08:25 - Vivek delves into the idea of 'opting in' to traditional regulations for legal protections, bringing new perspectives to the crypto community's autonomy.00:14:19 - Mark introduces the concept of 'Know Your Transaction' (KYT), proposing it as a bridge between the crypto and traditional financial worlds.00:19:00 - Vivek comments on the purposeful vagueness of securities laws, questioning its intention to empower regulatory bodies.00:24:30 - Mark talks about how cryptocurrency can serve as a check and balance on the administrative state, sparking debates on checks and balances.00:26:30 - The discussion concludes with Mark and Vivek envisaging the long-term goals of cryptocurrency and its potential societal impact. 
7/10/202330 minutes, 20 seconds
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Beyond the Twitterverse: Politics, Policy and Identity with Christy Kelly

In this episode, recorded on the road in Howell, Michigan, Vivek hosts an in-depth conversation with Twitter acquaintance and political independent, Christy Kelly. Kelly, an outspoken social media commentator known for her insightful perspectives, discusses topics from race-conscious policies to political outreach and the role of social media in civic discourse. The conversation spans various topics like the impact of affirmative action, minority outreach, economic growth strategies, national identity, and immigration policies. Vivek also delves into personal topics such as his faith, his decision to leave a multi-billion dollar company, and his vision for the future of America. Tune in for an enlightening dialogue, full of robust debates and enlightening insights.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:[00:00:31] Vivek reveals how he met Christy through Twitter, highlighting the role of social media in today's dialogues.[00:01:30] The conversation delves into the divisive nature of social media and its impact on civic discourse.[00:07:47] Discussion on the impact of race-conscious policies on different racial groups.[00:09:30] Christy questions Vivek's outreach efforts towards the black community.[00:15:00] Christy shares her goal to attract more people to become politically independent.[00:16:26] Concerns about the lack of Republican candidates in city elections.[00:18:24] Importance of education, school choice, and dual-track education as key issues.[00:19:04] Vivek outlines the responsibilities of the next president, focusing on economic growth.[00:22:28] Vivek talks about his faith and its influence on his political beliefs.[00:23:39] Discussion shifts to national identity and the importance of the nuclear family.[00:24:55] The role of federal government in supporting families and communities.[00:29:30] Vivek's decision to step away from his company to focus on his political path.[00:30:24] The conversation moves to immigration and the need for strong borders.[00:32:30] The importance of providing substantive content over sensationalism.[00:33:30] Christy urges Vivek to focus more on substantial "meat and potatoes" content.
7/3/202334 minutes, 45 seconds
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Religion, Virtue, and Economics: A Discussion with Father Robert Sirico

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy invites Father Robert Sirico for an engaging conversation about the intersections of capitalism, virtue, and religion. Father Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute and author of "The Economics of the Parables," sheds light on his personal journey from left-wing activism to priesthood. The duo dissect the relationship between capitalism and virtue, the concept of stakeholder capitalism, the involvement of politics in religion, and the importance of moral restraint. The conversation later pivots to discuss the compelling story of Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, and the implications of his struggle for freedom. This episode serves as a profound exploration of morality's role in economics and the political sphere. Guest Bio: Father Robert Sirico is a renowned priest and co-founder of the Acton Institute. He's an acclaimed author, with his work, "The Economics of the Parables," critically exploring economic perspectives within biblical teachings. Time-Codes:00:00:00 - Introduction of the relationship between capitalism and virtue by Vivek Ramaswamy.00:01:55 - Introduction of Father Sirico's book, "The Economics of the Parables."00:02:40 - Father Sirico's personal journey from left-wing activism to priesthood.00:04:10 - Discussion on the role of capitalism and morality.00:07:48 - Conversation about capitalism, materialism, and capital distribution.00:09:52 - Criticism of fetishizing money.00:10:14 - Introduction of the concept of power and authority as forms of constraint.00:15:48 - Discussion on the dangers of politics involved in religion.00:19:34 - Transition to Jimmy Lai's story and situation in Hong Kong.00:24:23 - Discussion on Wall Street Journal's response to the TikTok incident.00:28:34 - Importance of religion and its threat to totalitarian regimes.00:30:48 - Warning about potential loss of freedom in societies.00:32:27 - Sharing of the documentary's website for Jimmy Lai's story.
6/28/202333 minutes
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Newt Gingrich on The Influence of the Past: Lessons from the 1994 Republican Revolution

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy speaks with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, about the 1994 Republican Revolution and its implications for today's political landscape. They discuss the lessons of the 1994 Revolution, its relevance to the current political environment, and the stark contrast between the political positions of Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. Gingrich discusses how the left has been systematically chipping away at welfare reform over the years, drawing parallels between current state of affairs and George Orwell's 1984. He highlights his time in Congress which led to four consecutive balanced budgets and welfare reform, emphasizing the need for another national movement.Gingrich acknowledges Vivek's role in shaping a new vision for America and emphasizes that the solutions to today's challenges lie in the principles of past leaders, including Reagan and the Founding Fathers. They discuss the left's movement towards a dictatorship of ideas, and Gingrich's stepping down as Speaker of the House. Gingrich also reveals his impact on the balance of power in Washington after leaving office, and why he chose not to run for president in 2000. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the importance of visionary leaders during moments of national identity crisis, and the need for leaders who can both articulate and execute big ideas during challenging times.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-Codes:00:00:00: Introduction of the topic of the 1994 Republican Revolution and its current relevance.00:02:16: Lessons from the 1994 Republican Revolution applied to today's political climate.00:08:00: Discussion on the left's efforts to chip away at welfare reform.00:10:29: Comparison of the current state of the US to George Orwell's 1984.00:12:49: Discussion on changes leading to balanced budgets and welfare reform during Gingrich's time in Congress.00:15:30: Acknowledgement of Vivek's role in shaping a new vision for America.00:17:30: Discussion on the continuity of ideas from Reagan to the Founding Fathers.00:19:00: Expression of concern about the left's movement towards a dictatorship of ideas.00:23:26: Explanation of why Gingrich did not consider running for president in 2000.00:29:18: Importance of visionary leaders during moments of national identity crisis.
6/26/202331 minutes, 53 seconds
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Megyn Kelly on The Power of Personal Responsibility

In this episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Megyn Kelly, esteemed journalist and former Fox News and NBC News anchor, for a discussion on media's influence, political ideologies, family values, and the importance of self-confidence. Kelly, known for her candid commentary on news and politics, shares invaluable insights drawn from her distinguished career in media. The pair delve into the role of media in shaping American culture, the ongoing debate within the Republican party, the role of government in regulating social media, and the need for a cultural shift in our approach to modern challenges. Megyn also shares personal experiences and perspectives on parenting, media bias, and cultivating self-confidence.Megyn Kelly is a seasoned journalist, legal commentator, and former news anchor at Fox News and NBC News. Known for her sharp insights and fearless commentary, Kelly is a respected voice in news and politics.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:34: Vivek Ramaswamy discusses his recurring campaign trail question about managing media's influence on American culture.00:02:20: Megyn Kelly suggests that the government should abstain from media issues, allowing media Darwinism to naturally correct the problem.00:03:30: Kelly observes that more people are resorting to alternative sources and digital channels for news, leading to a rise in individual media personalities.00:06:41: Megyn Kelly recounts her experience of implicit bias at Fox and explicit bias at NBC in news coverage.00:07:54: Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the governmental pressure angle on media outlets like Newsmax and OAN.00:09:15: Kelly argues that outlets like OAN and Newsmax can adopt the Daily Wire model to reach viewers without reliance on cable channels.00:12:43: Ramaswamy debates the inner conflict within the Republican party between classical liberal values and the need for more substantial conservatism.00:15:27: Megyn Kelly shares her perspective on the contrasts between liberalism and conservatism, with conservatism being more empowering and hands-off.00:20:12: Kelly expresses her disagreement with the TikTok ban, emphasizing parental responsibility in regulating children's social media use.00:22:01: Ramaswamy and Kelly agree that government intervention isn't the solution to issues like family breakdown, calling instead for a cultural change.00:26:50: Ramaswamy suggests that the mental health epidemic and the rise of woke ism, climatism, and transgenderism are symptoms of a deeper loss of self-confidence and a quest for meaning.00:27:43: Kelly shares her perspective on self-confidence, attributing it to her parents who never gave her false praise, and the importance of embracing humor and accepting imperfections.00:32:40: Kelly discusses the negative impact of modern media on children and the importance of finding alternatives to promote family values.00:34:37: Kelly emphasizes the necessity of nurturing the family unit and investing quality time with children.00:35:13: Ramaswamy agrees that change will come from everyday people making conscious choices and taking responsibility for their actions. 
6/21/202336 minutes, 12 seconds
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Mike Rowe on Reshaping the Perception of Skilled Trades

In this episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek Ramaswamy and Mike Rowe explore a range of topics related to the changing perceptions around skilled trades, the role of education, and the importance of intellectual curiosity in the American workforce. The conversation begins with Rowe introducing his mikeroweWORKS Foundation, aimed at promoting opportunities in skilled trades that don't require a four-year degree, providing insights into success stories of the program participants. The discussion evolves to touch upon the societal perceptions of alternative education, including vocational training, in comparison to traditional degrees. They debate if cultural hierarchy will continue to mirror the economic hierarchy and how technology has impacted access to education. Fostering intellectual curiosity and avoiding one-dimensional definitions of skilled workers are further deliberated upon, underscoring the importance of celebrating the totality of what it means to be a functional, independent worker in today's economy. They delve into the significance of being a well-rounded individual and the pitfalls of specialization, while examining the current educational landscape and its tendency towards specialization. Rowe also shares his personal journey of choosing community college over a debt-inducing four-year university, and they contemplate the negative stereotypes attached to certain professions.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:40: Mike Rowe introduces Microworks Foundation, aiming to promote opportunities in skilled trades that don't require a four-year degree.00:04:16: Rowe shares success stories of individuals who have leveraged the Microworks program to achieve six-figure salaries without college debt.00:07:43: The perception of alternative education, including vocational training, as a less desirable option compared to traditional degrees is discussed.00:09:57: Rowe and Ramaswamy debate if cultural and economic hierarchies will continue to align or diverge.00:11:56: Rowe emphasizes how technology has widened access to education, altering the value proposition of traditional higher education.00:15:40: The importance of intellectual curiosity in the American workforce is underscored.00:17:00: Rowe opines that skilled workers should not be restricted to one-dimensional notions of hardworking people.00:19:00: Ramaswamy highlights the need to appreciate the totality of what it means to be an independent, functional worker in the economy.00:23:46: The conversation covers the importance of being a well-rounded individual and the risks of becoming overly specialized.00:31:41: Rowe shares his decision to attend community college to avoid unnecessary financial burden, emphasizing informed choices in education and career paths.    
6/19/202339 minutes, 43 seconds
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Mark Krikorian on Realistic Immigration Reform

In this episode of the Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy and guest Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, delve into an insightful conversation on U.S. immigration policy. They debate on topics like border security, the role of the military, and the political implications of immigration policy. Krikorian emphasizes the power of normal law enforcement in securing the border and advocates for substantial legal and policy changes. Ramaswamy and Krikorian further address the contentious issue of legal immigration, its role in modern society, and the effects of immigration on domestic labor. Krikorian presents compelling arguments on the need for a shift in approach, suggesting the categorization of legal immigration into family, skills, and humanitarian aspects. Finally, they discuss the impact of foreign students in American universities and possible reforms in this area. This episode presents thought-provoking perspectives and viable solutions to the complex issue of immigration.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--00:01:22 - Vivek Ramaswamy calls for an overview of the objectives of the U.S. immigration system, highlighting the need for reform.00:03:01 - Mark Krikorian stresses the need for political will to bolster border security through regular law enforcement means.00:07:25 - Krikorian examines the potential political risks linked with deploying the military for border control.00:08:30 - Ramaswamy addresses the crisis at the southern border and underscores the urgency for a viable solution.00:10:30 - Krikorian suggests policy reform could modify law enforcement roles, negating the need for military involvement.00:12:30 - Ramaswamy inquires about Krikorian's pragmatic approach to addressing immigration.00:15:42 - Krikorian highlights the deep state problem and the culture within law enforcement agencies like Border Patrol and ICE.00:17:42 - Krikorian emphasizes enforcing the law and deportation as key factors to address border security.00:20:00 - He talks about incentivizing neighboring countries like Mexico to assist in immigration enforcement.00:22:51 - Krikorian underscores the importance of discussing legal immigration in the context of modern society.00:24:30 - He suggests dividing legal immigration into family, skills, and humanitarian categories.00:28:45 - Ramaswamy discusses potential benefits of skilled immigrants for businesses.00:31:30 - Krikorian argues that attracting skilled immigrants could reduce domestic worker investment.00:32:23 - Krikorian expresses his opposition to temporary worker programs.00:35:42 - Krikorian proposes a cap on foreign students in U.S. universities.
6/14/202337 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dr. Keith Smith: Redefining Healthcare through Capitalism

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy hosts Dr. Keith Smith, who elaborates on the concept of affordable healthcare provision by circumventing traditional insurance and government interventions. He emphasizes the benefits of capitalism in the healthcare industry, highlighting the way his practice provides affordable, quality services, charging a fraction of the traditional hospital costs while remaining profitable. This practice has garnered attention from patients nationwide and beyond. Furthermore, Dr. Smith sheds light on the burgeoning wave of free market alternatives within healthcare, with more medical professionals and institutions adopting this model. He provides insight into his innovative transparent pricing model which disrupts traditional insurance industry norms, with many patients finding his all-inclusive prices financially advantageous. He also touches on the growth of cost-sharing ministries as a plausible alternative to traditional insurance. Lastly, Dr. Smith passionately advocates for the repeal of government laws and regulations that skew the market in favor of industry insiders, leading to distortions that affect the delivery of healthcare services.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy-- Time-codes: 00:00:30: Vivek Ramaswamy highlights the humaneness and efficiency of capitalism in resource allocation.00:00:59: Ramaswamy introduces the special guest, Dr. Keith Smith, applauding his innovative healthcare provision model.00:02:31: Dr. Smith expounds on how his practice sustains profitability while charging significantly less than traditional hospitals.00:05:34: Dr. Smith mentions his practice's far-reaching influence, attracting patients from all over the country and Canada.00:06:49: The discussion reveals a growing trend in healthcare towards free market alternatives.00:08:36: Dr. Smith explains the disruptive influence of his transparent pricing model on insurance company profiteering.00:09:21: Dr. Smith highlights that for many patients, his all-inclusive prices are less than their insurance deductibles.00:10:47: A discussion on the growth and advantages of cost-sharing ministries as an alternative to traditional insurance.00:15:30: Dr. Smith criticizes numerous laws and regulations that have been passed to the advantage of healthcare industry insiders, causing market distortions.00:16:20: He further elaborates on the negative impact of Medicare overpaying hospitals and doctors, leading to limited choices, reduced competition, and hampered innovation.
6/12/202319 minutes, 34 seconds
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Confronting National Identity Crisis: The Fight for Life with Lila Rose

In this episodes, Vivek is hosted by Lila Rose to undertake a nuanced conversation on the decline in the US population replacement rate and its potential ramifications. They delve into the loss of national identity and self-confidence as pivotal reasons for this demographic shift. Vivek emphasizes the need to address the root cause before discussing potential solutions, identifying ideologies contributing to the decline such as contraceptive, divorce, and gender ideologies.The discussion takes a thought-provoking turn as they frame the pro-life debate as a human rights issue, critiquing the modern societal unwillingness to make sacrifices. Ramaswamy passionately advocates for reviving national character and family values, stressing the adverse effects of policies like Lyndon Johnson's Great Society on family structures. They explore the possibility of cash benefits for families with multiple children, and discuss reallocation of government spending to incentivize behavior that benefits society. Lastly, they voice their perspectives on abortion, its moral implications, and the critical role of states in defining their policies on it. This episode is a stirring reflection on the importance of valuing individual lives and our shared principles.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--00:36 - Lila Rose discusses the impending crisis of the US population's decline.01:15 - Vivek Ramaswamy identifies loss of national self-confidence as a cause of population decline.03:32 - Emphasis on addressing root causes of population decline before discussing solutions.04:05 - Contributing ideologies to population decline are introduced.05:10 - Rose underscores the impact of high abortion rates on the US population.06:35 - Ramaswamy reframes the pro-life debate as a human rights issue.10:53 - Agreement on the loss of moral identity and importance of service to others.13:44 - Discussion on the revival of national character and family values in America.18:04 - Support expressed for pro-family policies like child tax credits.21:45 - Ramaswamy reveals he would cut Planned Parenthood's funding as president.22:31 - Assertion of abortion as a form of murder.24:21 - Importance of conversations about adoption and sexual responsibility highlighted.27:20 - Ramaswamy shares his personal beliefs on making moral judgments on life.31:00 - Vision for winning the battle against abortion shared.34:13 - Ramaswamy emphasizes the sanctity of individual lives in the pro-life stance. 
6/9/202336 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Rise of the Managerial Class with Michael Lind

In this episode, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes guest Michael Lind, acclaimed author of "The New Class War." Together, they delve into the rising divide between the managerial class and everyday citizens across various institutions in America. The discussion uncovers the pivotal role of education in defining power, the shifting paradigms within corporations' board of directors, the potential of nationalism based on shared ideals, and the significance of civic duties in a democratic society.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:00: Vivek Ramaswamy uncovers the division between the managerial class and the average citizens across institutions.00:03:44: Michael Lind introduces his book and its focus on the rise of a new managerial class, replacing 19th-century capitalists.00:07:34: Lind counters Marxist criticisms and outlines the integral role of CEOs in society.00:08:37: Through a thought experiment, Lind illustrates the significance of managers in societal structures.00:10:04: College education is revealed by Lind as a defining factor of the managerial class.00:15:31: Lind expounds on the evolution of the board of directors system, tailored for 20th-century corporations.00:17:19: Ramaswamy questions the distribution of power between the managerial class and capitalists.00:19:18: Lind presents historical ways of dealing with private economy power: regulation and countervailing power.00:23:15: Lind advocates for the role of reformist managerial elite and heretic capitalists to empower the working class.00:25:30: Ramaswamy proposes the MAGA movement as a possible mass member organization replacement.00:30:25: Nationalism based on shared ideals is suggested by Ramaswamy as a potential resolution to societal power struggles.00:32:37: Ramaswamy introduces a unique voting system emphasizing the role of national service or passing a civics test.00:37:30: The concept of tying privileges to the Pacific is discussed by Ramaswamy to address the tyranny argument.
6/7/202338 minutes, 5 seconds
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Pro-family Policies & Economic Prosperity with Balázs Orbán

In this episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek Ramaswamy engages in a discussion with Balázs Orbán, Member of the National Assembly of Hungary. Together, they delve into the power of conservative values and the importance of individual, family, nation, and God in cultivating purpose and meaning. Drawing upon Hungary's prosperous journey, Orban provides valuable insights into how pro-family policies and economic incentives can drive national prosperity. Through their exchange, they explore Hungary's successful family support programs, the significance of choice within conservative models, and the impactful role of a flat tax system in job creation.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-Codes:00:00 - Vivek Ramaswamy introduces the conservative focus on individual, family, nation, and God.00:03:32 - Balazs Orban shares lessons from Hungary for the U.S. conservative movement.00:05:00 - The connection between conservative values and national prosperity is explained.00:06:00 - Overview of pro-family policies in Hungary.00:08:25 - Detailed description of Hungary's family support programs.00:10:30 - Discussion on promoting conservative values through economic incentives.00:14:00 - Highlighting the success of Hungary's family support initiatives.00:16:01 - The importance of supporting those desiring a traditional life.00:17:10 - Balancing minority rights and economic support.00:18:46 - Vivek presents three models of government support for families.00:19:52 - Discussion on the importance of individual choice within the conservative model.00:21:30 - Analysis of the impact of Hungary's abortion policy and family support.00:24:02 - Orban discusses Hungary's job creation success.00:25:04 - Balazs talks about Hungary's history and cultural heritage.00:26:28 - Discussion on pride in family and nation.
6/5/202328 minutes, 20 seconds
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Unpacking America's Identity Crisis: A Deep Dive with Vivek Ramaswamy | From the Monica Crowley Podcast

Veteran journalist Monica Crowley hosts Vivek on her show for a thought-provoking conversation. With remarkable candor and depth, Vivek articulates his mounting concerns over what he perceives as America's deep-seated national identity crisis. The conversation delves into the rapid emergence of secular cults and their role in filling a perceived void in people's lives. Ramaswamy also shares his vision for reviving core American values that foster unity and patriotism. With a focus on solutions, he underlines the crucial importance of nurturing an open, honest dialogue on these issues as a part of the broader political discourse. The episode ends on a hopeful note, with Ramaswamy sharing his excitement over the positive response to his campaign and his unwavering optimism for the country's future.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:01:32 - Vivek Ramaswamy delves into the troubling issue of America's identity crisis.00:02:57 - Ramaswamy envisions a resurgent national identity.00:07:13 - A revealing discussion on the rise and implications of secular cults in America.00:11:00 - A call for the revival of quintessential values: individualism, family, nation, and faith.00:14:30 - Monica Crowley underlines the critical need for addressing spiritual hunger in America.00:17:01 - Ramaswamy tackles the societal issues of voluntary unemployment and a growing anti-work culture.00:22:32 - Monica Crowley elucidates on the necessity for astute leadership to address national division.00:30:51 - Ramaswamy talks passionately about his campaign slogan, "truth", and its significance.00:32:00 - Ramaswamy ends on a high note, sharing his optimism and positive experiences from the campaign trail.
6/2/202333 minutes, 46 seconds
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Truth, Compassion, and Honesty: Glenn Beck & Vivek Ramaswamy Unpack Eternal Values

In this episode of "The Vivek Show", host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes guest Glenn Beck, celebrated political commentator and host known for his honest and open perspectives. They dive deep into a conversation about the importance of compassion, truth, and unity in society today. Glenn shares his thoughts on the threat posed by a divorce from eternal truths, the impact of AI, and the significance of honest dialogues in families. The discussion also touches on the transformative power of vulnerability, the dangers of an over-reliance on experts, and the urgent need to restore faith in our society.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--00:00:00 - Introduction: Vivek introduces Glenn Beck00:01:30 - Discussion on divorce from truth and its societal implications00:04:00 - Glenn's beliefs about self-improvement and power00:07:30 - Vivek and Glenn's dialogue about compassion and leadership00:09:54 - Dialogue on the danger of adopting terrorist methods00:20:17 - Glenn shares a personal story about healing family relations00:24:00 - Discussion on the dangers of AI00:27:00 - How to protect oneself from AI manipulation00:28:02 - Glenn stresses the importance of vulnerability and honesty00:29:25 - Conversation on social media's impact on vulnerability00:30:30 - Discussion about the over-reliance on experts00:33:00 - Glenn shares his personal struggles and experiences00:35:30 - Closing message of unity00:36:00 - Reminder that we are all the same despite our social standing or wealth00:30:10 - Glenn talks about the loss of faith in the country00:33:00 - Vivek praises Glenn's openness00:27:00 - Strategies to address insecurities and counteract AI manipulation00:20:17 - Importance of addressing issues within family to heal relationships00:24:00 - Insights on how AI can manipulate people's insecurities00:28:02 - Glenn emphasizes the need to connect with others00:29:25 - Discussion on fortifying the soul against social media's impacts00:33:00 - Glenn’s service to the country by sharing personal struggles00:35:30 - Reinforcing the message of unity
5/31/202336 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Future of Technology: Freedom or Restrictions? with James Poulos

This episode of The Vivek Show welcomes James Poulos, a renowned voice from the Claremont Institute and the editor of the American Mind. Together, they navigate through the complexities of the rise of stakeholder capitalism, the great reset, and the blurring lines between the public and private sectors. They also scrutinize the concept of alignment in tech spaces, ultimately discussing the influence of wokeness in our society. Furthermore, the duo delves into the significant differences in technological advancements between the US and Europe, leading to a stimulating debate on the spiritual aspect of human evolution. This episode is a deep dive into the intersections of technology, wokeness, and spirituality.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes: 00:00:00 - Introduction to the Divide in American Politics: Managerial Class vs. Everyday Citizen00:01:14 - The Rise of Stakeholder Capitalism and the Great Reset00:03:00 - James Poulos on Trust and Good Government Outcomes00:06:00 - The Influence of Wokeness on Tech Spaces00:07:39 - Poulos Expresses Skepticism Towards Techno-Utopianism00:14:30 - Differences in Technological Advancements: US vs. Europe00:16:30 - EU's Heavy Regulation of Technology00:18:00 - Human Conception Without Female Involvement: The Spiritual Component00:21:00 - Human Body as a Sacred, Created Gift00:24:00 - Preventing Technology From Threatening America's System00:27:00 - Technology as a Threatening, Alien Presence to Americans00:28:00 - Proposal for a Digital Rights Amendment00:31:00 - Restoring Trust in Government and Self-Trust Among Americans00:32:19 - The Spiritual War in the Digital Age00:35:25 - The Pairing of Monasteries and Bitcoin: A Novel Approach to Trust-Building00:37:18 - The Need for Spiritual Authority in Guiding Tech Use
5/30/202338 minutes, 26 seconds
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Vivek Ramaswamy on the FBI, Public Health, Affirmative Action, and More

Vivek recently went on to the Tom Woods show! This is the audio from that feed. Please continue to like, share, and review the Vivek Show! Entrepreneur and GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy discusses his influences, the public health establishment, the drug war, the FBI, affirmative action, and much more. Read the original article at
5/26/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Power of School Choice with Corey DeAngelis

In this episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek is joined by Corey DeAngelis, a school choice evangelist and Senior Fellow at the American Federation for Children. As they delve into the purpose and current state of the K-12 education system, the duo discusses the influence of public employee unions, evidence for the failures of public schools, and the impactful role of private school choice competition. Corey cites compelling studies that highlight the positive outcomes of school competition and illuminates the power dynamics within teachers unions. Tune in for this crucial conversation on school choice, education reform, and the future of our educational institutions.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:00 - Introduction to the topic of institutions' purpose, specifically the K-12 education system.00:01:30 - Discussion on the role of public employee unions in the K-12 system.00:03:00 - Introduction of guest, Corey DeAngelis, and discussion on failures of public schools and private school competition.00:05:00 - Explanation of the benefits of private school choice competition for public schools.00:06:53 - Corey cites studies showing positive effects of private and charter school competition.00:07:40 - Analysis of a study finding public schools more likely to remain open due to nearby Catholic schools.00:09:00 - Explanation of state-level school choice programs and public schools' funding.00:11:30 - Discussion on teachers unions' power dynamics and school closures during the pandemic.00:14:50 - Call for bottom-up accountability.00:15:00 - Argument for abolishing public sector unions.00:16:29 - Response to conservative critiques of school choice.00:21:10 - Discussion on the rise of homeschooling and concerns about private schools' unionization.00:28:19 - Explanation of how a voucher model can increase competition.00:29:00 - Questioning the limitations on public schools and the potential of transparency and school choice.00:31:00 - Debate on federalizing school choice and alternatives for funding allocation.00:33:30 - Vivek's appreciation for Corey's data-driven analysis on school choice.
5/24/202334 minutes, 24 seconds
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Unmasking the Bureaucracy: Philip Howard on the Administrative State

In this enlightening episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy, a prominent entrepreneur and author, engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Philip Howard, a noted lawyer and legal reformer. They delve into the concept of the administrative state and its implications on the American constitutional republic and capitalism. The duo explores the unchecked authority within the government bureaucracy, the obstacles to administrative reform, and the potential avenues for change, citing real-world examples and expert insights. Don't miss this riveting discussion as Ramaswamy and Howard bring to light the unseen power structures that govern us.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--00:00:00 - Introduction: the administrative state00:01:20 - Administrative state as a threat to capitalism00:02:21 - Philip Howard's perspective on government efficiency00:05:00 - The president's authority in disavowing civil service reform00:14:35 - Vivek's idea of changing the governing framework of a government agency00:16:05 - Howard on creating new institutions00:17:21 - Importance of judgment and decision-making in reform00:19:16 - Impact of public sector employee unions on reform00:22:38 - The process for firing government employees00:23:00 - The lack of control in the impasses panel00:25:20 - Howard's advice on establishing a framework for government.
5/23/202327 minutes, 26 seconds
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Defining Freedom in 2023: Vivek & Dinesh D'Souza on Liberty, Culture, and Technology

Join Vivek as he engages in an enlightening conversation with prolific political commentator Dinesh D'Souza. Together, they dive deep into the challenges threatening liberty today, drawing parallels between Ronald Reagan's era and the present. From tackling the 'woke industrial complex' to proposing political expression as a protected class, they navigate complex political territory with aplomb. D'Souza, known for his incisive socio-political insights, eloquently expresses the impact of technology on today's generation and the need for adaptive policies. Vivek, an avid advocate for public education, appreciates D'Souza's focus on the 'why' behind policies and issues. Don't miss their riveting discussion on contemporary issues and the exploration of Reagan's spirit in today's context. Time-Codes:00:00:25 - Vivek on threats to liberty in the present age.00:01:49 - Vivek's take on political expression as a protected class.00:03:15 - The relevance of Reagan's spirit today.00:05:02 - Dinesh's commendation for Vivek's articulate arguments.00:07:41 - Praise for Vivek's clarity on sensitive issues.00:09:00 - The influence of Reagan's biography on Vivek.00:12:03 - Dinesh on Reagan's curiosity and valuation of ideas.00:14:00 - The importance of understanding the 'why' behind policies.00:14:56 - Dinesh's approach to content creation.00:16:11 - The impact of technology on the younger generation's curiosity.00:17:00 - Dinesh's work evolution to match the changing culture.00:19:20 - Vivek's analogy of Reagan's approach to policy adaptation.00:22:00 - Dinesh on the difference between writing a book and making a movie.00:24:00 - Reagan's approach to principles and pragmatism.00:25:00 - The relationship between culture and laws.00:28:00 - The importance of the president's cultural tone and leadership.00:29:55 - How Reagan challenged the bureaucratic embodiment of American idealism.00:32:17 - Vivek's concern about a potential civic deficit.00:33:00 - Vivek's radical proposal for voting age and civics test.
5/19/202338 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Great Uprising with Vivek Ramaswamy | What Bitcoin Did with Peter McCormack

“Every species that becomes sentient and develops “When you tell people they cannot speak, that is when they scream. But when you tell people they cannot scream, that is when they tear things down.”— Vivek RamaswamyVivek Ramaswamy is an entrepreneur and author. In this interview, we discuss his thesis that social and political struggles are rooted in the rise of a managerial class dominating society at the expense of everyday citizens. We also talk about the need to revive a binding national identity, and how the social justice movement may be causing more harm than good.- - - -Public choice theory influenced a generation of conservatives around the world in the 1970s and 80s. In essence, the theory applied economic thinking to political behaviour. It undermined the notion of public interest: it was a nebulous irrelevance in relation to public policy as all individuals, including politicians and bureaucrats, work in their own self-interest.What resulted was the development of a managerial class that would be incentivized to achieve specific aims through monetary rewards. This class has grown since the 1980s to now represent, in some people’s views, an oversized controlling force within society. However, their decision-making is increasingly outside of the purview and influence of ordinary citizens.Vivek Ramaswamy believes this friction between managers and everyday people is at the root of the current social and political struggles within society. Exacerbating these tensions are increasing incidents of managers being coopted by elites to do their bidding, undermining constitutional norms. Vivek believes that we are now at a defining moment when the defining principles of political organisation need to be reviewed.The ideals and principles of the United States, as laid out in the constitution, became a unifying force around which a vibrant national identity was developed. This, until very recently, facilitated and supported American hegemony. But, in short order, that binding sense of a united vision has been replaced by factionalised ideologies that threaten the viability of the American experiment.The fundamental issue is that the notion of Americanism has been allowed to wither. Vivek believes that to combat China and meet the other great challenges of our age, America must find again a shared national identity that eclipses current partisan divisions. In essence, the US must retrace its steps before venturing forward.
5/18/20231 hour, 39 minutes, 37 seconds
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Decentralizing Currency: Bitcoin's Potential Impact on Monetary Policy with Vijay Boyapati

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Vijay Boyapati discuss the current state of the Federal Reserve, the potential for reform, and the role of Bitcoin in the future of monetary policy. Boyapati, the author of "The Bullish Case for Bitcoin," provides a detailed explanation of Bitcoin's unique properties and potential to serve as a decentralized, finite currency that's not subject to manipulation by the Federal Reserve. The conversation also delves into the history of fiat money, the importance of a stable dollar for GDP growth, and the potential implications of Bitcoin for global trade, monetary policy, and individual freedom.Key Moments:[00:00] Vivek Ramaswamy opens the discussion with his perspective on the need for radical reform of the Federal Reserve.[01:49] Ramaswamy introduces the topic of Bitcoin as a leading alternative to the current financial system.[02:59] Vijay Boyapati begins to explain his perspective on Bitcoin, describing it as the greatest form of money that humankind has ever seen.[04:15] The history of central banks and the demonetization of gold in 1933.[06:02] The origins of Bitcoin and its solution to the Byzantine generals problem, a longstanding issue in computer science.[08:20] The potential implications of Bitcoin for global trade, monetary policy, and nation states.[11:20] Ramaswamy and Boyapati discuss the potential of Bitcoin to be included in a basket of commodities to stabilize the dollar.[13:32] Bitcoin's decentralization and immutability make it trustworthy and ideal for backing a nation's currency.[16:10] The potential for Bitcoin to provide an escape hatch for those dissatisfied with their nation's monetary policy.[18:42] Boyapati predicts that Bitcoin will win demand from other forms of money, such as fiat money, gold, government bonds, and real estate.
5/17/202335 minutes, 5 seconds
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Revitalizing the American Economy with Oren Cass

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by guest Oren Cass, an American public policy commentator, political advisor, and author. Cass, who played a key role in Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and serves as the executive director of American Compass. Together, they delve into a critical examination of the neoliberal conservative approach, discussing the need for a revised vision that emphasizes the common good over "market fundamentalism." Cass argues for a more balanced approach to trade policy, suggesting the necessity for public policy in safeguarding American liberty, prosperity, and the domestic industry. Through this engaging conversation, listeners can gain a fresh perspective on the role of government in economic regulation and the future of conservative ideology.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--00:00 - Vivek Ramaswamy introduces Oren Cass and the topic of the episode 02:40 - Discussion on the need for a shared national identity in conservatism 03:00 - Oren Cass talks about the necessity for a revised trade policy 04:40 - The shortcomings of the free trade consensus 05:00 - Ramaswamy asks Cass about specific policy changes needed 07:00 - Cass highlights the role of government in promoting domestic industry 07:04 - Discussing the lessons learned from China's mercantilism 10:00 - Concern over China's use of companies for non-economic agendas 12:00 - The need for a nuanced approach to decoupling from China 14:00 - Reference to Reagan's quotas on Japanese car imports 20:53 - Cass's argument for using markets as a tool 23:40 - Ramaswamy's view of the market as a just system for meritocratic allocation 26:00 - Distinction between conservative and liberal views on markets 28:26 - Cass and Ramaswamy discuss different visions of progressives and conservatives 31:00 - Examples where the conservative approach may not have worked 33:40 - Agreement to continue the discussion in future segments
5/16/202334 minutes, 12 seconds
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Confronting Myths of Systemic Racism: A Deep Dive with Heather MacDonald

In this powerful episode of The Vivek Show, guest Heather MacDonald, renowned commentator and author of 'When Waste Trumps Merit', provides a thought-provoking perspective on racially conscious policies, systemic racism, and the academic skills gap in America. MacDonald argues that family culture, not racism, largely influences this gap and explores the role of victimhood culture in distorting our understanding of the present. She also challenges common narratives about racial proportionality, offering insightful counter-examples such as the success of West African immigrants in the US. Join us for this frank and eye-opening discussion on race, crime, and education in America.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:[00:00] Introduction to this episode. [00:02:16] Heather MacDonald introduced by Vivek Ramaswamy.[00:05:18] Heather discusses campus mob targeting her for speaking openly about race and crime.[00:08:00] Heather discusses the role of college bureaucracy and diversity bureaucrats in enabling victimhood culture.[00:16:10] Heather reveals higher per-student funding for inner-city schools than suburban schools.[00:17:00] Heather identifies family culture as the root cause of the academic skills gap.[00:19:27] Heather criticizes denial of the role of family culture in student performance.[00:23:29] Heather talks about institutional preferences for black and Hispanic applicants.[00:31:00] Heather discusses the impact of the George Floyd race riots on institutions.[00:33:00] Vivek questions whether the absence of purpose in arts and humanities within companies is part of the problem.[00:35:00] Heather argues for the mission of an art museum to preserve and curate works of beauty.[00:37:00] Vivek and Heather discuss America's self-confidence and self-criticism.[00:39:46] Vivek praises Heather MacDonald's book for revealing the truth beyond politics.[00:40:10] Vivek discusses the conflict between diversity and merit as highlighted in Heather's book.[00:40:50] Vivek notes that not all societal solutions will come from policy.[00:41:00] Heather emphasizes the importance of facts to combat the false racism narrative.
5/15/202341 minutes, 51 seconds
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Upstream feat. Vivek Ramaswamy

Vivek was recently on Upstream with Erik Torenberg, this conversation covered Vivek Ramaswamy's 2024 Republican presidential campaign.  The episode illuminates his stances, impact on the upcoming elections, and his influence on mainstream thought. Key highlights include Vivek's transformation from founder to candidate, his comprehensive presidential platform, and his unique viewpoints on Silicon Valley. The episode also explores the concept of meritocracy, depoliticizing corporations, Silicon Valley's empathy towards the country, and the essence of running a presidential campaign.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--TIMESTAMPS:(00:00) Preview of the episode(03:10) When Vivek changed from founder to presidential candidate(10:47) Vivek’s presidential platform: Affirmative action, Climate, Fed, Drug crisis(15:34) Sponsors: Secureframe | MarketerHire(16:58) Where Vivek overlaps/differs with Silicon Valley: DEI, Free speech, SVB(24:51) Meritocracy above all else?(31:32) How to remove politics from corporations(39:26) Silicon Valley should empathize more with the rest of the country?(55:56) Defining “woke”(57:14) What’s it like to run a presidential campaign
5/12/202358 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Economics of Growth with Rich Lowrie

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Rich Lowrie, an economic advisor to Herman Cain's presidential campaign, to discuss the complexities of economic growth. The conversation covers GDP as a measure of success, the impact of dollar volatility on economic productivity, and the rise of the managerial class. Rich Lowrie emphasizes the importance of a stable unit of measure and the need for more business investment. He also critiques the Federal Reserve's policies and their effects on wage growth and the striving majority.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00: Introduction and the importance of economic growth01:00 Rich Lowrie shares his background and interest in economic growth01:36: Emphasis on economic growth in solving problems03:30 Discussion on the belief that consumption drives GDP10:37: The importance of a stable unit of measure for economic productivity14:52: The impact of dollar volatility on economic productivity20:09: Rise of the managerial class and the shift in focus to labor markets24:00: Critique of the Federal Reserve's control over the money supply30:22: Discussion on the Federal Reserve's policies and their effect on meritocracy and wage growth.
5/11/202331 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Assault on Family: How Society is Losing its Most Important Institution

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the importance of the family as a governing institution with guest Terry Schilling from the American Principles Project. They explore the progressive assault on the family, the decline in marriage and birth rates, and the role of family in creating selfless citizens. Schilling emphasizes the importance of grounding institutions, such as faith and patriotism, and the sacrificial nature of love in the context of family and society. With a focus on the societal benefits of the family unit, this episode challenges the current atomistic conception of the self and encourages the audience to rediscover the power of family.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-coded Highlights:00:00: Introduction and importance of the family as a governing institution02:32: The negative effects of the no-fault divorce regime04:55: Progressive assault on the family and nuclear family structure11:45: Family values and fatherlessness in America and the Soviet Union17:27: Importance of family and grounding institutions in society23:23: Love, sacrifice, and self-discovery through family and society29:43: Adoption, self-sacrifice, and the role of parents in guiding their children
5/10/202336 minutes, 8 seconds
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Can America Win the AI Race? The Key Role of Intellectual Property Rights with Andrei Iancu

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by former US Patent and Trademark Office head, Andrei Iancu, to discuss the significance of intellectual property (IP) in America's founding and its role in fostering innovation. They explore the history of IP rights in the US, the challenges of applying a centuries-old statute to modern technologies, and the need for an intentional innovation policy. Iancu emphasizes the importance of IP in competing with China and other countries, highlighting the necessity of a high-level plan to identify future technologies and enable innovation in both the public and private sectors. This thought-provoking conversation dives deep into the intersection of technology, innovation, and economics.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00 - America's founding ideals of IP rights and their impact on innovation02:47 - The significance of "right" in the Constitution's IP clause07:10 - The role of IP rights in a free market economy11:31 - Jefferson and Madison's unchanged patent code from 179312:40 - Challenges with fitting new technologies into an old statute19:47 - Data protection as another form of IP protection22:29 - The need for a holistic innovation policy in the US25:08 - Competing in the AI, quantum, biotech, and new materials races26:16 - IP as a tool for global competition29:25 - Balancing decentralized free market economy and centralized national plans31:59 - Questioning the classical model of total decentralization
5/9/202333 minutes, 52 seconds
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James Lindsay Returns: The ESG Cartel - Corporate Manipulation and National Security Threats

Join host Vivek Ramaswamy and guest James Lindsay as they delve into the complex and paradoxical world of modern inclusivity movements. Discover how the synthetic value of inclusivity has led to a culture of exclusion, drawing parallels to totalitarian regimes and Mao's blueprint. Unravel the ESG cartel's manipulation of the corporate world and its far-reaching consequences on national security. Examine the self-destructive nature of inclusivity movements, the shielding power of identitarian labels, and the importance of individual action and community involvement in addressing these pressing issues. This eye-opening conversation is essential for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the forces shaping our society.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:01:24 - Factors contributing to the trend of mentally ill as cultural icons00:03:08 - America's direction and Mao's blueprint comparison00:05:10 - The new culture of exclusion in the name of inclusivity00:09:18 - Paradox of civil rights and inclusivity's circular nature00:11:14 - Self-destructive nature of inclusivity movements00:16:10 - Identitarian labels as a shield against accountability00:20:38 - The Corporate Equality Index and its implications00:24:47 - ESG investing and its impact on executive compensation00:26:17 - The ESG cartel and its influence on American industry00:30:00 - National security threat posed by ESG constraints00:32:00 - China's unrestricted warfare strategy00:34:00 - Tesla as an example of a company beholden to China00:38:15 - The importance of individual action and community involvement00:39:49 - The need for participation in local politics00:40:27 - Understanding the playing field and corporate loyalty
5/8/202341 minutes, 31 seconds
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Vivek Ramaswamy: The Outsider Taking on China, Silicon Valley, and the Department of Education

Today, we are featuring an episode of the Futures Edge Podcast which hosted Vivek as a guest. This episode should hopefully serve as a overview of our GOP presidential candidate, as within the episode, Vivek discusses his stances on crucial issues, such as US foreign policy, China, energy, and education. Vivek also emphasizes the importance of seizing opportunities for economic independence from China, pushing for nuclear energy, and abolishing the Department of Education. Additionally, he delves into the dangers of central bank digital currencies, crony capitalism, and the transgender community.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00 - Introduction and discussion of Ramaswamy's campaign03:35 - Cutting ties with China and declaring economic independence06:28 - Radical reform and US fortitude08:01 - Trust in the American electorate and speaking truth unapologetically11:03 - Energy policy and the transition to renewables12:09 - Unleashing American energy13:33 - The importance of nuclear energy14:19 - Addressing climate change with adaptation and technology21:19 - Central bank digital currencies and presidential candidates25:02 - Support for Vivek's efforts26:01 - Taiwan's importance in the US-China relationship30:00 - Politicians' understanding of foreign policy and the TikTok issue35:15 - Abolishing the Department of Education49:28 - Ramaswamy's views on the transgender community and fostering a belief in God
5/5/202349 minutes, 53 seconds
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China's Infiltration of Western Institutions with Monica Crowley

In this eye-opening episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by guest Monica Crowley to explore the complex history and future of US-China relations. The discussion covers a range of topics, from the initial strategies of Richard Nixon to China's strategy of elite capture and the implications of a codependent economic relationship. With insights on the importance of a shared American identity and a look at the missed opportunities to strengthen US-India relations, this episode offers a comprehensive analysis of the geopolitical chessboard and its impact on the world.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:15 - The importance of capitalism in uniting diverse groups and the dangers of politicizing capital markets01:36 - Misguided attempts to use capitalism to bridge international divisions between the U.S. and China05:02 - Monica Crowley discusses her experience working with Richard Nixon and his early thoughts on China10:09 - Nixon's foreign policy strategies and how they set the stage for Ronald Reagan's presidency13:00 - Evolution of the US-China relationship and the unforeseen diplomatic, military, and cultural competitions19:33 - China's growth and the West's historical lack of focus on China due to more immediate adversaries21:57 - The mutually codependent economic relationship between the US and China30:21 - Ramaswamy on the potential decline of America's superpower status32:02 - Ramaswamy shares his personal experiences in China and the risks he now faces34:06 - The importance of a shared American identity for making sacrifices in foreign policy40:34 - The need for a pragmatic approach to decoupling from China and seeking self-sufficiency41:31 - The missed opportunity in improving the relationship with India to counter growing Chinese power45:49 - The controversial suggestion of improving the US-Russia relationship to counterbalance China
5/4/202352 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Real Cost of Diversity with Gov. Tom Wolf

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Governor Tom Wolf, former governor of Pennsylvania, to discuss pro-American values, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in business and politics, and the challenges of leadership. Governor Wolf reflects on his time in office, emphasizing the importance of integrity, honesty, and competence. They engage in a thought-provoking conversation on DEI policies, meritocracy, race consciousness, carbon emissions, and the need for open and respectful conversations in America. This episode explores the complexity of American values, and the importance of genuine dialogue and leadership in politics.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:00 - Introduction and pro-American values discussion00:02:22 - Governor Tom Wolf welcomed as a guest00:03:13 - Governor Wolf reflects on his time in office00:06:30 - Importance of integrity in business and politics00:08:52 - Governor Wolf's background in business00:09:25 - Motivations for running for governor00:11:12 - Diversity and inclusion practices in Wolf's company00:18:44 - Potential issues with DEI policies00:22:21 - The importance of honest DEI efforts00:28:04 - The idea of meritocracy in corporate settings00:31:49 - Progress made in diversity in the workplace00:34:11 - Limiting free expression in the workplace00:38:02 - Addressing inequalities and moving forward00:41:25 - The essence of the current DEI debate00:47:26 - Meritocracy and Harvard's perception00:48:40 - Race consciousness vs. colorblindness in hiring00:51:30 - NASDAQ's approach to diversity and inclusion00:53:14 - Not backsliding on DEI in the workforce00:57:22 - Showing progress and moving forward01:00:00 - The concept of externalities and carbon emissions01:03:16 - State governor taking on global issues01:06:20 - The importance of open and respectful conversation01:08:58 - Honesty, integrity, and competence in governance01:10:23 - Standing firm in beliefs rather than playing political games
5/3/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Dark Side of Crypto with Lee Reiners

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy and guest Lee Reiners, a Duke University lecturer and financial regulation expert, discuss the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and its impact on American capitalism. They delve into the world of cryptocurrency, exploring its origins, security vulnerabilities, and philosophical implications. From the role of intermediaries to North Korea's use of cryptocurrency to fund its ballistic missile program, this conversation provides valuable insights into the complexities of the crypto ecosystem and the future of the financial system.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:25 - Negative impact of 2008 financial crisis on American capitalism00:01:47 - Learning from past crises to prevent long-term damage00:03:30 - Introduction of guest Lee Reiners and his background00:06:58 - The polarizing nature of cryptocurrency00:07:57 - Students becoming crypto regulatory experts00:08:36 - Cryptocurrency failing as a store of value00:10:35 - Blockchain technology as the backbone of cryptocurrencies00:11:20 - Crypto as a peer-to-peer payment system00:11:47 - Why people prefer intermediaries in crypto transactions00:14:27 - Security vulnerabilities of cryptocurrency00:15:33 - North Korea's exploitation of crypto vulnerabilities00:16:14 - Cryptocurrency funding North Korea's ballistic missile program00:18:18 - Complexities of regulating crypto exchanges00:20:54 - Philosophical debate on property rights in cryptocurrencies00:22:07 - The high-profile 2016 DAO hack on Ethereum blockchain
5/2/202347 minutes, 48 seconds
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Fear Leads to Submission: COVID, Climate Change, and Authority with Dana Loesch

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by radio host and political commentator Dana Loesch. They delve into Loesch's journey in the 2016 presidential cycle and her initial hesitation about Trump, as well as Ramaswamy's experience stepping down as a biotech CEO. The conversation covers faith, Marxism, GOP politics, and the challenges posed by ideologies like Critical Race Theory. They also discuss the consequences of society's increasing reliance on government authority and the blurring of political lines in modern America.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:23 - Dana Loesch's experience supporting a governor in the 2016 presidential cycle00:01:34 - Loesch reveals her journey from Perry to Cruz to Trump00:04:46 - Vivek Ramaswamy's decision to step down as a biotech CEO00:05:32 - Ramaswamy's choice not to run for US Senate00:08:16 - Challenges of being the head of the GOP00:09:56 - The few in Congress who don't care about special interests00:11:33 - Inoculating oneself against the administrative state's influence00:14:01 - Vivek's motivations for running and knowing when to walk away00:16:57 - Dana Loesch's journey to non-denominational Christianity00:18:18 - Loss of faith in God's impact on society00:21:24 - Freedom, equality under God, and the threat of Marxism00:25:39 - Science and reason becoming a "superstition"00:26:06 - Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" and its relevance today00:27:42 - Fear of the unknown leading to submission to authority00:29:27 - The shift in the political landscape and blurred lines between right and left
5/1/202333 minutes, 9 seconds
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Reforming the Fed: The Inside Story with Danielle DiMartino Booth and Vivek Ramaswamy

In this compelling episode of 'The Vivek Show,' host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by Danielle DiMartino Booth, founder of Money Strong, LLC, and a former adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. They dive deep into the inner workings of the Federal Reserve, discussing its policies and their consequences on the global economy. Danielle sheds light on the questionable alliance between Wall Street and modern monetary theory, as well as the Fed's role in the 2008 financial crisis. She also shares her insights on the COVID-19 pandemic, the broken notion of trickle-down economics, and the rise of "unicorn" companies. Finally, they discuss the potential for the next US president to reform the Fed and the importance of strong leadership.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Time-codes:00:00:13 - Vivek's focus on reforming the Federal Reserve00:02:07 - Danielle calls COVID-19 an "act of war" by China00:05:31 - Danielle's book "Fed Up"00:07:33 - The broken notion of trickle-down economics00:08:12 - How Greenspan and Bernanke distorted price signals00:11:26 - The Dodd-Frank Reform Act and its impact on small banks00:13:01 - The 2007 Jackson Hole Symposium00:15:05 - Negative effects of zero interest rates00:15:48 - Federal Reserve's role in the 2008 financial crisis00:17:27 - The boom of venture capital funding and "unicorn" companies00:19:06 - Raising the capital requirements ceiling to $250 billion for banks00:20:42 - BlackRock's involvement with the Fed00:21:29 - Interest rates shouldn't have been reduced to zero after the 2008 crisis00:22:34 - The shadow banking system00:23:21 - Only one round of quantitative easing needed after Lehman00:25:00 - Unequal benefits of low interest rates and asset inflation00:27:04 - Modern monetary theory and its alliance with Wall Street00:28:35 - Erosion of checks and balances in government00:29:19 - Federal Reserve should safeguard the value of the US dollar00:30:21 - Unfilled job openings due to people being paid not to work00:31:27 - Opportunity for the next president to reform the Fed00:32:05 - Importance of a market disciplining event00:32:26 - A single large regulator for the financial system00:33:22 - Allowing banks to fail without causing widespread
4/28/202338 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Dark Side of College Admissions: Uncovering the $25 Million Scam

In this episode of 'The Vivek Show,' host Vivek Ramaswamy explores the topic of meritocracy in America and voices his opposition to race-based affirmative action. He is joined by guest Andrew Lelling, a former U.S. Attorney from Boston, who led the prosecution of the notorious college admission corruption scandal. Lelling sheds light on Rick Singer's elaborate scam involving bribing college coaches and cheating on standardized tests, which secured the admission of wealthy parents' children into prestigious universities. Over 10 years, Singer's scheme amassed an estimated $25 million. Lelling also reveals some high-profile individuals involved in the case, highlighting the wide range of wealthy participants.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Andrew Lelling, a distinguished former United States Attorney and senior Department of Justice (DOJ) official, brings his extensive expertise in white collar, securities, and international enforcement matters to the podcast. With a track record of successfully trying dozens of cases in both federal and state courts, Lelling shares valuable insights as he defends companies and individuals in complex government investigations, spearheads internal investigations, and provides guidance on compliance with federal, state, and international laws. 
4/27/202351 minutes, 27 seconds
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American Express Exposed: The Dark Side of Woke Policies

In this eye-opening episode of 'The Vivek Show,' host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by guests Nick Williams and Kenny Xu, who reveal the unexpected alliance between corporate America and the woke movement. Nick shares his personal experience at American Express, where he was pushed out of the company due to controversial racial policies. Together, they explore how these practices are eroding the culture of merit and hard work in the United States. Additionally, Kenny Xu introduces his new book, "School of Woke: How Critical Race Theory Infiltrated Our Schools and Why We Need to Reclaim Them." --Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Kenny Xu is a distinguished commentator on education, identity politics, and the ongoing battle against meritocracy in our culture. He is the author of two insightful books, An Inconvenient Minority and School of Woke, which delve into these critical issues. Kenny has contributed to notable publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The Federalist. As the President of Color Us United, he actively works to create a more inclusive and equitable society. Kenny currently resides in North Carolina. Nick Williams is a former employee of American Express, where he worked for over eight years as an Iowa-based manager of business development. His unexpected termination in March 2021 sparked his determination to speak out against the company's controversial racial policies. Despite being offered a six-figure settlement, Nick refused to remain silent, opting instead to share his story and stand up against what he views as the detrimental effects of "woke corporate America." Nick's courage and conviction serve as a powerful example of taking a stand for what is right.--Time-Codes:00:21 - Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the mystery of the arranged marriage between corporate America and the woke movement.01:18 - Introduction of guests Nick Williams and Kenny Xu, who have been fighting back against the trend in corporate America.02:17 - Nick shares his personal experience at American Express and how he was pushed out of the company.10:20 - Vivek Ramaswamy questions the motivations behind American Express's actions regarding race and relaxing standards for specific objectives.11:09 - Kenny Xu reveals that American Express provided a 15% bonus for firing white males and hiring people of color, according to the company's documents.12:07 - Kenny Xu suggests that American Express's decision to "go woke" might be an attempt to deflect attention from federal investigations and charges against the company.20:13 - Vivek discusses the origins of the word merit and its connection to America, highlighting the importance of rewarding results and effort.21:53 - Vivek asks Nick about his black colleague's reaction to the diversity policy and how it affected their working relationship.23:34 - Nick emphasizes that merit and hard work should be the focus, not race, and that the culture at his company was destroyed due to these policies.28:44 - The impact of college admissions on the Asian American community is discussed, particularly racial preferences and how they can be harmful.31:00 - The conversation turns to how people are no longer being rewarded based on their merit, but rather on compliance with a particular system.32:27 - The idea of taming the spirit of excellence in America based on race and assumptions is explored.34:22 - The potential for creating a new social structure of racism through the current system is debated.38:41 - Vivek Ramaswamy explains that civil rights statutes, as broadly construed by the EEOC, create the conditions for viewpoint discrimination.39:58 - Vivek discusses the importance of treating these issues as American issues, not just left or right issues.41:09 - Kenny Xu introduces his new book "School of Woke: How Critical Race Theory Infiltrated Our Schools and Why We Need to Reclaim Them."
4/26/202343 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Carbon Reduction Paradox: Why Do Some Oppose Nuclear Energy? with Neil Chatterjee

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy explores the paradox of carbon reduction advocates opposing nuclear energy and discusses the complexities of US energy policy with guest Neil Chatterjee, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). They delve into FERC's role in overseeing competitive wholesale power markets, the challenges faced by differing state policies on decarbonization, and the consequences of shutting down coal plants on communities. The conversation covers the role of public policy and market forces in shaping the energy landscape, touching on the controversial topic of carbon capture pipelines and the potential for fostering nuclear energy without subsidies. Throughout the episode, Ramaswamy and Chatterjee engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the future of US energy policy and the potential for reforming key regulatory agencies.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--Indranil "Neil" Chatterjee is a prominent American lawyer, political advisor, and former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He served twice as FERC Chairman, from August 10, 2017, to December 7, 2017, and October 24, 2018, to November 5, 2020. Prior to FERC, Chatterjee was an energy policy advisor to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and held roles with the United States House Committee on Ways and Means, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Throughout his career, he has been committed to shaping balanced energy policies that promote both energy production and environmental stewardship.--Time-codes:00:00:00 - Mystery of carbon reduction advocates not supporting nuclear energy00:01:19 - Possible anti-growth agenda in the US00:02:53 - Introduction of guest Neil Chatterjee00:08:21 - Structure of FERC for independent judgment00:09:37 - Constitutionality concerns over independent agencies00:11:59 - Oversight and nomination process reining in radical FERC agenda00:16:12 - FERC's role in competitive wholesale power markets00:17:58 - Implementation of a minimum offer price rule00:20:56 - Reversal of the minimum offer price rule after 2020 election00:34:36 - Vivek questions the need for a top-down energy transition00:36:19 - Neil's support for solar plus storage00:38:57 - Impact of shutting down coal plants on communities00:40:41 - Neil's opposition to burdensome EPA regulations00:43:50 - Vivek's skepticism on government-subsidized carbon capture pipelines00:44:53 - Biden administration's clean energy transition and transmission line challenges00:46:20 - Opposition to energy infrastructure built near homes00:52:06 - Bilateral contracting in energy markets00:53:07 - Roles of RTOs and ISOs in energy markets00:56:49 - Fostering nuclear energy without subsidies and private capital's role00:57:38 - Public Utility Commission's role in evaluating utility rates00:58:38 - Challenge of short-term thinking for long-term energy projects01:01:04 - Vivek's proposal for a new nuclear energy regulatory agency
4/25/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Power of Debate: Fostering Civic Capacity and Tackling the Fentanyl Epidemic with James Fishback

In this engaging episode of "The Vivek Show," host Vivek Ramaswamy and guest James Fishback, investor at Greenlight Capital and founder of the nonprofit organization Incubate Debate, discuss the power of high school debate in fostering civic capacity and addressing critical issues like the fentanyl crisis. They cover topics such as the Federal Reserve, the impact of AI on education, and the rise of tribalism in politics. Fishback shares his experiences in founding Incubate Debate, which aims to break financial barriers and provide opportunities for young Americans to engage in open dialogue, and highlights the urgency of combating the deadly fentanyl epidemic.--Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy--James Fishback founded Incubate Debate in 2019, a non-profit organization aimed at making debate accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds and political beliefs. Incubate has welcomed thousands of students from all over Florida to its tournaments, workshops, and camps, all at no cost. The organization's proprietary debate formats make it easy to learn and hard to master, requiring dedication and a willingness to continually strive for improvement. James Fishback, born and raised in Davie, FL, started Incubate Debate after serving as a volunteer debate coach and competing in high school debate.--Time-codes:00:00 - Vivek Ramaswamy's introduction and background00:14 - The difference between capitalism and democracy voting systems00:35 - Introducing James Fishback and his background00:08:21 - Conversation with David Einhorn on the Federal Reserve00:09:20 - Debate coaching during COVID00:11:52 - Hosting free debate tournaments with Incubate Debate00:16:14 - The impact of debate on civic culture00:17:22 - The rise of tribalism in politics00:18:11 - Changes in high school debate00:20:55 - Loss of free speech in high school settings00:23:46 - The first in-person debate tournament in Glades County00:24:31 - Biased debate topics00:26:41 - The Trojan horse model of the illiberal left00:29:18 - Navigating biased debate topics00:30:57 - Racial equity as a tiebreaker in debates00:31:41 - The concept of "tyranny of merit"00:33:18 - Alternative approaches for underserved students00:36:55 - Addressing the extracurricular gap00:37:43 - Minds changing during debates00:39:50 - The Florida parental rights bill00:41:53 - Upcoming debate topic: AI and education00:42:49 - Reforming the Federal Reserve00:46:33 - Micromanaging inflation targets00:51:45 - The importance of civic capacity00:52:31 - Launch of "Not Even Once" School Assembly Series
4/24/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 46 seconds
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Vivek Ramaswamy on TimCast with Tim Pool

Tim Pool is an American political commentator, podcast host, and independent journalist born on March 9, 1986, in Chicago, Illinois. He first gained recognition for live streaming the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests. Pool later joined Vice Media and Fusion TV in 2014 before transitioning to YouTube and other platforms. Throughout his career, Pool has covered various protests and events across the world, including the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, the 2016 Milwaukee riots, and the 2020 US presidential election. Despite expressing support for Bernie Sanders in 2019, he announced his support for Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election. 
4/21/20232 hours, 17 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Truth About Race and Affirmative Action: A Powerful Discussion with Adam Coleman

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Adam Coleman, the author of a book about black victimhood culture. They discuss race, affirmative action, and the importance of overcoming challenges through education and strong family structures. Adam shares his personal story of growing up in a single-parent home and the hardships he faced throughout his life. They also discuss Adam's political transformation, his discovery of Thomas Sowell's work, and the exaggerated media narratives surrounding the Black community and policing. Throughout the conversation, they emphasize the significance of good communication and the need for open, honest conversations about race. Adam reflects on the role his faith has played in his personal and professional growth, revealing his journey through mental health struggles and the importance of owning one's experiences.Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Time-codes:00:00 - Vivek outlines his opposition to race-based affirmative action02:30 - Vivek highlights the importance of a two-parent household03:15 - Introduction of guest Adam Coleman04:49 - Adam shares his motivation for writing his book06:20 - Adam discusses his upbringing in a single-parent home10:14 - Vivek asks about Adam's inspiration and book's thesis12:16 - Adam's concerns about media narratives and the Black community13:53 - Adam talks about his political transformation15:22 - Adam's introduction to Thomas Sowell's work30:38 - Vivek and Adam discuss the connections between their ideas31:45 - The right to discuss race-related issues34:33 - The importance of 'how' people talk about race41:54 - Adam's approach to discussing race43:13 - Shifting the focus from race to class in affirmative action discussions52:06 - Adam reveals his admission to a mental health institution at age six
4/20/20231 hour, 1 minute, 23 seconds
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US vs. China: The Fight for Economic Independence with Jim Nelles

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by supply chain expert Jim Nelles. They discuss the impact of fear and uncertainty on policy decisions, such as COVID-19 school closures, the war in Ukraine, and the Silicon Valley bank bailout. The conversation delves into the complexities of the American supply chain, including regulatory failures, antiquated laws, and the consequences of a truck driver shortage. They explore the concept of declaring economic independence from China, focusing on the potential benefits and alternatives. Throughout the episode, Vivek and Jim emphasize the importance of setting ambitious goals, having a clear vision, and inspiring the American people to achieve greatness. Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamy Jim Nelles is a Chicago-based supply chain consultant with extensive experience in various leadership roles, including Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Supply Chain Officer, and Chief Operations Officer. A former Naval Officer, Jim attended college on an NROTC scholarship before earning his BA in Economics and French from Northwestern University. He also holds a Masters in Management from the prestigious JL Kellogg Graduate School of Business. Join us as Jim shares his invaluable insights on the complexities of supply chain management in today's world. Time-Codes:00:00:00 - Fear and uncertainty driving policy decisions00:03:21 - Consequences of declaring independence from China00:04:59 - Introduction of guest, Jim Nelles00:12:32 - Inefficiency of government regulations in supply chains00:13:14 - Ineffectiveness of the current secretary of transportation00:14:22 - Exploring supply chain chokepoints00:15:42 - The truck driver shortage and its impact00:17:19 - Human capital shortage and its causes00:18:27 - Importance of declaring independence from China00:20:47 - The need to defeat China economically00:21:48 - Factory construction increase in the US00:22:43 - American companies investing in US plants00:23:42 - Potential benefits of decoupling from China00:24:34 - Incentives and tax credits for US investments00:25:50 - Decoupling doesn't mean isolationism00:37:06 - Setting ambitious targets and using an offense strategy00:38:00 - Need for a clear vision to lead the country00:39:10 - Proposing independence from China00:40:48 - Aiming for significant GDP growth00:41:37 - Fear during the COVID-19 pandemic00:42:53 - Inspiring the younger generation00:43:55 - Disappointment in the silence of due process advocates00:45:34 - Encouraging open conversation despite fear of judgment
4/19/202350 minutes, 54 seconds
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Crucial Lessons from COVID-19 with Dr. Amesh Adalja

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease, critical care, and emergency medicine physician with extensive experience in pandemic preparedness. Dr. Adalja shares his journey into the medical field, including his education at Carnegie Mellon and transition from business to medicine. The two discuss the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, its trajectory, and the challenges faced in risk communication. They also debate pandemic strategies, the effectiveness of vaccines, and the importance of prioritizing protection for high-risk individuals.Dr. Amesh Adalja is an infectious disease, critical care, and emergency medicine physician with expertise in pandemic preparedness. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Adalja has dedicated his career to understanding and combating infectious diseases. As an esteemed medical professional, he provides valuable insights into effectively managing and mitigating the impact of pandemics on global health. Donate here: more content follow me here:Twitter - @VivekGRamaswamyInstagram - @vivekgramaswamyFacebook - Social - @VivekRamaswamyRumble - @VivekRamaswamyTime-codes:00:00 - Introduction09:35 - Criticism from both the left and the right10:41 - Challenges in risk communication12:21 - Identifying the pandemic potential of COVID-1914:38 - Early actions that could have changed the pandemic's trajectory19:46 - Identifying mild COVID-19 cases20:51 - Predicting COVID-19 seasonality22:34 - The effectiveness of contact tracing24:34 - Continued testing problems27:22 - Dr. Adalja's ideal pandemic approach28:22 - Importance of honest communication29:36 - Alternative strategy: natural immunity32:09 - Defending the use of vaccines
4/18/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Woke Infection in Education: An Eye-Opening Discussion with Vivek Ramaswamy and Mark Ousley

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Mark Ousley discuss the rise of the managerial class in America that exploits fear to advance their own agendas. They explore the infiltration of global mindsets in education, the impact on individual students, and the potential influence of tech giants on private schools. The conversation also covers the challenges surrounding school choice and the importance of local control in improving public schools. Vivek Ramaswamy is a successful entrepreneur and author, while Mark Ousley is an experienced educator and advocate for educational reform. Together, they dive deep into the issues facing the American education system and the need for open dialogue and involvement from parents and community members.Mark Ousley is a grassroots activist based in Oklahoma and the host of the UnWokable Podcast. A vocal critic of wokeness and gender ideology in academia and the media, Mark has become a leading figure in the fight against these dangerous and divisive trends. He has been featured in interviews with prominent commentators such as Tim Pool and James Lindsay, where he has shared his unique perspective on the challenges facing our society today. Time-Codes:00:00 - Discussing the rise of the managerial class in America and the exploitation of fear.02:07 - The pattern of exploiting fear in Ukraine and the COVID pandemic.03:55 - The exploitation of fear leading to school closures and educational inequity.10:34 - Commitment to the World Economic Forum's sustainable development goals in universities.11:32 - The infiltration of global mindsets in the education system and the decline in student mental health.14:09 - The cultural revolution developing in America through the education system.20:22 - The potential influence of tech giants on private schools through capital campaigns and ESG scores.21:07 - The importance of defunding the Department of Education to make school choice "woke-proof".23:15 - The shift in Pell Grants and the possibility of K-12 education student loans.25:49 - The dangers of the WISC model and its potential impact on private schools.40:20 - The influence of accreditation organizations in the education system.42:22 - The challenges of implementing school choice and the need to cut certain strings.43:55 - Data mining in private schools that receive public money.45:40 - The personal nature of community data mandated in the ARPA reporting system.50:24 - The importance of local control in improving public schools and the involvement of conservatives in school boards.
4/17/20231 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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Breaking the Fundraising System: A New Approach to Political Campaigns with Chris Petkas and Codie Sanchez

In this insightful episode, Vivek Ramaswamy discusses his unique approach to campaign fundraising and the importance of contrarian thinking. Joined by guests Chris and Codie, they share their diverse experiences in entrepreneurship, the military, and finance. The conversation delves into the importance of service, sacrifice, and civic commitment, as well as the challenges faced by today's society. They explore the rise of stakeholder capitalism, the decline of religion, and the potential benefits of prioritizing GDP growth as a national agenda. This thought-provoking discussion is sure to spark curiosity and inspire new perspectives on the issues shaping our world. 0:00 - Introduction00:29 - Breaking the Fundraising System04:08 - Embracing Contrarian Thinking08:04 - Skin in the Game and Responsibility15:03 - Benefits of Service and Sacrifice20:09 - Civic Service Integration28:51 - Balancing Libertarianism and Centralized Authority34:02 - Rejecting Guilt and Embracing Excellence39:57 - American Identity and Civic Religion46:07 - National Decline and Lessons from History49:24 - Chile's Economic Transformation and GDP Growth57:22 - The Importance of Wage Growth and a Strong Economy01:00:57 - Setting Ambitious Goals for GDP Growth
4/14/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 35 seconds
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Changing Tides: The Societal Ramifications of Transgender Inclusion with Riley Gaines

In this episode of The Vivek Show, presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy engages in an eye-opening conversation with Riley Gaines, a former All-American swimmer who experienced firsthand the controversial consequences of biological males competing in women's sports. Riley shares her story of tying with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship, and the disheartening aftermath when she was asked to step off the podium to accommodate Lia during the photo opportunity. Delving into the complexities of women's rights, our distinguished guests explore the infiltration of women's sports and the mental health crisis permeating Western society. Listen as Riley passionately advocates for the protection of women's sports and joins forces with Vivek to address these pressing issues. Don't miss this powerful discussion on equality, fair competition, and the future of sports in America.
4/13/202334 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Hidden Truth Behind Affirmative Action: A Revealing Discussion with Richard Hanania

In this eye-opening episode of "The Vivek Show," host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by political scientist and writer Richard Hanania. They delve deep into the origins, history, and consequences of affirmative action in America. By examining the political motivations behind these policies, Richard and Vivek discuss how affirmative action has shaped institutions, influenced the education system, and affected the current cultural climate. Through their thought-provoking conversation, they explore the challenges in addressing affirmative action and its impact on meritocracy, race, and society.Richard Hanania is a Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. Richard's academic interests include nuclear policy, American grand strategy, political psychology, the politics of the Middle East, and international law. He also uses statistical modeling and text analysis in order to investigate the behavior of international organizations. Among other journals, his work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Cold War Studies.Time-codes:00:12 - Introduction and connecting through mutual friend, Chris.00:45 - Richard's role in Vivek's first TV appearance.01:06 - The thoughtful criticism that sparked their friendship.03:17 - Richard's journey from academia to writing.05:25 - The courage to change one's mind in political discourse.09:50 - Decline of traditional values and rise of mental health issues.11:13 - Impact of social media and negative ideas on mental health.12:45 - Affirmative action in America and Republican candidates.17:05 - Nixon's strategy and expansion of racial quotas.17:32 - Nixon's labor department extends quotas.19:33 - Goals and timetables under Nixon.20:03 - Nixon's manipulation of the political landscape.21:00 - Shift in civil rights movement rhetoric.23:50 - Tower Amendment in the Civil Rights Act.25:14 - Gail Harriot's perspective on disparate impact.25:58 - Disparate impact as the "skeleton key of the left."27:15 - Disparate impact in civil rights law.32:29 - The OFCCP's impact on corporate America.34:15 - Texas Governor Greg Abbott's memo.36:05 - Columbia University's transformation.39:52 - Education polarization in the US.40:33 - Threats to liberty in society.42:10 - Rescinding and replacing Executive Order 11246.52:50 - Supreme Court decision on affirmative action.56:09 - New wave of anti-black racism.   
4/12/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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Exposing the Dangers of Gender Ideology for Children with "Billboard Chris"

In this episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek Ramaswamy talks to Chris Elston, a father on a mission to protect children from the dangers of gender ideology. Chris discusses his activism journey, the consequences of affirming a child's gender, and the rarity of true intersex and gender dysphoria cases. They explore the potential harm caused by puberty blockers and discuss the importance of promoting body positivity for children. Chris' commitment to raising awareness on this issue has led him to engage in conversations across North America, making a difference one conversation at a time.Chris Elston (aka Billboard Chris) is a dedicated father of two girls and a staunch advocate against gender ideology. Driven by his belief that children should be free to express their true selves without being indoctrinated into harmful ideologies, Chris speaks out against the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, which he sees as causing physical harm to children. Passionate about informed consent, Chris highlights the High Court in England's stance that children cannot provide informed consent for these life-altering drugs. Frustrated by the silence of politicians and the media on this issue, Chris has taken matters into his own hands by engaging in conversations across North America to raise awareness and promote honest, open dialogue on gender ideology and its consequences.
4/11/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 27 seconds
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Merit-Based Democracy with Douglas Murray | The Vivek Show

Douglas Murray is a British author and journalist, best known for his books "The Madness of Crowds" and "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam," both bestsellers and critically acclaimed. He has been a contributor to The Spectator since 2000 and Associate Editor since 2012. Born in 1979, Murray's first book, "Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas," was published while he was an undergraduate at Oxford. In 2007, he founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which later merged with the Henry Jackson Society, where he served as Associate Director until 2018. Murray is a prolific debater, appearing on numerous political debate programs and engaging with prominent opponents. Episode Summary:In this thought-provoking episode, the host engages in a spirited discussion with Douglas Murray, author and commentator, about meritocracy, societal success, and the cultural minefield we find ourselves in today. They explore the implications of focusing on equity and equality of outcome, the potential for demoralization in certain groups, and the paradox of societal progress. They also touch on the importance of distinguishing between admiration and respect, as well as the significance of equality in the eyes of God and civic equality, as foundational values for a healthy society. Join the conversation and discover insights into the complexities of today's world. Time-codes:[00:00] Introduction to the podcast and the topic of meritocracy.[01:05] Vivek challenges the left to define merit.[02:04] Douglas Murray defines merit and discusses equality.[05:27] Focusing on utilizing talent in society.[07:29] Justifications for meritocracy.[08:10] Demoralization and potential in certain groups.[20:50] Exposing the underlying issues of culture wars.[22:09] Concerns about the erosion of meritocracy.[23:33] Deflection and the culture wars.[25:41] Role of left and right in perpetuating culture wars.[27:33] Responding to cultural issues.[30:35] Challenges of defining a woman today.[31:10] Addressing underlying economic problems.[33:54] Debating the focus on cultural issues.[35:03] Minefield analogy for cultural traps.[36:20] Envisioning life without cultural "mines".[40:01] The paradox of success and societal progress.[41:22] Focus on wealth distribution vs. wealth creation.[45:55] Shift from admiring heroism to victimhood.[48:03] Equality in the eyes of God and civic equality.
4/10/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Opioid Crisis: A Personal Tragedy Reveals America's Hidden Enemy | The Vivek Show

In this thought-provoking episode, Vivek Ramaswamy engages in a candid conversation with Andrew Olivastro, a seasoned political operative and policy expert with experience at the Heritage Foundation, the Bush administration, and the corporate world. Andrew shares his insights on issues like ESG, education reform, and the opioid crisis. He also tells the emotional story of his sister's tragic death due to a fentanyl overdose, sparking a deeper discussion about the impact of the opioid crisis on families, communities, and national security. Together, they delve into America's self-hatred and national identity crisis, discussing how shared values and the unapologetic pursuit of excellence can lead to unity and national revival. Time-codes:[01:33] - Andrew's diverse background and career journey[03:10] - Sharing pocket copies of the Declaration of Independence[03:33] - Andrew's return to the Heritage Foundation[04:16] - Andrew's take on ESG and its implications[05:14] - The importance of education reform[05:45] - Andrew's personal connection to the opioid crisis[07:14] - The story of Andrew's sister, Amy[09:57] - The tragic impact of fentanyl on families[11:20] - The cynical force behind the fentanyl crisis[13:22] - The story of Bishop Evans and the fentanyl crisis[14:33] - The potential role of the U.S. military in combating drug cartels[15:58] - Addressing domestic issues vs. international engagement[17:00] - The need for a national debate on priorities[19:45] - The impact of fentanyl compared to other drugs[21:56] - The national security implications of the opioid crisis[23:25] - Concerns about nation building and destabilization[26:26] - The ESG question and its connection to geopolitics[31:38] - America's self-hatred and national identity crisis[35:22] - Recognizing shared values and the potential for a national revival
4/7/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 12 seconds
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Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr

In this thought-provoking episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and former US Attorney General Bill Barr discuss controversial ideas in national security, strategies for combating Mexican drug cartels, and the challenges of working with a corrupt government. They also explore the cultural changes within the FBI, the concept of the Great Reset, and the importance of faith and community in sustaining a stable society. As they delve into these critical topics, Vivek and Barr offer unique perspectives on potential solutions and the implications for the US and the world.Bill Barr is an accomplished lawyer and statesman, best known for his two separate tenures as the Attorney General of the United States under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump. With an extensive career in both the public and private sectors, Barr has built a reputation for his expertise in national security, law enforcement, and constitutional law.Time-codes:00:01:04 - Vivek's proposal to shut down the FBI and create a new federal law enforcement agency.00:05:09 - The confusion between law enforcement and national security powers in the US Constitution.00:08:22 - The immense power of Mexican drug cartels and strategies to combat them.00:11:12 - Potential tactics against cartels, including cyber activity targeting their finances.00:14:02 - AMLO's philosophy of sharing sovereignty with cartels and its impact on Mexico.00:19:30 - The US government's approach to the drug problem across different administrations.00:25:14 - The worsening fentanyl crisis and its impact on the US.00:32:37 - Legal implications of using the military to intervene in the fight against cartels.00:48:59 - Vivek's proposal for reforming the FBI by shutting it down and creating a new agency.00:53:41 - The Great Reset's implications for the dissolution of boundaries between sectors, nations, and institutions.00:59:38 - The importance of faith and community in sustaining a stable society.01:05:14 - The state's role in moral education and the promotion of modern "religions".
4/6/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 42 seconds
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Fathers Under Attack with Alec Lace from First Class Fatherhood | The Vivek Show

In this thought-provoking episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Alec Lace, host of First Class Fatherhood, explore the escalating crisis of fatherlessness in America. They discuss Alec's background as a railroad mechanic, father, and advocate for fatherhood, and cover topics such as the stigma around stay-at-home parents and the impact of fatherlessness on society. The conversation delves into the consequences of this crisis on communities, the corruption in the family court system, and the potential solutions to address these issues. With powerful insights and personal anecdotes, Alec and Vivek shed light on the urgent need for change in the way society views and supports fathers. 00:07:10 - 25% of American families without a father00:07:40 - Fatherlessness triples since 1950s00:08:50 - 70% fatherlessness in African-American community00:09:52 - Fatherlessness rates in Hispanic and Caucasian communities00:10:03 - Asian American community's low fatherlessness rate00:10:45 - Prisons filled with young men from fatherless homes00:12:42 - Corruption in the family court system00:13:57 - Disparity in prison sentencing between men and women00:15:55 - Impact of the feminist movement on family values00:17:12 - Governor Ron DeSantis' fatherhood initiative bill00:20:42 - 85% of kids in juvenile detention from fatherless homes00:21:22 - Making fatherhood cool and promoting positive examples00:22:36 - Changing the mindset around starting a family00:23:46 - Rebuilding self-confidence in America through fatherhood00:25:35 - Importance of positive role models00:26:17 - Advice for single moms to find a father figure00:27:19 - Helping kids without fathers through mentoring and coaching00:29:48 - Addressing deadbeat dads and cultural shifts00:33:11 - Pro-life stance and interview with Father Frank Pavone00:38:22 - Connection between fatherlessness and sexualization of society
4/5/202348 minutes, 38 seconds
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Former Federal Election Commission Chairman on Trump's Arrest - The Vivek Show

In this episode, host Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the controversial prosecution of Donald Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, diving into the legal complexities surrounding the case. Joined by guest Brad Smith, a former Federal Election Commission chairman and law professor, they explore the payment made to Stormy Daniels during Trump's campaign and whether it constituted an unlawful campaign contribution. They also discuss the potential consequences of the indictment and the implications of campaign finance laws. Throughout the conversation, they raise concerns about the rule of law, the dangers of politicized prosecutions, and the future of political discourse.Bradley A. Smith, an accomplished law professor and former FEC Commissioner, is a leading expert in election law. Nominated to the FEC by President Bill Clinton, Smith has an impressive background that includes teaching at Capital University Law School and authoring numerous articles on campaign finance. With experience in both academia and practice, he has testified before Congress, made appearances on radio and television, and contributed to major publications. Smith holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Time codes:00:01:15 - Introduction to the convention's theme and purpose.00:02:37 - First speaker introduces a groundbreaking new technology.00:05:56 - The audience is engaged in an interactive Q&A session with the first speaker.00:08:45 - A panel discussion begins, focusing on the impact of recent advancements in science and technology.00:11:33 - The second speaker presents research on the future of renewable energy.00:14:25 - A demonstration of an innovative sustainable energy solution.00:16:18 - The third speaker discusses the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.00:18:52 - The audience is asked to consider the potential consequences of AI on society.00:21:04 - A thought-provoking debate begins on the benefits and risks of genetic engineering.00:23:47 - The fourth speaker provides an update on a major scientific discovery.00:26:29 - A captivating visual presentation of the discovery and its potential implications.00:28:45 - The audience participates in a hands-on activity related to the discovery.00:31:23 - A panel of experts discusses the future of space exploration.00:34:17 - The fifth speaker shares their experience working on a high-profile space mission.00:36:59 - A sneak peek at an upcoming documentary on the history of space exploration.00:39:44 - The sixth speaker discusses the potential of virtual reality in various industries.00:42:30 - A live demonstration of a cutting-edge virtual reality experience.00:44:21 - The audience is invited to try the virtual reality experience for themselves.00:47:08 - A panel debate on the societal implications of mass surveillance technologies.00:50:02 - The seventh speaker shares insights on the development of quantum computing.00:52:39 - The audience is treated to a live demonstration of quantum computing capabilities.00:55:27 - The eighth speaker discusses the role of biotechnology in addressing global challenges.00:58:14 - A showcase of groundbreaking biotechnology innovations.01:00:52 - The ninth speaker explores the future of transportation and its impact on the environment.01:03:37 - A panel discussion on the ethical considerations of emerging technologies and their potential impact on society.
4/5/202355 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Art of the Culture War: Revealing the Strategies of the Left with James Lindsay - The Vivek Show

In this eye-opening discussion, U.S. Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and cultural critic James Lindsay delve into the tactics and strategies used by the left in the ongoing culture war. They discuss the challenges within the current political landscape, the rise of the ESG movement, and the strategic maneuvers used to demoralize and exhaust creative problem-solving. Together, they expose the hidden playbook of their opponents and emphasize the need to address the root causes of cultural and political issues. The conversation provides valuable insights into the long-term strategies employed by activist groups to infiltrate and subvert institutions.James Lindsay is a renowned cultural critic, author, and speaker, best known for his incisive analysis of critical theory, social justice ideologies, and the culture wars. Holding a Ph.D. in mathematics, Lindsay transitioned from academia to focus on examining the philosophical underpinnings and real-world implications of postmodern thought and identity politics. He has co-authored several influential books, including "Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody" and "How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide." Lindsay's work has garnered attention from various media outlets, and he frequently shares his insights through public speaking engagements and on his social media platforms. As a thought leader, he strives to promote open dialogue, critical thinking, and intellectual honesty in a rapidly changing sociopolitical landscape.Time Codes:00:00 - Vivek introduces the water balloon analogy to describe the shifting of problems in politics and culture.00:33 - Critique of Republican politicians for their limited understanding of the culture war.01:15 - Vivek discusses the rise of the ESG movement and its implications for capitalism.03:06 - Importance of puncturing the metaphorical water balloon and addressing root issues.03:32 - Emphasizing understanding the "why" behind actions rather than just focusing on the "what."04:24 - The role of accreditation bodies in influencing private schools.05:09 - Introduction to James Lindsay and their shared intellectual journey.08:12 - The importance of operational thinking in addressing societal issues.08:20 - James Lindsay on how Antifa provokes law enforcement to create chaos at protests.09:15 - Introduction to the tactics manual "Beautiful Trouble."10:07 - The principle "Your real action is your target's reaction" and its relation to operational thinking.10:57 - Comparison of these tactics to Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" and the importance of understanding the opposition's strategies.12:01 - Danger of underestimating opponents who are more strategic and focused on long-term goals.13:33 - Discussion of the "black pill" mentality, representing a fatalistic view of the future.15:18 - The importance of not falling into the trap of limited creativity and stepping into pre-set directions.18:02 - Explanation of how accrediting bodies have been captured by proponents of diversity, equity, and inclusion.23:21 - Explanation of the Long March through the Institutions strategy and its influence on modern ideologies.25:21 - Discussion on how the "infection" game only works on individuals susceptible to ideological00:31:49 - James Lindsay talks about the concept of "legitimation by ology" in a post-modern world, highlighting the use of false logic and consensus for validation.00:32:43 - Lindsay explains how the left has weaponized post-modern theories and critical theories, using moral consensus to legitimize their ideas.00:33:56 - He highlights how activists strategically target choke points and monopolies of influence, comparing their tactics to wartime strategies.00:35:22 - The conversation ties ESG and school choice together, emphasizing the importance of thinking at scale and fighting back legally when necessary.00:45:12 - Vivek points out that companies and institutions are rebranding ESG as "sustainable finance" in response to criticism.00:45:50 - James and Vivek discuss how CRT proponents use the same tactics, denying its presence in schools and instead claiming they are practicing "culturally relevant teaching."00:47:08 - They mention Greta Thunberg receiving an honorary doctorate of theology, reflecting the religious nature of climate activism.00:47:32 - James emphasizes that CRT is the operative concept behind culturally relevant pedagogy and that understanding this connection requires diligent research. 
4/4/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 33 seconds
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Freedom, Innovation, Superabundance with Marian Tupy - The Vivek Show

In this episode, host Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the importance of GDP growth and innovation in America with Marian Tupy, co-author of the book "Superabundance." They explore the counterintuitive relationship between population growth and economic growth, emphasizing the role of human ingenuity and innovation. The conversation touches on the negative effects of overregulation on innovation and the potential of nuclear energy to drive growth if the government loosened its grip on the market. They also delve into the parallels between environmentalism and religion and the importance of economic growth and innovation in addressing environmental issues. Finally, they discuss the dangers of degrowth theory and the concept of equity, arguing that merit and individual capabilities should be prioritized over one's background.Marian Tupy is a Slovak-born American policy analyst, author, and editor. He is currently a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he specializes in global trends in economic freedom, human well-being, and political institutions. He is also the co-author of the book "Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful."  --Learn more about my campaign: - Introduction00:30 - The Artifice of Presidential Campaigns02:00 - Trump's Indictment and Its Implications06:08 - Recognizing Shared Values in a Politically Diverse Society08:44 - Due Process Rights for All14:02 - Losing Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Hard Work as Identity Sources18:10 - Challenges Faced by Conservative Politicians21:57 - Vivek's Decision to Enter the Presidential Campaign32:33 - The Role of Political Consultants and PR Advisors43:39 - The Importance of Political Outsiders45:17 - Overcoming Fear in Politics52:08 - The Dinosaur in Tar Pits Analogy and Government Action Priorities56:37 - Constraints Imposed by Congress on the Chief Executive01:00:43 - Vivek's Greatest Strength as a Political Candidate01:03:07 - An Insider's Look into Political Campaign Fundraising01:08:19 - Navigating the Political Landscape and Promoting Healthy Discourse
4/3/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds
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“Wokeness” Silences Voices with Jennifer Sey - The Vivek Show

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Jennifer Sey engage in a thought-provoking conversation about the definition and potential dangers of "woke" culture, particularly in relation to free speech and corporate America. Jennifer Sey, a former executive who left her job after expressing an unpopular opinion on school closures, shares her personal experiences navigating the world of wokeness. They discuss the impact of wokeness on various aspects of society, including the creation of hostile work environments, censorship, and the importance of maintaining apolitical spaces in a diverse democracy.Jennifer Anne Sey is a former artistic gymnast, author, and business executive born in 1969. She has an impressive athletic background, having been a seven-time member of the U.S. Women's National Team and winning the 1986 U.S. Women's All-Around National Championship. Sey also represented the U.S. in international competitions such as the 1985 Women's World Championships and the 1986 Goodwill Games. After retiring from gymnastics, Sey transitioned to the business world, where she has had a successful career. --Learn more about my campaign: - Vivek Ramaswamy talks about the debate surrounding the definition of "woke" and how it's used by different groups.00:27 - Vivek defines "woke" in neutral terms and highlights the potential dangers it poses, including increased division and a culture of fear.01:56 - The impact of wokeness on corporate America, the creation of hostile work environments, and viewpoint discrimination.03:08 - How wokeness threatens free speech culture and the importance of free speech for discovering the truth.03:29 - The consequences of censorship, illustrated by the COVID lab leak theory and the school closure debate during the COVID-19 pandemic.05:02 - Introduction of Jennifer Sey, a former executive who lost her job for expressing an unpopular opinion about school closures.06:34 - Jennifer Sey's journey in climbing the corporate hierarchy, achieving success, and the events that led to her departure from the corporate world.00:07:38 - The guest shares her experience traveling to Moscow in 1986 as a national gymnast and trading Levi's 501s with Russian athletes.00:08:11 - The guest discusses her first book, which exposed the culture of abuse and cruelty in gymnastics, and how she was an early advocate for the sexual abuse issue in the sport.00:08:38 - She talks about the Larry Nassar case and how it led to her redemption in the public eye.00:12:40 - The guest begins discussing her concerns about the negative impact of prolonged school closures and other restrictions on children during the pandemic, such as closed playgrounds, masking of toddlers, and the lack of age stratification of risk.00:13:39 - The guest explains how her own children were affected by the school closures, and how she was outspoken on social media about the situation, particularly for low-income families who were likely struggling even more.00:15:15 - The guest talks about her move to Twitter, where she connected with doctors and experts to ask questions, and eventually started to lead rallies in San Francisco and attend school board meetings in an effort to make a change.00:15:50 - Guest talks about working from home and attending school board meetings virtually during the pandemic.00:16:23 - Fall of 2020, the guest is informed that people are noticing and don't like what they're saying about reopening schools.00:19:39 - The guest is incensed by the hypocrisy of those who were criticizing her, as they were sending their own children to in-person private schools while denying access to public school children.00:24:17 - The guest discusses an example of protected speech, showcasing the irony of being silenced for advocating for school reopening.00:28:38 - The speaker questions why it is not acceptable to share a viewpoint that challenges orthodoxy on a national platform.00:36:38: The guest recounts the $1 million offer they received to remain silent about their separation from their previous employer.00:42:09 - Chip Berg, the CEO of Levi's, is criticized for his lack of courage and support for free speech. 
4/3/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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Trump's Indictment & the Future of Republican Leadership with Dave Rubin

In the inaugural episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek Ramaswamy and his friend Dave Rubin discuss leadership, political division, and the Trump indictment. They address the Republican Party's crossroads, the importance of shared values, and the growing gap between public and private beliefs. Topics include due process rights, identity loss, Trump derangement syndrome, challenges for conservative politicians, and the need for courageous leadership. The conversation also explores Vivek's political candidacy, maintaining integrity in politics, and promoting healthy discourse. Dave Rubin is a political commentator, talk show host, and author best known for hosting The Rubin Report. Dave's work focuses on political freedom, free speech, and the exchange of ideas in a world often stifled by political correctness. He is an advocate for classical liberal values and encourages open and honest conversations about politics and society.--Learn more about my campaign: - Introduction00:30 - The Artifice of Presidential Campaigns02:00 - Trump's Indictment and Its Implications06:08 - Recognizing Shared Values in a Politically Diverse Society08:44 - Due Process Rights for All14:02 - Losing Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Hard Work as Identity Sources18:10 - Challenges Faced by Conservative Politicians21:57 - Vivek's Decision to Enter the Presidential Campaign32:33 - The Role of Political Consultants and PR Advisors43:39 - The Importance of Political Outsiders45:17 - Overcoming Fear in Politics52:08 - The Dinosaur in Tar Pits Analogy and Government Action Priorities56:37 - Constraints Imposed by Congress on the Chief Executive01:00:43 - Vivek's Greatest Strength as a Political Candidate01:03:07 - An Insider's Look into Political Campaign Fundraising01:08:19 - Navigating the Political Landscape and Promoting Healthy Discourse
4/3/20231 hour, 14 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Vivek Show: Trailer

Vivek Ramaswamy, a product of the American Dream, shares his journey from being a nerdy kid to becoming a biotech entrepreneur and founder of multi-billion-dollar companies. He faced challenges, but never saw hardship as victimhood. Instead, he found opportunities in adversity. After creating successful biotech companies that developed life-saving drugs, Vivek turned his attention to the rise of the ""woke cult"" and woke capitalism, writing best-selling books on these subjects. Vivek decided to take action and founded Strive Asset Management to compete with ESG-pushing asset management firms, urging companies to focus on making products and services for profit. Realizing the need for a cultural revival in America, he decided to run for US president. He aims to lead, not follow, and plans to use his podcast to open up the Overton window to discuss ideas that are currently seen as taboo, with the hope that these ideas will become mainstream in the future.
3/27/202352 seconds