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The Good Fight

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"The Good Fight," the podcast that searches for the ideas, policies and strategies that can beat authoritarian populism.
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Karen Stenner

58:38 | Mar 13th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Karen Stenner about voters with an authoritarian personality, and whether they can explain the rise of populists like Donald Trump.Email: thegoodfight@newamerica.orgTwitter: @Yascha_Mounk Podca...Show More
Anand Giridharadas, Part 1

42:51 | Mar 28th, 2018

Yascha Mounk discusses the limits of philanthropy, how the changey-hopey narrative of the affluent cloaks the power they exercise, and how they can do better with author, former New York Times correspondent and NBC contributor Anand Giridharadas.Lear...Show More
E.J. Dionne

47:28 | Oct 11th, 2017

Yascha Mounk and E.J. Dionne discuss the causes of the populist rise; why patriotism is the right antidote to white nationalism; and how to beat Donald Trump.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Baer

54:21 | Jul 31st

Yascha Mounk talks to Dan Baer, former U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE, about America's role in the world, his vision for a better America, and what it is like to run for Senate in 2020.Email: goodfightpod@gmail.comTwitter: @Yascha_Mounk Podcast producti...Show More
Timur Kuran

1:06:46 | Jul 18th

How do revolutions start? Can a few opposition activists overthrow an authoritarian government? And is it possible for a loud minority to impose its view on a quiet majority -- even in a democracy? Yascha Mounk discusses these questions with the emin...Show More
George Packer Vol. 2

1:01:18 | Jul 3rd

Yascha Mounk talks to George Packer about Richard Holbrooke, American foreign policy, and how superpowers can (and can't) use their might to advance liberal democracy.Email: goodfightpod@gmail.comTwitter: @Yascha_Mounk Podcast production by John T. W...Show More
Elif Shafak

58:47 | Jun 16th

Yascha Mounk talks to Elif Shafak, the prolific novelist and political thinker, about the rise of populism; the future of Turkey and the United Kingdom; the case against strictures on what writers should be allowed to write about; what makes for good...Show More
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

46:20 | May 8th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Alex Hertel-Fernandez, an  Assistant Professor at Columbia University, about the ways in which special interests dominate American politics, and whether this gives an inherent advantage to the ...Show More
Nicholas Christakis

1:01:20 | Apr 24th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Nicholas Christakis, the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Sciences at Yale University, and the author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, about whether human natur...Show More
Heidi Tworek

53:35 | Apr 10th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Heidi Tworek, an historian of news and media, about the historic transformation brought about by social media, the long history of disinformation, and how to protect democracy from both.Email: ...Show More
Tony Blair

41:04 | Mar 27th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Tony Blair, the former Prime British Prime Minister, about the roots of populism, how to deal with automation, and a progressive economic program for the 21st century.Email: thegoodfight@newame...Show More
Chayenne Polimédio

51:27 | Feb 27th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Chayenne Polimédio, the Deputy Director of New America's Political Reform program, about the rise of Jair Bolsonaro.Email: thegoodfight@newamerica.orgTwitter:@Yascha_Mounk Podcast production by...Show More
Cory Doctorow

59:59 | Feb 13th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Cory Doctorow, science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing, about measures we can take to preserve the freedom of the Net - while preserving our own.Email: thegoodfig...Show More
James Bloodworth

47:43 | Jan 30th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to James Bloodworth, author of Hired, about how the impact that Amazon warehouses have had on small British towns, a viable political program for the far left, and the shortcomings of Jeremy Corby...Show More
Coleman Hughes

48:11 | Jan 16th

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Coleman Hughes, a young black writer quickly making a big name for himself, about how to fight discrimination against minorities without making group membership more salient than it already is....Show More
Sagarika Ghose

53:20 | Jan 2nd

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Sagarika Ghose, author of Why I Am A Liberal, about the populist threat to liberal democracy in India, the prospects of defeating Narendra Modi, and why liberalism has relevance beyond the West...Show More
John Judis

50:22 | Dec 19th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to John Judis about the case for nationalism, how to deal with immigration, and the right model of integration.Email: thegoodfight@newamerica.orgTwitter:@Yascha_MounkThis podcast was made in colla...Show More
Helen Pluckrose

58:17 | Dec 5th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Helen Pluckrose, editor of Areo Magazine and one of the perpetrators of the “Sokal Squared” hoax, about her opposition to the postmodern turn of parts of the left, whether a form of liberal uni...Show More
Max Boot

47:26 | Nov 21st, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Corrosion of Conservatism, about his personal journey from le...Show More
Tim Snyder

56:20 | Nov 7th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Tim Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale, about the roots of populism, the role of social media, the nature of propaganda, and whether fascism is the right analogy for unde...Show More
Tim Dixon

53:52 | Oct 24th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Tim Dixon, a co-founder of More in Common, about why the usual story on America’s deepening polarization is wrong; the views of America’s “exhausted majority”; how progressive activists differ ...Show More
Thomas Chatterton-Williams

55:45 | Oct 10th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Thomas Chatterton-Williams, one of the leading black writers of his generation, about why essentializing race plays into the hands of the racists and how to talk about identity in a more produc...Show More
Justin E. H. Smith

58:20 | Sep 26th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Justin E. H. Smith, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the Sorbonne, and one of our time’s most thoughtful and wide-ranging essayists, about the assault on rationality in our...Show More
Sheri Berman Redux

57:30 | Sep 12th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk and Sheri Berman, Professor of Politics at Barnard College, review the developments of the past two years. What have we learned about populism? Is it continuing to rise? And what can we do to stop it?Em...Show More
Peter Wolodarski

56:39 | Aug 29th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Peter Wolodarski, the editor of Dagens Nyheder, about the rapid rise of the Sweden Democrats, the reasons why far-right populists have found so much success in Scandinavia, and what Americans c...Show More
James Crabtree

52:30 | Aug 15th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to James Crabtree, the author of The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age, about Narendra Modi, the political rise of Hinduism, and the new class of Indian plutocrats. Email: ...Show More
Kori Schake

50:50 | Aug 1st, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about the damage Donald Trump is doing to the transatlantic relationship; what the world would look li...Show More
Jake Sullivan

1:01:26 | Jul 18th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Jake Sullivan, who was responsible for domestic policy on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, about the reasons why Democrats should embrace a more radical and imaginative economic policy ...Show More
Jeff Jarvis

52:43 | Jul 4th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Jeff Jarvis about the reasons social media might deepen democracy, whether regulation of tech will do more good or ill, and what the internet of the future might look like.  Email: thegoodfight...Show More
Michael McFaul

1:00:47 | Jun 20th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Michael McFaul, the former US Ambassador to Russia, about the roots of America’s conflict with the Kremlin, whether a better relationship between the countries would have been possible, and how...Show More
Glen Weyl

1:00:59 | Jun 6th, 2018

In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to economist Glen Weyl about the roots of inequality, the problems of monopoly and monopsony, and whether more, not less, radical markets are the antidote to the economic problems of our age.Learn...Show More
Vladimir Kara-Murza

53:45 | May 23rd, 2018

In this live episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Vladimir Kara-Murza, a leading Russian opposition activist, about the prospects for democracy in Russia and around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Cecilia Muñoz

47:23 | May 9th, 2018

In this inaugural live episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Cecilia Muñoz, Vice President at New America and former Director of the Domestic Policy Council, about how to leverage technology in the public interest, and what kind of comprom...Show More
Ezra Klein

1:55:07 | Apr 25th, 2018

In this special episode of The Good Fight, Ezra Klein interviews Yascha Mounk about his recent book, The People vs Democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Anand Giridharadas, Part 2

55:33 | Apr 11th, 2018

Writer Anand Giridharadas talks to Yascha Mounk about identity politics, the best way to respond to offensive questions, and how to win a lasting social peace for "the only country I have."Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice...Show More
David French

1:00:28 | Mar 14th, 2018

Yascha Mounk discusses the moral corruption of the Evangelical movement, the right line between politics and religion, and the ins and outs of wedding cakes with National Review staff writer David French. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megap...Show More
Benjamin Wittes

55:35 | Feb 28th, 2018

Yascha Mounk discusses the principles that should govern the national security state; whether liberals used to be too critical of the NSA; and what we do—and don’t—know about l’Affaire Russe with Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institutions and founde...Show More
Jennifer Rubin

54:51 | Feb 14th, 2018

Yascha Mounk discusses how to cover the Trump presidency; the complicity of the Republican party; and the future of the right with proud conservative and staunch Never Trumper Jennifer Rubin.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoi...Show More
David Miliband

54:26 | Jan 31st, 2018

Yascha Mounk discusses how to give refugees a real shot at a good life; the future of migration policy around the world; the importance of inclusive nationalism; and the meaning of the West with the President of the International Rescue Committee, an...Show More
Sabeel Rahman

52:48 | Jan 17th, 2018

Yascha Mounk discusses the problem with monopoly power; the role of anti-corporate rhetoricin leftist politics; and how to build a winning coalition for ambitious change with SabeelRahman.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Martin Sandbu

54:20 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Yascha Mounk and Martin Sandbu discuss the best way to fight inequality; why we need predistribution rather than (just) redistributive taxation to fight populism; and how to ensure that individuals and corporations alike pay their fair shareLearn mor...Show More
Francis Fukuyama Rerun

56:26 | Dec 20th, 2017

In this rerun of one of the first Good Fight episodes, Yascha Mounk discusses the degree to which democracy in the United States is under threat, the slow erosion of liberal norms, and the future of American identity with Francis Fukuyama.Learn more ...Show More
Branko Milanovic

59:21 | Dec 6th, 2017

Yascha Mounk and Branko Milanovic discuss what his famous elephant curve says about the ills—and the gains—of globalization; how the left’s concern with inequality is being turned against its concern with internationalism; why economic causes of popu...Show More
Ian Bassin

44:57 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Ian Bassin explains why we should see all of Trump’s violations of democratic norms as related—and how we can fight back.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Perry Bacon Jr.

54:25 | Nov 8th, 2017

Yascha Mounk and Perry Bacon, Jr. discuss how best to stand up to Trump’s attacks on minorities; the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Thomas Chatterton-Williams; and what the role of race would be in the kind of society we should work toward.Learn more a...Show More
Rachel Kleinfeld

41:14 | Oct 25th, 2017

Yascha Mounk and Rachel Kleinfeld discuss the difference between an effective and a counter-productive protest against populists like Donald Trump; how to mobilize a broad coalition against the administration; and how the left can get its act togethe...Show More
Nicholas Casey

47:06 | Sep 27th, 2017

Yascha Mounk and Nicholas Casey discuss whether left-populism is as dangerous as right-populism; why things are so much worse in Venezuela than they are in Ecuador; and why Latin American politics may hold the key to America’s future.Learn more about...Show More
Matthew d’Ancona

55:41 | Sep 13th, 2017

Yascha Mounk and Matthew d’Ancona discuss why lies have taken over our politics; what kinds of policies might be able to move us past the post-truth age; and how Democrats can win in 2020.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jamie Kirchick

38:24 | Aug 30th, 2017

Yascha Mounk talks to Jamie Kirchick about the rise of dictators and demagogues in Europe,North America, and beyond. How much do far-left populists and far-right populists have incommon? And what can we do to stop them? Email: thegoodfight@newamerica...Show More
Ivan Krastev

44:56 | Aug 16th, 2017

Yascha Mounk talks to Ivan Krastev about what lessons the populist success in Central Europe holds for fighting Donald Trump. Why don’t voters care that populists fail to deliver on their promises? And can Americans resist a growing desire to “nation...Show More
Anne Applebaum

59:31 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Yascha Mounk talks to Anne Applebaum about how authoritarians take power, the threat of social media, and the first six months of Trump's presidencyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
George Packer

56:28 | Jul 5th, 2017

Yascha Mounk talks to George Packer about social isolation, the sources of political anger, and why none of the dominant narratives of American identity can bind us together.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mark Blyth (Corrected)

49:55 | Jun 21st, 2017

Yascha Mounk talks to Mark Blyth about the economic drivers of populism, how to create a more equal society, and the failures of the Eurozone.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Brian Klaas

50:08 | Jun 7th, 2017

Yascha Mounk talks to Brian Klaas about how to save democratic norms at home and promote democratic rule abroad.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Catherine Rampell

49:03 | May 24th, 2017

Yascha Mounk talks to Catherine Rampell about the economic drivers of populist support, the future of economic growth, and why fears about automation may be exaggerated.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Francis Fukuyama

55:27 | May 10th, 2017

Yascha Mounk discusses the degree to which democracy in the United States is under threat, the slow erosion of liberal norms, and the future of American identity with Francis Fukuyama.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Evan McMullin

46:47 | Apr 26th, 2017

Yascha Mounk interviews Evan McMullin, 2016 Presidential Candidate and one of Donald Trump's most vocal conservative critics, about how to oppose the President across party lines; the future of the Republican Party; and the personal costs of politica...Show More
A World Without a Leader

39:06 | Apr 12th, 2017

Yascha Mounk explains the global costs of the Trump Presidency and talks to Hans Kundnani about the differences between Trump and Brexit, how to preserve the liberal world order, and the dangers of national neoliberalism.Learn more about your ad choi...Show More
Divided We Fall

35:52 | Mar 29th, 2017

Yascha Mounk explains why social media favors political outsiders over insiders and talks to Lee Drutman about the dangerous racial and cultural divide in American politics.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Most Dangerous Idea in American Politics

43:23 | Mar 15th, 2017

Yascha Mounk explains why the belief that Democrats are inevitably headed towards a demographic majority is the most dangerous ideas in American politics, and talks to Sheri Berman about the purpose of protests, the future of the Democratic Party, an...Show More
Liberal Nationalism

36:15 | Mar 1st, 2017

In the fourth episode of "The Good Fight," Yascha Mounk explains why Democrats can't win in 2020 just by pointing out the failings of Donald Trump and speaks to Sam Goldman, Director of the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom, about the ways in whic...Show More
A Time To Start Drinking

45:21 | Feb 15th, 2017

In this episode, Yascha Mounk argues that the American Republic won't go down without a massive fight, and talks to the Financial Times columnist Ed Luce about how the country can manage its relative decline without losing its democracy.Learn more ab...Show More
The Democratic Recession

34:30 | Feb 2nd, 2017

In the second episode of "The Good Fight," Yascha Mounk lays out the best-case scenario for the Trump years and speaks to Larry Diamond, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, about the global recession of democracy--and how to build the kind of ...Show More
Bowling for Democracy

43:23 | Jan 24th, 2017

In this inaugural edition of "The Good Fight," Harvard Lecturer Yascha Mounk explains why we shouldn't underestimate Donald Trump, and talks to Brookings Fellow Vanessa Williamson about the power of everyday democracy. Along the way, you'll learn abo...Show More