The Independent Riot

The Independent Riot

Deep dives with experts and madmen into life's most interesting topics. If you're an independent-thinker, you've found your home. Not right, not left, just real.

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March 23, 2021 56 min

The ever-increasing battle over free speech is becoming a powerful dividing line for Americans. Is anyone allowed to say anything? Or are there certain words and ideas too dangerous to ever be uttered?

If you've ever wondered about the concept of free speech in modern America, this is great discussion to listen to. Adam Goldstein is the Senior Research Counsel to the President of the non-profit Freedom of Individual Rights in Ed...

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This is a really interesting discussion with the founder of the new social media app 4B. Amir Sheikh is attempting to create a space for civil disagreement, fact-based debate, and logical discussion in social media. His new app, 4B, helps people engage over controversial topics, but with a goal of finding truth and common ground.

In his discussion with Jim, Amir talks about where modern media is going wrong, free speech vs. censorsh...

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Today’s episode is all about solutions. We talk with Executive Director of the Institute of Political Innovation (IPI), Solomon Lieberman, about what cross-partisan “politics industry theory” reform is, and how it can help us move into a better era of American politics.

“Politics industry theory” was first formulated by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter as they attempted to pinpoint objective, unbiased reasons why American governmen...

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***Warning: This episode covers subject matter which some may find disturbing***

Long woven into pro-Trump conspiracies like Qanon, is there any actual truth behind claims that multitudes of Chinese citizens are being unjustly imprisoned and then murdered in order for the Chinese Communist Party to sell their organs on something called the "red market?"

Today's guest is Mitchell Gerber, an activist fighting to raise the w...

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Listen to this quick discussion with "The Good Party" (thegoodparty.org) founder Farhad Mohit as he explains all the ways their innovative technology hopes to bring democratic power back to the people.

Farhad Mohit is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, and has been involved in the creation of several successful tech start-ups including Bizrate, Shopzilla, and Flipagram, which went on to become the massively impact...

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This is a fascinating discussion with Maj. Danny Sjursen on what the concept of patriotism should be, as well as a deep-dive explanation on what the military-industrial complex is.

Maj. Sjursen is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, a West Point military-historian, author, speaker, and now prominent anti-war activist. He talks about his experiences in Iraq, as well as about his new book "Patriotic Dissent," which re-ex...

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Marc Clair is the host of one of the longest running, and most popular, Libertarian podcasts in the country.  Jim and Marc have a great discussion about what Libertarianism is, whether Trump was a libertarian or not, and what the future of  "liberty" is within an increasingly rigged political system. Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless, listen in for some laughs, and great non-partisan insight...

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Lee Camp is a comedian and political analyst who hosts the hilarious television show "Redacted Tonight," where he points out the absurd, the unjust, and the corrupt on both sides of the political spectrum. Jim and Lee have a great discussion about what America is getting wrong, the difficulty of speaking truth to power in mainstream media, and what we can all do to make things better . Whether you're on the right, the l...

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Today's conversation is with Americans for Prosperity grassroots organizer, Nick Reed. Nick is an activist, speaker, and author focusing on helping individuals make positive change in their community from the bottom upwards.  Jim and Nick have an in-depth discussion about what AFP is doing,  the intersection of the individual with politics, how to move past polarization, and whether conscious-capitalism or socialism is the way ...

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January 19, 2021 57 min

Today's conversation is with Independent Voter News' National Editor, Shawn Griffiths. Shawn is an election reform expert with years of experience in providing unbiased and non-partisan political news and fighting for reform.  Jim and Shawn have an in-depth discussion about what IVN is doing, and Shawn explains some reform concepts like open primaries and ranked choice voting. Whether you're on the right, the left, or p...

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Today's conversation is with consulting psychologist Dr. Andrea Molberg about her recent book, "Emergency Kit for Finding Common Ground." Dr. Molberg has over 35 years of experience in helping fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and governmental agencies resolve conflicts and maximize leadership ability. Jim and Andrea have an in depth discussion about her book, and what you can do to help America heal before it's t...

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Today's conversation is with highly-regarded New America political scientist Lee Drutman about his recent book, "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multi-Party Democracy." Jim and Lee's discussion covers why Lee believes American democracy is at a breaking point, as well as specific ideas to save it. Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless, this a deep dive into fixing the syst...

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