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By Vivek Ramaswamy

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 Apr 5, 2023


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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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.


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00:00:00 - Introduction: Vivek introduces Glenn Beck

00:01:30 - Discussion on divorce from truth and its societal implications

00:04:00 - Glenn's beliefs about self-improvement and power

00:07:30 - Vivek and Glenn's dialogue about compassion and leadership

00:09:54 - Dialogue on the danger of adopting terrorist methods

00:20:17 - Glenn shares a personal story about healing family relations

00:24:00 - Discussion on the dangers of AI

00:27:00 - How to protect oneself from AI manipulation

00:28:02 - Glenn stresses the importance of vulnerability and honesty

00:29:25 - Conversation on social media's impact on vulnerability

00:30:30 - Discussion about the over-reliance on experts

00:33:00 - Glenn shares his personal struggles and experiences

00:35:30 - Closing message of unity

00:36:00 - Reminder that we are all the same despite our social standing or wealth

00:30:10 - Glenn talks about the loss of faith in the country

00:33:00 - Vivek praises Glenn's openness

00:27:00 - Strategies to address insecurities and counteract AI manipulation

00:20:17 - Importance of addressing issues within family to heal relationships

00:24:00 - Insights on how AI can manipulate people's insecurities

00:28:02 - Glenn emphasizes the need to connect with others

00:29:25 - Discussion on fortifying the soul against social media's impacts

00:33:00 - Glenn’s service to the country by sharing personal struggles

00:35:30 - Reinforcing the message of unity

May 31, 2023
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.


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00:00:00 - Introduction to the Divide in American Politics: Managerial Class vs. Everyday Citizen

00:01:14 - The Rise of Stakeholder Capitalism and the Great Reset

00:03:00 - James Poulos on Trust and Good Government Outcomes

00:06:00 - The Influence of Wokeness on Tech Spaces

00:07:39 - Poulos Expresses Skepticism Towards Techno-Utopianism

00:14:30 - Differences in Technological Advancements: US vs. Europe

00:16:30 - EU's Heavy Regulation of Technology

00:18:00 - Human Conception Without Female Involvement: The Spiritual Component

00:21:00 - Human Body as a Sacred, Created Gift

00:24:00 - Preventing Technology From Threatening America's System

00:27:00 - Technology as a Threatening, Alien Presence to Americans

00:28:00 - Proposal for a Digital Rights Amendment

00:31:00 - Restoring Trust in Government and Self-Trust Among Americans

00:32:19 - The Spiritual War in the Digital Age

00:35:25 - The Pairing of Monasteries and Bitcoin: A Novel Approach to Trust-Building

00:37:18 - The Need for Spiritual Authority in Guiding Tech Use

May 30, 2023
Vivek Ramaswamy on the FBI, Public Health, Affirmative Action, and More

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May 26, 2023
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.


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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.

May 24, 2023
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.


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00:00:00 - Introduction: the administrative state

00:01:20 - Administrative state as a threat to capitalism

00:02:21 - Philip Howard's perspective on government efficiency

00:05:00 - The president's authority in disavowing civil service reform

00:14:35 - Vivek's idea of changing the governing framework of a government agency

00:16:05 - Howard on creating new institutions

00:17:21 - Importance of judgment and decision-making in reform

00:19:16 - Impact of public sector employee unions on reform

00:22:38 - The process for firing government employees

00:23:00 - The lack of control in the impasses panel

00:25:20 - Howard's advice on establishing a framework for government.

May 23, 2023
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.



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.

May 19, 2023
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 Ramaswamy

Vivek 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.

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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.

May 18, 2023
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.
May 17, 2023
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.


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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

May 16, 2023
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 Race 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.


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[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.

May 15, 2023
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.


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(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

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(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

May 12, 2023
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.


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00:00: Introduction and the importance of economic growth

01:00 Rich Lowrie shares his background and interest in economic growth

01:36: Emphasis on economic growth in solving problems

03:30 Discussion on the belief that consumption drives GDP

10:37: The importance of a stable unit of measure for economic productivity

14:52: The impact of dollar volatility on economic productivity

20:09: Rise of the managerial class and the shift in focus to labor markets

24:00: Critique of the Federal Reserve's control over the money supply

30:22: Discussion on the Federal Reserve's policies and their effect on meritocracy and wage growth.

May 11, 2023
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.


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Time-coded Highlights:

00:00: Introduction and importance of the family as a governing institution

02:32: The negative effects of the no-fault divorce regime

04:55: Progressive assault on the family and nuclear family structure

11:45: Family values and fatherlessness in America and the Soviet Union

17:27: Importance of family and grounding institutions in society

23:23: Love, sacrifice, and self-discovery through family and society

29:43: Adoption, self-sacrifice, and the role of parents in guiding their children

May 10, 2023
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.


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00:00 - America's founding ideals of IP rights and their impact on innovation

02:47 - The significance of "right" in the Constitution's IP clause

07:10 - The role of IP rights in a free market economy

11:31 - Jefferson and Madison's unchanged patent code from 1793

12:40 - Challenges with fitting new technologies into an old statute

19:47 - Data protection as another form of IP protection

22:29 - The need for a holistic innovation policy in the US

25:08 - Competing in the AI, quantum, biotech, and new materials races

26:16 - IP as a tool for global competition

29:25 - Balancing decentralized free market economy and centralized national plans

31:59 - Questioning the classical model of total decentralization

May 09, 2023
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.


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00:01:24 - Factors contributing to the trend of mentally ill as cultural icons

00:03:08 - America's direction and Mao's blueprint comparison

00:05:10 - The new culture of exclusion in the name of inclusivity

00:09:18 - Paradox of civil rights and inclusivity's circular nature

00:11:14 - Self-destructive nature of inclusivity movements

00:16:10 - Identitarian labels as a shield against accountability

00:20:38 - The Corporate Equality Index and its implications

00:24:47 - ESG investing and its impact on executive compensation

00:26:17 - The ESG cartel and its influence on American industry

00:30:00 - National security threat posed by ESG constraints

00:32:00 - China's unrestricted warfare strategy

00:34:00 - Tesla as an example of a company beholden to China

00:38:15 - The importance of individual action and community involvement

00:39:49 - The need for participation in local politics

00:40:27 - Understanding the playing field and corporate loyalty

May 08, 2023
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.


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00:00 - Introduction and discussion of Ramaswamy's campaign

03:35 - Cutting ties with China and declaring economic independence

06:28 - Radical reform and US fortitude

08:01 - Trust in the American electorate and speaking truth unapologetically

11:03 - Energy policy and the transition to renewables

12:09 - Unleashing American energy

13:33 - The importance of nuclear energy

14:19 - Addressing climate change with adaptation and technology

21:19 - Central bank digital currencies and presidential candidates

25:02 - Support for Vivek's efforts

26:01 - Taiwan's importance in the US-China relationship

30:00 - Politicians' understanding of foreign policy and the TikTok issue

35:15 - Abolishing the Department of Education

49:28 - Ramaswamy's views on the transgender community and fostering a belief in God

May 05, 2023
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.


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00:15 - The importance of capitalism in uniting diverse groups and the dangers of politicizing capital markets

01:36 - Misguided attempts to use capitalism to bridge international divisions between the U.S. and China

05:02 - Monica Crowley discusses her experience working with Richard Nixon and his early thoughts on China

10:09 - Nixon's foreign policy strategies and how they set the stage for Ronald Reagan's presidency

13:00 - Evolution of the US-China relationship and the unforeseen diplomatic, military, and cultural competitions

19:33 - China's growth and the West's historical lack of focus on China due to more immediate adversaries

21:57 - The mutually codependent economic relationship between the US and China

30:21 - Ramaswamy on the potential decline of America's superpower status

32:02 - Ramaswamy shares his personal experiences in China and the risks he now faces

34:06 - The importance of a shared American identity for making sacrifices in foreign policy

40:34 - The need for a pragmatic approach to decoupling from China and seeking self-sufficiency

41:31 - The missed opportunity in improving the relationship with India to counter growing Chinese power

45:49 - The controversial suggestion of improving the US-Russia relationship to counterbalance China

May 04, 2023
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.

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00:00:00 - Introduction and pro-American values discussion

00:02:22 - Governor Tom Wolf welcomed as a guest

00:03:13 - Governor Wolf reflects on his time in office

00:06:30 - Importance of integrity in business and politics

00:08:52 - Governor Wolf's background in business

00:09:25 - Motivations for running for governor

00:11:12 - Diversity and inclusion practices in Wolf's company

00:18:44 - Potential issues with DEI policies

00:22:21 - The importance of honest DEI efforts

00:28:04 - The idea of meritocracy in corporate settings

00:31:49 - Progress made in diversity in the workplace

00:34:11 - Limiting free expression in the workplace

00:38:02 - Addressing inequalities and moving forward

00:41:25 - The essence of the current DEI debate

00:47:26 - Meritocracy and Harvard's perception

00:48:40 - Race consciousness vs. colorblindness in hiring

00:51:30 - NASDAQ's approach to diversity and inclusion

00:53:14 - Not backsliding on DEI in the workforce

00:57:22 - Showing progress and moving forward

01:00:00 - The concept of externalities and carbon emissions

01:03:16 - State governor taking on global issues

01:06:20 - The importance of open and respectful conversation

01:08:58 - Honesty, integrity, and competence in governance

01:10:23 - Standing firm in beliefs rather than playing political games

May 03, 2023
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.

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00:00:25 - Negative impact of 2008 financial crisis on American capitalism

00:01:47 - Learning from past crises to prevent long-term damage

00:03:30 - Introduction of guest Lee Reiners and his background

00:06:58 - The polarizing nature of cryptocurrency

00:07:57 - Students becoming crypto regulatory experts

00:08:36 - Cryptocurrency failing as a store of value

00:10:35 - Blockchain technology as the backbone of cryptocurrencies

00:11:20 - Crypto as a peer-to-peer payment system

00:11:47 - Why people prefer intermediaries in crypto transactions

00:14:27 - Security vulnerabilities of cryptocurrency

00:15:33 - North Korea's exploitation of crypto vulnerabilities

00:16:14 - Cryptocurrency funding North Korea's ballistic missile program

00:18:18 - Complexities of regulating crypto exchanges

00:20:54 - Philosophical debate on property rights in cryptocurrencies

00:22:07 - The high-profile 2016 DAO hack on Ethereum blockchain

May 02, 2023
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.


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00:00:23 - Dana Loesch's experience supporting a governor in the 2016 presidential cycle

00:01:34 - Loesch reveals her journey from Perry to Cruz to Trump

00:04:46 - Vivek Ramaswamy's decision to step down as a biotech CEO

00:05:32 - Ramaswamy's choice not to run for US Senate

00:08:16 - Challenges of being the head of the GOP

00:09:56 - The few in Congress who don't care about special interests

00:11:33 - Inoculating oneself against the administrative state's influence

00:14:01 - Vivek's motivations for running and knowing when to walk away

00:16:57 - Dana Loesch's journey to non-denominational Christianity

00:18:18 - Loss of faith in God's impact on society

00:21:24 - Freedom, equality under God, and the threat of Marxism

00:25:39 - Science and reason becoming a "superstition"

00:26:06 - Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" and its relevance today

00:27:42 - Fear of the unknown leading to submission to authority

00:29:27 - The shift in the political landscape and blurred lines between right and left

May 01, 2023
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.


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00:00:13 - Vivek's focus on reforming the Federal Reserve

00:02:07 - Danielle calls COVID-19 an "act of war" by China

00:05:31 - Danielle's book "Fed Up"

00:07:33 - The broken notion of trickle-down economics

00:08:12 - How Greenspan and Bernanke distorted price signals

00:11:26 - The Dodd-Frank Reform Act and its impact on small banks

00:13:01 - The 2007 Jackson Hole Symposium

00:15:05 - Negative effects of zero interest rates

00:15:48 - Federal Reserve's role in the 2008 financial crisis

00:17:27 - The boom of venture capital funding and "unicorn" companies

00:19:06 - Raising the capital requirements ceiling to $250 billion for banks

00:20:42 - BlackRock's involvement with the Fed

00:21:29 - Interest rates shouldn't have been reduced to zero after the 2008 crisis

00:22:34 - The shadow banking system

00:23:21 - Only one round of quantitative easing needed after Lehman

00:25:00 - Unequal benefits of low interest rates and asset inflation

00:27:04 - Modern monetary theory and its alliance with Wall Street

00:28:35 - Erosion of checks and balances in government

00:29:19 - Federal Reserve should safeguard the value of the US dollar

00:30:21 - Unfilled job openings due to people being paid not to work

00:31:27 - Opportunity for the next president to reform the Fed

00:32:05 - Importance of a market disciplining event

00:32:26 - A single large regulator for the financial system

00:33:22 - Allowing banks to fail without causing widespread

Apr 28, 2023
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.


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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.


Apr 27, 2023
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."



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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.



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."

Apr 26, 2023
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.


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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.



00:00:00 - Mystery of carbon reduction advocates not supporting nuclear energy

00:01:19 - Possible anti-growth agenda in the US

00:02:53 - Introduction of guest Neil Chatterjee

00:08:21 - Structure of FERC for independent judgment

00:09:37 - Constitutionality concerns over independent agencies

00:11:59 - Oversight and nomination process reining in radical FERC agenda

00:16:12 - FERC's role in competitive wholesale power markets

00:17:58 - Implementation of a minimum offer price rule

00:20:56 - Reversal of the minimum offer price rule after 2020 election

00:34:36 - Vivek questions the need for a top-down energy transition

00:36:19 - Neil's support for solar plus storage

00:38:57 - Impact of shutting down coal plants on communities

00:40:41 - Neil's opposition to burdensome EPA regulations

00:43:50 - Vivek's skepticism on government-subsidized carbon capture pipelines

00:44:53 - Biden administration's clean energy transition and transmission line challenges

00:46:20 - Opposition to energy infrastructure built near homes

00:52:06 - Bilateral contracting in energy markets

00:53:07 - Roles of RTOs and ISOs in energy markets

00:56:49 - Fostering nuclear energy without subsidies and private capital's role

00:57:38 - Public Utility Commission's role in evaluating utility rates

00:58:38 - Challenge of short-term thinking for long-term energy projects

01:01:04 - Vivek's proposal for a new nuclear energy regulatory agency

Apr 25, 2023
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.


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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.



00:00 - Vivek Ramaswamy's introduction and background

00:14 - The difference between capitalism and democracy voting systems

00:35 - Introducing James Fishback and his background

00:08:21 - Conversation with David Einhorn on the Federal Reserve

00:09:20 - Debate coaching during COVID

00:11:52 - Hosting free debate tournaments with Incubate Debate

00:16:14 - The impact of debate on civic culture

00:17:22 - The rise of tribalism in politics

00:18:11 - Changes in high school debate

00:20:55 - Loss of free speech in high school settings

00:23:46 - The first in-person debate tournament in Glades County

00:24:31 - Biased debate topics

00:26:41 - The Trojan horse model of the illiberal left

00:29:18 - Navigating biased debate topics

00:30:57 - Racial equity as a tiebreaker in debates

00:31:41 - The concept of "tyranny of merit"

00:33:18 - Alternative approaches for underserved students

00:36:55 - Addressing the extracurricular gap

00:37:43 - Minds changing during debates

00:39:50 - The Florida parental rights bill

00:41:53 - Upcoming debate topic: AI and education

00:42:49 - Reforming the Federal Reserve

00:46:33 - Micromanaging inflation targets

00:51:45 - The importance of civic capacity

00:52:31 - Launch of "Not Even Once" School Assembly Series

Apr 24, 2023
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. 

Apr 21, 2023
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.

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00:00 - Vivek outlines his opposition to race-based affirmative action

02:30 - Vivek highlights the importance of a two-parent household

03:15 - Introduction of guest Adam Coleman

04:49 - Adam shares his motivation for writing his book

06:20 - Adam discusses his upbringing in a single-parent home

10:14 - Vivek asks about Adam's inspiration and book's thesis

12:16 - Adam's concerns about media narratives and the Black community

13:53 - Adam talks about his political transformation

15:22 - Adam's introduction to Thomas Sowell's work

30:38 - Vivek and Adam discuss the connections between their ideas

31:45 - The right to discuss race-related issues

34:33 - The importance of 'how' people talk about race

41:54 - Adam's approach to discussing race

43:13 - Shifting the focus from race to class in affirmative action discussions

52:06 - Adam reveals his admission to a mental health institution at age six

Apr 20, 2023
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.


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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.



00:00:00 - Fear and uncertainty driving policy decisions

00:03:21 - Consequences of declaring independence from China

00:04:59 - Introduction of guest, Jim Nelles

00:12:32 - Inefficiency of government regulations in supply chains

00:13:14 - Ineffectiveness of the current secretary of transportation

00:14:22 - Exploring supply chain chokepoints

00:15:42 - The truck driver shortage and its impact

00:17:19 - Human capital shortage and its causes

00:18:27 - Importance of declaring independence from China

00:20:47 - The need to defeat China economically

00:21:48 - Factory construction increase in the US

00:22:43 - American companies investing in US plants

00:23:42 - Potential benefits of decoupling from China

00:24:34 - Incentives and tax credits for US investments

00:25:50 - Decoupling doesn't mean isolationism

00:37:06 - Setting ambitious targets and using an offense strategy

00:38:00 - Need for a clear vision to lead the country

00:39:10 - Proposing independence from China

00:40:48 - Aiming for significant GDP growth

00:41:37 - Fear during the COVID-19 pandemic

00:42:53 - Inspiring the younger generation

00:43:55 - Disappointment in the silence of due process advocates

00:45:34 - Encouraging open conversation despite fear of judgment

Apr 19, 2023
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.


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00:00 - Introduction

09:35 - Criticism from both the left and the right

10:41 - Challenges in risk communication

12:21 - Identifying the pandemic potential of COVID-19

14:38 - Early actions that could have changed the pandemic's trajectory

19:46 - Identifying mild COVID-19 cases

20:51 - Predicting COVID-19 seasonality

22:34 - The effectiveness of contact tracing

24:34 - Continued testing problems

27:22 - Dr. Adalja's ideal pandemic approach

28:22 - Importance of honest communication

29:36 - Alternative strategy: natural immunity

32:09 - Defending the use of vaccines

Apr 18, 2023
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. 


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.

Apr 17, 2023
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 - Introduction

00:29 - Breaking the Fundraising System

04:08 - Embracing Contrarian Thinking

08:04 - Skin in the Game and Responsibility

15:03 - Benefits of Service and Sacrifice

20:09 - Civic Service Integration

28:51 - Balancing Libertarianism and Centralized Authority

34:02 - Rejecting Guilt and Embracing Excellence

39:57 - American Identity and Civic Religion

46:07 - National Decline and Lessons from History

49:24 - Chile's Economic Transformation and GDP Growth

57:22 - The Importance of Wage Growth and a Strong Economy

01:00:57 - Setting Ambitious Goals for GDP Growth

Apr 14, 2023
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.

Apr 13, 2023
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.

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.




Apr 12, 2023
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.

Apr 11, 2023
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.



[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.

Apr 10, 2023
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.



[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

Apr 07, 2023
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.


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".

Apr 06, 2023
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 father

00:07:40 - Fatherlessness triples since 1950s

00:08:50 - 70% fatherlessness in African-American community

00:09:52 - Fatherlessness rates in Hispanic and Caucasian communities

00:10:03 - Asian American community's low fatherlessness rate

00:10:45 - Prisons filled with young men from fatherless homes

00:12:42 - Corruption in the family court system

00:13:57 - Disparity in prison sentencing between men and women

00:15:55 - Impact of the feminist movement on family values

00:17:12 - Governor Ron DeSantis' fatherhood initiative bill

00:20:42 - 85% of kids in juvenile detention from fatherless homes

00:21:22 - Making fatherhood cool and promoting positive examples

00:22:36 - Changing the mindset around starting a family

00:23:46 - Rebuilding self-confidence in America through fatherhood

00:25:35 - Importance of positive role models

00:26:17 - Advice for single moms to find a father figure

00:27:19 - Helping kids without fathers through mentoring and coaching

00:29:48 - Addressing deadbeat dads and cultural shifts

00:33:11 - Pro-life stance and interview with Father Frank Pavone

00:38:22 - Connection between fatherlessness and sexualization of society

Apr 05, 2023
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.

Apr 05, 2023
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 ideological
00:31:49 - 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.


Apr 04, 2023
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."  


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00:00 - Introduction

00:30 - The Artifice of Presidential Campaigns

02:00 - Trump's Indictment and Its Implications

06:08 - Recognizing Shared Values in a Politically Diverse Society

08:44 - Due Process Rights for All

14:02 - Losing Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Hard Work as Identity Sources

18:10 - Challenges Faced by Conservative Politicians

21:57 - Vivek's Decision to Enter the Presidential Campaign

32:33 - The Role of Political Consultants and PR Advisors

43:39 - The Importance of Political Outsiders

45:17 - Overcoming Fear in Politics

52:08 - The Dinosaur in Tar Pits Analogy and Government Action Priorities

56:37 - Constraints Imposed by Congress on the Chief Executive

01:00:43 - Vivek's Greatest Strength as a Political Candidate

01:03:07 - An Insider's Look into Political Campaign Fundraising

01:08:19 - Navigating the Political Landscape and Promoting Healthy Discourse

Apr 03, 2023
“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. 


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00:00 - 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.


Apr 03, 2023
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.


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00:00 - Introduction

00:30 - The Artifice of Presidential Campaigns

02:00 - Trump's Indictment and Its Implications

06:08 - Recognizing Shared Values in a Politically Diverse Society

08:44 - Due Process Rights for All

14:02 - Losing Faith, Family, Patriotism, and Hard Work as Identity Sources

18:10 - Challenges Faced by Conservative Politicians

21:57 - Vivek's Decision to Enter the Presidential Campaign

32:33 - The Role of Political Consultants and PR Advisors

43:39 - The Importance of Political Outsiders

45:17 - Overcoming Fear in Politics

52:08 - The Dinosaur in Tar Pits Analogy and Government Action Priorities

56:37 - Constraints Imposed by Congress on the Chief Executive

01:00:43 - Vivek's Greatest Strength as a Political Candidate

01:03:07 - An Insider's Look into Political Campaign Fundraising

01:08:19 - Navigating the Political Landscape and Promoting Healthy Discourse

Apr 03, 2023
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.

Mar 27, 2023