Ostrolenk speaks with Jim Turner, co-founder of The Transpartisan Review and co-author of Voice of the People. Ostrolenk and Turner begin by discussing how people are withholding themselves from politics, and the changing nature of our society that has led to this. Although a partisan culture flourishes in DC, this is contrary to the transpartisan way in which many communities conduct themselves. This leads them to a conversation on the changing sources of information, and how Americans are currently operating within these changes. To learn more about Turner’s work, check out The Transpartisan Review (www.themaven.net/transpartisanvoice) and read his book (www.amazon.com/Voice-People-Tran…can/dp/0615215262).
Ostrolenk speaks with Lawry Chickering, author of Beyond Left and Right, co-author of Voice of the People, Founder and President of Educate Girls Globally, and founder and co-editor of the Transpartisan Review. Chickering discusses his transpartisan approach to foreign policy and how it centers around governance – the interactions among people to solve problems. This is in contrast to our current model of government, in which debats centers around how money should be spent. Chickering provides examples of his work with Educate Girls Globally to highlight how creating institutions based on leadership and ownership can foster this change. To learn more about Chickering, visit the website of Educate Girls Globally and check out his books and the Transpartisan Review: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-
Ostrolenk speaks with Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Ostrolenk and Preble discuss the recent passage of the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) without provisions for BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure). Preble details the common arguments against BRAC – which likely resulted in its lack of inclusion in NDAA – and the reasons these arguments hold little weight. Even in the event of large-scale military growth, the military would still have nearly 20 percent excess capacity. Secondly, contrary to the claim that maintaining unnecessary military bases protects local communities from economic harm, the repurposing of bases often spurs greater economic activity. Preble concludes by discussing the likelihood of base realignments and closures in 2018 despite the lack of inclusion in NDAA, and the other efforts being undertaken to allow the U.S. military to more efficiently deploy resources while maintaining its war-fighting capabilities. To learn more about Preble’s work, visit Cato.org.
Ostrolenk and co-host Deirdre Hackleman speak with Michael Strong, educational entrepreneur. Strong discusses how America lacks a culture of heroism and courage and what this is doing to our education and wellbeing. His work is centered around addressing this, by providing educational alternatives that enable face-to-face conversation on morality. Strong also discusses various projects he is working on, which advocate for greater freedom of choice in education. Original Path, community for teens who want to create their own path outside school, themaven.net/originalpath Academy of Thought and Industry, www.thoughtandindustry.com KoSchool in Austin, koschool.org Radical Social Entrepreneurs, radicalsocialentreps.org Conscious Capitalism, consciouscapitalism.org Startup Cities Institute, https://startupcities.
Ostrolenk speaks with Russ Greene, Director of Government Relations and Research for CrossFit, on potential regulations that threaten CrossFit operations and more broadly on how these legislative actions represent the regulatory capture prevalent in our country. Since its founding in 2003, CrossFit has grown to encompass 14,000 gyms and affiliated business, all of which are broadly permitted to set their own rules of operation. Legislation has since been proposed that requires personal trainers to have licenses to operate that excludes CrossFit credentials as a qualifying license. This would require CrossFit trainers to obtain licensing from the competitors who are lobbying for this legislation. Greene further explains the role of the food and beverage industry behind the advocacy for this legislation, and how it has resulted in regulatory capture of the organizations – including the CDC – who are tasked with protecting the American consumer. To learn more about Russ Greene’s work, follow his blog at: therussells.crossfit.com.
Ostrolenk speaks with Mattie Duppler Springer, a former Hill Staffer, Public Policy Consultant, and Yoga Instructor. On October 6, Springer will be competing in GORUCK Tough (www.goruck.com/tough/), in which contestants carry rucksacks for 10 to 12 miles through various terrain. Springer, who will be competing for the first time, explains how she came to sign up for GORUCK Tough, and what she is looking forward to gaining from the experience. In additional the the physical and mental benefits, Springer and her team are fundraising for Third Option Foundation, the only organization focused solely on the needs of the operators from the CIA’s special operations community. To learn more about Third Option Foundation, visit www.
Ostrolenk continues his conversation with Dan Grazier, Jack Shanahan Fellow with the Project on Government Oversight (POGO, on the F-35. The United States Government continues to purchase F-35s at an alarming rate, including plans to purchase 94 F-35s in fiscal year 2018, despite the fact that the design is incomplete, numerous operational issues have been identified, and the operational testing period has not yet started. The handling of the acquisition of F-35s runs in stark contrast to the A-10, which was purposely designed to be a ground attack aircraft, making it effective and well regarded. Now, with discussion not only for additional F-35 purchases, but the possibility of its replacing some A-10s, the American people should be concerned about the safety and effectiveness of their armed forces, as well as the waste of their taxpayer dollars.
To learn more about the F-35 and what the Project on Government Oversight, visit their website and read the following articles:
Ostrolenk speaks with Max Borders, the founder and executive director of Social Evolution and co-founder of Voice and Exit. Borders details his pathway to becoming a futurist and entrepreneur, including which spiritual, political, and academic pathways have most influenced his work. He further details the ideology of social evolution and its organization by those who engage in second tier levels, and how to reach those who are not ready for the creative destruction that is inevitable with social evolution. To learn more about Max Borders, visit the Social Evolution and Voice and Exit websites, follow him on Twitter, and read his article Reframing the Libertarian Movement.
Ostrolenk speaks with Keith Norris of Paleo f(x) on the state of healthcare reform and efforts to shift the conversation from a debate on the allocation of resources to one of accountability for improved health results. Norris addresses difficult questions on how licensing systems incentivizes writing scripts, government oversight stifles innovation, and the lack of results-oriented practices all prevent true health care progress. Though he stresses the importance of working with government in the short-term to ensure people are receiving the right messages, Norris also insists that consumers must take control of their own health and make educated decisions based on research. To learn more about Paleo f(x), visit their website and follow them on Twitter.
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Ostrolenk speaks with Dennis Stoika, creator and Chief Instructor of Modern Era Warriors, an integrated, reality-based defense and fitness program. Stoika discusses his career history in the FBI, law enforcement, and the Marine Corps, and the training he received throughout his career that led him to create Modern Era Warriors. Using an integrated approach, his program includes mental training, physical readiness, nutrition, martial arts, and gun and knife use. Stoika teaches in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and has future plans to offer workshops in other areas. To learn more about him and Modern Era Warriors, visit his website: www.