Blind Politics with Dr. A.J. Nolte

Blind Politics with Dr. A.J. Nolte

By Robertson School of Government
Drawing on history, comparative politics and arguments based on political principles, Blind Politics seeks to examine current events and future trends both at home and abroad, and to answer the big questions behind the headlines. Along the way, we’ll strive to find common ground and practical solutions to complex, polarized and seemingly intractable political problems. Your host, Dr. A.J. Nolte is Assistant Professor at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe on your favorite podcast provider!
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Blind Politics, Pizza, Path-dependence and the Politics of Institutional Change: 3/27/2020
"Political science requires sacrifice, and sometimes it requires sacrificing our deeply held convictions about the inadequacy of things like deep-dish pizza." To hear all about everyone's favorite food (pizza, of course), path-dependency, and the politics of institutional change, go ahead and listen to this thrilling episode wherever you find your podcasts!
32:19
March 27, 2020
Human Nature is at the Roots of Our Political Divide: 3/24/2020
This week, Dr. Nolte discusses how different views of human nature form the roots of political divide between conservatives and progressives. He also examines the Christian view of human nature, and how that relates to conservatism and progressivism. 
32:22
March 24, 2020
A Way Too Early General Election Episode: 3/20/2020
I know we're all sick of the Coronavirus, so this week, Dr. Nolte catapults us forward in time to discuss what he thinks the general election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump will look like in November. He discusses what their main campaign focuses will be, and the strategies each will use to attempt to defeat their opponent.
39:07
March 20, 2020
What we know, and don't know, about Coronavirus: 3/17/2020
The world has changed dramatically over the past several weeks due to the Coronavirus, and COVID-19 has become a focal point of many of our lives. This week, Dr. Nolte discusses what we know, and don't know, about the Coronavirus, and analyzes everything in a calm but thorough manner. If you're stuck at home, this is the perfect time to listen and share this with your friends and family. We don't want the Coronavirus to spread, but we definitely want this podcast to! Also, remember to wash your hands and look to the CDC for information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
28:35
March 17, 2020
AIPAC and the U.S.-Israel Alliance: 3/10/2020
In this week's episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the history of the U.S.-Israel alliance and what he learned at the AIPAC conference last weekend! He explains why support for Israel should be a bipartisan issue, and why all Israel supporters should unify over that issue regardless of what other political differences they may have. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
33:09
March 10, 2020
Night of the Living Joe Biden: 3/6/2020
Super Tuesday was an important day in American politics... we learned who the true front runner in the Democratic primary is, and we learned some interesting things about American voters. This week,  Dr. Nolte discusses why the vote went the way it did, and the possible paths for the different candidates moving forwards. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
33:57
March 6, 2020
Analyzing the Coronavirus Response with Admiral Larry Baucom: 2/3/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte and Admiral Larry Baucom discuss the rise of the coronavirus; how China has handled it, how the United States should handle it, the potential impacts it could have globally, and the precautions that every person should take in order to avoid catching it. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
36:06
March 3, 2020
Examining the Idea of Christendom: 2/28/2020
In his second episode on Conservatism in America, Dr. Nolte discusses the idea of Christendom. What is it? What is the history of Christendom? Would it be possible for the United States to be a Christendom? To find out the answers to these questions (and many more), go ahead and listen wherever you get your podcasts! Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
31:51
February 28, 2020
News and Notes with the Woman Behind the Curtain: 2/25/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte's producer asks him questions about headlines that have been in the news over the last couple of days. The four questions discussed are whether Bernie Sanders can win the general election, why Russia would be meddling in his campaign, what's going on in the Israeli elections, and whether the nuclear family was actually a mistake (a reference to the recent article by David Brooks). David Brooks article: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/03/the-nuclear-family-was-a-mistake/605536/ Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
25:22
February 25, 2020
Pivot to China with Special Guest Josh Hastey, pt. 2: 2/21/2020
In the thrilling conclusion to Dr. Nolte's discussion with Professor Josh Hastey, the two discuss everything from Coronavirus to China's trade relations to the surveillance of the Uyghurs and whether or not it is acceptable to do business with China. Please remember to rate and subscribe where ever you get your podcasts! Sources: Haaretz article on China’s Uighurs: https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-a-million-people-are-jailed-at-china-s-gulags-i-escaped-here-s-what-goes-on-inside-1.7994216 Beckley’s book on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Unrivaled-America-Superpower-Cornell-Security/dp/1501724789 Shirk’s Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/River-Runs-Black-Environmental-University/dp/0801476135 Babones’s Article on Foreign Affairs (dated but still good https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2011-08-19/middling-kingdom Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
23:36
February 21, 2020
Pivot to China, with Special Guest Josh Hastey: 2/18/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses China with China-expert Josh Hastey, a professor in the Roberston School of Government. In the first half of this special, two-part interview, Dr. Nolte and Professor Hastey discuss how countries develop power, China's territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and much more!
24:43
February 18, 2020
New Hampshire Primary Results Live Reactions: 2/14/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the results of the New Hampshire primary and analyzes in-depth what the future of the race looks like for the top candidates. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
31:29
February 14, 2020
Turkish Foreign Policy Under Erdogan: 2/11/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses what Turkish foreign policy has looked like in recent years under Erdogan.  He examines their foreign policy as it relates to the United States, the region as a whole, and examines how their foreign policy has changed over time. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
21:12
February 11, 2020
Breaking Down the Trump Peace Plan: 2/7/2020
There's been a lot going on politically in the past few weeks... speeches have been torn up, voting systems have completely and totally failed, and because of all this, it seems like there has been very little media coverage given to the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Plan that dropped a few days ago. This is actually an important development, so this week Dr. Nolte analyzes the plan, discussing the good and bad, and the potential impacts for the future of the conflict. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Peace-to-Prosperity-0120.pdf Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
28:15
February 7, 2020
Waiting for Iowa with Dr. Higgins, Dean Perry and Regent Students, live! 2/4/2020
This is our first ever episode recorded at a live event! In this episode, Dr. Nolte joins Dr. Higgins (from the College of Arts and Sciences at Regent) and Dean Perry (interim dean of the Robertson School of Government) to discuss the Iowa caucus and what the most likely (and most interesting) outcomes would be!  Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
47:38
February 4, 2020
An Analysis of Trump's March for Life Speech: 1/28/2020
Last Friday, President Trump made a speech at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. In this week's episode, Dr. Nolte considers what this means for both Trump and the pro-life movement as a whole. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
21:22
January 28, 2020
We Need to Talk About Robots: 1/21/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte considers what the impacts of a more automated workforce will have on society as a whole. He examines the potential impacts that it will have on workers whose jobs are at risk of being automated, and also considers how it will ultimately be viewed by those whose jobs are not at risk of automation. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
30:13
January 21, 2020
Why Nationalism is a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea for Conservatives: 1/14/2020
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the history of nationalism and why Conservatives should be very wary of it. He also artfully explains the difference between being a nationalist and American exceptionalist, and why that difference is so important. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
40:00
January 15, 2020
Iran Fall Out: 1/10/2020
In this week's special bonus episode, Dr. Nolte reviews the recent major events regarding the United States and Iran and determines what was done well, what was done poorly, and predicts what is most likely to happen next. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
21:53
January 10, 2020
Ideas on a New Form of Presidential Debate: 1/7/2020
Are you tired of the seemingly endless rounds of presidential debates? Do you wish you could learn about how candidates would truly react in a crisis? In this episode, Dr. Nolte considers how a new form of presidential debates, one that puts nominees in a real-life crisis scenario, could better equip voters to choose their next president. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
17:45
January 7, 2020
2019 in Review: 12/31/2019
In this episode, Dr. Nolte reviews the major political changes of 2019. He considers who is "stock-up" and "stock-down" in both the Democratic and Republican parties, and discusses major international events including the Hong Kong protests and what is happening in Venezuela. He then looks forward to 2020, exploring what is likely to happen both internationally and in the United States. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
40:04
December 31, 2019
Turmoil in the Middle East: Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel: 12/20/2019
Are you curious about what's been going on in the Middle East? Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel have all experienced serious upheavals in recent months that have resulted in some fascinating questions. Are we entering a second Arab Spring in Iraq and Lebanon? Is Israel undergoing a political shift that could transform Israeli society? And what does all this mean for the endemic conflict in the region between Iran and Saudi Arabia? In this week's special episode, Dr. Nolte will answer all these questions and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
22:51
December 20, 2019
Assessing Boris Johnson's 'Smashing' Election Win: 12/17/2019
Have you heard about the recent British election but aren’t quite sure what happened? This week, Dr. Nolte is here to clear all that up for you. He first discusses the results of the election and considers what the long term impacts on Britain, the United States, and the European Union will be. He then looks to the future to see what changes might come in British politics and foreign policy as a result. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
41:41
December 17, 2019
Lessons on Impeachment from the Case of Andrew Johnson: 12/10/2019
This week, using the historical case study of the infrequently discussed impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Dr. Nolte deftly explains what impeachment is, how it works, and why it’s so difficult. Dr. Nolte also looks into historical trends in order to predict what impeachments during the twenty-first century might look like moving forward. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
21:02
December 11, 2019
Handicapping the Democratic Primary: 12/3/19
In this episode, Dr. Nolte discusses the dynamics that shape the democratic primary races. He explains why it is the front-winners usually win, and who the notable exceptions to this were throughout American history. He finally discusses who is going to most likely be the Democratic nominee, and who other notable candidates in the democratic primaries are.  Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
28:45
December 3, 2019
Zombies, Monsters, and the Politics of the End of the World: 11/21/19
In this episode, Dr. AJ Nolte talks with special guest Dr. Mary Manjikian about monsters, zombies, and the politics of the end of the world (oh my!). The two discuss everything from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" to the Walking Dead, and what our cultural obsession with zombies and horror has to do with politics today. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Groundwork" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
25:52
November 21, 2019
Blind Politics Podcast Introduction: 11/6/2019
Welcome to Blind Politics with Dr. AJ Nolte, the brand new podcast from Regent University's Robertson School of Government! This podcast will bring you national news stories and political coverage from a unique perspective, that is both informative and backed in solid research. Get ready to listen along with Dr. Nolte as he delves into what makes our world spin yesterday, today, and into the future!
20:26
November 7, 2019