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Rational Policy

Rational Policy

By Mike Coté

An Historical Perspective on Policy, International Affairs, and Politics.

Join host Mike Coté (and occasional guests) for analysis and commentary on American politics, foreign affairs, and international relations, from a historically-informed perspective. Listen in for news and opinion without the hyperbole, reflexive partisanship, and lack of nuance.
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Episode 7 - Foreign Telegram, November 2022
Episode 7 - Foreign Telegram, November 2022
November 2022 has been a busy month in terms of international affairs. We've seen continuing protests against the theocratic regime in Iran, major counteroffensives by Ukraine against Russia, and the COP27 global climate conference in Egypt. In this Foreign Telegram, we discuss all three - recapping recent events, analyzing their impact, and explaining why you should care about each. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this tour around the world of foreign policy!
01:12:60
November 29, 2022
Episode 6 - 2022 Midterm Recap
Episode 6 - 2022 Midterm Recap
The 2022 midterm elections were quite eventful, seeing mixed results in the Senate, House, and gubernatorial elections. Listen in to this episode of the show to hear the latest updates, analysis of the various races, and overall takeaways from the election. Will the Republicans dump Trump? Will the Democrats double down on Biden? Will American voters ever have candidates they want to vote for, instead of merely voting against the other guy? Tune in for these answers and more.
01:03:54
November 13, 2022
Episode 5: In Defense of Foreign Aid
Episode 5: In Defense of Foreign Aid
Foreign aid is a topic which is often raised by members of the Foreign Policy Horseshoe - NatCons on the right and progressives on the left - in an attempt to claim that this money would be better spent at home on American citizens. This understanding of foreign aid is not only totally wrong, it runs counter to history and American interests abroad. Foreign aid is a critical aspect of a strong, deterrent foreign policy; in this sense, it prevents war far more than the supposed "anti-war" members of the Foreign Policy Horseshoe. Listen in to hear some of the major misconceptions about foreign aid debunked, learn about its usefulness in advancing American goals, and understand how best it can be defended.
46:24
October 29, 2022
Episode 4: Energy Policy at Home and Abroad
Episode 4: Energy Policy at Home and Abroad
Why are gas prices so high? That question is on the lips of everyday people across the country. The answer is complex, and is based on the linkages between foreign and domestic affairs, as well as how they impact and are impacted by energy policy. Listen in to find out more and hear a detailed breakdown of the factors which are driving energy inflation.
55:22
October 22, 2022
Episode 3: Foreign Telegram, October 2022
Episode 3: Foreign Telegram, October 2022
In episode 3 of the Rational Policy Podcast, host Mike Coté premieres a new recurring format - the Foreign Telegram. In this Foreign Telegram, for October 2022, Mike discusses three major topics in international affairs that have been on his mind over the past few weeks: Italian elections, Iranian protests, and the escalating Russo-Ukrainian War. Starting off, Italy's recent parliamentary elections are briefly explored and mainstream narratives about the right-wing victors debunked. The reaction to this event is a microcosm of the broader trend over the past decade or so of populist issues being overlooked by the EU. Next, Mike talks about the growing anti-regime protests in Iran which were sparked by the religious police killing of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, for the "crime" of improper hijab. He recaps the situation, analyzes the potential impact, and lays out several suggestions for US policy. Also touched on are some common criticisms of this hawkish and direct approach. Lastly, the escalating war in Ukraine is broken down and major recent events explained, from the Ukrainian counteroffensives, to the Russian mobilization and annexation of Ukrainian territory. Mike also considers the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage, the nuclear rhetoric emanating from Moscow (and isolationist reactions), and what may happen next. Tune in for this comprehensive session on foreign policy and America's role in responding to recent events.
01:14:36
October 06, 2022
Episode 2: God Save the Queen
Episode 2: God Save the Queen
In this episode of the Rational Policy Podcast, host Mike Coté dives into the biggest international story of the week: the death of Queen Elizabeth II. He covers the topic from a historical perspective, exploring the life of the Queen, the changes which made her a link to a lost past, and her sense of duty, as well as the future potential of the monarchy to remain a going concern. After this obituary, the absurd reactions to the Queen's death from the progressive corners of media and academia are detailed and debunked, with a focus on explaining how various news stories mislead and hide the ball. Finally, Mike defends the Queen against these ahistorical assaults and musters a strong case that the British Empire itself was more good than bad. Stay tuned to the end for a review of Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin.
01:13:48
September 17, 2022
Episode 1: The Foreign Policy Horseshoe
Episode 1: The Foreign Policy Horseshoe
In this inaugural episode of the Rational Policy Podcast, host Mike Coté introduces himself, the concept for the podcast, and discusses a topic of perennial interest: the linkages between far right & far left on foreign policy. This foreign policy horseshoe is fundamentally antagonistic to American power and must be repudiated if we wish to win the 21st century for American ideals and global security.
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August 13, 2022