"Moment of Zen"

Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez

Every week, Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez and frequent special guests discuss what's happening in technology, business, politics, social media and beyond.

  • 58 minutes 38 seconds
    E87: China's Energy Strategy, Taiwan, and US-China Relations with Samo Burja

    In this episode, Samo Burja and Erik Torenberg discuss China's energy strategy and its broader geopolitical implications. Contrary to popular belief, China is not aggressively pursuing energy independence but remains reliant on imports despite significant domestic oil production. The conversation delves into China's geopolitical strategy, its military preparedness, and the potential consequences of a conflict over Taiwan. The episode also explores the broader implications of a potential U.S.-China industrial competition and the risks of a bipolar world.

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    This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at [email protected].

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    RECOMMENDED PODCAST: COMPLEX SYSTEMS WITH PATRICK MCKENZIE (PATIO11)

    Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) talks to experts who understand the complicated but not unknowable systems we rely on. You might be surprised at how quickly Patrick and his guests can put you in the top 1% of understanding for stock trading, tech hiring, and more.

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Mos4VE3figVXleHDqfXOH

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/complex-systems-with-patrick-mckenzie-patio11/id1753399812


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    REFERENCED ARTICLES:

    “China Isn’t Pursuing Energy Independence” https://brief.bismarckanalysis.com/p/china-isnt-pursuing-energy-independence


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    LINKS:

    Samo’s Bismarck Brief: https://brief.bismarckanalysis.com/


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Introduction

    (01:46) China's Domestic Oil Production

    (03:00) Energy Independence and Geopolitical Strategy

    (04:00) Comparing US and China Energy Policies

    (05:13) China's Economic Logic Over Energy Security

    (06:09) China's Relationship with Iran and Russia

    (07:55) Modernizing China's Petrochemical Industry

    (08:33) Advising China on Resource Independence

    (16:13) Sponsors: beehiiv | Babbel

    (18:58) China's Strategic Priorities and War Likelihood

    (22:16) Western Brinksmanship and Misconceptions

    (29:29) The Role of Manufacturing in Modern Warfare

    (30:44) The Need for a Massive Industrial Base

    (33:30) Sponsors: Squad

    (34:54) China's Strategic Military Preparations

    (36:57) China's Oil and Resource Capabilities

    (40:11) The Taiwan Conflict: Economic and Military Implications

    (52:47) The Future of Global Power Dynamics


    14 July 2024, 9:30 am
  • 59 minutes 55 seconds
    E86: 2024 Election Strategy, Education Depolarization, and UBI with Noah Smith

    This week, Noah Smith joins Erik Torenberg to discuss America's future. They cover the 2024 presidential race, the Chevron ruling from the Supreme Court, and the polarization of the education system. Noah and Erik also discuss where wokeness goes from here, and the potential outcomes of integrating more conservatives into the civil service through initiatives like Project 2025. Noah also debunks the deep state myth and discusses the real issues surrounding Biden's age, questioning the influence of "political handlers" and the reality of a "deep state."

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    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Mos4VE3figVXleHDqfXOH

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Preview

    (01:09) 4th of July Celebrations and Mailbag Questions

    (01:51) Debate Reflections: Trump vs. Biden

    (02:35) Biden's Age and Democratic Dilemma

    (03:09) Kamala Harris: The Successor Debate

    (04:12) Michelle Obama: A Potential Candidate?

    (07:06) The Deep State: Myth or Reality?

    (11:30) Bernie Sanders and the DNC

    (13:58) Chevron Ruling and Its Implications

    (19:10) Sponsor: beehiiv | Babbel

    (22:44) Project 2025 and Civil Service Polarization

    (30:34) Reflecting on the Floyd Protests

    (31:57) The Impact of Trump's Presidency

    (35:05) Sponsors: Squad 

    (36:29) Debating the Administrative State

    (38:31) Challenges in the Education System

    (46:56) Redistribution and Class in America

    (53:37) The Future of UBI and Cash Benefits

    (57:51) Wrap

    6 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 28 minutes
    E85: After the Debate: Trump/Biden and Media Reaction

    In this episode of Moment of Zen, Erik, Antonio, as well as two friends of the podcast who prefer to stay anonymous, discuss the disastrous Biden/Trump debate and what could happen after. They explore the state of U.S. politics by scrutinizing Joe Biden's controversial debate performance and its implications on his presidency, as well as reactions from the media and its impact on U.S. foreign relations.


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    RECOMMENDED PODCAST:

    Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) talks to experts who understand the complicated but not unknowable systems we rely on. You might be surprised at how quickly Patrick and his guests can put you in the top 1% of understanding for stock trading, tech hiring, and more.

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Mos4VE3figVXleHDqfXOH

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Political Gaffes and the Current State of Politics

    (01:23) Sponsor: CommandBar

    (02:18) Biden's Performance and Cognitive Decline

    (03:21) The Role of Media and Public Perception

    (07:15) Biden's Decision-Making and Political Dynamics

    (12:53) Potential Political Replacements and Speculations

    (14:55) Sponsors: Babbel | beehiiv

    (19:51) International Perspectives and Influence

    (22:30) Trump vs. Biden: Public Perception and Debate Tactics

    (27:43) Sponsors: NetSuite | Squad

    (36:54) Debating Biden's Public Image

    (37:48) Tech's Right-Wing Shift and Trump Endorsement

    (38:51) Silicon Valley's Political Divide

    (39:53) Crypto's Trump Support

    (40:49) Changing Political Opinions in Tech

    (45:30) Trump's Unpredictable Nature

    (46:32) Biden's Aging and Potential Successors

    (51:38) January 6th and Its Aftermath

    (1:07:01) Trump's Second Term Concerns

    (1:20:59) Wrap

    30 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 14 minutes
    E84: Trump/Biden Predictions with Richard Hanania

    In this episode of Moment of Zen, Erik interviews Richard Hanania about the evolving political landscape in the U.S., focusing on the changing dynamics within both the Republican and Democratic parties. They discuss the influence of big tech, the rise of Trumpism, political polarization, and the intellectual underpinnings of current political ideologies.


    We’re publishing this conversation across Moment of Zen and Upstream since the themes are highly relevant to both shows.


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    RECOMMENDED PODCAST:

    Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) talks to experts who understand the complicated but not unknowable systems we rely on. You might be surprised at how quickly Patrick and his guests can put you in the top 1% of understanding for stock trading, tech hiring, and more.

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Mos4VE3figVXleHDqfXOH

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Introduction

    (01:11) Silicon Valley's Shift: Anti-Wokeness and Economic Concerns

    (03:23) Political Evolution and Disillusionment with the Right

    (04:18) Conservatism, Technology, and Cultural Grievances

    (08:56) Human Capital and the Right's IQ Problem

    (13:53) Sponsor: CommandBar | Netsuite

    (16:22) Religion, Fertility, and Societal Coordination

    (19:10) The Return Philosophy and Women's Happiness

    (21:17) Trump's Political Genius and Threat to Democracy

    (26:01) Sponsor: beehiiv | Babbel | Squad

    (29:59) Biden vs. Trump: Election Predictions and Policy Impacts

    (38:34) Debunking Antisemitism Claims in Protests

    (39:28) Political Strategy and Victimhood

    (40:55) Historical Context of Antisemitism

    (42:11) Comparing Minority Experiences

    (42:56) Demonization and Conspiracy Theories

    (45:14) Evaluating Political Motivations

    (47:12) The Role of Intellectuals and Media

    (52:03) Immigration and National Identity

    (59:47) Future of American Politics

    (1:02:40) On Open Borders

    (1:04:51) IQ vs Common Sense

    (1:07:42) The Future of the Left and Right

    (1:13:56) Wrap

    22 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 55 minutes
    E83: What's Happening in France with Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

    Today on Moment of Zen, Journalist Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry sits with Erik Torenberg to explain the volatile state of French politics following recent European Parliament elections where Macron’s party performed poorly and the National Rally did very well. The conversation offers insights into the broader implications of these political shifts, touches on the societal divisions fueling these changes, immigration, and the potential economic impact on France.

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    RECOMMENDED PODCAST:

    Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) talks to experts who understand the complicated but not unknowable systems we rely on. You might be surprised at how quickly Patrick and his guests can put you in the top 1% of understanding for stock trading, tech hiring, and more.

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Mos4VE3figVXleHDqfXOH

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Introduction

    (00:35) Sponsor: CommandBar

    (04:20) Macron's Strategy & Cohabitation

    (08:11) The Political Landscape

    (14:28) Comparison with U.S. Politics

    (14:48) Sponsor: Babbel | beehiiv

    (16:22) Macron's Unpopularity & Economic Challenges

    (21:02) Energy Policy and the Rise of Populism

    (24:01) Sponsor: Netsuite | Squad

    (27:94) The Economic Consequences of Populism

    (31:11) France vs. Brexit

    (35:46) The Future of France

    (45:00) Brexit Comparison & EU Reform

    (52:57) The Role of Young People in the Future

    (54:34) Wrap

    15 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 22 minutes
    E82: Balaji Srinivasan on the Fiat Crisis, China, Russia, and Conspiracy Practices

    In this episode that originally aired on Upstream, Erik sits down with Balaji Srinivasan to discuss the Fiat Crisis, geopolitics, conspiracies, and the signs of decline for a hyperpower. It was recorded in June of 2023. Balaji is an angel investor, tech founder, philosopher, and author of The Network State. He was formerly the CTO of Coinbase.

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    RECOMMENDED PODCAST:

    Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) talks to experts who understand the complicated but not unknowable systems we rely on. You might be surprised at how quickly Patrick and his guests can put you in the top 1% of understanding for stock trading, tech hiring, and more.

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Mos4VE3figVXleHDqfXOH

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812https://podcasts.apple.com/id1753399812

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Episode Preview

    (00:51) Intro

    (01:23) Understanding the flat crisis

    (08:34) Balaji’s equivalent premises

    (14:54) Sponsor: NetSuite and Beehiiv

    (17:55) Aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan wars

    (20:35) Multipolar world

    (25:17) Blue America is at war with the world

    (28:35) Sponsor: Babbel | Squad

    (31:02) Cancellation is a weak form of warfare

    (33:05) Interplay of realism and idealism in the U.S

    (37:00) Red vs Blue vs Grey America

    (44:11) Concept of American partition

    (46:00) Rise of India's national Identity

    (47:00) Evolution of China and Russia

    (53:00) Microsoft, Facebook, and Google

    (54:00) Japan-USSR rivalry and its impact

    (01:01:10) Conspiracy theories and historical narratives

    (01:09:00) Balaji’s predictions for 2024 & the Fed

    (01:18:31) Wrap

    8 June 2024, 9:35 am
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    E81: David Sacks on his Intellectual and Political journey

    David Sacks is known as a CEO/investor in multiple unicorns, and most recently a media mogul with All-In. In this episode, he sits down with Erik Torenberg to trace his intellectual and political history from his days fighting student activism at Stanford to now. We cover the political and cultural changes in the last 30 years of silicon valley, how the real distinction today is between the college-educated and the not, and how even though 2⁄3 of the country didn’t go to college, their views are not represented in our institutions today. This episode was recorded in December 2022 but is just as relevant today. 

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    LINKS:

    Craft Ventures: https://craftventures.com/

    All-In Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/@allin

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (02:11) How did tech become less free speech-oriented?

    (03:35) Why is PayPal so woke?

    (06:02) Woke Capitalism game

    (08:52) Corporations and governments collaborating to censor

    (16:22) Tracing political history in Silicon Valley 

    (20:54) College educated vs. not is the biggest difference in US

    Our elite is not democratic

    (22:54) Sponsor: NetSuite | Beehiiv

    (29:15) Foreign Policy and Realism

    (32:28) U.S. Russiaphobia

    (36:30) Sponsor: Squad

    (38:05) Big Tech Monopolies and Regulation

    (41:42) The Future of Silicon Valley and Monopolies

    (42:32) Regulating Acquisitions and Startup Ecosystems

    (45:39) Censorship and Section 230

    (47:17) The Role of Free Speech in Social Progress

    (53:52) Institutional Reform and Accountability

    (54:56) Elon Musk's Influence on Tech and Media

    (1:06:33) The Future of Political and Economic Accountability

    (1:19:30) Wrap

    1 June 2024, 8:10 am
  • 57 minutes 38 seconds
    E80: Joe Lonsdale on How to Solve America’s Problems

    Today we are airing Erik's interview with Joe Lonsdale, originally published on Upstream in 2023. Joe Lonsdale is the co-founder of Palantir, managing partner at 8VC, and the founder of The Cicero Institute, a nonpartisan policy organization discusses the root causes of educational inequality and homelessness, and argues for competence over culture wars, data-driven solutions, and market incentives to fix some of the US' most plaguing problems. Grow your newsletter with Beehiiv: head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months.

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    LINKS:

    Cicero Institute: https://ciceroinstitute.org/

    8VC: https://www.8vc.com/

    Palantir: https://www.palantir.com/

    Joe Lonsdale's blog: https://blog.joelonsdale.com

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:47) Philanthropy and Impact: Joe's Approach to Social Change

    (01:18) Nonpartisan Solutions for Broken Systems

    (02:55) Cicero Institute's Mission and Impact Across States

    (07:42) Addressing Education Inequality and Accountability

    (12:32) Reforming Prisons and Probation with Data and Accountability

    (16:12) Tackling Homelessness with Common Sense and Accountability

    (18:53) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv

    (21:16) Introducing Market Incentives, Market Competition, and Market Accountability

    (25:06) Sponsor: Squad

    (26:34) Innovative Approaches to Healthcare

    (31:12) Rethinking Healthcare and Leadership

    (31:32) Innovating Within vs. Outside the System

    (32:13) The Challenge of Reforming Institutions

    (33:41) Navigating the Complexities of Defense and Innovation

    (37:36) The Power of State-Level Impact and Education Reform

    (39:29) Silicon Valley's Influence and Responsibility

    (40:32) Cultural Shifts and the Role of New Institutions

    (55:27) The Future of American Competence and Optimism

    (57:42) Wrap

    25 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 23 minutes
    E79: Crypto and Gaming with Carlos Pereira

    In this episode, Carlos Pereira, partner at BITKRAFT Ventures, joins Erik, Antonio and Dan as they delve into the significant transformations within gaming, betting, and combat sports, facilitated by cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, emphasizing the groundbreaking integration of cryptocurrency through Web3 gaming.

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Opening Banter

    (01:28) Diving Into Crypto and Gaming Discussions

    (02:11) The Evolution and Challenges of Web3 Gaming

    (04:44) Analyzing the Crypto Gaming Landscape

    (13:48) The Future of Gaming: Web3 and Beyond

    (17:23) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv

    (18:29) Deep Dive into Web3 Gaming and Digital Economies

    (32:38) Exploring User-Generated Content and Game Modding

    (34:14) Sponsor: Squad

    (42:19) Investment Perspectives on Gaming and Infrastructure

    (45:47) The Fascinating World of Gaming Business

    (49:49) The Evolution of Gaming: From PVE to PVP

    (51:40) The Intriguing Dynamics of Safe Zones in Games

    (53:29) The Rise of Financialized Gaming Experiences

    (1:06:31) Karate Combat: A New Era of Crypto-Infused Sports

    (1:17:15) The Future of Media and Crypto's Role

    (1:23:13) Wrap

    20 May 2024, 11:12 am
  • 56 minutes 39 seconds
    E78: Jonathan Haidt on The Social Media Theory of Everything

    In this episode of Moment of Zen, Erik is joined by Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of the newly released book "The Anxious Generation."

    They have a comprehensive discussion that touches on the polarization and dysfunction in American politics, the impact of social media on democracy, and the importance of reclaiming a play-based childhood for the current generation

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    LINKS:

    Website: https://jonathanhaidt.com/

    Jon's Substack: https://www.afterbabel.com/p/welcome-to-the-after-babel-substack

    The Anxious Generation: https://www.anxiousgeneration.com/

    The Anxious Generation Book: https://www.anxiousgeneration.com/book

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:13) Evolution of Jonathan's Work: From Moral Psychology to 'The Anxious Generation'

    (01:14) The Impact of Social Media on Teen Mental Health

    (02:50) Exploring the Tragedy of the Modern Childhood

    (07:29) Addressing the Criticism and Pushback

    (12:08) The Unprecedented Effects of Social Media on Society

    (19:37) Adapting to Technological Changes and the Future of Childhood

    (20:20) The Dire State of Democracy in the Digital Age

    (27:01) How Technology Affects Liberals and Conservatives Differently

    (28:20) Unveiling the Research: The Rise of Anxiety and Depression

    (28:48) Breaking Down the Data: Gender, Politics, and Mental Health

    (30:48) The Protective Power of Religion and Community

    (31:32) Parenting Styles and Moral Values

    (32:07) Challenges for Progressive Organizations and the Democratic Party

    (32:42) Recommendations for a Healthier Childhood in the Digital Age

    (33:50) Addressing the Broader Issues Beyond Smartphones

    (34:35) The Role of Schools in Children's Mental Health

    (36:33) A Call for Intentional Community Building

    (37:34) Navigating the Public Health Crisis with Apolitical Solutions

    (40:41) Engaging with the Tech Industry: Critiques and Clarifications

    (41:01) The Debate on Content Moderation and the Need for Structural Changes

    (56:27) Wrap

    11 May 2024, 10:43 am
  • 1 hour 22 minutes
    E77: The Future of Media, Institutions, and Risk

    Today we're sharing a recent interview Erik gave to Alex LaBossiere that covers lots of themes we discuss on Moment of Zen - including Erik's views on tech vs. the media, hypocrisy of the elites, risk orientation, and the thesis behind Turpentine. Grow your newsletter with Beehiiv, head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months

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    LINKS:

    Alex Labossiere podcast:

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@labossiere

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7lf0G6SBTArFlJYuHlPPoy?si=459fb368b525468d&nd=1&dlsi=eb2b481981f44211

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/labossiere-podcast/id1566013149


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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (05:38) On Investing vs Operating

    (08:05) Trust and Direct Distribution

    (11:55) Legacy Media and the Techlash

    (17:54) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv

    (20:32) What is Turpentine

    (22:23) Lessons From 1000 Interviews

    (23:51) The Printing Press, Barbells, and the Future of Media

    (28:13) Pre-Internet Journalism and Survival of the Fittest Ideas

    (31:35) Creator Monetization and Price Discrimination

    (37:45) Sponsor: Squad

    (39:12) Does Media Have a Direction?

    (46:02) Tailwinds and Turpentine at Scale

    (53:55) Creating More Startups and Understanding Risk

    (58:42) Is Entrepreneurship Founder or Market Limited?

    (1:03:22) What Do Most People Get Wrong About Community Building?

    (1:05:51) Probabilistic vs Deterministic Mindsets

    (1:08:48) On Faith over Logic

    (1:12:22) Modernity and God Shaped Holes

    (1:15:02) The Hypocrisy of Elites

    (1:17:47) Asking Erik Questions He Asks People

    (1:19:05) What Should More People be Thinking About?

    (1:22:37) Wrap

    5 May 2024, 9:22 am
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