American Thought Leaders

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By: Jan Jekielek

At a time when our nation is portrayed as increasingly polarized, media often ignore viewpoints and stories that are worthy of attention. American Thought Leaders, hosted by The Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek, features in-depth discussions with some of America’s most influential thought leaders on pertinent issues facing our nation today.

Is Hungary a ‘Democratic Backslider?’ Shea Bradley-Farrell Explains
Last Thursday at 12:04 PM

Shea Bradley-Farrell is president of Counterpoint Institute and author of “Last Warning to the West.” In this episode, we dive into Hungary’s atypical policies when it comes to immigration, family, and social issues.

“I wanted to find out why Hungary had and how had it retained its unique identity and its love for its national sovereignty,” she says.

Views expressed in this video are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


The CCP’s 7 Pressure Points and How the US Can Leverage Them: Michael Sobolik
06/17/2024

“The fact that America’s foremost geopolitical adversary controls an app that about 170 million Americans use regularly means that the CCP can leverage the app to influence the political debate of Americans, and ultimately … degrade the integrity of our democracy,” says Michael Sobolik, senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and the author of “Countering China’s Great Game: A Strategy for American Dominance.”

In this episode, he breaks down why TikTok is a major national security threat and how America can outmaneuver the Chinese Communist Party in the new U.S.–China Cold War.

For years, Ame...


How to Recover From the ‘Crisis of Meaning’ in the West: John Vervaeke
06/17/2024

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“People don’t know where to go to cultivate wisdom. I will ask my students: ‘Where do you go for information?’ They‘ll hold up their cell phones right away. ‘Where do you go for knowledge?’ And they’re ... a little bit more suspicious. They’ll say, ‘Well, the university, science …’ and then I'll say, ‘And where do you go for wisdom?’ And they don’t have an answer.”

John Vervaeke is a professor of cogn...


We Are Waging War Against Our Own Nature: Mary Harrington
06/14/2024

“I would suggest that, actually, we’ve been living in the transhumanist era for 50 years or more. We’re half a century into the transhumanist age, and really, it began with the contraceptive pill.”

Mary Harrington is a self-described “reactionary feminist,” contributing editor at UnHerd, and author of “Feminism Against Progress.” We sat down together at the Dissident Dialogues Festival to discuss the intersection of progress, individual freedom, technology, and, ultimately, transhumanism.

“What that opens up is a whole theoretically infinite spectrum of engineering of ourselves—if you like—of seeing human nature itself as a set of problems to b...


Sen. Roger Marshall: US Must Stop Funding Dangerous Research with Communist China
06/09/2024

In this episode, I sit down with Sen. Dr. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), an obstetrician and gynecologist, to get his take on gain of function research, the origins of the virus, and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Dr. Marshall shares what he believes are the “smoking guns” that link the origins of the coronavirus to a lab leak in Wuhan, China.

“If we’re funding this type of research in a place like Wuhan, China, where we know that the CCP military is working hand in glove with...


Daryl Davis: Why I Befriend Neo-Nazis and the KKK
06/05/2024

“At the age of 10, I formed a question in my mind, which was: how can you hate me when you don’t even know me? And now, for the next 56 years, I’ve been looking for the answer to that question.”

The son of American Foreign Service members, Daryl Davis grew up in many different countries and was exposed to a variety of cultures, religions, and ideologies. He became an internationally renowned musician, touring and performing with the likes of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and B.B. King. But a personal experience with bigotry at a young ag...


How Modern Medicine Abandoned Healing: Mihai Nadin
06/04/2024

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The failures of our COVID response and the “gender-affirming” care model have made a lot of people question science and medicine in the West.

Mihai Nadin argues that science and medicine went awry a long time ago—in foundational ways.

He’s a scholar and researcher with broad insights spanning electrical engineering, computer science, aesthetics, human-computer interaction, and post-industrial society, and he’s the author of “Disrupt Science: The Fut...


Scientists Opened Pandora’s Box, What Now? | Dr. Jay Bhattacharya
05/31/2024

“This catastrophic response that we faced during this pandemic will happen again in our lifetimes. The new normal is lockdown until vaccine. That is how we’re going to manage pandemics until there’s an explicit repudiation of the doctrine by public health,” says Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor of health policy at Stanford University and one of the co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.

In this episode, Dr. Bhattacharya shares his theory on what happened these last four years and the link between seemingly disparate events.

Dr. Bhattacharya is one of the plaintiffs in a landmark...


The Secret Ratings Agencies That Control Media Advertising: Freddie Sayers
05/31/2024

“In this complex machinery, there are these things called ratings agencies ... and they put a number on how trustworthy individual publications are,” says Freddie Sayers. “If they give you a zero or they put you on the naughty list, you don’t get any advertising. Your business model is pretty much turned off overnight.”

Mr. Sayers is the editor-in-chief of UnHerd, and he recently started looking into the systems of programmatic advertising after he discovered UnHerd had been given a zero rating for trustworthiness and placed on a “dynamic exclusion list” by the Global Disinformation Index.

In this epis...


Behind America’s Mental Health Disaster: Carrie Sheffield
05/27/2024

“When someone asks me where are you from, I say I’m from America, because I’m from so many different places, growing up in a motorhome, but also in houses, in sheds,” says Carrie Sheffield. “There were parts of my experience as a child that I really treasure that taught me to love America. But there unfortunately was a lot of abuse as well.”

Now a columnist, broadcaster, and senior policy analyst for Independent Women’s Voice with a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, Ms. Sheffield grew up with seven siblings and an abusive, mentally ill f...