The Vivek Show

40 Episodes

By: Vivek Ramaswamy

Vivek Ramaswamy, a product of the American Dream, shares his journey from being a nerdy kid to becoming a biotech entrepreneur and founder of multi-billion-dollar companies. He faced challenges, but never saw hardship as victimhood. Instead, he found opportunities in adversity. After creating successful biotech companies that developed life-saving drugs, Vivek turned his attention to the rise of the ""woke cult"" and woke capitalism, writing best-selling books on these subjects. Ramaswamy decided to take action and founded Strive Asset Management to compete with ESG-pushing asset management firms, urging companies to focus on making products and services for profit. Realizing the...

Vivek Ramaswamy on the FBI, Public Health, Affirmative Action, and More
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The Power of School Choice with Corey DeAngelis
Last Wednesday at 6:56 PM

In this episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek is joined by Corey DeAngelis, a school choice evangelist and Senior Fellow at the American Federation for Children. As they delve into the purpose and current state of the K-12 education system, the duo discusses the influence of public employee unions, evidence for the failures of public schools, and the impactful role of private school choice competition. Corey cites compelling studies that highlight the positive outcomes of school competition and illuminates the power dynamics within teachers unions. Tune in for this crucial conversation on school choice, education reform, and the future...

Unmasking the Bureaucracy: Philip Howard on the Administrative State
Last Tuesday at 2:00 PM

In this enlightening episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy, a prominent entrepreneur and author, engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Philip Howard, a noted lawyer and legal reformer. They delve into the concept of the administrative state and its implications on the American constitutional republic and capitalism. The duo explores the unchecked authority within the government bureaucracy, the obstacles to administrative reform, and the potential avenues for change, citing real-world examples and expert insights. Don't miss this riveting discussion as Ramaswamy and Howard bring to light the unseen power structures that govern us.



Defining Freedom in 2023: Vivek & Dinesh D'Souza on Liberty, Culture, and Technology

Join Vivek as he engages in an enlightening conversation with prolific political commentator Dinesh D'Souza. Together, they dive deep into the challenges threatening liberty today, drawing parallels between Ronald Reagan's era and the present. From tackling the 'woke industrial complex' to proposing political expression as a protected class, they navigate complex political territory with aplomb. D'Souza, known for his incisive socio-political insights, eloquently expresses the impact of technology on today's generation and the need for adaptive policies. Vivek, an avid advocate for public education, appreciates D'Souza's focus on the 'why' behind policies and issues. Don't miss their riveting discussion...

The Great Uprising with Vivek Ramaswamy | What Bitcoin Did with Peter McCormack

“Every species that becomes sentient and develops “When you tell people they cannot speak, that is when they scream. But when you tell people they cannot scream, that is when they tear things down.”

— Vivek Ramaswamy

Vivek Ramaswamy is an entrepreneur and author. In this interview, we discuss his thesis that social and political struggles are rooted in the rise of a managerial class dominating society at the expense of everyday citizens. We also talk about the need to revive a binding national identity, and how the social justice movement may be causing more harm than goo...

Decentralizing Currency: Bitcoin's Potential Impact on Monetary Policy with Vijay Boyapati

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Vijay Boyapati discuss the current state of the Federal Reserve, the potential for reform, and the role of Bitcoin in the future of monetary policy. Boyapati, the author of "The Bullish Case for Bitcoin," provides a detailed explanation of Bitcoin's unique properties and potential to serve as a decentralized, finite currency that's not subject to manipulation by the Federal Reserve. The conversation also delves into the history of fiat money, the importance of a stable dollar for GDP growth, and the potential implications of Bitcoin for global trade, monetary policy, and individual freedom.<...

Revitalizing the American Economy with Oren Cass

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by guest Oren Cass, an American public policy commentator, political advisor, and author. Cass, who played a key role in Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and serves as the executive director of American Compass. Together, they delve into a critical examination of the neoliberal conservative approach, discussing the need for a revised vision that emphasizes the common good over "market fundamentalism." Cass argues for a more balanced approach to trade policy, suggesting the necessity for public policy in safeguarding American liberty, prosperity, and the domestic industry. Through...

Confronting Myths of Systemic Racism: A Deep Dive with Heather MacDonald

In this powerful episode of The Vivek Show, guest Heather MacDonald, renowned commentator and author of 'When Waste Trumps Merit', provides a thought-provoking perspective on racially conscious policies, systemic racism, and the academic skills gap in America. MacDonald argues that family culture, not racism, largely influences this gap and explores the role of victimhood culture in distorting our understanding of the present. She also challenges common narratives about racial proportionality, offering insightful counter-examples such as the success of West African immigrants in the US. Join us for this frank and eye-opening discussion on race, crime, and education in America.<...

Upstream feat. Vivek Ramaswamy

Vivek was recently on Upstream with Erik Torenberg, this conversation covered Vivek Ramaswamy's 2024 Republican presidential campaign.  The episode illuminates his stances, impact on the upcoming elections, and his influence on mainstream thought. Key highlights include Vivek's transformation from founder to candidate, his comprehensive presidential platform, and his unique viewpoints on Silicon Valley. The episode also explores the concept of meritocracy, depoliticizing corporations, Silicon Valley's empathy towards the country, and the essence of running a presidential campaign.


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The Economics of Growth with Rich Lowrie

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Rich Lowrie, an economic advisor to Herman Cain's presidential campaign, to discuss the complexities of economic growth. The conversation covers GDP as a measure of success, the impact of dollar volatility on economic productivity, and the rise of the managerial class. Rich Lowrie emphasizes the importance of a stable unit of measure and the need for more business investment. He also critiques the Federal Reserve's policies and their effects on wage growth and the striving majority.


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The Assault on Family: How Society is Losing its Most Important Institution

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the importance of the family as a governing institution with guest Terry Schilling from the American Principles Project. They explore the progressive assault on the family, the decline in marriage and birth rates, and the role of family in creating selfless citizens. Schilling emphasizes the importance of grounding institutions, such as faith and patriotism, and the sacrificial nature of love in the context of family and society. With a focus on the societal benefits of the family unit, this episode challenges the current atomistic conception of the self...

Can America Win the AI Race? The Key Role of Intellectual Property Rights with Andrei Iancu

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by former US Patent and Trademark Office head, Andrei Iancu, to discuss the significance of intellectual property (IP) in America's founding and its role in fostering innovation. They explore the history of IP rights in the US, the challenges of applying a centuries-old statute to modern technologies, and the need for an intentional innovation policy. Iancu emphasizes the importance of IP in competing with China and other countries, highlighting the necessity of a high-level plan to identify future technologies and enable innovation in both the public and...

James Lindsay Returns: The ESG Cartel - Corporate Manipulation and National Security Threats

Join host Vivek Ramaswamy and guest James Lindsay as they delve into the complex and paradoxical world of modern inclusivity movements. Discover how the synthetic value of inclusivity has led to a culture of exclusion, drawing parallels to totalitarian regimes and Mao's blueprint. Unravel the ESG cartel's manipulation of the corporate world and its far-reaching consequences on national security. Examine the self-destructive nature of inclusivity movements, the shielding power of identitarian labels, and the importance of individual action and community involvement in addressing these pressing issues. This eye-opening conversation is essential for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the...

Vivek Ramaswamy: The Outsider Taking on China, Silicon Valley, and the Department of Education

Today, we are featuring an episode of the Futures Edge Podcast which hosted Vivek as a guest. This episode should hopefully serve as a overview of our GOP presidential candidate, as within the episode, Vivek discusses his stances on crucial issues, such as US foreign policy, China, energy, and education. Vivek also emphasizes the importance of seizing opportunities for economic independence from China, pushing for nuclear energy, and abolishing the Department of Education. Additionally, he delves into the dangers of central bank digital currencies, crony capitalism, and the transgender community.


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China's Infiltration of Western Institutions with Monica Crowley

In this eye-opening episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by guest Monica Crowley to explore the complex history and future of US-China relations. The discussion covers a range of topics, from the initial strategies of Richard Nixon to China's strategy of elite capture and the implications of a codependent economic relationship. With insights on the importance of a shared American identity and a look at the missed opportunities to strengthen US-India relations, this episode offers a comprehensive analysis of the geopolitical chessboard and its impact on the world.


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The Real Cost of Diversity with Gov. Tom Wolf

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Governor Tom Wolf, former governor of Pennsylvania, to discuss pro-American values, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in business and politics, and the challenges of leadership. Governor Wolf reflects on his time in office, emphasizing the importance of integrity, honesty, and competence. They engage in a thought-provoking conversation on DEI policies, meritocracy, race consciousness, carbon emissions, and the need for open and respectful conversations in America. This episode explores the complexity of American values, and the importance of genuine dialogue and leadership in politics.


The Dark Side of Crypto with Lee Reiners

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy and guest Lee Reiners, a Duke University lecturer and financial regulation expert, discuss the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and its impact on American capitalism. They delve into the world of cryptocurrency, exploring its origins, security vulnerabilities, and philosophical implications. From the role of intermediaries to North Korea's use of cryptocurrency to fund its ballistic missile program, this conversation provides valuable insights into the complexities of the crypto ecosystem and the future of the financial system.

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Fear Leads to Submission: COVID, Climate Change, and Authority with Dana Loesch

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by radio host and political commentator Dana Loesch. They delve into Loesch's journey in the 2016 presidential cycle and her initial hesitation about Trump, as well as Ramaswamy's experience stepping down as a biotech CEO. The conversation covers faith, Marxism, GOP politics, and the challenges posed by ideologies like Critical Race Theory. They also discuss the consequences of society's increasing reliance on government authority and the blurring of political lines in modern America.


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Reforming the Fed: The Inside Story with Danielle DiMartino Booth and Vivek Ramaswamy

In this compelling episode of 'The Vivek Show,' host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by Danielle DiMartino Booth, founder of Money Strong, LLC, and a former adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. They dive deep into the inner workings of the Federal Reserve, discussing its policies and their consequences on the global economy. Danielle sheds light on the questionable alliance between Wall Street and modern monetary theory, as well as the Fed's role in the 2008 financial crisis. She also shares her insights on the COVID-19 pandemic, the broken notion of trickle-down economics, and the rise of "unicorn"...

The Dark Side of College Admissions: Uncovering the $25 Million Scam

In this episode of 'The Vivek Show,' host Vivek Ramaswamy explores the topic of meritocracy in America and voices his opposition to race-based affirmative action. He is joined by guest Andrew Lelling, a former U.S. Attorney from Boston, who led the prosecution of the notorious college admission corruption scandal. Lelling sheds light on Rick Singer's elaborate scam involving bribing college coaches and cheating on standardized tests, which secured the admission of wealthy parents' children into prestigious universities. Over 10 years, Singer's scheme amassed an estimated $25 million. Lelling also reveals some high-profile individuals involved in the case, highlighting the...

American Express Exposed: The Dark Side of Woke Policies

In this eye-opening episode of 'The Vivek Show,' host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by guests Nick Williams and Kenny Xu, who reveal the unexpected alliance between corporate America and the woke movement. Nick shares his personal experience at American Express, where he was pushed out of the company due to controversial racial policies. Together, they explore how these practices are eroding the culture of merit and hard work in the United States. Additionally, Kenny Xu introduces his new book, "School of Woke: How Critical Race Theory Infiltrated Our Schools and Why We Need to Reclaim Them."


The Carbon Reduction Paradox: Why Do Some Oppose Nuclear Energy? with Neil Chatterjee

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy explores the paradox of carbon reduction advocates opposing nuclear energy and discusses the complexities of US energy policy with guest Neil Chatterjee, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). They delve into FERC's role in overseeing competitive wholesale power markets, the challenges faced by differing state policies on decarbonization, and the consequences of shutting down coal plants on communities. The conversation covers the role of public policy and market forces in shaping the energy landscape, touching on the controversial topic of carbon capture pipelines and the potential...

The Power of Debate: Fostering Civic Capacity and Tackling the Fentanyl Epidemic with James Fishback

In this engaging episode of "The Vivek Show," host Vivek Ramaswamy and guest James Fishback, investor at Greenlight Capital and founder of the nonprofit organization Incubate Debate, discuss the power of high school debate in fostering civic capacity and addressing critical issues like the fentanyl crisis. They cover topics such as the Federal Reserve, the impact of AI on education, and the rise of tribalism in politics. Fishback shares his experiences in founding Incubate Debate, which aims to break financial barriers and provide opportunities for young Americans to engage in open dialogue, and highlights the urgency of combating the...

Vivek Ramaswamy on TimCast with Tim Pool

Tim Pool is an American political commentator, podcast host, and independent journalist born on March 9, 1986, in Chicago, Illinois. He first gained recognition for live streaming the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests. Pool later joined Vice Media and Fusion TV in 2014 before transitioning to YouTube and other platforms. Throughout his career, Pool has covered various protests and events across the world, including the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, the 2016 Milwaukee riots, and the 2020 US presidential election. Despite expressing support for Bernie Sanders in 2019, he announced his support for Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election. 

The Truth About Race and Affirmative Action: A Powerful Discussion with Adam Coleman

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Adam Coleman, the author of a book about black victimhood culture. They discuss race, affirmative action, and the importance of overcoming challenges through education and strong family structures. Adam shares his personal story of growing up in a single-parent home and the hardships he faced throughout his life. They also discuss Adam's political transformation, his discovery of Thomas Sowell's work, and the exaggerated media narratives surrounding the Black community and policing. Throughout the conversation, they emphasize the significance of good communication and the need for open, honest conversations...

US vs. China: The Fight for Economic Independence with Jim Nelles

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by supply chain expert Jim Nelles. They discuss the impact of fear and uncertainty on policy decisions, such as COVID-19 school closures, the war in Ukraine, and the Silicon Valley bank bailout. The conversation delves into the complexities of the American supply chain, including regulatory failures, antiquated laws, and the consequences of a truck driver shortage. They explore the concept of declaring economic independence from China, focusing on the potential benefits and alternatives. Throughout the episode, Vivek and Jim emphasize the importance of setting ambitious goals, having...

Crucial Lessons from COVID-19 with Dr. Amesh Adalja

In this episode of The Vivek Show, host Vivek Ramaswamy welcomes Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease, critical care, and emergency medicine physician with extensive experience in pandemic preparedness. Dr. Adalja shares his journey into the medical field, including his education at Carnegie Mellon and transition from business to medicine. The two discuss the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, its trajectory, and the challenges faced in risk communication. They also debate pandemic strategies, the effectiveness of vaccines, and the importance of prioritizing protection for high-risk individuals.

Dr. Amesh Adalja is an infectious disease, critical care, and...

The Woke Infection in Education: An Eye-Opening Discussion with Vivek Ramaswamy and Mark Ousley

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Mark Ousley discuss the rise of the managerial class in America that exploits fear to advance their own agendas. They explore the infiltration of global mindsets in education, the impact on individual students, and the potential influence of tech giants on private schools. The conversation also covers the challenges surrounding school choice and the importance of local control in improving public schools. Vivek Ramaswamy is a successful entrepreneur and author, while Mark Ousley is an experienced educator and advocate for educational reform. Together, they dive deep into the issues facing the American education...

Breaking the Fundraising System: A New Approach to Political Campaigns with Chris Petkas and Codie Sanchez

In this insightful episode, Vivek Ramaswamy discusses his unique approach to campaign fundraising and the importance of contrarian thinking. Joined by guests Chris and Codie, they share their diverse experiences in entrepreneurship, the military, and finance. The conversation delves into the importance of service, sacrifice, and civic commitment, as well as the challenges faced by today's society. They explore the rise of stakeholder capitalism, the decline of religion, and the potential benefits of prioritizing GDP growth as a national agenda. This thought-provoking discussion is sure to spark curiosity and inspire new perspectives on the issues shaping our world.


Changing Tides: The Societal Ramifications of Transgender Inclusion with Riley Gaines

In this episode of The Vivek Show, presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy engages in an eye-opening conversation with Riley Gaines, a former All-American swimmer who experienced firsthand the controversial consequences of biological males competing in women's sports. Riley shares her story of tying with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship, and the disheartening aftermath when she was asked to step off the podium to accommodate Lia during the photo opportunity. Delving into the complexities of women's rights, our distinguished guests explore the infiltration of women's sports and the mental health crisis permeating Western society. Listen as...

The Hidden Truth Behind Affirmative Action: A Revealing Discussion with Richard Hanania

In this eye-opening episode of "The Vivek Show," host Vivek Ramaswamy is joined by political scientist and writer Richard Hanania. They delve deep into the origins, history, and consequences of affirmative action in America. By examining the political motivations behind these policies, Richard and Vivek discuss how affirmative action has shaped institutions, influenced the education system, and affected the current cultural climate. Through their thought-provoking conversation, they explore the challenges in addressing affirmative action and its impact on meritocracy, race, and society.

Richard Hanania is a Research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies...

Exposing the Dangers of Gender Ideology for Children with "Billboard Chris"

In this episode of The Vivek Show, Vivek Ramaswamy talks to Chris Elston, a father on a mission to protect children from the dangers of gender ideology. Chris discusses his activism journey, the consequences of affirming a child's gender, and the rarity of true intersex and gender dysphoria cases. They explore the potential harm caused by puberty blockers and discuss the importance of promoting body positivity for children. Chris' commitment to raising awareness on this issue has led him to engage in conversations across North America, making a difference one conversation at a time.

Chris Elston (aka...

Merit-Based Democracy with Douglas Murray | The Vivek Show

Douglas Murray is a British author and journalist, best known for his books "The Madness of Crowds" and "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam," both bestsellers and critically acclaimed. He has been a contributor to The Spectator since 2000 and Associate Editor since 2012. Born in 1979, Murray's first book, "Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas," was published while he was an undergraduate at Oxford. In 2007, he founded the Centre for Social Cohesion, which later merged with the Henry Jackson Society, where he served as Associate Director until 2018. Murray is a prolific debater, appearing on numerous political debate programs...

The Opioid Crisis: A Personal Tragedy Reveals America's Hidden Enemy | The Vivek Show

In this thought-provoking episode, Vivek Ramaswamy engages in a candid conversation with Andrew Olivastro, a seasoned political operative and policy expert with experience at the Heritage Foundation, the Bush administration, and the corporate world. Andrew shares his insights on issues like ESG, education reform, and the opioid crisis. He also tells the emotional story of his sister's tragic death due to a fentanyl overdose, sparking a deeper discussion about the impact of the opioid crisis on families, communities, and national security. Together, they delve into America's self-hatred and national identity crisis, discussing how shared values and the unapologetic pursuit...

Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr

In this thought-provoking episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and former US Attorney General Bill Barr discuss controversial ideas in national security, strategies for combating Mexican drug cartels, and the challenges of working with a corrupt government. They also explore the cultural changes within the FBI, the concept of the Great Reset, and the importance of faith and community in sustaining a stable society. As they delve into these critical topics, Vivek and Barr offer unique perspectives on potential solutions and the implications for the US and the world.

Bill Barr is an accomplished lawyer and statesman, best known for...

Fathers Under Attack with Alec Lace from First Class Fatherhood | The Vivek Show

In this thought-provoking episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Alec Lace, host of First Class Fatherhood, explore the escalating crisis of fatherlessness in America. They discuss Alec's background as a railroad mechanic, father, and advocate for fatherhood, and cover topics such as the stigma around stay-at-home parents and the impact of fatherlessness on society. The conversation delves into the consequences of this crisis on communities, the corruption in the family court system, and the potential solutions to address these issues. With powerful insights and personal anecdotes, Alec and Vivek shed light on the urgent need for change in the way society...

Former Federal Election Commission Chairman on Trump's Arrest - The Vivek Show

In this episode, host Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the controversial prosecution of Donald Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, diving into the legal complexities surrounding the case. Joined by guest Brad Smith, a former Federal Election Commission chairman and law professor, they explore the payment made to Stormy Daniels during Trump's campaign and whether it constituted an unlawful campaign contribution. They also discuss the potential consequences of the indictment and the implications of campaign finance laws. Throughout the conversation, they raise concerns about the rule of law, the dangers of politicized prosecutions, and the future of political discourse.


The Art of the Culture War: Revealing the Strategies of the Left with James Lindsay - The Vivek Show

In this eye-opening discussion, U.S. Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and cultural critic James Lindsay delve into the tactics and strategies used by the left in the ongoing culture war. They discuss the challenges within the current political landscape, the rise of the ESG movement, and the strategic maneuvers used to demoralize and exhaust creative problem-solving. Together, they expose the hidden playbook of their opponents and emphasize the need to address the root causes of cultural and political issues. The conversation provides valuable insights into the long-term strategies employed by activist groups to infiltrate and subvert institutions.


Freedom, Innovation, Superabundance with Marian Tupy - The Vivek Show

In this episode, host Vivek Ramaswamy discusses the importance of GDP growth and innovation in America with Marian Tupy, co-author of the book "Superabundance." They explore the counterintuitive relationship between population growth and economic growth, emphasizing the role of human ingenuity and innovation. The conversation touches on the negative effects of overregulation on innovation and the potential of nuclear energy to drive growth if the government loosened its grip on the market. They also delve into the parallels between environmentalism and religion and the importance of economic growth and innovation in addressing environmental issues. Finally, they discuss the dangers...

“Wokeness” Silences Voices with Jennifer Sey - The Vivek Show

In this episode, Vivek Ramaswamy and Jennifer Sey engage in a thought-provoking conversation about the definition and potential dangers of "woke" culture, particularly in relation to free speech and corporate America. Jennifer Sey, a former executive who left her job after expressing an unpopular opinion on school closures, shares her personal experiences navigating the world of wokeness. They discuss the impact of wokeness on various aspects of society, including the creation of hostile work environments, censorship, and the importance of maintaining apolitical spaces in a diverse democracy.

Jennifer Anne Sey is a former artistic gymnast, author, and...