Episode 7: Both major political tribes have a lot to worry about post-election

Michael Schaus, Robert Fellner

Free to Offend Episode 7

Both Republicans and Democrats are going to have to swallow some very unpleasant truths if they expect to actually learn anything useful from this year’s election. Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus and Robert Fellner dive into the election outcomes, and beyond the partisan shouting match, to discuss what, exactly, those lessons might be.  

Indeed, woke politics, Trumpism, populism and tribalism played complex roles in this year’s election. And now, those same forces—not to mention the way each political tribe will spin results to suit its narrative—make it highly unlikely either party is prepared for any serious or honest self-reflection. Some races, however, demonstrated a real opportunity for individuals who were willing to break away from the loudest factions within their respective party.  

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Free to Offend:
A podcast that radically defends free speech by regularly practicing it.

Produced by Nevada Policy Research Institute,
featuring Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus and Robert Fellner.

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Robert Fellner

Robert Fellner

Policy Director

Robert Fellner joined the Nevada Policy in December 2013 and currently serves as Policy Director. Robert has written extensively on the issue of transparency in government. He has also developed and directed Nevada Policy’s public-interest litigation strategy, which led to two landmark victories before the Nevada Supreme Court. The first resulted in a decision that expanded the public’s right to access government records, while the second led to expanded taxpayer standing for constitutional challenges in Nevada.

An expert on government compensation and its impact on taxes, Robert has authored multiple studies on public pay and pensions. He has been published in Business Insider, Forbes.com, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, RealClearPolicy.com, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, ZeroHedge.com and elsewhere.

Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.