Just How Broken Is American Politics? - Dean Phillips

Last updated: Jan 21, 2024

The video is about Chris Williamson discussing the state of American politics with Dean Phillips. They discuss the idea of disruption in various industries, including the vodka industry, and how it can lead to success. They also talk about the competitive relationship between different brands in the vodka industry, such as Grey Goose and Badier.

This video by Chris Williamson was published on Jan 20, 2024.
Video length: 59:47.

The video is about Chris Williamson discussing the state of American politics with Dean Phillips.

They talk about the current political climate and the challenges facing the country. They also discuss the importance of finding solutions to these challenges and the need for political leaders to work together to find common ground.

The video is intended to be informative and thought-provoking, and encourages viewers to think critically about the issues facing the country.

  • The vodka industry is a competitive market with two big brands, Grey Goose and Badier, that dominate the category.
  • The ice cream industry is similar to the vodka industry, with two big brands, Ben & Jerry's and Hogedas, that dominate the category.
  • Disruption in the industry and recognition of the size of the market are key factors in success.
  • Chris Williamson shares three lessons he learned from his grandfather, who immigrated from Russia and became a big distributor of spirits in the US.
  • He talks about the importance of treating employees and communities well, and leaving a little something on the table for the next person in negotiations.
  • Chris Williamson believes that business is a means to an end, and the end is not just about accumulating wealth.
  • He emphasizes the importance of sharing the success of the business with as many people as possible in the communities that make it successful.
  • He also talks about the importance of leaving a little something on the table for the next person in negotiations.
  • Chris Williamson believes that the same principles apply to politics.

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The Story of Badier Vodka

  • Badier vodka was founded in 1993 by Eddie Phillips and his father Steve Gil.
  • The idea for Badier vodka was to sell Phillips' Philips Peppermint Schnaps to the Polish market.
  • The trip to Poland in 1993 changed the strategy and led to the discovery of the most beautiful packaging and the most disruptive idea in the spirits industry.
  • Badier vodka was the world's first luxury vodka brand and took on two big brands, Absolut and Stolichnaya.
  • The luxury vodka category was created and endured for over a decade, being replaced by tequila later.
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The Competitive Relationship between Badier and Grey Goose

  • Grey Goose saw Badier vodka's distinctive frosted finish and tried to copy it.
  • Badier also launched another PR brand called Rul R Oh Ohl, which looked like an oil barrel and was meant to take on Jagermeister.
  • Rul R Oh Ohl received more interest and excitement than Badier, but Grey Goose sued and won.
  • The lesson learned is that never ask a graphic design agency to redesign something to make it look worse, as they will make it look better instead.
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The Vodka Industry

  • The vodka industry is a competitive market with two big brands, Grey Goose and Badier, that dominate the category.
  • Badier was initially marketed with a small aperture and Sydney Frank had a huge aperture advertising campaign.
  • Grey Goose outperformed Badier, eventually being sold to LVMH.
  • Syndey Frank sold his brand to Bardi and did even better.
  • The success of Badier was due to disruption in the industry and recognition of the size of the market.
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The Ice Cream Industry

  • The ice cream industry is similar to the vodka industry, with two big brands, Ben & Jerry's and Hogedas, that dominate the category.
  • The founder of Tente Gelato, Josh Haw Schuler, had a gelato shop that was not doing well and found a way to package the gelato in containers for a local grocery store.
  • Tente Gelato was transparent and redefined the package, similar to Badier.
  • Tente Gelato was priced just a little bit higher and elevated the category to an affordable luxury brand.
  • Tente Gelato was sold to Unilever seven years later.
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Lessons Learned

  • Unilever is a more principled corporation that stands by their word and is a company of great character.
  • LVMH and Unilever negotiations taught the importance of being principled and having a company of great character.
  • Chris Voss's principle of never splitting the difference is important in negotiations.
  • It's important to consider the way you leave the world after you leave the negotiation table.
  • Disruption in the industry and recognition of the size of the market are key factors in success.
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The State of American Politics

  • The video is about Chris Williamson discussing the state of American politics with Dean Phillips.
  • They discuss the idea of disruption in various industries, including the vodka industry.
  • They also talk about the competitive relationship between different brands in the vodka industry.
  • Chris Williamson shares three lessons he learned from his grandfather, who immigrated from Russia and became a big distributor of spirits in the US.
  • He talks about the importance of treating employees and communities well, and leaving a little something for the next person in negotiations.
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Lessons Learned from Chris Williamson's Grandfather

  • Chris Williamson's grandfather immigrated from Russia and became a big distributor of spirits in the US.
  • He taught Chris three lessons: money is like manure, business is a means to an end, and you always have to leave a little something on the table for the next person.
  • These lessons emphasize the importance of treating people well and considering their well-being in business and negotiations.
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The Importance of Treating People Well in Business

  • Chris Williamson believes that business is a means to an end, and the end is not just about accumulating wealth.
  • He emphasizes the importance of sharing the success of the business with as many people as possible in the communities that make it successful.
  • He also talks about the importance of leaving a little something on the table for the next person in negotiations.
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The Importance of Treating People Well in Politics

  • Chris Williamson believes that the same principles apply to politics.
  • He talks about the importance of considering the well-being of employees and communities in politics.
  • He also talks about the importance of leaving a little something on the table for the next person in negotiations.
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Chris Williamson's Run for President

  • Chris Williamson is running for president to expose the truth and provide common sense and competency to a place that needs it.
  • He believes that the current culture of government service folks in Congress is a disaster for the United States and the world.
  • He hopes to bring a different perspective to politics and make a positive impact on the country.
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The State of American Politics

  • The video is about Chris Williamson discussing the state of American politics with Dean Phillips.
  • They discuss the idea of disruption in various industries, including the vodka industry.
  • They also talk about the competitive relationship between different brands in the vodka industry.
  • Chris Williamson mentions Grey Goose and Badier as examples of brands in the vodka industry.
  • He also talks about the ineptitude of people in charge in the vodka industry.
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The Problem with Public Service

  • Chris Williamson believes that part of the problem with American politics is that public service and politics are attracting the wrong kind of people.
  • He thinks that people are getting into politics for personal reasons rather than out of principle.
  • He also mentions the culture of condemnation and anger that is prevalent in politics today.
  • Williamson believes that this culture is making it difficult to attract competent and experienced people to government positions.
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The Importance of Public Service

  • Chris Williamson believes that public service is important for the future of America.
  • He thinks that it is necessary to reintroduce the notion of public service to a younger generation.
  • Williamson believes that this will help to attract competent and experienced people to government positions.
  • He also thinks that it will help to change the culture of condemnation and anger that is prevalent in politics today.
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The Role of Fundraising in Politics

  • Chris Williamson believes that fundraising is a major problem in American politics.
  • He thinks that members of Congress are spending too much time raising money rather than getting things done.
  • Williamson believes that this is contributing to the culture of condemnation and anger that is prevalent in politics today.
  • He also thinks that it is making it difficult to attract competent and experienced people to government positions.
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Chris Williamson's Discussion with Dean Phillips

  • Chris Williamson and Dean Phillips discussed the state of American politics.
  • They talked about the idea of disruption in various industries, including the vodka industry.
  • They also discussed the competitive relationship between different brands in the vodka industry.
  • Grey Goose and Badier were mentioned as examples of brands in the vodka industry.
  • Williamson and Phillips talked about the idea of changing the reward system and empowering voters to disempower the wealthy and well-connected in Washington.
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Chris Williamson's Background

  • Williamson lost his dad in Vietnam when he was just six months old.
  • He was adopted into an amazing family with many blessings and love.
  • Williamson believes that everyone who has succeeded had someone who believed in them and gave them a hand.
  • He thinks that the system is stacked to support the wealthy and well-connected.
  • Williamson believes that the system is like a status-driven Ponzi scheme.
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Chris Williamson's Career

  • Williamson made the decision to torpedo his career in the United States Congress after three terms.
  • He resigned his house leadership position and decided to run for president of the United States against a sitting incumbent president.
  • Williamson recognized that if he didn't do this now, he wouldn't be meeting the moment.
  • He believes that Donald Trump is an existential threat to the United States of America and the rest of the world.
  • Williamson believes that people did not say that before Trump's last term.
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The State of American Politics

  • The video is about Chris Williamson discussing the state of American politics with Dean Phillips.
  • They discuss the idea of disruption in various industries, including the vodka industry, and how it can lead to success.
  • They also talk about the competitive relationship between different brands in the vodka industry, such as Grey Goose and Badier.
  • Chris Williamson talks about the state of the Democratic Party and the idea of a different nominee for the 2022 election.
  • He mentions that he is the only person in Congress who is willing to say publicly that he wants a different nominee.
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The 2022 Election

  • Chris Williamson believes that he will ultimately become the Democratic nominee for the 2022 election.
  • He thinks that he will be able to put together a coalition to win the election by inviting Donald Trump supporters.
  • He believes that he will be ahead of Donald Trump in head-to-head polls by June of next year.
  • He thinks that he will be able to win the election by appealing to a wide range of voters.
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