Feb 15, 2020

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Ship of Fools in Socialist Waters

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The Deal of the Century – the new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan – has been proposed, but what is the hang up? In this week’s boralogue, John looks at the need for a viable peace partner. He shows how both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have not exhibited a willingness over the years to work toward peace with Israel. Whether or not they cooperate, the peace train may soon leave the station. And Palestinian leadership may wish they would have boarded.

Gerard LameiroSocialism has never been successfully implemented simply because it can’t be. Author and political forecaster Gerard Lameiro (www.greatnewsforamerica.com) is back with us to discuss several examples of failed socialist governments and how it only stays afloat when capitalism supports it behind the scenes. He also gives his predictions for the 2020 election and the future of the Democrat Party.

Howard HusockSocialism isn’t the only example of government interference and dysfunction. Howard Husock (www.civilsocietyawards.com), Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, describes how federal dollars from our government have changed the character of local civil organizations away from grassroots values and serving the community.

Andrea Picotti-BayerSeparation of church and state has been overused in legal arguments and somewhat misunderstood overall. We round out the show this week with Andrea Picciotti-Bayer (www.thecatholicassociation.org), Legal Advisor for the Catholic Association, who examines the Blaine Amendment in relation to public funding for Catholic schools.

John’s quote of the week:
What happens with socialism is you have big amounts of money, bureaucrats see it, they use giving to XYZ impoverished group as the rationale for taking it. They then seize the money, usually through taxation or other means. They take a huge chunk for themselves. Then they pass along a fraction of what they’ve seized and give it to the target group. That’s the immorality of the system.

On this week’s extra segment, we play a double feature on the European Union from days of Steel past. First up is Robert Congdon from February 2012 followed by Pat Caddell from June 2018. Both give predictions about the future of the EU and it’s interesting to see the difference in opinions that six years makes.

 

02/15/2020 Ship of Fools in Socialist Waters

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – Boralogue – Deal of the Century & the Need for a Peace Partner (2:19)
2 – John Loeffler – Reality Behind Bernie Sanders Socialist Plans (13:29)
      Gerard Lameiro – Socialism is a Disaster Wherever It’s Implemented (18:50)
3 – Gerard Lameiro – Socialism Lasts as Long as Capitalism Supports It (26:23)
4 – Gerard Lameiro – Predictions for 2020 Elections & Future of Democrat Party (39:46)
      John Loeffler – Canadian Healthcare System (48:02)
5 – Howard Husock – Federal Encroachment on Civil Organizations (52:40)
      John Loeffler – Free Speech Violations in Europe & Asset Forfeiture Here (1:03:31)
6 – Andrea Picciotti-Bayer – Public Funding of Catholic Schools (1:06:03)
7 – Extras Segment – Robert Congdon, 02/2012 & Pat Caddell, 06/2018 on the EU (1:18:57)

      End of Show (2:00:04)

 

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Feb 8, 2020

Posted by John Loeffler | Comments Off on Rejection of Reality

Rejection of Reality

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One thing we’re good at here at Steel on Steel is accurately relating how we got to where we are today and making sense of the confusion. In this week’s extended boralogue, John does just that by first giving a backgrounder on how America’s thinking and worldview has evolved over the last century.

He then explains how a worldview has to be based on truth and reality, not on personal feelings because eventually that worldview will be challenged and when it is, you’ll need the right weapons to defend it. He finishes up praising alternative news sources, like talk radio, that helped people realize there were others out there who thought as they did.

Oliver MelnickAntisemitism is growing, not just in the Middle East, but also in Europe and the United States. Olivier Melnick (www.newantisemitism.com), Director at Chosen People Ministries, dissects the different versions of antisemitism and urges Christians to speak out against it or they could be next.

Dr. Vishal MangalwadiSharia law is obviously not compatible with the democracy and freedom in the West. We welcome back to the program Vishal Mangalwadi (www.revelationmovement.com), Founder and President of Book of the Revelation Movement, who is joined by Christian missionary David McDonald. Together they discuss why some Muslims have trouble adapting to Western society, which includes a large amount of misinformation within Islam.

John’s quote of the week:
Whenever you enter a new paradigm, you think the benefits of the old paradigm, like stability, a good economy, and sound families, will all stay in place when you reject the foundation it was built on. That’s what is happening right now, except we’re beginning to reject the rejection; we’re trying to get back to where we came from and re-stabilize. That’s part of the conflict in the body politic today.

On this week’s extra segment, we bring back a favorite that has been on hiatus – namely John’s appearance on local radio station KYMS. John and the host, Lee, in addition to covering the martyred church, discuss a number of topics including the Coronavirus, media narratives, intersectionality, and the inability of progressives to debate.

 

02/08/2020 Rejection of Reality

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – Boralogue – How Thinking Got to Where it is Today (2:12)
2 – Boralogue – Conservative Radio and Worldviews (13:29)
3 – Olivier Melnick – Antisemitism and Christianity (26:24)
4 – Vishal Mangalwadi & David McDonald – Background on Islam & Adapting (39:46)
5 – Vishal Mangalwadi & David McDonald – Can Islam Adapt to the West? (52:40)
6 – Vishal Mangalwadi & David McDonald – Misinformation Within Islam (1:06:03)
      John Loeffler – President Trump’s New Peace Deal (1:12:26)
7 – Extras Segment – John on KYMS from January 31, 2020 (1:18:57)

      End of Show (1:54:55)

 

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Feb 1, 2020

Posted by John Loeffler | Comments Off on End of an Interregnum?

End of an Interregnum?

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It has been a very busy news week, so John will tackle two stories in this week’s boralogue. First up is the Coronavirus, which originated in the central China city of Wuhan. John looks at the facts and how it’s possible that this could be a virus weaponization situation that got out of control. He then pivots to the new peace plan, recounting a few details and whether or not the Palestinians will eventually come to the table.

Joshua PhilippHow does socialism, which fails every time it is implemented, become so popular with media and with students in the West? Answer: lack of education about it. Joshua Philipp (www.theepochtimes.com), Senior Editor at The Epoch Times newspaper, joins us to give a history of Marxism and what it does to a society and how communism tries to supplant religion by becoming its own so-called morality system.

John takes a moment, as Brexit has finally come, to give a backgrounder on the European Union. He plays Nigel Farage’s farewell speech at the EU Parliament this week, highlighting the group’s lust for power, their ability to thwart the will of the people by ignoring referenda, and the rise of pro-sovereignty and populist movements in the West.

Climate Change: A Convenient TruthFinally, we welcome author and retired businessman Jim Hollingsworth (www.co2coalition.org) who discusses his new climate manual that clearly explains several issues surrounding the climate change controversy. Get the manual in kindle or paperback on Amazon here.

John’s quote of the week:
If religion, meaning the religion of the people, does not act as the value system of government, then the government will create its own value system and force it down on the people. That’s what you’re seeing in China today and we’re teeter-tottering with it here in this country.

On this week’s extra segment, we dive into the topic of socialism with two boralogues from years past. First up is an extended boralogue from June 2008 where John outlines the three steps of socialism. That is followed up by a boralogue from September 2009 covering how socialism has affected our education and permeates both sides of the aisle in politics.

 

02/01/2020 End of an Interregnum?

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – Boralogue – Coronavirus Facts (2:26)
      Boralogue – New Middle East Peace Plan (6:00)
2 – John Loeffler – Theological Tide of Islam (13:29)
      Joshua Philipp – Truth About Marxism (16:39)
3 – Joshua Philipp – Roots of the Different Types of Communism (26:23)
4 – Joshua Philipp – Communism as a Replacement for Religion (38:56)
      John Loeffler – The Many Phases of Cultural Marxism (47:09)
5 – John Loeffler – Nigel Farage’s Farewell EU Speech/Pro-Sovereignty (51:50)
6 – Jim Hollingsworth – Climate Change Modeling (1:05:13)
      John Loeffler – Persecution Update (1:12:30)
7 – Extras Segment – Boralogues from 6/2008 & 9/2009 on Socialism (1:18:07)

      End of Show (1:52:30)

 

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Jan 25, 2020

Posted by John Loeffler | Comments Off on Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

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In literature, narratives are often fiction. In both the mainstream media and politics, narratives exhibit the same fictitious nature. In this week’s boralogue, John gives several examples of how the media and politicos have failed to tell the truth lately, including with the gun rights rally in Virginia, with anthropogenic global warming, and with Attorney General William Barr. It turns out you can make this stuff up – and it shows us their true intentions.

Manda ErvinIran is a hot topic in the news but one aspect not covered by the media is how women have been treated there. Manda Zand Ervin (www.allianceofiranianwomen.org), Founder and President of the Alliance of Iranian Women, joins us to recount how Iranian women, who were being oppressed by the mullahs, established a secret underground network in order to survive. Much of this information can be found in her new book, The Ladies’ Secret Society of Iran.

It’s time for a Middle East geopolitical update so we welcome an expert on the subject, Seth Frantzman (www.sethfrantzman.com), Middle East Affairs Analyst at the Jerusalem Post. He examines a deal between Turkey and Russia to partition Libya, an oil pipeline from the region to Eastern Europe, and the interactions between Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.

John and Producer Steve spend a few moments dissecting an opinion piece from the Harvard Law Review that advocates for end-running the Constitution in an attempt to add amendments that would not only give permanent legislative power to liberals but would also ultimately endanger the Republic itself.

John finishes out the show this week with a news story roundup, relating stories from around the world. Included are the impending Brexit, a disastrous new economic plan in Spain, trouble in China regarding the Catholic Church, and several examples of Christian persecution.

John’s quote of the week:
If the people cannot operate on the basis of their conscience and their convicted values and beliefs, what will act as a judge upon the government when the government itself goes corrupt? And governments, believe me, will go corrupt.

On this week’s extra segment, it’s a quadruple feature as we play four interviews from 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Iraqi Christian Relief Council President Juliana Taimoorazy. She recounts the problems and tragedies involving Christians in Iraq from ISIS’s persecution to their troubles with the UN regarding refugee status. With Iraq in the news lately, it’s important to remember those who are suffering for their faith there (and around the world).

 

01/25/2020 Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – Boralogue – Media Bias (2:12)
2 – Manda Zand Ervin – History of Women in Iran (13:29)
3 – Manda Zand Ervin – Current Climate of Iran (26:24)
4 – John Loeffler – Iran’s Treatment of Homosexuals (39:16)
      Seth Frantzman – Middle East Geopolitics: Turkey, Israel, Libya, Russia (40:33)
5 – John & Producer Steve – End-Running the Constitution (52:10)
6 – John Loeffler – Several News Stories from Around the World (1:05:33)
7 – Extras Segment – Four Interviews from Juliana Taimoorazy: 2014-2016 (1:18:27)

      End of Show (1:48:57)

 

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