Jun 1, 2019

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Tech-Knowledge-y

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Are we headed for another Civil War given our tremendous polarization and distaste for compromise? In this week’s boralogue, John looks at how we go to this point of no compromise and how, with the issue of abortion, there is a fundamental difference in worldview that makes it difficult to come together in agreement. If no one backs down, we could be headed for trouble.

Technology in the right hands can work wonders. In the wrong hands, however, it can be a nightmare. Steven Mosher (www.pop.org), President of the Population Research Institute, analyzes China’s social credit score system and describes the tactics used to impugn those with low scores. He goes on to discuss some horrific details behind China’s organ harvesting business.

Social media outlets are abusing technology in the form of censorship against politically incorrect views. Ashkhen Kazaryan (www.techfreedom.org), Director of Civil Liberties at TechFreedom, examines the fight for free speech and questions whether a social media outlet is a public commons or a private company.

How is socialism portrayed in our education system today? Timothy Snowball (www.pacificlegal.org), Attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, discusses the stark difference between socialism and capitalism and shows how students in the West are being fed a false narrative that socialism is preferable to free markets.

John and Steve finish off the show this week looking at the impending “Deal of the Century,” the Trump administration’s proposed peace plan between the Israelis and the Palestinians. How do the media, Western countries, Arab countries, and Israel’s upcoming re-election in September fit in to the Deal of the Century?

John’s quote of the week:
It was 50 years ago that people could disagree and compromise on things. But why is compromise difficult today? The answer to that is: worldview. Before, we had a common worldview working toward different objectives. Today we have a collision of two different worldviews.

In this week’s Extras segment, we go back to August 2008 with Paul Mladjenovic, an investor who grew up in communist Croatia, who advocates for free markets because he and his family have seen the toll that socialism takes on society.

 

06/01/2019 Tech-Knowledge-y

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – John’s Boralogue – No Compromise Could Lead to a Civil War (2:04)
2 – Steven Mosher – China’s Social Credit Score System (13:29)
      Steven Mosher – Organ Harvesting in China (20:50)
3 – Steven Mosher – Future of China (26:23)
      Ashkhen Kazaryan – Social Media: Public Commons or Private Editors? (34:51)
4 – Ashkhen Kazaryan – Fighting for Free Speech (39:46)
5 – Timothy Snowball – Socialism Today (52:40)
6 – John & Steve – Impending Peace Plan in the Middle East (1:06:03)
7 – Extras Segment – 2008 Interview with Paul Mladjenovic on Communist Croatia (1:18:57)

      End of Show (1:51:16)

 

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Sep 2, 2017

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We are skipping the boralogue on this Labor Day weekend and diving right into the show with our first guest. Dan Gainor (www.mrc.org), Vice President of Business and Culture at Media Research Center, compares the Left’s attempts today at revising our history with Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.

Continuing our series on free speech, Edmund Kozak (www.lifezette.com), political reporter with Lifezette, joins us to discuss censorship against conservatives by Facebook and Twitter and whether Google’s immense size qualifies it as a public utility.

Can Islam integrate into Western culture? Award-winning journalist and television producer Christine Douglass-Williams (www.jihadwatch.org) looks at Islam’s struggle between modernizing and retaining sharia law, and the West’s inability to discuss the issue due to political correctness.

Journalistic credibility, already at an historic low, took another hit this week. Curtis Houck (www.newsbusters.org), Managing Editor of NewsBusters, reports that after a Wall Street Journal editor asked his reporters to write fair, opinion-free stories, the New York Times and other leftists expressed outrage. Of course they did.

John’s quote of the week:
“There was an article in the New York Times and the author noted that hate speech was the same as physical violence and therefore we need to treat it that way. Do you realize that if we had had that same litmus test in this country, we never would have had an American revolution? We never would have had a country.”

Our Section 6 intelligence brief is taking Labor Day off, but John will be back next week with more analysis on important stories highlighting emerging geopolitical trends around the world.

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