Sep 15, 2018

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Social Climate

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If socialism is such a wonderful concept, why does it always fail and result in tragic results? In this week’s boralogue, John looks at the evils of socialism using Nicaragua and Venezuela as case studies, contrasting the totalitarianism in those countries with the freedoms our Constitution provides here. The media will always praise socialism but we know the truth: it fails whenever it rears its Marxist head.

Social justice has morphed into a politically correct cudgel against free speech, but did it start out that way? Michael Rectenwald (www.springtimeforsnowflakes.com), Liberal Studies Professor at NYU, rejoins the program to discuss how the origins of social justice were rooted in conservatism and family, but from there morphed into its current form of political correctness and totalitarianism.

After so many years of so-called importance, why is the issue of climate change found near the bottom of many people’s concern lists now? Anthony Watts (www.wattsupwiththat.com), Founder and Editor of climate blog Watts Up With That, looks at both the history and future of climate change mania and notes the coercive tactics that alarmists have used to enforce their narrative.

The Catholic Church abuse scandal could be worse than many realize. Philip Lawler (www.catholicculture.org), Director of Catholic Culture, examines the internal politics of the Church, how the Pope factors into it, and the often overlooked need for reform.

John’s quote of the week:
“In free societies, the laws are limited and very clear. In totalitarian societies, they are many and they are vague. That way anyone can be guilty whenever they have to be. So people start self-censoring for fear of arbitrarily violating these norms, which are constantly changing.”

In this week’s Section 6, John contemplates the meaning of life, dives into an alien conspiracy theory, shows the totalitarian mindset among different groups, follows up with news on the Catholic Church, and finishes up with a Christian persecution update.

 

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Apr 29, 2017

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Geopolitically Correct

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Language and words are important in today’s political and theological debates, but leftists are looking to shut down debate by changing the definitions of words. In this week’s boralogue, John shows the devolution of free speech in Berkeley from the 1960s through today. We can allow people to speak as we do in a free society. We can ban all speech as they do in totalitarian countries. Or we pick and choose like we’re doing now.

The Iran agreement in 2015 by the Obama administration has had problems from the outset. Emily Landau (www.inss.org.il), Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel examines the agreement’s shortcomings and how the United States will proceed with Iran under President Trump.

Narratives by the Left and the media about Russian collusion with Donald Trump have turned out to be untrue. Cliff Kincaid (www.aim.org), Director of the Center for Investigative Journalism at Accuracy in Media joins us to discuss narrative spinning once wiretap allegations against Team Trump proved to be true and what’s really happening behind the scenes between Russia and the U.S.

Socialism has never succeeded at any time in history and current events in Venezuela are no exception. Marian Tupy (www.cato.org), Senior Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, relates his experience growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia, explaining the realities of socialism, and warns us that the U.S. is walking down a dangerous path.

John’s quote of the week:
“Speech that upsets people is not protected but it’s OK when their speech upsets people. And despite all the blather about what speech is protected and what isn’t, since shaming isn’t working anymore, the whole effort now is to shut people up while pretending that you’re not shutting people up.”

This week during our Section 6 Intelligence Briefing, John addresses the topic of freedom of speech as well as more coverage on the ‘Fake News’ phenomenon.

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Mar 25, 2017

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We Don’t Need No Education Department

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After this week’s terror attack in London, the usual uproar about who was responsible began. In this week’s boralogue, John looks at how the West has gradually weakened itself, refusing to see or talk about the real enemy, while adherents to sharia law have preyed on those weaknesses to grow bolder and stronger in attacking us. We need to identify our enemy, defy political correctness, and stay quiet no longer.

Why are so many education elites opposing school choice? If public schools are so great, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Vicki Alger (www.independent.org), Research Fellow at the Independent Institute joins us to discuss the freedoms of school choice programs, eliminating the Department of Education, and fighting to reform education in this country.

Most ex-presidents step aside after leaving office and allow their successor to run the country. President Obama is doing no such thing. Matthew Vadum (www.matthewvadum.com), Senior Vice President at Capital Research Center shows how Obama’s group, Organizing for Action, is using Alinsky methods to keep his legacy alive and discredit President Trump.

Socialism throughout history has never worked and nowhere is that more evident today than in Venezuela. Russell Dallen (www.laht.com), Editor-in-Chief of the Latin American Herald Tribune and Venezuela expert, points out that despite having vast oil reserves, socialist leaders have driven the country’s financial system into the ground, hurting citizens and affecting economies around the world.

John’s quote of the week:
“Truth is the first casualty of any war. Sun Tzu was the first to enunciate such concepts. The trick is to make your enemy believe you are where you aren’t, you aren’t where you are, you’re not doing what you’re actually doing, and you’re not doing what he thinks you’re doing. If you can get your enemy to believe you’re not a threat, you’re in a much better position to organize an attack.”

This week during Section 6, John covers the differences between the Old Testament vs the New Testament, and moral equivalence between Christianity and Islam.

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Oct 15, 2016

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Mask for Anti-Semitism

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Allegations against the presidential candidates are being bandied about by both sides and most people are getting fed up. In this week’s boralogue, John looks at the flawed nature of humans, the Left’s disdain for Christianity, and the massive division and bias among media outlets. If you want to get at the heart of what’s really going on, watch what they have done not what they say.

Is it possible to separate criticism of Israel from anti-Semitism? Joshua Muravchik (www.joshuamuravchik.com), Fellow at the World Affairs Institute joins us to discuss anti-Semitic activity within different groups, the UN and its panoply of resolutions against Israel, and an ideological reversal of the Left’s position.

Persecution of Christians and other religious groups is on the rise in Pakistan and Thailand. Jennifer Breedon (www.clarionproject.org), Legal Analyst for the Clarion Project looks at Christian minorities within Muslim-dominated refugee camps and how political correctness gets in the way of U.S. aid to the persecuted.

Finally, we look at Venezuela and the ravages of socialism there. Susan Warner (www.israelolivetree.org), Co-Founder of Olive Tree Ministries rejoins the program and reveals the horrors of everyday life in Venezuela and the Maduro government’s refusal to accept aid from other countries.

John’s quote of the week:
“Government is now very very corrupt. It’s being used as a hammer to suppress free speech and it needs reformation before it drags us all over a cliff. The chief target is going to be the abolishment of freedom of speech and religion, and the battleground is going to be over the First Amendment.”

As always, join us online for our Section 6 intelligence briefing featuring analysis by John on important stories highlighting emerging geopolitical trends around the world.

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