Lot of rumbling lately about Russia and incursions – minor or otherwise – into Ukraine. There's no better resource for the latest updates on this than our man in Ukraine, Reuben Johnson. He looks at a number of topics today, including hastily scheduled and ultimately unproductive negotiations between Russia and the U.S. regarding Ukraine, Biden's press conference last week and the implications from that, and the true state of Putin's government and the rest of Russia. He also discusses the pervasive surveillance state in China and what journalists will have to face during the upcoming Olympic games.
Today we continue our thread on geopolitics with part one of a two-part interview with Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson (thebulwark.com). He examines the precarious position Taiwan finds itself with China potentially emboldened to take over the small island country. He also looks at the sudden cancellation of Hong Kong passports, the history of Hong Kong along with China prematurely breaking the 1997 agreement, and finally China's social credit score system – and how we're seeing a similar version of it pop up here in the United States.
Join us tomorrow for part two of the conversation with Reuben Johnson where he and John discuss several cultural issues in the U.S.
Why did our freedom revolution in the U.S. and by extension the UK, work but the revolution in France fail? In this week's boralogue, John looks at the tale of two revolutions and how ours has worked and why it still succeeds. Some of the things that caused the other revolution to ultimately fail, however, are starting to crop up here and threaten the continued success of our great experiment. It is up to us to keep that from happening.
Did the coronavirus originate with tainted food or is there a more sinister backstory? Joining us is Brandon Weichert (www.weichertreport.com), Manager of the Weichert Report, who points out that there is a military-run virology lab in Wuhan, China that may or may not be a bio-weapons lab. He covers China's tactics with intellectual property theft and coveting of scientists from around the world, both of which could have led to this coronavirus crisis.
How has the coronavirus affected the stock markets, both here and around the world? Dr. Michael Busler (www.stockton.edu), Professor of Finance at Stockton University, joins us to discuss the psychology of markets and his views on how much of an impact the virus will make on global economics.
As a federal bureaucrat, do you have loyalty to your agency and your director, or do you have loyalty to the Constitution? We welcome to the program retired FBI Special Agent David Baldovin, who examines the need for reform in government agencies and the inevitable circling of the wagons when one of their own is on the hook for corruption. Fighting the good fight shows who and what you are loyal to.
John's quote of the week:
"Why, if we are such a terrible country (as we have been lectured about over the last thirty or forty years), do thousands and thousands of people want to come here? Why isn't it so good where they are? This is a glaring contradiction in what the media are preaching at us."
On this week's extra segment, we play an interview from June 2002 with the now late Christopher Story about Germany's attempt to dominate the EU and competition with Russia to build a new soviet reaching from the Atlantic to the Pacific.