Will there be consequences to this onrush of economic sanctions against Russia? Is politics overshadowing economics to the detriment of people worldwide? Joining us today is Tho Bishop (mises.org), Assistant Editor of the Mises Wire at the Mises Institute. He discusses how politicians here and in other countries are largely ignorant about economics, putting political righteousness over sound policy. He also looks at the very real possibility that the sanctions process being used against Putin right now will most likely be used against 'domestic terrorists' in America soon. Is there any way off this road to high inflation and economic destruction? If there is, it won't be on a political road.
Whenever you see a list of the ten best presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln almost always comes in at number one. And with exception to the Gettysburg Address, his most important speech may have been his second inaugural address. Joining us today to talk about this is Diana Schaub (loyola.edu), Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. She examines Lincoln's humility, his desire to move away from vengeance once the war was over, his use of religion in the speech, and his need to unite a divided country. She and John also look at the spirit of 1776 versus the hopelessness of 1619.
The reason for much of the strife we see today, including what happened in Afghanistan as well as the failure of the woke ideology in the U.S., is the stark difference in right vs left worldviews. First up this week is Jason Ross (liberty.edu), Interim Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. He looks at one aspect of the leftist worldview – America is evil because of our past with slavery. What sets America apart, though, is that we got rid of slavery. Our founding documents and Judeo-Christian foundation paved the way for this. So the leftist narrative that we are evil because of our past with slavery ignores our history.
As Afghanistan spirals out of control, another country is spiraling down in a different way. Australia has gone into lockdown again, causing some to wonder if the country is turning back into a penal colony. Joining us from Down Under is Matthew Wong (discernable.io), Founder of Discernable media. He describes some of the draconian measures authorities are taking in his country. The government keeps moving the goalposts to hold on to power. Matt and John debate the best way to make people realize that the totalitarians are here.
Finally this week we dive into the world of cyber attacks and espionage. Weifeng Zhong (policychangeindex.org), Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is with us. He discusses what little our government is doing to protect citizens and its own assets from cyber attacks. The powers that be, however, are not seriously looking at the problem because the politically correct thing to do is to not criticize the number one cyber attacker in the world – China.
John finishes up the program with some thoughts on what happened in Afghanistan.
Joining us today is Jason Ross (liberty.edu), Interim Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. He takes a look at the history of slavery in the U.S. and puts into perspective our country's role in the practice. Slavery has existed in one form or another globally for all of human existence. Yes, even in the U.S. What sets America apart is that we got rid of it. Our founding documents and our Judeo-Christian foundation paved the way for this. And the narrative from CRT peddlers today that we are an irredeemable country because of racism simply does not hold up under the factual reality of our history.
Happy Memorial Day everyone! In this special holiday podcast, John gives you a behind the scenes perspective on Steel on Steel and why it is we do what we do. He explains why he puts his heart and soul into the show, highlighting the shifts in economics, politics, and religion throughout history that have influenced his thinking. If you're going to take the time to listen, we're going to take the time to put out something worth listening to. On this Memorial Day (and always), we honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. And we honor the One who sacrificed His life so that we may have eternal freedom.
Is the United States going through a fundamental transformation? If so, what does that look like and what are the underlying factors? Joining us today is Dr. Alex Joffe (besacenter.org), Senior Non-Resident at the BESA Center, who examines how we are following in the footsteps of Europe toward the rabbit hole of Marxism. Those attempting to transform this country are using the moral panic of racism to justify pushing their agenda. Free speech and religion are for the first time in our country's history being seriously challenged. It's not popular which is why dissent to their methods is being shut down.
Radical leftists are trying to fundamentally transform our country. As a result, people are pushing back in several different ways. The first way can be found in turning the left's sanctuary status campaign back around on them. Joining us this week from the Oklahoma State House of Representatives are Speaker Charles McCall and Representative Jay Steagall. They discuss State House Bill 1236, which gives the state the power to review and if needed overrule executive orders from Washington DC that violate the Constitution. States are beginning to fight back by exercising their tenth amendment rights.
Another example of pushing back against the radicals can be seen in the state of Oregon right now. Michael McCarter (greateridaho.org), President of Move Oregon's Border, describes his group's initiative to transfer several eastern counties in Oregon into the state of Idaho, effectively moving the border between each state. There are several steps to make this happen, but the initiative is now on the May 2021 ballot in Oregon. There is a great frustration among many conservatives who are forced to live with terrible policies just because they reside inside a blue state's borders. We'll see if their effort to escape that will be successful.
Finally this week, John and Producer Steve sit down to look at some of the crazier ways that people are pushing back, including conspiracy theories and civil wars. A civil war is being waged in both political parties between the establishment types and those that want change. There are also conspiracy theories surrounding not only the January 6 incident at the Capitol, but also with vaccines. With so much misinformation flowing from politicians and the media, people are finding all sorts of ways to cope and push back against the radicals.
Misinformation, fake news, possible civil wars, conspiracies – they are all swirling out there. How can you make sense of it all? John and Producer Steve sit down today for a round table discussion. There is a civil war occurring in both political parties between the establishment types and those that want change. There are conspiracy theories surrounding not only the January 6 incident at the Capitol, but also with vaccines. And of course, climate change is creating controversy whenever it's mentioned. John and Steve look at all of this and more on today's podcast.
The country needs reform – the question is how will that be accomplished? Joining us today is Larry Klayman (freedomwatchusa.org), Founder and Chairman of Freedom Watch, who shares details from his new book, It Takes a Revolution. The American people can take back this country from the corrupt bureaucrats by rising up and forcing change. He looks at citizen juries and citizen's arrests as good starting points. What we're experiencing now may very closely mirror the days leading up to 1776 – the people are not represented by their leaders.
In this time of intense division, it is easy to see those from the other side of the ideological aisle as being the enemy. But the first step in bridging the divide is to try and have a conversation. John reaches out on today's podcast to Mark Sommer, an award-winning radio and print journalist – and noted progressive – to have that conversation. They use climate change and alternative fuels as their conversation catalyst. Unless people can push aside their differences and come up with realistic solutions that work on the ground, the divide doesn't get bridged and nothing is ever accomplished.