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John Loeffler

December 11, 2021

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It is said that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. But the lesson that history teaches is that most people don't know the lessons of history. Here this week to help us understand the mindset of progressives – a group that never seems to learn from history – is Pedro Blas Gonzalez (barry.edu), Professor of Philosophy at Barry University. He looks at why people and leaders in totalitarian societies have behaved the way they have throughout history. Understanding their motivation helps to explain the illogic and contradictions constantly bandied about by the Left today. And it helps clarify for us what the truth really is.

One lesson we can learn from history is from the people and movements surrounding the fall of Communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Spotlighting both Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity movement in Poland is Stephanie Slade (reaosn.com), Managing Editor at Reason Magazine. She examines how the people in Poland never gave up on freedom, even when the powers that be tried to take it from them. Eventually, they had had enough, decided they were no longer going to live that way, and together with Pope John Paul II and others, planted the seeds of destruction for Communism. It's a great history lesson for today.

John finishes up the show this week highlighting inconsistencies in history. When flip flopping narratives replace truth, the solid foundation you built your belief or your society on begins to be overshadowed by other, less important things. That's when historical truth is forgotten and mistakes that shouldn't be made are made all over again.

Seth Gruber: Silent No More

Broadcast Running Time: 30:06

John Loeffler

December 2, 2021

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Following up on John's boralogue from yesterday regarding the abortion debate, we welcome gifted pro-life speaker and host of the UnAborted! podcast Seth Gruber (sethgruber.com) to the show today.  He and John tackle the silence from the Christian church in regards to abortion and compare it to silence from the church in the past.  Seth looks at the benefits of speaking up and fighting to protect the unborn and the successes that he's had.  Eventually everyone will have to make a stand and make a choice.  Silence may be that choice, but even silence will speak loudly about where you stand on the issue.

It hurts the brain sometimes to try and make sense of the constant contradictions of the progressive ideology. Joining us today to sort through a lot of it is Pedro Blas Gonzalez (barry.edu), Professor of Philosophy at Barry University near Miami, Florida. He dives into the progressive mindset and looks at the history of why people and leaders in totalitarian societies behave the way they do. It helps to explain the illogicity behind the contradictions we hear from the far left in today's society. It all boils down to power and the willingness to do anything and everything to get it and to keep it.

Annie Holmquist: Homeschool Tipping Point

Broadcast Running Time: 20:50

John Loeffler

September 10, 2021

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One of the few silver linings to come out of the Covid pandemic is that parents were jolted awake by what their children were being exposed to in schools. As a result, homeschool enrollment – and rejection of public schools – skyrocketed. Joining us today is Annie Holmquist (intellectualtakeout.org), Editor at The Intellectual Takeout and a former homeschool student. The tipping point for homeschooling to gather massive influence is when 10% of school age children are enrolled. A recent Census Bureau study states that as of the fall of 2020, the percentage of homeschool children in the United States has risen to 11%. Why has it gone up and where will it go from here?

Fanning the Flames in Israel

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:18

It's time we had an honest discussion about how the media are fanning the flames of violence in Israel. John and Producer Steve open the program this week by looking at the events that have led up to the current violence. They discuss how Hamas uses civilians as human shields, but Israel's forces do all they can to minimize civilian casualties when they retaliate. But the media unilaterally condemns Israel and favors Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. It's working only because the media play their part.

Not since the famous Heller decision has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case centering around whether the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment can extend outside of the home. He examines the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. SCOTUS will hear arguments in October so stay tuned.

One reason our education system is failing is that children are being told what to think, not how to think. They are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Closing out the show this week is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. His studies show that students are free thinkers when they interact socially, but in the classroom, they shut down and are told what to think by educators. He describes what other countries are doing to fix their education problems and offers solutions for the U.S. He also gives parents some logical exercises to help their children think and reason better.

Children are being told what to think, not how to think; they are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Joining us today is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. He shows that students are active and free thinkers a lot of times when they interact, but in the classroom, that thought process goes away and they are told what to think by educators. He shows what other countries are doing to fix that problem and offers solutions for the U.S. education system. He also points out simple, logical exercises parents can do with their children to help them think and reason better.

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Deconstructing the Safe Space

Broadcast Running Time: 1:19:23

John Loeffler

October 24, 2020

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How did we ever get to a point where we have such rampant cancel culture in Western civilization? Opening the show this week, John looks at the change in education over the past three decades from logical thinking to consensus thinking. As a result, people have built safe spaces when they are faced with facts antithetical to their worldview. Shaming us isn't working anymore so they have moved on the next step – cancel culture.

What are the consequences of unfettered immigration and the reluctance to identify problems due to political correctness? Christine Douglass-Williams (www.frontpagemag.com), Associate Editor at FrontPage Magazine, joins us to discuss open immigration in her home country of Canada, how certain organizations are able to take advantage of leftist policies, and the possibility of terrorists entering the U.S. along the border with Canada.

John finishes up this week examining two important topics. First, he tackles the economic reality facing the U.S. and the world along with the traps and pitfalls that mark the leadup to a socialist takeover of an economy. Finally, he covers how the climate change narrative is failing after emissions were lowered this year, but at the cost of lives and the economy. It doesn't stop die-hard climate alarmists, though, from doing anything they can to keep the narrative alive.