You have to ask critical questions in order to cut through the noise and get to the bottom of any issue. In this week's boralogue, John looks at several news stories – protests in Ecuador, global warming outrage, calling out hate speech – and asks the critical question in each instance. Once you know what to watch for, getting at the real issue underneath the noise is easy. It's also essential.
The Amazon Synod is underway in Rome but what is it exactly? Dr. Matthew Bunson (www.ncregister.com), Faculty Chair at Catholic Distance University, joins us to explain the different issues expected to be discussed at the Synod as well as the possibility of certain Catholic traditions being altered.
A Christian high school student was told to either recite the Islamic conversion creed for her history class or receive a failing grade. Richard Thompson (www.thomasmore.org), President and Chief Legal Counsel for Thomas More Law Center, discusses the ensuing legal case against the school and points out the double standard behind allowing Islam in schools but not Christianity.
Collectivism has invaded the classroom in the form of socialist-themed textbooks. Dr. Ileana Johnson (www.ileanajohnson.com), speaker and freelance writer at Canadian Free Press, examines how socialists have infiltrated our education system and shows how history is being revised in America's schools away from a fact-based curriculum and toward a more globalist feelings-based narrative.
Has Google cornered the online search market? Is Facebook an internet commons or is it a platform? Michael Busler (www.stockton.edu), Professor of Finance at Stockton University, dives into these questions and asserts that since Google has a stranglehold on online searches, they are able to influence us in retail spaces and even possibly in the voting booth.
John's quote of the week:
"Here's the killer question: who gets to determine what is and what is not hate speech or disinformation? They inevitably say that it will be a consortium of 'experts' or those who supposedly do fact checking. But the real answer you cannot get. And that's why you never ever want to prevent free speech. It's totalitarians who are always trying to muzzle free speech – unless of course it's their speech."
In this week's Extras segment, we play John's boralogue, an interview with Art Crino, and a part of a speech John gave at a Steeling the Mind conference - all from the August 13, 2011 episode of Steel. Marxism, Saul Alinsky, and radical changes in America are all discussed.