All good things must come to an end. After nearly 32 years on the air, this week marks the final radio broadcast of the Steel on Steel program. John kicks off the show by pulling together all we've learned in three decades about how the world works, how we got to where we are today, and where we can expect to head in the future. He leaves a lasting legacy to you, our loyal listeners.
To help John make sense of the changes in America over the last 30 years, he welcomes one of the show's earliest friends, Rabbi Burt Yellin of Messianic Congregation Roeh Israel in Denver, Colorado (roehisrael.org). Past mistakes are coming home to roost and those in power now haven't learned from them because they're proposing the same failed solutions today.
John finishes out the show with one more review, documenting the fellow travelers on the globalist train over the last century and how it affects us today. He then says goodbye to you, the listener.
On behalf of John; his incredible wife Carol who has been the glue that holds us all together; Brad, who solves every problem that comes across his path and keeps us relevant online; Producer Steve, who has had the privilege of occasionally joining John on the microphone for the last quarter of the show's tenure; and from everyone else involved in the show – thanks to all of you for your prayers, your kindness, and your loyalty over the years!
What have we learned in 30+ years of a daily talk show called, Steel on Steel? With an eye to the future, John does an extended boralogue reviewing all the rules we have established for interpreting what politicians say, include the Three Rules of a Bureaucracy, the Four Questions to ask when a politician says something, How to Detect the Single Standard under a Double Standard and others.
Rabbi Burt Yellin of Messianic Congregation Roeh Israel in Denver, Colorado was a friend of Steel on Steel from its beginning in 1990. His keen insights provide some sense to the changes America has experienced during that time. This is true especially now that we are plowing into a period when the effects of past mistakes come home to roost and even greater mistakes of the past will be proposed once more as a solution.
For years congresses and presidents have been 'kicking the can down the road' when it comes to fiscal responsibility, always putting off to the future making hard economic and political decisions required to rein in runaway spending, taxation, and inflation. Now they've run out of kicking room, inflation is soaring and energy costs are going crazy, and reality is becoming real. Whom will they blame when the music stops this time? Certainly not themselves. What's our society going to look like as all sorts of things Americans expect to have no longer materialize? Time for a six-month checkup with futurist James Kunstler (kunstler.com).
People around the world need to hear and read the Word of God, but rarely do we talk about that need in South America. Joining us today is David Witt (spritofmartyrdom.com), Chief Executive Officer of Spirit of Martyrdom International. He describes the need for God's Word in Venezuela and Colombia and what his organization is doing to provide Bibles and leadership in churches there. God is using the oppressive economic and cultural environment caused by the socialist government in Venezuela to begin a revival of the Christian Church and a renewal of the hearts of citizens, including those in hard-to-reach tribal areas.
There are two characteristics that are emerging on the global stage covering a panoply of issues. John flies solo to open the program this week, identifying these two issues as eroding confidence in our public officials and their tendency to enforce rules and regulations arbitrarily. He gives a few examples in the world economy where these issues are causing substantial erosion. He then goes on to give the history of the dollar as the world's reserve currency, describing the many sleights of hand used to manipulate and weaponize the dollar over the last 75 years. The result is the economic mess we find ourselves in today.
Cancel culture is pervasive today, not just in economics, but across all aspects of society. How did it get to this point and is there a way to stop it? Joining us today is Mark Bauerlein (firstthings.com), Senior Editor at First Things and Professor Emeritus of English at Emory University. He shows how the younger generations are learning this canceling behavior, both online and in schools, parlaying that on to college campuses and then into the workplace. Many Christian denominations have fallen prey to this as well. But if enough people stand up, call it out, and reject it, we can put a stop to it.
What is the advantage of an armed citizenry? Finishing out the program this week is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. He looks at the advantage the U.S. has in having an armed citizenry, including the importance of the Second Amendment. No one has ever invaded America, most likely because we have millions of armed citizens. He also advocates for bringing back a well-regulated militia – a controversial idea to the left but an important one to discuss.
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.
Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, the government in Kiev began arming its citizens. If they had already been armed, would it have made a difference? Back with us today is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. He looks at the advantage the U.S. has in having an armed citizenry, including the importance of the Second Amendment. We need that amendment because we didn't ever want to have to fight off a major world power again to gain our freedom. Plus, having millions of armed citizens is most likely why no other power has tried to invade us. He also advocates for bringing back a well-regulated militia – a controversial idea to the left but an important one to discuss.
Russia has invaded Ukraine. John managed to contact Reuben Johnson, our source on the ground in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv. Reuben discusses the reality of the situation there: the backed up roadways, the nightly curfews, the military vehicles grinding their way through town. He and John have a casual, non-interview-type conversation between two friends about the real-life conditions in a country being invaded by a superpower. Please pray for Reuben and the people of Ukraine as they endure this military onslaught.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked this week the Emergencies Act in an effort to defeat the trucker Freedom Convoy – a rally that has occupied parts of Ottawa for three weeks to protest Trudeau's stifling Covid mandates. John and Producer Steve discuss the implications of the Emergencies Act and compare it to Hitler and the leadup to Nazi rule in the 1930s. Anyone who opposes the government's – whether it be in Canada or the U.S. – official position will be branded a terrorist and once that happens, the government's actions against those people, no matter how egregious and anti-freedom, will be deemed justified. It's a dangerous precedent to set.