Once a month, John is a guest on local radio station KYMS here in the Inland Northwest with host Lee Lancaster. This month, John and Lee discuss how the mainstream media insists on reporting that America is severely divided, despite the fact that most people don't feel that way. They also cover the shooting in Boulder, Colorado and the false assumption narratives perpetuated by the media and politicians before any of the facts came out. John also gives a sobering report on persecution in Nigeria, Myanmar, Mozambique, and China.
Do you ever feel like we're sleepwalking toward a disaster in the near future? Former British Army Colonel Richard Kemp (www.richard-kemp.com) is with us from the United Kingdom to look at how Europe and the UK tend to appease their enemies rather than stand up to them. Narratives play a large part in appeasement, which is why the narrative purveyors – the media – do not like the Trump administration's tendency to stand up against our enemies. They shut down debate and when we can't face the problem head on, disaster awaits.
Like most things that don't succeed, Marxism has had to shift its focus over the years. We welcome author and speaker Steve Turley (www.turleytalks.com) who looks at how Marxism has shifted its focus from an economic one to a cultural one. In order to take over the culture, there had to be a unity among disparate “oppressed” groups against a common enemy or “oppressor” group. Even when it has been proven that racism today is lower than it's ever been in our country, the focus then shifted to systemic racism.
Finally this week, John examines the narrative currently pushed by some in this country that the United States is awful and racist and there is oppression against certain groups of people. Oppression has been the norm of history, even in some parts of the world today. Overcoming it, like the United States has done, is unique. Our values led us to eliminate slavery and advocate for equality of all people. So this ‘America is an oppressor' narrative is patently and historically false. For us to survive, truth must prevail.
John covers some extra stories today on the Premium podcast in a special reboot of the weekend program segment formerly referred to as our 'Section 6' weekly Intelligence Brief.
Today's topics include recent violence in Sweden and the reasons behind it, violations of free speech across Europe, and how political correctness is hampering the ability to deal with reality. One example of that can be found in the climate change narrative: when power is cut back because fossil fuels are “evil,” violence and rioting ensue. There’s a divergence from reality and it’s causing chaos around the world.
What happens when a false narrative falls apart? In this week's boralogue, John looks at the three stages of a collapsing narrative. First, there is the explaining away of inconsistencies which quickly moves to shutting people up through censorship. Those of us who know the truth must then use our freedom of speech to counter with facts. Finally, when they've been caught with their hand in the cookie jar, they simply redesign the cookie jar by claiming they were always for the now evident truth and hope that no one notices. Moving on, not repentance, is the way of politics it seems.
Building on last week's boralogue, John looks at the current battles being waged in front of and behind the scenes to explain what we are seeing today. There are many revolutions, including the battle between freedom and Marxism, as well as fractures within both major political parties between those who want the status quo and those who advocate for massive change. These revolutions are playing out in our cities and on our televisions right now.
These riots and protests and revolutions are not this country's first rodeo. Former FBI Counter-terrorism Assistant Director Terry Turchie (www.tkassociatesllc.com) joins us to examine anarchists of yesteryear, such as the Weather Underground, and compare them to the radicals we see today. For one political party, today's platform is yesterday's manifesto.
Just like oil and water, Communism and Christianity do not mix. Geopolitical analyst Brandon Weichert (www.weichertreport.com) is back with us to discuss how the Christian Church in China has become an increasing threat to the ruling power, and how that power is stifling speech and freedom by shuttering churches and persecuting believers.
If you are feeling angst this week amidst all the chaos, you're not alone. In this week's boralogue, John lays out the different levels surrounding the riots and protests. There are those who are fomenting division to further their narrative; power brokers who are funding the riots; and politicians who are taking advantage of it. We're dealing with complex questions, but there's a vested interest behind the scenes to quash the truth and hijack the narrative.
While chaos and anarchy abounds, important information gets drowned out by media reports rife with falsehoods. Back by popular demand is Victor Davis Hanson (www.victorhanson.com), Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He discusses the roles of African-Americans as well as Antifa following the death of George Floyd, and looks at how the media is stoking the fires by its anti-Trump stories and false narratives.
We pivot to another hijacked narrative: school choice and how it's supposedly tied to segregation. Phillip Magness (www.aier.org), Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, debunks that narrative, recalling the true history of school choice and how modern day educrats are the ones trying to eliminate it.
Finally, we look at the base of operations for many hijacked narratives: the college campus. Charles Negy (www.ucf.edu), Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida joins us to discuss his new book on white shaming and show how fairness and equality of standards should be applied to everyone, not just the politically correct.