Yesterday we started a conversation with Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson about the geopolitical outlook between China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the U.S. Today we continue that discussion, looking at the state of America's biased media and comparisons to Russian TV and newspapers. John and Reuben also discuss what will become of the Republican party following President Trump's exit from the White House and they take a deep dive into the worldview of the Left and how that has influenced Western society.
China is positioning itself in various arenas to become the world's biggest superpower and thus de facto leader on the world stage. Retired U.S. Navy Intelligence Captain James Fanell is back with us today from his home in Switzerland to lend his geopolitical expertise. He looks at the disingenuous words coming from Chinese leadership about how they want unity and peace, but their actions say something completely different. Under President Trump, we were attempting to stay even with China, but with the new Biden administration, the fear is we will lose any tactical advantage we once had. From a military buildup that is vastly outpacing the U.S. to their efforts at information warfare online, China is set to surpass the U.S. as the world's most dominant superpower.
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.
The media in the Westersphere seems focused on ratings and not on substance. They play semantic games instead of focusing on reality. In today's boralogue, John looks at the reality going on in the world, with global geopolitics and the unfair, and sometimes completely absent, coverage that it gets. Free speech no matter where it's at is in serious jeopardy. Complex issues are dealt with in clichés and when the clichés no longer work, force and violence is used instead. To best prepare for this, we must orient ourselves to reality before watching the semantic games that are being played.
It's easy to be overwhelmed as a deluge of news bombards us from all directions. In this week's boralogue, John rises above the noise and looks at where we stand, including the narrow path between fighting the virus and fighting problems that arise from a slow economy, and how progressive narratives are being uprooted in the virus's wake. The best way to get through all the noise, however, is with faith in God, who is our anchor point.
A new battle has erupted on an old narrative: homeschooling is bad for students. Michael Farris (www.hslda.org), Chairman of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, shows that educrats have always disregarded parental values in favor of the progressive ideologies of teachers. With homeschools gaining in popularity, now these educrats are fighting back.
How are Russia and Vladimir Putin dealing with the geopolitics surrounding this pandemic? Craig Reed (www.wcraigreed.com), former U.S. Navy Diver and Co-Founder of Us4Warriors Veterans Foundation, analyzes how Vladimir Putin navigates the global chess board as leader of Russia, how he came to power, and what Western leaders should do to compete.
Steve Elwart, Director of Systems Engineering for Ergon Refining in Mississippi, joins us for the rest of the program to examine all aspects of the oil industry from extracting it out of the ground to delivery at the gas station as well as prices on the oil market. He and John then discuss how different the world will be when we emerge from this pandemic.
John's quote of the week:
With regard to public schools versus homeschools: “Do the views of the parents get reflected in what's taught in the school or is government dictating to the students and to the parents what will be taught? Totalitarian societies dictate. Free societies do not.”
On this week's extra segment, we play an interview with Victor Davis Hanson from a little over a year ago where he discusses the reason for President's Trump's victory in 2016, mistakes that those on Left make regarding the president, and a few critiques of the administration. John follows up with some analysis on free speech and the economy.