Division and strife seem to be the norms today. Why is that? Joining us is Steven Yates (lostgenerationphilosopher.com), retired professor of critical thinking in Santiago, Chile. He shows how society is in the middle of a major worldview battle. On one side are those with a Christian worldview and on the other, those with an ideology of naturalistic materialism. Speech and actions surrounding the abortion debate or human rights or just about any other issue can be seen through these worldview differences. Is there a way to bridge the divide?
Stemming from one side of the worldview battle is a constant drumbeat of cancel culture. How did we get to this point where even those who advocate for cancel culture are getting canceled themselves? John and Producer Steve look at the origins of cancel culture, some current examples of it, and the institutions that are spurring it on. It's a product of totalitarianism and a contributor to the stark division in our culture today.
One potential source of the division we're experiencing can be found in establishment politicians. Most of them have been in Congress for decades. Are term limits the solution? Wrapping up the show this week is Jason Church (sentinelsoffreedom.org), Retired U.S. Army Captain and Wisconsin State Chair for U.S. Term Limits. He makes his case for limiting Congress members' terms and since they won't limit their own power, he advocates for a Constitutional convention to solve the problem.
One proposed solution to fixing the dysfunction of the U.S. Congress is to limit the time members can serve. Joining us today is Jason Church (sentinelsoffreedom.org), Retired U.S. Army Captain and Wisconsin State Chair for U.S. Term Limits. He makes his case for limiting Congress members' terms and since they won't limit their own power, he advocates for a Constitutional convention to solve the problem. Reform is a grungy business but it needs to happen. The question is how do you achieve the reform without losing the good things in the system? Or amidst the inevitable pushback from the swamp critters.
The media are masters at manipulating words, deflecting blame, and promoting one side of politics rather than reporting on facts. In short, the truth is sacrificed in favor of narrative. We kick off this week's show with John tying together several issues, including the media's twisted word games, government officials' useless policies, and academia's constant promotion of the oppressor versus oppressed narrative. The problem is that these woke word games have real world consequences and it's costing people their jobs and sometimes their lives. When we push back – and many are pushing back – the manipulators fight viciously to protect their lie.
Familiar narratives have emerged from the latest climate conference, only now there's a new more sinister directive included. Back with us this week is Alex Newman (thenewamerican.com), Senior Editor at The New American Magazine. He discusses how the globalists, who push this climate narrative, want energy prices to go up, the U.S. economy to crash, and manufacturing jobs to migrate to China. Their plan seems to be working as massive amounts of newly-printed money are chasing far fewer goods because of supply chain issues. Alex says it is an organized looting of our economy.
Finally this week, we revisit an old favorite on Steel on Steel: civil asset forfeiture. It has run amok for years but now some jurisdictions are beginning to take notice. Joining us is CJ Ciaramella (reason.com), Criminal Justice correspondent at Reason Magazine. He examines different tactics used during and after police seizures as well as new reform laws, and the loopholes to try and get around those laws. If ironclad reform that can withstand challenges isn't possible, then asset forfeiture should be eliminated.
Are we headed toward Gerald Ford 2.0? Also, why are criminals getting off with a slap on the wrist while right-leaning folks are being prosecuted to the hilt? Joining us today is Pat Nolan, Founder of the Nolan Center for Justice at the American Conservative Union Foundation. He goes into the history of how Gerald Ford became president and how similar events may unfold soon in this administration. He then shares some of his experiences dealing with the FBI and prosecutors. There are underhanded tactics used by social justice warriors in state attorneys offices and law enforcement to take down their political opponents.
John has spoken out about the corruption surrounding civil asset forfeiture for years, but now some jurisdictions are beginning to take notice. Joining us today is CJ Ciaramella (reason.com), Criminal Justice correspondent at Reason Magazine. He shows how Florida has enacted some laws to reform asset forfeiture, but like with anything, those who are abusing the system have found a loophole around the new reform. He looks at the different tactics used during and after seizures, and what some of the money is spent on. If ironclad reform that can withstand loopholes isn't possible, then asset forfeiture should be eliminated.
In the case against Michael Flynn, what can the misuse of the law by the Justice Department and the FBI teach us? In this week's boralogue, John looks at the erosion of absolute truth by postmodernism and how that has led to a severe lowering of absolute standards, both in the media and within government. Corruption results and reform is needed. That reform can only be an insistence on the truth.
In the wake of the government's current misuse of the law, John recalls a 2013 interview with Harvey Silverglate that shows that what happened now is nothing new. There are enough rules and regulations on the books to make someone guilty if the government needs them to be.
Christian churches and schools have been slowly infiltrated by a progressive ideology. Attorney and writer Mark Pulliam (www.misruleoflaw.com) joins us to discuss how a woke ideology along with Marxist economics is being taught in university religious studies programs, using faith to propagate progressive narratives.
They say you shouldn't cry over spilt milk, but many are doing just that as some farmers are forced to throw away their dairy products. Here to give his expert analysis on this is former dairy farmer and good friend to John and the show, Jack Beukelman. He shares the ins and outs of the dairy industry and the problem with oversupply during a crisis.