'Go Woke, Go Broke' has been primarily associated with companies, but now it seems like museums are being affected. Joining us today is Heather MacDonald (manhattan-institute.org), Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She describes how the Art Institute of Chicago, along with other museums in the U.S., are trying to diversify by firing their current docents – due to overwhelming whiteness – and hiring new ones based solely on skin color and ethnicity. But when they say they have a problem with 'whiteness,' what they really mean is that they have a problem with Western Civilization. And when a museum is at odds with that, not only could donations take a hit, but also their whole reason for being is called into question.
Whenever you see a list of the ten best presidents in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln almost always comes in at number one. And with exception to the Gettysburg Address, his most important speech may have been his second inaugural address. Joining us today to talk about this is Diana Schaub (loyola.edu), Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. She examines Lincoln's humility, his desire to move away from vengeance once the war was over, his use of religion in the speech, and his need to unite a divided country. She and John also look at the spirit of 1776 versus the hopelessness of 1619.
The reason for much of the strife we see today, including what happened in Afghanistan as well as the failure of the woke ideology in the U.S., is the stark difference in right vs left worldviews. First up this week is Jason Ross (liberty.edu), Interim Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. He looks at one aspect of the leftist worldview – America is evil because of our past with slavery. What sets America apart, though, is that we got rid of slavery. Our founding documents and Judeo-Christian foundation paved the way for this. So the leftist narrative that we are evil because of our past with slavery ignores our history.
As Afghanistan spirals out of control, another country is spiraling down in a different way. Australia has gone into lockdown again, causing some to wonder if the country is turning back into a penal colony. Joining us from Down Under is Matthew Wong (discernable.io), Founder of Discernable media. He describes some of the draconian measures authorities are taking in his country. The government keeps moving the goalposts to hold on to power. Matt and John debate the best way to make people realize that the totalitarians are here.
Finally this week we dive into the world of cyber attacks and espionage. Weifeng Zhong (policychangeindex.org), Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is with us. He discusses what little our government is doing to protect citizens and its own assets from cyber attacks. The powers that be, however, are not seriously looking at the problem because the politically correct thing to do is to not criticize the number one cyber attacker in the world – China.
John finishes up the program with some thoughts on what happened in Afghanistan.
Joining us today is Jason Ross (liberty.edu), Interim Dean of the Helms School of Government at Liberty University. He takes a look at the history of slavery in the U.S. and puts into perspective our country's role in the practice. Slavery has existed in one form or another globally for all of human existence. Yes, even in the U.S. What sets America apart is that we got rid of it. Our founding documents and our Judeo-Christian foundation paved the way for this. And the narrative from CRT peddlers today that we are an irredeemable country because of racism simply does not hold up under the factual reality of our history.