Independent Women’s Forum

Addressing the Dragon in the Room

Broadcast Running Time: 01:13:56

John Loeffler

August 7, 2021

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The Chinese Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping, have told us what their geopolitical and military plans are. Is anyone in our country listening? First up this week is Seth Cropsey (hudson.org), Director of the Center for American Seapower at the Hudson Institute. The Chinese navy is building ships at a rapid rate and mapping out strategy regarding Taiwan and the U.S. Our military, on the other hand, is worried about gender pronouns. There are weaknesses within China, if only we would recognize them and exploit them. Eventually reality becomes real. Will we face a knockout punch or will we wake up before that happens?

Is there any hope with America's education system? Indoctrination and incorrect narrative-driven history is running amok. Joining us this week is Jacob Howland (city-journal.org), Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa. He draws on his many years of experience in higher learning to show how educrats are removing classical education from the classrooms and replacing it with slogans and leftist ideologies. So is there any hope? Some teachers and many parents have now recognized what's going on and they're fighting back. Let's hope it's not too late.

One of the ways that parents are fighting back is at school board meetings. Why are they angry? Three words: critical race theory. Wrapping up the show this week is Julie Gunlock (iwf.org), Director of the Center for Progress and Innovation at the Independent Women's Forum. Many school boards blindly support critical race theory, but some board members have gone so far as to lash out at parents because they oppose CRT. Those same parents have now woken up and are pushing back – some by running to replace these board members.

We've heard about critical race theory and woke indoctrination in schools, but what, if anything, are school boards doing about it? Here today is Julie Gunlock (iwf.org), Director of the Center for Progress and Innovation at the Independent Women's Forum. She describes the outrage that some parents are expressing after learning about what their children are being exposed to in the classroom. School boards have been largely obstinate in their support of CRT and have at times lashed out against the parents for their opposition. But parents are finally waking up, pushing back, and even running to replace these board members.

May Davis: Section 230 and Suing Big Tech

Broadcast Running Time: 17:20

John Loeffler

July 26, 2021

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A few weeks ago, former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against Google, Twitter, and Facebook for violating the free speech rights of millions of Americans. What's behind the lawsuit and what does it have to do with Section 230? Joining us today is May Davis (iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She discusses the publisher versus platform issue, how the lawsuit could succeed given precedent, and regardless of the outcome, the need to apply the rules evenly to everyone. The repercussions of Big Tech's censorship could reach farther than just who gets to speak on the internet – it could change the culture and founding principles of the country.

Kelsey Bolar: Complicating the Narrative

Broadcast Running Time: 19:28

John Loeffler

July 22, 2020

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Slavery still exists in the world – all outside of the United States. So does forced sterilization and internment camps in China. Kelsey Bolar (www.iwf.org), Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women's Forum, joins us today to discuss these atrocious acts and point out that when the oppressors and slave masters are members of a predetermined minority class, the narrative gets complicated and therefore disappears from media and politics.

John finishes out today's show from the Dialectical Dojo, dishing out knowledge on two logical fallacies: the fallacy of equivocation and the fallacy of false cause or improper correlation. John plans to wear his fallacy kimono at least once a week to educate you on the many logical fallacies we see in today's discourse.

At Home in the Classroom

Broadcast Running Time: 1:17:22

John Loeffler

July 18, 2020

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There are rules for thee, but not for me. Seems to be the woke battle cry today. In this week's boralogue, John looks at the outrage against people and companies for thoughts and policies that were completely reasonable five minutes ago. He breaks down several logical fallacies wrapped up in progressive narratives. When words are weaponized in pursuit of those narratives, truth becomes a casualty.

Joining John in the studio is his wife, Carol, a homeschool and tutoring pro, along with Rachael Grant, who has homeschooled her kids for the last nine years. All three discuss the realities of teaching your children at home, the difference between homeschooling and public schooling at home, and the importance of a values-based curriculum.

We then welcome Ginny Gentles (www.iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, who discusses how educational funding in the time of virus lockdowns should follow the child, and one way to do that is through educational savings accounts.

Finally this week, Twila Brase (www.cchfreedom.org), President and Co-Founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, joins us to examine the potential realities of contact tracing and the broad redefinition of the term ‘case' which has led to a skyrocketing – and possibly misleading – number of new coronavirus ‘cases.'

07/18/2020 At Home in the Classroom
Podcast Episode Chapters - (Segment start time)

1 - John's Boralogue - Logical Fallacies of Woke-ism (2:16)
2 - Education Round Table - Homeschool vs Public School at Home (19:23)
3 - Ginny Gentles - Funding for the Child (46:54)
4 - Twila Brase - Behind Contact Tracing (1:02:17)

      End of Show (1:17:22)

Ginny Gentles: Money Follows the Child

Broadcast Running Time: 21:26

John Loeffler

July 13, 2020

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Starting out the week, we welcome Ginny Gentles (www.iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum, who discusses how educational funding in the time of virus lock-downs (as well as under normal circumstances) should follow the child. Education savings accounts are a great way to do that.

When dealing with the teacher's unions and the educrats, which group of people do you think they favor – the children who are there to learn or the adults who run everything? No hint needed except to say that it's all about power, money, and control.