marxist revolution

John Loeffler

December 11, 2021

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It is said that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. But the lesson that history teaches is that most people don't know the lessons of history. Here this week to help us understand the mindset of progressives – a group that never seems to learn from history – is Pedro Blas Gonzalez (barry.edu), Professor of Philosophy at Barry University. He looks at why people and leaders in totalitarian societies have behaved the way they have throughout history. Understanding their motivation helps to explain the illogic and contradictions constantly bandied about by the Left today. And it helps clarify for us what the truth really is.

One lesson we can learn from history is from the people and movements surrounding the fall of Communism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Spotlighting both Pope John Paul II and the Solidarity movement in Poland is Stephanie Slade (reaosn.com), Managing Editor at Reason Magazine. She examines how the people in Poland never gave up on freedom, even when the powers that be tried to take it from them. Eventually, they had had enough, decided they were no longer going to live that way, and together with Pope John Paul II and others, planted the seeds of destruction for Communism. It's a great history lesson for today.

John finishes up the show this week highlighting inconsistencies in history. When flip flopping narratives replace truth, the solid foundation you built your belief or your society on begins to be overshadowed by other, less important things. That's when historical truth is forgotten and mistakes that shouldn't be made are made all over again.

We take a look back at history today with a spotlight on Pope John Paul II and the beginning of the end of Soviet Communism.  Joining us is Stephanie Slade (reaosn.com), Managing Editor at Reason Magazine, who wrote a great article on JP2.  She and John look at Cardinal Wojtyla's election as Pope, his visit to Poland and the subsequent beginning of the Solidarity movement, and the assassination attempt in 1981 that would seem to indicate his threat to Communism.  And after another Polish leader was actually killed, the repressed people there had had enough and said that they were no longer going to live the way the tyrants said they must.  It's a great history lesson for today. 

What Is Our National Identity?

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John Loeffler

November 6, 2021

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Eventually, the power, money, and control crowd will use the true believers and discard them when they're no longer useful. Most of the true believers today run on woke ideology. As our first guest this week, we welcome back Jason Hill (jasondamianhill.com), Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. Regardless of what the true believers tell you they are battling against, the power brokers are using them to destroy Western civilization. Most people don't agree with that ideology, but they also don't stand up to it out of fear of being canceled or worse. But standing up is exactly what needs to be done or there will be a fundamental transformation of our national identity.

People in positions of influence have warned America's leaders for years that we are woefully unprepared to fight against China or Russia militarily or in the cyber warfare arena. Have our leaders listened? Back with us this week is David Pyne (emptaskforce.us), Deputy Director of National Operations for the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He points out that our leaders are not listening but he has solutions for them anyway should someone eventually take heed. He lays out several different actions needed to shore up our defenses and hopes that it won't take a devastating attack against our country for them to be implemented.

We had elections this week and John comments on how parents and their strong feelings against CRT had a big impact on the governor's race in Virginia. But before we close out with that, John asks the question: why do Jews, as a voting bloc, tend to overwhelmingly vote for a party that doesn't support Israel or Jewish causes? We invite in Rabbi Dov Fisher (yioc.org) of Young Israel of Orange County, California to discuss. Part of the answer involves the nature of who is and who is not a Jew. He looks at Reform versus Orthodox Judaism as well as the history of anti-semitism.

John Loeffler

October 27, 2021

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Many questions surround woke ideology but perhaps one of the simplest – what is whiteness? – is never really addressed. Joining us today is Jason Hill (jasondamianhill.com), Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. He not only answers that question, but he goes on to show that its really Western civilization that the woke leftists want to destroy. Most people don't agree with this totalitarianism, but they also don't stand up to it out of fear of being canceled or worse. If we're going to change our national identity away from wokeness and back to Judeo-Christian ideals, then there needs to be a large-scale campaign to stand up.

Reality eventually becomes real for everyone and when it does, it usually hurts. On today's podcast, John looks at several news stories including how the Jewish community in America is experiencing violence following the recent Israel-Gaza war and they're beginning to wake up to the reality that the Left, the side most of them have been on for awhile, really don't like them. Also, countries in Europe are facing the reality of cultural violence following the massive Islamic migration of a few years ago. Even the Vatican is encountering the truth after releasing statements on abortion. The mainstream media is to a certain extent facing reality, though they constantly weave narratives to cover it up. Reality always becomes real. How you handle it will determine how much pain you'll be in when it happens.

Why do Marxists find in Christian churches a mortal enemy?  To answer that, we fire up the way back machine to January 1992 and an interview John did with then-CNN correspondent Bud Bultman about his book Revolution by Candlelight.  There were many underground churches in Eastern Europe who led the fight against tyranny in the late 1980s.  They were ultimately successful in part because they were refuges for those opposed to the governing power.  This is why tyrants today are so threatened by the Christian church and why they'll stop at nothing to take them down. 

Since this interview aired nearly 29 years ago, Bud Bultman has retired from CNN and runs his own company in Florida.  His book, Revolution by Candlelight, can be found on Amazon.