totalitarianism

With another shooting in Minneapolis this past week, new calls for defunding the police are being resurrected. Randy Peterson (texaspolicy.com), Senior Researcher at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, joins us today to discuss the defunding movement and the inevitable consequences that will stem from it. Police stop being proactive, crime rates increase, and decisions are second-guessed in the field. The majority of people don't want defunding, especially minorities, so why is it such a seemingly popular narrative?

John finishes up today's podcast by looking at how we went from policing is good and protective to its systemically racist and needs to be abolished.

John has always said that Steel on Steel is an antidote to the mainstream media who reports some stories and not other stories. But the media is now going one step further and reporting outright lies in the service of a narrative. We open the show this week with John, Carol, and Steve discussing the many lies, obfuscations, and false narratives from the mainstream media. Included are the Washington Post ‘Find the Fraud' story against President Trump and Tucker Carlson's comments on pregnant women in the military.

Some states have business laws friendly to owners and others have laws that clamp down on business progress. Andrea O'Sullivan (www.jamesmadison.org), Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at the James Madison Institute, joins us. She examines the advantages of having a decentralized system of business so that a company can communicate directly with its consumers and bypass the potential censorship of Big Tech. Many businesses are flocking to states that will afford them this freedom.

Hospitals are now required to enforce price transparency, but many are still fighting against it. Dr. Steven Goldstein (www.houstonhealthcareinitiative.org), Founder of the Houston Healthcare Initiative, joins us to look at the difference between a cost-plus system, which has always been in place, and an up-font one-price system, which would incentivize hospital staff to be more efficient. Many hospitals, however, are stubbornly sticking with cost-plus.

John finishes up the program this week analyzing a couple of news stories showing how totalitarianism is rearing its ugly head on both coasts. Marxism is quickly infiltrating Western society and soon anyone who doesn't agree with the politically correct narrative of the day, will be at best censored or at worst be jailed.

The beautiful thing about our Constitution is that the freedoms afforded in it pertain to every person equally. But there's talk of forming a secular constitution. Joining us today is Jorge Gomez (firstliberty.org), Content Strategist and Writer for First Liberty Institute. He looks at the clause that isn't there – separation of church and state, as well as the freedom that is there – namely religious freedom in the First Amendment. Our Constitution stands for everyone, but under a secular constitution, the state is the ultimate power. Religious groups would then not receive fair and equal treatment, depending on who is in power. It's important to remember: if the state can grant the rights, the state can take the rights away.

John Loeffler

January 13, 2021

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A windstorm has hit much of the Pacific Northwest today and the power has gone out in the studio. So instead of John Loeffler's dulcet tones, you get a brief monologue from Producer Steve. Pulling together some thoughts rattling around in his head, Steve looks at why we feel so out of whack lately. In part, it is due to our Constitution being ignored and our rights being pushed down. Laws and rights go together. But if we have too many laws, our rights are shoved aside and we find ourselves racing toward totalitarianism. Is there a way to fix it?

John Loeffler: The New Totalitarianism

Broadcast Running Time: 23:35

John Loeffler

December 21, 2020

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There is a new totalitarianism emerging in the West in the form of an oligarchic dictatorship.  In order to prepare ourselves for it or even to fight against it, we have to understand what it looks like.  John rides solo today, diving into the characteristics of this new totalitarianism.  It will be based on an ideology that is a lie but everyone must pledge allegiance to it.  It will dictate every facet of our lives.  And it will give lip service to the Bill of Rights but there will be so many rules and regulations that you actually won't have access to those rights.  John reads an essay from 1978 by the late Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, that eerily describes what we're seeing today. 

Where does cancel culture lead?  In today's podcast, John looks at the history of revolutions, the events that led up to them – including different iterations of cancel culture – and the reason why they succeed or fail.  Logic and reason play a big part.  If logic and reason move forward decoupled from God, revolutions always fail.  America's revolution coupled logic and reason with morality and we are still here.  Basing a government on morals allows more controls on government and more freedoms to the people.  That's why cancel culture, which is absent from morality, has never worked, cannot work now, and will never work.

We play the full discussion John had recently with Lee Lancaster at a local North Idaho radio station, KYMS.

Wake up, America! Radical Progressives are organizing for a transformation of Western society on all levels. This Marxist infiltration won't stop at the doors of your homes and churches. John and Lee discuss how these revolutions have always oppressed anyone who gets in their way, even their own 'true believers'. What are the costs required to stand up to this onslaught and is there any hope in sight?