'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.
John is taking a well-deserved day off after a long road trip, so Producer Steve takes over the microphone today – yes, John will be back! What do calling everything racist and forced mandates have in common? Steve looks at what the progressives are really saying when they claim things are racist and what elites are really telling all of us when they force mandates on us. Hint: it's not a flattering message. And because it's not flattering, they get the media outlets to gaslight us into believing it's true. We can – and must – fight against it.
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.
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.
Despite constant promotion for and adoption of critical race theory policies, teachers unions are now publicly washing their hands of the theory. Any mention of CRT has been erased from the NEA website. Lindsey Curnutte (heritageaction.com), Press Secretary for Heritage Action for America, joins us today to talk about it and to promote Heritage's new e-book on how to combat critical race theory, which you can find at crtbook.com. Now that parents are waking up to the dangers of CRT, they need to stay awake and stay diligent.
Critical race theory and the 1619 Project have set up shop in America's schools, but more and more parents are starting to realize that their children are being fed a steady diet of hate and incorrect history. April Few (uspie.org), Communications Director at U.S. Parents Involved in Education (U.S. PIE), describes how her organization has been involved in the fight against critical race theory and offers some solutions for parents who are facing this in their child's school. Critical race theory teaches children to hate our country and to hate each other. And April correctly identifies the ultimate goal behind CRT.
You've heard of the separation of church and state, but there's another separation that predates that: the separation of church and science. Do you have to be an atheist if you're a scientist? Back with us this week is Dr. Stephen Meyer (returnofthegodhypothesis.com), Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. He looks at the intelligent design of the universe and contrasts that with theories from the other side. He even dives into the multiverse controversy. He shows that church and science actually fit together and that God's hand is steering the wheel.
We pivot from intelligent design to the topic of racism for the rest of the show. It sounds like the U.S. is one big institutional and systemically racist country with even our founding documents oozing discrimination. That's what we're hearing, but is it actually true? Eric Kaufmann (manhattan-institute.org), Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is with us to discuss his detailed studies into perceived racism from different swaths of society and how no one, regardless of geography or skin color, is benefiting from media and political narratives. When words and sensitive topics like this become weaponized, discussion is shut down and the problem only worsens.
If race is supposedly dividing our country, how should Christians tackle the issue? Rounding out the show this week is Pastor Marcus Gill (marcusgillinternational.org), Founder and President of Marcus Gill International. He draws on his experience in the black community to shows how politicians don't really understand or want to help minorities. He goes on to urge Christians to love everyone, even those who hate you or simply don't agree with you. Despite what the mainstream narrative seems to be, the strength of our country is in both unity and diversity.
Race is supposedly dividing the country, but one pastor believes that the real division is a result of a lack of love and compassion. Pastor Marcus Gill (marcusgillinternational.org), Founder and President of Marcus Gill International, joins us today to discuss the race relations narrative put out by the media and politicians. He believes that minorities should back politicians that allow them to provide for themselves and their families. To combat the division, Christians need to love everyone – even those who hate you or simply don't agree with you. The strength of our country is in both unity and diversity. We can see color in other people but still love them and still treat them as Jesus would.
News stories pile up here in the studio so every once in awhile John, Carol, and Steve sit around and discuss important issues stemming from those stories. On today's podcast, the trio look at the cold wave that hit Texas and the issues surrounding that, a bill in the House that seems to target only one person – former President Trump, the push toward a digital currency, and Andrew Cuomo's view from underneath the bus amid the New York nursing home scandal. They also examine the chaos surrounding postmodernist thinking and do their best to try and define the nebulous term 'whiteness.'