Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 42: We Can Decide

Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Aug 23, 2013
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Jay and Mona return (with Jay live from Salzburg, Austria). They cover the NR Cruise; Mona’s trip to the non-english speaking country of Scotland; whether national DNA exists; Libertarianism and the Republican movement; the incredible story of Marco Feingold; black America’s unwavering support for Barack Obama; and “The Butler’s” rewrite of history (just like the left at large). Also, why porn is not freedom, the slipping international standing of the U.S. since Obama took office, and why decline is a choice.

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  1. Paul Dougherty

    Offered for more evidence of a change counter to a national DNA:

    the vikings vs. modern Scandinavia. (Norse landers, nordlander, Nordlinger?)
  2. Rightfromthestart

    Re: Putin and gays

    The great WFB also said, (I’m not sure of the exact quote):  ‘I wish Khrushchev would say “you know, I liked old Joe, Joe McCarthy that is” then perhaps American liberals would mount their chargers to attack the new found enemy’       

  3. Michael S

    Yes, an excellent podcast again. Fancy Jay being in Salzburg – I’ll be there this weekend myself. Jay, if you’re reading this and are still in Salzburg, it would be an absolute delight to meet you!

  4. Valiuth

    Oh my God! I have just listened to the section about the University of Chicago. I just want to put out there that Hyde Park is really nice and safe. As safe in fact as any neighborhood on the rich North Side of Chicago. As for calling Hyder Park an “Urban” environment I could not think of a city neighborhood that is less urban than Hyde Park. In fact I feel Hyde Park has a very small town feel to it because of its isolation. 

  5. Matt Bartle

    Re isolationism on the right, I don’t think it’s just the libertarians. 

    I can’t find the link now, but someone recently described it as a “the hell with them” coalition. We try to help, it does no good, they don’t appreciate it, the hell with them. It’s not philosophical so much as just weariness based on experience.

  6. Indaba

    True observations about Scotland. Socialism and unionism came in after WWII. The socialism was supposed to be a safety net but now is seen as a right. 

    My family is Scottish but they left as they could not stand the socialism and what it was doing to the people around them. We used to visit a lot when we lived in Zambia and I used to feel sorry for the British living in such cold and damp homes. They were feeling sorry for me for living in Africa.

    Society changes very quickly. 

  7. Statistician1

    Another interesting and educational poadcast. Thank you both!

  8. BuckeyeSam

    Finally. I’ve been jonesing for a “Need to Know” podcast.

  9. Hartmann von Aue

    Has the monstrousness been driven out of the German character? I think so, largely. I’ve studied the history, philosophy and literature of my adopted people for most of my adult life, and I think they’ve had a mix of what we deem positive and negative traits for centuries (going back to Tacitus, in fact). Hopefully, looking their own capacity for evil dead in the eye for most of the last century has turned them more toward their better natures. However, there are causes for concern- but mostly the concern is internal now. Are they as culturally suicidal as the French and British? I’m not so sure. And  I am watching carefully. And Jay: You are right about Norway.

  10. Duane Oyen
    Paul Dougherty: Offered for more evidence of a change counter to a national DNA:

    the vikings vs. modern Scandinavia. (Norse landers, nordlander, Nordlinger?) · 17 hours ago

    Get it right- this week, it’s the Vikings vs. the 49ers.

  11. Duane Oyen
    Matthew Bartle: Re isolationism on the right, I don’t think it’s just the libertarians. 

    I can’t find the link now, but someone recently described it as a “the hell with them” coalition. We try to help, it does no good, they don’t appreciate it, the hell with them. It’s not philosophical so much as just weariness based on experience. · 3 hours ago

    It was Jonah Goldberg, Matthew.   What always amuses me is that Jonah did a “G-File” a dozen years ago in which he proposed a serious large program to nation-build the continent of Africa.  Then, after 5 years of Iraq, he became a quasi-isolationist because we weren’t succeeding fast enough.

    Our problem is that we often do not select our targets wisely or set the strategy properly- explained here

    But this current “drop out and trash the neocons” instinct will come back to bite us.  The criticisms of Rand Paul’s foreign policy views are serious and justified.

  12. Whiskey Sam

    Excellent point by Jay about liberty versus license.

  13. Matt Bartle

    Duane, thanks for the link – that was what I was thinking of, although I searched on “the hell with them” instead of “to hell with them”! I guess that’s why I didn’t come up with it.

  14. Nick Stuart

    1. Iraq was not in vain. Saddam Hussein is dead and the world is immeasurably safer and improved thereby. He had his WMD program on “fast standby” (my term) capable of being cranked up almost instantly. The Dulfur report made it clear the civilized world dodged a major bullet when Hussein was deposed. That doesn’t take anything away from the fact that Obama threw away our hard won victory, but it is a bit too much to characterize the war in Iraq as “in vain.”

    2. Four of my five children have served/are serving in the US Military (the fifth is blind or maybe we would have had a sweep). What I have to say to anyone who wants a muscular outward-facing US foreign policy is “send your kids, not mine.” Especially under the current entirely execrable civilian and substantially execrable top military leadership.

  15. billy
    Valiuth: Oh my God! I have just listened to the section about the University of Chicago. I just want to put out there that Hyde Park is really nice and safe. As safe in fact as any neighborhood on the rich North Side of Chicago. As for calling Hyder Park an “Urban” environment I could not think of a city neighborhood that is less urban than Hyde Park. In fact I feel Hyde Park has a very small town feel to it because of its isolation.  · August 22, 2013 at 4:05pm

    I second that. I felt safe walking the streets of Hyde Park at night.

  16. Chris Williamson

    I was sad to hear that the University of Chicago has given up the Great Books program. I guess it was just Mortimer Adler doing his thing….

  17. Rightfromthestart
    Matthew Bartle: Re isolationism on the right, I don’t think it’s just the libertarians. 

    I can’t find the link now, but someone recently described it as a “the hell with them” coalition. We try to help, it does no good, they don’t appreciate it, the hell with them. It’s not philosophical so much as just weariness based on experience. · August 23, 2013 at 5:29am

    Even Doctors Without Borders had to pull out of Somalia, some places re just hopeless.  

  18. Daniel Halbach

    Educate me, please.  I’ve always wondered what segregationist Democrats had to gain by becoming Republicans, given that Republicans were stronger opponents than other Democrats.

    Mona and Jay said the answer is Dixiecrats had nothing to gain, and that they largely stopped being segregationists once they switched.

    So why did they switch?

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