Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Michael Walsh on the FBI, Antifa, Hollywood, Media, and The Fiery Angel

 

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh returns to Whiskey Politics, which if you didn’t hear our interview last spring you can find it iTunesStitcher or GooglePlay or your favorite podcast app. Michael Walsh, AKA “David Kahane,” is the author of several books including The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, a must read for everyone listening. He is also a Contributing Editor at PJ Media, writer for the New York Post, a former Time magazine associate editor, and his articles are often linked at the Drudge Report. On this episode, we discuss the news about FBI’s Hillary investigation, Antifa, Cloward-Piven and the debt ceiling, the media, Hollywood films (hint, he’s not a fan of Marvel), and his new book, Fiery Angel. Follow Michael on Twitter @DKahaneRules.

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In Music: Dirty Weekend, Joel Goodman. Out music: The Drifters, Saturday Night at the Movies.

There are 9 comments.

  1. Judge Mental Member

    Another good one, Dave. Walsh has a very engaging way of talking about these subjects, less dry academics, more on-the-ground, real guy.

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    • September 1, 2017, at 5:47 PM PST
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  2. Kevin Schulte Member

    Thanks David for this interview. I always enjoy reading MW on PJ. With his cigar chomping avatar, the mind builds a persona. Hearing his voice gives a much more enhanced understanding into his persona.

    I do tend to disagree on the super hero movies. Especially the last one I saw. Wonder Woman. It did not sell feminism but uplifted femininity. It dealt with the depravity of all man kind balanced with the self sacrificing goodness of mankind. We are a mixed bag and the story struck imho the right balance. That’s pretty deep for a super hero movie. Just sayin :)

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    • September 2, 2017, at 8:07 AM PST
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  3. Dave Sussman Contributor
    Dave Sussman Post author

    Kevin Schulte (View Comment):
    Thanks David for this interview. I always enjoy reading MW on PJ. With his cigar chomping avatar, the mind builds a persona. Hearing his voice gives a much more enhanced understanding into his persona.

    I do tend to disagree on the super hero movies. Especially the last one I saw. Wonder Woman. It did not sell feminism but uplifted femininity. It dealt with the depravity of all man kind balanced with the self sacrificing goodness of mankind. We are a mixed bag and the story struck imho the right balance. That’s pretty deep for a super hero movie. Just sayin ?

    My rule for determining whether a movie is good or not is if I can make it through without sleeping (I’m not old, I’m not!!!) Took my sons to WW and we all thoroughly enjoyed it (including my 17 year old who hates everything). It was a good movie, not just a good super hero movie. But, predictably Hollywood is now planning 30 female themed Wonder Woman types because they think it’s just about gender. No, we want to see good story telling while not having Hollywood elites ram their ideology down our throats. WW had no politics. In fact, you may have seen the studio brain trust will be adapting such classics as Lord Of The Flies but with all-girls.

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    • September 2, 2017, at 8:56 AM PST
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  4. Larry Koler Inactive

    I like Michael Walsh. I will listen to this soon.

    Thanks.

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    • September 2, 2017, at 10:05 AM PST
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  5. EHerring Coolidge

    I follow him on Twitter and have read Pleasure Palace. I also met him on a National Review cruise. I can’t recommend that book enough for it defines the world we are seeing today quite well. In fact, we are the example of history repeating itself and his references to past literature prove that. He sees the country today with as clear an eye as you will find. The Antifa goons and radical leftie foolish kids won’t learn about themselves because I doubt they can read at the grade level this book is written in, but folks on ricochet will find it just right.

    I recommended his book and put a few quotes on Facebook where I got many likes. This is one of my favorites, “How anyone could have fallen for this load of quasi-scientific, pseudo-intellectual, anti-human codswallop remains a mystery, and yet in a world where even Charles Manson can find love behind prison bars, anything is possible.”

    I got the most likes on this explanation, “…muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a fashionable Central European nihilism that was celebrated on college campuses across the United States. Seizing the high ground of academe and the arts, the new nihilists set about dissolving the bedrock of the country, from patriotism to marriage to the family to military service….

    …Chief among the weaknesses of Western man today are his fundamental lack of cultural self-confidence, his willingness to open his ears to the siren song of nihilism, a juvenile eagerness to believe the worst about himself and his society and to relish, on some level, his own prospective destruction…

    …For Satan, as for Marx, religion was an impediment to the grand design of transforming humanity from a collection of free-willed, autonomous individuals into a mass of self-corralling slaves who mistake security for liberty and try to keep the cognitive dissonance to a minimum in order to function.”

    I read it on Kindle so I can easily access all my highlights. If you get the paperback, I highly recommend Post-its and a highlighter. And by all means, follow him on Twitter.

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    • September 3, 2017, at 10:52 AM PST
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  6. Dave Sussman Contributor
    Dave Sussman Post author

    EHerring (View Comment):
    I follow him on Twitter and have read Pleasure Palace. I also met him on a National Review cruise. I can’t recommend that book enough for it defines the world we are seeing today quite well. In fact, we are the example of history repeating itself and his references to past literature prove that. He sees the country today with as clear an eye as you will find. The Antifa goons and radical leftie foolish kids won’t learn about themselves because I doubt they can read at the grade level this book is written in, but folks on ricochet will find it just right.

    I recommended his book and put a few quotes on Facebook where I got many likes. This is one of my favorites, “How anyone could have fallen for this load of quasi-scientific, pseudo-intellectual, anti-human codswallop remains a mystery, and yet in a world where even Charles Manson can find love behind prison bars, anything is possible.”

    I got the most likes on this explanation, “…muscular, confident empiricism that had just won the war gave way, in less than a generation, to a fashionable Central European nihilism that was celebrated on college campuses across the United States. Seizing the high ground of academe and the arts, the new nihilists set about dissolving the bedrock of the country, from patriotism to marriage to the family to military service….

    …Chief among the weaknesses of Western man today are his fundamental lack of cultural self-confidence, his willingness to open his ears to the siren song of nihilism, a juvenile eagerness to believe the worst about himself and his society and to relish, on some level, his own prospective destruction…

    …For Satan, as for Marx, religion was an impediment to the grand design of transforming humanity from a collection of free-willed, autonomous individuals into a mass of self-corralling slaves who mistake security for liberty and try to keep the cognitive dissonance to a minimum in order to function.”

    I read it on Kindle so I can easily access all my highlights. If you get the paperback, I highly recommend Post-its and a highlighter. And by all means, follow him on Twitter.

    Agreed EH, all great quotes. Here’s the amazing thing, according to a conversation I had with him some time back, he said he wrote the manuscript for Devil in less than a month, most of which was done in a single week on a cruise. Incredible!

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    • September 3, 2017, at 12:03 PM PST
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  7. Profile Photo Member

    I think I saw Walsh say that Jonah Goldberg had blocked him on Twitter. If so, Walsh is on the right track.

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    • September 4, 2017, at 3:43 PM PST
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  8. EHerring Coolidge

    BD1 (View Comment):
    I think I saw Walsh say that Jonah Goldberg had blocked him on Twitter. If so, Walsh is on the right track.

    The emotional pro-Trump vs anti-Trump folks have created some tough moments for those of us who like the folks on both sides of the argument.

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    • September 4, 2017, at 3:50 PM PST
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  9. Larry Koler Inactive

    Great interview, Dave. Thanks.

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    • September 5, 2017, at 10:11 PM PST
    • 1 like