LoC #41 with Titus Techera!


On the latest episode of the Land of Confusion Show, I fly solo while I talk to Titus Techera and Gary McVey about everything wrong with culture today. Titus (Teetus), is a long-known member of the site, once known for getting in lots of arguments with people on the boards. We start the show by expressing our mutual for his homeland’s greatest program, “Comrade Detective.”

We then get into a deep dive into internet culture, social media, and even how Ricochet has changed over the years. That we all feel good that we met and interacted in the early days when people were not so angry. We also spent a great deal of time talking about conservative culture, in both film and in business, and how it’s our tendency to complain, instead of do.

We spend a fair bit of time talking about young people, especially young men are facing the most difficult times and how we all have to work to make things better for everyone.

And we talk about movies, and how they have changed. How it’s easier to make movies today and how, similar to different eras, the movies are. We spend a fair bit of time ruminating on how the ’70s reflect our modern age and how those gloomy times started with Dirty Harry and Apocalypse Now, but morphed eventually into the very hopeful Star Wars and Smokey and the Bandit.

So come down and explore the world of us, and American Film in the Land of Confusion.


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  1. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    This was a good chat & an opportunity to drink a glass of wine with Gary, which I couldn’t do last year, given the whole madness ’round the world, so thanks much for the invitation!

    We can also consider this an anniversary edition–it’s just a bit more than six years since I joined Ricochet & here I am being interviewed on the member podcast. It can happen to you, too!

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  2. Michael Minnott Member
    Michael Minnott

    To Gary McVey –

    The movie Easy Rider may have been part of the late 1960’s “first wave of woke”, but it had a somewhat (if unwitting) libertarian quality to it.  Surprisingly, the protagonist’s drug fueled bacchanalia at the end is capped off with Wyatt’s (Peter Fonda) rueful observation, “We blew it”.  Without meaning to the film captured the era’s excess and it’s end.


    To Titus Techera – 

    The “war of the sexes” was always political.  All feminists may not be Marxists, but feminism has always been dominated by leftism.  Add to this that feminists have been very successful in taking over the family courts.  Young men today have seen their fathers, their father’s peers, their own friends and themselves grinded down by divorce.  Boys grow up subject to the whims of female teachers who echo feminist dogma, while in popular culture men are endlessly denigrated.  Young men are quite rationally suspicious of women.

    Older conservatives could try to appeal to young men, but they would have to abandon their habit of playing “white knight” to women.  A lot of men on the right have been mentally colonized by feminism, with the result that they are indifferent to the issues men now face.

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  3. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Yeah, it’s tough, but the only real questions are, do people believe conservatism can & should win in America, & do they believe young men deserve to be part of the movement?  From there, it’s only a matter of helping those of us who do what’s needed at various levels.

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  4. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher

    Interesting conversation. So interesting that I ran it back and listened to it a second time.

    Having some thoughts about the strategy here, but not well formed enough to voice. Yet.

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  5. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Glad you liked it & post at your leisure, HankRhody Freelance Philosopher , boy is that a mouthful!

    Everyone, you heard it here, not once, but twice!

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  6. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt

    At least Easy Rider had a happy ending, as did Thelma and Louise. (Sarcasm, sort of) 

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  7. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Hey, foreclosing a sequel is happy!

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  8. It's TGS with Cat III! Member
    It's TGS with Cat III!

    @garymcvey should host a podcast. You have the voice for it.

    I vaguely remember Titus’ life as an antagonistic poster who duked it out in the comments. Think I arrived at the tail end of that era when he transformed into our lovable Romanian contributor with, let’s say, unorthodox movie opinions.

    Fun conversation, glad I listened.

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  9. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    Hey, foreclosing a sequel is happy!

    Absolutely, that was the only redeeming thing about Cameron’s Titanic. I was cheering for the iceberg.

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  10. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    The joke at the time–I remind you, I was a kid–was: Picture a movie theater full of shark couples having a romantic moment right at the end, the female sharks exclaiming that they love a happy ending…

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  11. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda

    I just listened to this yesterday.  Good episode.

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