Andrew Klavan gave a speech at The University of Wisconsin-Madison about why the Left is crumbling, why conservatives need to take back the culture, and how they can do it.

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    I’m a day late but—-This jumped out at me as I tried to make sense of Max Boot’s self-defense and apologetic @ supporting Hillary….Hillary and the 96% of the MSM who push her and Obama’s Leftist/Progressive agenda….. a little snobbiness lets me say that while he likely never read Solzhenitsyn, Trump knows the following quote in his gut: “Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask; by whom has it been elected and to whom is it responsible?” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn …talk about prophetic!

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    • October 10, 2018 at 3:59 pm
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    Dr.Guido (View Comment):“Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask; by whom has it been elected and to whom is it responsible?” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn …talk about prophetic!

    Interesting idea. I like Solzhenitsyn and I too regard most of today’s press as malignant autocrats. I wonder, though, if the press is any less responsible to the will of citizens than today’s government is. The market reflects the collective choices of millions of consumers. That collective chooses which elements of the press achieve influence in a way that is not much less fair than the electorate chooses which government leaders achieve power. Yes, corporate money can reduce how much the media is accountable to the public; but the same is true of elected officials’ accountability to voters

    When we also consider all of the millions of government bureaucrats who are virtually unaccountable to the voters, the distinction between press and the government becomes even smaller.

    Ultimately, there is no substitute for a well-educated and conscientious citizenry in a democracy or republic.

    When discussing the flaws of democracy with my students, I used to present an illustration that went something like this: The TV remote is the most democratic tool ever invented. Consumers can express rejection or approval quickly and effortlessly. Ultimately, those individual choices are aggregated by ratings; and ratings determine what’s on the air and what’s not. If you think that the typical day’s line-up of TV programming selected by that process represents mankind at its highest and best, then you’ll love what we would get from a pure democracy.

     

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    • October 11, 2018 at 12:14 am
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    @tfiks The Academy and the MSM and the un-elected bureaucracy are an Unholy Trinity!

    I grew up around academics and attorneys and a decent number of politicos. The incest is extraordinary —and the academy seems to guarantee that the ‘education’ will be so slanted to the Left that pretty soon we won’t even need a left-leaning MSM. The trinity reinforces itself—the Republic is absolutely at risk in the eyes of this 72 year old traditional American. The American Trinity (Liberty, In God We Trust, & E Pluribus Unum) is under siege from the Left’s Unholy Trinity …

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    • October 11, 2018 at 11:08 pm
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    Dr.Guido (View Comment):

    @tfiks The Academy and the MSM and the un-elected bureaucracy are an Unholy Trinity!

    The line between the combined forces of the Academy and MSM and force of our defacto government has essentially vanished. As much as Trump’s style troubles me, he may be the only one who can redraw that line.

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    • October 13, 2018 at 11:57 pm
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