Ten in Twenty

Hello you fellow right wing, knuckle-dragging troglodytes and welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 213!!! it is the Ten in Twenty edition of the show with your 2 in 2 hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. We come to you every week….but you *know* that already, don’t you? What, you ask, are the topics for this week? Where, you ask, is the beef?

Okay already!

Topic number one is victimology! Jussie Smollet! Ayn Rand and Immanuel Kant! What is the origin of the victimhood mania on the left? Did it start with Jesus? with Kant? with Jack Bailey? (honestly, No Prize if you get *that* reference!!!). We will discuss.

Then, the Bern enters the fray. Prepare for twice-Berned! We review the top ten lists of Dem candidates and we give our kibbitzing babble!

Then, in our shower thoughts, Mike refers to the Jenga-playing robot which is way cool!

Finally, our hidden gem (is it a gem, really? or is it hidden for a reason?) is Velvet Revolver’s rendition of Slither! Enjoy!

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    I think the victimization gambit really started gathering steam in the 80s or 90s when these broken people would get a shot on Donahue or Oprah and then maybe a book deal. I think the pinnacle of this was “A Million Little Pieces” the memoir of an addict, that turned out to be fiction (or mostly fiction).

    I tend to the think of the victim stack like a ranking of poker hands. Muslims are the top ranks, followed by Trans, then Gays, Women and then minorities – except Asians and Jews, which have the same rank as white men. There was an excellent example of this in Toronto a few years back, when a lesbian woman took a Muslim barber to the human rights tribunal (and lost) for refusing to cut her hair.

    I wonder if when they tossed the bleach in his face, did it hurt? Bleach freezes at -18. The weather on Jan 29 in Chicago says it was -23 – how effective is it, to have bleach-cubes tossed in your face? I bet it hurts.

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  2. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    Man, I’m old enough to remember Queen for a Day but I didn’t think you guys were.  I guess using the Q word  in the Smollet case would constitute a hate crime .

    From the Senate hearings it appears K. Harris is every bit as vicious*and nasty as Hillary, do Democrats find this appealing?

    Gillibrand is cute as a button, I’d like to take her to the prom but as President the idea is laughable. I’d suspect it would be the Hillary, Podesta, Blumenthal, McAulife cabal pulling the strings behind the curtain.

    * Earlier I spelled it viscous which, in a way, also works.


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  3. colleenb Member

    I’ve been thinking about the idea that more socialism/communism eventually brings more anti-Semitism. Even though many (secular) Jews lean left/socialist, could it be that the anti-Semitism grows despite that? Witness the Labor Labour Party in Britain. This is a fairly inarticulate idea at this point but I’m going to work on it somemore.  I still think K Harris may be the one.  I agree w/ Mr. Feinberg that ‘Nasty Amy’ Klobucher (Trump will come up with a much better nickname) and Gillibrand are too boring.

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  4. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine

    Too tired to be thorough.  Good talk, gentlemen, as usual.

    It looks like Rand was dealing with a caricature of Kant.  Not that I blame her.  We’ve all done it.  I sure have.

    At point Kant voices the perspective of what we might call a version of libertarianism–a self-affirmation that has no interest in receiving help from anyone, nor in giving it.

    What Kant says is that it doesn’t live up to the requirements of moral law.

    You know what else he says?  He says it would be a much better world if we all lived like that.

    It’s like Steven Covey’s distinction between dependence, independence, and interdependence.  Independence is a higher state, but interdependence is the highest one–and it presupposes independence.  Randian ethics, from a Kantian perspective, is like independence–better than the victimology she’s critiquing.  But Kant doesn’t promote victimology; he promotes a good chunk of the self-assertion of Rand plus a willingness to help others.

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  5. angelasg Inactive

    Man!  Mike Stopa’s audio quality was quite unfortunate.  It took alot to soldier through that.  It would have been worth postponing the recording.

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