The White Social Status Podcast

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast for April 25, 2018. It’s the White Social Status edition of the program, with nano-physicist Mike Stopa coming to us from his new home in California (is he shifting yet on immigration?) and Todd connecting from Connecticut, where he hosts a daily talk show on WTIC in Hartford.

Our two topics this week:

  1. A story in the NY Times this week declared that there was no virtue in Trump’s election victory because a new study declares that Trump voters weren’t motivated by a change in their economic well-being, but instead, by a fear of losing group dominance as whites. We analyze.
  2. We revisit FDR’s proposed “Second Bill of Rights” and listen to a 2 minute video from Roosevelt’s 1944 State of the Union address outlining a plan that would declare war on the actual Bill of Rights. The proposal makes today’s progressives seem rather tame by comparison, but, eve so, the left recycles these same agenda items now as if anti-Americanism is made safe by sticking to ideas promoted by the longest serving president. Is it even fair to call this anti-Americanism when the attempt to undo the liberty-based ideas of the Founders have become so mainstream?

We’ll also have our Shower Thoughts, of course, and this week’s show will wrap with a Janis Ian tune that Mike finds particularly inspiring for our Hidden Gem. Visit our website – HarvardLunchClub.com and follow us on Twitter @hlcPodcast. And please spend at least half of your online time logged into Ricochet.com, the official home of the Harvard Lunch Club podcast.

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There are 11 comments.

  1. Taras Coolidge

     It sounds like FDR really believed the Left’s propaganda about what a big economic success the Soviet Union was.

    If Russia can do so well with socialism, why not the United States, he might ask. 

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    • April 25, 2018, at 10:59 PM PDT
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  2. Todd Feinburg Contributor

    But he also would have had to have been without devotion to the ideals of liberty! He called for a set of “rights” that would undo the actual bill of rights, such as:

    The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

    The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

     

    The right of every family to a decent home;

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    • April 26, 2018, at 5:43 AM PDT
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  3. Saint Augustine Member

    Oh, but it was articulated before FDR. It was articulated in Smith. Free-market economics and it as the best path to prosperity and poverty alleviation–articulated very nicely in Adam Smith.

    Not as nicely, of course, as the free-market tradition as a whole–with its Smith, its Von Mises, its Hayek, Sowell, @LarryKudlow, Friedman, et al.

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    • April 28, 2018, at 11:48 PM PDT
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  4. Saint Augustine Member

    I think it’s important that the language of economic rights fits so nicely with our liberty priorities over here at Ricochet.

    I believe in the right to buy health insurance. It’s a right to do something without anyone stopping me–not a right to have something given to me.

    Curiously, in their freak-out over some people not being given health insurance, the anti-economic rights party (also known as the Democrats) literally banned health insurance in the USA.

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    • April 28, 2018, at 11:50 PM PDT
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  5. Saint Augustine Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    It sounds like FDR really believed the Left’s propaganda about what a big economic success the Soviet Union was.

    If Russia can do so well with socialism, why not the United States, he might ask.

    To be fair, FDR wasn’t a Communist or (by some definitions at least) a socialist. He’s more of a Keynesian, and literally employed Keynes. But he was still too far to the left to be right (in both senses).

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    • April 29, 2018, at 5:17 AM PDT
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  6. Saint Augustine Member

    Also, @MichaelStopa, we have MeetUp.com here in Hong Kong too!

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    • April 29, 2018, at 5:18 AM PDT
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  7. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    It sounds like FDR really believed the Left’s propaganda about what a big economic success the Soviet Union was.

    If Russia can do so well with socialism, why not the United States, he might ask.

    To be fair, FDR wasn’t a Communist or (by some definitions at least) a socialist. He’s more of a Keynesian, and literally employed Keynes. But he was still too far to the left to be right (in both senses).

    I’m not sure what you should call it, but his views fit in perfectly with the blue blood spirit of the times. I think they were rebelling against the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers, etc. Every age has to have an enemy for the disinherited to blame their misery on (not always unjustly).

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    • April 29, 2018, at 2:40 PM PDT
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  8. Michael Stopa Podcaster

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Also, @MichaelStopa, we have MeetUp.com here in Hong Kong too!

    Then why on earth is there no meetup.com in Boston? or not many events?

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    • April 29, 2018, at 2:40 PM PDT
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  9. Saint Augustine Member

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Also, @MichaelStopa, we have MeetUp.com here in Hong Kong too!

    Then why on earth is there no meetup.com in Boston? or not many events?

    I have no clue at all.

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    • April 29, 2018, at 3:25 PM PDT
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  10. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    You point out the study insinuated that recently former Democrats who voted for Trump are racist. But these voters supported Barack Obama.

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    • May 3, 2018, at 9:38 PM PDT
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  11. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    The new motto of Mississippi: “At least we’re not California.”

    • #11
    • May 3, 2018, at 10:31 PM PDT
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