The Petri Dish of History

This week, James and Toby reflect on what it’s been like to live through a year of such enormous historical importance and whether their sense of humour has helped them get through it. Who’s really on the “right side of history?”

Cancel culture arrived at Eton College, Britain’s poshest school, last week when a popular teacher was sacked for a video he refused to remove from YouTube that dared to go against the current political orthodoxy. It’s a case that has reverberations for lovers of free speech everywhere – including the campus of the University of Chicago.

To wrap things up listeners get a preview of Toby’s January Spectator column. It seems it’s all about a close friend who won’t come to terms with Donald Trump’s loss in the late Presidential election. Any relationship between the friend and other persons associated with this podcast is definitely not coincidental.

This week’s opening sound is from the documentary film Inside Eton (1995).

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  1. colleenb Member

    Isn’t it weird that the more expensive and exclusive places are the more they go woke? I keep thinking it can’t happen to a country club but why not? After all, isn’t Davos just a country club? Great podcast as usual.

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  2. EJHill Podcaster

    colleenb: Isn’t it weird that the more expensive and exclusive places are the more they go woke?

    Two words: Prince Charles

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  3. James Anderson Inactive
    James Anderson

    This was very good.  Their spirits seem higher.  I still hold out hope that the majority don’t really believe the woke nonsense.  It’s like in the stories about prisoners stuck below deck pulling on oars (Roman ships?  (Don’t know, did not go to Eton)).  If we all go at once we can take the top deck and toss the wokes in the Med (figuratively! teaching at fifth rate schools) .  But, if only the courageous go in drips, the future is destruction.  

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