N2K_001bMona and Jay begin this episode with Arthur Brooks, the scholar who heads the American Enterprise Institute. He has just written “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.” Every word he says sings to Mona and Jay, and other listeners will feel the same way.

The hosts then talk about ghastly news out of Planned Parenthood, and the issue of abortion generally. This is both a fascinating and a frustrating topic. They also discuss something a little lighter and less momentous – the entry of Governor Scott Walker into the presidential race.

They then welcome another guest, Omri Ceren, a very timely guest indeed in that he is an expert on the nuclear negotiations that have just been concluded in Vienna. He tells us what went down and what the consequences will be. They are not good.

Mona and Jay wonder, “Is this Munich?” Let’s hope not. But it smells that way.

Under the circumstances, we thought we might close out the show with Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a musical sign of mourning. Instead, we close with The Star-Spangled Banner, for America needs its chin up. We’ve seen darker times, heaven knows.

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  1. Leigh Inactive

    Not all of us who grew up conservative are insecure squishes!  Although even as I say that I realize that I grew up in a liberal culture, if not a liberal family.  I’ve had plenty of exposure — enough to serve as an inoculation, I suppose.  And I spent a significant amount of time, even as a teenager, thinking things through on my own account.

    On Walker — granted the anonymous aide was stupid to say that out loud, but come on.  Of course he would make a rhetorical swing to the center in a general election.  We really don’t think Ted Cruz or Rand Paul or Rick Perry would alter their messaging, just a little?  If anything, we have a better idea how much Walker will stick to his guns, seeing he’s run in Wisconsin and Milwaukee County.  He’s always governed conservative and presented his case fairly moderately.

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  2. Petty Boozswha Inactive
    Petty Boozswha

    Re: Jay’s remarks about abortion and slavery — one of my favorite works of history was Arthur Schlesinger Jr.’s The Age of Jackson. The book describes the political environment o the 1830’s and shows the alliance of what today would be the left wing of the Democratic Party; trade unions, Tammany Hall under Martin Van Buren, the anti-church and state crowd, and the pro slavery forces combating the fuddy duddy Whigs, Quakers and pro-infrastructure capitalists. “If these so called abolitionists care so much about injustice why don’t they take care of their own workers rather than pine for the rights of the Negroes a thousand miles away.” “At least the Negroes have aid when they’re sick or old, what do these Quaker mill owners do for their own workers?”

    The book shows how the anti-slavery issue migrated from right to left over the next 30 years, and I think late-term abortion could do the same thing if people like Planned Parenthood weren’t able to conflate it with the anti-contraception zealots like the Akin’s that we nominate.

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  3. Petty Boozswha Inactive
    Petty Boozswha

    I have to add that you’re analysis of the Iran situation was the best I’ve ever heard. I hope Clair Berlinski listens, she still pooh poohs the idea that Obama has the Fanon/Chomsky worldview baked in his marrow. Anything that hamstrings the apotheosis of capitalism, racism, sexism and heteronormative beliefs of Western Civilization that is the US, and it’s Fort Apache out-post Israel, has to be a good thing in the long run.

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  4. user_139376 Member

    Arthur Brooks has a seemingly very nuanced position on conservatives and the poor but what it all boils down to is government forced redistribution of income.  He is a big advocate of the magic of the free market, but there is always that hard core remaining that didn’t have their boats lifted that the taxpayer has to take care of.  I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the core philosophical argument according to Brooks why this should be so.  IMO, you should freely give to charity if you feel compelled to do so, but you shouldn’t be forced to if you don’t.

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  5. DJ EJ Member
    DJ EJ

    Thank you for having Omni Ceren on. I follow him on Twitter and it’s great to hear his analysis more extensively. Between the interview with Mr. Ceren, Jay’s interview with Elliot Abrams on the Q & A podcast, and a recent episode of the Weekly Standard podcast with Lee Smith, I’ve never been more simultaneously angry and depressed about the future – a very dangerous future indeed. God help us all.

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  6. BuckeyeSam Inactive

    Is there a reason this podcast is not playing?

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  7. BuckeyeSam Inactive

    Working now. Arthur Brooks is the man. NTK should have him on regularly–once every two/three months?

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  8. user_358258 Member

    Re:  Jay’s remarks about selling fetal body parts.  He’s correct that the evil is the abortion, not the selling of the body parts.  It reminds me of the kerfuffle over abortion for sex selection.  If you’re in favor of abortion on demand, then you’re in favor of abortion for any reason, and cannot be consistent and still oppose abortion for sex selection.  What had feminist panties in a wad was that more girls were getting aborted than boys, not abortion for sex selection.

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