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This week, we wanted to do a show aimed at graduating students — which is why we booked The WSJ’s Andy Kessler to discuss his column Advice to New Grads: Scale or Bail and Amy “Tiger Mom” Chua (yes, her new book Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations isn’t strictly for grads, but hey, she’s the TIGER MOM). But one of our podcasters decided to hijack that theme and take us on his own magic carpet ride. Still, it’s a good show, chock full of advice, life, hacks, and other illuminating factoids. Happy Memorial Day!
Music from this week’s show: Eye of the Tiger – Bluegrass Tribute To Classic Rock
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Moody Blues. Come on Blue Yeti… I’m sure even the Abominable Snowman has heard of the ‘House of Four Doors’…
In Search of the Lost Chord
Which only goes to demonstrate the true courage of Jordan Peterson…
Chua’s new book just became available on the kindle from my library, so I have it downloaded and will read it soon. As I’ve said on here many times, someone should write a book about the impact of tribalism on politics, I would read it.
But I couldn’t help but think about Ricochet when I heard Chua say “it is a relaltively small number of very loud voices on both the extreme right and the extreme left that kind of almost like bully people into having these views. But if I talk to a large number of students or even just get people from opposite political stripes and just have a conversation over a beer or over lunch as individuals, I think most people are more reasonable and good.”
Ricochet was intended as that place where we could have a conversation over a beer but it is becoming a forum for a relatively small number of very loud voices that want to bully people into agreeing with them (or at a minimum, stay silent about their disagreements). Both the EverTrumpers and the NeverTrumpers have grouped everyone that is not completely with them as being completelty against them.
It is getting boring, repetitive, and tense. I would bet an overwhelming majority of the 5,000 Ricochet members fall somewhere between the EverTrumpers and the NeverTrumpers, but the conversation about Trump is dominated by those two groups, because they are willing to shout the loudest.
And Bret Weinstein. And a few (a very few) others.
It’s frightening. And the campus ethos that is infecting the country as a whole is something the Right simply refuses to deal with.
”You just wait till these kids are out of college with a spouse and a job and a mortgage and a child, heh heh. Theeeyyyy’ll come around. Heh heh.”
”It’s only a tiny percentage of radicals, so, nothin’ to worry about!
”Hey, the Right’s doing fine, just fine. We’ve got X number of governorships and have you seen the polls lately? — we’re on track to hang on to the Senate and 27 seats in the House and blah blah blah blah…”
Dude…Seriously? You’re unfamiliar with the classic works of the Moody Blues?
I went looking for a youtube for ‘Legend of a Mind’ and ended up finding a Moody Blues documentary. Over 2 hours long. Stayed up way past my bedtime to watch it.
I do not Fear The Reaper.
What? Are you in a cult?
In the spirit of the bluegrass version of Eye of the Tiger, I offer this, from the album Moody Bluegrass:
Yeah. A relatively small number. Meanwhile …
— Brilliant, equal-opportunity-offender comedians (Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, etc.) can no longer play college campuses because so many students are offended by their speech.
—And corporate America is now adopting the PC Leftist ethos.
—And identity politics now informs every aspect of pop culture, including film, publishing and most scripted TV.
—And for the first time, a majority of America’s young people now favor legislation that would criminalize “hate speech” in the public sphere (just as Canada and the nations of Western Europe have done).
This is the trend now.
Does this really rate a “meh” with you?
You make it sound like there’s some sort of bad history with allowing Progressive Germans to run things unhindered…..
IMO, this topic is a very big deal.
FYI, this is honestly kind of a hard listen. Wood’s show is usually much more accessible.
Dennis Prager is always point out this stuff, too.
Higher education = cultural marxism
The whole thing needs to be atomized
This country has jumped the shark on inflationism, centralization, and cultural marxism. It’s understandable that Trump got elected. Act accordingly.
Here’s where we disagree:
Donald Trump, like Barack Obama, is a symptom of where we are as a culture, he is not the cause. Not by a long shot.
In other words, Trump is reflective, not transformative.
Parents are transformative. The elementary and high schools are transformative. Colleges and graduate schools are transformative. The media is transformative. Scripted TV and movies are transformative.
But Trump himself is not transformative.
Which is why we need to stop obsessing about who’s pro-Trump and who’s anti-Trump and Trump this and Trump that and TrumpTRUMPTrumpTRUMPTrumpTrump!!
Trump. Is. Reflective.
But the values held by our college students today will become the baseline values of America tomorrow.
In other words, it’s the culture. It is all about the culture.
And nothing else … nothing else! … matters. Nothing.
I’m not talking about Trump, I’m talking about the behavior of a fairly small number of people on this site.
Forgive me. I thought the behavior you were talking about was in the way this small number of people were choosing to discuss the President.
Glad I was wrong!
How people discuss Trump is not Trump.
Oh my God.