We’re late –really late– so we’re going to make this brief: we’ve got our old friend Mickey Kaus to talk about Biden’s immigration policy, California politics, and other assorted ephemera, and we’ve got Mary Eberstadt on her book Primal Screams:How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity PoliticsWe also punditize (yes, we just invented that word) Biden’s press conference, and debate what city would be better to move to: San Francisco or New York.  Finally, what does “Zoom, Duck, Milkshake, Cinnamon Toast Crunch” mean? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

Music from this week’s show: Illegal Alien by Genesis

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  1. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Wait, Peter is “shocked” again?

    Stop the presses!

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  2. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Speaking of Amazon simply following the tax laws that Elizabeth Warren passes. This is a great interview. Marc Faber makes a great point. Progressive taxation and redistribution is simply countered by wealthy people stealing it all back with the Federal Reserve. Can anybody point out anything he says that is wrong? It’s a stupid system where you are stupid to not use it to steal from your fellow citizen. And then everybody pays a cut to the government to do it.

     

     

     

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  3. RufusRJones Member
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    I’m not sure you can really make the wages of the bottom go up given all of the automation and globalized labor. I think we have to switch to a deflationary economy and live off of better purchasing power. Of course this would be pure hell too effect.

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  4. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    The Mary Eberstadt segment was the best version of that type of thing I have ever heard.

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  5. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I’m not sure you can really make the wages of the bottom go up given all of the automation and globalized labor. I think we have to switch to a deflationary economy and live off of better purchasing power. Of course this would be pure hell too effect.

    Just do what Trump did in 2019 before the Pandemic.  Create a labor shortage.  When labor is scarce, the cost goes up and people get paid real wages.  

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  6. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I’m not sure you can really make the wages of the bottom go up given all of the automation and globalized labor. I think we have to switch to a deflationary economy and live off of better purchasing power. Of course this would be pure hell too effect.

    Just do what Trump did in 2019 before the Pandemic. Create a labor shortage. When labor is scarce, the cost goes up and people get paid real wages.

    This gets really complicated, but the problem is the cost of capital is artificially low because of bad central banking. Paying for robots, and setting up operations overseas is too cheap. All of this happens more humanely when you have natural interest rates. If you listen to long interviews of Steve Bannon, he basically says this. 

    I think it’s madness to have a positive CPI right now. We have too much debt and there are Geo political reasons we can’t do it though. You have to address it in other ways, which is what Steve Bannon’s trade policy is about, I think.  It’s very unhelpful when Republicans over simplify this stuff.

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  7. RufusRJones Member
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  8. J Ro Member
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Speaking of Amazon simply following the tax laws that Elizabeth Warren passes. This is a great interview. Marc Faber makes a great point. Progressive taxation and redistribution is simply countered by wealthy people stealing it all back with the Federal Reserve. Can anybody point out anything he says that is wrong? It’s a stupid system where you are stupid to not use it to steal from your fellow citizen. And then everybody pays a cut to the government to do it.

    I get it. It’s not “gloom, boom, and doom” anymore. Under moronic Leftist Democrats like Warren, with creepy, corrupt, catatonic Biden in the White House there’s a gloom boom and we’re doomed.

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  9. ericB Lincoln
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    @ericB

    Anthony L. Fisher confirmation.

    As a public service to those who (like me) didn’t know…

    The Cat Lawyer has been Milkshake Ducked

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  10. Andrew Member
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    @user_478927

    Of course these musty old guards are on Amazon’s side. My God. I guess shouldn’t be surprised. Tell us more about the future of conservatism and how it’s literally just every Reagan policy only in 2021.

    Each of those big tech companies has become an abomination. Full stop. 

    Big Tech Delenda Est. This is the way.

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  11. EJHill Podcaster
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    @EJHill

    Andrew: Tell us more about the future of conservatism and how it’s literally just every Reagan policy only in 2021.

    If only.

    Reagan’s Alzheimer’s was too convenient for the establishment end of the GOP not to take advantage of and they deliberately engaged in a 20+ year strategy of bait-and-switch with their base.

    They extolled the American worker but sent his job overseas.

    Worst yet, they did 180° on Communism. Where Reagan fought it almost every day of his post-WWII existence the Bush crowd decided to get in bed with the CCP. 

    They talked pro-life and increased funding to abortion providers.

    They talked fiscal responsibility and smaller government and gave us bigger deficits and a new behemoth security state. 

    The GOP is not interested in a Reagan redux and have no idea how resistance to that created something far worse for them: Donald Trump.

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  12. Andrew Member
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    @user_478927

    Hahahaha… another solution-less Reagan idolater. 

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  13. James Lileks Contributor
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    Andrew (View Comment):
    Of course these musty old guards are on Amazon’s side.

    If you’re talking about me, I am on Amazon’s side when a Senator threatens to dismantle them so they won’t able to criticize her. 

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  14. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Rob asserts that voter turnout is great, 135 million total or something, seemingly without any thought about whether a significant share of that number might be improper/fraudulent.  And that’s without regard to who they supposedly voted for.

    Nobody should celebrate “voter turnout” when you have things like 150 votes coming from a place with 100 people.

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  15. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Rather loud music buried the talk at the end.  It plain started too soon, and it was at full volume right away.

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  16. Blue Yeti Admin
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Rather loud music buried the talk at the end. It plain started too soon, and it was at full volume right away.

    Oops. Something clearly got moved just before this show was encoded. Just uploaded a new and improved version. Thanks for the heads up.

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  17. I Walton Member
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    Good across the board.  Are enough people with any kind of power engaged or involved enough to change our prospects? We’ll know in two years i.e. the election is stolen or not and if stolen it’s too  late.  Being prepared to separate may wake enough folks up to turn us toward sanity. If not prepared by the mid term elections and they take power through election shenanigans its over.  Seems insane but just being capable and organized to separate may  be enough. The Chinese (besides our own left) are the threat that must be addressed.   If this administration doesn’t address them effectively and steals the next election what other choices are there?  That choice must be organizad after inflation has awoken more folks early next year.

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  18. Capt. Spaulding Member
    Capt. Spaulding
    @CaptSpaulding

    So surprised that “Illegal Alien” can still be found and played. Especially offensive in light of Phil Collins’s accent bit. You could that in the ‘70s. Must be from Blue Yeti’s private collection. 

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  19. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Capt. Spaulding (View Comment):

    So surprised that “Illegal Alien” can still be found and played. Especially offensive in light of Phil Collins’s accent bit. You could that in the ‘70s. Must be from Blue Yeti’s private collection.

    Well, you didn’t hear it on the radio.

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  20. Mark Alexander Coolidge
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    So I started from the beginning, and I soon found myself thinking “Is this a dagger I see before me…” and then heard myself mumbling, “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow…”

    And then Mary Eberstadt suddenly started speaking and I was like, “No, the world must be peopled! When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married!”

    And then she left the stage and I was yelling, “A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all! I might have sav’d her; now she’s gone fore ever! Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little…”

    ;)

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  21. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Mark Alexander (View Comment):

    So I started from the beginning, and I soon found myself thinking “Is this a dagger I see before me…” and then heard myself mumbling, “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow…”

    And then Mary Eberstadt suddenly started speaking and I was like, “No, the world must be peopled! When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married!”

    And then she left the stage and I was yelling, “A plague upon you, murderers, traitors all! I might have sav’d her; now she’s gone fore ever! Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little…”

    ;)

     

    Cordelia sure was hot!

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  22. Randy Webster Member
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    @RandyWebster

    Surely you meant “punditize.”

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  23. Bishop Wash Member
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    Mark Alexander (View Comment):

    So I started from the beginning, and I soon found myself thinking “Is this a dagger I see before me…” and then heard myself mumbling, “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow…”

    And then Mary Eberstadt suddenly started speaking and I was like, “No, the world must be peopled! When I said I would die a bachelor, I did not think I should live till I were married!”

    I have this in my media library for fun in other threads and I’m hearing that line in his voice.

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  24. Blue Yeti Admin
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    @BlueYeti

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Capt. Spaulding (View Comment):

    So surprised that “Illegal Alien” can still be found and played. Especially offensive in light of Phil Collins’s accent bit. You could that in the ‘70s. Must be from Blue Yeti’s private collection.

    Well, you didn’t hear it on the radio.

    It’s on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube. 

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  25. Samuel Block Support
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    The Mary Everstadt segment was perfect. 

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  26. Blue Yeti Admin
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):
    Surely you meant “punditize.”

    👍

    And don’t call me Shirley.

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  27. RufusRJones Member
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    This relates to the video I posted above

     

     

     

     

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  28. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    This relates to the video I posted above

     

     

     

     

    1000 percent correct

     

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  29. RufusRJones Member
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    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    This relates to the video I posted above

     

     

     

     

     

    1000 percent correct

     

    If the right thinks hard enough about this, they will be able to gain political power and help people.

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  30. kedavis Member
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    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Surely you meant “punditize.”

    👍

    And “fins” should probably be “find.”

    Meanwhile, we didn’t find out what “Zoom, Duck, Milkshake, Cinnamon Toast Crunch” means.

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