RealClear Radio Hour – Contemporary Feminism’s Anti-intellectual Crisis

4 Jan

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The Insular Trend

January 3, 2015

Australian author and blogger Claire Lehmann questions the rise of anti-intellectualism in modern feminism and the risks of tribalization in digital communication.

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RealClear Radio Hour – The Nostalgia, Kitsch, and Entrepreneurship Christmas Show

29 Dec

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Christmas Nostalgia

DEC 27, 2014

Michael Williams, longest current member of The Drifters, discusses their breakout R&B hits of the 50s and 60s with recordings of “White Christmas” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.” Recorded around one mic, the group’s unique vibe gave it a persisting legacy.

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Kitsch and Entrepreneurship

DEC 27, 2014

Brian Jones, owner of A Christmas Story House, museum, and Red Rider Leg Lampsdiscusses the cult film classic and his surprising career move from Naval Intelligence to Leg Lamp entrepreneur.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Advancing the Future of Science

22 Dec

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Advancing the Future of Science by Learning from Its Past

DEC 20, 2014

Dr. Terence Kealey, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, debunks the call for government funding of scientific research. Kealey points to the political missteps of the eugenics movement and the space race to illustrate amoral groupthink and economic waste.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Science Fiction: Predicting and Inventing the Future

21 Dec

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Science Fiction—Predicting and Inventing the Future

DEC 20, 2014

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David Brin, scientist, futurist, and Hugo and Nebula Award winning author, explores how science fiction can improve the future, by helping us chart technological dangers to avoid and promising goals to pursue.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Executive Branch Overreach Edition

14 Dec

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Civil Forfeiture Abuse

DEC 13, 2014

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Long Island family business owner and civil forfeiture victim Jeff Hirsch and his Institute for Justice attorney, Larry Salzman, discuss how the local police teamed up with the IRS to seize $447,000 from the Hirsch business bank account—without so much as charging Hirsch with a crime. Two years on, the police have yet to file charges or return the money. Salzman details the rampant abuse of civil forfeiture laws nationwide, including egregious instances of failure to follow due process in U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s district.

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NSA Spying

DEC 13, 2014

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Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, discusses the evolution of the National Security Agency from a focus on foreign intelligence gathering to blanket spying on American citizens at home. Guliani argues that domestic surveillance has become far more intrusive than originally intended, and that the bipartisan issue of surveillance reform will continue to stay in the political fore with the new Congress and 2016 elections

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RealClear Radio Hour – Fortress and Frontier, the Regulatory Dichotomy

7 Dec

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The Health Care Fortress

DEC 6, 2014

Robert Graboyes, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, likens regulatory policy of the IT and healthcare industries to a frontier and a fortress, respectively. Graboyes argues that the Food and Drug Administration’s slow-walk drug approval process creates an invisible graveyard of people who die waiting for new treatments. Instead, he proposes allowing greater innovation, as is common in IT, to create more effective, affordable care and treatment options.

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The Seasteading Frontier

DEC 6, 2014

Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute, who proudly dubs himself a “Seavangelist,” describes how floating communities would encourage governments to act more like companies rather than monopolies and treat citizens more like customers whose loyalty they must earn. Using the cruise industry as a model, Quirk predicts seasteading will become a reality for “aqua-preneurs” by the year 2020.

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Daily Caller – Hey, Progressives, It’s OK to Declare Victory Sometimes

5 Dec

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As a child of the 1950s, I was born into an America of Jim Crow, back-alley abortions, rivers that caught fire, and air unfit to breathe. It was an America recovering from a brutal depression followed by global war. Yes, it was an America full of faults. But its people were imbued with enough vigor and idealism to overcome these shortcomings along with a shared faith that our future would always be better than our past.

We had reason to be optimistic. After saving the world from the onslaught of militant fascism, Americans shook off the bridle of central economic planning and rediscovered the essential strengths of free enterprise, building the largest middle class with the highest standard of living the world has ever known.

To their credit, Progressives led many battles that made our country better. Civil Rights were finally delivered to all Americans, guaranteeing genuine equality before the law despite deeply embedded racism. Women today have choices that would have been unimaginable in just about any society that has come before. And our air and water are cleaner now than they have been since the start of the industrial revolution.

Mission accomplished? Alas, no.

As American Progressivism enters its second century, its adherents have become so addicted to struggle and so oblivious to the real problems facing contemporary society that they are endangering the very victories their forebears fought so hard to win. Nowhere is this more evident than in the environmental field.

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