Feminist Author Dr. Naomi Wolf Weighs In on Events Leading Up to Her Permanent Twitter Ban

Feminist Author Dr. Naomi Wolf Weighs In on Events Leading Up to Her Permanent Twitter Ban

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed liberal, feminist, author, and freedom lover Dr. Naomi Wolf to the newsmakers line to discuss her permanent ban from Twitter after questioning COVID vaccines, citing current state legislation and Moderna website published content.

Leahy: And we are welcoming to our newsmaker line. Our good friend Dr. Naomi Wolf, the author of the 1991 feminist classic, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women.

She was an advisor to Al Gore in 2000. And now the left doesn’t like her because she’s talking about some health freedom issues. Good morning, Naomi.

Wolf: Good morning to you. How are you?

Leahy: I’m glad to have you on. So Twitter has suspended you? Oh, my goodness. What did you do? (Laughs)

Wolf: (Chuckles) Well, that is a good question. I certainly didn’t violate any of the Twitter rules, and Twitter is set up so that there’s no way to know why you’re suspended. There’s no one to call and there’s no editor to challenge this decision about.

I know it’s widely reported that I was de-platformed for reporting on adverse reactions to the COVID vaccine. And it is true that I’ve broken some stories about that which were picked up in many other news outlets, and I’m proud of the reporting I did.

People deserve all the information about any medical process. But I don’t believe that’s the real reason I was actually de-platformed in the act of posting a two-minute video in which I literally read verbatim a press release from a state senator in Oregon named Kim Thatcher, who had introduced a bill to ban vaccine passports and mask mandates in the state of Oregon.

There were a couple of other things that I had posted that day that I also think were over the target, honestly. So that is my best guess about why I was de-platformed.

Leahy: The mainstream media has reported and they apparently know why you were de-platformed, right?

Wolf: Yeah. Which is such terrible reporting. A, nobody in the news media has called me for comment to find out from me why I think I was de-platformed or what I actually said. And a lot of tweets have been taken out of context.

But if Twitter won’t talk to me about why I was de-platformed then who’s talking to mainstream media? Right. It’s almost as if they’re just making it up or else Twitter is leaking to news outlets without giving me the courtesy of contacting me and saying, look we are de-platforming you for this reason.

It’s dangerous and scary, not just because of what happened to me and my 140,000 followers who now can’t talk to me. It’s really much more dangerous and scary for everybody else out there and for democracy because if indeed, the reason was that I was reporting a transparent civic process, a state bill, then that means Twitter and these big tech platforms have the power to silence one side of the aisle or one side of the political discussion even though I’m not a Republican.

Which is the irony. And only let people hear about bills on the Dem side. And we’ve seen the de-platforming of conservative voices across a range of voices and commentators. So that’s really, really scary.

That quickly becomes a one-party state in the Chinese Communist Party model. So that’s super terrifying. And it’s also super terrifying because this is the world that we’re living in now. It’s not going to stop just me.

If somebody says something about the administration that is not okay or reveals some flaw in a product then that industry has a lot of power, it’s really a way to suppress dissent and debate. And that’s just not American.

Leahy: Naomi, in studio with us this morning is our all-star panelist, Clint Brewer. Clint is a recovering journalist, and Clint has a question for you. (Wolf chuckles)

Brewer: I haven’t fully recovered, so I’m going to ask a question live on the air. Ms. Wolf, some of the language around medical freedom concerning the pandemic is not dissimilar to language around pro-choice arguments.

Wolf: Right.

Brewer: You’ve got a nuanced history on the issue of abortion. For the listeners reconcile your positions on medical freedom as it relates to COVID and on abortion. And do you think there’s a growing number of people who share that sentiment that I think you’ll explain?

Wolf: I’m not sure I fully understand your question. I think what you’re saying and I’ve made this point on Twitter is that liberal feminists like myself who are pro-choice, have always had a gospel of my body, my choice and that it is really dangerous and unethical when the state can say, you have to have this baby or you can’t have an abortion or any other kind of forced decision making by the state that gets between a woman and her doctor, a woman, and her body. Is that the analogy you’re looking for?

Brewer: Exactly. And it sounds like a similar argument to medical freedom around COVID. I mean, people should be able to make a choice about masks. They should be able to have a choice about vaccines and control their body in between them and their health care professionals.

Wolf: Yes. I mean, I do agree with you, and I would go further. I think with abortion, good people can reasonably make arguments in both directions. But when it comes to whether or not to wear masks, whether or not to accept an experimental medical procedure, which is still the COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t completed its clinical trials.

I would go further and say, really, there are so many laws, including the Constitution, that make it unlawful to coerce people to have that vaccine. It’s unlawful. It violates HIPAA, for instance, to have a vaccine passport system.

It violates the Fourth Amendment and the Right to Privacy to ask whether someone’s vaccinated or not vaccinated before they can enter a business, which is what was happening to me when I was in New York City, where the signs like this all over the city.

It violates the Equality Act to say, and I’m hearing from people across the country, you can’t have a job unless you get vaccinated. Your child can’t go back to college unless he or she accepts this experimental vaccination.

I’m not an anti-vaxxer, but I absolutely believe in the rule of law and the Constitution and our human rights law that you need a convention. You can’t force a medical treatment on people.

It’s illegal to experiment on people. That’s the Nuremberg Code. We have a nexus laws in the free world that prevents us from being forced to accept medical treatment or from being experimented on.  My condition is not anti-vaccine, and I wouldn’t even call it medical freedom. It’s just Western democracy with its rule of law.

Leahy: Naomi, Yahoo News about 22 hours ago posted this story about you. I’ll read it and get your reaction. ‘Twitter has suspended author Naomi Wolf after she posted outlandish vaccine misinformation on the platform, including a claim that the shots were a ‘software platform that can receive uploads.’ Did Yahoo contact you before they wrote that story? And what’s your reaction to that?

Wolf: Well, they certainly did not. And this is such a gross example of big news outlets that really rely now, and I’m in the news business and I know your guest is there as well. They really rely on a kind of unholy partnership with Big Tech. The language in that Tweet is from the Moderna website.

And they were boasting on the website that their lipid nano-particle technology is like software that you can kind of upload or change in the future. And they were boasting about that as a revenue model, as opposed to a traditional vaccine where you just get it once.

After I reported on that, we did hear that there were going to be booster shots. There are going to be booster shots and it’s not just going to be one injection. I literally used the language off the Moderna website and their analogy.

And the trouble with Twitter, of course, is you can take these out of context. And certainly, Yahoo News has no excuse for taking that out of context.

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Financial Expert Liz Peek Explains the Many Reasons Joe Biden Will Not Stand up to Ruthless China

Financial Expert Liz Peek Explains the Many Reasons Joe Biden Will Not Stand up to Ruthless China

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Christina Botteri welcomed Fox Business contributor and Wall Street expert, Liz Peek, on the newsmakers line to discuss the compromising position of Joe Biden and why he will not pushback on China.

Botteri: And on the newsmaker line with us is the one and only Liz Peek. Liz Peek is a Fox News contributor and former partner at the firm Wertheim and Company, and she’s a former columnist for The Fiscal Times, writes for The Hill, and contributes frequently to Fox News, The New York Sun, and other publications.

You can visit her online at lizpeek.com. You can follow her on Twitter, which I highly recommend @lizpeek. And Liz, you’re here to talk with us about Joe Biden’s China problem.

Peek: (Chuckles) Good morning. Well, he has one. And the problem for Joe Biden is that Americans are increasingly questioning where the Wuhan virus came from. And the mounting evidence is that, in fact, it was created in a lab not originally coming from bats or any kind of intermediary animal.

The Chinese have tested tens of thousands of animals and discovered no such virus exists that they can find it. And even some of our own experts with air quotes, like Anthony Fauci appear to think, yes, this is possible that this came from the lab.

So the question is, what is Joe Biden going to do about it? And I think voters are going to want him to stand up to China on this and other issues, by the way, too. And he can’t. He can’t because he needs China’s help in selling our own or I should say Joe Biden’s own very radical climate agenda to American voters.

Joe Biden basically wants to take offline or incredibly efficient low-cost energy structure and replace it with higher-cost renewables. That will mean everyone’s electricity prices go up and further damage our competitiveness with overseas companies.

And the only way he can even possibly argue that this makes sense is if China does the same thing. China has not done the same thing. They’ve made only the vaguest promises. And of course, China’s emissions are twice those of the U.S. growing very rapidly, whereas ours have not been increasing.

It is completely a fool’s mission to undermine one of the core geopolitical strengths of the United States, such as our incredibly abundant fossil fuel reserves without China making some sort of concession.

And Xi Jinping knows this. He knows this is a very fraught issue for a lot of voters in the U.S. Joe Biden needs his help in terms of Xi Jinping also making climate promises, which so far he’s not done. He also needs Xi Jinping to make sure that we can get back in the Iran nuclear deal.

Right now that’s unacceptable because the Iranians refused to make any changes to the original program. And Xi Jinping has sided with the Mullas and saying, no, no, their original deal is good enough.

Biden, really, if this is the cornerstone of his foreign policy, which it appears to be unbelievable, he needs Xi Jinping to work with him and get this done. But the most important thing probably is that the Chinese may have compromising information about the Biden family.

We know that there are a lot of financial transactions that included obviously Hunter Biden, but also possibly his father, which originated during the time he was vice president and the point person for Obama in China.

A Senate committee basically concluded that, in fact, the Biden’s might have extortion vulnerabilities because of what went on in not just China, but also other countries. And the FBI, let us not forget, is investigating Hunter’s activities for possible money laundering.

It’s a criminal investigation, again, involving his transactions in China. So I think the Chinese government is absolutely ruthless. They will not at all hesitate to leak out damaging information about the Biden family unless Joe Biden kind of plays along.

And I think this was true when Joe Biden was elected as true. Today, the media and social media giants covered it up and stood in the way of American voters finding out about these compromising situations in China.

Now, pretty much it’s gotten out there and I think this is potentially a huge problem for Joe Biden but also, let’s face it, for the United States.

Botteri: Yeah. You’re not kidding. That’s quite a lot to take in. I think the question that a lot of people have is, what can Joe Biden do? What can he get? What can he offer? What does he have that China wants? Is it to stand aside and let China just take over Africa in its entirety?

Is it to allow no change in their emissions standards? I guess, to their credit, China hasn’t made any promises that they’re not fulfilling. They’ve basically said, what? The U.S. cut our emissions? No, thanks. (Peek chuckles) No, we’re not doing that. But even if they did, would they?

Peek: I think you ask a good question. What do they want from Biden? What they want from Biden is basically for the United States not to impede their march towards supremacy. They want to be the number one industrial nation in the world.

Obviously, they’ve made enormous progress towards that end. But Trump was a hiccup. He was a speed bump. I think President Trump did our nation a great service by calling out China’s truly criminal activities, stealing billions, hundreds of billions of dollars, according to some government sources, in our intellectual property, cheating the United States on trade, but also the world on trade.

China is a bad actor. It has never gone along with the strictures of belonging to something like the World Health Organization, as we have seen recently, or the World Trade Organization.

They cheat, they lie. They do whatever is necessary to further their own cause. We had a President, briefly who put America first. There’s no question that Xi Jinping puts China first.

Okay, that’s acceptable as long as he behaves within the norms of conventional international behavior. But he does not. And I think the answer to your question is he wants Joe Biden basically to ignore what’s going on in China in specific about the virus.

Joe Biden will orchestrate a pretend investigation. He’s asked our intelligence agencies to double down on their investigation. He will go along with a rebooted WHO investigation. The World Health Organization.

None of those things is going to get anywhere because the Chinese are basically not allowing their scientists to talk to the Western investigators. They’re not allowing those investigators into the lab to look at their research materials for their procedures.

Little by little, though, it is coming out that this is probably the origins of the virus. And I think what they’re going to demand is that basically, the West do nothing about it. You’d be interested to know, maybe, and your listeners might be interested to know that Australia, to their credit, actually did challenge the origin theory a year ago about where this virus came from.

Australia really demanded answers and was very aggressive about it. In response, China has unleashed an unbelievable trade war against Australia, for which about 20 percent of their exports go to China.

China and Australia have very big trading relationships. China has blocked or sanctioned or now prohibited the importing from Australia dozens of goods. That’s how seriously they are on the attack on this and how aggressive they will be.

What we need to do and what Biden may or may not be able to do is really get the entire EU block and the UK organized with us demanding answers from China and putting out their potential penalties.

Whether it’s trade sanctions or whatever that result if, in fact, China does not cooperate. I don’t think Biden will do that. I don’t think he has the forcefulness to do that. And as I say, he has seriously serious vulnerabilities if he does.

Botteri: You mentioned the pretend investigation, and I just can’t help but wonder are there any real investigations in the Biden administration right now having to do with the serious issues? Are any of the investigations real?

And then something else that kind of struck me. I’m not the person who came up with this, but I think it’s a very provoking thought and one that we should all remember. And it is this. In China, globalism is nationalism.

Peek: Yeah, that’s exactly right. And that has served them well. Again, whatever serves China’s interests are acceptable to China is acceptable to China. And certainly globalism and the fact that the United States will enter into agreements, for example, the Paris Climate Accord is an absolute horror for the United States.

And sadly, because we have this climate-industrial complex now in the U.S. and so little real analysis of the costs of the kind of measures that Joe Biden wants to put through. There is nothing that Xi Jinping would like better than to have America try to cut our emissions in half, as Joe Biden has promised.

Look at California. California is a state which has embraced renewables with great enthusiasm, and their electricity costs are nearly twice that of the rest of the country. Their gasoline costs are probably 30 percent.

Botteri: And growing. Liz Peek, thank you so much for joining us today. I hope you come back again soon.

Peek: Thank you.

Botteri: You always a delight. Thank you so much.

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Simon, Ogles, and McCabe Discuss the Upcoming Hunter Biden PowerPoint and the CCP’s Global Loan and Debt Scheme

Simon, Ogles, and McCabe Discuss the Upcoming Hunter Biden PowerPoint and the CCP’s Global Loan and Debt Scheme

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Senior Editor-At-Large at The Epoch Times Roger Simon and Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio and welcomed Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line to discuss the up and coming Hunter Biden PowerPoint and the Chinese Communist strategy of loan and debt in their strategical takeover of the global economy.

Leahy: In studio a good friend, Roger Simon, the newest all-star panelist and the Senior Editor-at-Large at The Epoch Times, Andy Ogles the mayor of Maury County. We’ve been talking about a lot of things having a party.

We’ll get to our good friend and Washington correspondent Neil McCabe in just a minute. I want to set this up, Roger, for you with the following. Os Guinness is a great writer. He’s written A Suicide of the West.

He’s a Christian philosopher who has an understanding of politics. He’s the guy behind the concept that the United States was founded on the Golden Triangle of Freedom. And in essence, it says, freedom requires virtue.

Virtue requires faith. Faith, in turn, requires freedom. We’re in trouble in all those areas right now in the United States. And his argument is we are suffering from the rise of the left. He was a kid, he is 70 years old and he was born in China.

His parents were medical missionaries. He’s English. He was there in 1949 when the long March began and with the rise of Communist China, his argument is that here in the United States, we’ve seen a long March of Marxism through the institutions. And he thinks we got to fix that. Roger, you had some thoughts about that. Will we be able to fix it?

Simon: I have a piece coming out later today on The Epoch Times, in which I essentially say that what we used to call the Silent Majority is about to go un-silent. And the reason that’s happening is that the moms are finally getting upset, really upset because of the infiltration of Marxism into the educational system in our country.

It may be almost a biological thing of don’t fool with our children. Do what you want but you start to fool with our kids. And it’s over. And we’re going to say something. And I think in a hard way, we got three guys sitting here at the table but the women are going to lead the way in this a bit. I mean, there are a lot of men speaking out, too, but, I mean…

Leahy: The moms are not happy.

Simon: They’re not happy. And there’s a good reason not to be happy.

Ogles: Anecdotally just the other night in Williamson County, you have Moms for Liberty through together an event. And basically, in a two-week, 16 day time period, you had almost 400 upset mothers show up at this event and recoiling against the school system in Williamson County.

And I’ve been traveling to the state here aggressively these last few weeks. People will book me last minute, seven days out. And on a Tuesday night in Lenoir City, and you have standing room, only 120 people show up because they are frustrated. They are angry. And I can only speak for Tennessee. But there’s the potential for a wave election to come up.

Leahy: I want to bring in our good friend, the Washington Correspondent for the Star News Network, and The Tennessee Star, Neil McCabe. Neil had a breaking, exclusive story about sort of institutional hypocrisy having to do with Hunter Biden.

Simon: No kidding?

Leahy: Yeah, no kidding. I know what a shock. Neil McCabe, welcome to The Tennessee Star Report. You’re early this week, but it’s an important story, and we wanted to get you in early and you’ll be on tomorrow as well. But tell us about your breaking story.

McCabe: What’s happening is Fisher who was for a while he was the producer of Steve Bannon’s War Room-Pandemic, and now he’s a senior staffer on Capitol Hill. But he’s also the vice president of New York City-New York Young Republicans Club, which is founded in 1911.

It’s one of the oldest Republican clubs in the country. And he will be giving tonight a full-frontal expose of the Hunter Biden laptop with PowerPoint slides that aren’t like your usual PowerPoint slide presentations. (Leahy laughs)

People complain about your death by PowerPoint. I think people are going to be focused on what’s going on in this PowerPoint slide.

Leahy: Mayor of Maury County Andy Ogles has a question for you.

Ogles: When you say Hunter Biden in full frontal in the same sentence, it makes me nervous. (Laughter)

Simon: Are they going to put this online, by the way?

McCabe: I don’t know if it’s going to be online, but it’s actually going to be a fundraiser for the New York Republicans Club at their clubhouse in Manhattan. And Vish was one of the first guys who did the deep dive into the hard drive because he was working for Bannon when Rudy Giuliani brought it to Bannon.

And Jack Maxey, who for a long time was Bannon’s co-host on War Room. So Bish and Jack Maxey really the ones who went into the folders and all the different files, and they’re still digging through it. But rarely what comes out is there are policy problems, because to what degree was U.S. policy being crafted to profit the Biden family?

But there’s also this thread all through the laptop hard drive of Hunter Biden as a son, craving his father’s attention and craving his father’s love. And his father’s only interest seems to be to just keep Hunter in the game because Hunter is the bagman for all the other family operations.

Simon: Sounds like H.L. Mencken all over again. That famous quote when somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.

McCabe: (Laughs) Yeah, it’s scary and it’s sad. And they’ll be going through some of the crazy relationships that Hunter had. And really, there’s the business with the Chinese. I talked to Vish, of course, for my Tennessee Star article and he really made the point that Ukraine was almost a distraction, that it could have been the Chinese who actually set him up in Ukraine. But China was where the real money was, and that’s where the real sort of policy perversions were.

Leahy: And then also related to that, I don’t know if you saw this story. Alex Marlow, editor in chief of Breitbart, has a new book out called Breaking the News. One of the revelations is that while his father was Vice President and subsequently Hunter Biden flew out of Andrews Air Force Base  23 times as a private citizen.

McCabe: Hunter was sort of operating in that sort of dual space where he’s almost like an emissary from his father. And we’ve seen other family members do that. Usually, there are times when even George W. Bush was the one who told Sununu to resign as his father’s chief of staff sort of in the shadows kind of operator.

But Hunter Biden was just about the money, and he was really going after he was going around the world trying to vie for the Chinese, Mexican oil fields, Romanian oil fields. It’s really outrageous.

Simon: That’s the method of the Chinese Communist Party who is no longer really strictly Communist in the old sense. They’re more like powerful oligarchs trying to buy the world with their belt and road system. And they’re doing a good job because we’re all suckers for it.

McCabe: They’re buying up all the coal and all the oil, and then they’re telling us to have solar cars. (Laughter)

Simon: Exactly.

Leahy: Victor Davis Hanson had a great commentary about that we publish at The Tennessee Star. Basically, they’re really about the elite, shall we say, the oligarchs, they want to basically make a lot of money for themselves and do whatever they want. But tell you that you’ve got to have solar cars and do all that kind of craziness.

McCabe: And you talk about old Chinese techniques. It’s a very old Chinese technique to allow someone to run up incredible amounts of debt that they have no means of ever repaying. And then finally reaching a point where you take their house and take their farm. And with the belt and road loans, we saw.

Simon: Or you take their ports, which is what are the things they are really trying to do.

McCabe: Yes. In Africa, we see it where they come in and they say, okay, now we lend you the money for the generator and a generation plant. Now that plant is ours. We lent you the money for the port, and now the port is ours. And I think we owe a lot of money to the Chinese, too.

Leahy: It’s a little bit like the old mercantilism of the 16th and 17th centuries that America revolted against.

McCabe: And we laughed at them when they said they were going to build an industrial society. We laughed at them and we said, we’re so smart, we’re going to be an information economy. And now they make three times as many cars as we do.

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Former NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald Continues to Sound the Alarm on the Dangers of Woke Ideology and Indoctrination as Economic Collapse Looms

Former NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald Continues to Sound the Alarm on the Dangers of Woke Ideology and Indoctrination as Economic Collapse Looms

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Dr. Michael Rectenwald to the newsmakers line who is the author of 11 books, including Thought Criminal and Google Archipelago outlines how corporations are positioning themselves in ideological favor due to China’s influence in state economics in order to survive.

Leahy: We are joined by our good friend again, former Professor at NYU Michael Rectenwald who is actually an academic who thinks independently and has written some great books published by Nashville’s own New English Review Press. Professor Rectenwald welcome again back to The Tennessee Star Report.

Rectenwald: Hi, Michael. Thanks for having me.

Leahy: So woke capitalism. You warned us about this for some time. We’ve seen it now going crazy with the actions by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. He is a Harvard Law School graduate with no common sense that has decided to punish the citizens of Georgia because their legislature passed common sense, election integrity reform laws. The way to punish them? Move the All-Star Game from the Truist Park in Cobb County Metro Atlanta which is 50 percent black to 9 percent Black in Denver, Colorado, home of the Colorado Rockies.

Here’s what bothers me, Professor Rectenwald, to me that these four 500 executives and Major League Baseball Commissioner talking about the head of Delta Airlines ahead of Coca-Cola, they aren’t even looking at the facts of these bills. They are just kind of responding to political pressure and then trying to force the duly elected state legislatures in these sovereign states to change their policies. What do you make of all this?

Rectenwald: These corporations are actually, they’re not even caving to pressure they are the pressure at this point. And ironically, the laws that they’re moving the game over are more restrictive in Colorado than they are in Georgia. And furthermore, how outrageous it is that Major League Baseball is willing to play games in China where China keeps people in concentration camps and forced labor and brainwashing techniques are underway constantly. So they’re complete hypocrites. It’s outrageous. And they’re completely not paying attention to reality in terms of where the real oppression is taking place.

Leahy: You said something very important there. They’re not paying attention to reality. They’re not recognizing reality. How is it that leaders of many Fortune 500 companies and the commissioner of baseball are so disconnected from reality? How did that happen?

Rectenwald: Ideology, ideology creates a worldview that blocks out a lot of information and a lot of facts. It just shapes the world view, such that you see the world in a certain restricted way, and you don’t have a wider lens to be able to see other factors of reality. They’re under this word ideology, which is a form of socialism and socialist ideology and that’s what they’re looking at the world through this lens, which makes invisible certain elements that are there.

Leahy: Of the leadership, the top management of Fortune 500 companies in America today, what would be your guess as to the percentage of them that have this woke ideology?

Rectenwald: I’m going to say it’s about 95 to 99 percent at this point.

Leahy: I think you’re right. If we went back 20 years ago, what would that number have been?

Rectenwald: Probably zero to one.

Leahy: So it’s been a 20-year change, right?

Rectenwald: Right. A huge, massive shift that’s taking place ideologically in this country from what I would call American values. I don’t know what to say, to socialist ideology. Really it’s an incredible ideological paradigm shift that’s taken place.

Leahy: How did that happen?

Rectenwald: What’s happening is we’ve had tremendous pressure through academia and this ongoing indoctrination and academia which I’d say it has been going on for 30 years or 50 years even. But more intensely in the last 10 to 20 years. And I think also, frankly, I’m not sure to the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party is behind some of this.

And in other words, the pressure they’re exerting ideologically thanks to their foothold in our economy. So that’s what they do. They ingratiate everyone to them by virtue of getting an economic stronghold, and then they start to perpetuate their ideology on the rest of the world. This is what they’re doing with their One Belt One Road Initiative. And they’re doing it in the United States vis a vis economic ties.

Leahy: Your suspicion is one I share. Getting the evidence for it, of course, will take a little bit of time. But I share that suspicion about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party on the thoughts of leadership and America’s Fortune 500 companies. What is to be done? How do we move that number from 95 to 99 percent woke among America’s Fortune 500 executives back down towards something manageable?

Rectenwald: I tell you what, I’m not sure it will work through some sort of reverse ideological indoctrination. What’s going to happen is the economy is going to suffer tremendously because this is all based on bad economics first of all. And we’re going to undergo this continues some serious cataclysms economically, and this could wake people up. Sometimes it takes some sort of a catastrophe for people to wake up because they can’t see outside of their blinders. So I’m afraid if it’s not going to be through reverse engineering, the ideological indoctrination, it may have to come through some economic problems.

Leahy: So what would be the economic problems resulting from the woke ideology of Fortune 500 executives?

Rectenwald: Well, what it is is it is a state-enforced. What they’re doing is they’re ingratiating themselves to the state because they believe the state will be the main means by which they’re going to make it economically, only those favored corporations. So as long as the state is dishing out all the money, which is what’s happening, then you’re going to have these companies beholden to the state in terms of their beliefs so that they’re in accord with what’s happening. And since we have a fully Democratic-run government, this is what afoot.

They’re providing all this money by printing it endlessly. What will happen is we’ll get into severe inflation at some point. And, you know, the Chinese economy is only functioning because we had a U.S. market to buy their goods. And if they make this such that so this could never really work long term. You can’t have the state being the main source of economic growth. It won’t work. What will happen is the economy will crash, and then you have to see that the market itself has to be the main driver. And that’s what we’re going to get into.

Leahy: When you see the economy crash, though, won’t the Fortune 500 companies be in a stronger position than, say, mid-size companies and small businesses?

Rectenwald: Absolutely. And that’s part of the whole, unfortunately, I don’t want to call the plan, but that’s the setup. This favors large-scale corporations over small businesses that are being as we’ve seen through the Coronavirus response have been obliterated. We’ve lost maybe 50 percent of small businesses over this crisis.

And it’s favoring these large corporations. And unfortunately, they may see the solution as more bailouts from the government. But at some point, this money is not going to mean anything, because if you keep printing money, the greater the supply, the cheaper it is, the less it’s worth. And so likewise, it’s inflationary. There’s no way around it.

Leahy: Professor Rectenwald, what you’re saying makes common sense. Last question for you. I appreciate your time this morning. How has your message been received?

Rectenwald: Well, outside of I would say, alternate type sources of news it’s not being received at all. I can’t get it across because you can’t break into the mainstream legacy media with this kind of message. They’re all down with this new monetary policy that you can just print money endlessly and suppose that things are going to work out when the facts of economics just tell you that’s not true and ideologically. You just can’t get across because they just peg you as some sort of a right-wing nut case instead of paying attention to what you’re saying. We’re in precarious conditions, and they’re on shaky ground.

Leahy: Well, our listeners, I can tell you this Professor Rectenwald are glad to hear your message and come back again and give more details on it as this continues. Thanks for joining us today.

Rectenwald: Thanks for having me. My pleasure.

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