On March 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm, Douglas Neviera wrote:
Do you still believe that China will get old before it gets rich?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm, Christopher Gelber wrote:
At the risk of being greedy, I have a question I hope Mark will speak about some time: Can anything be done about China? For decades, while the entire West has been increasingly obsessed with nebulous claims of racism, multi-gender bathrooms, third wave feminism, AGW, microaggressions and other assorted trivia, China has been systematically acquiring global influence and key interests in Western assets: banks, utilities, PE houses, manufacturing, investment vehicles, media businesses, universities, real estate, supply chains ... to name just a few. It has also engaged in massive global sovereign lending and influence-peddling, with the result that it effectively owns the WHO and large parts of the Third World. China also controls over 70% of the world's current production of rare earth minerals, which are necessary components in all mobile phones, computers, solar panels and wind turbines. You can't uncook a stew, and to mix metaphors I fear on this we scream into a howling wind.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:03 pm, Owen Morgan wrote:
The Chinese commies, under Xi Jinping, have famously banned Christmas. As Xi watches the very slow-motion car-crash which is Joe Biden, will he, perhaps, be reconsidering the ban? He must be thinking that the phrase about all his Christmases coming at once does have a certain relevance.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:03 pm, Leslie B. wrote:
Hi Mark, how hard do you think the Chinese are laughing at us when they see President Biden barely able to put a sentence together, President Harris making all the phone calls and the American media telling us all that there's nothing to see here?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:05 pm, Michael Cavino wrote:
Given that TCM is now "reframing" its library of classic films, how soon before they reframe the patriotic "Yankee Doddle Dandy" since it celebrates a nation built on systemic racism through song? Or take the same approach to "The Public Enemy" because of its famous grapefruit scene?
For many years, the progressive Left in America has celebrated sanctuary cities. So, I suggest those of us who enjoy classic films and books for what they are start "sanctuary culture" where these items are free the culture of wokeness.
If TCM were smart, they would hire you to host the channel. With your wit and sartorial splendor, you'd be the perfect successor to the late Robert Osborne. Thanks for all the wonderful content!
On March 11, 2021 at 4:05 pm, Denise Jones wrote:
I miss you on The Rush Limbaugh show. Will you be hosting anymore? Five minutes on Wednesday on Tucker Carlson just isn't enough!! I need three hours!!
On March 11, 2021 at 4:06 pm, Margie CT wrote:
Hello Mark, do you think that the actor Laurence Fox has a chance at becoming Mayor of London?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm, AlyM wrote:
Hi Mark, the 1.9 trillion COVID Relief Bill will add to the already staggering U.S. debt, much of it racked up under Obama. How does this affect us in international monetary terms, what are the negatives, and how much debt is too much? I think most people, like myself, don't fully understand the consequences of government spending. Thanks!
On March 11, 2021 at 4:08 pm, Jan Schiebout wrote:
I'm wondering where and why you came up with one of your outstanding ideas: the "One hundred years ago today" audio retrospective, complete with sounds and news of the day. Exactly one hundred years ago, my maternal grandparents began their courting relationship, so the sounds, news and people are the very ones they heard, read and experienced at that time. But why did you decide to set your "Wayback Machine" to exactly one hundred years ago?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:08 pm, Ian Chandler wrote:
Has anyone at SteynOnline considered producing a compilation album of all Mark's recent parody covers of hit songs? Now that's what I call Steyn.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:09 pm, Todd Williamson wrote:
I am dying to know the answer to this question....How do you think Joe Biden, or his surrogates, would respond to this question?
Exactly how is stopping construction on the Keystone pipeline going to result in global climate improvement? Let's go ahead and accept the (very weak at best) theory that fossil fuels are the problem. In the absence of an adequate domestic supply, and if Americans are to continue using the same amount of oil , we will have to obtain it from foreign sources which have much lower environmental standards vs. our production facilities. Or is the Biden administration's intent to reduce our access to oil, so that we simply must do with less, at a time when many Americans are already struggling mightily?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:10 pm, Richard Malaby wrote:
Hi Mark - as always, love the Club!
How about a little fun today? Two questions, neither on the topics of the day:
If you could add or remove anything from the US Constitution, what would it be and why?
How does Mark Steyn unwind? Between writing and the website, TV appearances, guest hosting gigs, what does a typical Friday night in northern New Hampshire look like?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:10 pm, Wanda Sherratt wrote:
Mark, do you think that cinema has a future? Or is it as you once described opera when Puccini died in 1924, a dead art form, only people haven't realized it yet?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:12 pm, Toby Pilling wrote:
The UK is about to get a couple of brand new news channels, supposed to give a more right wing alternative to the usual leftist drivel. Isn't this development the sort of thing you've been advocating for for years?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:13 pm, SabreMike Carroll wrote:
Does a civilization that finds a governor killing 10,000+ people acceptable but demands his immediate resignation for being accused of sexual harassment even deserve to exist?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm, George Prescott wrote:
Hi Mark, do you think that President Trump will consider another run in four year's time or will he be content to be the Republican Godfather for now? What would you advise him if you had a direct line?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:15 pm, Jeff Estes wrote:
At this particular moment in US History, the Article V Convention of States movement seems to me an appropriate lever against unrestrained federal power. I am disappointed President Trump never supported the topic and would like your opinion on the matter.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:15 pm, Steven Payne wrote:
Mark, would you agree that, of all the bad actors who seem dead set on ruining our society, the media is the one that does the most damage? What, if anything, can be done about that? I don't mean for people like the ones listening, but for the large number of people who casually peruse the news, perhaps watching one of the network's evening news shows during dinner and assuming they're getting the straight story. Do you see any way to make those news outlets be more honest and stop fitting all that they report into the narrative they want you to hear — a far Left narrative?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm, Martha McNeely wrote:
You could always try thinking about Jeffrey Toobin.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm, Scot A wrote:
One way to end the Covid crisis is just turn off the TV news and social media. I am not trying to be flippant but that is kind of what we did as family in Georgia and just got on with living our lives. Our daughter has done about 12 live theater productions since last summer and we just keep living our lives.
My question is are we being played by the GOP again? All of the Republicans from Graham to Cotton are butching up and saying how tough they are going to be on immigration and China. Of course when they had a chance to do something from 2017 to 2020 and they didn't do anything under Ryan or McConnell.
At least during this national collapse we don't have to read any more mean tweets.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm, Kelly Sr. wrote:
I'm old enough to remember HUAC, the House Un-American Activities Committee. Do you suppose the commission Pelosi wants to form to study the events of Jan. 6 will be anything like that?
I realize that the Reichstag Fire won't come within range of your "100 years from today" recollections for a decade-plus but it can illuminate the ongoing DNC/media gaslighting of Jan. 6 into a similar "crisis" - a fraud declaring one's political opponents to have become enemies of the state. The fire was a crisis not wasted by Hitler, who framed it, Pelosi-like, as an attack on the heart of the nation and used it to bring the National Socialists to power for a dozen years of killing.
What occurred on Jan. 6 in America, stupid as it may have been, was not sedition, which is punishable by law, but it has already been described as such by Democrats in the Congress they control. There will be a commission. It will be covered by the media with full credulity making heros of the accusers. In the '50s, college students rioted in protests against HUAC, will they now riot in support?
Kelly Ambrose, Sr.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:19 pm, Kelly Sr. wrote:
In my HUAC-Reichstag Fire question, I forgot to include the bonus question:
Could Merrick Garland have defended the poor commie blamed for the Reichstag Fire? It was at night.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm, Todd Lewis wrote:
The Left lies about everything. They are absolutely brazen about it. They don't care that anyone points this out because they are convinced there are enough fools who will believe them that it doesn't matter. Rush used to introduce himself at times saying "this is Rush Limbaugh presiding over the destruction of liberalism" or something to that effect. He also famously called himself the "Truth Detector". Even Rush couldn't push back the lies of the Left. Do you think this juggernaut of lies can actually be turned back? What would it take do you think?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:25 pm, Ben Poser wrote:
I have heard that there may be some quite effectively disguised good fortune in how fast the left is moving to excise the most innocuous and delightful gumdrops of children's entertainment. If Dr. Seuss is racist and animated animals are racist — with no discernible racism having been inculcated as a result — then the hard brick wall is approaching with cruel swiftness, and normal people will be soon not be putting up with the charming tribal customs of the Year –21 for much longer. It was also heartening to see that the British people overwhelmingly want nothing to do with this vulgar, greedy, immature Hollywood floozie — however photogenic she may be. The Royal Family is perhaps the least racist family on earth, preferring to spend its time hobnobbing with more non-white people more often than all of the former Doofess of Sussex' degenerate friends combined — people far more "tinted" than non-prince Archibald for a start. Do you agree that there could be a dissonant yet hopeful note in all of this?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:25 pm, SabreMike Carroll wrote:
Someone pointed out the irony that the guy from Mumfred & Sons who was sent to Room 101 by the Wokenstupid is named Winston. The nihilist morons whom Andy Ngo bravely tells the truth about have on numerous occasions spotted an Asian man in the midst of their mostly peaceful riots and went to attack them thinking they were Andy (Because they all look alike right??? Some "Antiracists" that lot are!). Lets call Antifa what they really are: The Stormtroopers of the Democratic Party for whom no laws apply.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:26 pm, Drew Weber wrote:
Per Margaret Thatcher, "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." The Dems' deceptively-named "COVID Relief" bill has little to do with the virus and much to do with bail-outs and pork spending. Dems will soon turn to spending on infrastructure and the Green New Deal. Washington now is unmoored to any sense of spending other people's money, rather they believe they can spend money we do not have or ever will have. You often quote Hemmingway from The Sun Also Rises regarding going bankrupt, "gradually, then suddenly". Seems we are in the "suddenly" phase! P.S. Per your recent take on the music of Mario Lanza – good to hear I was not alone as a fan of the prog group, Camel.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:27 pm, Michael Tolocka wrote:
There's a tendency of the folks in the journalism business to not be particularly interested in journalism. That is, many news stories are written like:
Democrats are passing a 1.9 Trillion dollar COVID relief bill. $1400 checks will be sent by March 14th. Republicans say that most of the spending is not for COVID relief, but rather for Democrat pet projects.
And that's it: Democrats do well; Republicans criticize. That's the end of the reporting. What is the truth? Well, that would take "journalisming".
What can be done to break through the propaganda?
We had Trump who cut through the nonsense and that's one of his most endearing qualities.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm, Penns Woods wrote:
Mark do you have thoughts on why this admin is welcoming in hordes of southerners? Lots with the Chinese flu. Putting them on buses after doing biometrics. To disperse into the interior. Released on their own recognizance. Are they intent on destroying their own country?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:32 pm, Donald Kilmer wrote:
Hello from Idaho —
Loved your take on how Her Majesty will outclass and outlast Meghan and her foppish sad husband, but do you think the heir-apparent, Charles, will have the fortitude to take on the forces trying to undermine the monarchy?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:33 pm, Elisa Angel wrote:
I drive by Pansy Street almost every day now, and I think, "When will that name be changed?" Sure, every street in that area is named for a flower, but "pansy" is also a pejorative according to the urban dictionary and some small children. How long before Pansy Street meets the same fate as Lincoln, Washington, Columbus, and the other toppled statues or renamed schools or roads? Once they wipe away our founders and presidents, surely ennui will set in, and they'll come for our flower names too.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:34 pm, Sergei wrote:
Dear Mark, do you think that Californians will successfully recall Governor Hair Gel? He's going on about Covid and equity and Latinos lately and it makes me wonder if this is his desperate last gasp at pandering before he is ousted. And if he's ousted do you think an adult will take over or will we get someone more radical in his stead?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:35 pm, Michelle Dulak wrote:
Mark, what do you think Biden or rather his handlers will do when (not if, at this point) China invades Taiwan? The HK takeover suggests that they really don't care what they do at this juncture. I would very much like to know how much dirt the CCP has on the Biden family.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:38 pm, Dale Owens wrote:
I recently had a spell working as a contributor to the English language blog of a well-known Italian newspaper. Interestingly the editor encouraged diversity of opinion amongst the contributors. I was the wacky right-wing nutcase defending, inter alia, Brexit voters, Victor Orban and Trump voters in flyover country whilst the others were a medley of chamber of commerce conservatives, trendy liberals and socialists. Sadly the experiment never got very far in terms of readership, no doubt in part because I am certainly no Mark Steyn. But I also thought at the time that a blog with such an array of different views was in any case bound not to get very far in a world of echo chambers, tribalism and fragmentation. I guess that as a traditionalist and a conservative I am accustomed to living in a cultural world "held" by the other side. But a liberal will baulk at any outlet with a good word to say about the Hungarian government and just go back to the BBC, CBC and NYT comfort zone. Diversity is not strength in terms of generating the punters and the clicks. What do you think?
Dale, a Welshman living in Brescia, near Milan, Italy.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:39 pm, FHB in Montana wrote:
Do you think that Harry and Meg blew it with the Oprah interview? Did they undersell themselves? I understand they only got $7 million for that epic attempt of destroying the Royal Family through a nuclear level woke-bomb.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:39 pm, William Day wrote:
Mark, But for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, would not Saddam's regime have built nukes and probably fired them at their enemies? Might you comment on my query? Thanks
On March 11, 2021 at 4:39 pm, Al Man from CA wrote:
Mark, love the time zones, the more obscure the better! Out here in California Gov Gruesome gave a speech where he said (I paraphrase) something about not going back to "normal" because "normal" doesn't have "equity". I know "equity" is the lefties newest buzz word, but what exactly does it mean to them? Is this another word grab to continue their control of language?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:40 pm, Patricia Gillis wrote:
This isn't really a question, but rather an observation, one which I am sure you have had too. I have been shocked that I have yet to see a cover story in a magazine anywhere about the passing of the Great Rush Limbaugh. I don't even see hit pieces about him. It is like he never existed. At first, I could only reflect on how much they must have hated him. But after a while, I came to believe that it actually reveals how much they feared him and how much they fear those of us who loved him.
I am sure Rush expected nothing better from these lesser lights. I continue to mourn Rush and would have lowered my flag to half-staff if I had one. The fact that the present occupant of the White House shamefully did not do so speaks to Rush's power, even now.
Thanks for everything you do, Mark.
(A fellow Canadian and a proud founding member of the Mark Steyn Club)
On March 11, 2021 at 4:41 pm, Elizabeth Neville wrote:
For so long, our freedom of speech - indeed our very freedom of thought -has been most obviously threatened by the west's refusal to defend itself against attacks by radical Islamists. The threat of Communist China is the "discovered check" and was clearly revealed last March with the release of the deadly China virus. My question is:
What's your take on how this threat was revealed? Was it China all along, while we were distracted by jihadis? Is it somehow related?
Thank you for all you do Mark!!
On March 11, 2021 at 4:43 pm, John Groenveld wrote:
Last month, the Assocated Press' gum shoe reporter Philip Marcelo hopped onto a Zoom presser held by representatives of the Cheap Labor Lobby and Big .EDU about the dire demographics of your corner of the world. Money quote: "The northern New England states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire face "strong headwinds" that can only be reversed by an infusion of new residents and immigrants, argued David Greene, president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine." Why aren't your neighbors in the Pine Tree State making babies and sending them to Colby.EDU? And what does New England look like in a generation or two when Biden opens the floodgates to bail out Greene's dying campus?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:44 pm, Charles Sharpless wrote:
I apologize if you've previously addressed this, but I've been curious about this for a couple of years now.
During a somewhat recent episode of your show, you made passing mention of Dave Rubin, whom I'm also a big fan of, and I was curious if there was a reason you haven't been on the "podcast circuit". As much as I enjoy you as an interviewer and public speaker, I selfishly enjoy your stints as an interviewee in a long-form setting a bit more....such as your CSPAN appearances on Booknotes, or your sit-down with the two amiable Berkley professors during your Nimitz Lecture.
Not to sound too much like Mister Snerdley, but it could have some utility by enabling a bit of self promotion to different audiences: I'm thinking of Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro or James Delingpole...or even less-overtly agreeable podcasters such as Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, or Eric Weinstein.
Love the website, and best wishes to you and yours.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:44 pm, Josh Passell wrote:
Is "Brian Stelter's Milky Thighs" a Cream cover band? Or is it a parody of "Bette Davis Eyes"?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:45 pm, Scot A wrote:
Are we being played again by the GOP? All the usuals in Congress from Graham to Cotton are butching up to take on immigration and China and all the other issues out. Why didn't they take up these issues from 2017 to 2020 when Trump was president? Ryan and McConnell were/are failures when the GOP was in charge. If Trump doesn't remake the GOP, is it destined to be losing party in our two party system.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm, J. Bennett wrote:
A prophecy fulfilled. From H. L. Mencken:
The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre—the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:47 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
Hi Mark, Happy Pandemic Anniversary Day.
That is all.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:49 pm, Sharon Silvers wrote:
Have you ever listened to the interview of Aaron Russo entitled "Reflections and Warnings" ? Its a very interesting reflection of his life, accomplishments and where he saw this country was headed back in 2007 shortly before he died. Its disturbing how many of the warnings he issued have come true, that today would be labeled 'Qanon" or conspiracy theories. Just wondering what your take is on what he offered us to consider "in the future", which has already arrived on our doorstep.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:54 pm, Holly wrote:
I'd like to know Mark's opinion of Laurence Fox and his candidacy for Mayor of London. Could he have an much success as Nigel Farage?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:55 pm, Michael Trueblood wrote:
Speaking of LP's, can you recommend a good turntable?
On March 11, 2021 at 4:58 pm, Wayne Lanham wrote:
Mark's comments remind me of the retroactive editing of Star Wars whereby they erased the fact that Han Solo shot the bounty hunter at the beginning of the movie before the bounty hunter shot at him, which was sometime later deemed to be politically incorrect. So the revised version of the film no longer matches what we all saw with our own eyes in the theaters. It may be the first example of cancel culture and history erasure in the modern age.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:58 pm, Robert Stewart wrote:
Mark, your comment on compilation albums reminded me that I have resisted Amazon's "KindleUnlimited" for exactly the same reason. At the cost of paying for each e-book I select, I have the satisfaction of knowing that the author will directly benefit from my choice. Whereas, using the "unlimited" option dilutes the message to something no more substantial than a "like" on FB.
On March 11, 2021 at 4:59 pm, Segnes Schonken wrote:
Fancy that. I've always suspected that there was something disturbing about "Psycho". Be still, my beating heart.
On March 11, 2021 at 5:07 pm, James Driskell wrote:
The left's adoption of Darwin's "survival of the fittest" doctrine, ie. following the science, as their religion, has been blatantly ignored by them in recent decades. Please comment on their hypocrisy and what would happen if they actually applied.