On September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am, Andrew wrote:
It seems Taiwan has been more aggressively pushing its campaign for recognition at the UN and elsewhere. Do you think any western leaders will actually do this or are they too beholden to Chairman Xi?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am, Canuck in Mourning wrote:
Does the Canadian political climate allow for a Trumpian figure? I know you've got a favourable view of Maxime Bernier, but his party only got five per cent of the vote and no seats. Is someone like him taking over even viable or are we doomed to the Scheers and O'Tooles as the "conservative" standard-bearers?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am, John Weston wrote:
Mismanaged decline: is it worse for the USA or for its allies and the rest of the world?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:01 am, Peter Duncan wrote:
Hello again, Mark!
I usually have a very difficult time thinking of a decent enough question to ask for these question and answer shows that I enjoy so very much. I don't want to waste your time or the audience's time. But I thought I would ask, what are some questions that you WISH people would ask? Thanks very much, Mark! - Peter Duncan from Mountlake Terrace, Washington
On September 23, 2021 at 11:01 am, Robert Fox wrote:
There is a worrisome trend toward more dependence on electricity as a primary energy source and less on other forms of energy such as nuclear and fossil fules. In addition the generation of electricity is favoring the unreliability and inefficiency of wind -and solar-based platforms. In the future there will be a significant spike in the demand for electricity coupled with a stagnant or declining supply of electricity which will make it unaffordable to most working families and the poor.
With the trend toward electrifying the vehicle fleet in the United States, this could provide our rulers the opportunity to control their subjects by controlling the supply of electricity in areas they see fit. The rulers will be able to restrict or enhance freedom of movement. Do you agree with this assessment? Since the advent of Obamacare they also will have the ability to control the distribution and consumption of health care services in the same way.
On September 23, 2021 at 11:06 am, Phil Beckley wrote:
Hi Mark. The UK Government has just started rolling out the mass vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 with Covid vaccines, using State media to persuade these children to give consent. Parents are being sidelined using the Gillick competence legal argument. There are also objections to these vaccines on the grounds of the use of fetal cell lines, developed from aborted babies, in their development (even with the Pfizer vaccine.) These seem to me to raise fundamental moral questions, but these seem ignored - what are your views on these issues, and do you agree that they are related in the sacrifice of the future for the sake of the present?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:10 am, Derrek In Dubai wrote:
Greetings from the Trucial States! When I heard you rattle off the time zones, which I enjoy almost as much as your subdued "Durham Report" intros, I had to look up the "Trucial States." When I discovered they are the current United Arab Emirates, I exclaimed, "Hey, that's me!"
On September 23, 2021 at 11:10 am, Brian from Minneapolis wrote:
Politico among others are confirming Hunter Biden's emails and his business dealings with Ukraine and China and his connection to his father. SO WHAT?! We knew this last year and the FBI knew about it as early as December of 2019. Jesse Watters did a segment on the corruption of the FBI from they handled the cases of Nassir, Vegas mass shooting, and the 1996 Olympic Park bombing, to the Pulse nightclub shooter's dad being an informant for the FBI, their knowledge of the 9/11 attackers, to the infamous dossier that allowed the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign even though they knew the information wasn't credible, and the numerous attempts by the FBI to setup Trump supporters. The FBI should be dismantled but nothing will come of it while Hannity is defending the "low level" agents that went along with it. How delusional is our GOP if they aren't willing to demand justice for such egregious acts that if they were done to a Democrat, they'd be demanding to defund the FBI or more? Your thoughts, Mark?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:15 am, Melanie wrote:
Hi Mark - Biden's envoy to Haiti resigned because we are returning Haitians to their own country. Is there any part of government that isn't trying to let people into the country?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:18 am, John Taylor wrote:
Mark - assuming that it's still morning if and when you get to my question, good morning from Savannah, Georgia. I'm a fairly new club member, Valentine's Day gift this year from my wife who listened to me quote you when you guest hosted Rush for all those years...I was a 30+ year Rush guy...("there's this guy guest hosting Rush today, Stein something except he spells it with a "y" and he says he's Canadian, but he sounds like a Brit")...anyway perhaps at some point in the future you might refer to me as a "first half-decade founding member."
In any case I've got a 100,000 foot viewpoint question about the nature of leftism and the sorts of people that are drawn to it. If we have anything approaching a real pandemic today it's the pandemic of leftism. Was reading an article with an accompanying video last night in a propaganda media source...democrat party shill media...about the Border Patrol guys on horseback using a whip on the poor Haitian "Immigrants" to prevent them from coming ashore from the Rio Grande. The comments section below the article was telling. You'd think those poor guys were Nazi death camp guards the way every single commentator was writing about them. On the other hand I, along with nearly everyone I know, found the whole scene both poignant and slightly amusing and the leftist response to it overwrought as usual. It looked like an episode of "Dancing with Mr. Ed," wherein the Haitians were trying to do the Cha Cha with 2,000 pound animals and not get stepped on. And the "whips" were actually the horse reins. I thought it was poignant because its sad that people are in such a position as a result of their own choices, and amusing because what does one expect the Border Patrol to do? Isn't it their function to prevent people from illegally coming into the country? In authoritarian states, both communist and fascist, people doing so are simply shot. Any assertion that we are harsh on the border in preventing illegal entry is, well, laughable. How is it that leftists can see the same scene unfold and come to an entirely different conclusion than people on our side? Are they delusional? Are my friends who have insisted for years...decades...that liberal progressivism is a mental disease or defect correct? How can people with such entirely different world views continue to live together in the same nation?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:19 am, Gregory wrote:
Mark, with the reelection of the Liberals does this mean the return of section 13 is almost a certainty? I know they tried shortly before the election.
On September 23, 2021 at 11:23 am, Joseph Dornisch wrote:
So, despite your complaining about the Republicans not doing anything - under Paul Ryan - they did force sequestration on the Obama administration - which I think was actually a pretty good success, and I wish Trump would have kept it.
On September 23, 2021 at 11:23 am, Eric Dale wrote:
Hey, Mark and fellow club members.
Why are the conservative parties so afraid of actually putting together a platform to run on? The Republican Party seems content to let Biden go from one screw up to another, but nobody seems to be stepping up and saying "here are the solutions we'll be implementing if we regain the majority." My impression of the Canadian conservative party is about the same. What kind of a mandate do they think they'll get if their in office purely out of the fact their predecessors were just too incompetent to return to office?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:23 am, MICHAEL SHEA wrote:
Like most of your readers, I share you doom and gloom re our pending civilizational collapse.
Please give us something hopeful on which to hang our hats, turbans, cloches, keffelyehs, etc.
I am a man of faith so there is that: still, we have four children and dearly need a vison rosy and secular to complement the spiritual.
Thank you for fighting the good flight,
On September 23, 2021 at 11:31 am, John Frey wrote:
Clever question, Peter.
from a "neighbor" in Everett
On September 23, 2021 at 11:31 am, Citizen Thom wrote:
Where is the modern day end of the railroad described at the end of Farenheit 451? Where are the Irish monasteries to preserve some bits of culture for after the present era?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:31 am, Mick Wenlock wrote:
How impressed were you with your Old Acquaintance Boris and his meeting with Slow Joe? Must have been a meaningful discussion eh? One guy who cannot shut up and who can spout endless allusions and waffle versus someone who can barely mumble incoherent drivel. Thank the Lord for the "special relationship".
On September 23, 2021 at 11:35 am, Michael Cavino wrote:
Why is Justin Trudeau willing to vigorously defend Canadian sovereignty by enforcing his nation's borders but the Biden regime is not? Aren't these guys supposed to be on the same idealogical page?
Thanks for all the excellent content,
On September 23, 2021 at 11:36 am, Dan Phillips wrote:
I don't think you're "cranky".
And even if you are...so what!
People should hear more of it; the bloody polity is exploding before our eyes and except for a very few sources, you'd think it was one more oh so considered conversation?
What's it going to take to get people so upset we finally begin to see mass resistance to the tyranny?
If "cranky" moves people to that end, then the more the merrier.
On September 23, 2021 at 11:36 am, Michael Cavino wrote:
Current James Bond director Cary Fukunaga has claimed in an interview that the iconic 007 played by Sean Connery was "basically" a rapist. Does this buffon not realize he wouldn't be directing a 007 file if had been for Connery's successful portrayal of Ian Fleming's creation?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:37 am, AJ wrote:
I note George W. Bush is holding a fundraiser for rock-ribbed conservative... Liz Cheney? I've always been a fan of Bush, until recent years anyway. Why do you think he allowed himself to be consumed by the swamp post-presidency?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:41 am, Colin Bastable wrote:
Once the Maricopa Audit is over with, how will Wendy Rogers fundraise? Should I cut her a check to tide her over until the next scandal turns up?
Or should I just send the money straight to Twitter/Google/Facebook, which is where most of the "donate now!" money ends up, in our new-model circular flow of income - around the GOP plug hole and down the liberal drain.
On September 23, 2021 at 11:41 am, Gizella Ellepola wrote:
Best Cole Porter song ever? I'm a very new member
On September 23, 2021 at 11:42 am, Susan wrote:
Hi Mark - Do you think Congress will be able to pass all the spending legislation? Will there be any way for the country to survive if they do?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:44 am, Deborah McKenzie wrote:
Thank you for pointing out that Maxime Bernier and the People's Party of Canada is the only Canadian federal party opposing the Covid-19 fascism so readily embraced by the multi-headed Uni-Party (ie all the rest).
The MSM in Canada shut Bernier and the PPC out of any coverage during the election and did not cover them unless it was to malign them. But despite all that the PPC managed to more than triple its percentage of the popular vote (from 1.6% in 2019 to 5.1% in 2021). We (I am a volunteer Regional Coordinator in Toronto) did not gain a seat in parliament, but far from being downhearted, PPC candidates, volunteers, and supporters are elated that we have grown our support so much in less than two years just through the use of social media and Maxime's cross country touring. PPC Purple is the new Green because we leapfrogged over the long established Green Party in this election. Thank you for encouraging people to find a hill to die on. The Conservatives will never do that. They slide ever further to the left in their blind pursuit of power. If they ever do get in again they will be indistinguishable from the Liberals.
The PPC put principles before power and that is why we are the fastest growing political party in Canadian history.
On September 23, 2021 at 11:44 am, George Pereira wrote:
When France finally falls to islam what happens to the croissant?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:47 am, Jamie Marsh wrote:
I've been checking the last few days on the progress of Australian construction workers versus their dystopian state, and even though I'm generally as law and order as the next guy, I find myself actively rooting for the construction workers. I'm interested in your take on events taking place down under, is this what the future of western civilization looks like? In particular, doesn't this at least in part validate the second amendment here in the US? While we have riots and protests all the time in our big cities, those protests, along with the heavy-handed law enforcement countermeasures, seem to to dissipate the more you move into the more rural states, where gun ownership becomes the norm rather than the exception. I would love to hear your thoughts.
On September 23, 2021 at 11:50 am, Martin Howard Brumby wrote:
Might I submit a few questions to you? Pick any you think might be of interest.
If you're not getting crabby or cranky by now, you must be overdosing on Vallium.
(1) Can I nominate this senior UK Police Woman as Brit Wanker Copper of the week? Addressing the latest gang of eco-loons who have blocked the M25 – the UK's busiest Motorway by walking onto the road and lying down, her little homily was as follows:-
"If you've got any questions at all, just ask. And if any of you are in any discomfort or need anything just let me know and we'll try and sort you out in a nice way"
[See nice video on LBC News]
(2) As you are acquainted with our Beloved Leader, what are your thoughts on his strange behaviour over the last couple of years? From being at least moderately sceptical about most things, he is now trying to exceed even Greta Thunberg in the nonsensical "Climate Emergency" agit-prop scam. Do you share my fear that Carrie (mother of his sixth child, aka Princess Nut-Nuts), is actually be GangGreen's answer to the notorious C.C.P.'s Fang Fang with Rep. Eric Shagwell?
(3) You have pointed out many times that China has a major demographic problem. So (never mind the obviously self serving, corrupt clowns like Daszak, Fauci, Farrar etc. trying to claim Covid as 'natural'), it is clear that the CPP deliberately spread the WIV virus around the world. But I wonder if the real question is whether this can be excused as an "accidental lab-leak", or far from just being a lucky break for Xi Jinping, was Shi Zhengli successful in producing exactly what 'the Doctor ordered?'
(4) What has Shi Jinping been up to this last 20 months? Perfecting her knitting, or maybe working on 'Variants' like the Delta which strangely popped up in New Delhi at the end of the Chinese Himalayan war with India?
(5) Much of Europe is now in the grip of, not a 'Climate Crisis', but much more alarmingly, a 'Ruinable Energy' crisis, just as planned by Tony Blair when he signed up to the European Trading Scheme in 2004(?). And followed and 'doubled down' by every Beloved Leader since. They have been warned even by some of their own carefully picked "experts. Will the phlegmatic UK public now be happy to shiver in the dark?]
On September 23, 2021 at 11:58 am, Brian W wrote:
Mark, I'm not expecting you to feature "Look for the Silver Lining" as your Song of the Week anytime soon, but do you see any glimmers of positivity anywhere? If so, can you share them?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:58 am, LadyWolverine wrote:
A little early, but I'll be on the road at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
Having just finished listening to Burning Daylight, I wonder if you chose that story (in part) because you harbor a secret hope that the West can turn from its flabby middle age to a leaner, more fulfilling later life, closer to its roots. If so, who is the Miss Mason that will entice us away from our current self-destructive obsessions?
On September 23, 2021 at 11:58 am, eaglepatriotminuteman1776 wrote:
What are the chances you will read one of the Flashman novels for Tales for Our Time? I can think of several of Flashy's tales that would be perfect, especially Flash For Freedom. With all this talk about the evils of slavery and imperialism by Black Lives Matter, Democrats, and other low lives, I think Flashy's commentary would be invaluable. By the way, I'd do almost anything to hear you read the part where John Charity Spring flogs Looney stupid.
William Fleishman aka EaglePatriotMinuteman
On September 23, 2021 at 11:58 am, Lee Dembart wrote:
Hi, Mark. Here's a question for your next Q&A: How many Mark Steyns are there? Seriously, it doesn't seem possible for one person to turn out as much high-quality material week after week as you claim to do.
Most people would consider two or three brilliant columns a week to be a full-time job. But for you, that's just getting started. There's also the Mark Steyn Show and a Hundred Years Ago, and Song of the Week, and Tales for Our Time, and guest hosting on radio and TV.
Surely, there are several of you, all calling yourselves Mark Steyn, right?
in Los Angeles
On September 23, 2021 at 12:02 pm, Al Man from CA wrote:
Mark your comments about former Justice Ruth Bader G's article. being re-written to conform to the current leftist insanity reminds me of the old Soviet Union when formerly acceptable bigshots were "disappeared" from later reprinted photographs.
On September 23, 2021 at 12:04 pm, Elisa Angel wrote:
Mark, you say, "a surrender of sovereignty" re the Haitians under the bridge in Del Rio. It reminded me of my history prof in college who told us, "Sovereignty is like virginity, you can't give up part."