On January 17, 2022 at 4:56 pm, RICHARD (Rick in Florida) CSEREP wrote:
First-Day Freeloader, now Proud Subscriber.
This is the 3rd or 4th straight year that I've noticed that the celebration of the MLK Day Holiday in the US is strangely and noticeably quiet, and barely discussed in any media. In an era when the Far Left fans the flames of racial strife so quickly, and racial differences are so loudly emphasized, you might think the holiday commemorating the leading black civil rights leader would make for a particularly rancorous weekend.
But instead I can't help but believe it's being deliberately ignored. My theory is that MLK's messages of equality that led the civil rights movement, having been achieved, have been completely abandoned for the next step toward 'equity' - and with it the institutionalization of racial preferences til the end. At this point, I think MLK is an inconvenience for the Far Left in that the MLK 'equality' messages Americans were taught the past 40 or so years are now out of date for them.
Is there an opportunity here for conservative-thinking people to arrest the Far Left 'equity' movement by loudly and proudly emphasizing, celebrating, and eventually defending MLK's messages of equality? We'd have to move fast, before the Far Left notices and has Biden change today to Equity Day, or Black Lives Matter Day, which would be my response if I were Them.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - MLK, I Have A Dream Speech
Me too, MLK. Me too.
Rick in Florida
On January 17, 2022 at 5:04 pm, MMF wrote:
(for a non-covid question) Have you ever been to Tonga? Any comments on the natural disaster there?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:05 pm, Gabriel Garcia Moreno wrote:
Much of the authoritarian governmental overreach in the name of Covid has its origins in societal traits you have been observing for decades.
With so much to be pessimistic about, are we too far gone as a society or is there a realistic route back even at this late stage?
PS will we see you back on GB News after your stint there?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:09 pm, Erick Redmon (Louisville, KY) wrote:
Why would Atlanta's Transportation CEO off-himself by jumping in front of that MARTA commuter train? Could he have played a role in the Fulton County ballot felonies? Alas, Gavin Newsom won't get near BART, nor will Alfred E. Buttigieg approach Credibility.
You're good-o on GBNews.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:09 pm, Laura Rosen Cohen wrote:
Mark, apropos of remembering Kathy and MLK day, she had a whole series about MLK and she was merciless about his media beatification. But mostly, I remember her warning everyone to stay clear of MLK Boulevard in every single American city where there is one-solid advice.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:13 pm, Gregory Laughton wrote:
I'd appreciate your views on President Brandon's -- oops, Biden -- disgraceful and repellent speech on voting rights last week in Georgia. It think it marks a real turning point in his presidency much like Hilary's similarly disgraceful and repellent 'deplorables' comment. How can expect to gain the support of voters that he denigrates as modern day Confederates? Does he hope to persuade the hundreds of thousands of votes who think it commonsense as to require photo ID, or at least an ID of some acceptable sort, when seeking to vote? As far as I'm concerned, Joe is finished.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:15 pm, Richard Malaby wrote:
Evening Mark - as always, love the Club!
I feel like we're living through the Sunk Cost Fallacy. Covid is everywhere, and yet I keep seeing these insane tweets: "I'm vaccinated and double-boosted and still got COVID; thank goodness I got all four rounds of shots!" These vaccines clearly do not work when something like half the cases are "breakthrough," i.e. a positive case in a vaccinated person. Do you see a ramp for politicians, (specifically those on the left), to go, hey, we screwed up, go on with your life? How does this possibly end other than civil unrest?
One more quick one regarding that (other) ugly sporting incident in Oz: will I ever get to experience an England Ashes victory in Australia? Forget winning a series, how about winning one test Down Under? It breaks my heart when I wake up hoping for a big innings only to see England all out for under 200!
Thank you for continuing to be the One Man Global Content Provider!
On January 17, 2022 at 5:17 pm, Robert Bridges wrote:
The new arena of international conflict... whose oligarchs are the most powerful? Is there an oligarch gap? Just how close are we to "Roller Ball" where corporations really run the world? Those are the questions to be answered by Mark.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm, Cristina Parau wrote:
My questions for Clubland Q&A.
I am an Oxford University researcher currently researching the transnational causes of the decarbonisation agenda. I am a new club member and an admirer of yours ever since I discovered you a few years back...
I have also followed Lin Wood on social media on a daily basis ever since I came across him about a year ago. Not that long ago, you referred to him as a nutty lawyer from Georgia (or something like that). That comment has stayed with me ever since and I have been looking for evidence of his nuttiness but haven't come across any. What evidence prompted you to make that comment?
Thank you for your time,
On January 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm, Frank Gallenstein wrote:
Can't stand the patronizing of Biden from Mitch McConnell and others regarding Biden's race baiting comments on the so called voting rights bill last week. Sorry Mitch, Joe is the same old Joe you've always known. Biden has been the backside of a horse ever since he got into politics. In fact, it started in law school where he almost got thrown out on plagiarism, then graduated last in his class, and claimed he was the tops in his class.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:24 pm, SabreMike Carroll wrote:
Mark, do you realize that the Australian Non Open saw a historic first: A player disqualified for NOT taking drugs. Makes as much sense as me being asked to put on a mask when entering a bank I guess.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:27 pm, Robert Morell wrote:
Reading US and Russian news websites one would think the two countries inhabit alternate universes. It appears that the Russians are sincerely alarmed by the very real probability that we are stumbling into war. But you'd never know that by reading any of the US news outlets. Quite a disconnect! I can't decide if the Biden administration has a coherent policy regarding Ukraine and Russia, or if they are setting the Republicans up to be the party of never-ending-war again before the 2022 elections? In other words, is this a foreign policy blunder or a calculated domestic policy wedge issue? In either case, what's our face-saving exit strategy?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm, David Kelley-Wood wrote:
Mark, you've mentioned some number greater than one times Milton Friedman's position that "the system" needs to be tweaked so that even the worst leaders are incentivized to do the right things (or something like that). I haven't seen any proposals from the top with the objective of making any permanent fixes, at least none that make any sense, which leads me to conclude that they really don't care about fixing the problems.
Maybe we at the Mark Steyn Club should put our heads together and come up with some proposals of our own. It's hard to imagine that we could do worse than the bozos in Washington..
On January 17, 2022 at 5:32 pm, Brian from Minneapolis wrote:
Watching the continued self loathing has me worried if things are ever going to change for the better. A hostage situation at synagogue and the FBI tries to cover up the fact it was an act of Islamic terrorism yet you see wall to wall coverage from agents and officers who were at Capitol Hill as being an attack worse than 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. Now its MLK day and words like unity and equality have become the party's allegiance words of choice to ask you whose side you're on. Watching this and how Australia has become the glowing example of what they want us all to be, how can we ever hope to believe that we aren't just going to be content with having a fall guy for all our life's and government's problems and if we just go with the flow, they'll give us a doggie treat for being good? Your thoughts Mark.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:34 pm, Tom Lewis wrote:
Mark, what countries do you believe are the freest?
I foolishly believed it was America until I all too slowly began to see how thoroughly corrupt our no good stinking rotten justice system/FBI/CIA/etc. is, and that we are fast approaching the Police State of a combination of 1984 & Brave New World. Well, at least we're not Australia,... yet.
No one I know is better qualified to know what's happening across our globe than you Mark.
p.s. Great job on GBNews.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:38 pm, Jan Schiebout wrote:
This will be the 5th time in my life that terrorist death came close to me. The first time was in Spain, at the hands of Basque Separatists' bombs and gunfire. I narrowly escaped. The next as on US turf. My husband was to meet in the twin towers on 911. The day before, his meeting was rescheduled.Then, drug cartel violence came north across the border to a retail center where my teen daughter was shopping with friends. Gunfire, police, sirens and murder. Now the fourth - at the same little synagogue that once hosted my daughter and me on a Christian-Jewish exchange. It's only 5 miles from our former home, in a peaceful, nice neighborhood. The consequences of a borderless world are here.
No one has listened to you, Mark. You've been persecuted by the morally compromised with every book and every column. You represent many of who do not have your skills, but who can see the consequences of our present trajectory. What do you think? What is even possible at this point, and is there anything we can do?
The lockdowns serve another purpose, and that is to keep us apart. How do we overcome this barrier and join forces to save our society, and how? What will it take?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:40 pm, Jennifer Harmon wrote:
Hi Mark I've been a club member since the fall of 2021 as well as an avid listener of yours for a long time I have two questions and appreciate your feedback do you think that Russia will in fact invade the Ukraine since the United States is no longer a super power and the world is laughing at Joe Biden as well what do you think of the further restrictions imposed by the non-vaccinated in France?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:40 pm, Muriel Williamson wrote:
I'm a fairly new member from August. I very much enjoy The Hundred Years Ago show. Have you ever thought of doing other time intervals?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:44 pm, Fran Lavery wrote:
Mark, why don't we ever hear anyone suggest having a third section of sports' competitions when transgenders compete in woman's athletics other than me? If the transgenders really were in earnest about how they stack up in the spectrum of athletes why don't they push for it instead of wrecking women's sporting events permanently? Or am I just a backward thinker?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Hey Mark (and fellow Club members!),
Ever since you have been hosting at GB News, I have known a lot more of what the weather will be in Cardiff than an Iowan has a right to know. Keep up the good work!
As you are a member of the trans-(Atlantic) community, what are your thoughts on the post constitutional regimes that have dug in all over the English speaking world. Australia deported the world's best tennis player on the eve of the Australian Open because he might say something that opposes their lockdowns, Canada is outlawing churches from teaching against homosexuality, and even here in America, the private sector of big tech is suppressing speech in ways the Soviets would have thought too far. Yet, our despite the growing authoritarianism, our leaders have never seemed smaller or more pathetic, such as Biden, Boris, or Trudeau. How long can these regimes really last with such feeble men at the helm?
On January 17, 2022 at 5:48 pm, George Schmidt wrote:
Mark, Just when I think that Justin Trudeau couldn't sink any lower, he surprises me. Surely the stupidest politician on the planet or at least second stupidest. Any thoughts on his latest over-reach in ordering that unvaccinated long-distance truckers are prohibited from crossing into and out of the U.S. Seventy percent of our produce that we depend on during the long non-gowing winters in Canada comes from the U.S. and Mexico. I despair that there are no adults left in the (no longer so liberal) Liberal Party. It seems that with all that is wrong with America they still have some semblance of checks and balances on executive authority. Your thoughts.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:50 pm, L. Feo Gordo wrote:
The Partition of Inja
I've heard you say a couple times that was a bad thing. Are you saying keeping India intact would have been a better solution?
I've just read Midnight at Malabar House. I don't pretend that's a solution - it's just an interesting crime mystery. But, if the Muhammedans and Hindus killed two million in the population relocation, can we say that it would not have been ten million if India was left intact?
Even though Lord Mountbatten's error at Dieppe resulted in "only" 3,000 Canadian casualties, that might have been a bigger mistake than slicing up India, since it was an unforced error, depending on who you read, and India was a forced error, and maybe foreordained.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:51 pm, Dale Owens wrote:
The other day I heard Ezra Levant saying that Canada's media are in Trudeau's pocket as a result of government handouts, pervaded by group think and, above all, just downright boring. What do you think? How do you think the media landscape in Canada compares to the US and UK?
Dale Owens, a Welshman living near Milan, Italy
On January 17, 2022 at 5:54 pm, Muriel Williamson wrote:
Do you think that Thomas Becket was a bad friend to Henry II? In other words, should he have been more specific as to what would happen when he was made Archbishop and that it wouldn't turn out as Henry wanted?
Yes, it's non-covid. It is my favorite period of history, Henry II to Richard III. Any expansion or enlightenment on a topic I've pondered for decades would be helpful.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:58 pm, Robert wrote:
Thanks for giving Sammy Woodhouse an outlet!
It occurs to me that you could put this question onto GB News: why not appoint Sammy Woodhouse to the House of Lords, following the precedent set by the appointment of Doreen Lawrence?
Let's get some discussion going on the topic.
On January 17, 2022 at 5:59 pm, Jan Schiebout wrote:
Have you followed at all the operations of world masterminds,
like Klaus Schwab? His efforts that began in the 70s, with communistic (shareholders plus stakeholders) influences and The Great Reset? I've seen their promos about their ideal utopia where we will "own nothing but be happy", and it's quite disturbing. I see photos of these world multi billionaires at Davos, and wonder how much is conspiracy chat vs. reality, with a larger strategy that would dissolve national borders and truly establish a OWO? What once seemed crazy to me, now seems to be possible with Artificial Intelligence advances. Supposedly, the IRC's was part of a larger effort.
On January 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm, Dbom wrote:
As the post-liberals (Sohrab Ahmari, Patrick Deneen, Chad Pecknold etc) are getting more and more press these days, wondering about your thoughts.
As a traditional conservative of the Pat Buchanan type, and having the arguments presented to me in a clear way for the first-time ever, it seems like the only rational replacement for the current order of Western Liberalism (or as we Catholics say Libertine-ism).
Can "freedom" really be an organizing principle for a civilization (or a country)?
Bottom line, where do you fall in this post-lib (Ahmari) vs current regime (French) debate?
On January 17, 2022 at 6:07 pm, Brian from Minneapolis wrote:
Hostage taker at the synagogue is dead. This is a sign of things to come. Taliban and other terror groups no longer fear the US or the west because they can attack with impunity and we get lectured to not be Islamophobes.
Djokovic is deported after doing everything that was asked for him. The one time Australia decides its a "sovereign nation" is when it comes to deporting a westerner that is unvaxed.
I miss the Last Call segments you did Mark. I guess it's hard to celebrate a life that is lost in these times.
On January 17, 2022 at 6:08 pm, Michael Anstis wrote:
There is an old quote which goes something like this; The old ways and values are being swept away and nothing can be done however this does not mean we should sing hallelujah to the river God
Is not singing hallelujah to the river God the most we can do? Enjoy your GB news
On January 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm, Dan wrote:
Mark: I have had Ministerial Approval granted in my favour, to the chagrin of the bureaucracy. A few years later - new government, new Minister - the mandarins strike back - Ministerial approval reversed - retro-actively to my cost. It was decided that the old Minister "should not have granted it". No reasoning,no redress, no recourse. Quite vice-regal. Not sure Commonwealth people know we do not have an ex post facto clause.
On January 17, 2022 at 6:13 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
If congress had the balls to do so, it could abolish the NIH entirely. Ultimately, that's the whole reason that government officials should be fearful of testifying in front of the congress. They are addressing a legislative body that could end your agency's existence with an appropriations bill. How wonderful would it be for Fauci to see his agency abolished for funding gain of function research and his lying to congress about?
On January 17, 2022 at 6:13 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
Thanks for the funniest comment of the day. I am running out of nationalities to admire - Australians reporting someone for a thought crime and Quebecers not protesting more against a nightly curfew.
On January 17, 2022 at 6:14 pm, Lynn Foster wrote:
You need to know what Linn Wood did to Klye Rittenhouse then you will understand what a slime ball Linn Wood truly is...watch Tucker Carlsons interview with Kyle ..you will be appalled at what happed to that young kid onder Linns watch...Kyle got a much better lawyer and is suing Linn Wood...as he should...
On January 17, 2022 at 6:16 pm, Owen Morgan wrote:
The British government gets very little right, but Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary, when confirming that the Colleyville terrorist was British, also acknowledged that his motivation was anti-Semitic. Considering his actions, that should not have needed saying - except that the White House didn't think it worth mentioning and the FBI essentially denied it.
Skipping what needs to be done to the White House, can the FBI be reformed, or is it beyond that?
On January 17, 2022 at 6:18 pm, Brian W wrote:
While I applaud your presence on GB News across the pond, I'm left wondering if I'll be seeing you in all the old, familiar places,
To quote Bertie Wooster, if not actually disgruntled, I'm far from gruntled at your absence. I certainly sense you're understandably tired of the US political scene (and the pols who get dragged across the finish line of a fixed race), although I don't know that things are all that much better in Britain or anywhere in the Commonwealth for that matter.
On January 17, 2022 at 6:19 pm, Bill Holcomb wrote:
Hi Mark. Is there a Mark Steyn cruise in the offing for fall of 2022?
On January 17, 2022 at 6:19 pm, Larry Durham wrote:
You do help tamper down the sorrow of civilizational collapse with your music and Tales. I appreciate the hell out of it.
On January 17, 2022 at 6:19 pm, Chris Johnson wrote:
Way back on December 1, 2008 National Review published Mark's Happy Warrior article - Dimpled Ruin. He highlighted the first professionally produced play in the young Country of America, The Contrast, by Royall Tyler (1787). This was my inspiration to write a contemporary set screenplay, which, with the help of many people, we created a feature film - The Contrast. It will be released on January 18th.
Maybe this small bit of self-promotion isn't allowed here, I understand that, but even so, to at least acknowledge the very positive impact that Mark's article has had on my creative journey!
Thank you for your consideration,