On June 17, 2022 at 4:56 pm, Eric Dale wrote:
Mark, what do you see as the future balance of power in the coming decades? Western superiority in technology is much narrower in relative terms than it was thirty years ago and demographics suggests a shrinking population will be reluctant to send off their fewer young men to war. Is Chinese supremacy inevitable?
On June 17, 2022 at 4:57 pm, Kelton wrote:
Hello Mark. Late in 2015 a disturbing headline emerged from the United States: the suicide epidemic among middle-aged white males. Nowadays we have Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and more than just the unfashionable middle-aged white men are dying. What similarities and differences do you see between these two stories? Excluding unvaccinated illegal immigrants, is everybody within an alleged first world nation becoming the dying white male of 2015? Stories like these have ominous implications, and John Mason across the pond is not confidence inspiring.
On June 17, 2022 at 4:57 pm, Hart wrote:
Mark, I am convinced that the Stalinist DOJ will, after a referral from their Jan 6th committee comrades, indict Trump. Prosecution in a friendly - likely DC - court will follow. Then, the questions are: will Trump be convicted before the 2024 elections - or will the strategy be to drag out the prosecution proceedings past November 2024? Either process likely eliminates a Trump run. (Granted, conviction will be a bit harder, but maybe murder threats against Supreme Court justices will work this time.) And, after Trump is indicted, nothing more will be heard of John Durham and his sham investigations.
If the shoes were reversed - that is, if an exclusive Republican committee, in a majority-Republican Congress, were conducting investigations against a Democrat, the Democrat minority leadership would be filing injunctions, screaming to the media about the corrupt nature of the proceedings, orchestrating brilliant parliamentary maneuverings, and invoking arcane congressional rules to stop the Republicans. Likely, they would be successful. So, why have Republican leadership been seemingly content to do nothing? Because McConnell, Graham, Romney, Cornyn, Collins, et. al., (including Pence), fervently desire a Trump prosecution and conviction.
As you've noted many times, there is very little to expect from the mid-term "Republican landslide." The evidence of this is that there is no interest, at all, among Republican senators to change their Senate leadership. Admittedly, McConnell is a fighter....he fights like a demon to change nothing.
On June 17, 2022 at 4:58 pm, Kate Smyth wrote:
Mark, it was interesting to hear your recent discussion with John O'Sullivan on GBNews, about the rise of cultural Marxism in the West following our Cold War victory: he pointed out that "woke people" are really engaged in a civil war.
However, the authoritarianism of global elites - many of whom have been bought by the CCP - seems non-ideological: Destructive causes are either distractions (such as trans and CRT), or useful mechanisms to centralise wealth and control (like the "climate emergency"). For woke billionaires, the adjective is a means to an end.
Liberals like CJ Hopkins assert that global capitalism (including corporatism) is the main driver of the West's downfall in recent decades, and the inevitable outcome of a system of values which prioritises material wealth as the mark of individual success, whereby society becomes transactional.
What are your thoughts: should we blame Marxism or the marketplace... ie. cheap Chinese crap?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:01 pm, Drew Weber wrote:
In 1996, Judge Robert Bork titled his book "Slouching to Gomorrah". Today, tolerance is not enough. Fringe groups now demand that we accept, if not celebrate, all forms of behavior. Adult themes are being pushed into grade schools. No more slouching, instead we are diving head first. Are we nearing the bottom?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:05 pm, J. M. wrote:
I am going to take a big risk and ask you a semi-sports related question.
The big story out of the men's PGA is how a group of golfers signed to play for a new golf association funded by Saudi Arabia. The news media and sports media are outraged and dumping on all the players for taking "blood money". The media's main argument to for hating the Saudis is over the death of reporter Jamal Kashogi. The media usually leaves out the Saudi's record on women's rights, gay rights, exportation of Wahhabism globally, ect. I don't believe much of the media ever condemned or properly held Saudi Arabia responsible for 9/11. The sports and entertainment industry never seems to care about China's human rights record or role in the COVID pandemic. Why does the murder of one reporter trump every other transgression by Saudi Arabia?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:09 pm, Chris Hall wrote:
More and more these days, we seem to be inundated with hordes of people who belong to the Church of Self Righteous Easily Offended Narcissistic Internet Experts. I was reminded of this while watching the 13th succesful flight of a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster, a feat that only a very few years ago was solemnly declared as impossible by all the best experts. These days, almost every aspect of our lives are governed by self-appointed experts, such as those administering pandemic responses or those responsible for energy policy (I'm looking at you Australia, the now Unlucky Country).
I've worked in about a dozen different fields of scientific research and I never went in to any of them figuring I was an expert. I've published in all those fields and got reasonably competent in a few. But it doesn't take all that much research to figure out that many of our self-important elites haven't got a clue. What ever happened to humility? Was it the issuance of participation trophies? Without losers, you just can't have winners.
On June 17, 2022 at 5:12 pm, Wanda Sherratt wrote:
Another Scandinavian journalist, Joakim Lamotte of Sweden, has decided to hang up his bullet-proof vest due to death threats and attacks in "immigrant-dense areas" he's reported on. Did you know the man, and how many European journalists are left who will still report on these problematic immigrants?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:15 pm, Paul Harmon wrote:
Seems odd to me that the Dobbs decision about the "egregiously wrong from the start" Roe v Wade decision has not been delivered yet in its final form. Why do you think the court is waiting to hand it down?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:20 pm, Veronica L wrote:
Why is the left so obsessed with drag queens reading stories and putting on shows for schoolchildren, is it merely another example of general societal decay, or is it part of their political plan to persuade children to 'transition' as young as possible? Will Fox run a piece soon on how great drag queens in schools are, just as they recently did on a kid who 'transitioned' at the age of five, so that their audience gets used to the concept, and thus is more accepting of it? I think Orwell was right in that we severely underestimated the determination of the sex maniacs.
On June 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm, George Pereira wrote:
I have got to comment on normal stuff just to keep my blood pressure down.
My wife and I have been emptying our attic of hundreds of books and whatnot in preparation of remodeling "and what to my wondering eyes did appear" but an unread copy of Rupert of Hentzau! I started in right away.
It doesn't have the magnificent conceit of The Prisoner of Zenda but even halfway through it is a cracker jack adventure.
Brave, honorable men daring all for the Queen they love. It's just a great well written story. It would make a great movie.
It would make a great Tale for Our Time!
I wonder what it's inversion would be like.
On June 17, 2022 at 5:27 pm, Dan wrote:
Do you think it will come to pass that everyone will have to take psychological tests for past "wrong think " and current " wrong think" and in addition a polygraph test into any possible "sexual behaviour errors" going back forever that Canadian senior officers have had to take for some time now?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:32 pm, Philip Paustian wrote:
As prices rise and economies in the West collapse while Putin's new G8 triumphs, have you considered "Hey Buddy Can you Spare a Dime" for the song of the week sometime soon? If I have missed it already I apologize.
On June 17, 2022 at 5:34 pm, Janis Patrick wrote:
What can you tell us about the U.S. closing down or converting oil refineries leading to fuel shortages?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm, Douglas wrote:
Which branch of the US military do you think is in the best shape today. Also, which is the most dysfunctional?
On June 17, 2022 at 5:48 pm, Milt Rosenberg sent me wrote:
What is next for the likes of Andrew Sullivan and the rest of the go along get along gay establishment that is not down with the trans agenda? Moving to the middle ground when everyone is heading to the icecaps seems about as lonely as a gay friendly cafe in Rotterdam
On June 17, 2022 at 5:53 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
There's an ad for Jeep Cherokee's electric version, shot in the desert and winter tundra in which it is depicted and we are to believe, has handy charging stations around every rocky outcrop! As it stands the ad shows an animation of a charging station next to the EV because there aren't any really there. It's as though these people think the cost of charging these cars is free as well! My mother has a Roomba vacuum which has a lithium battery which must be replaced every couple of years at around $100 a pop, it makes one wonder how much a new battery for an e vehicle costs on top of the $60,000+ upfront cost. Way more than a regular car battery is a given! This is progress for the trust fund (i.e.Trudeau or the Soros funded) crowd who've never looked at the price of anything and never wonder why anyone has to.
On June 17, 2022 at 5:57 pm, JON FACCI wrote:
Mark, we need more "Snerdly and Steyn" have you ever considered bringing back the classic Variety Show Genre. The World loves Singing Contests, Dance Contests and Talent Shows as we've seen in the many television programs of these types on air these past decades. The audience suffers amateur singers, amateur dancers and amateur miscellaneous talents, why not bring professional acts that are exponentially more impressive. You are the perfect person to bring it all together as you do on this amazing website. The "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" song of the week was spellbinding when such a presentation would have been cliche by any other host. Your talents lend themselves to the revitalization of culture that can be so much more powerful than politics. Did the Elites choke our culture or did it die of natural causes?
On June 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm, Nicola Timmerman wrote:
Happy Father's Day weekend. Did you always want to have a family with kids?
On June 17, 2022 at 6:56 pm, DJ wrote:
Outstanding show, tonight. Thank you, Mark.
On June 17, 2022 at 6:57 pm, Suzanne Reny wrote:
Thank you for another entertaining and informative show Mark and fellow SteynOnline members! You took me back to my youth with the ending, if only we knew then what we know now...
On June 17, 2022 at 6:57 pm, Patty wrote:
Loved this episode, one of the few recent times I have been able to listen live. I didn't pay attention much to Seals & Crofts back in the day, so was surprised to learn they had titled their album Unborn Child. This was in fact the first time I heard the song. It stopped me in my tracks. In reading more about it, I learned that Seals and Croft practiced the Baha'i faith, so their calm resolve about this song made sense. My college roomate was Baha'i and though I'd never previously heard of her religion, her kindness, love of family and quiet strength of character spoke volumes about the way she lived her faith without proselytizing.
I always learn something new from the Mark Steyn Show and Live Around the Planet!
On June 17, 2022 at 6:57 pm, Fran Lavery wrote:
Today's musical selections were very moving, Mark. Thanks for these. I always liked Seals and Croft's Summer Breeze but haven't heard it in quite a while. I never heard the song about the unborn baby and I appreciated hearing the story behind its creation.The Summer Breeze song is especially pleasing as we just recently hit our annual first half of June triple digits temps here in Southern New Mexico and last night's first downpours since January were a much celebrated gift for the plants and wildlife, even if now it's a warm, humid breeze. I can even smell the jasmine blowing through my mind (and nostrils) as I have a jasmine plant growing big guns outside my bedroom door, on drip irrigation, of course. RIP James Eugene Seals.