Conversation with Larry Kummer on the changing political landscape in the US, the failure of democracy & the end of the Republic
Part One: Elite to Rabble Relations (0 – 27 mins)
Who was Fabius Maximus, the Fabian Society, American expansionism, military reform movement, big burn-out, false authorities, screwing up & moving up, falling institutions, distinguishing incompetence from malevolence, how the elite view us, fear propaganda, an audience of peons, climate change policy gridlock, World War One business, problems & solutions, the psychology of the ruling elite, ends and means, the danger of factions, the test of being a rabble, consumer democracy.
Part Two: Thrift Store Politics (27 – 53 mins)
Participatory democracy, thrift store politics, Lincoln-Douglas debates, Rome’s twilight years, democracy & autocracy, what the founders intended, premature solutions, the time for action, the limits of theory, interactive problem solving, the difficulty of agreement, defining the problem, transition from Republic to empire, trauma-roots of the problem, victimology, periods of collective trauma, hang-nails for the rich.
Part Three: (53 mins – 1 hr 17 mins)
Child sexual trauma, effects of education, liberal indoctrination, a social engineering experiment, the creation or liberation of a gender self, man and woman as social constructs, third wave feminism in the 1970s, Hobbes’ definition of human beings, children as lab rats, inducing nausea, the problem of inertia,
Part Four: A Paper Bullet of the Mind (1 hr 17 mins – end)
What the elite are thinking, Trump and Nero, a paper bullet of the mind, a post-republic govt, a populist president, hollow politics, agent of polarization, the elite’s greatest fear, Hillary’s imaginary presidency, UFO disclosure, two elite factions, left & right, rats & cats in harmony, a commonality of elites.