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Audio 05.15.2020 1 hour 6 minutes

The American Mind Roundtable: The Roundtable Ep. #17

As stay-at-home orders are senselessly extended in parts of the country, our editors contemplate the indignities of life under mediocre government officials drunk on emergency powers. Many of those officials currently find themselves mired in scandals extending back to the Obama administration. Plus: will Big Tech be our savior or our demise moving forward?

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The Coronacrisis Drags On | The Roundtable Ep. 17

As stay-at-home orders are senselessly extended in parts of the country, our editors contemplate the indignities of life under mediocre government officials drunk on emergency powers. Many of those officials currently find themselves mired in scandals extending back to the Obama administration. Plus: will Big Tech be our savior or our demise moving forward?

Lockdown Without End, Amen | Segment 1

We are seeing a rapid onset of rampant Coronatarianism, aka “facisim without fangs.” Daddy Newsom and Big Boy Cuomo have been among the worst responders to the virus, but they receive all the media accolades. But when push came to shove as the Orange County sheriff and Elon Musk refused to follow the strict lockdown orders, Newsom caved. In sum, California is a failed state—we need an Odysseus to rise up and lead. Timestamp: 0:54

The Corruption of the Shadow Left | Segment 2

Bill Barr has set the gears in motion to drop the case against Michael Flynn. That hasn’t stopped the presiding judge from a deep-state assist to keep the farce going. Plus: when faced with indefinite lockdown, we have time to evaluate and contemplate life. Turns out that one of the things most worth contemplating is religion. It is on the rise everywhere. Timestamp: 30:27

Big Tech: Harbinger of the Future or Doombringer? | Segment 3

The virus has reinforced our editors’ instincts to move to Wyoming and stock up on guns! Meanwhile a struggle is playing out in Silicon Valley for the souls of the folks who will rule over the robots that will, in turn, rule over us. Facebook struggles to have things both ways and fights to keep itself deregulated while appointing its own internal Supreme Court. Google forsakes woke diversity training on the back of a lawsuit, and Spencer brings in timeless truth from an ancient text.  Timestamp: 50:03