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29 minutes | a year ago
Understanding “The Proofs of God” from St.Thomas Aquinas (Part 2)
Understanding “The Proofs of God” from St.Thomas Aquinas (Part 2) Summa Theologica in Italian, written from 1265 thru 1274. Summa Theologica details the Christian faith to those beginning their journey in Theology. The book covers a wide range of topics including the existence of God, on the nature of faith and reason, morality, and the natural law. (Public Domain) In the last episode on Thomas Aquinas’ Proofs of God written in his book Summa Theologica, Eric Bess detailed the first three proofs, that of: ONE: “God must be the first cause of the movement of things,” TWO: “God is the efficient cause of objects. Objects cannot create themselves out of anything but must spring from somewhere. This somewhere must be able to produce itself out of itself. This is God.” And THREE: “Objects exist that are perishable. But if everything were perishable, nothing would exist. Something must exist that is not perishable that maintains existence as such. This non-perishable something is God.” Here is Eric Bess is to discuss proofs four and five, which are: FOUR: “We have the faculty to judge in terms of more or less, of the best and the worst. This ability to judge suggests the existence of the perfect which is God.” And… FIVE: Things occur in an ordered way. Things that lack intelligence still act in an ordered way. God must be the cause of this order. Photo Courtesy of Eric Bess Eric Bess is a practicing representational artist. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and he also writes on art, culture, and philosophy.
29 minutes | a year ago
Understanding “The Proofs of God” from St.Thomas Aquinas (Part 1)
Understanding “The Proofs of God” from St.Thomas Aquinas (Part 1) Painting by Diego Velázquez (1631), illustrating Thomas Aquinas’ blessing by two angels after he refused to be seduced by a prostitute that had been hired to break him of his resolve and give up his wish to be an ascetic Dominican Friar. (Public Domain) Are we merely biological and chemical processes acting at random in a vast void, or are there forces at work, (a Creator or a God) that create and guide life? These are questions that have guided us throughout human history, no matter our influences and beliefs. St. Thomas Aquinas, a thirteenth-century Italian Dominican Friar, who would become the patron saint of students, penned his rationale for the existence of God in his book Summa Theologica where he details the five arguments regarding the existence and quantification of a higher order. Here to talk about St.Thomas Aquinas’ findings is Eric Bess with America Daily contributor, Tim Gebhart with the interview. Photo Courtesy of Eric Bess Eric Bess is a practicing representational artist. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and he also writes on art, culture, and philosophy.
42 minutes | a year ago
Christmas Present From North Korea
Christmas Present From North Korea This is America Daily bringing you the best in truthful news and in-depth reports happening now. Today on Zooming In, Host Simone Gao interviews Dr. Peter Pry. North Korea warned the U.S. to prepare for a Christmas present. What could be that “present”? Could the US defend itself against an EMP weapon? What could happen if an #EMP exploded above the atmosphere of North America? Tune in for Simone’s interview with Dr. Peter Pry, Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a Congressional Advisory Board dedicated to achieving protection of the United States from electromagnetic pulse (EMP), cyber attack, mass destruction terrorism and other threats to civilian critical infrastructures on an accelerated basis
22 minutes | a year ago
Does China Want To Take Over The World? | Part 3 of Interview with John Stilides
Does China Want To Take Over The World? | Part 3 of Interview with John Stilides This is America daily, bringing you the best in truthful news and in-depth reports happening now. Today join us on Zooming In with Host Simone Gao. This is Part Three of her interview with John Stilides who is a geopolitical strategist at Trilogy Advisors. In this interview they will discuss the question, Does China want to take over the world? What are China’s global ambitions?
27 minutes | a year ago
TikTok- The Next Battlefield: Interview with Matthew Palumbo
TikTok- The Next Battlefield: Interview with Matthew Palumbo This is America Daily bringing you the best in truthful news updates and in-depth reports happening now. Today we hear from our friend Simone Gao from Zooming In as she speaks with Matthew Palumbo, a 25 year veteran of Republican politics, a strategist and a campaign advisor. He has worked on 7 presidential campaigns and the most recently worked on was the Trump 2016 New York Campaign. They discussed Tik Tok, impeachment and Hilary Clinton’s 2020 aspiration.
29 minutes | a year ago
U.S. Capital is the Lifeline of the CCP – Part 2- Roger Robinson Interview
U.S. Capital is the Lifeline of the Chinese Communist Party – Part 2- Roger Robinson Interview The U.S. has roughly $1.9 trillion invested in Chinese stocks and another trillion in bonds. These figures are roughly the size of China’s foreign reserve and could easily pay the bill for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. However, a large portion of these Chinese companies pose national security concerns, contribute to human rights abuses and engage in fraudulent practices. What does this mean to America? How significant is its impact? What will happen if nothing is done about it? Today we listen to the interview with Roger Robinson, former Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council during the Reagan administration who later served as chairman of the Congressional U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is the one who brought this issue to light Click to hear the whole podcast! Reference video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVWMVBg1RPrDlakdmbyTKBA
29 minutes | a year ago
U.S. Capital is the Lifeline of the CCP – Part 1- Roger Robinson Interview
U.S. Capital is the Lifeline of the Chinese Communist Party – Part 1- Roger Robinson Interview The U.S. has roughly $1.9 trillion invested in Chinese stocks and another trillion in bonds. These figures are roughly the size of China’s foreign reserve and could easily pay the bill for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. However, a large portion of these Chinese companies pose national security concerns, contribute to human rights abuses and engage in fraudulent practices. What does this mean to America? How significant is its impact? What will happen if nothing is done about it? Today we listen to the interview with Roger Robinson, former Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council during the Reagan administration who later served as chairman of the Congressional U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is the one who brought this issue to light Click to hear the whole podcast! Reference video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVWMVBg1RPrDlakdmbyTKBA
42 minutes | a year ago
Impeachment Inquiry Report & the fallout
Impeachment Inquiry Report & the fallout So the 55-page report from the impeachment hearings has come out & now we have 2 articles of Impeachment. Today we look at the fallout and people’s reactions. Rep. Doug Collins reacts here and calls this a ‘focus-group impeachment’ And we have the great speech from Rep. Jim Jordan basically laying out all the ‘actual facts’ from what was revealed in the actual testimonies that were heard. Here Benny on the Block just asking random average Americans in one of the most Democratic states on what they think about this process. So when the average person is saying they think this is a sham and then you have professionals saying the same thing. It makes you scratch your head. Click to hear the whole episode and let us know what you think about this Impeachment process. Was this fair to the American people? Here are the linked documents we spoke about in this episode: https://larouchepac.com/20190110/part-i-british-role-coup-against-president-now-exposed-will-you-act-now-save-nation https://thegrayzone.com/2018/12/17/inside-the-temple-of-covert-propaganda-the-integrity-initiative-and-the-uks-scandalous-information-war/ https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldintrel/250/25005.htm#_idTextAnchor011 https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201719/ldselect/ldintrel/250/25002.htm
29 minutes | a year ago
Will Huawei dominate 5G globally Interview with John Sitilides
Will Huawei dominate 5G globally: John Sitilides Huawei, the world’s largest telecom company, has now more than 60 commercial 5G contracts outside China and is poised to get many more. My discussion with John Sitilides a Washington, D.C. geopolitical strategist and diplomacy consultant to the U.S. Department of State as well as the geopolitical strategist at Trilogy Advisors, takes place at the height of a 5G deployment war between China and the United States.
31 minutes | a year ago
Exclusive Interview with Aaron Blaise: The Life of an Iconic Disney Animator
Inspiration from Iconic Disney Animator Aaron Blaise Internationally renowned artist and animator Aaron Blaise. (Courtesy of Aaron Blaise) Today’s Guest: Aaron Blaise is an internationally renowned artist and animator, having spent over 30 years in the industry, working for Disney on “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Mulan,” and many other films that have stood as beloved treasures of our time. Aaron currently teaches animation and art in classes and workshops around the world, sharing his passion and love of nature, and illustration. He has a popular YouTube channel called “The Art of Aaron Blaise,” where he gives tutorials and insights into his techniques and inspirations in art. You can check out his website at CreatureArtTeacher.com. The Beast from “Beauty and the Beast.” (Courtesy of Aaron Blaise) A Passion for Natural History-type Art So as we were talking here, you said that you’ve been in the industry for about 32 years now. So when and how did you develop an interest in art and animation? Aaron Blaise: Well, it’s funny how I ended up in animation. I just happened to fall into it. You know, a lot of the guys that I’ve worked with over the years, all they ever wanted to be was animators. They pushed their whole lives to achieve that goal. And I was a little bit different. I grew up down in South Florida, kind of in the swamps in this little single wide trailer. And all I ever wanted to do was draw animals. And I was always running around out in the woods, chasing, tracking, drawing. I was a creepy little kid. You know, I’d bring home roadkill to study anatomy–if it wasn’t too smooshed. And I would draw it to understand animal anatomy. I wanted to learn everything I could. I would go back and forth between wanting to be an animal artist or vet. I went through a little stint where I wanted to go into forestry, but it always brought me back to my art. And so I really grew up wanting to do natural history-type art, whether it’s animal drawing and painting or whatever. And a big part of my life when I was living in that little trailer were National Geographic magazines, and I had piles of them. Those were my escape to the rest of the world. And I loved the illustrations in those magazines. And as I got older, I thought, man, wouldn’t it be great to be on staff at National Geographic and do these illustrations? So that kind of became my goal. By the time I got to art school when I was 18, I decided I wanted to work for National Geographic. And so I went to the Ringling College of Art and Design. And it was towards the end of my first year that I found out that National Geographic really didn’t have staff illustrators doing the illustrations that I love so much. Those were all freelance. And I had spent my whole college career freelancing my way through school in order to pay rent and buy my groceries and all that. And I really didn’t want to freelance anymore. I wanted to find a staff position somewhere. So I had to re-pivot and find a different vision. Aaron Blaise has gone far afield to study and sketch wildlife in person to better understand their different physiques, personalities, movements, and how they interact with the world around them to be able to accurately portray and animate them in film. (Courtesy of Aaron Blaise) Becoming an Animator at Disney Aaron Blaise: It just so happened that there were two companies coming to our school to interview at the end of that year. One was Hallmark Cards and the other one was Disney. And so I thought, I’ll put together a portfolio for both and just see what happens. And lucky for me, Disney was the first to come in. And so I put together a portfolio of human figure drawings and animal drawings. And they were doing this test, Disney was. It was the first time they’d ever gone outside of animation schools. And Ringling at the time, even though it’s known as kind of an animation school now, they didn’t have animation. I was in illustration. And so Disney had kind of tapped out all the animation schools around the continent, and they wanted to see if they could expand their search into schools that had a good foundation in drawing and painting and bring in those students and see if they could teach them animation right at the studio. And so I was part of that pilot program. And so they came to Ringling, and I put out my portfolio, and lo and behold, myself and one other student from the school got in. It turned out that Disney picked about eight people from across the country, college students, to come out to their studio in Burbank, California, and learn animation. Study of Nala for “The Lion King.” (Courtesy of Aaron Blaise) I thought maybe I’d go through this internship and become a background painter or something, but I really never thought about animation. And it wasn’t until I got there and I met my mentor–all of us got matched up with a different professional and different animator. I was lucky enough that I got matched up with a guy named Glen Keane. Now, Glen is one of the top contemporary animators in the world. He created the little mermaid. He created Tarzan. He created the Beast. He’s responsible for so many wonderful characters at Disney. And it turns out he kind of had a similar background where he wanted to be a painter and went to school and found animation and became an animator. And so when I went into his office, really still not knowing what this is all about, and he sat me down and he was showing me some of the work he was getting ready to do on “The Little Mermaid” and showing me some of the work he was just finishing up on “Oliver and Company.” And he was just talking about all the possibilities that animation can bring to an artist for expression, the passion that you can put into it. And it’s not just drawing, but it’s movement. It’s physics, it’s emotion, it’s acting, it’s music. So many different things. And I remember sitting there for maybe 10 minutes and realizing within that 10 minutes, you know, my whole life had changed and this is now what I want to do for the rest of my life. And that was that. That’s how I became an animator. Study of the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast.” (Courtesy of Aaron Blaise) What Was the Training Like? Your artwork is top quality art. What kind of training did you have to get to that point? Aaron Blaise: Well, as a hand-drawn animator, we’re talking about this stuff like “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King,” “Pocahontas,” “Mulan,” you know, all those films, that was all still done by hand. And so a lot of people don’t realize that we made those movies the same way that they made “Bambi” and “Snow White” and “Pinocchio.” You sit down and you draw. You draw 24 frames for every second of film that goes through that camera. And so it’s a labor intensive endeavor. But really our language is drawing. And so in order to be the best animator you can be, you need to be the best draftsman you can be. So a lot of our training is just in the fundamentals of drawing, figure drawing, animal drawing, understanding form. The more fluent we are in our visual language, which is drawing, the more fluent we’re able to convey our ideas. One of the things that we always say is that a good animator is an actor, just with a pencil. And that’s really what we do. The art of animation is not just moving something; it’s the art of bringing something to life. And it’s really understanding emotion. On top of all that you need to understand the physics. You need to understand form, you need to understand space. You need to understand timing because you have to work within that fourth dimension, which is time. And so there’s a lot of practice that goes into that, but really the most fundamental really is just drawing, drawing to the best that you possibly can. https://americadaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Aaron-Blaise-Flipping-Pages-Bear-Hare1.mp4 Digital Art and Animation Now the industry, a lot of it has switched to digital art, animation, things like that. So do you think that’s affected the whole animation scene in terms of what you can express? How do you view this new digital platform that people are using for animation and art? Rajah from “Aladdin.” (Courtesy of Aaron Blaise) Aaron Blaise: Well, it’s funny. It’s not new. That’s the thing about it. It feels new and then it gets improved upon with every film. But it really started in 1995 with “Toy Story,” and that was the first fully digital film, and it’s really grown from there. And I’ve always explained that digital animation is the same as what we do, it’s just a fancier pencil. They still have to follow the same fundamentals for physics, for acting, for timing, the same stuff. It’s just done with a different tool. And so it’s interesting because animating 3D computer animation is not any faster than 2D animation. They still have to think about frame by frame. And it’s not any less expensive. That was the other thing too. A lot of people thought it would save money, but it really is the same budget. There’s a lot of misconceptions about the advantages or disadvantages. I think it’s cool. I’ve always loved cutting edge technology. I was sad to see that it kind of pushed 2D animation, hand-drawn animation aside in the marketplace. I think with new platforms coming out for distribution of content, things like that, the streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon and Hulu and Disney Plus, you know, these are going to provide a huge area for us to start
29 minutes | a year ago
Does China Want to Take Over the World with Belt and Road?
Does China Want to Take Over the World with the Belt and Road Initiative? In 2013, China launched its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. It’s often described as a 21st century silk road to connect Asia, Africa, and Europe. But the multibillion dollar plan is also considered a state-backed campaign to dominate the world. Today we discuss China’s global ambitions, how they’re executing them, and what it means for the rest of the world. Today’s guest is geopolitical strategist John Sitilides from Trilogy Advisors on Zooming In with Simone Gao. Education as the Core of China’s Tradition China is facing an upcoming big change. It is not gradually going to evolve from being a sort of Stalinist, fascist state into being a free country. This is going to involve some sort of a break and this break is coming. Dr. Arthur Waldron explains how the education of the public will ultimately lead to the downfall of communist tyranny in China. Educating the population is cutting away the ground under political doctrines and fairy tales. With the success of the Chinese government to educate people and making them literate, they’re actually making a noose for themselves.
29 minutes | a year ago
Huawei Is Beijing’s Trojan Horse: Declan Ganley
Huawei Is Beijing’s Trojan Horse: Declan Ganley Despite the ongoing U.S. effort to lobby its allies not to do business with Huawei, Germany last month announced that it won’t exclude any supplier from participating in Huawei’s 5G rollout. Many more countries, including the United Kingdom, have not yet made a final decision. Has Europe passed a tipping point? In today’s episode from Zooming In with Simone Gao, we hear from Declan Ganley, chairman and CEO of Rivada Networks. He’s a telecommunications entrepreneur, having built businesses across Europe, Russia, and the United States. The Power of Crowds Against Totalitarianism In the last part of today’s show, we share a special segment from the In Great Minds series from The BL: “China’s beginning collapse — Tiananmen Massacre and the power of crowds.” One of the basic tools of any totalitarian dictatorship is to make each person feel that they are different from everybody else. Dr. Arthur Waldron explains how the crowd threatens the reign of totalitarian rule.
29 minutes | a year ago
Why Is the Media Belittling the EMP Threat?
Why Is the Media Belittling the Biggest Existential Threat Facing the Nation? Today’s guest says the media is belittling the biggest existential threat facing our nation today: electromagnetic pulse, or EMP. Experts say up to 90 percent of the nation’s population could perish due to the EMP threat; yet the mainstream media often quotes non-experts who say the threat isn’t real. In today’s episode, EMP expert Dr. Peter Pry discusses how the media belittles the EMP threat and why he supports the Trump administration’s America First policy. Today’s Guest: Dr. Peter Pry is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, a congressional advisory board dedicated to achieving protection of the United States from electromagnetic pulse (EMP), cyberwarfare, mass destruction terrorism and other threats to civilian critical infrastructures. Dr. Pry also is director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, an advisory board to Congress on policies to counter weapons of mass destruction. Why EMP Is a Real Threat Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDONASA image use policy. Dr. Pry: EMP is the biggest threat to our civilization, to global civilization. An EMP can come from the sun and take down electric grids worldwide, put billions of lives at risk. We know that for a fact because of the 1859 Carrington Event. These things rarely happen, but we’re overdue for a Carrington Event. NASA estimates that it’s a 12 percent likelihood per decade–12 percent per decade–that we’re going to get hit with another Carrington Event. And that virtually guarantees that within our lifetimes, or the latest that of our grandchildren, our electronic civilization will be put at risk and billions of lives will be put at risk because people can’t survive anymore without electricity. Transportation, communications, banking and finance, even food and water depend directly or indirectly on electricity. The EMP commission on which I served estimated that, if we had a year-long blackout in this country from a natural EMP or from an EMP from a nuclear attack–or from a non-nuclear EMP weapon or cyber warfare that takes down the grid–that if we had a year-long blackout in this nation, up to 90 percent of our population would die from starvation, disease, and societal collapse. A lot of people are outraged by that. And they said, well, how could that possibly be? How could we lose 90 percent of our population? Well, it’s not hard to prove that. You could just go back and look at the U.S. Census and see, well, what was the size of the American population before we became an electronic civilization? The first electric grid, I think, went online in 1887. And if you go back to 1887, the population of the United States was something like 50 or 60 million people, 50 or 60 million people compared to 330 million people today. Pass of the Crawford Notch and Train circa 1880s. Benjamin West Kilburn (1827-1909) [Public domain]And the reason we were able to sustain 50 to 60 million people is because we were one of the most technologically advanced societies in the world in 1887. We had a very sophisticated railway system in this country, coal fired locomotives. We had a sophisticated market economy that was largely horse-drawn, but it provided food to the cities. That fed our growing cities. We had gravity-fed aqueducts; today we don’t rely on gravity to provide water to our cities anymore because we’ve got electricity. If you take away electricity, just by looking at the Census, you’re not going to be able to sustain a population of 330 million people anymore. It’s going to have to fall back to the levels that it was at historically before we had electricity. And that means a best case scenario going from 330 million down to 50 to 60 million people. Now, you know, we don’t have air-conditioning, we don’t have coal-fired locomotives, steam power to move goods and services around this country … We don’t have a horse-drawn market economy to feed our cities anymore. So the real loss of life is likely to be much further below 50 to 60 million people. I think the number that the commission came up with was something like 30 million people which is leftover after a year, which is the loss of 90 percent of our population. Why Does the Media Belittle the EMP Threat? In a recent article you wrote, you said that the free world’s foremost EMP expert, Dr. William Graham, has warned that the U.S. faces an existential threat from EMP, in part because the mainstream media belittles the threat through disinformation. So could you tell us about how or why the mainstream media would be spreading disinformation about something that could kill the majority of our population? Dr. Pry: Part of it is just gross incompetence. In my experience, most journalists are not very well educated when it comes to scientific and technical matters. And they don’t even know enough to know who a real expert is. So they’ll do a Google search on EMP, and they’ll look for the opinion of somebody who works for, I don’t know, the Union of Concerned Scientists, which is a radical left-wing group that doesn’t know anything about EMP. But they hate nuclear weapons, and they don’t like to talk about nuclear threats. They’d like to play down the EMP threat because it’s a nuclear threat–or at least one of the biggest threats that comes from EMP is nuclear based. These scientifically illiterate journalists routinely turn to the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Federation of American Scientists and get disinformed. They are so naive that they think that these people are objective. They also think they’re real scientists. Most of them are not, even though their organizations end with the word science, most of them are political scientists and left-wing academics that work in universities. And the Federation of American Scientists, which is another anti-nuclear left-wing–they’re more afraid of us modernizing our own nuclear arsenal. And so they’re against arms racing, especially America. Actually, that’s being too kind to them because they seem indifferent to Russia and China and North Korea developing nuclear weapons, perhaps because they know they can’t do anything to stop Russia and China and North Korea from getting nuclear weapons. And they’ve been quite successful in working in politics in the United States to slow down, delay, stop the modernization of U.S. nuclear weapons. Deliberately Disregarding the Experts Dr. Pry: Why is the liberal mainstream media often seeming to contradict or try to play down the EMP threat? They’re doing it on purpose, I would add, at least some of them. The Washington Post, for example. President Trump signed his executive order to protect our nation against EMP. I quickly drafted an article supporting President Trump’s EMP executive order and sent it to the Washington Post. Even though I was the chief of staff at the EMP Commission, the Washington Post and the New York Times and USA Today have never published a single article by me or letter to the editor. And I always submit my stuff to them. I guess I’m on their blacklist or something for some reason. Even though I’m one of the country’s foremost experts on this, they will not publish a letter or an article by me on EMP. The Washington Post, not to my surprise, rejected the article that I had written supporting President Trump’s EMP executive order. And instead they published an article that was coauthored by three or four college students on EMP that belittled the EMP threat and criticized President Trump for signing this executive order. And again, the college kids–they were from MIT, but they all basically had a political science background and didn’t know what they were talking about, once again. But the Washington Post did it on purpose. So to me that was just proof positive that–oftentimes it’s due to stupidity–but a lot of it is deliberate, deliberate disinformation. The Washington Post had a choice. They could have published an article by a real expert that knew what they were talking about, or they could choose to mislead people by publishing an article that had the viewpoint of non-experts. That’s basically what happens over and over again in the press when it comes to EMP. Press play at the top to hear the rest of Dr. Pry’s interview and hear why he supports President Trump’s America First policy.
40 minutes | a year ago
Gender Ideology and the New Totalitarianism: Exclusive Interview with Gabriele Kuby
Gender Ideology and the New Totalitarianism: Exclusive Interview with Gabriele Kuby In schools across the country, children are being taught that gender is not based on the sex you were born with but on how you feel. If you speak out against this gender ideology, you could face being ostracized or worse. So where is this coming from? And what are the motives behind this social engineering? Today we welcome German sociologist Gabriele Kuby to discuss these questions and more. Gabriele Kuby is a German sociologist, author and international speaker on the global sexual revolution. (Source: gabriele-kuby.de) Today’s Guest: Gabriele Kuby is a German author and international speaker on the global sexual revolution and Christian spirituality. She studied sociology at the Free University of Berlin and Konstanz. In 1997 she converted to Catholicism. Since then she has published 15 books. Her first critical analysis of gender ideology appeared in 2006. In 2012 she published The Global Sexual Revolution – Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom. It has so far been translated into fourteen languages, including English in 2015. Pope Benedict XVI calls her “a brave warrior against ideologies that ultimately result in the destruction of man.” Gender Ideology–the New Soft Totalitarianism? You published your first critical analysis of gender ideology back in 2006, and the things you discuss in your book The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, very few people openly talk about. What made you decide to research gender ideology? Ms. Kuby: What you describe–that very few people dare to speak about this topic–is a feature of the new totalitarianism we are moving into. We are now in a society where it costs us a price to pronounce what you think is true about man and woman … especially our Christian view on what man is. Already in 2006, I published the first analysis of gender ideology, at least in the German speaking world. And it was called The Gender Revolution: Relativism in Action. At the time, everybody thought I was exaggerating. But now people do realize that it’s not exaggerated at all. Rather, it becomes worse all the time. Looking at what was happening in our society made me realize that sexuality is the issue of our time. The way we deal with sexuality, the complete demoralization of sexuality, has a very destructive influence on the person and on the society on the whole. And I felt the need to speak out and put into words in speaking and writing what I saw as a very, very dangerous path we are on. The Relationship Between Sexuality and Culture “Romantic Scene in the Garden of Belvedere” by Julius Victor Berger. Early on, you write, “This book’s basic premise is that the beautiful gift of sexuality requires cultivation if it is to allow people to have successful relationships and a successful life. The opposite—the coarse acting-out of all desires—distorts the person and the culture.” Historically, what is the relationship between sexuality and culture? Ms. Kuby: The book that opened my eyes … was a book by a British anthropologist, his name is J.D. Unwin, published in 1936 in Oxford University Press. So in a very established scientific publisher. And the title of the book was Sex and Culture. And this social scientist wanted to find out what is the relationship between the norms a society has on the issues of sexuality and on culture. Unwin found out, to put it in one sentence, that high culture … can only exist with very strict moral regulations. And that is monogamy and virginity before marriage, which is always difficult to keep. But that is the foundation. This needs culture. This needs education of the young person from childhood onwards so that the human being is able to control the very, very powerful sexual drive. Yet we are created with sexuality, with the beautiful gift of sexuality. It’s a very powerful drive which has the one function, that is to keep humanity in existence, procreation. And the second function is the unity and love of a man and a woman open for the procreation of children. Now our society protects … the deregulation of sexuality, that is live out your sex drive in any way you want. And if you object to that, if you raise your voice and say, this is a destructive path for people and society, then we will discriminate against you. We will ostracize you, we will mob you, we will throw you out of your jobs … So this is a complete turnaround of what society used to consider as necessary for building the cultural edifice. Gender Mainstreaming in the United States There’s an actual term for what’s happening, and that’s called “gender mainstreaming.” It seems to be everywhere, yet most people have never even heard of it. Could you explain what gender mainstreaming is and what it looks like in the United States? Ms. Kuby: It’s a private term of the sexual revolution. The breakthrough was in 1968 with three messages: It was socialist ideology; radical feminism, with the call by Simone de Beauvoir to get out of the slavery of motherhood; and the sexual liberation. The message was, if we live out our sexuality in any way we like, we’ll live according to lust and not according to achievement, we will achieve paradise. It continued and continued and then it took a new turn. And that was in 1990 when the American philosopher Judith Butler published the book Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. She is a declared lesbian … really her intention is the subversion of identity of man and woman. It puts me in awe that a person can even believe that such an idea will be accepted. But the strange thing is the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and others–she’s a fellow of these foundations. She’s received huge awards with millions of dollars. Why is a woman who puts forth ideas to destroy the identity of man and woman, why is she carried on the hands of the elite of power and money in this world? This is an important question. Why Do the World’s Elite Support the Subversion of Identity? Do you have an answer to that question? Why do the world’s elite support the destruction of the male and female identity? Ms. Kuby: This whole ideology has one effect. The destruction of marriage, the destruction of family, the sexualization of children, the homosexual movement, and now even the transgender movement, it has one effect. And that is the control and the reduction of the world population. Of course abortion and contraception are essential for that. But I do feel that the issues go beyond this because, if we look at what happens to societies, to individuals, to families, if we are completely uprooted from our identity, that means we have masses and masses of people who can be manipulated by those who have the means of manipulation. And these means of manipulation in our time are extremely sophisticated. Press play at the top to hear the rest of Gabriele Kuby’s interview and find out how gender mainstreaming is being implemented in the U.S. today and what you can do about it. Additional Resources: Visit Gabriele Kuby’s website at gabriele-kuby.de Check out her book The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom
29 minutes | a year ago
What it Means to Be a Woman and Reclaiming Femininity
Sandro Botticelli’s painting, titled “Young Woman.” Thought to be Simonetta Vespucci in mythological guise, c. 1480/1485, tempera on panel. (Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main) According to Merriam-Webster, femininity is the quality or nature of the female sex. The quality, state or degree of being feminine or womanly. Oxford’s definition alludes you don’t have to be a woman to be feminine. Of course, we have seen the feminine expressed in a multitude of ways in society. Most notably, the expression of womanhood and femininity in fine art has traditionally been one of beauty, harmony, and gentleness. Throughout history, classical beauties have been depicted imbued with emotion and a glimpse of the divine, often in an ethereal and heavenly manner. As for women’s roles throughout history, their bodies have been great determiners in deciding the roles they’ve played, almost as much as inherited trades, businesses, bloodlines, or economic status have been. That is, until modern times. During World War II and after, there was the beginning of a great shift in what American women’s roles would grow to be. Feminism had slowly changed from working to give the underserved equal rights, to a push for more female representation in traditionally male fields; much to the detriment of women. Listen to find out the origins of American feminism and how it has links to communist Soviet Russia and more. Detail of a scene in the bowl of the letter ‘P’ with a woman with a set-square and dividers; using a compass to measure distances on a diagram. In her left hand, she holds a square, an implement for testing or drawing right angles. She is watched by a group of students. In the Middle Ages, it is unusual to see women represented as teachers, in particular when the students appear to be monks. She is most likely the personification of Geometry, based on Martianus Capella’s famous book De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, [5th c.] a standard source for allegorical imagery of the seven liberal arts. Illustration at the beginning of Euclid’s Elementa, in the translation, attributed to Adelard of Bath. (Wikimedia Commons) The Birth of Venus is a painting by the Italian artist Sandro Botticelli, probably made in the mid 1480s. It depicts the Roman goddess Venus arriving at the shore after her birth, when she had emerged from the sea fully-grown. (Wikimedia Commons)
29 minutes | a year ago
How to Cultivate Civility in the Modern Era
How to Cultivate Civility in the Modern Era No matter who we are, we have to be a part of society and interact with others. Civility, as it is defined in its Latin roots from “civilis,” means “of or proper to a citizen,” or a quiet or peaceable behavior and formal politeness. It’s about being able to function properly in a group. In today’s episode, we will be looking into the role civility plays in society and how our understanding of civility has changed over time. Civility Prior to the Modern Era A key element of civility was its ability to create a civil society that functions properly. People were taught to consider others first in all that they did. Men were expected to put women first in all of their labors. Women were taught to be caring and nurturing and to put the needs of others first in raising children and creating stability in society. Marcus Aurelius: An Ancient Role Model of Civility The only thing that isn’t worthless: to live this life out truthfully and rightly. And be patient with those who don’t. — Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius was an ancient Roman emperor who believed in the four pillars of Stoicism: wisdom, morality, courage, and moderation. A key tenet of Stoicism is to examine your behavior to make sure it conforms to reason as planned by the universe. Marcus Aurelius conformed himself to the principles of Stoicism and civility. It is said that he won the admiration of the Gods in an early campaign against a Germanic tribe to the north. As his army was surrounded, he knelt down and prayed. A lighting bolt came crashing down at that very moment, scaring the Quadi away and saving his army. Today I escaped anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions — not outside. — Marcus Aurelius “The Last Words of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius,” Eugène Delacroix, oil painting, 1844, The Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. (Public Domain) Ask: What is so unbearable about this situation? Why can’t you endure it? You will be embarrassed to answer. — Marcus Aurelius Civility in the Modern Era With so many changes in our modern culture, has the definition of civility changed? Much of what had the most meaning, like spirituality and beauty, is considered less meaningful now. These days, civility is equated with being politically correct, which was Chairman Mao’s creation. To be politically correct, you have to adjust your language so as not to offend. It actually becomes a form of suppression. Solutions? The more a society is based on goodness, the more free it is. The more we put others first, look inward, and spend time on self-reflection, the less we rely on the state or a coercive force to ensure a stable society. Press play at the top to hear the rest of our interview with Tim Gebhart. He shares some more great examples of past civility, how it has changed, and what we can do to have a more harmonious society.
29 minutes | a year ago
Ret. General Robert Spalding on His New Book ‘Stealth War’
Ret. General Robert Spalding on His New Book ‘Stealth War’ The Chinese communist regime poses the greatest threat to the United States and to the free world. In recent months, we’ve seen how American corporations, athletes, and politicians kowtow to Beijing—even if it goes against American principles. So how did this happen? Today’s guest reveals China’s motives and secret attacks on the United States in his book Stealth War: How China Took Over While America’s Elite Slept. In it, he explains how China is waging a six-front war against our economy, military, diplomacy, technology, education, and infrastructure. Today, China expert Robert Spalding tells us how China has infiltrated American institutions, how he came to understand the China threat, and what the U.S. can do. Today’s Guest: Retired General Robert Spalding served in the U.S. Air Force for over 25 years. He retired as a brigadier general and is a former China strategist for the Pentagon.
29 minutes | a year ago
Impeachment and America’s Cold Civil War
Impeachment and America’s Cold Civil War After weeks of depositions and hearings, the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry is still limited to hearsay and presumptions. So how does it compare to other impeachment inquiries throughout American history? To find out, we welcome back historian and national security expert Dr. Peter Pry. He explains why he thinks we’re no longer a constitutional republic and how this is what the Founding Fathers feared most of all: big government and the administrative state. Today’s Guest: Dr. Peter Pry is a trained historian and archeologist, but he is best known for being an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) expert. He is the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, and he has spent a professional lifetime working on national security issues.
29 minutes | a year ago
Newt Gingrich on His New Book: ‘Trump vs. China’
Newt Gingrich on His New Book: ‘Trump vs. China’ Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich just released his new book, “Trump vs. China: Facing America’s Greatest Threat.” America Daily radio host Allen Zeng interviewed Mr. Gingrich about why he considers this the most challenging book he’s ever written, why China poses the biggest threat to the United States, and what America can do in response.
39 minutes | a year ago
Classical vs. Modern Education: An Interview with Dr. Steve Turley
Classical vs. Modern Education: An Interview with Dr. Steve Turley The ancient Greeks revered and put much emphasis on learning and education in their society. The emphasis, however, was not on vocation. So what was its main focus, then? We will be diving into the pedagogy of classical education and its recent rise in popularity with Dr. Steve Turley. “The School of Athens” displays many of the influential figures in ancient Greece. Knowledge and wisdom to them was to decipher and decode the world as the divine had understood it and to live accordingly. (Painting by Rafael Sanzio de Urbino, 1509-1511) Today’s Guest: Dr. Steve Turley is an internationally recognized scholar, speaker, and classical guitarist. He has written over 20 books, including Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, and Classical vs. Modern Education: A Vision from C.S. Lewis, whose subject matter we will be discussing in this episode. Dr. Turley was a Professor of Fine Arts at Eastern University and a faculty member at Delaware Valley Classical School in New Castle, Delaware, where he teaches Theology and Rhetoric. Steve also hosts a popular YouTube channel with daily content that details the rise of nationalism, populism, and traditionalism throughout the world. You can find out more about him at Turleytalks.com.
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