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Amplifying Thought Leaders Podcast
48 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Prosperity for All: Understanding Modern Monetary Theory with Fadhel Kaboub
Is prosperity for all actually possible? Modern monetary theory (MMT) says it is. Tune in to discover: What two primary sources create the risk of inflation Which markets in the U.S. are prone to raising prices more than they “should” How attracting tourists can help the economy in some countries in the short term, but ultimately worsens it Why the U.S. may need to restart the basis of the U.S. economy within the next decade Fadhel Kaboub is a professor of economics at Denison University, President of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, and an authoritative source on MMT. This theory is an approach which counters tenets of the mainstream policy framework. Specifically, the mainstream policy framework embraces the idea that if tax revenues can’t be raised for it, or if money can’t be borrowed from financial markets for it, then the government simply can’t afford it. And, if the government were to spend money on it, then inflation and eventual bankruptcy of the country would result. In contrast, MMT says this isn’t actually the case, but in fact there is an abundance of spending capacity…we just aren’t looking in the right place. Kaboub’s work comes from this background theory, and focuses on public policies which encourage monetary and economic sovereignty in the Global South. He recognizes the difference in degree of unused spending capacity in different countries, explaining the structural deficiencies which contribute to weakening currencies. He also discusses why so many of the strategies for strengthening economies fail, and actually lead to a worsening of the situation. Long-term strategic visions are paramount for maintaining a sovereign monetary system and geopolitical influence. Where does the U.S. and other countries fall in this regard? Kaboub explains this and so much more. Tune in for the details, and visit http://www.global-isp.org/ and https://denison.edu/people/fadhel-kaboub for more.
48 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
COVID-19: History Repeating Itself in the Deadliest Way—An Examination of the Truth Buried by Lies
If your healthcare providers lied to you, would you know it? And would there be any consequences for them? The answer might surprise you. Press play for a critical analysis of COVID-19 policies and consequences to the global population. You’ll learn: Where COVID-19 misinformation is coming from and why What percentage of U.S. healthcare workers are currently laid off, and how this can be explained given the COVID-19 situation How Popper is helping rescue small businesses, and how this is placing pressure on the powers that be upstream Why the WHO completely stopped reporting flu deaths in February 2020 As President of Wellness Forum Health, Pamela Popper has dedicated herself to putting out free information to educate the public and promote true, informed medical decision-making. Over the past year since the coronavirus lockdowns, Popper has also been researching what’s really going on behind the COVID-19 situation, bringing you the information you won’t hear from mainstream news outlets. “In any other profession…if you outright misrepresent things to people, you can go to jail…you can’t just lie to people…but you can do that in the healthcare field and there are virtually no consequences for it…part of the reason is the government has become partners with medical institutions…the drug makers, the vaccine makers, etcetera,” says Popper. And at the heart, if this truth is the COVID-19 situation. Popper explains what is happening around the world as a result of COVID-19 policies, which have led to more deaths than the WWII death camps. To be clear, these deaths aren’t from any virus, but from the consequential starvation, suicides, and cases of “failure to thrive” in nursing homes across the world. She’s tackling this situation legally, by filing a lawsuit which takes the position that there never was an “emergency” situation, and therefore the lockdowns and loss of personal freedoms have never been justified. Tune in for all the details. Find free videos and newsletters at https://makeamericansfreeagain.com/, and learn more about Popper’s company at https://wellnessforumhealth.com/. Send her an email at email@example.com, and find her new book titled, Covid Operation: What Happened, Why it Happened, and What’s Next.
48 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Texas in the Dark: The What, How, and Why of Major Power Outages in Texas
The recent power outages in Texas left millions in the dark. And when it comes to understanding what really happened and why it happened, most of the US population has always been in the dark. John Droz sheds light on the situation. Press play to learn: How the power grid works, and what happens when the crucial balance between supply and demand gets disrupted How the recent blackouts in Texas could and should have been avoided Whether what you’ve been told about wind energy is accurate, and why it makes power outages much more likely, if not inevitable Droz is a physicist and environmental advocate who has spent decades accumulating knowledge on various topics, especially surrounding energy and environmental issues. On today’s show, he explains what happened during the recent blackouts in Texas, why they happened, how they could have been avoided, and when another, significantly larger blackout could occur. This explanation necessitates an in-depth discussion about wind power: how it truly works, which of its inherent characteristics demand that it be backed up by auxiliary power sources, how it has been used, and what role it played in the recent outages. Droz explains all this and more. Listen now and learn more at http://wiseenergy.org/.
63 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Chlorine Dioxide: Another Victim of Misinformation and Censorship
Chlorine dioxide is the most unbelievable story of suppression of information you could imagine,” says Ken McCarthy, setting the stage for yet another dig into the corruption and censorship that pervade nearly every media outlet, industry, and US government entity. Press play to discover: Six indisputable yet well-hidden facts about chlorine dioxide, along with many anecdotal stories demonstrating not only its safety, but therapeutic potential When and how chlorine dioxide was first discovered How similar chlorine dioxide is to substances produced by the human immune system, which explains why it can kill pathogens without harming us Ken McCarthy played a key role in the commercialization of the internet, is an expert on internet advertising and marketing, and studied neuroscience at Princeton University. On today’s show, he tells listeners the truth about chlorine dioxide: what it is, what it’s used for, how to use it properly, and why you don’t know about it—or only know it as a dangerous, poisonous substance. He also names specific individuals in journalism and major media outlets who have spread misinformation or outright lies on the topic, and the potential motivation behind these efforts. Arguably, this motivation boils down to one thing: money. A single therapeutic dose of chlorine dioxide quite literally costs a fraction of a penny, and its constituent parts cannot be regulated. And what does this mean for Big Pharma? (Which, by the way, owns the media.) Ken McCarthy answers this question and more, filling in the eye-opening and extremely important details on this topic. This episode isn’t one to miss. Tune in to learn more.
33 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Transcending Party Lines for the Greater Good: A Conversation with Devin Pandy
“All democrats love terrorists.” Whether you’re a republican or democrat, that statement likely doesn’t sit right with you, and it didn’t with Devin Pandy either. In fact, it was just what he needed to hear from a sitting representative to fully commit to his goal: run for election to the US House to represent Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, and serve the unmet needs of Georgia residents. Pandy tells listeners: What it takes to run for office, and the unexpected challenges he faced How he decided which issues to run on, and how to learn what the people want How he managed to transcend policy lines and get republicans to agree with him on what would be best for the district and the country as a whole Pandy’s family immigrated to the US when he was just two years old. He followed the footsteps of his father and brother by joining the US Army in 1993, and retired after 21 years, as Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CW2). He’d never been involved in politics, and hadn’t even been very interested in politics until 2016, when a stir of political events compelled him to learn more about political issues and the impacts they have on American citizens and Georgia residents. In 2019, he realized that his district was represented by someone who had more interest in self-dealing and protecting those who were breaking the law than actually serving those who had elected him. At that point, Pandy decided to challenge him for a seat. Admittedly, Pandy didn’t know what he was doing at first. But by virtue of networking and a steadfast dedication to his mission, he began gathering a team to support him—a campaign manager, skilled fundraisers, and a treasurer. Then he set out to raise enough money to get his name on the ballot, which is a $5,000+ bill in Georgia. After putting his message out there and making it known what he stood for, he tripled the amount he needed. He shares the lessons he learned and insights he gained throughout the course of his campaign, which are plentiful, despite not winning the election. And he isn't giving up--the next election isn't too far away. Press play to hear all the details, and learn more or show your support by visiting https://devinpandyforcongress.com/meet-devin/.
35 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Teaching the Presidency, Researching Constitutional Quandaries with Professor Michael Faber
We squabble and debate over the interpretation of the Constitution, but how often do we step back and consider whether it should have been approved in the first place? Not very often…yet Michael Faber makes this the focus of his research. Press play to learn: Which of today’s political debates mirror some of those of the 1780s Whether the idea that lobbyists “buy up votes” in America is fact, fiction, or hard to say either way What role voters have in the way senators and representatives spend their free time What primary driver is behind the behavior of most congressmen Associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University, Michael Faber, splits his time between research and teaching. While his teaching is primarily on American political institutions and the presidency, his research is focused on American political development—with particular emphasis on anti-federalists and their opposition to the Constitution. He investigates why they were against the Constitution, and how relevant the anti-federalist position is to us today. The debate raised by anti-federalists—of whether or not to approve the Constitution—is one that Faber says is glossed over in most history classes, but one of importance nonetheless. Faber dives into the details of Congress versus the presidency, including which is easier to study and why, what it even means to “study” the presidency, and what motivates individual behaviors. He also compares and contrasts the Senate and the House of Representatives, discussing how the 17th Amendment eliminated some key differences between the two, perspectives on politics, political theory, presidential rhetoric, why the dynamic between the senators and representatives is antagonistic by “design,” the president’s pardoning power (and whether it is too broad), and more. Tune in for all the details, learn more about Faber at https://www.polisci.txstate.edu/people/faculty-bios/faber.html, and feel free to email your questions to him at Faber@txstate.edu.
54 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Georgia Voices Heard: Inside Georgia’s Legislative Processes with Brenda Lopez
How do you make your voice heard? What matters to you most? And what dictates whether the issues important to you are given consideration by the legislature? The answers might surprise you. Brenda Lopez tells listeners: Who holds the power to decide which bills move forward and which don’t in Georgia What elements of a bill make it more likely to be heard and voted on Under what conditions a republican might be asked to carry a bill originating in the democratic party and vice versa What would cause an elected official to take action on a particular issue Brenda Lopez made history in 2016 when she became the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 99 in Gwinnett County. Having run and been elected as a democrat in the US House of Representatives in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District with majority republican chambers, she knew it would be tough to move certain legislation forward. Nonetheless, she continued advocating for the same causes that she advocated for prior to her election. This means she did everything in her power to connect local organizations that were working to block “bad” legislation and used her elected capacity to serve those advocacy needs, as well as continue to bring the voices of Georgia residents into the light. Lopez’s other primary goal was to grow the pipeline of young, diverse, first-generation college students who could enjoy a welcoming environment in Georgia—something that didn’t really exist before. For each session over the last four legislative years, Lopez made an accomplishment to this end: she took on at least eight legislative aides, helping them to become empowered political operatives, and (potentially) preparing them to run for office. From the structure of legislative sessions and what her “to-do” list looks like from day to day, to the legislative budget in Georgia and party difference discourse in the legislature, Lopez covers it all. Tune in and send your questions or comments to Brenda Lopez on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @VoteBrendaLopez
57 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
The Pushback of National Populism: A Mechanism of Resistance to Globalization
The secularization thesis of the early 20th century is dead. The idea that an increase in education, technology, and industrialization means a decrease in religious practice for a given population cannot be supported in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary. Populations across the world are becoming more religious than ever, and the resistance to globalist ideology is getting stronger. Dr. Steve Turley tells listeners How Brexit signaled an affirmation and fortification of national populist ideology, setting the tone for many countries to follow suit Where Donald Trump and the Black Lives Matter movement fit into the dynamic underlying globalist vs traditional ideology Why the backlash against the globalist, political elite poses the threat of balkanization Whether COVID-19 has accelerated, put the brakes on, or been a neutral player in the rise of national populism Dr. Steve Turley is a conservative pundit, thought leader, creator of Turley Talks podcast, author of more than 20 books, and for many people, an invaluable source of knowledge and optimism through otherwise trying times. The topic of the US and global political climate, with particular emphasis on the changing dynamic between national populists and liberal globalists around the world, is at the crux of today’s conversation. Turley found it hard to believe at first, but time and again he encountered evidence of more and more populations returning to national, cultural, and religious traditions as the basis for social order, and this includes the US and Canada. Then there was Brexit, followed by Trump’s victory over his “shoo-in” opponent, followed by similar victories in several countries, including Italy, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Estonia, France, and India. In the face of globalist threats, populations tend toward re-traditionalization, especially in the religious sense. They return to their culture, customs, and identity while pushing back against the idea that a modern one-size-fits-all scientific, political, and economic system should displace all preexisting cultures, customs, and traditions, which under globalist ideology, are considered bigoted, intolerant, racist, and patriarchal (to name a few adjectives). The result is a major revolt against the political class and a reclaiming of custom, identity, and culture by populations across the globe. With this understanding, Turley poses a pointed question: How can we hold together in the midst of a world that’s breaking apart? Press play for all the details and visit https://www.turleytalks.com/.
37 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Upholding the Democratic Mission in Rockdale County, Georgia
Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, wearing too much or not enough makeup, running a fundraiser the right way…the list of dos and don’ts for an individual running for political office is lengthy, but Cheryl Miles Board is ready to share all of her knowledge and insights with aspiring politicians in Georgia. Press play to learn: How campaign efforts have been adapted to the pandemic environment, and whether they’ve been successful Why and how the demographics are changing in Rockdale County and what can be done to ensure continued growth and progress How the Democratic oath was used in the most recent election to shed light on the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” When Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia, Cheryl Miles Board, first moved to Rockdale County, Georgia, she didn’t immediately feel accepted; as a light-skinned African American with blonde hair, she wasn’t easy to miss among the general population in Rockdale County. Having moved from the Northern part of the country, she knew full well that many people are quick to paint the South in a bad light, particularly when it comes to acceptance of racial differences and diversity. “I wanted to change the face of what it looked like, and help people realize that…the African American race is a rainbow in shading, characteristics, as well as sizes…but if we all come with a common goal, we can make the South everything it can and should be,” says Board. Starting as a secretary, Board moved her way up the ranks, and has held her current position as Chair for the past three years. While she doesn’t plan to run for re-election this year, she’s far from done with the political scene in Georgia; she’s staying busy with her own non-profit organization, and has plans to start a candidate school for aspiring political leaders—especially women. With over 25 years’ worth of political knowledge, she’s ready to share it with more people, for the overall good of the community in Rockdale County and beyond. Board covers details about the most recent election, from how they got their messages out to the public amid COVID-19 restrictions, to the candidates who “crossed over” and legally changed their status from Republican to Democrat, and the importance of educating voters on how to critically examine candidates. She also talks more broadly about the dynamics in Rockdale County, including the changing demographics, economic development, transportation, and strategic planning for enhanced greenspace. Visit https://www.rockdaledems.com/ and http://connectionnpc.com/ to learn more, and don’t hesitate to email Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
46 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Voting for Passion, Not Corruption with Brandy Chambers
What keeps you up at night? We might all have different answers to this question, but one thing is sure: a lack of security, safety, employment, or healthcare would be high on the list for most. Guest Brandy Chambers tells listeners How to be heard by your elected officials, so that they know what matters to you most How misinformation, strategic messaging by political parties, and the media influence elections What stands in the way of legislation that will better the lives of Texas residents Brandy Chambers is a respected attorney who has been serving the residents of Dallas, Texas since 2001. During law school, she discovered a passion for employment law while representing a plaintiff in a wrongful termination claim, and has since gained experience in medical malpractice, civil rights defense, and basic commercial litigation, all with the ultimate goal of promoting equality and improving the lives of Texas residents. This goal—along with the stark realization that the Texas legislature was turning a blind eye to serious, pressing matters—compelled her to run for the Texas House of Representatives District 112. Instead of bathroom bills and “show me your papers” legislation, Chambers believes the focus needs to be on the total absence of funding for public schools, the fact that children have died in the hands of the CPS, the lack of raises for state employees over the past two decades, and the reality that there are roughly five million people without health insurance in Texas. In short, Chambers is focused on the people; she is dedicated to truly listening to their needs, and moving resources where they are most needed. She lost the election by a mere 220 votes, but certainly gained a lot of insight and knowledge along the way. She discusses how to build rapport with the public, figure out what people want from their elected leaders, and implement the critical elements of any successful campaign. She also explains why it is so difficult to pass legislation in Texas that both parties agree to, talks about the battle against misinformation in politics, and sheds light on public perception and understanding of the elected officials who make decisions about their lives. Follow Chambers on twitter @BrandyforTexas, or shoot her an email at email@example.com
48 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
The Great Reset, or the New Great Depression?—An Economic Examination of the Response to COVID-19
Pop quiz: what’s seven trillion dollars times zero? The current amount of economic stimulus in the American economy. Despite printing four trillion dollars and seven trillion dollars in deficit spending since this time last year, economic growth is still below what it should be, hence talk of the new great depression. In this episode, you’ll learn: How many of the major pandemics of the 20th century resulted in a second wave that was worse than the first, and how that seems to be playing out with COVID-19 How one man became the richest in Germany during the worst period of hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic in the 1920s What it means to be in a depression versus a recession, and what can be said about the recent and current state of the American economy in this regard Why Rickards says deflation rather than inflation will be brought about by the response to COVID-19 Jim Rickards is an American lawyer, economist, investment banker, speaker, media commentator, and New York Times bestselling author of multiple books on matters of finance and precious metals. His most recent book, titled The New Great Depression: Winners and Losers in a Post-Pandemic World was released just this month, and presents an uplifting message: no matter how bad things get economically, there are ways for individuals to not only preserve wealth, but make money and prosper. Rickards shares his expertise on a range of topics, including the current state of disinflation and where it will lead, why the velocity of money is the real cause of inflation and what happens when there is no velocity, reasons for the 22-year downward trend in velocity and the even more significant drop during COVID-19, ways for individuals to protect themselves financially—regardless of the economic situation, nominal versus real interest rates, why cryptocurrency will not play a role in the international monetary system, the new strain of SARS-CoV-2 and why it is evidence that the lockdowns don’t work, and more.
30 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Military Voting: Checking Assumptions, Accounting for the Majority
Is it true that the military vote is always for the republican candidate? Evidence suggests that this is the case for military officers, but that doesn’t account for 85-86% of all military personnel. For Don Inbody, this was an open space ripe for investigation. In this episode, you’ll learn: Whether higher voter turnout impacts the outcome of elections one way or the other Whether internet security is strong enough to support online internet voting Why it’s not feasible to commit voter fraud on a scale large enough to have a meaningful impact on the outcome of an election How Florida and Texas handle absentee ballots, and why all states should follow suit Don Inbody is a retired senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University who specializes in American civil-military relations and public opinion. For 28 years, he served as a Navy officer, which gives him unique insight on his areas of expertise. During the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, there was a major question surrounding Florida absentee ballots, which were assumed to be from military personnel overseas. Initial reactions by both political parties at the time seemed to confirm a major underlying assumption: the large majority of the absentee votes from military members overseas would be cast for the republican candidate (Bush). This sparked Inbody’s interest in military voting. Based on the fact that non-whites in the military are largely overrepresented compared to the American population, as well as the understanding that, in general, non-whites tend to vote democrat, Inbody wondered what it was about being in the military that would make those individuals vote republican instead. The question of whether enlisted personnel indeed voted republican versus democrat, and if so, why that might be the case, formed the crux of Inbody’s dissertation and book, The Soldier Vote: War, Politics, and the Ballot in America. His research was based largely on a poll he took on enlisted personnel in 2008. His findings were contrary to the popular belief: in terms of party and ideology, enlisted personnel mirrored the rest of the American population, meaning there was an even split, more or less. Inbody touches on the key takeaways of his book, discusses the importance of making voter IDs free and easily accessible to everyone, how the voting process can be improved, and much more. Tune in, and follow Inbody on Twitter @inbodyd.
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