If even the devil needs an invitation to cross the threshold, why do we allow Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert or Bill O’Reilly into our lives? Why should it be impossible to choose the cultural influences that will determine what sort of people most Americans are?
A 21 minute podcast touching on Augustine and Robert Louis Stevenson and also the great Italian novelist C.E. Gadda.
Mankind does not need to be taught to lie: Adam told his first lie in the Garden, but it is disconcerting to realize that the talk radio listeners, in modeling themselves on Mark Levin and Shawn Hannity, have learned to be as one-dimensional and misinformed as their heroes. I suppose, in defense of the American people, we should concede that the best people do not listen to talk radio or read the newspapers.
You could always turn on the radio and listen to the racist misogynist pornographic Rap, which rhymes with…, celebrated by the American Left that owns the media, or you might take a step back in time to the not so distant wicked past when men actually flirted with women, before “rape on the first date” became the rule.
Every society has its hypocrites, since most of us, to secure what we want, will sometimes pretend to be better than we are, but the Greeks were generally frank about everyday realities. Dr. Johnson was being very Greek when he told Boswell that “No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.”
Thomas Fleming begins a podcast series in which the main themes of his first book are explored in a more conversational tone. In this 29 minute podcast he and Rex take up the origin of the book and the great fallacy that underlies almost all modern isms and ologies.