Looking Ahead: Gaza War and UK Elections

Join Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Jack Fowler as they discuss the dog days of Biden, the political implications of Gaza War, Nigel Farage’s candidacy in UK elections, and comments on covid from a listener.

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  1. Hi Victor. Just listening to your little exert with Jack on Kamala Harris. I remember watching the Kavanaugh hearings how when they opened it was absolutely chaos and among the chaos was Kamala Harris. She seemed at that time to me, I had previously never seen her, a very formidable opponent and a terrible enemy to have. Since that time she has involved into an absolute joke on the political and international scene. How do you think that happened? Did you think she was something to be dealt with back in the Kavanaugh hearings? Or did you know she was a joke from the beginning? Just curious.

  2. I saw Nigel Farage speak in Jackson Hole, Wyoming a few years ago. In the Q&A I asked him what could Americans learn from Margaret Thatcher and how she defeated the Looney Left of Neil Kinnock and Sir Michael Foot. He praised Thatcher for her tenacity, intelligence, and leadership, before ending with this solemn warning: Margaret Thatcher never dealt with the forces of globalism.

    I inferred that he meant beware of the many wealthy and powerful interests such as corporations like Microsoft that have their fingers in so many pies around the world. They prefer the cheap labor and totalitarian model of state run capitalism that maximizes profit to the less efficient system of our constitutional republic.

    A close friend told me during the last British election that he was voting Social Democrat instead of Tory because the social dems had more chance of winning in his borough of Hampstead with its “Champagne Liberals.” He said the chant was “anyone but Labour,” which is why the conservatives went on to win a massive victory, flipping boroughs that had been Labour strongholds for over a century.

    I’m hoping that with the recent conservative success in the European Parliament elections that Britain won’t turn back the modest progress they’ve made and hand the country to the Looney Left.

  3. You mentioned serotonin today in the lecture. Do you know that the LSD molecule fits neatly on 5-HT2a serotonin receptors in the cerebral cortex?

    According to chemist Dr. David Nichols (he is the head of Purdue University’s pharmacy school) before the discovery of LSD it was thought that serotonin didn’t exist in the brain. This is important for a few reasons: 1) serotonin means blood constriction. LSD is a sympathomimetic, meaning it stimulates the sympathetic branch of your autonomic nervous system (fight/flight). Lysergic acid which is found naturally in ergot fungus has been used for centuries by midwives to control post partum bleeding and stimulate uterine contractions. 2) psych disorders such as schizophrenia were according to Dr. Nichols thought to be caused by what he termed “refrigerator moms” or cold mothers who didn’t swaddle their babies. LSD, Dr. Nichols says, proves that human behavior is caused not by external forces but by neuro chemistry. This discovery has led to the development anti-depressants such as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft which are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). 3) Because of LSD’s vasoconstrictive property and its ability to cross the blood brain barrier it can alleviate the pressure from the excruciating pain of cluster headaches. 4) The FDA has also approved use of LSD (a non psychotropic form) to treat the severe depression related to terminal cancer. 5) In the 1950’s psychiatrist Dr. Humphrey Osmond treated alcoholics…

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