The American Diet: Capitalism, Truth, and the GOP

Listen in as Victor Davis Hanson and cohost Sami Winc talk about corporate America, climate change, and the Left’s fears of the Republican Party with the impending midterm election.

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16 thoughts on “The American Diet: Capitalism, Truth, and the GOP”

  1. Dr. Hanson – great podcast as usual. As a side note: There is a theory which has been verified by polar cap ice borings called the Milankovitch Theory which states that there is a regular, cyclical change in the Earth’s climate based on a combination of the Earth’s precession, change of orbit due to earth wobble and possibly galactic alignment. The cycle happens every 24,000 years in which the planet goes from a glacial minimum to a glacial maximum and back again. The last glacial maximum (Ice Age) was roughly 18,000 years ago with the glacial minimum happening about 3,000 to 8,000 years ago. According to the Milankovitch theory we are about 6,00 to 10,000 years away from the next glacial maximum. Some scientist speculate that the current global warming is more like a blanket preventing the Earth from cooling in measurable increments. If this is the case then a cessation in fossil fuel emissions and other heat producing human activity will ironically cause the planet to experience rapid cooling. Then a whole host of new problems will emerge as the human population expands towards 10 billion.

    1. John Kevin Swint

      Greg, your data is accurate, as is your allusion to the fact that humanity will likely need to engage in geoengineering over the millennia to offset the next Milankovitch cooling cycle. It appears the case that our unintended and hugely beneficial restoration of atmospheric CO2 levels, long sequestered in the hydrocarbons we utilize for the energy essential to modern existence, may slightly counteract cooling but innovators will need to engineer greater countermeasures. Maybe engineering the means to increase atmospheric water vapor in order to retain heat?

  2. On Film (hold muh beer):

    Hollywood is caught in a viscous cycle where high production costs demand huge returns. Modern movies are so expensive to make that studios are unwilling to take any risks. This means that for fifteen years, Hollywood has avoided making films that don’t have built in audiences. Comic Books are an ideal solution to this problem in two ways. 1.) Each comic book comes with an already existing fan base that helps ensure at least some return on investment. 2.) The interlinked nature of comic book stories (multiverse) allows the audience from each movie to be counted on as a reliable audience for the next three movies (thus also reducing risk). However, there are some naturally low-budget genres of film that have been undergoing a renaissance in the last ten years since Hollywood is willing to risk a few dollars on wacky geniuses who make films that fill idle cracks in the calendar (October and February).

    So… If you like good film, you should check out Horror, Historical Drama, Sci-Fi, and Thrillers. This is where all the auteurs and old hands are going. (see follow-up comment)

  3. Directors in Sci-Fi, Horror, Historical Drama worth watching:

    Ari Aster
    Rodger Eggers
    Mike Flannagan
    James Wan (The Conjuring Films esp!)
    Sir Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Alien Covenant esp!)
    Dennis Villenevue (Bladerunner 2049, Dune esp!)
    Scott Derickson (Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, Black Phone esp!)

    Future Grande Dames of the Silver Screen:

    Florence Pugh (esp. Midsommar!)
    Victoria Pedretti (esp. Haunting of Hill House!)
    Anya Joy Taylor

    Silver Eagles of the Screen:

    Mads Mikkelsen (esp. Hannibal!)
    William DeFoe (esp. The Lighthouse!)
    Oscar Issac (esp. Annihilation and Dune!)

    Great Films in this Genre You Might Have Missed:

    The Blair Witch Project (arguably started the horror renaissance in 1999)
    Sator (filmed in and around Yosemite!)
    Annihilation (Natalee Portman rides again with H.P. Lovecraft!)
    A Dark Song (as close to actual occult ritual as you’re going to get?)
    The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Like Hitchcock’s “Rope”)
    The Dark (2018)
    The Perfection (Hitchcock meets Christopher Nolan and has a love child?)
    Over the Garden Wall (animated melancholy Americana with oddball humor)
    I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House (VERY Shirley Jackson)

  4. Carroll Morrison

    Hi. I love hearing about your old home. It is such a good skill to return an aging beauty to a modern version is possible. One thing i think we have lost and is missing today and has been for several years is the making beautiful built things and wonderful classical music such as Aaron Copeland. some of the movie sound tracksmight be great but the movies are so bad that even if there was good music I would not know it because I dont give my money to wokeness . I have less now and am spending wisely. I think the climate change and the environment movement have squashed any incentive to create an interesting and beautiful built environment. Just my thoughts
    Love all you do . Keep it up. I listen, read and read again.
    C. Morrison

  5. Too long? Never… I live in a Victorian built in 1904 and enjoy Victor’s home repair saga.

    One thing to point out… The Pitbull Trump got 11 million more votes than last time. So was 2020 really tossing out the gun slinger?

    My analysis is 60 million new voters got registered in two years… during COVID-19. In some cases defective ballots were accepted but I looks like most were “cured” using resources paid for by Mark Zuckerberg.

    Besides the “suckers and losers” type stories, the laptop, 50 intelligence experts, etc… It seems to me the Dems just out worked the GOP and turbocharged that effort with Zuckerberg’s money.

    Thank you so much for your insight!

  6. Has anyone considered, even as a hypothetical (and that is scary), that Trump is/was correct in everything he has said? Most disturbing of all (to both parties) is that if the 2020 election was actually stolen, what legal/political relief can be employed between November and Inauguration–there does not seem to be any protocol to provide relief. Having the Supreme Court not even hear the case was an abysmal abdication.

  7. Marge Desiderio

    Enjoyed the podcast and love hearing about old house. My only question “Where’s Jack Fowler? Like Sami but miss Jack and Gary Owen Theme music.

    1. Ah! The legend of how Sami gained control of 1/3 of the podcast was told long ago. Perhaps there was something to it, and there has been a rematch!

  8. Michael Jensen

    There’s never enough of Victor Davis Hanson. I wish the shows were even longer. Thank you Dr. Hanson for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with the rest of us.

  9. Gareth D. Noren

    Thank you Victor, No need to shorten the podcasts. Here’s America under biden and the democrats. No considerations of Systems engineering; the state-of-the-art and practice of systems engineering, operations research, the scientific method and mathematical modeling to improve decisionmaking impact on operations in industry, academia, and government by promoting interdisciplinary, scalable approaches to produce technologically appropriate solutions to meet societal needs.
    No considering program life cycle costs when making decisions early in the system life cycle could prove to be disastrous to the long term system viability and survivability. The principle underlying this goes back to an idea originating during the Scottish enlightenment known as the Law of Unintended Consequences, more recently stated succinctly as “Whether or not what you do has the effect you want, it will have three at least that you never expected, and one of those usually unpleasant.” The least expensive and most effective hot water pipe insulating material to use in your house restoration might be asbestos, but deciding to use it without seriously considering the safety, cost factors associated with the operational and retirement stages would not be wise.
    No Risk management; the critical process of identifying risks consists of determining any sources of risk, and the scenarios under which they may occur.
    1. What can go wrong?
    2. What is the likelihood of something going wrong?
    3. What are the con

  10. Gareth D. Noren

    Thank you Victor, (the rest of my comment)
    Bizarre. It’s fraud waste and abuse. Anyone who doesn’t completely reject the horrid futuristic globalist model is a dire threat to the future of humanity and should be removed from office and not let anywhere near democratic government. The Dying Citizen another Masterpiece.

    If there’s any relief from this grotesque, horrid charade, it’s the increasing awareness of the global elitist strategy, mega corporate payola, unelected bureaucracy czars, the bankruptcy rampant in government, media, medical institutions manipulating domestic and global economics. More significantly it evidences how easily massive segments of populations are frightened into blind obedience. Very Best, G.D.Noren LTC EN USA Ret. UCSC Grad Classmate 76’

  11. Not too long. Please!

    You must realize that a portion of your audience was weaned on Rush. A younger portion is regularly listening to Jordan Peterson and Joe Rogan. We love long detailed information well presented. You do both well.

  12. Charles Carroll

    Regarding climate change, GREENLAND was not the first real estate scam. The Icelander colonists grew crops on the southwestern shore.
    The Medieval Warming Period, from about 1000-1300 actually facilitated the later Renaissance by allowing expansion of crops, which led to expansion of the population, which allowed more leisure time in which to become ‘Enlightened’. In fact the cooling off in the 18th Century produced some of the wars and revolutions. Marie Antoinette suggested that the people should eat cake when informed that “the people have no bread”. They had no bread (or cake) because the cooling inhibited the growing of grains. Many refused to eat available potatoes because it was the Devil’s food – since they grow underground.
    The World Wildlife Foundation estimates the current population of Polar Bears at 22,000 – 31,000; as opposed to about 5,000 in the early ’70s. Part of that is due to changes in hunting laws. Very hard to actually track/count – especially in Russia. Looking at available Boxplot/Whisker diagrams, they have some of the longest “whiskers” (the lines extending above and below the ‘median’ values) that I have ever seen. Makes it very difficult to visualize whether or not the population is growing or declining. I believe that this is not accidental.

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