HLC-122 Pagophobia

HLC-122 Pagophobia

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 30, 2017 it’s the “Pagophobia” edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter and SimpliSafe.

This week, we focus first on the only really important issue going on right now, which is the imminent breakout of nuclear war. It’s a hard topic to be flip about (though we do our best). Two articles frame the discussion. First, a piece discussing a speech by an investor named George Friedman, founder of Geopolitical Futures, claiming that war with Kim Jong Un is essentially inevitable. Saying that North Korea appears to have “offered the US no alternative” to a clash, Friedman goes on to say:

There is no other power that can conceivably — and I include the Chinese in this — take effective military action against the North Koreans to stop a nuclear program. That means it’s either the US [takes action] or North Korea has a nuclear weapon.

A second interesting piece is by “venture capitalist and political scientist” Eric Li, who argues that Trump may have found the one escape from an inevitable war with north Korea, namely, the decoupling of the contradictory demands of regime change and denuclearization.

My prediction: before the summer is out, Trump goes to Congress to request permission for military action.

Our Second topic is Pagophobia. According to phobiasource.com:

Pagophobia is an intense, irrational fear of ICE

The pagophobic individual could fear injuring themselves by slipping on ice… At its most extreme, the individual suffering with Pagophobia may refuse to leave their house when ICE is observed outside.

Pagophobia derives from the Greek phrase “paggos”, that means ice and “phobos” which means fear. Pagophobia is caused by a traumatic event sooner or later in their life. That traumatic experience is then constantly and mechanically associated with ice and frost.

Hmmm. Where have we seen this lately?

We discuss the recent fisticuffs and threats of violence initiated by the peaceful left in conjunction with an illegal occupation of the Texas State House by protesting illegal aliens. Representative Matt Rinaldi, seeing protesters carrying signs saying “We’re Illegal and We are Staying” did what any responsible citizen would do; he called ICE. This led to one of his colleagues attacking him on the floor of the State House and another threatening to “get him” in the parking lot when he leaves. Rinaldi stood his ground and posted about this on his facebook page. He could use your support.

We will have our shower thoughts as always and our hidden gem for the week is a live version of Janis Joplin singing Cry, Baby.



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