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...

HLC-121 Bonus HLC Euro edition!...

Welcome to the Special Bonus Euro-edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 26, 2017, introducing our European correspondent William Campbell. We’ve decided that we don’t sound sophisticated enough (why did it take so long to reach *that* conclusion??) and we have attempted to remedy that situation by finding a new HLC contributor who has an Irish accent (although he sounds British to me). Mr. William Campbell is an author, podcaster and entrepreneur. Although he has spent most of his life in Ireland, he was also educated in the UK and the US and has lived in Italy, Germany and Thailand. He is the host of his own podcast: Challenging Opinions on which Todd has appeared (although I haven’t been invited yet). We discuss the ongoing reaction to the Manchester bombing and its influence on the British snap election called recently by Theresa May. One troubling fact that has emerged which we discuss is that the bomber, Salman Abedi, was born in 1994 in Manchester and grew up in Britain – although his parents had continuing ties to their native land of Libya and were virulently anti-Gaddafi. Abedi appears to have fought in Libya and, according to his sister, felt a sense of outrage at Western military actions there and elsewhere in the Middle East. We consider the distinction and overlaps between a religious motivation for terror and a revenge motivation for terror. And, vis-à-vis the British election, Jeremy Corbin has said, while insisting that no excuse can be made for the horror of the Manchester bombing, that UK foreign policy is part of the problem that helps to create terrorist fervor. If you enjoy this special edition of the podcast, please buy us a cup of...

HLC-120 The Evil Losers Podcast...

Back in the office? Not ready to get to the grind just yet? How about a quick trip to iTunes to give us a good rating? Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 24, 2017 it’s the “Evil Losers” edition of the podcast, brought to you by SimpliSafe. This week we talk about the only thing that we can talk about right now which is the latest radical Islamic horror show in Manchester on Monday evening. So two questions retain their salience despite the sad repetition of terrorist attacks and of this conversation every few months: 1. what can be done about it? and, 2. *will* anything be done about it? Possible answers to question 1: deport the family of the terrorist back to Libya, deport the Imam of the mosque where our latest noxious insect “worshipped,” blow up the parents’ house, blow up the mosque. As to question 2, what kind of stimulus is necessary before people really demand radical solutions to a radical problem? Or are we just a frog being slowly boiled? Second, we will talk about the Trump trip and the potential for this president to make a difference. The Saudi reception was nothing short of lavish. Why aren’t the Saudis enraged at Trump’s proposed “Muslim ban?” Why aren’t the Saudis refusing to talk to the man who said “Islam hates us?” Perhaps he has caught their attention. We will have, as always, our shower thoughts. And finally, of course, we have our hidden gem of the week, which this week is: I’d Love to Change the World, by Ten Years After. Follow us on line at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter @HLCpodcast. And please, go to iTunes and give us that big, fat,...

HLC-119 The Hate Party

Want to help the HLC podcast continue to prosper and grow? Please take just a minute to go to iTunes and give us 5 stars! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 17, 2017 it’s “The Hate Party” edition of the podcast, brought to you by ZipRecruiter and the Great Courses Plus. This week, our topics are, first, the all-out assault on Trump, latest installment: Trump talks to Russians about sensitive topics that involve classified information and (my God!) the mainstream media goes nuts! Next, in our second topic, we will talk about haters…as in Republicans. You know, of course, that they call us “haters” all the time. An interesting oped by former G.H.W. Bush treasury dweeb Bruce Bartlett describes (on the eve of Donald Trump’s official nomination as the Republican Party candidate, July 21, 2016) how the Republican Party is now nothing more than the party of hate. We will discuss hate. Do we hate? Do I hate? If so, who? And what does that mean? Of course, everybody hates somebody, sometime. Is hatred all it’s cracked up to be? We will have, as always, our shower thoughts. We will talk, this week, about daydreams. Finally, of course, our hidden gem this week is by the Monkees: The Last Train to Clarksville. Follow us on line at HarvardLunchClub.com and on twitter @HLCpodcast. And please, go to iTunes and give us that big, fat, juicy five stars.general donations Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

HLC-118 Profiles in Leftism...

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 9, 2017, it’s the Profiles in Leftism edition of the show brought to you by ZipRecruiter and SimpliSafe. This week the GOP is celebrating the passage, through one house of Congress, a repeal, only not really a repeal of the People’s Healthcare bill, AKA: ACA, AKA Obamacare. (Just an aside, but why is the conservative press trying to run away from the rumor that our Representatives drank beer after the victory? Isn’t that a good thing? Beer?). Anyway, every liberal in America with a megaphone is screaming bloody murder. And even some conservatives are screaming that socialized medicine is now cast in concrete. I mean, lighten up folks. We take issue, however, with one Poli. Sci. Professor from Duke who somehow got the august editors of The Hill to publish one of the most shallow (and at the same time pompous) diatribes on any subject I have ever read in my life. I really do recommend you read it and comment on it on Ricochet (if you *are* haha, a *member*). Next, we will discuss the Magnificent One’s most recent trinket being added to his collection, namely, the Profiles in Courage award from the J.F. Kennedy Presidential Library. It was a sickening lovefest but, thinks I, it is good to see the old Barackster back in the spotlight. It will be fun tracking the progress of that smug demeanor as his legacy turns to dust. Add to that, no one can suck the air out of the room like the O-man. No one can suck the air out of a political party like the Prez. So I say: let him suck. We will, of course, have our shower thoughts...

HLC-117 Hillary’s Excuses...

Check out the new Harvard Lunch Club Hidden Gem playlist on Spotify! Want to help the HLC podcast continue to prosper and grow? Please take just a minute to go to iTunes and give us 5 stars! Don’t know how? It’s easy: directions here. We thank you! (and please hit our tip jar, here…ty bb, xoxo.  Two dollars a show – that’s all we ask). Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for May 3, 2017 – *we’re LATE* – it’s the Hillary’s Excuses edition of the podcast. Ok, so, we would not gratuitously indulge in Hillary-dumping if Hillary, y’know, went AWAY. But Hillary WON’T go AWAY! So while she goes onto the tube to make excuses we at HLC podcast are here to enjoy the Hillary reprisal. The point is this. It’s not explanation we’re talking about. It is not political analysis of where the votes were or were not. These are all valid ideas. But these are not things that Hillary should be discussing. It is not DIGNIFIED! Let someone else make the excuses Hill! We will also discuss a recent survey of Yale undergraduate students on bias and shaming and political correctness at the BullDog College. Can it be that 88% of the students think that the faculty leans left?!? Are they that perspicacious? We will have, as always, our shower thoughts. We will have Skeeter Davis’ The End of the World for our hidden gem (sure you’ll love that D from B!). Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...