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Brendan O'Neill's Advice for Getting Involved With Issues That Matter

America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast

01:59 min | 6 months ago

Brendan O'Neill's Advice for Getting Involved With Issues That Matter

"About the average person that the taxpayer, the citizen, the person that listens to the brand and O'Neill show? Do you give them advice? Because for me, it's the same thing every single day, I say, get involved politically. It's sexy to be a senator. It's sexy to be a president. The thing that really matters is to do what my wife did last week, where she handed in her application to run for the board of the local community center. That's where politics really, you know, to use that Catholic phrase of subsidiarity. It is all local. What advice do you give to people who are fed up don't have a podcast but want to help? Yeah, I agree. I think getting involved at any level is always a very good thing to do. And one thing I've been inspired by over the past year is the parents revolted in America where you have all these parents groups or individual parents going to PTA meetings and school meetings and saying, look, stop teaching our kids about critical race theory. Stop indoctrinating our children into transgender ideology or identity politics. We don't want it. And I think that parental pushback has been a model in some ways of how ordinary people can get involved in these kinds of issues and can make a real difference. I think one of the problems in the UK is that there were so much pushback from the chattering classes against Brexit that people thought, well, you know, we voted for change and it looks like it's not going to happen, and it took 6 years for it to actually happen. So people started to lose faith, but I think over the past few months, as we've come out of lockdown, as we've rediscovered normal life and as we've seen war erupted in Europe in a terrible, terrible way, I've heard lots of people having discussions about the need to be more serious about our nation's life and our community life. And I think people should try to do that in any way they can, including by getting involved at any level of influence and that they can do. And that's really, really important.

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Brendan O'Neill: What We Need Is Skepticism, Not Cynicism

America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast

01:36 min | 6 months ago

Brendan O'Neill: What We Need Is Skepticism, Not Cynicism

"The issue we have here is you can distrust things, but that means you need more critical thought, not less critical thought. Exactly right. And the way I see the problem is that what we need is skepticism, what we currently have is cynicism, and they are very different things. Is a very healthy worldview. I think we should be skeptical about all sorts of truths and orthodoxies. We should be skeptical about the idea that climate change is spells the end of the world, for example. We should be skeptical about the idea that the only way to deal with a global pandemic is to lock down ordinary people. We should always be skeptical of experts and we should ask questions of them, and we should say, listen, you need to justify this course of action because it's having a severe consequence for my life. But that's very different to being cynical and conspiratorial because skepticism is the enlightenment was fueled by skepticism by this questioning of authority, whereas cynicism is basically you shrug your shoulders, you say they're all evil, they're all wicked, everything they say is a lie, I will never trust anything in the newspapers again. And I'm just going to build my own view of how this world has come about and what are the real forces deciding what I can do in my life. So when you cross that line from being skeptical of authority towards being cynical of everything that you are told and every report in every newspaper, then I think in your, I think you're entering a dangerous territory where you actually open yourself up to new theories that are far crazier than anything that's coming even from our government.

Spiked Online's Brendan O'Neill on the State of Affairs in the UK

America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast

01:48 min | 6 months ago

Spiked Online's Brendan O'Neill on the State of Affairs in the UK

"He's Brendan O'Neal. He's with the superb platform spiked online dot com. Welcome back Brandon to America first. Yeah. Hi, Seth. It's a pleasure to be here always. So I could just talk about that one post on Instagram for the next hour. You're in the UK, you're fighting the good fight. Will you tell us clearly you're seeing this on your side of the pond? Here in America, it's the quote unquote conservatives, and it's weird. It's a lot of anonymous accounts. People who don't put their name to their social media account who are saying, people like gawker, whose dad actually escaped from a communist prison, he is somehow pro the global world order and controlled opposition. It looks like it's bad over there as well, Brendan, share, share with us the state of affairs. Oh, it's very bad here too. And I really do think, as I said in that post, I really do think that the pandemic has fried some people's brains. It's driven them completely mad. Now, on one level, I kind of understand, you know, lots of strange things happened during the lockdown, the lockdown itself was strange. Here in the UK, we had three or four lockdowns, was very severe, a complete suspension of civil liberties, and also the media wasn't always forthcoming with the truth and with all the facts in various different situations. We know, for example, that the lab leak theory was quite consciously suppressed. We know that there are certain things you are not allowed to say on social media or you risk being banned. We know that you could be thrown off social media and even arrested by the police for organizing a protest. So we've just been through a period in which people feel like they've been bullied and beaten up and lied

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