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The Ruling Class Seeks to Monopolize the Narrative to Monopolize Power

On March 30 I had the privilege of guest-hosting “Hold the Line with Buck Sexton,” with guests Ned Ryun, Kyle Shideler, and Julie Kelly.

The running theme of the program—which you can watch in full below—and my opening monologue in particular honed in on one of the great challenges of our time: A Ruling Class that seeks to monopolize the narrative to cement a monopoly on power.

The monologue was in part based on my latest today in Newsweek, “Why Big Tech Censored Our Podcast Touching on 2020 Election Irregularities.”

As I write in part:

Amid congressional Democrats‘ push—via the dishonestly named “For the People Act”—to make universal and permanent the extraordinary election integrity-threatening measures of the 2020 election, while hypocritically unseating Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-2) after her duly certified November victory, their Big Tech adjuncts continue censoring speech that runs afoul of that election’s Official Narrative.

My colleagues at the Claremont Institute’s The American Mind publication found this out when they tried to publish a podcast on YouTube that my company helped script and produce—only for the Google-owned video platform to remove it outright.

Ironically, or perhaps not, the mini-audio documentary, titled “The Ruling Class Strikes Back,” chronicled the myriad ways in which our political establishment—and its sundry allies in Big Tech, woke capital, the corporate media and across the other commanding heights of society—worked relentlessly during the 2020 election to marginalize, silence and rout dissenters from their progressive orthodoxy.

…What was so wrong about the American Mind podcast?

One portion of it scrutinized the dubious aspects of the 2020 election—that is, the podcast touched on what is now a quintessential third rail.

We violated a sacrosanct, Official Narrative, engaging in the very political speech regarding elections that is at the core of the First Amendment. Therefore, we had to be punished.

As I conclude the piece by noting:

The Ruling Class seeks to set the terms of the increasingly limited debates we are allowed to have; it controls the platforms through which the narrow array of its approved arguments are promulgated; it determines who gets canceled and who is spared.

Our Ruling Class cannot tolerate dissent because it cannot tolerate challenges to its power and privilege.

That is why it hated President Donald Trump, and that is why it must relentlessly target the tens of millions of Americans who symbolically rejected the Ruling Class’s reign by supporting him.

Ironically, the Ruling Class’s claim to power would be stronger if it ceased its hostility toward the roughly half of the country it deems Deplorable and at least gave the appearance of caring about and responding to its concerns.

That it does not, and instead lashes out in angst, indicates its inherent weakness and short-sightedness.

Why would our Ruling Class want to raise its own children in the kind of joyless, volatile, sclerotic country it now seems intent on crafting?

Read the whole thing here.

Announcing the Launch of a New Show: ‘The NatCon Squad’

On top of the release of our new Federalist media criticism show, “BAD NEWS“–which Ezra Levant graciously had me on The Rebel to discuss–last week we also recorded the first episode of a new show “The NatCon Squad,” a production of the Edmund Burke Foundation.

In the inaugural episode of the weekly program, out today, Conservative Partnership Institute‘s Rachel Bovard, Newsweek‘s Josh Hammer, “BAD NEWS” co-host Emily Jashinsky, and I discuss:

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Announcing the Launch of ‘BAD NEWS’–My New Federalist Media Criticism Show

I am thrilled to report that today The Federalist published the pilot episode of a new media criticism show hosted by myself and Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky that we are calling “BAD NEWS.”

During the inaugural episode we discussed:

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For Encounter Books’s “Close Encounters” video series, I interviewed Rep. Devin Nunes in connection with his new broadside Countdown to Socialism.

During the interview we discussed a variety of topics, including:

  • The weaponization and politicization of the intelligence and national security apparatus
  • Rep. Nunes’ expectations regarding the U.S. Attorney John Durham probe
  • The corruption of the media, Big Tech, and Rep. Nunes’ theory of the “disinformation funnel”
  • The costs of the Russiagate hoax to American national security
  • Rep. Nunes’ chilling observations regarding the coronavirus shutdowns
  • The truth about Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ political ascent
  • The criticality of the 2020 election
  • And much more

Rep. Mike Gallagher on the Challenge of Communist China (PODCAST)

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Rep. Mike Gallagher (@RepGallagher) (R-WI) is a leading China hawk in Congress, where he serves on the Armed Services Committee, with a background in U.S. Marine Corps Intelligence and as a staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Rep. Brad Wenstrup on the New Cold War with Communist China and Deep State Corruption (PODCAST)

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Rep. Brad Wenstrup (@RepBradWenstrup)(R-OH) is a doctor, Army Reserve officer, and Iraq War veteran who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Hedge Fund Manager Kyle Bass on Winning the Economic and Ideological Battle with Communist China (PODCAST)

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Kyle Bass (@Jkylebass) is the Chief Investment Officer of Hayman Capital Management, and arguably the most outspoken China hawk on Wall Street.

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Amazing Media Coverage of ‘American Ingrate’ with Laura Ingraham, Ben Shapiro, on ‘The Buck Sexton Show’

The Buck Sexton Show
I had the opportunity to guest-host “The Buck Sexton Show” on February 28, where we talked American Ingrate, coronavirus and its significance in terms of the battle between Communism and freedom, Huawei, 5G, and the argument for a national industrial plan to compete with the Chinese Communist Party, the corruption of public education and the creation of a generation of America-haters, the fantastic new documentary “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” and much more with guests Joy Pullmann of The Federalist, David Goldman of Asia Times, and Michael Pack of Manifold Productions.

You can find it on iHeartApple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. I’ve embedded it below:

American Ingrate Week One Round-Up
Separately, I wanted to share some of the great coverage we received last week, and thank you all once again for helping make the launch of American Ingrate so successful.

Below is a round-up of media out of the gate, with more hits, reviews, and press to come in the weeks ahead.

Op-Eds

Media Hits

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Announcing the Release of My New Book ‘American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party’

Today I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party.

American Ingrate is as serious and substantive as it is provocative and politically potent.

Beyond the fact one of its core arguments is being borne out in real time with the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders — who just named Rep. Omar his campaign co-chair in the all-important 2020 state of Minnesota — and its relevance as the story regarding her alleged marriage fraud and related crimes might finally be reaching a crescendo, this book:

  • Makes the definitive case that as President Trump has argued, Rep. Omar is the face of the Democratic Party, while delving deeply into her unexplored background, unchallenged beliefs, and under-appreciated effort in leading her party to advance a fundamentally subversive, intersectional- and identity politics-based agenda geared towards destroying our core institutions under the guise of “social justice;” 
  • Sets forth the argument that she not only personifies but leads the unholy progressive-Islamist alliance–held together by the glue of Jew-hatred as a proxy for hatred of Judeo-Christian Western civilization–that truly has triumphed over the Democratic establishment; and
  • Builds the as yet ignored case for her collusion with corrupt and anti-American actors and regimes foreign and domestic–on top of credible allegations of criminality and corruption, including previously unreported details pointing to her fraudulence

If you are intrigued by this book, please consider (i) purchasing several copies, (ii) rating and reviewing it on Amazon, and (iii) sharing on social media.

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Guest-Hosting The Buck Sexton Show: Impeachment, China Trade Deal, Iran Policy, Immigration

I had the privilege of guest-hosting for my friend Buck Sexton on his “The Buck Sexton Show” for three days in a row.

On night #1, we discussed everything from impeachment, to Iran policy with the Hudson Institute’s Michael Doran, the China Phase One trade deal in context of the nature of the totalitarian and imperialist Chinese Communist Party regime, citizenship and the assault on sovereignty and separation of powers with Dr. John Eastman, plus much more.

On night #2, we discussed everything from impeachment and the assault on American justice by the administrative state, to the China Phase One trade deal with Trump administration Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Dr. Peter Navarro, Chinese soft power and its sway over Hollywood with my The Federalist colleague Emily Jashinsky, why Gen. Flynn was the first domino targeted by the Deep State to fall in the Trump administration, his remarkable whistleblower effort, and the latest on his trial with lead counsel Sidney Powell, plus much more.

On night #3, we discussed everything from Martin Luther King Jr. and identity politics, to the “Afghanistan Papers” with American Greatness‘ Julie Kelly, the

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