Interview with David Leonard of KYNT December 7, 2010

Posted on December 7, 2010


Hear me call Warren G. Harding, a “bonehead,” invoke Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria and say why Thomas Barnett would be pissed off if he heard this interview.

Below are my notes (not a transcript, but my talking notes) from my interview on December 7, 2010 with David Leonard,
 news director
 of radio of Yankton, SD.

Buy Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers: The Fate of the Nation in a Global World.

DL: Who is Adrienne Redd? (This reply moved below).

DL: How has our world changed in the aftermath of 9-11?

AR: We were suddenly encouraged to be afraid, and therefore to embody the terror in the word terrorism, which is about our emotional reaction, by the way, not the perpetrators of politicized violence against civilians.

There is, of course Franklin Roosevelt’s first inaugural speech, in which he says, “This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.

But consider also Warren G. Harding’s first major speech in which he said, “Our people must give and take. Prices must reflect the receding fever of war activities. Perhaps we never shall know the old levels of wages again, because war invariably readjusts compensations, and the necessaries of life will show their inseparable relationship, but we must strive for normalcy to reach stability.

In contrast, we now have the Department of Homeland Security color-coded alert levels. Today, December 7, albeit the 59th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the day after a major terrorist attack, the threat seems unnecessarily high to me. The United States government’s national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow. For all domestic and international flights, the U.S. threat level is High, or Orange. 

DL: What are the real threats that America faces both from within and without?

AR: The greatest threat is failing to economically, legally, and socially include people who can actually make the U.S. more secure and strong.

 Mention of Fareed Zakaria. Immigration hysteria and “slow motion holocaust.”

DL: Are we headed towards a one-world government? and if so what will that be 

AR: Well, first all of all, we’ve never had never had anything remotely approaching world government and I feel that we never will. It just important to have a significant portion of leadership and policy-making that takes place closer to people and which takes into account their specifics of culture, local economy, even climate. If we did have more stipulation of human rights and global policies, such as pertaining to trade, that would be more like governance than government.

DL: Not yet completely answered question: How can we tell when international intervention is appropriate?

Adrienne’s version of the Sorting Hat (Harry Potter movies)

Four categories in which to place what I call the “political surprises” of the late 20th and early 21st century.

1) global-metanational structures (like so-called “one-world governance.”)

2) desire to participate in the “flat world” or global economy

3) ethnic chaos, such as seemed to spark the Bosnia wars.

4) imperial control to prevent chaos/ empire

For a brief discussion of rational anarchists listen to the interview. Please see also the attached chart entitled the American Political Landscape of Social Versus Economic Liberty chart.

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The one answer that I wanted to finish in response to David Leonard’s final question is when it is or is not appropriate to interview in the internal affairs of countries who are abusing or violating the human rights of their citizenry.

DL: Who is Adrienne Redd? (This reply moved below).

AR: Adrienne Redd is the wife of Philadelphia-area technologist and businessman, Rick Bunker, 2nd-grader, Arkady Redd Bunker, and author and dyspeptic Parisian, Dalea Redd Reichgott. She is the author of Fallen Walls and Fallen Towers: The Fate of the Nation in a Global World (2010), Nimble Books, LLC. A professor of sociology and communications at Arcadia University in greater Philadelphia, she has developed courses and seminars such as Understanding Global News, the Individual versus the Common Good, and the Sociology of American Whiteness. For over a decade, she has also taught Contemporary Social Problems, Race, Gender and Social Class, Introduction to Social Welfare, and Media Studies.

Dr. Redd holds a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems, and masters degrees in sociology and human and organizational systems.

From 1984 until 1987, along with three other students from Lehigh University (all in the philosophy club), she founded and operated a used book store, The Saurus, that became a hub for political discussion, community forums, and activism.

She was a freelance journalist between 1984 and 1998, writing about the environment, business, politics, as well as arts and culture. She has been the monthly film discussion moderator at several movie theaters in the greater Philadelphia since 1999 and has moderate discussions for the Regional Jewish Film Festival and the Holocaust Film Series.

She has made a life-long commitment to social change and activism, volunteering for years for New Bethany Ministries (homeless shelter in Bethlehem) and Manna on Main Street (soup kitchen in Lansdale). She has advocated for health care reform (introducing legislation in Pennsylvania in 2008) and helped to pass one of the first recycling programs in the eastern U.S., PA Act 101 of 1989.

She was the assistant recycling coordinator of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania between 1989 and 1991. The program is still considered one of the most successful municipal recycling programs in the United States, removing nearly half of waste stream for recycling.

She has coordinated numerous electoral campaigns, and has herself run for office. She is the former president of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats.