Podcast: The Amateur Society – Charlottesville Aftermath – 08.15.2017

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Over the weekend we saw political and ideological tensions boil over into violent clashes between extremist groups leading to many injuries and a fatality. There are many questions that should be raised about this dangerous and incendiary incident, and our discussion will focus on the higher level implications of the trends that have led us to this point. Where will we go from here? Is the division in our society irreparable? How do identity politics devolve? What do different worldviews have to do with the escalating conflict?

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Guest Post: Pastor Mike Spaulding – Southern Baptist ‘Resolution’ Microcosm of the Problem

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In what can be described as another wildly misguided missive poorly aimed and good only for virtue signaling to a cadre of reality-oblivious followers, William Dwight McKissic, an African-American Texas pastor, drafted a resolution that was considered at the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Phoenix this week. What was misguided about his resolution? Simply this – McKissic sees in the so-called Alt Right, a source of unparalleled evil and hatred such that any rational individual would condemn it.

The Christian Post writer Michael Gryboski states in his write-up about the Resolution that, “The Alt Right is a political movement generally associated with white nationalism and known for launching intense attacks on ideological enemies on social media.” Oh the evil of such individuals who would oppose other people’s viewpoints along ideological lines! Note to Gryboski – this IS political discourse in America today. Social Media IS a political battlefield occupied by people of all ideologies including black supremacists, Hispanic and Latino supremacists, and every other ethnicity who has a grievance to advance.

The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Salon, and dozens of other media platforms have all crafted a very specific progressive-leftist ideology and routinely attack people of other viewpoints. Gryboski’s seemingly innocuous statement is in fact a clear example of the fallacy of prima facie – assuming something to be true when even a cursory investigation proves that it is not. His attempt to smear the Alt Right by connecting it with white supremacists is an old ploy often used by individuals with an agenda to minimize and marginalize when public discourse cannot persuade.

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Ross Powell Of Survival 401k – The American Divide

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Ross Powell is the founder of Survival 401k, a specialty financial services company that provides hard-asset based retirement account solutions and preparation recommendations. Please visit his website to explore the critical solutions that Ross offers. This article was originally published on US Daily Review: The American Divide

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There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.

This turn of phrase from Alexander Hamilton, the founding father who graces both the $10 Federal Reserve Note and the Broadway stage at present, is rendered particularly noteworthy given the recent interaction between the cast of the musical Hamilton and Vice-President Elect Mike Pence. Aside from the rich irony of fake history lecturing real history, it is important to remember that as a nation and a society we are at a critical point of immense historical significance.

Leaving the semantics of the event aside, there is clearly a great divide in the hearts and minds of the American people. While the professionally-agitated demonstrations that began immediately after Donald Trump’s election have not led to a general escalation of tensions, the split in our society still remains and the potential for fractious action is perhaps more potent now than ever before. Strong emotions are still percolating, and our culture’s default postmodern worldview of relativism is coming to the forefront. We have been taught that right and wrong and true and false are simply whatever we each deem them to be. This has led to a generational indoctrination that has produced in the populous a profound sense of righteous indignation for anything that is deemed offensive. Our own emotional reactions have become the barometer by which important policy decisions are evaluated.

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The Amateur Society: Fed Up / Hillary Attempts to Alt-F4 the ‘Alt-Right’

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 8/29, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com.

In the first part of our discussion we will be analyzing the impact of the speeches from the Federal Reserve’s annual meeting in Jackson Hole. I’ll be providing a brief rundown of the events and then will be fielding questions from the group. We will then transition into a group discussion of the latest tactic from the Hillary Clinton campaign, calling out a nebulous ideology referred to as the ‘Alt-Right’ – mentioning Breitbart and Alex Jones directly – and decrying them all as neofascist racists. What does this portend? We will discuss these things and more tonight at 8:00pm

-Steven

Thoughts from Just Before the Fall

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With August coming to a close and the fall season shortly at hand, I have a few observations to make:

1. It is becoming clear to more and more people that the primary narratives in essentially every area of our lives are nothing but lies and propaganda.

Cognitive dissonance levels are so far off the charts right now that a new descriptive term may be necessary that goes beyond total denial. The severity of the narrative contortions going on currently points directly to a troubling yet all too real prospect: spiritual blindness.

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