FDR3715 Is Civic Nationalism Doomed? - Call In Show - June 7th, 2017

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Question 1: [2:53] - “When I watched the video you posted titled 'why democracy always fails', I nearly lost faith in you! I think I can demonstrate to you that what you think is democracy is not a democracy at all, but an elected oligarchy disguised as one. A genuine democracy would function very differently. Not only can I demonstrate that; I can present a relatively simple fix to change our elected oligarchy into a democracy that will transfer power out of the hands of political parties and into the hands of voters, where it should be.”
“I understand that you claim that you do your show as you want to empower people, well that is the sole function of a democracy, you should - to be consistent - support the creation of democracy. Correct me if I am wrong on this. I think I can logically demonstrate that democracy should lead to what you called the 'collective good' and the most rational course of action; or at the very least demonstrate the change I present will lead to a substantial improvement over the present system. And getting better is what it’s all about. If I am right isn't getting a genuine democracy the priority, as everything else follows on from that change?"
Question 2: [45:44] – “Stefan seems to be of the opinion that one of the best, if not the best way to organize a society, is to structure it according to Christian principles. He offers quite a bit of critique for the broadly understood atheist community for not understanding that organizing society without, for example, maintaining a Protestant work ethic, inevitably leads to disaster. Is Stefan’s position that while he does not personally believe in god, it is best for the masses of people out there to remain believers for the sake of creating a more prosperous, safer, and generally better society?”
Question 3: [55:19] – “I work for the largest employer in a western state with an employee base of over 40,000 people. Recently, the entire web development department was told that they will be losing their jobs within the next two weeks and being replaced by a consultant company. The employees who are losing their jobs are being forced to participate in ‘knowledge transfer’ meetings each day with their replacements of this consultant company, most of which are offshore in India. This is a growing trend among companies with large IT staffs as developers, architects, database admins and analysts are expensive components of the payroll. With Trump's focus on keeping American jobs in America, why is there little or no coverage of the intellectual exodus of technical positions offshore?”
Question 4: [1:33:38] – “What would you say your biases are? How do you avoid confirmation bias when dealing with new information? And how does a young person like me search for the truth without giving in to confirmation bias?”
Question 5: [1:49:43] - "As a black American and right libertarian, I've been recently very intrigued by the propositions of the alt-right in the United States and the identitarians in Europe. Given that the refugee crisis and multiculturalism has proven and continues to be an expensive, dangerous, and culture-destroying disaster for Western Civilization, the alt-right appears to have a powerful argument in favor of supporting ethno-states in the West. For myself, who is fervently in support of the Western values inherent in establishing the United States, I have continuously simply described myself as 'American', and have believed that properly executed, policies in line with civic nationalism in the United States are sufficient to curb and perhaps reverse the deterioration of society. However, my concerns about phenomena such as regression to the mean, in-group preference, and the heritability of IQ, etc. shed some uncertainty on whether or not civic nationalism is indeed robust enough to solve these issues when compared to the sort of ethnic nationalism the alt-right advocates. While it seems reasonable to me to support ethnic nationalism in Europe, since identity in those countries is so greatly tied to blood (and its connections to culture therein), in the US, where identity seems to be more tied to the nation's founding principles and ethics, can civic nationalism really succeed at preserving an ethical society, especially one which is characteristically western European at its core?"
Question 6: [2:36:47] – “I was born in USSR and moved to USA in 1998. As soon as I landed in USA, I was hit in the face with racism, sexism, and wage gap. Those issues did not exist where I came from. For the first time I heard about ‘Cold War’ and many other myths about Russia. How come there is a difference in information, values, and people? Is capitalism really better than communism?”
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