Society & Culture
Insurrection • Awesome ”beacon of democracy” • Enlightenment values on the line • Accountability
It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This time:
• Seriously, what the hell else are we going to talk about? There was an insurrection - not hard to call it an attempted coup - in the US this week by Trump supporters. Seriously 2021? We couldn't get one good week?!
• Processing the details, events, and outcomes of the insurrection. Including with the Animaniacs!
• Revolutions aren't for lightweights.
• There needs to be accountability and consequences.
• Enlightenment values themselves - liberty, equality, brotherhood, reason - are all under threat now. With authoritarian regimes ready to throw them into the dustbin of history. Good times!
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Bill & Nikolaj
Making Biden quotable • Compromised Catholics • Real causes of vaccine reluctance • Don‘t worry about the armed robot dogs
Can we call it a Cold War yet? • There‘s no way to do Facebook right • We came *this* close to not talking about covid
Looking for positive covid news • Doom and gloom around Taiwan and East Asia • The endless search for good news
And we're back! • Has anyone heard of this covid thing? • Afghanistan and accountability • Don't worry the robots will be nice
Singapore no more! • Bill and Nikolaj reflect on their time in SG and Asia now that they have both left
Covid catch-up - who's fault is it now? • The western democracies make up • Changes afoot
Covid optimism • Hong Kong crackdown continues • Facebook "censorship" • Universalism is the answer to racism • Israel/Palestine • UFOs are real! But are aliens?
Happy Mother's Day! • Chinese spaceship apocalypse • Covid • Gas attack! • Channel (fish) wars • Cheerio Scotland?
India covid crisis, but the vaccines are holding up • US policing - a good Floyd verdict, but the robot dogs are coming • Too much good news
On the way to vaccination • Pay attention to the South China Sea • Academic papers made easy
The US and China get pissy with one another • Anti-Asian attacks in the US • When stairs strike back
America is back • Yay? • Principle or propaganda • China Time
De-platforming • Maybe insurrection is the limit? • US vs Europe free speech • Whence truth?
Happy New Year! • 2020 reflections, 2021 predictions • And about as much happiness as we can muster
The US makes being a Third World country cool again • Nikolaj has just had it • Bring on the vaccines, baby!
We pioneer re-truthing • War on Christmas won • Wounding democracy is highly profitable • Covid is exhausting
The Eastern Hemisphere moves on while the West is a basket case • Democratic institutions undermined
Relief with a Biden/Harris victory • Will underlying problems get addressed? • The joys of a botched presser
Count all the votes! • No repudiation of Trump • Macron sticks up for western values
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