Editor’s Note: I’ve written about what a big influence Dennis Prager has been on me and PJ Lifestyle. I have his show on the radio most mornings while editing and his approach emphasizing the importance of talking about issues well beyond politics including pop culture, religion, male-female relationships, and the big questions of life has influenced the scope of subjects covered at PJ Lifestyle, infusing a diverse range of perspectives. The Prager blend of high-minded, challenging subject matter is only half of the formula. His warm, inviting personality and straight forward presentation make important issues accessible. His show, books, and nonprofit Prager University each model important aspects of what activists and cultural creators should be doing to try and restore this country. Especially important: reach out beyond the conservative choir to people who don’t agree with you. Reframe and recreate arguments in new ways and get beyond just politics — the issues lie much deeper than ideology.
Walter Hudson is a gifted writer-activist I’ve gotten to know the past few years whose work reinvents this inspirational approach for the new media era. In both writing and in his podcast Walter uses culture and creativity to transcend the typical Left vs Right boilerplate arguments. He’s fun to read and listen to and offers fresh arguments with wit and warmth.
Check out Walter Hudson’s podcast Monday-Friday here at PJ Lifestyle and stop by on weekends to get caught up on any you may have missed. Each Saturday we’ll expand this compilation updating it with the newest episodes. In this week’s installment I’ve decided to expand it to include links to some of his articles too, both recent commentaries and his first greatest hits collection published last weekend.
What would you like to hear Walter discuss in future podcasts? Do you have any challenges to his ideas? Please leave you suggestions in the comments. -Dave Swindle
5 Compelling Cultural Commentaries From the Past Few Weeks:
20 Podcasts on Culture, Religion, Values, and Tea Party Activism
10 of Walter Hudson’s Greatest Hits:
1. March 2, 2012:
2. May 9, 2013:
3. April 18, 2013:
4. July 17, 2012:
5. July 6, 2013:
6. July 13, 2013:
7. January 29, 2013:
8. January 31, 2012
9. September 2, 2013:
10. March 7, 2013:
1. ‘Shelter In Place’ or Lay Down and Die?
Another Fort Hood shooting where trained military personnel were unarmed and ordered to hide like children. What’s wrong with this picture?
(10:27 minutes long; 10 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive.)
2. Christianity’s Contribution to Progressive Politics
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Welcoming new listeners from PJ Media, we consider the effect of Christian-themed altruism on political discourse. Does acting for others require sacrificing your values?[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P2d3568e139b39c0f968396a473ae42daZVl/RnxuY2JyVg.mp3]
3. Who Owns Compassion in Politics?
Today’s Fightin Words podcast: The Left lays claim to compassion in the political discourse. What happens when we test that claim against their policy prescriptions?[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P0fca4743ef7c4c488994effce139589cZVl/RnxuY2JyVQ.mp3]
4. Is Jeb Bush Right on Immigration?
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: The former Florida governor and would-be successor to the Bush presidential dynasty made an odd play over the weekend, calling illegal immigration “an act of love.” Does he know something most Republicans don’t?[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P5625e3605b1bc0c250cd60e98bab4a7aZVl/RnxuY2JyVA.mp3]
5. Don’t Fear the Future (Interview with Bonnie Ramthun)
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: PJ Media’s Bonnie Ramthun joins the program to discuss her recent piece “The Rise of the Robot Employee.” As the Left moves to raise the minimum wage, robots become less expensive than human workers. [audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P835d99b9607de952637935be9abe695cZVl/RnxuY2JyWw.mp3] (12:53 minutes long; 12.37 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this show to your hard drive. Subscribe through iTunes or RSS feed.)
6. Making Racism Impotent
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel, appearing with Candy Crowley on CNN, says significant elements of the Republican base “are animated by racism.” Rather than argue which party proves more racist, let’s consider which policies lend racism its power.
A just society punishes actions which violate individual rights, like Sunday’s ghastly shootings at Jewish community centers in Kansas City. An unjust society allows, endorses, or even perpetrates violations of rights, as Nazi Germany did. Rather than a world without racism, a utopian ideal futilely sought after through the police of thought, we should seek public policy which condemns any action which violates rights, regardless of its motivation.[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P38416fbe85af31554505942a8b4c345dZVl/RnxuY2J9Uw.mp3]
7. The Danger of Utopia
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Sunday’s murderous shootings in Kansas City have been labelled hate crimes. What makes an offense a hate crime? Should government seek to end racism by prosecuting it?[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P2da1cc08a1db5204bff40717c3d07696ZVl/RnxuY2J9Ug.mp3]
8. What Is ‘The Right’ Anyway? (Part 1 of a dialogue with Dave Swindle)
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: A discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the use of “the Right” as a political identifier. Who are we talking about? Who is and is not part of “the Right?”[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P0167864e222718a5d95e8fcc2c8dd644ZVl/RnxuY2J9UQ.mp3]
9. Anarchists Among Us (Part 2 with Dave Swindle)
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: What Is “The Right” Anyway?: Part II, continuing a discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the importance of accurately navigating ideological territory, we consider whether anarchy is “right-wing?”
10. Battling for the Conservative Soul (Part 3 concluding with Dave Swindle)
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: What Is “The Right” Anyway?: Part III, concluding a discussion with PJ Media associate editor David Swindle on the distinctions within the right-wing coalition. Can we sort out our differences? If so, how?[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/Pe1ea2dd0cdf72a269044a1ac161b2cb0ZVl/RnxuY2J9Vw.mp3]
11. We’re All Minorities Now
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Presenting to a Tea Party group in Minnesota, Minority Liberty Alliance president Walter Hudson explains why every human being can rightfully claim minority status.[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/Pe4d8efe1aa1bf91ca926a3867ecb9f68ZVl/RnxuY2J9Vg.mp3]
12. Daring to Be Different
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn engaged host Larry King on a recent episode of Politicking, answering questions regarding Obamacare and the Paycheck Fairness Act. Her answers were strong, but missed an opportunity to dispute false premises. Republicans must dare to be truly different.[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P358bbee88c68f2282373c702920a36c0ZVl/RnxuY2J9VQ.mp3]
13. Sotomayor’s Confused Dissent in Affirmative Action Case
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: The Supreme Court recently upheld a Michigan law banning the practice of affirmative action in public universities. The dissenting opinion authored by Justice Sonia Sotomayor reveals a twisted worldview which seeks “equal protection” through racial discrimination.
14. One Issue to Rule Them All (Interview with Minnesota State House candidate Matthew Kowalski)
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: An interview with Minnesota State House candidate Matthew Kowalski on his unique approach to policy. Instead of an “issues page,” his campaign website highlights “THE issue.” Which overarching concern eclipses all others?[audio:http://fightinwords.hipcast.com/download/60cfe47a-d13b-b64e-8d10-edba32915502.mp3]
15. What If Your Neighbor Acted Like Government?
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: By what magic do actions which would incriminate an individual or private group suddenly become legitimate when performed by government? Taxation. Eminent domain. Mandates. Regulations. What makes any of it okay?[audio:http://fightinwords.hipcast.com/download/edb09e4c-bfae-2143-e21f-8430f8324f1f.mp3]
16. The Establishment Strikes Back
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Republicans described as relatively “mainstream and conservative” have ousted liberty activists from state party leadership in Iowa. Has the rebellion been fully routed?[audio:http://fightinwords.hipcast.com/download/3af5e13e-8848-8af9-d0b2-a273868368bf.mp3]
17. Peasants Fined for Hunting the King’s Deer
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Police operating undercover in Madison and Pittsburg fought back against the societal scourge of rides across town. Targeting drivers of the Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services, they issued citations during the “sting.” Should individuals need permission from the state to offer their services in trade?
18. Then They Came for the Porn Stars
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: They haven’t broken any laws. Yet their bank accounts are being closed arbitrarily. Have porn stars become the latest cultural pariahs to be targeted by the Department of Justice for unequal treatment under the law?[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P65b0ff90ebd62088a9d025b119dc39baZVl/RnxuY2J8UA.mp3]
19. Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College?
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Constitutional scholar Dave Benner joins the show to discuss a compact making its way through state legislatures which would effectively nullify the Electoral College.[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P40e139ee50d7c3b58e81d7b54183ae9dZVl/RnxuY2J8Vw.mp3]
20. Why Did the Founding Fathers Create the Electoral College? Part II
On today’s Fightin Words podcast: Continuing discussion with constitutional scholar Dave Benner on the temptations and hazards of the National Popular Vote state compact.[audio:http://www.hipcast.com/export/P1566973051a17333bbc6d197042dcb51ZVl/RnxuY2J8Vg.mp3]