RADIO ZEITGEIST: The Art of Critical Thinking and Respectful Discourse

A defining notion that will be come back to again and again on Radio Zeitgeist is:

When traditional conservative values succeed in making a safe, secure
society; liberal values have just been made – not only possible -but
inevitable.

Tom Friedley’s Radio Zeitgeist will in an engaging and lively ,yet scholarly manner, examine the most pressing issues of today’s ever more complex world.

A strong emphasis will be placed on the long tradition of the Socratic Method that lies at the root of all major advances in Science, Law and Medicine of the past 2500 years.

This early 21st Century American culture with its historically unprecedented access to information made possible by the Internet ;has been cut with a double-edged sword.

Long forgotten- it at times seems -is the idea that there are things
called: facts, opinions and justified beliefs.

They can not, must not be confused with one another. Some illustrations:

Ninety-seven percent of all qualified academics within the community
of scientists studying Global Climate change have concluded that is is
real and caused by humanity.

FACT.

A theologian from Southern California published a book not long after
the Sept. 11 attacks arguing a case for the structural and
metallurgical evidence to conclude it was an ‘Inside Job’.

PURE SPECULATION. He has no academic credibility to weigh in on this
topic, he studies and teaches religious thought.

Using the best of The Western and Eastern Philosophical Canons; Tom as
both an issue facilitator and Professor of the Airwaves will dig down
deep to look for robust solutions in an attempt to find common ground
where -at first -there exists only radically divergent world-views.

Turn on any broadcast media of any sort in 2016 and you will not be
able to avoid a business model Tom refers to as: ‘Outrage Porn’.

It exists as a natural outgrowth from the old print newspaper maxim:
If It Bleeds, it Leads.

Tune- for instance- into Comcast’s MSNBC and The Rachel Maddow Show;
to listen to the latest outrage by Rush Limbaugh aimed at President
Barack Obama.

Tune into Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News; and get an equal dose of
invective pointed at The Democratic Party’s plot to disarm the
American Public and clear a path to a Socialist Utopia.

While it is true enough; that many Americans do understand- in an
intuitive fashion- the importance of giving their neighbors a fair
hearing- even when this hearing may offend their deepest moral
sensibilities- most still seem to lack the ability to see past their
own ‘political tribe’, enough to come to agreement.

Mr. Friedley having just been made the Global Communication Director
for The Center for Human Emergence is well situated for the
aforementioned task.

The Center is a Non Profit dedicated to working in all this planet’s
major hot spots bringing peace and harmony where the people their have
only known -sometimes for generations- violence and discord. South
Africa. Palestine. The Ukraine is on deck now for 2016.

Tom has become through 15 years of rigorous study a leading advocate
for a social psychological discipline that has come to be known as:
SPIRAL DYNAMICS/Integral. [Sdi]

The Social Science that is SPIRAL DYNAMICS represents forty years of
unassailable academic rigor and thirty years of field research.

Radio Zeitgeist will -of course -regularly feature a call-in format.

One of Tom’s greatest concerns is an increasingly disturbing national
trend among America’s current academic milieu. The ‘politically
correct’ phenomenon of the ‘Safe Space’ and the alleged rhetorical
slight called the ‘Micro-Aggression’ are ruling the day.

Up and coming young conservative voice Ben Shapiro is now being banned
from some Colleges and Universities for ‘hate speech’ because his
provocative but well thought out positions on race relations some find
objectionable.

If the American academic climate remains in this state where anything
less than a consistent Socratic commitment to the free exchange of
different ideas is not soon addressed; this nation will have little
chance successfully navigating what lies ahead.

Imagine- if you will -a heated exchange between Fox News feature and
Trump booster Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and Alicia Garza:
a leading voice within the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mr. Friedley will have an opportunity to illustrate a ‘Vital Center’
[SDi refers to it as] between the conservative perspective with its
emphasis on the behavior of an individual and the liberal or
progressive view which typically concentrates on exterior social
circumstances.

Controversy for its own sake only breeds more of the same.

Radio Zeitgeist will use controversy to stimulate, enlighten and
hopefully create the ‘True Safe Space’ where real solutions can find
root and grow.

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America’s 2016 choice now: President Trump or Civil War

This is the post excerpt.

The below is my missive to Ohio Attorney Cliff Arnebeck. He and others have been filing legal challenges since this summer, hoping to make the case that Senator Bernie Sanders had the 2016 Democratic nomination literally stolen from him due to electronic voting machine tampering.

I hope to feature soon , Mr. Arnebeck on RADIO ZEITGEIST.

Cliff:

I am of the hope to have an opportunity to interview you on the topic
of the 2016 Election generally, and on the progress of the legal
challenges you, Bob Fitrakis, and others have filed this year.

I feel in my ‘heart of hearts’ Mr. Arnebeck, that the only real
choices left this election year are now: President Trump or imminent
civil war.

This below is from my writer friend: JH Kunstler:

‘I say this with the understanding that political systems are emergent
phenomena with the primary goal of maintaining their control on the
agencies of power at all costs. That is, it’s natural for a polity to
fight for its own survival. But the fact that the US polity now so
desperately has to fight for survival shows how frail its legitimacy
is. It wouldn’t take much to shove it off a precipice into a new kind
of civil war much more confusing and irresolvable than the one we went
through in the 1860s.”

The ‘healthy’ populism of Sen Sanders has been scuttled by the
blatantly unethical behavior of the Democratic Party.

A simmering, seething resentment is brewing Cliff- among Hillary’s:
‘Basket of Deplorables’.

My biggest unknown now is how a hypothetical Trump challenge- should
he lose to Sec. Clinton-  intersect with the work you and Bob, others
are engaged in and how this whole drama plays out between the
‘well-intentioned’ Never Trump crowd and the scores of working class
and middle class folks left behind by 40 yrs of Neo-Liberalism’

It is at last clear to them, they have nowhere to go.

Michael Moore recently told Chuck Todd he feared the polls were
missing those who- too embarrassed to admit their level of disgust
this year at the ‘Establishment’ -were waiting quietly to throw ‘a
Molotov Cocktail’ at Washington.

My fear is that if Hillary wins; one day soon -with the well
established evidence of how much American Democracy is suffering from
a ‘rigged system’ , a symbolic cocktail may just not feel like a
strong enough protest any longer.