Q&A Monday #5: Answering Readers Questions from Readers of Culturcidal
40 most respected conservatives, COVID accountability & why the elite torpedo America
Back in the day, when I ran Right Wing News, I did over 100 Q&A Fridays. Those consisted of me giving the audience a chance to ask me just about anything they wanted to know and since people seemed to love asking questions back then, I thought I’d see if people enjoyed doing the same thing on Culturcidal. After giving the audience a chance to ask questions yesterday, here are the ones I answered.
"Thank you for opening this up to questions John... I have one that always nags at me that I really don't understand. I see what the elite are trying to do to the world, through the WEF agenda, but what I don't understand is why?"
"So many of the things they want to do either make no sense or are clearly counterproductive to the efficient use of resources or destroying well-honed production/delivery chains. Whether it's stopping fossil fuels, mandating electric everything, eating bugs, living in 15-minute cities, destroying farming, etc... And again, all of these things either don't work or compound problems. So why?" -- Larry
I think three things are going on here when you're talking about ultra-rich and/or extraordinarily influential people.
The first is that the Left controls the mainstream media, Hollywood, and has huge sway with young Americans. There are probably an awful lot of rich people who have the same attitude as Sam Bankman-Fried, who gave 40 million dollars to the Left in the 2022 election cycle and may now be headed to jail for a long, long time after stealing a lot of investor money:
“All my Republican donations were dark,” he said, referring to political donations that are not publicly disclosed in FEC filings. “The reason was not for regulatory reasons, it’s because reporters freak the f*ck out if you donate to Republicans. They’re all super liberal, and I didn’t want to have that fight.”
Next, are there people who really think global warming is going to kill us all and the planet can only sustain a billion people, so we all need to live like the Flintstones until everyone else dies off? Yes, but there are probably a lot more who either think it’s all BS or is at least unknowable. Many of them are going along to get along with their constituents, activists, young, dumb voters, and the media.
However, you have to also understand that global warming is the biggest financial scam in the history of planet Earth. The sums of money that are being thrown around to promote the idea and the concepts around it are almost beyond comprehension. We are literally talking about trillions of dollars over the course of a decade flowing into the pockets of scientists, the media, and activists to push this idea, and this drives so many of these wacky ideas such as living in pods, eating bugs, stopping airplane travel, getting rid of cows, getting rid of fossil fuels, destroying farming, etc., etc.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that if the same amount of money was flowing into the idea of convincing people that cigarettes were good for you, most of the same scientists, activists, politicians, and media figures would be promoting cigarettes and calling you a “science denier” for suggesting that they might be bad for you.
Last, but not least, you have to understand that the truly elite are in large part shielded from the consequences of their decisions by their wealth and influence. If say, America was to collapse into civil war and poverty, most of the truly elite would just go to Europe. If you like New York, you’ll like London, too.
It’s easy to coddle criminals somewhere like San Francisco if you live in a gated community, have security, and send your servants out to do your shopping. Do you think the same people who tell you that you’ll, “Own nothing and be happy” plan to do that? Of course, not. They plan to be the ones who own everything and rent it to you.
In a very real sense, they’re not playing the same ball game the rest of us are. You’re thinking about this in terms of, “Why are they advocating destructive things that don’t work?” because your first goal is to see the country thrive. But their first goal is to see themselves thrive and they believe they can best do that by advocating destructive things that don’t work.
“I have 1,001 questions but I'll start with this one. I have become obsessed with the aging process. I was wondering if you will be writing a 101 Things Every Aging Person Should Know (and also if I could help you with that one!”) -- Janet L. Cucharo
I probably wouldn’t write a book like that because it doesn’t feel like there’s a big need for that book. It feels like it’s the young people who don’t understand what’s going on, while the old people have figured it out a lot better, but it may be too late for them to take full advantage of it sometimes. It’s like that old Freud quote:
The book for young people is “Life Tips.” The book for old people is, “Here’s what you could have done twenty years ago if you had a time machine.”
“What are your favorite songs?” -- Antonio Cortez
First of all, God bless you for picking this Q&A up on your shoulders and carrying it to the goal line with all the questions. I couldn’t have done it without you. With that said, let me tweak this question just a touch. Here are my 40 most listened-to songs of 2023:
"There are so many fronts under serious assault - by no stretch of the imagination is it All Quiet on the Western (Civilization) Front - where do we direct our resources for greatest effect?" -- Norvell Rose via Facebook
This is a really hard question because, as you say, there are so many different fronts we need to hit and the ones we need to address the most are also the ones that are the toughest places to turn things around:
1) Gig government/government spending.
2) A degenerate culture.
3) Degrading morals.
4) A populace so poorly educated and miseducated that even most of the people with degrees don’t seem that intellectually impressive.
It’s a bit like a 0-16 football team that’s near the bottom of the league in every category. The way back is not going to be a single draft pick or free agent signing, it’s going to be improving across the board.
Personally, in a case like this, I don’t think you can boil it all down to one thing that gets the biggest bang for your buck. Even trying to could be overwhelming and you could end up like that old line from the children’s show, H.R. Pufnstuf, who, “Can’t do a little because he can’t do enough”:
I think the thing to do is put our principles in place, live them, breathe them, and look for every opportunity to push them forward, whether that’s legislatively, morally, culturally, or educationally.
If you find a Matt Walsh or James O’Keefe who’s furthering those principles, support them with your time, your attention, and your money. When you see people that are either ineffective or that don’t live up to those principles we champion, leave them to twist in the wind. That’s one reason you’re never going to see me embrace people like George Santos, Andrew Tate, Nick Fuentes, or Alex Jones. If the foundation of your movement is rotten people, you have a foundation built on sand that you ultimately can’t ever build something bigger and better on.
Ultimately though, it takes active, involved, dedicated people who are interested in moving the needle in your direction to make progress. If liberals have more people like that than conservatives do – and quite frankly, they do right now – it will be hard to make progress until that balance shifts.
That’s probably not exactly the answer you were looking for, but that’s the best answer I can give to that question.
"My question requires that you uncover your trusty crystal ball and look into the future. All but die-hard ostriches whose heads haven't emerged from the sand they've been planted in since May of 2020 know that the COVID Emergency was a lie. Do you see any possibility that at some point in the future, the perpetrators of this deadly crime against humanity will be held accountable?" -- HUMDEEDEE
Here’s the thing; You make it sound as if the consensus position in 2023 is that the “COVID Emergency” was a lie and it’s really not. If that were the consensus position, the world would be a very different place today. The shots wouldn’t still be available. We wouldn’t still be seeing articles about new COVID strains. An awful lot of politicians, mostly on the Left, but some on the Right including Donald Trump, would be no longer politically viable. That’s certainly not the case.
Furthermore, I think most of the consequences that are going to occur have already been meted out. A lot of people moved to get away from COVID tyranny. The medical, scientific, and particularly pharmaceutical establishments took big hits in credibility.
As far as accountability goes though, there’s so much more we SHOULD BE discussing. What about the people who lost their jobs over COVID shots? At this late day, why are the pharmaceutical companies still protected from new liability claims? You could have made a case for it early on, but not so much now. What about the government overreach? What about all the people that got it wrong, but censored their fellow citizens on the basis that they couldn’t possibly be mistaken?
This whole thing is still a societal open wound and in more stable, functional times, how we can prevent another mess like this would still be a widespread, open subject of discussion. However, the level of polarization we have as a society and the fact that admitting the truth would mean admitting conservatives got it mostly right while liberals got it mostly wrong, means we’ll probably never really hold anyone accountable.
“Who are your favorite people in the conservative movement?” -- Antonio Cortez
This question is too good. I have to do it – but, with some caveats. I could probably spend hours putting together a list like this (and that’s without even explaining the whys), but since this is just one question out of many, that would take too long.
So, I am going to do something a little different. I am going to take 30 minutes to brainstorm a list of conservatives I like and respect. All of them will be living and I will try to keep them centered around Americans who are actually heavily involved in politics primarily (So, no Elon Musk, Kid Rock, Tim Kennedy, etc).
Keep in mind that just because I didn’t put someone on this list doesn’t mean that I dislike them, it just means this isn’t meant to be an all-encompassing list. Since that’s the case, the list will be in alphabetical order.
40 Conservatives I like and Respect:
1) Greg Abbott
2) Samuel Alito
3) Billboard Chris
4) Dan Bongino
5) Ron Coleman
6) Ann Coulter
7) Ted Cruz
8) Steve Deace
9) Ron DeSantis
10) Harmeet K. Dhillon
11) Seth Dillon
12) Peter Doocy
13) Riley Gaines
14) Newt Gingrich
15) Jonah Goldberg
16) Victor Davis Hanson
17) Brett Kavanaugh
18) Mike Lee
19) David Limbaugh
20) Dana Loesch
21) Gina Loudon
22) Cynthia Lummis
23) Michelle Malkin (Although she may technically be retired right now)
24) Karol Markowicz
25) James O’Keefe
26) Rand Paul
27) Dennis Prager
28) Scott Presler
29) Christina Pushaw
30) Chaya Raichik
31) Glenn Reynolds
32) Chip Roy
33) Kurt Schlichter
34) Tim Scott
35) Ben Shapiro
36) Clarence Thomas
37) Tommy Tuberville
38) Matt Walsh
39) Glenn Youngkin
40) Lee Zeldin