TriPod

There have been a few podcasts I’ve listened to recently that have turned out to be better than expected. First up was Lauren Southern’s appearance on James Delingpole’s new podcast. I’m no great fan of Southern but she actually showed considerable maturity when talking about her most recent documentary Borderless, about illegal immigration. She said when she and her crew moved from the destination areas to the places the migrants come from she realised the whole documentary would have to change. What she learned was there are professional people trafficking operations selling a dream of an idyllic life in Europe, and charge hopefuls several thousand dollars to make the trip. They have all the logistics worked out, they know the crossing points and which techniques to use at each (which includes charging fences en masse), and coach people to pass the refugee assessment process. They tell migrants they will be welcomed on arrival, given every means of support, and presented with opportunities for work. They get away with such lies because half the west – including politicians and national newspapers – publicly declare that refugees are welcome and citizens have an obligation to accept them. Every time a politician gives a speech about how tolerant their country is and how migrants have always been welcomed there, it is used by ruthless gangsters to sell their people-trafficking services. Only when the migrants arrive they find themselves sleeping rough having blown $5k to get there, and spend years bouncing from one country to another on rumours of better opportunities. Southern showed a degree of empathy towards these people’s plight which is all at odds with her public image, and she reserved her disgust for those in the west who are directly or indirectly aiding and abetting the people traffickers. She was particularly contemptuous towards those anonymous people in the British government who ensured she was permanently banned from entry to the UK. She is right on both counts.

The second podcast was Johann Hari’s appearance on Joe Rogan, in which he talked about drug addiction, its causes, and the history of America’s war on drugs and its appalling consequences, particularly in Mexico. I never liked Hari, having been aware of him when he blogged over at Harry’s Place and made a big deal of his being gay (he never once mentions this in his Rogan interview), and I assumed his career was over once he’d been caught manufacturing quotes. I started listening in the expectation I wouldn’t get through the whole thing, but I was pleasantly surprised by how Hari stuck on topic and really got deep into the issue at hand. It’s worth a listen.

The third was Alex Jones on Joe Rogan. Alex Jones has a deserved reputation as being a nutter, but the way social media giants conspired to remove him from their platforms should concern everyone. The interview isn’t great in terms of a listening experience (although Jones in full rant is somewhat amusing, especially when he stops himself and apologises) but what is clear is Jones is not a hateful person, let alone dangerous. Sure he believes in some seriously deranged ideas, but then so do lots of people including senior politicians. The most disturbing thing in the interview is when he spoke of being added to some obscure list as “promoting hate” which had the same effect as being labelled a terrorist. All but one of his banks withdrew their services at the same time, citing his inclusion on this list. As I’ve said before, governments are increasingly leaning on private companies to silence inconvenient voices, a process helped by those on the right who insist this is their right and targeted individuals are free to find another bank or start their own. As the Zman says, Americans now have more to fear from corporations than their own government:

Banks are now cancelling accounts, because they have deemed the client to be in violation of their HR polices. Visa and MasterCard are making private war on the gun industry. How long before someone like Jared Taylor finds he cannot get a credit card or bank account? How long before his bank calls his mortgage or his insurance company cancels his policy, because he is a blasphemer?

Between encouraging people traffickers, financing drug cartels, and silencing wrongthinkers it’s sometimes hard to justify voting for politicians instead of putting them in front of a firing squad.

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13 thoughts on “TriPod

  1. I haven’t listened to the podcast but it’s worth pointing out that the young unskilled migrants are not spending their own $5K. They are backed by an investment syndicate of family and village. So for them, it’s succeed or die; there is no possibility of dignified failure. So they are open to the most appalling abuse on the journey.
    The syndicate expects remittances or (jackpot!) family reunion. £50 a week sounds like enough for a large family back home. Then the sunk cost fallacy sinks in, as we see stranded migrants being bailed out from home.
    Even successful, the remittances are disappointing. But at least there’s some ROI.
    So repeat the operation…

  2. “They get away with such lies because half the west – including politicians and national newspapers – publicly declare that refugees are welcome and citizens have an obligation to accept them. Every time a politician gives a speech about how tolerant their country is and how migrants have always been welcomed there, it is used by ruthless gangsters to sell their people-trafficking services. ”

    This can’t be over-stated. People, often with the best of intentions, claim that Britain has always been a haven for refugees, and that we have massively benefitted. In some ways this is a deeply conservative and patriotic thing to claim, as well as having a good deal of truth. But they are referring to historical situations like the Huguenots and Jewish flight from Nazis, where only small numbers of people in desperate need could make it to Britain. And the small numbers were due to the fact that only the elite and wealthy had the opportunity.

    Today, of course, travel is cheaper, and the factors which drive people from their homes come into play much sooner. “Refugees” can easily make it to the UK when their flight is from nothing more serious than economic circumstances which compare unfavourably with ours.

  3. The ‘Delingpods’ are a very good listen. I agree that the Laura Southern one was good – very eye (ear?!) opening! James seemed a bit flirty, I thought too – but perhaps I imagined that.

    About a month ago Delingpole had a chap on – a small businessman (runs oldest salmon smokery in the world I think) who was very interesting talking about his business, but then talking about EU regulatory (and general) stupidity.

    Also VERY good was the latest Delingpod posted a couple of days ago with James spending an hour talking with Imam Tawhidi. I’ve never heard of the guy before, but I found the conversation… electrifying (is the only word I can think of right now) to listen to. I highly recommend that one too.

    Thanks for the tips on the other podcasts Tim: will listen.

  4. About a month ago Delingpole had a chap on – a small businessman (runs oldest salmon smokery in the world I think)

    I heard that one, it was very interesting. I’ve not got around to the Iman of Peace one yet, but might listen in the car this afternoon.

    I’m curious to know why Breitbart stopped hosting Delingpole’s podcast. I thought it was rather popular.

  5. I’ve not listened to Delingpole and will give them a go. I see he’s had Katherine Bibaldingh on, she’s always worth listening to – To Miss With Love for those who’ve been reading blogs for a long time.

  6. Didn’t Breitbart stop all their podcasts? The gain was that you no longer run the risk of clicking on Sonnie Johnson’s page (screeching ghetto harridan).

  7. Americans now have more to fear from corporations than their own government

    Though I agree with the sentiment, I think this is misleading, as corporations are government entities, and are ultimately neutral so long as the money is coming in. It’s a little like saying Americans have more to fear from police dogs than the police state.

  8. Lauren Southern is one of those people who makes me think that the dissident right has a real future. A woman this young, hot, media-savvy and energetic should be able to walk right into a high-visibility job with a mainstream outfit and have an ideologically easy life pushing the conventional wisdom. Yet she chooses to go the dissident route (or alt-right or alt-lite, depending how you look at it). It’s almost like she knows something that other people don’t.

  9. The problem with Alex Jones is that he takes some of his nuttery too far, although I appreciate 1) it’s a little bit internally contradictory to expect a nutter to temper his behaviour and 2) like a lot of people trying to make money from extreme/fringe views the temptation is to go over the top in pursuit of eyeballs and clicks.

    But Jones insisted on persisting with false claims about Sandy Hook long after they’d been debunked, and that did real harm to people who had already suffered terribly and who had done him no wrong. Some wacky claims are patronising but largely harmless e.g. aliens built the pyramids, whilst others have serious implications e.g. Jewish overlords.

  10. I’ve never paid any attention to Jones, but I know he doesn’t mention Jews. It’s somewhere he fears to go and a bit of a blind spot, really.

  11. But Jones insisted on persisting with false claims about Sandy Hook long after they’d been debunked, and that did real harm to people who had already suffered terribly and who had done him no wrong.

    He addresses that on the podcast and it seems to be the media made a lot more of that than was there.

  12. Didn’t Breitbart stop all their podcasts?

    Ah, that would explain it. Unfortunately Delingpole has carried over one of the most annoying aspects of it: the insistence on making it exactly one hour. It’s much better to just let the conversation run its natural course.

    The gain was that you no longer run the risk of clicking on Sonnie Johnson’s page (screeching ghetto harridan).

    Oh gawd, she’d pop up in the ads on Delingpole. Could hardly understand her.

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