Why is America the world’s police force?

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Why is America the world’s police force?

Should America be the world’s policeman? Some say yes because with great power comes great responsibility. Others say no, believing instead that we should clean up our own backyard first. This debate has been going on for decades with no clear winner. Recently however, someone has pondered this debate with a fresh perspective. And that person is today’s guest – Seth Radwelll

Some of what we talked about:

  • Countries envy us but they won’t change their policies! Why? 
  • Why is Democracy not winning the hearts and minds of the world?
  • What does populism mean now and historically? 
  • Can we ever return to a polite discourse? 
  • 77% of Americans belong to the exhausted majority? What’s that?
  • Will there ever be a viable third party in America? 
  • What is multi-choice voting? Would that ever work in America?
  • Term limits: Pipe dream or eventual reality?
  • Pros & Cons: Representative democracies verses elite governments

All this and more. Tune in for some brain candy comprised of politics, history and humor. 


ABOUT MY GUEST

SETH DAVID RADWELL is an internationally known business executive and thought leader in consumer marketing. He most recently served as CEO of The Proactiv Company, the leading skincare brand for acne; as President & Chief Revenue Officer of Guthy-Renker, the worldwide direct-to-consumer beauty company. He previously served as President of e-Scholastic, the digital arm of the global children’s publishing and education company, and as President of Bookspan/Bertelsmann. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Columbia College, Columbia University.

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Despite the media’s best efforts, Kyle Rittenhouse is free.

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ADV: The Daily Skirmish at Liberato.US directly addresses the arguments of the political Left in real-time and deconstructs their phony narratives. Wright’s Law: Everything that comes out of the mouth of the Left can be deconstructed, because everything that comes out of the mouth of the Left is garbage.



Despite the media’s best efforts, Kyle Rittenhouse is free.

Kyle Rittenhouse was found innocent on all charges against him. Bravo. Justice was served. no doubt, some of you reading this are surprised that I would say this. If you are among them, you are among those who followed the narrative supported in the media and did not follow the trial itself

If there are any riots or “mostly peaceful” demonstrations as a result of this acquittal, it will be due to the fake news media and agent provocateurs, but not the facts of the case. 

The media could easily admit that they made a mistake, but they will not. So, what do they do instead? They double-down on their narrative because it fits their worldview and helps them save face. 

And then there are the masses who buy the false narrative of the media and do not verify the facts because they have lives and trust the media to do their job accurately; as I used to. When they protest, they honestly believe they are on the side of the angels. In this regard I am reminded of the adage, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.  

But there is a chance that this type of media manipulation can be discouraged in the future. It will take lawsuits and lots of them resulting in HUGE payouts, enough to make the mainstream media and the elite think twice before maligning someone’s name. I hope Rittenhouse goes this route. Not just for himself, but to send a very powerful message. And if he does, he may as well start at the top

But while lawsuits will provide a powerful detriment to spreading lies and scandalizing someone’s name, it can do nothing for what’s inside of someone’s heart. The Chicago Sun Times reported this

DuPage County Democrats fired their social media director following “callous and reprehensible” posts likening the driver who plowed into a Christmas parade Sunday outside Milwaukee — killing five and wounding 40 — to Kyle Rittenhouse.

“It was probably just self-defense,” Mary Lemanski tweeted Sunday on her personal Twitter account, according to posts republished by Fox News.

“Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,” Lemanski tweeted about the SUV driver.

The tweets, which have since been deleted, were a mocking reference to the defense strategy used by Rittenhouse, who was acquitted Friday of homicide after killing two men and wounding a third during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha.

In later posts Lemanski expressed sorrow over the tragedy.

“I’m sad,” she said. “I’m sad anytime anyone dies.”

“I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin.’

She also tweeted: “You reap what you sow, Wisconsin.”

Lemanski couldn’t be reached for comment.

Father, forgive them. They know not what they do. Amen.


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Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. That’s A Problem

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Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. That’s A Problem

Americans are choosing not to have children for a variety of reasons. Bloomberg reported on it like this

Although the reasons for not having children vary sharply, the main one given by childless adults is simply that they don’t want any [at 56%]. Other reasons given include medical at 19% and financial at 17%. About 15% cite the lack of a partner, 10% said it was the age of their partner, and 9% blamed the state of the world. Roughly one in 20 cite environmental factors including climate change as the reason behind their desire to not have a child.

Among adults under 40 who are already parents, about one-quarter don’t expect to have more children due to the financial cost involved, while three in 10 say they’re too old.

While this news may be shocking to you, its not a surprise to me. In 2018, I researched the topic and asked the question, “Are dogs replacing children? Looks that way.” Check out the video below, to see how closely my prediction is matching today’s reality.

As you can see, I was correct in pointing out declining fertility. However, I was wrong in suggesting that pet adoptions will replace children. According to the latest stats, it is not the case. (I blame Covid for the trend turning around. With people returning to the office, pets are being returned in record numbers.)

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But, I digress. America is not the only country with declining birth rates. Fox News pointed out 5 countries with similar issues, as recently as last year. To quote…

  • According to China’s National Bureau of Statistics, 2019 saw the lowest birthrate in China since the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.
  • Italy retains one of the lowest fertility rates in the European Union, averaging 1.3 children per woman – lower than Europe’s average of 1.59.
  • Fewer than a million babies were born in Japan last year, according to estimates from the country’s welfare ministry.
  • Since 1999, Russia’s birthrate has increased from 1.16 children per women to 1.48. Though significant, the levels are not enough to sustain the population.
  • In the first six months of 2019, Spain recorded its lowest birthrates since the early 1940s, according the country’s National Statistics Institute.

Historically, maintaining a healthy population number was a top concern among world powers for insuring economic and military might. As such, government and cultural pressures were used to persuade women to marry. Some were serious efforts and some were satirical by the pundits of the day. Can you figure out which ideas were a serious consideration?

Truth or Satire?

  • If we tax bachelors and widows at a higher rate, they will get married to avoid paying higher taxes.
  • Clever propaganda techniques can shame women into getting married.
  • British virgins between 15 – 40 should be matched with husbands via a lottery system.

And the answer is…

Taxing bachelors and widows at a higher rate was actually initiated by the English government. To quote “The Conversation…”

So when the English government passed the Marriage Duty Act in 1695 to raise money to fight the French, it simultaneously addressed revenue needs and fertility concerns.

The marriage duty tax levied fees on births, marriages and deaths. But it also gave people an incentive to get married by taxing bachelors over the age of 25 and childless widowers. Women weren’t usually taxed because the government assumed men were largely behind the decline in marriage.

Using propaganda to shame women was also a real effort to encourage marriages. To quote “The Conversation again…”

Emerging at the same time as the marriage duty tax were the first literary and visual depictions of the “old maid” archetype, a portrayal of never-married women that was always disparaging.

A classic example is William Hogarth’s print “Morning” from his “Four Times of the Day” series. It features a censorious, unpartnered, unattractive woman who is deemed to be past her prime.

If you thought giving virgins away via lottery was a serious consideration, you would have likely been fooled in 1734 as well. A satirist proposed the ideas as if it were a legitimate piece of legislation but, it was satire. To quote “The Conversation yet again…”

1734’s “A Bill for a Charitable Lottery for the Relief of the Distressed Virgins in Great Britain” stated that “for the necessary encouragement of propagation, which we ought particularly to attend to upon the prospect of an approaching war, that all the Virgins in Great Britain from 15 to 40 should be disposed of [gotten rid of] by lottery.”

Although framed as prospective legislation, the proposed bill appeared in print only.

Traditionally, countries have been very reactive to declining birthrates. Will history repeat itself again? I’m not so sure. If you accept the globalist agenda, the world will be a very dystopic place by 2030. Here is a quick list.

  1. People will own nothing. Goods are either free of charge or must be lent from the state.
  2. The United States will no longer be the leading superpower, but a handful of countries will dominate.
  3. Organs will not be transplanted but printed.
  4. Meat consumption will be minimized.
  5. Massive displacement of people will take place with billions of refugees.
  6. To limit the emission of carbon dioxide, a global price will be set at an exorbitant level.
  7. People can prepare to go to Mars and start a journey to find alien life.
  8. Western values will be tested to the breaking point..

And there are some who believe that the world will be destroyed by 2030, literally, because of climate change.

Whether or not you or I subscribe to these doomsday perspectives is not the question. There may be enough people who do believe the worse that our country is in serious jeopardy of continuing.

And in case you doubt that other countries with declining birthrates are a problem for the United States, consider this scenario from Money Matters Academy.

According to an article in the July 23rd, 2014, issue of The Economist, Japan’s population is dropping by 1 million citizens each year. In a country with “only” 127 million people, if the trend continues (as it’s expected to) for even just 20 more years, this becomes more than a little problematic. The drop has led to predictions that in the next 25 years some 500 Japanese towns and villages will cease to exist as their aging inhabitants die off (and don’t get replaced by newborns).

But the impact of this shift isn’t only going to be felt in Japan. Economically, here in the United States, the issue is that Japan has the world’s 3rd largest economy, and at $70 billion per annum, it’s the 4th largest consumer of American goods, meaning that exports to Japan will certainly decrease in the coming years.

But while the economic outlook is problematic, there’s also geopolitical concerns. Consider that, militarily, a shrinking Japan is a weakened Japan, and as they represent our preeminent ally in the region—the Land of the Rising Sun is home to numerous U.S. military bases that are intended to serve as deterrents to rogue nations such as North Korea, and unpredictable ones such as Russia and China—so it’s not a stretch to say that Japan’s lessening economic might threatens the stability of the entire world.

And this is just one example from an ally. So, what’s the solution? Is it taxes, propaganda and virgin lotteries? No, I think all we need do is look at pro-family Hungary. To quote The Daily Caller

“Hungary’s Constitution of 2011 is incredibly conservative and traditional by Western standards: it protects “the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman,” supports and promotes families, family systems, and caring for the elderly, bans eugenics and human cloning, and recognizes life from conception.” 

The Daily Caller quoted the Hungarian minister of family affairs – Katalin Novak, who said…

“So that means that the more children you have, the less personal income tax you pay, it’s as simple as that. And if you are a mother with four children then you are completely exempt for personal income tax, so lifelong, you don’t have to pay any personal income tax ever in your life, once you have four children.”

Novak also said…

“You can also teach mathematics by pointing out family values or by discrediting families,” she said. “You want to teach the kids how to count, and you say, for example, ‘You are the only child in the family and your parents get divorced and they have this amount of money, how do you share it between the three of you or between the two of them?’ That’s mathematics. Or you say that you are in a family with five children, you have a birthday cake, and you have to share it among the seven. And how would you share it? It’s also mathematics.”

“So I think the importance is that you have this pro-family attitudes or mindset be reflective in each and every field of our lives and not just the traditional ones,” she added.

I think Hungary has the right idea that will be proven over time; countries that push a pro-family agenda will thrive long-term. In fact, they may be the ones to save the human race from extinction, should the dystopian forecasts fall flat and the world continues beyond 2030. Time will tell.


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Twitter is taking censorship to a brand new level.


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Twitter is taking censorship to a brand new level.

Censorship on social media is getting worse, especially at Twitter. Case in point, look at the tweet below. Twitter has deemed it misinformation, despite the credentials of the person saying it. What’s worse, unless you take a picture of the tweet (as I did) or link directly to it, you cannot reply, share or like it. In other words, it is prohibited from going viral. So, likely you would not even hear about it. Eventually, I imagine, it will be deleted. Sigh.

This brings to mind a few question. First, who fact-checked this post? Presumably, only an expert can counter the argument of another expert, otherwise you just have an uninformed opinion attacking an informed one. That doesn’t make sense; unless you are Twitter.

Revolver analyzed Twitter’s fact checking policy when it comes to Big Pharma and characterized Twitter as “Shameless Shills for Big Pharma.” Click here for a fact-based but wholly sarcastic rebuke. The point of Revolver’s argument was that Twitter was more interested in protecting a narrative than fact-checking. But, I digress.

If politics is more important than free expression, it makes sense then who is leading Twitter’s fact-checking efforts. His name is Yoel Roth and he has been under fire before for incendiary tweets against Republicans. Here is one such example.

By the way, I checked Roth’s LinkedIn profile for evidence of expertise in epidemiology or other vaccine related sciences. I did not see it. Just FYI.

Republicans took notice of Twitter’s bias and openly complained about it. According to the NY Post

House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Conway ripped Twitter Wednesday for having Roth in the post-policing position.

“I think if you run a company like Twitter you’d probably first look at what that individual would put out on Twitter themselves,” McCarthy told reporters outside the Capitol in reference to Roth.

“I do not think somebody who would think Republicans are racist, label those who are in the Republican Party equal to people who [are] in the Nazi Party…I’m not quite sure that’s the person I would have being the individual in charge of Twitter determining whether the facts are correct or not, because I think he already is biased in that opinion,” McCarthy said.

Twitter should boot Roth out of his position, said McCarthy, who noted that he’s “concerned about who they have doing a fact check.”

Conway also waded into the issue Wednesday, saying that Twitter fact checks are carried out by the same “people who attack him all day long.”

The Daily Mail did an expose on Yoel Roth as well. Here is a quote from them…

The head of Twitter’s fact-checking team has previously tweeted that the Trump administration are Nazis, compared adviser Kellyanne Conway to Joseph Goebbels and said fly over states are racist.

Yoel Roth, whose official title at Twitter is head of Site Integrity, faced backlash on Wednesday after his history of anti-Trump tweets emerged less than 24 hours after the social media giant put a fact-checking warning on two of the president’s tweets. 

So, with that kind of personal bias in charge of fact-checks, no wonder Twitter opposes contrary viewpoints. To be fair though, is it all the fault of one man? No, there is an entire community of people like him patrolling Twitter to keep the wrong opinions and unfortunate facts at bay. That community is called Birdwatch and it was launched back in January 2021. Check out the video below for insight into how it works.

I’ve talked about social media “fact checkers” before and to put it bluntly, I am not a fan.

To see so much coordinated effort to silence free speech is disheartening and my initial reaction is to abandon Twitter and spend more time with Gettr. But, I think I will do both. Eventually Twitter will cancel my account due to wrongthink and having a backup elsewhere is just smart. On the other hand, if Birdwatch is set up to police the wrong opinions (i.e. Conservative thought) maybe I should get involved and counter-argue the left so that at the very least different opinions are heard and (hopefully) respected. Maybe we all should?

Hmm… Yes, let’s all do that.


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Gothix is cool.

The Things I Think About Podcast

Today… Gothix. I had in my mind that when I spoke to Gothix I would keep it about her journey from online gamer to social commentator but I could not resist asking her opinion on a few uncomfortable things. Gothix, being who she is, did not shy away from the controversy and what resulted was riveting and (as always) thought provoking. Here are some of the highlight.

  • What is the “Cancel This” tour I keep hearing about? 
  • Life as a Creator, is it all good?
  • What was the transition like to go full-time without a safety net?
  • How would you describe your audience?
  • Do you restrict yourself from topics because you think it won’t be received well by your audience?
  • Are you concerned about being cancelled?
  • What advice would you give up and coming Creators?
  • Any chance that you would run for political office?
  • Have you noticed the attempts to normalize pedophilia?
  • Do you think there are more black conservatives than black wokists?

And, oh, so much more. Listen to this now! 

About Gothix 

Gothix is cool.

Gothix is a professional content creator who started off as a live streamer on Twitch. Following her personal experience with cancel culture, Gothix moved to YouTube and is now creating think pieces for a wide range of topics such as freedom of speech, diversity of thought, and economic empowerment to name a few. She has been a full time content creator since 2018, and recently has started transitioning into social commentary, especially regarding politics. Her first video “Yeah…thats racist” was about racial slurs aimed towards black people who decided to vote Republican. A month later she made a video talking about why she left the Democrats and that she was identifying as apolitical. She has stated that it was one of the best decisions she ever made, and encourages other black people to leave the left as well.Gothix hates identity politics, saying that it encourages people’s victim complexes. She also encourages not following mainstream media and politics and instead using your own mind and common sense. She is against censorship from Big Tech companies. She is vehemently against cancel culture, saying that it’s akin to Fascism. She believes that it is a form of “performative activism” alongside “woke representation.”

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