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. welcome back to the kaiser report i'm alex kaiser time now to return our conversation met a.b. writer extra there journalist all right nice guy welcome back thanks for all right so we finish up our last conversation talking about some cultural themes the the zeit geist as it were you know you work over there rolling stone rolling stone has always been a barometer of the culture of the pop culture the rock altar the youth culture and that's had like hunter s. thompson wrote for ling stone you write for rolling stone right p.j. o'rourke you're well positioned i think to to have a good insight into this the these social changes and and moves in the way we were talking about this there's two movements out there one is the what i would perceive
as the reaction to the shooting in florida of a more about a serious post general post-millennial of generations z. i don't even have a name yet. to come up with a term yet but it will right you should come up with the term zero zero and we're all waiting for this interview. we're at the millennial site in this post millennial so there without a term wrote you better than i could you know what will yeah i think we're going to go with something maybe right now we'll think of something but so this generation i saw them on t.v. and they are serious i mean they're their attitude is the n.r.a. is trying to kill us you know there were existentially threatened here. and so that is that movement and then there's the me too movement in a case that's also getting movable let's talk about this possible audio movement this is now heart it seems like a bookend to the sixty's anti-war movement in a lot of ways. can you dig into that a little bit more you know put your geist exploration had on what do you see. well
it's definitely brought back to kind of an ironic left right. but the difference is the sixty's were it was peace and love and. there was you know explosion of kind of music and there was a vibe to it that was later brought back the own ironic old left ok this unpack that for a second so the last lesson we had were a left in america was like their lack panther's that was left out was left right and that was black eyes with guns you know and there was a real strong reaction to this the yes yeah exactly ok and now and then we went into a phase of really right. wing kind of middle of the road conservatism and the left even though people say hollywood is the left and yet yeah nobody is
going to usa today ninety four percent of women in hollywood get sexually abused there is so there are predators in the liberal left of hollywood it's a predatory state yeah right and i would dispute the fact that hollywood use is really all that lefty i mean if you look back at the movies from that era from the reagan era especially i mean they were incredibly conservative right i mean there were there was all kinds of messages and talk of the prototypical movies are still left in america and there wasn't when i was growing up anyway so the an ironic left refers back to a muscular you know left wing that was it really post jim crow i mean this was the movement to restore justice to all citizens of the united states and so now we're so now you're saying possible swing back to an ironic left and the start could be dead the ironic it was called the jerry seinfeld school of humor is kind of maybe dead right and we're going back and it will go into a new. era and does it dovetail into this. need to move or is not
a completely separate movement because you have feminism in the seventies i really this is questions for white ranging sugar free range question yeah but yeah the feminism of the seventies that kind of died it's a lie in a lot of ways in my view right now that could be coming back and having a more serious approach to more famine as women so as a feminism and the more. they is all coming together now what do you think i mean i think it's a great question the the bringing of seinfeld it's actually really right on because what was seinfeld seinfeld was a show about nothing right that and that was the disposal of the virtue of it was that we turned it on and we and we turned out we didn't think about politics and that was cool we the show didn't have any things that were dangerous really you just it was all just zany goofy stuff today. if you if you say to somebody i'm going to i'm going to not think about politics i'm going to affirmatively engage in
an activity that takes me away from thinking about what the world is really all about those they'll say that's that's privilege right like that only somebody who is not affected by the politics has the luxury of engaging in a show about nothing right and so everything has to be about something and this is this is this is. kind of a radical change in the way we think about everything journalism humor culture it all has to be sort of directed towards political and and it's it's become hard i mean i notice that for me because you know what i what i do is so different from that i mean i think part of part of the way i work is based on trying to look at things from a humorous and a little bit reason. reserve point of view. but. that's that's not really acceptable right now humor without. you know sort of humor for its own sake is now it's sort of discouraged in the pop and the popular writers or you slip in there
it's a charged word privilege right so this is a hot worry right. white privilege is is the topic and so what you're suggesting here is that everything now the idea of being the jerry seinfeld ask type of humor of non-game gauge it all is only available to the privileged to basically are benefiting they are the raunchy a class they're the inherent tours of this new generation that's doing all the work they have all the jobs there are tearing what they perceive to be a crazy president a crazy atomic weapon armed world and they've inherited a horrible situation and they don't want to not to not anymore they want to be engaged they want to make because their life is a existential threat so where do they have room to engage weren't were they going to take this or their movement where are they going to go with it well they're going lots of places we're going to i'm in the me too movement is obviously taken off and has gone lots of places and it was as achieved a lot already i think
a lot of this energy right now is being directed. towards domestic politics towards sort of ousting trump. but there's but there's a split there i mean if you if you look at an american youth culture and follow the kind of the debates that go on online you know between you know there's a slight jacobin right which is which is exactly on ironic left or right there are leftist politics and there are serious earnest people but there's sort of a split between people who actually want to install. a socialistic new regime you know modeled after corben or bernie sanders or something like that and sort of democratic party which has appropriated a lot of the language of the jury corben for a second because his popularity is soaring and he is a frickin you know little fish and exotic thirty years ago like michael foot in
a labor politician in the u.k. a complete repeat. that's a factor in reaganomics and he and he could very well be the next prime minister of britain and he's got tremendous support so that would be a signifier that we are going to turning to a huge left wing possibly you know movement politically in seeing in the u.k. and bernie sanders was kind of the equivalent in the u.s. but i'm not sure he has enough gas in the tank run for president again but are there do you see stirrings like a korban asked type absolutely what he said yeah i know it's out there that sentiment is out there and a new bernie sanders for a long time ago and spent a lot of time writing about it before this election cycle but i never saw what happened in two thousand and sixteen coming with the outpouring of support for him and that had a lot to do both with this sort of new newly coalescing leftist politics but also with pent up frustrations towards the status quo towards the democrats and towards
this idea that but what you're talking about the. the existing political parties have left us with these huge horrible scary problems and we just can't elect them anymore we have to go in a sharper more serious direction and we saw that on both sides of the aisle but that's and it's definitely still out there where you're writing because you're writing as you mentioned before he said it hinted at that it has an illness satire to it or humor how do you now are going to you know this is your market this is the folks out to be reading your stuff what's the process do you. listen to what's happening out there and it goes into the writing organically or do you have a certain style that you feel is your quote unquote brand that needs to be maintained i really that's kind of an odd question but if you know what you're saying though i mean it's been difficult o.b.l.
be honest i mean. there is a reporter. when i do i've always believed humor for its own sake is sort of an inherently iconoclast like when people laugh and they laugh at anything if you watch money python it's not political it doesn't tell you to be left or right beside this new generation is like humorless to a degree yeah my generation believe that laughing at all politicians was healthy right look if you looked at all of them and realize they're all on some level posers and silly and we should be suspicious of everything that they say that that was a healthy response no it is not quite like that now humor humor of that sort is a little bit sort of discounted it has to be targeted has to be out of the direction i mean all the humor and southern alive in the last year has been about trump you know it's putin coming down the chimney or whatever it is and. i don't know i want to do it is humorists have a responsibility to be equal opportunity in the sense that saturday night live they
never bring up hillary's foibles and the fact that she's very easily satirized because. it's someone who lost a game show host essentially i mean i've you can satirize that you know you're not a satirist yet they feel like somehow that show like they have a responsibility above and beyond humor right and is that. i mean that seems like they are. violating their or their role there so do the code you have to offer the public a way to vent and have a release from the from the stuff that's going on because they are becoming as political as rachel maddow and it's the same thing in journalism right so journalists my generation we grew up with the idea that our only responsibility was to get things right right we tell the story we see it we call it where we see it in every direction we put it out there and we let society figure it out they make the responsible decisions from there these days the idea is we have to. the outcome we
have to be political we have to make a political decision prior to putting information out there and what's what you're seeing now is instead of journalists reporting in all directions that are just becoming messaging platforms that just essentially in sync with one of the other political parties and it's kind of the fox is ation of news and it's going on across the media landscape and i think that's it's very dangerous and unhealthy because as soon as you know a political media i mean it's a classic feature of a third world country when one media outlets don't report all directions you know i listen them all and i can assimilate it all and i come up with my own conclusion but that what's happened is you had a nation of symbols are becoming schizo front of the road coming multi personality they have their they change their chemical composition looking at their for news outlets to correspond with what's going on they can't synthesize all this stuff even brain is not capable of doing all it's to make those sophisticated choices and live life at the same time so you end up with
a completely fractured view of things and none of it represents reality and through that we end up with like charlie munger coming out and saying was fargo should be forgiven for stealing money out of everyone's accounts right now so i could often kowtow really exactly you know i mean you're absolutely right when when when nobody is reporting on the foibles of their own party the nobody is trustworthy and that's the problem when you have this information landscape where people are reporting the negative things about their quote unquote their side you know you basically have a desert you know you have this gigantic oasis of of on trust with the media and people are consuming tons and tons and tons of it but they're not making sense out of the words i think that it's fake it's jumping is. there a beast what lies right. exactly right matt thanks so much for being us out of course dr are right was going to do it for this edition of the kaiser report with a nice guys or stacy ever life i guess and that me if you want to reach us on
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but i mean by old russia's new strategic arsenal including a nuclear capable missiles said to outsmart all existing defense systems in his annual stage of the union address the president added that all of this comes in response to the u.s. stance in the cell system builder. also to come this hour four civilians are killed by militants in the syrian district. that is a humanitarian palls established by russia collapses it also comes as the u.n. security council debates possible solutions to the crisis and south africa's parliament passes a motion that could see white farmers across the country stripped of their land without compensation but hear different opinions on the controversial move.
they're welcome at seven pm here in moscow you're watching international president vladimir putin has delivered his annual state of the nation address to the russian parliament sharing his vision of the country's future during the speech he announced the development of new strategic weapons which he claimed could outmaneuver all existing missile defenses with more details is more against the well this was a mere putin's fourteenth address and the first step out of it was largely dedicated to domestic issues it was incredibly ambitious the things he called for in the things he said russia must do now he said it needs improvements across the board massive new funding expansion and infrastructure if you will to address the outside concerns security concerns namely the united states and nato which had been
. banding building up. the stablish ing and setting up their own missile defense complexes surrounding russia basically vladimir putin said but no longer. russia is a major nuclear power but basically nobody want to talk to us nobody listens to us . so listen to us now speech or things have changed since two thousand and four which is when vladimir putin was referring to it in the speech led to me of putin unveiled the whole range of new strategic weapons to get more advanced with greater range and more powerful than ever before and first and foremost among them perhaps is a new nuclear powered nuclear capable cruise missile that has unlimited range and that it can reach anywhere in the world as well as being very hard to track or
shoot down june through an unpredictable flight path and its new flight was the. or or. additionally vladimir putin presented a new super heavy intercontinental ballistic missile as well as an advanced underwater drone capable of delivering nuclear weapons at speeds much greater than before new advances in laser technology as well what unites all these new weapons is that it is incredibly difficult to track will intercept them or to nullify their effect but the point of all of these new weapons is not to scare anyone it isn't cold was that he wanted to force russia's will and any other country and certainly not to invade anyone else it is to protect and defend russia's deterrent and its
sovereignty and us to show why in the emotion i see and russia's growing military might is not meant to threaten anybody who is we have no plans and have never had plans we're going to use this potential to achieve offensive will aggressively and russia's enhanced military power is simply a guarantee for peace are not planets for preserves the strategic balance of forces in the world here in russia vladimir putin speech was greeted by. thundering applause but how his message will be received abroad in washington for example will have to wait and see. war against the are there now while russia's new military capabilities to take center stage during the address president putin also set a high bar for domestic development he said the country should be targeting a fifty percent rise in per capita g.d.p. and increase average life inspect and see to over eighty years and that's all by the end of the next decade and we managed to speak with russia's economic development and finance ministers about this right after the speech and they told
us what they think they go with putin has set for them but the signature of all these restrictions stimulated russia to increase production and we've been drug growth not just in sectors such as agriculture and every day goods we see the reorientation of our economy in science towards what we previously received while inputs we're developing our own high tech industries. creature put it at the key priorities taking konami growth rates above the global average the goal set before the government of vital and will require more investment six key initiatives highlighted by the president obama development increased life expectancy improved business climate developing human capital as its workforce productivity and reducing poverty have already been making progress for half a year now we're going to take them to the next level. meeting but you might say ok we're discussing this a bit further than i would cross live to
a child she bridge is a security analyst and former u.k. counter-terrorism intelligence officer and he joins us on skype good evening to charles thanks for coming on firstly with regards to the military announcements today how big a deal are these new weapons. well we still have to go from out of the details to be revealed certainly in terms of general principle the fact that russia has embarked on this program to obviously very expensive program but also it's somewhat puzzling because it was starting today or so technologically in a very promising successful program to be in hans that had been its use of the russian defense establishment and that of course includes really crucial bit in terms of our strategic missile capabilities we had a situation where over many years russia i think president putin pointed out almost was pleading with the west america in particular to scrap its plans to
develop and deploy antiballistic missile systems because of course if they were once you go to sleep missile systems in place that can affect the balance of the tyrants because obviously one side can shoot down the other side's. missiles this means that they may never be tempted to launch its atoms out knowing it would be no it's coming that's the whole basis of the principle of mutually assured destruction and what the talent price because america went ahead. we saw systems on and some to some extent notwithstanding the opposition of some of these western ukraine governments even and of course technologically and militarily strategically this response from pressure i think was inevitable indicted indeed that's the essence of what an arms race is one side develops a defense system that wasn't necessary now was destabilizing russia to its credit risk asian gate urge america to reconsider that many occasions but america went
ahead and detroit and of course russia at the time has to be maintained russia has had to develop these systems we await the details technologically speaking certainly of what groceries to solve but from the russian perspective an occupation perspective gluten talent as a whole which is what i mean everybody nobody wants. world war three. it remains to be seen what its capabilities are really restored. as it was known hours. just to underline some of what you just said there think we can listen to a clip of president putin underlining his reasons for making these and just listen . and despite all our protests the u.s. machine started working the conveyor belt started rolling there are missile defense systems in alaska and california as a result of nato eastward expansion they've set up missile systems at two new european locations one has already been deployed in romania and another will be set
up in poland soon even now they're working at full speed. from the charles you can see that russia's concern has been brewing for some time now do you think this announcement would have caught the west off guard surely they would have been aware do you not think of at least some of this. now interesting i mean i haven't actually producing clips of the speech and i haven't seen that it's pretty much. said and therefore because i've yet to say this it answers your question but of course it can't possibly be a surprise to the west about this that russia has taken these developments on board and push this program forward it's crucial role russian security and indeed many people would argue for world security if the nuclear audience is to be maintained an idea of course we are many would argue that we should have a situation where our nuclear weapons but realistically speaking we have them in large numbers on all sides and so the best prospect for peace is to maintain the
balance it's pretty close for the last fifty sixty years and in order to do that both sides nuclear deterrence have to be credible and that's the of course i think it it was only to be expected that this would happen but of course it's no surprise that iran's very much opposed that behind the scenes even in the states or been pushing these developments after all we've got a very powerful arms industry that's continually through play time with your academics through the media for a minute more military spending and in trying to as he did previous presidents those not be certainly see a receptive audience and now of course ironically given that this is a response to the american measure what we almost certainly see now is the media in the west using these announcements to then justify and indeed urge even more military spending to defeat this latest terra cotta school of thought that of course is in essence a classic arms race and it's of course regrettable.