Uncommon Knowledge: Stanley Kurtz

March 27, 2011

A while back I reviewed Stanley Kurtz’s latest book, Radical in Chief, a political biography of Barack Obama and a history of the evolution of American Socialism since the 1970s. It’s an important book, crucial to any real understanding both of the President, himself, and, indirectly, of how derelict the media was in their coverage of Obama’s background†.

Kurtz was recently interviewed by Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution for their web program, Uncommon Knowledge. Here’s what they have to say about the subject:

Recent guest  Stanley Kurtz decided to do what the press failed to do – take an honest look at Obama’s politics.   His investigation resulted in Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism. In this episode, Kurtz discusses the many socialist influences in Obama’s life, from his college years to his time as a community organizer, with men such as Bill Ayers, Frank Marshal Davis, and Jeremiah Wright.

In examining Obama’s main mentors, Kurtz begins to see a clear ideology that motivates the President’s disdain for the middle class, take-no-prisoners approach to passing socialized healthcare, reluctance to discuss political theory and desire for, ultimately, a socialist revolution.

The interview is a little over 30 minutes long. Get a cup of tea or coffee, sit back, and relax. I think you’ll find it worthwhile:

†Yeah, I know. They had much more important, world-shaking issues to deal with. Like Sarah Palin’s tanning bed.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Interview with Steve Poizner

April 16, 2010

For the Californians in the audience, here’s a link to an interview with Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who’s running for the Republican nomination for governor. About 30 minutes long, I think it’s well worth the time and that Poizner presents himself in a good light. I’d been concerned about his views in illegal immigration, because what I’d heard had sounded like nativist pandering, but here he explains himself to my satisfaction. I also like his idea to return the legislature to part-time status, since a detached and oligarchical legislature protected and made unaccountable by safe seats is a huge structural problem here. And he has a good record as Insurance Commissioner.

Steve has an uphill fight against Meg Whitman, but I think he’s the best choice.

Also, let me give praise to the interviewer, KQED‘s John Myers. When I lived in Sacramento, the station had a very left-liberal bent, and I don’t think that’s changed much. But Myers does a very fair job interviewing Poizner, not lobbing him softballs but asking him good questions and giving him the time to answer. I look forward to the interview with Meg Whitman, if she agrees to it.