The Blood Funnel of the Beltway. A study of the inhumanity of American Elites, who have prospered mightily at the expense of the American Rust Belt. Adding flourish, we observe how these Elites manage to vilify -- in good conscience -- the "irredeemables" that have been left behind. Working from the premises of J.D. Vance's new book Hillbilly Elegy, which documents the demise of America's White Working Class, we consider the plight and pathologies of the heartland, as partially engineered by our Beltway Globalists. Have displaced communities traded self-respect for unlimited supplies of Oxycontin? If so, how has all this happened? We correlate the wealthiest four counties in America -- all located right around Washington, D.C. -- as the chief cannulators of the economy. Political philosophers Adam Smith and David Ricardo once warned that "free trade" could lead to national ruin if and when elites were to lose allegiance to their own homelands. Are we now seeing this potential play out within Western Civilization? The bitter fruits of the Globalist Mindset, even as it struggles to retain power in the era of Trump? Meanwhile, from a pilgrimage to Dharmsala, Nancy Pelosi reports the Dalai Lama has "prayed for me that I would rid myself of my negative attitude." Might such an intervention help lessen the "destructive emotions" now running so rampant on the Left? With Listener Calls & Music via Cheap Trick, Billie Jo Spears, the Dream Academy and George Harrison.
May 11, 2017