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asher ball listening to some people looking at this is the kind of music. is it kind of choreographing of our expectations? so should we describe our times? what is the zeitgeist, as they say, do we have a sense of direction and purpose? we also hear a lot about the desire to return to normal. what does that mean? are we actually living in the new normal european gas prices in surgery to all time records as the continent faces a double whammy of power shortages and freezing temperatures? showcase woodley current tension in europe is the united states foot. russia had to respond this every step. that's every step the situation was getting worse and worse. president putin criticizes america and nato's eastward expansion. noting that moscow is ready to deal with hostile actions,
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as russia's defense chief warns the private u. s. military contractors in eastern ukraine are preparing provocations involving chemical components in the british prime ministers, approval ratings plummet to a historic low. as the fallout grows over revelations of repeated violations of colored rules last year, at the same time as the health workers are lining up to accuse him of exploitation . as your headlines, i'll be back in just under an hour of time with another look. stay with us or to international with
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ah, hello and welcome to cross doctor. all things are considered non p labelle. how should we describe our times? what is the zeitgeist, as they say, do we have a sense of direction and purpose? we also hear a lot about the desire to return to normal. what does that mean? now? are we actually living in the new normal? ah, to discuss these issues and more, i'm joined by my guess, lionel in new york, he is a legal in media analyst. and in paris we cross a john laughlin. he is a university lecture in history and political philosophy. right gentlemen. crosstalk rules and effect, that means you can jump in in time you want, and i always appreciate it. ok, let's start with john. what is our zeitgeist today? because it seems to me, we're in a transition that are transition doris period right now. certainly,
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we've left something behind, i have no idea where we're going, but i also have a difficult time describing where we are your thoughts? well, to be honest, it feels like we're in the end times pizza because so much seems to be going wrong . both in internal politics across the world. and of course in the international situation and internal politics, i'm referring of course to the sanitary dictatorship, which just gets worse and worse. we've seen a number of red lines cross in britain, in austria, in france, in greece, in germany. where all kinds of fundamental rights and liberties have been brushed aside. i know they were brushed aside originally in 2020, but it's now clear that we are living through a, a sort of ratchet effect, where each new restriction paved the way the restriction paper, the way for a new one. and on the international level, we obviously have this again,
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rather unreal world, just as the cobit world is so unreal and doesn't make sense and doesn't, doesn't that up we have this, you know, within a few months of the defeat of the united states and its allies, after a 20 year, not even war, but a 20 year sort of anti insurgency operation, which failed. we see nato carrying on as if nothing has happened later than the united states. and they've just changed the name of the city they want to defend. it's not cannibal any more, but here and there ratcheting out tensions at a time when it's obvious that they can't win any was anywhere. whether they're in the hindu kush or in the pine plains of central europe. so i have to say, i'm very, very despondent. i feel it all kinds of values because i'm a conservative, so i think values are in decline,
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but i don't think even i and i don't very other conservatives expected the massive unraveling the collapse really of all the sort of basic tenets of civilization which we have observed in the last year and a half and that's what fills me with grateful. boating illegal. basically the same questions you because i kind of to echo what john was saying here. i guess with really disappoints me. not surprises, but this is disappoints me. how so many people were willing to give up their rights very easily and, and, and continue down the slippery slope because no, john mentioned competent. it's like the colds and everyone. oh, you know, they're playing out their own little, um melodrama. and it's that it empowers them, you know, they get to shame people, you know, on your mask, you know, and get another wooster. i mean, it seems to me that you know, replaced when we were in least in the western world, we have, you know,
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millions of little tyrants out there and in just regarding the rights of others, your thoughts line. well, i disagree with both of you. i think things have never been better. i think it's so much easier to be a citizen of the world now because we have fewer rights to worry about and keep track of. so actually it's better because i don't have to worry about all of those pesky bill of rights provisions and freedom of speech and keeping the government off. that's all gone. i say that not even mockingly. you know, i'm, i'm trying to answer the question accurately and not provide somebody that makes a great sound bite. but i'm going to tell you something, i'm sure everybody in every iteration of history always said this is the worst time and i'm sure during the black death in world war 2, people said, it can't get worse than this. i see myself or an us in almost like a parallel universe. i'm. i'm trying to think of some weird kind of way of,
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of showing this. here's the world. here's this, this shadow government. and i can't figure it up. but you said something. peter was very, very good. i believe that coven is a religion the vaccine or boosters, whatever vaccine is the sacrament found. she is the pope. and the cdc is the vatican. and a man trying to be a good i'm, i'm, i'm, i'm serious. this gives people something to believe in something to fear, a sense of belonging who has delayed as boucher, who has the latest a vaccine document in new york right now, people are running, running to 2 vaccine testing sites to see whether they have the micron variant, which i heard is basically last, we are now in an end amick versus a pandemic. like nobody wants to hear the good news because they are so caught up in the almost sexual fetishistic titillation of fear and dread
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it. i'm not exaggerating. that wasn't meant to be a cute, pithy answer. i mean it in them, let me, let me go back to john jeremy embassy. the echo what you said, an answer. your 1st question. you, this is reboot. this, this melodrama that's being played out. this is, this is a really poor thing, rule substitute for rights because if you're part of the cold, then you know the terms and conditions. but if you disagree with it, then you're in a pastime. if we can continue with the metaphor here, that means there's no place for you in their church, and that is a fundamental difference because, and i think you're at the end times is a very appropriate one. i you know, how do you, how you get no return to communion? they don't want you in that church and i think that this is a i don't my son sacrificing my rights to leave in someone else's quasi. they go ahead john. yeah, well i don't agree with lionel at all. i think it's
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a very important point to refute that at all times in history. people have thought that it was that things are going badly. that is, i'm afraid, quite wrong. there have been many times of history, including recent history, when people believe very strongly in progress, they believed that the golden age was in the future. they believed that technology would help people to live longer and have be happier and rest of it. so it's just not true to say that people have always thought that things are getting worse. and as for the sense of belonging, i really don't understand what you're saying like well, because well maybe people who have cobra door who have tested negative or whatever, have a sense of belonging. i don't really know what it is you're referring to, but i can show you that people who don't have a vaccine passport and who are excluded from ordinary life. they certainly don't
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have a sense of belonging. how could they, they are victims of apartheid. there's no sense of belonging told on the country. as peter said in his introduction, there's an army now of people denouncing their fellow citizens, but they saw that minor infraction. so what, what depresses me is not just what you referred to peter just now as my rights and my liberties. yes, that also depresses me. but what i find, the reason why i think we are in sort of n times, is that the value itself of freedom is no longer appreciated. it's not that i demand my rights. it's that the freedom itself has a social value. it has a social value. it is good for all of us. if we are free, we all know those of us who experience soviet russia, how bad it is socially. if people are not free, it is bad for the whole of society. freedom is good for the whole of society and it
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is a positive value. and yet we are now in a situation in which freedom is regarded as not only unnecessary but the bubble as dangerous. and that is why i think we have indeed crossed the watershed and are living in very, very bad times. it line of the, given that they, they the thrust of our conversation here a was the, i'm going to add another let layer of depression of the people that are governing over us. ok. i mean, i've never seen in my, my time this level of incompetence that john, when the guy gave a linear policies. but he and we, you know, i just don't see these people is competent and i think it's on both sides of the atlantic. and i, i look at them the, by the ministration, i look at what is really turned into them. a person is turned into political buffoon boris johnson. i mean, why should we have faith in these people because they invoke something called science. now science has been mitigated. it's been deleted as something that we can
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make a common preference to go ahead while well in, i'll speak just as far as this country goes. i am waiting for somebody to tell me a jumper to get a point that this is a joke that they've been pulling this off just to for me. we have a president and enough can't be said who is absolutely he is sunsetting and and, and he is going to be speaking about something. he knows nothing about. he comes out, he is pushed out and i'm not trying to be a cute about this. he literally actually and truly does not know where he is and what he's saying. and at every level, we have some new iteration of this me even other example. we have lost the ability to show any kind of critical thinking whatsoever. nobody seems to want to understand the bear rudiments of how vaccine transmission or shoot me a, a virus transmission works. you have groups of people who are saying that whatever
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we're doing right now. as an example, we have 2 senators who just had all of the vaccines and i would venture to say they probably had the best available and the boosters, and yet they have quote tested positive. and instead of people saying, wait a minute, there is something wrong with the system. this is like a car where the brainstorm work or something where the, where there is some product liability. instead of people saying that they just sit back as they do whenever they hear something like for example, inclement weather initiate. wow, that's really interesting. and there's this sense of acceptance. nobody cares nobody, nobody repelling this. nobody says way them. and i want my freedom back. this doesn't make any sense. we're not, i'm going to go elsewhere. i don't think the people tell me what's going on, but you know what they're talking about. and this, this insouciance is his intellectual torpor, whatever you want to call it. but it see idea that my biggest problem, yes, i understand the politicians that they're corrupt. i understand it,
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but my fellow citizens there and the people i have, the biggest gripe begins because i'm in his prison. ready to escape. i see the door open, i'm say come on, let's go. and nobody wants to leave. they see him in a very strange way. not only accepting of this, but, but almost not even in the slightest bit. many of them, not all, but not even bothered by this. they're saying, well, this is the way goes and if you want me to go inside, i will, if you want me to wear a chip in my skin, which we're going to go do next. as you're going in sweden, if you want me to walk around with the tech to work, you are code of my for it. i will do whatever, because whatever the will to resist that people normally had. it's been lost as a version of this or as a consequence, been your gentlemen and the 1st part of the program in a bit depressing. now we'll see if we can pick it up in a 2nd now or a gentleman. i'm going to jump in and we're going to go to a short break, and after that short break, we'll continue our discussion on site guide state with our te, ah,
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ah, the coil and gas manufacturing, electricity, telecom rotation, all of them now have a type of infrastructure connected to the internet, so clearly realizing there's disruptive potential so that those countries can't ignore it because it threatens national security. if we take the nato e u countries, virtually all of them subscribed to certain doctrines and maintains selling but task forces. they are a cyber army on behalf of a country that is their job to ah ah,
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ah ah ah ah with ah with ah, welcome back to crossed up. were all things are considered? i'm peter bell. this is the home addition to minute we're discussing site guys. ah, okay, let's go back to john in france. i'm gonna use another extended metaphor for our
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program here. you know, looking for the root origins of something is very, very difficult as academics, it's kind of, it's very important exercise when you know, where are we at the way the way you see change going about are, are these tremors we're feeling right now? have we already had the earthquake, or are we feeling the aftershocks of origins? we could look at like briggs in the advent of trump. ok. because we seen so much reaction to both here because i'm trying to get a feel of where we're going. now you can, you tipped your hand in the very beginning. the problem my saying is n times, which i think is a very good description. but i mean, is, are we going into a more massive change or we are feeling the after effects of a huge change has happened in the last, almost 24 months. i call it i call 202-020-2021 is the long 2020 i a lot of things have happened in that time, but it's the same as i guys,
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as i like the name of this program. go ahead jump. well, i think i unfortunately watched the covert crisis shows is the very debased sense of freedom, which many citizens had up perhaps on noticed. certainly on notice by me or at the time when the 1st to lockdown measures were taken back in the spring of 2020. and everything else has confirmed that, that all the subsequent events have confirmed that what i mean is that people, as lionel said, in the 1st part, people regard it as a liberation to be false, to have a vaccine, which allows them to go up to a nightclub well, if your vision of liberty is to go out to and is the right to go out to a nightclub, then you have or a pub, or whatever. then you have a very debased version of liberty, its infant tile and almost animalistic notion of liberty. it's a very long way from the proper notions of political liberty that we,
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that we used to hold death. so i think that's been a long decline upstream as it were. and then we had these extraordinary measures announced which seem not to be going the way because a number of countries are now getting more and more vicious. i mentioned australia already britain, the netherlands has just gone back into lockdown. and all these things i think, show they bring to the surface trends, which perhaps we haven't a properly taken account of before. and one of those trends, there are many of them. one of them is short termism. you mentioned incompetence. peter, in your, in one of your questions, i think that's a very big problem. i think we all go up and buy by fools by chances, by opportunists, by people who come into power without having any real sense of the responsibilities . and these people have been taking the can down the road for
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a very long time. as we all know, all our states will, our countries are heavily indebted. and yet, the repayment is always, as i say, kicked down the line to all these things have been building up slightly under the surface. with this sudden explosion of totalitarianism. that's i think is, is a water said, because it shows the extent of all decline. it brings it into focus. it brings into focus the fact that what people want now is not freedom. they don't want, they don't want freedom. they don't want to be able to do what they want, at least not in a noble sense. they may want to have very sort of basic freedoms like to go to a restaurant. they don't want to freedom in any noble sense. instead, they are afraid of freedom. and that is the beginning of totalitarianism. it is precisely when people are afraid of freedom and when they actually don't want it. they don't want it to themselves and above all, they don't want it for all the people. because these 2 tele, terry, and states that we need, we, we saw in the 20th century,
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they didn't come from nowhere. of course, they were dictators and police and everything. but there was a substantial level of political support. and when you have citizens denouncing each other as you do now, only this morning i went to buy some milk and the, the farm. and the woman was afraid of being denounced, but not wearing a mask. you know, when you have that level of corrosion of society and the soviet experience, i'm sorry to mention it again and again, but that was largely predicated also wanted nancy ation. that is the social or sociological situation that we have reached and which fills me as i say, with, with a great sense of foreboding because it's not just a matter of the governments. it's a matter of the society that we live in, nor the societies that we live in, which have become deeply, deeply degraded. little it's very interesting if you look at a lot of the whole results over the last couple of years. the public trusted in
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traditional institutions is eroded away immensely. even in particular. i mean, i think particularly the military and then we have been, we've already mentioned here, this culture snitching and the ation here. i mean, how can it's assigned to be healthy and were born if you have suspicion of the institutions in route over you. and on top of that, you have suspicions of your fellow citizens. you know, i can kind of digressed january sinks, commission, which is looking for scapegoats for all the ills of society. you know, it seems to me that the social fabric is very being torn apart here. and just to reiterate, you know, we've been in this program here. it's really finding very, very tragic that so many people in great sense because that, you know, john and i, you know, i lived in eastern communist, eastern europe, jonathan scholar and soviet union. if the eco t are so familiar,
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it's so troubling line. what when physicians sometimes don't know how to explain the death of a loved one, they say oregon failure system failure. we are in the midst of kind of a system failure right now. i am seeing our society take on a mutation of variant, if you will. there used to be something which i thought human beings inherently felt. that is the ability to express themselves. and if you told the tall somebody, you can't say this, whether you're a child or an adult, you automatically rebel and repelled that. something happened with the advent of social media and other aspects as well. first of all, we came in the we were the idea that i can shut you down by claiming that what you're saying is a conspiracy. and before that was a description, but now in his license to stop you, then i can say you are providing this information. what you were doing right now.
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and there was this idea at one point where what ever you said, if i didn't like it, i just dismissed it. now what's happening is that people are becoming more and more acclimated and habituated and used to, to, in condition to having certain things shut up. and shut down, especially if they are deemed to be not good for the whole, not good for us misinformation about back of but viruses, misinformation about history. and though ike and also for the 1st time, much of january 6, we're actually suggesting that sometimes speech and ideas are so incendiary, by their very nature, which every good idea is that we have the license to shut you down a priori without anybody sanity. and in conclusion, we've all said, not anybody here, but too many people have said, well, that's the way it goes. that's the price you pay for orator, for some semblance of order or in com will give up
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a little bit so long as everything is smooth. whatever our master says, well, that always ends in tragedy. there is a long, a tragic rec, historical record of that. in it, john went with it, i'm glad they know this misinformation thing. i mean, i will express my own humble opinion. it's the mass media, legacy media are the biggest sources of misinformation. and we, in part of the, the great liberal project, which i mean with, with us a large l. a is tolerance. i mean, we, it, we have freedom of speech of, i can use the american example it's, it's an popular speech that needs protections, not popular people as speech. and i think we've lost sight of that. people have lost sight of that. we have a person that protect people that have opinions that are not popular and it's actually a fundamental, it's part of the pillar of, of western civilization. and so many people trivialize it. yeah, i mean,
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and you know, that's why i say that we are worse off than before because these issues were, for example, well explained and argued in what to me as an irrefutable way by john stewart male, in his famous essay on liberty in the middle of the 19th century, when he said that even a true opinion needs to be confronted with false hoods in order for that true opinion to be reinvigorated and to be known by the public as a living truth. not just to be, you know, sort of shot away in a cupboard. so john stuart mill argued that full, sued as it were. dialectical strengthens truth if, if of course the truth is allowed to respond as it should be. so we have now lost that understanding or not, not we perhaps here on the show, but many people have lost that understanding. and what i think is even worse is that the narrative about this information means quite simply. this is an obvious
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point, but it means that your political rival, your political adverse, it is a liar, your political adversary is somebody who is lying. and of course, that greatly increases the intensity of the political rivalry. and if he is lying your adversary, then indeed you have the right indeed duty to shut him down. and again, that's why i think that this social and political climate is so poisonous because you mentioned the 6th of january and the others. what have we, however, we refer to those events. what those events encapsulate, of course, were a distrust of institutions on the part of the people demonstrating. but the counter reaction demonstrates nothing less than a hatred of those people a hatred of the people who feel distrust in the institutions. and that is the great cleavage of our day between on the one hand,
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these elites whom we rightly denounced as being remote. and those leads whose feelings towards people like us, people like you, peter and me, is one of hatred. and that's why the whipping up of hatred and suspicion in society against, for example, the non vaccinated as, as to been done recently in france and in other countries where they are blamed as it were, for the, for the virus. these are anthropological, extremely dangerous passions to unleash and once again. that's why i feel so pessimistic about the times that we live in because when these passions of scapegoating are released and it really is genuinely, i'm not trying to be alone, as it is generally very difficult to know where they will end. it's right in munster, on least, and legitimize by authority, it's almost impossible to make the turn. i want everybody to know my audience, you're the i took the vaccine because i thought it was the right choice for me. and
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i, i firmly believe in freedom. the people should make their own choices as well. coercion always ends bad or gentlemen. that's all the time we have want to thank my guest from new york and embarrassed. want to thank you for watching us here at our p. c. and next time, remember ah, ah, it's too late. you cannot do anything about it. it's now a self fulfilling extinction event for the u. s. economy, sorry, america, but it's over because the ability to do what paul walker did raise rates is no longer on the table because the duration rest, the fundamental underpinning of the us kind of the by market is so far out in the elk or that any little bit move up, we'll crash it anyway. so it's either crash or one way or crash in another way,
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but you're not going to avoid the crash. a wrong one on just a sheep out the theme because of the african and engagement equals the trail. when so many find themselves worlds apart, we choose to look for common ground. ah, yes, certainly an insidious legal. last thought it was not on lady william splitting it into his glass. i chose some substance that the medium of machine you
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seen on the substitute bruster. i'm going to change you.

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