'Talking Brook: Yaron Brook Show: Middle East & War'
What is the name of the book that could spark the "education revolution"?
Dr. Brook enters into the matrix once again. speaking about the Middle East and a little economics. He explains that Kurds remain in Syria. Kurdistan is the freest region and “more hospitable to markets and property rights than Turkey.” Dr. Brook says that Turkey funded and aided ISIS. Betrayal against the Kurds continues to be a hot button issue for Dr. Brook. Trump, to Dr. Brook, represents a zero sum game with no strategy or “America First.” World War I, Vietnam and slavery crop up in the talk as President Trump says that going into the Middle East was the worst decision made in this country. Dr. Brook points out to his audience that there will be people who say that Trump is playing “4-D chess.”
Radical Islam and jihadism have been the culprits of a “chain of attacks” on America that lead up to the events of September 11, 2001. Dr. Brook says that “we have an enemy over there.” We can criticize the fact that we fought the wrong country, outlined the wrong strategy, and left “suitcases of cash” to appease the enemy. But Dr. Brook holds that we should be in the Middle East to crush our enemies. At this point, Dr. Brook provides a cogent examination of what America’s purpose is in that particular region. He says that the president's “evasion, ignorance, and sheer stupidity” is “mind-boggling.” Trump, to Dr. Brook, is “another Obama.” No Americans have moved from Syria, they just shifted “special forces from Syrian borders further south to allow Turks to come in and not risk hurting any Americans.” Israeli walls signify resignation. Israel and America ought to grow a backbone to strike down those committed to destroy the lives of Americans. With these remarks, Dr. Brook shows just how impotent and feckless these nations continue to be. Dr. Brook calls upon a president that will have a strategy for dealing with the Middle East. What is necessary is to “re-energize,” and not Westernize or bring democracy to the Middle East. What is necessary is to obliterate any country or group who poses a threat.
In a Super Chat, Dr. Brook says that John Bolton was mistaken with Edward Snowden. Dr. Brook then brings up the fact that there are troops in 120 different countries. He asks, “Why?” He says to start with places like Africa and East Asia among other places. He returns to Bolton. Because war is necessary sometimes, Dr. Brook illustrates how milquetoast past Administrations from 1979-on have been. His power in critiquing the political landscape in a measured, calm, and rational way displays Dr. Brook’s ability to inject objectivity in a topic rife with people getting their feelings hurt.
A Super Chatter poses a question about how World War I and World War II were not tied to any specific events, but by ideas. “It is ideas that drive history,” Dr. Brook says. What did all of those young men from America in World War I die for back then? Dr. Brook holds that Europeans fought to control that continent. America should’ve never entered the fight. Dr. Brook continues by saying that collectivism is the thrust behind war. Dr. Brook thinks that World War II was the result of ideas. If Germany had been crushed in World War I, then they would have lacked the impetus to enter into another world war.
With a new question, Dr.Brook shows how Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger were disasters. They “believed that they could negotiate with the enemy.” The result of signing peace deals and negotiating with evil can only lead to moral and physical destruction. How Dr. Brook threads the answer to this question allows his audience to understand the horrors of doing business with adversaries.
Dr. Brook thinks that “nobody cares” about truth. He eviscerates the left for their bias in the media. With a few checks of the quotes in places like the New York Times. He also tackles the right. Dr. Brook says that Trump is “the ultimate product of John Dewey and William James.” He doesn’t know what truth is. If it works, then let it be” is the mantra of progressives like these men. He switches to another question, which concerns how government must be removed from education. Also, finance must be freed up completely. With this topic, which Dr. Brook possesses the most knowledge in, it animates him. Dr. Brook speaks of how he wrote In Pursuit of Wealth with Don Watkins to lay a foundation of how finance should be regarded, respected, and championed.
Dr. Brook says that “conservatives have always been bad,” and that they’re “getting worse.” A mixed bag remains in Dr. Brook’s mind regarding Milton Friedman. He points out that he was a great communicator but failed to ground his assertions in an objective philosophy. Dr. Brook said that Friedman “retarded” the movement towards “true liberty.” But his main problem is that he failed to credit a moral philosopher, and chiefly speaking, Ayn Rand. Dr. Brook concedes that Friedman could explain finance with clarity and simplicity, which is something that he tries to do daily.
In another question, Dr. Brook shows that Elizabeth Warren is “calculating” and “less emotional,” but “more dangerous.” Dr. clarifies that he wouldn’t vote for Bernie Sanders, but he would prefer that Sanders would “not get anything done.” He would stay out of elections of these figures. As he speeds through the Super Chats, Dr. Brook, he picks up on a query, and displays how, although he’s not a literary analyst, he can judge for himself the beauty of the writings of Miss Rand. Dr. Brook says that he doesn’t have the necessary knowledge to critique whether Miss Rand is the greatest writer second only to Victor Hugo, but he enjoys them both.
Ben Shapiro receives the Dr. Brook treatment. He says that he hates Shapiro’s position on abortion, and “his caving to his audience.” Dr. Brook wishes that he didn’t puff up Trump to appease his crowd. In another question, Dr. Brook describes how corporations or rich guys are the villains in books, film, and television. Dr. Brook explains how it is a “deep hatred of profit, corporations, and capitalism.”
In a swing back to politics, Dr. Brook brings to light that Yang should win, but that Trump is positioned to see another term. Dr. Brook reminds his audience that The Beautiful Tree by James Tooley, which he holds will be the book to help spark the education revolution. May that be the case.