Saturday, December 18, 2010

Northern Alliance Radio Network

Assuming no natural disasters or ACC basketball contractual commitments arise in the next 2 hours, the Northern Alliance Radio Network is back in full effect this morning, LIVE at 11AM (central). Due to holidays, basketball games, and blizzards, it's been nearly a month since our last show. Anything happen in the interim? John Hinderaker and I will read through some back issues of the local newspaper and find out.

In pennance for our blatant disregard of our audience (anyone still out there? Beuhler?), a very special program is scheduled for this week. Two guests, both experts in the realm of economics.

In the first hour, we'll talk with the distinguished economics professor and now Representative-Elect, King Banaian. The recount is over and their ain't no stopping him now. We'll talk about his experience in sweating out a 10 vote margin and his impressions on joining the legislature and the difficult job ahead in reconcilling the state budget.

Then in the second hour, we're pleased to be joined by Kevin Williamson. He's the deputy managing editor of National Review, the proprietor of their Exchequer blog, and author of the new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism.

Stalin’s gulag, impoverished North Korea, collapsing’s hard to name a dogma that has failed as spectacularly as socialism. And yet leaders around the world continue to subject millions of people to this dysfunctional, violence-prone ideology.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal flaw of socialism—that efficient, complex economies simply can’t be centrally planned. But even in America, that hasn’t stopped politicians and bureaucrats from planning, to various extents, the most vital sectors of our economy: public education, energy, and the most arrogant central–planning effort of them all, Obama’s healthcare plan.

In this provocative book, Williamson unfolds the grim history of socialism, showing how the ideology has spawned crushing poverty, devastating famines, and horrific wars. Lumbering from one crisis to the next, leaving a trail of economic devastation and environmental catastrophe, socialism has wreaked more havoc, caused more deaths, and impoverished more people than any other ideology in history—especially when you include the victims of fascism, which Williamson notes is simply a variant of socialism.

In the current atmosphere, where some are trying to make use of the term "socialism" off limits in political discourse, we'll find out from an expert just what liberals and progressive are so afraid about.

Plus Loon of the Week and This Week in Gatekeeping. ANd your phone calls, at 651-289-4488.

The NARN First Team starts at 11AM (central). Following us at 1 PM, Mitch Berg and Ed Morrissey with NARN 2, the Headlighter edition.

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