And now for something completely different! We have top level investigative reporter Lee Fang, talking about how getting stranded at Burning Man. Okay, that’s not the entirety of the discussion, but it’s a jumping off point into many cultural and political subjects. I’ll warn that this one isn’t as sports centric, it’s still a great conversation in my humble opinion.
Outline by the astute Sam Schuette…
Lee’s Burning Man article
Enjoying himself amongst the mass media hysteria
How it represents an escape from the politics and partisanship of the world
The human condition of cruelty
Has it always existed? Is social media just revealing it?
The fun of dehumanizing thousands of people online
The appeal of simplistic enemies
Why people wanted a controversial Burning Man story to be representative of the event’s shortcomings
Lefty meetings vs. Burning Man: are they really similar?
The fancy, elitist talk on the left versus the simple, welcoming Burning Man
Why does much of the left dislike an event that creates momentary lefty utopia?
The uncertainty of the Bay Area
Is it too big to fail?
The role of radical groups in the city’s downturn and the billionaires that fund them
The internet’s role in making people unlikely to admit they’re wrong
People not learning from their mistakes because of reputation risk
The fear of admitting that the bad guy is right
What would happen if the left and right swapped places?
Would a liberal in a rural community or a conservative in a big city offer solutions?
The horseshoe effect of complaining without a solution that plagues both sides
Why do people accuse the other side of being horrible people?
Choosing performative morality over fixing the issue
The loss of touch in society
How can a person feel connected when their politicians never deliver?
How name-calling and internet beef fill the social hole people feel nowadays
Lee’s experience with lefty journalism
How his work with the establishment revealed the corruption within it
The disconnect between liberal groups and the people they supposedly serve
Lee’s political orientation
What’s Lee’s political compass?
The importance of analyzing power and holding people accountable
What are the people inside the leftist circle like?
Lee gives the download on his social circle
The us versus them mentality that remains even after the issues they’ve won
What’s going on with Tucker Carlson?
Has he positioned his journalism out of resentment?
His fallout with Fox
Elon Musk’s conflict with the ADL
What the ADL gets wrong about their methodology?
Why Elon’s pushback deserves an asterisk