America, 2019: From Madness to Forgiveness?

This is Philip Wyeth. Since the election I’ve been thinking that we’ve officially ended the 2015-18 phase—a time which I would say was characterized by madness—and now we’ve landed someplace else.

What will define it, I do not know. But I’d like to propose that it could be a time of forgiveness. In my heart I’m not sure we can expect such an outcome—and even if I’m as guilty as everyone else in frothing at the mouth from time to time—I’m writing this monologue in the good faith that many of us are not ready to throw in the towel regarding civility.

Because while I certainly am interested in how some of the macro political trends will play out—such as identity politics being used as a wedge within the Democrat party’s intergenerational and interracial struggles—I feel the need to parlay my sense of powerlessness and overwhelm into making small moves within the sphere of my own life.

For all of us, there are only so many belief-affirming anecdotes or exasperating news stories before the brain overheats. Maybe consuming information in the internet age mirrors the parable “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” And in our case, the result is not physical death but mental paralysis, rage, and despair.

So the thrust of my argument here is that, after so many of us have done or said many ridiculous things over the past few years, maybe we’re due for some sort of spiritual jubilee. Pressing a hard stop right now, before things really get out of hand.

Because a deep malaise has been growing in us for a long time, and if it boils over beyond the occasional street rumble or lone-nut shooting into open combat that doesn’t stop—we may lose our entire country.

I’ve seen people on opposite sides of the political spectrum make righteous claims about the slaughters that could unfold. Hell, I’ve speculated about a second civil war on this channel before. Maybe such a clash is inevitable due to history’s cyclical nature, but as we recently marked the hundredth anniversary of the World War One armistice, we really should absorb how war is less about a soldier’s battlefield glory, and more about destroying the existing order and demoralizing everyday people.

The rhetoric I’ve seen on both sides is getting sharper, less nuanced—pushing us closer to the precipice of a major historical event we might all regret. So I ask, can we turn our frustration into forgiveness? Is there even any common ground left to stand on? Because spending another two years before the next election lobbing talking points back and forth at each other is no way to live.

I’d rather turn off the phone altogether and reconnect with my friends and family on however basic a level that’s required. Craft beer, sports, hiking, music—whatever restores a sense of enjoyment to life, so that we’re not at each other’s throats trying to impose our political will.

That’s about all I’ve got on this concept right now. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Are we too far gone? Is it a case of, “I will, but you go first”? Or could we perhaps use this tool of the internet to not destroy us, but actually do what it was touted as being capable of—bridging the divide between miscommunication and misunderstanding?

Thanks for listening. My third novel “Chasing the Best Days” will be free to download on Amazon this Wednesday through Friday over the holiday. Link is in the description box. I hope everybody has a safe and fun Thanksgiving.

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Book Excerpt: Reflections on Baseball’s Deep Meaning

This is Philip Wyeth. I had the opportunity to attend two World Series games this past month, one in Boston and one in Los Angeles. So I thought what I would do here was share some of the footage I took at both games, as well as read an excerpt from my new novel, “Chasing the Best Days.”

In this chapter my main character Greg has invited his older son Peter to attend an Angels baseball game, and then later he thinks to himself about what the game of baseball meant to him. …

Greg remembered how on summer weekends when he had custody of the boys, Peter would take the rubber-banded stack of baseball cards he’d brought over and arrange them on the floor in front of the TV. All the Angels players plus the other superstars from around the league he liked.

The boy would flip a card over and recite an Angel batter’s stats, then try to predict which base he would most likely end up on if he got a hit. Even back then, the kid was thinking on a higher level. No wonder he’s working in tech.

Greg had collected baseball cards in his day too. Mid-to-late seventies. Lots of great ball players with real personality back then. Mike Schmidt. George Brett. Nolan Ryan. And the guys with classic nicknames too. Goose. Yaz. Catfish.

It was a nice little collection. Stored in a couple of shoe boxes he kept under the bed. Nothing fancy like the binders or hard plastic cases that had come into favor in later years. Baseball cards weren’t an investment back then—you engaged with them. Lived and breathed with them. So what if you creased a corner holding onto Dale Murphy’s card while hoping he got a home run?

And that’s why Greg liked how Peter made use of his own cards. Wore them out, got them dirty, left them on the floor in a big square pattern—before being trampled by Nick in one of his wild moments—as if there was something about life that Peter would absorb from the corny smiles and action shots on the glossy front side.

But it wasn’t just the baseball cards themselves, Greg was now coming to see. It was all aspects of the game that made it so captivating. The deliberate pacing. The nuanced rules and your own understanding of them. You could get real insight into another man based on how he saw the game, as if it were a reflection of his own intelligence and worldview.

Baseball was a game that taught boys about the boundaries of life—how going sideways earned you nothing, but soaring forward over the wall was what brought you the glory. There was teamwork, strategy, and those moments when it was you alone versus the pitcher—each of you grappling with your thoughts during the showdown.

And then one day sometime during adolescence, your focus shifted away from this game that was challenging but always made so much sense, and instead you began chasing girls. An endless riddle that defied logic because the rules changed at random. Where wins seemed like flukes you had stumbled into rather than achieved, and which never carried over to the next play.

Even if you kept watching baseball during all these years caught up in the business of life—school, hobbies, family, work—you never watched the game with the same simple intimacy as when you were an innocent boy. But maybe it waited for you to come around again, leaving a door open to reconnect when you were older, calmer, done with distractions, and had… if not satisfied your desires, at least gone beyond them, because you were finally able to set greed and lust aside.

Then your mind could really take in this chess match out on the diamond. Even now in middle age, Greg saw how it could be an important bookend on a man’s life. Returning to a place well worn by your own feet decades ago, when they were much smaller and without the callouses of so many miles. Embracing the calm flow of America’s pastime after a life spent in the trenches.

You had participated. You dove in and battled the sharks. You made the charge over the top! It was of no importance that you didn’t get rich or famous—or even maintain an intact home, apparently. What mattered was that you played and left it all out on the field, including your intestines as it sometimes felt like after the worst defeats.

Maybe baseball and golf, sports so dependent on rules and played as a process rather than on the clock, maybe these were the great soothing elixirs for an aging man’s mind. An effervescent dreamland, a bulwark against chaos, a wide open space in nature where generations of men could gather in safety.

To teach fundamental skills. Tell stories of when I played the game. To marvel at the youngsters bounding around the field—their joys so pure and simple, their tears heartfelt but not weighed down by any of the real grief that would come later.

Greg thanked God that he had been there for Peter and Nick’s practices and games. As cruel as the whole arc of those years had been, at least he wasn’t denied being allowed to teach the boys how to throw a proper curveball. He had been there when each of them got their first hole-in-one too. …

It didn’t matter when your plans turned to nothing. Or that you had lived in denial chasing the dream for far too long. Because what you got instead—that wisdom beyond words—didn’t come with championships, it couldn’t be purchased, and no man could pretend his way into possessing it.

You had to be wounded again and again to receive it. Get back up and charge onward—over here, and now there—and die once more. The only way out was indeed through—as your blood and tears seeped down into the soil of life, your bright eyes filling with despair in the shell-shock of a thousand different defeats.

Which was maybe why old men saw ball fields as holy ground. The place where memories of their own distant wins and losses merged with those of the generations that came after. To know that thousands of boys also tried to steal the very same second base that you had—this was profoundly satisfying. …

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Monologue Announcing My New Novel “Chasing the Best Days”

This is Philip Wyeth. No monologue today because I’m here to announce the publication of my new third novel, “Chasing the Best Days.”

This one is much different from my other two books, which are dystopian, political, high-concept. This one is much more down-to-earth and relatable. It follows a divorced middle-aged man who has just enough money at the end of each month to afford a budget country club here in Los Angeles.

And you follow him on the course, dealing with his sons, frustration at work, trying to scheme a new career change in the middle of his life, dealing with the ex-wife, and his much younger girlfriend.

So a few things I wanted to tap into with this book were: One, my love of golf. Two, talking about the plight of the divorced American man, which i think is an underserved audience. As well as tapping into, in a comical way, some of the changes that are happening in our society so fast right now. And it’s almost like a lot of people are trying to hide away, almost in the style of “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe.

That’s under the surface. The book itself is fast moving, lots of great dialogue, lots of fun characters. And I definitely think there’s room for this series to grow.

So right now the book “Chasing the Best Days” is exclusive to Amazon, so if you’re a Kindle unlimited subscriber you can read the e-book for free. Everybody else can buy the e-book or paperback on Amazon.

And if you like it, please post a review so that’ll encourage me to write more books in the series, grow the character out. I would love for this thing to actually turn into a TV show. I think it’d be a lot of fun to have a show on the golf course, for fans of “Caddyshack,” “Tin Cup,” “Happy Gilmore,” or just watching the PGA Tour.

So I’m very excited about this, it was a year ago I started the project, and I’ve been chipping away—no pun intended—in the last four months I really buckled down to crank this thing out.

So again, visit my website, there are links to the book in the description section here as well. And I’m gonna take a small vacation next week, and then I’m back at the grindstone for more writing. Thanks!

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Cosmopolitan Balkanization in the Savvy Smartphone Age

All right YouTube, let’s do a little “Phil by the Dashboard Light .” Tip of the cap to Alex, I hope you don’t hate me for that one.

But I had an idea this morning called “Cosmo-Balkanization,” which I think is happening or going to happen in this country soon. And the thought is this: So with the likes of Ocasio-Cortez being touted as the new face of the Democratic party… You know, Hispanic immigrant or child of immigrants, supplanting old white male Democrat politicians, that’s going to be the future, they say.

But I think it’s going to be further than that, because of some anecdotes and experiences I’ve got to relate encountering immigrants or children of immigrants here in Los Angeles.

The first one is a Ukrainian woman that I met over the summer. Has an American boyfriend but she’s from the Ukraine, and we were out drinking, talking, getting to know each other, and I guess later in the evening the topic of immigration came up, and my thoughts were we need to slow it down, potentially go back to a 1924, “let’s close the borders down for a while, there’s just too many new people here.”

And I think the latest news story saying that sixty million people don’t speak English at home, that’s not a recipe for a, you know, if not homogeneous, sort of country on the same page with itself. So I told her, yeah, I think we should slow it down.

And herself, only coming here recently, disagreed with that. And one of her points was the fact that because I came from the East Coast, I’m from the DC area, but now I live in California. And because I did that, people should be able to come here too. And I had to explain, well no, because I’m moving within the borders of my own country. I’m not going to Canada. I’m not going to Chile. So what I sensed from her was a sense of entitlement, that she should be here, everyone should be here, everyone should go where they want to go.

And in theory that’s a nice concept, this migration notion that everyone gets to wander around. But there’s simply a capacity for… logistical capacities for being able to stay somewhere. Toilets, furnishings, plumbing capacity, sewage systems, food… trucking in the food. All this stuff, no one thinks about that stuff.

And in fact about a year ago or so I had an Uber driver, I’m not sure where he was from, but he was Jewish and there was some sort of foreign, slight foreign tongue to him. And we were talking about stuff and the concept of migrants, immigration came up, and again, what’s the capacity? When do we shut it off? And his thoughts were, well, if you have the room, the space, or the extra money, the extra food, just let ’em in. And again, should that really be the threshold? “Oh well, I have $5 in my pocket. I have to give this to somebody else now.”

No consideration for the fact of what if I’m saving up for a new truck for work? Or I’m saving up for a gift for my child? No, it’s if you have this dollar now you have to give it to somebody else who’s less fortunate or shows up saying they need it. And that is no way to long-term run a society or a family or a business, because that doesn’t, that’s so short-sighted, doesn’t think about the consequences. And if it’s simply a matter of heartstrings, sad images, “I need,” nothing will ever progress with great leaps forward, of inventions, breakthroughs, art.

You know, if someone’s going to be a great violinist, a classical composer, that doesn’t happen overnight. They need a “safe space,” if you will, for many years. To have the quiet space physically so that their mind and body can work together to to learn the instrument and learn the history and to become a great player.

So stepping back to what I was saying earlier about entitlement for foreigners moving in here, and Cosmo-Balkanization. Well, the “cosmo” comes from cosmopolitanism, and I think what we’re seeing because of smartphones is that people around the world have been empowered in a way that was never possible before.

And I think it’s a very interesting experiment, an anthropological science experiment that we’re all part of. Because some of the work that I do in my business, you know, they hire illegal laborers from Central and South America. And I see these guys at their lunch breaks playing with their phones, and I think it’s pretty fascinating.

What is a person from a very small impoverished town in Mexico, who’s now in Los Angeles with a smartphone. What is he getting up to? What is he looking at what? What is he exploring? What is he putting his mind into? Is it just video games or is he trying to learn history?

And then what at what websites, what news sites target first-generation, straight-out-of-the-field immigrants in 2018? What kind of information are they putting in their heads? Is it a matter of indoctrination? Is it entertainment, like Univision with the big-breasted sitcoms?

So anyway in previous generations I think you would have more humble, grateful immigrants. But now because everyone is sort of a “global citizen,” everyone’s hearing the same music, seeing the same movies, we’ve got these smartphones, yeah you just feel like, “I’m here. I can be here. I’m not going to be thankful to this new country.”

And that’s where we’re seeing politically on the news people who’ve been here for less than five, ten, fifteen, twenty years screaming in the streets about Brett Kavanaugh or “white males.” And I guess I’m trying to posit, this is how it happened. This is how it’s happening, and how it’s only going to get worse.

And people have been enabled to be ungrateful because it pushes at an agenda. Particularly politically it’s for the Democrats’ agenda. People are being enabled to be ungrateful because they’re actually pawns in a larger political game. Demographic change, electoral change. All in all, this is terrible for any country that would want to stay intact, and have a sense of identity.

You know, you watch a movie from the late 80s, even some comedy like “The Naked Gun,” and you’re just like, that world is gone. That America is completely gone. And am I allowed, is anyone allowed to lament the fact that the America of their childhood really is gone? Not just a matter of, “I was a boy and now I’m a man, and I’m sad.” No, that world is completely gone, and because I’m a “straight white male,” I’m supposed to shut up and not lament.

Anyway, the future that I see is basically more Balkanization, more special interests, more in-group preference getting a toehold politically. And then the question is, do the new groups that have power, whether it’s Somalis up in Minnesota, or maybe Ukrainians here in LA, Chinese, Korean, Mexicans everywhere… Are they going to really buy in to the principles of the Founding Fathers?

And also something I heard Luke Ford discuss with Jim Goad in an interview sometime in the last year. Luke Ford is an Australian, grew up Christian, converted to Judaism because of Dennis Prager’s radio show here in Los Angeles.

His thoughts are, Northern European culture is the only culture to put principles over tribe, because to survive those harsh winters up in Scandinavia, say, you had to agree on ideas so everyone could survive. Whereas other cultures were always getting marched on and invaded through. The Middle East, Italy, Africa. So tribal/family bonds were more important than principles and ideas.

So the question is, here in America can all these people from more tribal cultures—Asia, Latin America, Africa—can they give up those tribal/family agendas, or loyalties, and really believe in ideas and principles? And maybe that’s what the whole “living, breathing Constitution” versus “strict interpretation” comes from.

So that’s about as far as I’m gonna go with those thoughts right now. I’m very fascinated by it. I don’t know if it bodes well for the future, but you know, if we see… People are talking civil war, that’s one of the new memes, but maybe there are more nuanced changes coming up beyond just outright violence. And if you know about it, if you can if you can visualize it, maybe you can help react to it, if not influence it.

So thanks for listening. My third novel, the first book in a new series actually, is coming out in mid-October. I’ll be making some videos about that pretty soon. I’m very excited! Check my website subscribe to this channel.

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What Would You Do to Prevent a Civil War?

This is Philip Wyeth. What would you do to prevent a civil war? Would you campaign to shut down the social media accounts of your political opponents? Or would you support their right to free speech so that all ideas are debated, as well as to prevent the censored from taking their message underground in bitterness?

Would you uproot and destroy the yard signs that support candidates you aren’t voting for? What about the bumper stickers on other people’s cars? Would you throw the first punch in a verbal disagreement about politics, or walk away at the risk of being called a coward?

To prevent a civil war, would you increase immigration to drown out the voices of citizens who hold old-fashioned opinions? Or would you constrict the borders so that everyone who is already here has time to blend in together?

How would you influence elections? Would you refuse to vote, or vote twice if that’s what it took to win? Would you move to another state just for the purpose of trying to swing the vote? If so, in the case that your side still lost, would you follow through on the promise to move to another country?
To prevent a civil war, would you try to remove all reminders of the first such war that America fought? Our would you seek to learn about your country’s history, both the good and the bad?

If you’re a first or second generation immigrant living in the United States, would you thank your new country for giving you an opportunity to live in peace and thrive? Or would you side with people who obsess only about the negative aspects?

I ask these questions because I see a horizon filled with resentment, alienation, and antagonism. The momentum seems destined for more division, and ultimately large-scale violence.

Every week someone who disagrees with the Leftist agenda gets banned or shouted down by the mob. A part of me wants to see those who have been provoked too far take revenge on those who support such censorship.

But I know that righteous conflicts tend not to fulfill the fantasy or go according to plan. And there’s always some opportunistic group waiting to turn your nation’s crisis into their own gain. A hundred years ago several of the world’s greatest empires came to an end—just one decade prior and very few people would have believed it possible.

Which is why for over a year now I’ve been frantically writing books and monologues trying to offer prescient insights, rather than spending my time out at the gun range perfecting my shooting skills.

And believe me, I saw guys dialing in their scopes at the long-distance benches over a decade ago. Any Antifa uprising would not end with the triumphant bang of a Soviet hammer, but with a thud that follows the whisper of a bullet traveling a quarter mile from a hidden sniper nest.

All of this is why I want to prevent a civil war. Even though the mile markers all point to the Left thinking and behaving more and more erratically, and reacting to every news item like Pavlov’s dog with rabies.

One part of me does fear, that if the Democrats don’t take back the House in November, that the failed Blue Wave will wash up on the streets as anarchy instead.

But perhaps all these white incumbent Democrats being defeated in primaries by political upstarts, whose main qualification is simply that they are minorities, maybe that surge of color into Congress is meant to lay the groundwork for a bigger push in 2020.

In which case that election may be the pivotal moment of our generation. Defeat Trump and usher in a zero-sum era of identity politics, with increasing tribalism and mistrust across the multi-cultural landscape. I doubt schools are still teaching the distinctly American combination of civics, principles, and idealism. Because we have to throw the old dead while men out with the bathwater—as long as we still have functioning plumbing, that is.

Now, if Trump wins reelection in 2020, I predict that a hysterical battle cry will echo across the Leftist landscape, from the most privileged and self-loathing white ally to the Somali-in-America who’s fresh off the boat and already tapped into that community’s million-dollar daycare scam.

At that point we may not be asking how to prevent a civil war, but wondering what it looks like, when people who already never did any meaningful work to begin with, now decide to “go Galt”.

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America is Just a Place Where People Live

This is Philip Wyeth. There is a malaise in the air across America. We are a distinct personality type finding ourselves without a homeland. The time in which we grew up is over and gone, and now the land on which we were born is being razed and resculpted.

The world’s poorest and the world’s richest squeeze us from both sides. Then the mind-controlling media tell us how wonderful it is to be a taxi driver or hotel owner, using fancy terms like Uber and Airbnb.

Where are the children of Babe Ruth, Motown, Francis Ford Coppola, and classic rock lore supposed to go in an era when assimilation means the children of foreigners who skipped the line are indoctrinated by childless white Leftist professors into ingratitude and being angry at the country where they want to live?

Is America only desirable because we have toilets and electricity and mostly peaceful streets? Those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s wanted to make ourselves great, but have been hamstrung by the complete lack of noblesse oblige by our elites.

Economic malfeasance and betrayal on every level have made saving money a losing proposition, and homeownership as a concept almost a human right, but in actuality has become an arms race leading to impossible prices.

Seventeen years of demoralizing and expensive wars all based on highly dubious allegations. The wholesale dismantling of our manufacturing base, while politicians talk on TV about supporting “working families.” Schools so out of touch that we import workers to do high-paying tech jobs.

Now a divided population is licking its chops as if some sort of internal conflict is inevitable.

Were all these policies and misadventures worth it if at the end of the day we have a device in our pocket that can play any song we want, but we cannot communicate with our next door neighbor, either because of a language or political divide?

The America I grew up in was a place that fostered me to be great. It had a distinct identity and a culture that sizzled with creative energy. Now this country is a playpen for the world’s richest to buy up real estate. We’re told it’s a “human right” for the world’s poorest to homestead in an endless stream, using any number of insidious justifications.

And yet people scratch their heads why those of us who were already here fall into despair, smoking meth, committing suicide. It’s because we have the eyes to see that in the course of just one generation the United States has ceased to be the country where an idea was protected and nurtured, to sprout wings through invention, art, freedom of thought and speech.

Now, as the melting pot begins to smell more like a chamber pot, it appears to me that America is just a place where people live. And if that’s the case, and we are told we don’t have a distinct identity like Japan or India, who will take in our mass of anachronistic spiritual refugees?

Or are we expected to quietly be marched into the ghettos of silence, because our history and opinions offend those whose own home countries have far fewer rights than the ones they twist and grandstand upon to use against us?

The phalanx of grievance and entitlement is converging upon good, everyday Americans. All we wanted to do was enjoy life and have families, but it turns out we owe the entire population of the world everything. Literally everything.

We will be hounded by government, self-loathing Leftists, sad media images to manipulate our emotions, and ultimately the Democrats’ army of imported voters.

But to even observe and make predictions is called “hate,” because our globalist overlords have a long-term plan for the world. A total-surveillance heaven without borders or war, because we’re all the same skin tone, have the same opinion, and obediently apply for a permit to purchase a kitchen knife.

But it’s all just part and parcel of being a good global citizen.

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Video was originally uploaded on September 10, 2018.

I Was Right. Even Murder Can’t Cure Leftist Brainwashing

This is Philip Wyeth here to say that I was right. I was spot-on in my characterization of a social justice warrior, and I’ll tell you why.

I’m sure you’ve seen the news story about Mollie Tibbetts getting killed by an illegal alien. And we just saw one of her relatives said, “Please remember evil comes in every color.” This is proof of how brainwashed liberals, even at the time of their own relative being murdered, play a mental game to get away from the feeling of bloodlust.

And I’ll relate a personal anecdote to you as well. A couple months ago I attended the memorial service for a murdered relative of one of my in-laws, and at that ceremony I met a female relative who lives in LA. So we agreed to get together, and this was about a month later we got together, and at one point I asked her how her mother—a close relation of the murdered man—was handling things, because at the memorial service she broke down.

And this is what she told me. Nothing to do about how her mom was recovering, but simply that an accomplice after the fact, who was paid by the murderers to clean up the crime scene, was caught, pled guilty and got two years in prison. And she said, “Wow, two years in prison is sure a long time for someone who wasn’t involved in the crime.”

What?! What about bloodlust? What about anger? What about rage? Even if you’re fine with the person going to jail as opposed to you beating them up or killing them, if anybody was involved with the murder of one of my friends or relatives… You have to be angry, you have to be furious. You can’t think about, in this case she said privilege, she did the mental abacus thing and talked about some court case where a white guy raped a college student and only got six months.

Cherry-picking to fill her liberal narrative. So, why was I right? I’m gonna read you an excerpt from “Reparations USA,” a book I wrote summer of 2017, and in this chapter I break apart the mindset of the social justice warrior, in the case of my character Kate Donohugh. Here are several short excerpts:

“…an unsparing inner voice that turned making even routine decisions into a statistical analysis ritual, which involved going down a mental checklist to consider how anything she was about to do might affect someone else less fortunate than her.

“Kate tangled her mind in knots trying to think of new ways she could eradicate her privilege. But now she was beginning to suspect that no matter what selfless act she performed, there would always be something else to account for. And how could you sleep peacefully, let alone function, when the goalposts kept moving?

“What virtuous acts would serve to fully exorcise the guilt she now felt for passing decades of her life blind to the thousand micro-advantages she had taken for granted?”

And that’s it. That is where we are. You saw the story last week about those cyclists who, to prove people are good, went and rode their bike all over the world and got killed in a dangerous country. It may be that there’s no reasoning with people like this, if they’re so far gone, having succumbed to the brainwashing of the mainstream media, universities, public schools, Hollywood.

On the one hand you want to sympathize with them, empathize with them, try to reach out a hand to pull them back from the brink. But with this kind of pathological altruism maybe you just need to step back and save yourself, protect your family.

Because these people are so separated from what it means to be a human, and to have the passion and the love to actually stand up for your people when they’re being killed… Or you’re being killed yourself! There’s nothing we can do.

So I would hope that you would support me as an author, because I clearly have my finger on the pulse of something going on in society. The first book, “Reparations USA,” is free on platforms like Barnes & Noble and iTunes, only $0.99 as an e-book on Amazon. And the second book “Reparations Mind” is available on all these platforms. Paperback and e-book on
Amazon for both books.

I’m currently working on the third book right now, it could possibly be a four book series. So help me out and we’ll stick together as the crazy election season approaches. Thanks for listening.

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My Surprising Reaction to Sacha Baron Cohen Going Back to the Old Playbook

This is Philip Wyeth. So Sasha Baron Cohen trolled some Republicans for his new show, “Who is America?” And I did watch the one clip where he pretends to be a former Israeli military specialist, now convincing Republicans to have kids as young as four being trained in firearms.

And I have to say, it was really funny, it was hilarious. I don’t know if the rest of the show is gonna hold up, but here’s just my thoughts on that one. For this older generation of Republicans, say ones over the age of 50, I can see how they would get trolled by a show like this. Anybody under the age of 40, I don’t see how they would get sucked in like that.

It’s like Cohen, because he hasn’t made any TV shows in I guess a decade, now that there’s a Republican back in office, he’s going back to this playbook. Like during the Bush years, trolling politicians and whatnot, you know, getting Trent Lott, Sarah Palin, to fall into lockstep with his ridiculous ideas.

Because for this older generation of Republicans, Israel is basically… they worship Israel, and as long as you couch your plan under something, “Oh, the Israelis did that? That’s that’s very smart of them!” And we’re kind of seeing an awakening on both sides of the aisle, from the younger generation, to at least not swallow everything pro-Israel just because, “It’s Israel!” So that’ll be interesting to see how it plays out, both for conservatives, Democrats, and people who maybe defy political labeling at this point.

And I do want to add that I support the Second Amendment, I own firearms, I don’t support all these measures to disarm people. I know that Baron Cohen is being opportunistic, and the skit was hilarious. You can laugh at these things and have enough self-awareness to know it’s okay that you laugh, and you’re not gonna give in on your principles. That’s what this country used to be all about.

One thing I did find very interesting is the fact that for all the Left’s hemming and hawing over the past year and a half, it took a Jewish British comedian to have more impact in the information war, the comedy war, the political war than anything they’ve done, any American has done.

On a personal note, watching that skit I just felt like a weight was almost lifted. It’s the weirdest thing, kind of like the weight of the corners we’ve all been pushed to since the stress of the 2016 election and everything since, just being able to laugh so hard at that skit… I don’t know, I just I felt kind of free. Like, all right. All bets are off, back to square one, back to zero, whatever you want to call it. And now we can all face the next few months as we get toward this election just with like a refreshed palate.

I think we all subscribed to a lot of talking points to protect ourselves over the past year or so, and now just being able to have a guffaw laugh at something like this… Back to square one, go back to who you were in the months leading up to the 2016 election, and not the crazy person a lot of us have been turned into… almost monsters.

A couple other news stories I want to talk about. So yesterday I was driving pretty early, I had a meeting early across town in LA, and so I put on some of the talk radio shows. It was remarkable how every single station I put on–it didn’t matter if it was right leaning or left leaning—had nothing positive to say about Donald Trump.

It started with Hugh Hewitt, he’s on 870 here in LA, not really a big fan of his but whatever. He was disrespectful toward Trump, expected nothing good out of him, had nothing good to say. Then there was another station, I think it was KABC 790, their little duo in the morning. I think one is pro-Republican, one is pro-Democrat, so there’s their little balance. Again, it was total mockery, it was not even… This man is the president of the country having a diplomatic meeting with a world leader. It was just, “they” were the clowns, “they” were the fools, not Trump.

And then of course I went over to the two Far Left radio stations, first NPR, so those ones obviously had nothing good to say. Had some policy wonk on, some East Coast guy who’s never gotten his hands dirty, like a Dan Aykroyd character from “Trading Places,” just giving this completely out of touch impression of what was gonna happen during the day.

And then I went to the other station, I forget the name [KPFK], they have a host named Sojourner Truth, she wasn’t on at that time. The way they were talking about Trump, it was total Trump Derangement Syndrome, that was the lens they were seeing it through. So I couldn’t even get an accurate idea of what was supposed to happen during this meeting with Putin yesterday.

And again, I was so tied up during meetings all day I didn’t watch the stuff live and just saw the hysterical response afterward. My thought is we are not privy to what’s really going on on the world stage, and whatever tectonic shifts are happening underneath, we’ll see how that plays out in years to come. It’s a joke that we basically are yelling at each other, screaming at each other over events that we have no control over whatsoever.

Elon Musk can’t stay out of the news. I have no idea what’s up with that guy. For years I thought he was a BS artist, I just can’t buy into his spiel. I’ve been calling him “Elmer Gantry” Musk because he seems like a con artist. You know, I don’t know what the deal is with Tesla, if that technology and those cars are actually helping mankind or not. I’m obviously a fan of the original man, the scientist, and I love the band Tesla, the song, “Edison’s Medicine.”

But Musk, he just seems like, he’s just not all there. And he taps into this network of people, who again, maybe they’re super-smart scientifically, book smart, office smart, but they just don’t have this comprehensive life experience that I and several of my close friends do. Yeah, we’re college-educated, we come from middle-class families, but we came to LA and we’ve been busting our asses doing a lot of tough jobs, a lot of blue-collar jobs, and had a lot of disappointment trying to do your own thing. Whether it’s musically or entrepreneurially.

And really, getting knocked down like that teaches you serious boundaries about life, and you pay for it, you earn it, but then you can see the world way more clearly. And I just wish that more blue-collar people could get into positions of influence [even] if it’s just behind a microphone. And I’m not talking about Joe the Plumber, that whole… I don’t know if that was a fake persona or what, but people like me who are maybe a little rough around the edges, but we tell it to you straight. And at this point in time I think people need truth over the varnish.

Which again, going back to Palin, who I don’t really have any personal animosity to, never was a fan of hers, but her in her interview with—it was either MSNBC or CNN—she was talking about being pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen and she was just like, “The fact that he would cross the line and pretend to be a wounded military veteran… We love our veterans! We love Israel!”

And it’s just like, everybody falls back onto their programmed talking points, and it’s like, look, this is not 2007 anymore, 2008, or 2012 with Romney, we just can’t do that anymore. And you have to risk being condemned by people with their, as Bill Burr says, their jowels, their moving jowls, because we have a lot at stake, and to be caught up in too many niceties when the country seems to be on the precipice…

Final point I’d like to make: Living in LA, though it’s not as filthy as San Francisco apparently with all the feces in the streets, I can just look around and see the exhaustion. Things breaking down, ripples of the loss of wealth, purchasing power, confidence, stability that we’ve all experienced since 2008, if not 2001, or the mid-90s after NAFTA. We’ve all been forced to scrape by and suffer way more than we [should have] had to. The government, business, military, banking, they all betrayed us and we’ve paid for it. The cracking pavement, tired people, driving older cars.

I don’t know what it’s gonna take to get us out of this. I don’t have blind faith that Donald Trump will save us, but maybe some pro-America policies will at least serve to stop the bleeding so we can take a pause and figure out, “Okay, how can we restore America’s wealth?” I mean, it’s crazy to think back on what, 1996, 1997, and being nostalgic for the innocence, the wealth, the hope, the possibility that seems to have been drained out of us over the past 20 years.

I’m not really trying to end this video on a downer. I’m certainly very inspired about what I’ve accomplished over the last year as a writer, and trying to encourage other people I know to stay in the fight. Regardless of looking out and seeing—whether it’s Republicans, Democrats whoever betraying you—think about what you can do in your own small way.

And that’s why in my last video I refer to this bricklayer who had done a very beautiful job of a facade of bricks outside all of the balconies and also around the curve of the corner of the building. That man who probably was from Armenia, somewhere in Eastern Europe, a craftsman who comes in, no one knows his name, no one thanks him, but he changed the face of that neighborhood forever for the better with his beautiful work on those bricks.

We’re all crushed under the weight of this “change the world” meme that we were indoctrinated with in school and by the media and entertainment. It’s a heavy burden to carry and previous generations were never… they were never treated this way.

So I think if you can find little ways each day… The whole “tend your garden” idea is correct. Believe in the butterfly effect of the small good things you do, and know that you have years to do it, decades to do it. And then you can enjoy life at the same time while you’re doing it.

Thanks as always for listening. Please support me by reading my books. “Reparations USA” is free to download on Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes and Noble. And both my books are available on Amazon as well in eBook and paperback.

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Using Life’s Highs and Lows to Put Our Minds Back on Track

This is Philip Wyeth. It’s been quite an action-packed month for me since my last video. But before I dive into all that, just look at the craftsmanship in this brickwork here. I passed by this building a couple times while it was being constructed and just couldn’t help but admire the craftsmanship, the quality, the attention to detail. So I stopped by last weekend just to take a closer look. Unfortunately the guy who did the work wasn’t actually there. I guess he was done by the time I passed by. But just incredible. And people talk about wanting to change the world. Well, look at this! This guy has changed the face of this neighborhood forever just by his craftsmanship.

So anyway, over the past month, when my last couple videos came out where… you know, I had a sort of snarky attitude, if you will, or falling into a certain corner of the ideological battles we’re in right now. And just a lot has happened since then, and I wanted to, if not pull back, then just to refocus a little bit.

So there were some highs. Saw my family back on the East Coast, great to see the kids and see them growing up, see my parents… It was a great time. Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup, which was very unexpected for us long-suffering Capitals fans.

But there were also some more somber moments this past month as well. An in-law of mine had had a relative who was murdered a few months ago, and I attended the memorial service here in California. And it was just very intense. The man was a bit of a loner and sort of found meaning in life through his generosity, and the people who killed him took advantage of that. The memorial service was very touching, and at the grave site, because he was a military veteran, they had an honor guard which presented the flag and played “Taps.” It was just… It was incredible. And regardless of how you feel about our military misadventures in these past several decades, to see a man who had served his country being honored and remembered after dying so horribly, it was profound.

I found out also that somebody I knew when I lived in Oregon, Portland, Oregon, was killed about a week ago. Very unfortunate situation. I’m not going to get into the details for a number of reasons. I want to respect his family. Seems like a situation where everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong in about a thirty-second period of time. And now his family is left to pick up the pieces.

And it’s just giving me some pause, you know, because he was mixed-race and obviously my books touch on race, and some of my videos do. And one thing I thought recently was the fact that the Left, the way it’s been going recently, is turning nerdy, goofy, gamer white guys who would be more than happy to watch reruns of Mystery Science Theater 3000, turning them into racially conscious, almost White Nationalists. This is how polarized this country has become, and maybe some of my own content has leaned toward that in some ways.

And thinking back on my time in Oregon, who my friends were, including the man who is now dead… Maybe the best way to say this is that, we’ve all been so polarized, particularly since the 2016 election… Which I understand. Everybody’s sort of voluntarily or involuntarily moved toward their corner. And it’s also been amplified, the certain aspects of your personality, Left or Right, have been amplified. We’ve almost been forced into it, so now it’s like, we’re almost worried about a civil war. And a part of us, we’re all itching for it in a way.

Maybe we all need to step back right now before we start making really bad decisions for ourselves and for our country. You know, to think about whether you’re in the right, whether you’re a Good Samaritan, whether you’re trying to help people out. That doesn’t guarantee you that you escape that situation safely. We’re just entering a dangerous time in this country. I mean, there was that scuffle in Portland last Saturday involving people on the Right and the Left that got very violent. We’ve got this election coming up, we have Republicans or conservatives being harassed in restaurants. I’m not going to get into those individual stories this time. I just see the broader theme right now, and we’ve got to be concerned.

Even Democrats who are doing this whole hashtag walk-away thing are finding themselves being harassed and ostracized. Which maybe is a good wake-up call. The fact that Democrats, liberals, progressives, whatever you want to call them… They’ve had license to just mouth off however they feel in the presence of conservatives, and conservatives have been expected to take it, especially for the last ten years.

As the election approaches this November, where so much appears to be on the line for both Left and Right, maybe we need to not even try to build bridges to each other, but just extricate yourself from the whole narrative. How much of what you read everyday online, or Twitter, wherever you get your news sources, how much of that is just brainwashing? How much of that is talking points feeding into the narrative in your mind? How much of your entire world construct is, if not a lie or a fabrication, it’s created in a certain way so that you live a certain way?

I guess what I’m saying is, many of us probably got swept up into the politics over the past couple years more than we’d ever been in the past five, ten, fifteen years. What were we doing during those years we weren’t paying attention to that stuff except on the periphery, but now they’ve sucked us in and we’re their customer? News websites, Twitter feeds, Facebook fights… Maybe the best thing to do is to recapture what we were interested in ourselves back in 2011, 2007, and not feed into this frenzy which could turn into all-out chaos in November.

Thanks for listening. Please be sure to support me by checking out my books, Reparations USA and Reparations Mind. I’ll talk to you soon.

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White Guilt and Free Drinks at a Portland Happy Hour

This is Philip Wyeth. Looks like the hits keep on coming. Here we have an article from the New York Times, “Reparations Happy Hour Invites White people to Pay for Drinks.” And of course, this takes place in Portland, Oregon, where I had the fortune or misfortune of living for almost three years.

“In Portland, Oregon, organizers of the Reparations happy hour invited black, brown, and indigenous people to a bar and handed them $10 bills as they arrived. A small but symbolic gift, mostly funded by white people who were asked not to attend.”

That’s incredible. The $10 bill has Alexander Hamilton’s face, by the way. Is that intentional? Ironic? I have no idea. Okay, so “Brown Hope, a local activist organization, wanted the event to be a space for people of color in a mostly white city to meet one another, discuss policy issues, and plan potential action.”

Now, I just love these liberal newspapers… “While it was far from the full scale reparations sought by some as penance for the horrors of slavery and continuing racial injustice, Cameron Whitten, the 27-year-old activist who organized the event, said there was one similarity. It made attendees feel as if their pain were valued and understood.”

I love these titles, activist, progressive, advocate. That’s all the Left has is these buzz words. Here’s a quote, “It was only $10, but when I saw them I saw their eyes light up. What I saw there was that people felt like they were finally seen.” And here’s the thing, “I saw their eyes light up,” this patronizing, pretentious… like you’re talking… you’re putting hope into the mind of a four-year-old child or something.

And here’s a tweet by Cameron, this is incredible. “People of color are POWERFUL. Amazing turnout at Brown Hope’s inaugural reparations happy hour event.” Okay, that phrase, “people of color are powerful.” Maybe. Maybe they are. Maybe they aren’t. I don’t know. But the point is that isn’t an argument.

And this goes back to what I said in my last video discussing my two books, “Reparations USA” and “Reparations Mind,” how the Left is essentially just a middle school pep rally. Rah rah rah rah. “You’re great.” “You’re so great.” “No, you’re great!!!” That doesn’t mean anything. You have no ideas, you have no arguments, you’re just patting each other on the back.

Okay, so Mr. Witten said “he hoped the event, in addition to building community”–another completely meaningless phrase–“building community, would call attention to the reparations the concept that black people should be financially compensated for generations of trauma that preceded them.”

See, my books are maybe not as ridiculous as some people would think, because these events right now… Like today it’s a happy hour, 2018… What’s gonna happen in 2020? What’s the next thing? There’s already been a photograph I saw of people basically what wearing chains and holding signs saying I’m sorry, and being led by black people in the streets.

This self-flagellation by white people, where does it end? So maybe my books, which take place in 2028, under the premise that in 2024 a female Chinese American president gets elected, because of a Reparations platform, and then it’s implemented at 2025, how off base am I, really? Maybe some of the finer details, and the fact that I wrote it as a dystopian satire, but here’s the main problem we’re going to encounter, because it’s going to require a surveillance state. Or the surveillance state is already here and will be harnessed to dole out reparations. In my books you have everyday people of all races caught between the crossfire of idealism and technology.

Scrolling down the article, “Ron Daniels president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, a group that supports reparations, said they would be necessary for America to fully heal itself.” Another completely meaningless catch phrase. “Any efforts to bring attention to the idea, including a happy hour bearing that name in Portland, could help people organize around the issue–” Organize, another great throwaway word–“hopefully out of that experience there’s some education that takes place.” Education, what does that mean? A word without context.

This is amazing, this is how the Left is just gonna cannibalize itself. So “there was enough interest in the concept to fund occasional happy hours for the rest of the year, though they will be renamed Reparations Power Hour out of concern that the happy hour label was unwelcoming to people who do not drink.”This is glorious! Beautiful Leftist insanity! Happy hour? No, it’s a Power Hour. Why? Because it’s unwelcoming to people who don’t drink!

“Anticipating some criticism, he noted that it was not meant to diminish the seriousness of reparations. Should anyone question why white people were not invited, he said they’d show up by donating to make sure the event happens.

The final quote from Mr. Witten, “White people, we have love for you and we’re going to see you. We can’t not see you. Once a month we’re going to have these two special hours that we cannot get anywhere else.” That’s just… We can’t not see you. Can you imagine if a white person dared to say that about any other race? He would be mocked, pilloried, everything. But here, New York Times, because they have an agenda, this story, a happy hour, gets put in the New York Times, gets linked by Drudge, millions of people see it.

Also of note, in that tweet there were a couple responses. A guy named Christopher Thomas, who’s black, says, “It’s silly for black folks to show up to have drinks paid for, when we should be focused on group economics. Banking black, business development, investing, and generational wealth. Those drinks are not going to ensure that your children have a future.”

And then Sue Kelsey, aging white lady, “It is a step in the right direction. Need to start somewhere.” That is the problem with people on the Left, who just feel like we have to do something, so even though it’s a completely meaningless, ineffective thing, you can say, “We’re starting, we’re starting, we’re taking steps.”

Christopher Thomas makes a nice reply, “It’s factually a step in the wrong direction. Don’t reply to me with zero understanding of the history of black folks in America. We empower ourselves by aggregating our money, not sitting around, being around laughing and getting free drinks.”

And if you look at the picture more closely from this tweet of the people of event, you have two women kneeling, holding hands almost in an Asian pose. Didn’t a white high school girl take flack last month for wearing a Chinese prom dress and assuming the position? Is that not cultural appropriation by these women of color? Or maybe we need a mobile DNA test to see who’s allowed to do what at what times?

You know, the truth is I, like most white people, we probably don’t even care if you want to have an event, social event do what you want. Take any kind of zany, silly photos you want. The problem is it’s the people on the Left who are buzzing around everything like gnats. You’re forcing us to “get involved,” and you’re not gonna like what we have to say.

As Alex from the channel “These Things I Believe” talked about in a recent livestream, what are we going to do about all the people who were born 100 or 125 years ago, who were cryogenically frozen in the past, how racist are they by modern standards? Should we really allow them to spew their hatred after we find a cure for their illnesses? Alex thinks we’d be better off thawing them out right now and letting them rot in the Arizona sun.

So look at what you on the Left are bringing into reality. White guys who just want to be left alone are now entering the fray, taking your stupid arguments to their logical or illogical end points, because apparently we have to rub your noses in it for you to understand. If so-called progressives are even capable of nuance, metaphor, or god forbid, humor.

So I’m just gonna wrap this up by saying if you want to have social events and push your political agenda forward, that’s fine, do whatever you want. But take the eagle’s view for a minute and think about the demographic shifts in this country going on right now. The Latino population in particular is much larger than it was 10 to 20 years ago, and it’s only getting bigger. They don’t have any white guilt.

What are you gonna do, if you’re calling for reparations, when say, 10, 15, or 20 years from now, Latinos have a lot of political power and they have no white guilt? They are not gonna listen to your cries for Reparations. Yeah, so maybe you have 5-10 years to extract as much money, guilt, and public displays of humiliation by liberal white people before this all ends.

But I do want to say that my two books, they’re not as incendiary as maybe you would think, and I have characters of all races who are very sympathetic. And I actually have created a religion in the book called Modestianity, which essentially addresses some of the bigger existential and spiritual problems we are all facing.

And I’m really trying to offer a constructive way forward out of this malaise we’re in. Because with outsourcing, AI, potential of UBI, people are gonna have nothing to do. And if we have no spiritual values, no religion, and the surveillance state is our future… It’s just going to be everybody playing gotcha, trying to dig some dirt up on each other, and humiliate each other online. Is that really the future we want?

And that’s why I’m really suspect of this Reparations push or sentiment, because it’s only going to lead to more revenge and anger. It’s not going to build bridges and heal, like all these buzzwords talk about.

If you’re interested, read my books. The first one’s free as an e-book on iTunes and Barnes and Noble. You can see that I am trying to push through the current day malaise and really try to find a constructive solution, or at least philosophical ideas to help us get past the sniping and urges for revenge.

Because the elites, they’re all just laughing at us, they love for us to fight and not get along. Thanks for listening.

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