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MSNBC and CNN Are Losing Money

July 29, 2021

I watch CNN, Fox and MSNBC to monitor what cable media considers “newsworthy.” I even subscribe to the digital New York Times for $4 a month and access the digital news reported in the online edition of the Washington Post.

I’m not a “news junkie.”

I do this because my training in political science has sensitized me to the transformation of American government from a representative republic into an Empire.

Citizens of republics are “governed.” In imperial regimes, members of society are “ruled.”

That shift is welcomed in reporting of the news at CNN and MSNBC.

Fortunately viewers of these news services don’t like what is reported. for July 27 reported:

“CNN’s viewership fell to new lows since the start of the year, notching its lowest-rated month in total day demo since September 2014. In primetime, CNN lost over half its audience since the start of the year, down 68 percent in total viewers and 76 percent in the demo. In total day, CNN again plummeted by 69 percent in overall viewers and saw 76 percent declines in the demo. Meanwhile, MSNBC also lost over half its audience in all categories since January 2021 to date, as FNC remains the top-rated cable news network year-to-date in both total day and primetime total viewers.”

Before I checked the ratings, I thought I detected a slight moderation in news coverage at CNN.

Not much had changed, but the order of news reported and tone at CNN was less extreme than in the virulent “Progressive” reporting of MSNBC.

Both cable news venues exhibit inordinate trust in national government to “do good,” favor legal action against the Trump Organization, and believe that former President Donald Trump sparked an insurrection against transfer of power to a Biden Administration. They believe that tightening voting regulations by the States revives race discrimination and they think that the vast and expansive “Administrative State” of non-elected experts makes government “good.”.

But when CNN and MSNBC lose over half their audience–THEY LOSE MONEY–and that is not “good.”

Not only that, but Fox News is also “the top-rated cable news network year-to-date in both total day and primetime total viewers.”

“Woke” McCarthyite Academe

July 28, 2021

A colleague from our undergraduate school years in the 1960’s asked whether I had read Victor Davis Hanson‘s “The American Descent into Madness.”

I replied that I had not but observed that Dr. Hanson, Emeritus Professor of Classics at Fresno State, is one of only two intellectual conservatives remaining at a severely diminished Hoover Institution.

I added that the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago had also experienced significant decline. Supported in its early years by wealthy Chicago businessmen, many of them Jews who fled persecution in Stalin’s Russia or Hitler’s Germany, the presence of Milton Friedman and Frederic Hayek symbolized their commitment to political and economic freedom.

All that has changed.

The day before, I had searched for contact information for a retired professor at Tufts University.My eyes were immediately drawn to a colored display of Tufts’ commitment to diversity

Diversity and Inclusion

“Tufts represents more than an opportunity to educate oneself. It offers a place to be oneself.”

— President Anthony P. Monaco

More on Diversity at Tufts

The University of Pennsylvania “compacts” with its community to “be radically inclusive.”

Penn Compact 2022

The Penn Compact 2022 motivates community members to innovate, be radically inclusive, and positively impact their local, national, and global communities

This reminded me of a Professor of English I recruited to teach at Yorktown University. As chairman of his Department, he was instructed to find a woman academic to teach Shakespeare. He said, “I will find the best Shakespearean scholar, irrespective of Gender.” He soon left teaching at that college.

Anyone familiar with American higher education, like Victor Davis Hanson, will tell you that America’s colleges and universities are in deep Doo-Doo.

Dr. Hanson refers to cases like my former colleague in terms formerly used to describe discrimination against Communists in government employment.

“The public is becoming repulsed at the woke McCarthyite culture on campus and will be more turned off when campuses open in the fall in 2019-style. At the Ivy League or major state university campuses, admissions are no longer based on proportional representation in the context of affirmative action but are defined increasingly by a reparatory character.”

Three Modern Gnostics

July 20, 2021

Walter A. McDougall’s “Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776,” examines the aspiration to control nature on display today in Jeff Bezos’s rocket fight into space.

The desire, even the will, to control nature underlies 20th and 21st century space exploration much as the Renaissance Hermeticists of the 15th century used “magic” to achieve that control.

In sum, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson reveal a very strong arrogance that permeates American culture.

Like Bezos, who today–July 20–launched his “Blue Origin” rocket from a field in Texas and Branson who, on July 11, launched “Virgin Galactic’s” commercial vehicle for space tourism, Elon Musk’s “SpaceX” is planning to launch a mission to Mars by 2022.

Musk’s “SpaceX” is designed to enable humanity to become a space-based civilization. He thinks big and is concerned about the future of mankind.  

In a YouTube interview conducted in 2013, Musk reveals a modern, scientific, man unhindered by theology, philosophy or a sense of human limits.

Unfortunately, Musk was preceded by thinkers similarly motivated to control nature.

The Renaissance Hermeticists developed a view of magic as a means to predict the future and control nature. You can read about them in Frances Yates’ study of Giordano Bruno or in my long out-of-print The Development of Political Theory and in a chapter from that study published at

The history of Renaissance magic is part of a long tradition of attempts to free us from our humanity in the realization that we are gods. 

We are not gods, of course, and we see in Musk, Bezos and Branson a glimpse of those 15th century magicians who aspired to transcend our mortality in Gnostic speculative knowledge that we are gods.

America’s Enemies and Friends, Part One

July 19, 2021

The first of five aspects of America’s national security that worries me is The People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon area were ceded to Britain by the Qing dynasty after the Opium War of 1840, a two-year conflict, that in 1842 forced the Qing government to sign the Treaty of Nanjing. That Treaty permanently ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain.

The Qing Dynasty was established in 1644 by the Manchu prince Hong Taiji who subjected his Han Chinese subjects to discrimination that required Han men to cut their hair in Mongolian fashion or face execution. Han intellectuals who attempted to criticize the rulers through poems and painting were rounded up and beheaded. Han people living in Beijing were relocated to the provinces.

This era was the first in a series of Webcasts conducted under the title “Loss of Country” and examined how Han intellectuals retreated into reclusive ways that by analogy are similar to the ways of American political conservatives facing “Progressive” domination of American politics and culture.

That Webcast may be accessed at YouTube.

On September 23, 1982, Britain’s Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher met with Zhao Ziyang “who said that there were two principles (at stake) — sovereignty, and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.” In a record of that meeting Zhao Ziyang said “If it came to a choice between the two, China would put sovereignty above prosperity and stability.”

Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong (1984)

That was affirmed when Tiananmen Square protests that started on April 15, 1989 were forcibly suppressed on June 4 of that year by Deng Xiaoping, supreme—totalitarian—leader of the PRC.

That signaled that the PRC was driven by Marxist ideology, not by commercial interests, but that was ignored by newly elected President of the United States George H. Bush. Bush 41 did not comprehend that President Richard Nixon’s relations with Communist China were a “card” in a game of international relations between the United States and Russia. Absent a Soviet Union that expired in 1991, relations between the United States and Communist China should not have pursued China as a market for American products but as an enemy State.

Actions taken by the PRC against Hong Kong in 2021 are a harbinger of future actions to be taken against Taiwan and Japan. That worries me greatly.