Very good Dietrich monologue at Reason Radio this week

February 19, 2010 This Week in Disorganized America

Dietrich goes into a monologue in the last 20 minutes. Not everyone can pull off a monologue, but Dietrich has really honed his skills.

Two Dietrich talking points:

You have a right to defend yourself based on being white, because you are being attacked based on your being white. You are being attacked based on what you are.

We need to get rid of this system and replace it with something less stupid.

The Skype chat on Friday nights during the show is very good, too.


  1. Dietrich is very good, a real talent. I enjoy his Friday night show and hope that he continues with it, but he should also consider doing something along the lines of Pierce’s broadcasts. That sort of format would lend itself better to distribution and archiving. A fifteen or twenty minute podcast, something easy to spread around. Like you say, not many people can pull off a monologue. Dietrich can (Frankly, I suspect that you can as well). Maybe he’ll consider it at some point.

  2. I second that. Consider it, Kievsky. It’s been frustrating to hear radio interviews with you where you are constantly interrupted and not allowed to stay on message. You need your own show, or at least a regular podcast.

  3. Thanks folks. I wish I had the time. For now I have to piggy-back on others and do interviews with people who have existing radio shows.

    I have a pretty static set of ideas, and I get them downrange via OD posts. What I would really like to see is the ideas I proffer, to be implemented.

    My latest idea is that we need to start creating what John Robb calls “Resilient Communities,” that include multiple sources of entrepreneurial income, and the entrepreneurial activities should be highly social and socially useful and beneficial to the community, such as small scale farming, fixing computers, perhaps employ some of our working class folk in home repair for poor people.

    The contractor who helped me put up my greenhouse only charges 25 an hour, but he does quite well. His customer base, as he told me, is “poor people,” and he fixes their basic house problems at minimal cost and yet is able to make a decent living at it. So he is a model participant of a “resilient community.”

    Here’s an example of what lefty types are doing, that we should be doing too:

    Community Security Clubs to the rescue

    So if Wall Street can’t save us, what can? Our communities could play a significant role, as Andrée Collier Zaleska explains for Yes! Magazine. Zaleska profiles Common Security Clubs in Portland, Boston and Fort Lauderdale to show how people hit hard by the economic downturn are banding together to make ends meet, and organizing for political action.

    “[Jared] Gardner, a busy organizer in Portland, launched four CSCs in his church, two of which were comprised almost entirely of unemployed people. By the time his own group had met five times, they were planning tours of local co-housing projects, organizing to fight locally for progressive taxation, and wondering how to bring the rest of their church into the time bank they had created.”

    Markets are supposed to serve human needs, not the other way around. But Wall Street isn’t going to give up its stranglehold on the U.S. political process for nothing. While community-driven efforts are a good start, we need much larger actions and reform to restore balance to the global economy.

  4. Kievsky on two Dietrich talking points:

    “You have a right to defend yourself based on being white, because you are being attacked based on your being white. You are being attacked based on what you are.”

    This is a good way to talk about “who is white” or to persuade white Americans that they have a community of interests, namely, to point out that white Americans are those who are attacked, smeared, silenced, and defamed by the media and entertainment industries.

    It takes some intelligent discussion to enable white Americans to see the abundance of hate speech directed against them and their children, but it is definitely the thin edge of the wedge in getting them to understand their identity and shared interests.

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