The John Batchelor Show

Friday 30 July 2021

Air Date: 
July 30, 2021



9-915 Francis Rose, Four-Star Forum.  @FRoseDC, WJLA Government Matters
What is "biosecurity peacetime”?  Francis Rose, Four-Star Forum.  @FRoseDC, WJLA Government Matters

915-930 @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion
The Biden Administration and good news on the global recovery.  @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion

930-1000 @PeterBerkowitz @HooverInst 
1969 campus radicals become 2021 campus professors emeriti.  @PeterBerkowitz @HooverInst


10-1015    Jeff Bliss #PacificWatch
Portland in tatters. Jeff Bliss #PacificWatch

1015-1030   Josh Rogin, Washington Post and CNN, @JoshRogin @WashingtonPost
 Syria starved. What is to be done?

1030-1030 Gene Marks @Guardian 
@GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer   #SmallBusinessAmerica
1/2    No workers, no supply, and escalating costs in the surging recovery.  @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer  #SmallBusinessAmerica
2/2    No workers, no supply, and escalating costs in the surging recovery.  @GeneMarks @Guardian @PhillyInquirer  #SmallBusinessAmerica


1100-1200 Nicholas Wapshott
Samuelson Friedman: The Battle Over the Free Market, by Nicholas Wapshott
From the author of Keynes Hayek, the next great duel in the history of economics.
In 1966 two columnists joined Newsweek magazine. Their assignment: debate the world of business and economics. Paul Samuelson was a towering figure in Keynesian economics, which supported the management of the economy along lines prescribed by John Maynard Keynes’s General Theory. Milton Friedman, little known at that time outside of conservative academic circles, championed “monetarism” and insisted the Federal Reserve maintain tight control over the amount of money circulating in the economy.
In Samuelson Friedman, author and journalist Nicholas Wapshott brings narrative verve and puckish charm to the story of these two giants of modern economics, their braided lives and colossal intellectual battles.
Samuelson, a forbidding technical genius, grew up a child of relative privilege and went on to revolutionize macroeconomics. He wrote the best-selling economics textbook of all time, famously remarking "I don’t care who writes a nation’s laws—or crafts its advanced treatises—if I can write its economics textbooks." His friend and adversary for decades, Milton Friedman, studied the Great Depression and with Anna Schwartz wrote the seminal books The Great Contraction and A Monetary History of the United States. Like Friedrich Hayek before him, Friedman found fortune writing a treatise, Capitalism and Freedom, that yoked free markets and libertarian politics in a potent argument that remains a lodestar for economic conservatives today.
In Wapshott’s nimble hands, Samuelson and Friedman’s decades-long argument over how—or whether—to manage the economy becomes a window onto one of the longest periods of economic turmoil in the United States. As the soaring economy of the 1950s gave way to decades stalked by declining prosperity and "stagflation," it was a time when the theory and practice of economics became the preoccupation of politicians and the focus of national debate. It is an argument that continues today.


12-1215 Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, @HooverInst
The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.  Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, @HooverInst
A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historian.

World War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma to armor strikes in Libya.

The Second World Wars examines how combat unfolded in the air, at sea, and on land to show how distinct conflicts among disparate combatants coalesced into one interconnected global war. Drawing on 3,000 years of military history, bestselling author Victor Davis Hanson argues that despite its novel industrial barbarity, neither the war's origins nor its geography were unusual. Nor was its ultimate outcome surprising. The Axis powers were well prepared to win limited border conflicts, but once they blundered into global war, they had no hope of victory.

An authoritative new history of astonishing breadth, The Second World Wars offers a stunning reinterpretation of history's deadliest conflict.

1215-1230 Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, @HooverInst
In praise of the barn owl.  Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, @HooverInst
The barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl in the world and one of the most widespread of all species of birds, being found almost everywhere in the world except

1230-1245 Bob Zimmerman,
Nauka in trouble. Bob Zimmerman,“Nauka unexpectedly fires thrusters after docking, tilts space . . .“  Nauka, Наука, is the Multipurpose Laboratory Module, a component of the International Space Station.  Наука means “science”

1245-100 AM   Bob Zimmerman,
Mars clay, not water.  Bob Zimmerman,