Today's Write With Courage podcast www.thorholt.com guest is Nicholas Pell (Twitter @NicholasPell )
Nick is an American freelance opinion and culture writer with a knack for both enthralling and (the reason I ran across him) annoying his readers.
His work has appeared in the Irish Times, Washington Post, LA Weekly, Reason, VICE, Playboy and others.
On writing he says - So much of how you make it in writing is just getting turned down 50,000 times, and then the 50,001 time is the time that somebody takes it. I mean you've gotta have a thick skin!”
On haters - Years ago I wrote an article saying that I hated Pearl Jam, and I just woke up to like, 300 people saying they wanted to kill me…
On writing and career choice - I wanted to be a published author one day…but that's how the school system cordons you off… they have this pre-set list of things you can choose... I’ve found life is a lot more malleable and fluid than most of us realize… I still use the writing skills I was passionate about to write my scripts…and more important, I love editing!
On video content creation - Content is better when you’re so passionate to create it, it’s not even a choice. It’s brewing inside you…You just have to let it out!
On marketing, and positioning your creative self - Sometimes you're going to offend people…when you say what's on your mind and you don't filter it you're going to polarize people…some people are going love it, and some are gonna hate it…so do not even try to get mainstream appeal.
Today’s www.thorholt.com guest is Dominic Frisby. Dominic is a MoneyWeek financial writer and comedian.
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Today's guest on www.thorholt.com Write With Courage show guest is Martin Pashley. Martin has written for the Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Golf Illustrated and…Playboy.
Along with renowned Photographer James Cheadle, Martin is Co-founder of Union Magazine. What is Union Magazine you ask?
What is Union Magazine you ask? Good question! Union Magazine is an independent print magazine - main focus being subcultures – with in-depth journalism and superb photography from all over the world. The journal is aimed at the inquisitive ones that have a lust for life, knowledge and fringe culture.
They've featured stories on the underground black biker scene in Baltimore, National Socialists in Arizona, white squatter camps of South Africa, and Bikers sticking shopping trolleys up lamp posts…
On National Socialists in Arizona - We just want to hear their stories... after twenty minutes you just end up having beers with them and chewing the fat."
On Anjem Choudary - I just got the feeling he was trolling me!... You could imagine him as a radical Feminist or on the Alt-Right...He's just one of those people who was always going to be a firebrand about something."
On writing - If I can't think of a good opening, I just start in the middle of the story.
Today’s www.thorholt.com Write With Courage guest is Flemming Rose: Author of Tyranny of Silence… Flemming is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, a Journalist, and Author. His latest book in English is Tyranny of Silence. After 14 years of working as a foreign correspondent in Russia and the USA, he returned home to Denmark in 2004 to pursue a more stable life!
Find out more about Flemming and his work http://www.tyrannyofsilence.net
- What is blasphemy to one man may sound as poetry to another man
- Making a newspaper is always the art of the possible!
- The point here is that context often gets lost in translation… the cartoons did not come out of the blue…it was not something I invented…
- We must Focus on the true original meaning of tolerance, not free speech
- It's a consequence of the digital world…creates possibility of misunderstandings and manipulations…and humor is always very context dependent! Even Charlie Hebdo will not be understood in the UK for instance even though UK and France are quite close countries placed in western Europe
- If this had happened 25 years ago we would not have had a cartoon crisis
- The fact that what is being published online… if it's online its immediately being published everywhere…- So for
- So for me, it's a question about how I see myself and who I want to be…what I believe in…then try to explain in a calm and rational way why I think it's fair to defend the publication of those cartoons and freedom of expression in a broader term.
- I was being accused of being intolerant by publishing those cartoons, and it turns out it is exactly the other way round… that tolerance is imposed not the one who draws a cartoon, but on the one who watches a cartoon! Tolerance means the ability to live with things you hate… Tolerance is something painful and difficult and has to be learned…we need to rediscover the true meaning of tolerance and we have to teach it in schools.
- In fact, by explaining tolerance and defending tolerance you make a very powerful defense of free speech
Today's www.thorholt.com Write With Courage guest is Kelly Baader. Kelly runs the Podcast, Godly M. B. A. Podcast (Marketing Beyond Ambition) which aims to provide Inspiring, Actionable, and Successful biblical marketing strategies and Life Applications over at www.kellybaader.com
Kelly is @kellybaader on Twitter.
- What is the (your) focus? Even if there are people out there who read the (your) book, or listen to the (your) podcast, that I (you) make a difference that day...then who's to say I (you) cannot do it?
Today’s www.thorholt.com Write With Courage guest is Peter Thomson... especially for those of you who write, but find making money from your writing to be a challenge… today's guest is The UK’s Most Prolific Information Product Creator… and a super live speaker and storyteller… check out his Achiever's Club http://www.theachieversclub.com
8 Books, 100 audio programmes, 100 video programmes. 18 tips booklets, 156 audio newsletters, 701 Ezines over the last 13+ years… And he’s never once suffered from writer’s block! Find out more http://www.PeterThomson.com
I’ve benefited from and still share things I’ve learned from Peter, years after first meeting him and attending one of his superb seminars...
A couple of my favorite Peter Thomson quotes
-You'll never consistently do who you aren't
-If you don’t ask, people can’t say yes…
And just wait till you hear which writer has had the most impact on him - controversial!
Today's guest on Write With Courage Podcast at www.thorholt.com is Independent Man. He's a skeptic, noise sifter, market watcher and dabbler and aspiring flaneur - that’s ‘a man who saunters around observing society‘ – yes I had to look that up!
Independent Man (@ on Twitter) only been producing scripts and recording political and social commentary for 10 months, yet has over 21,773 subscribers and close to 2 million channel views, despite operating in a niche topic area.
Checking out Independent Man on YouTube you will find he's made some videos on controversial topics, and we will explore why this means he doesn't use his real name (yet!)
Some examples of his Video titles:
‘ My Favourite Marxist’ (Mine too) Brendan O’Neill of SpikedOnline
‘BuzzFeed News is Cancer & Outrage Everywhere’
‘The State of Campus Free Speech’
His thoughts on freedom of speech - It's amazing to me that we live in this era when people are just so blasé about free speech... nearly everything else in western civilization is built on that free speech. On being able to disagree with someone without having to resort to violence.
Today’s Write With Courage www.thorholt.com guest is Gavin Ashenden. Gavin is an author, theologian, newspaper columnist, pilgrim, ex-academic & BBC radio presenter; occasional opera singer, anti-egalitarian, anti-fascist, emigre...and up until very recently, Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen!
Read more at www.ashenden.org
Gavin on Twitter @Gavinashenden
On multiculturalism - If you have a melting pot is an exciting mix but no glue... with no glue you come close to anarchy.
On the response of the West to Middle Eastern Christians being persecuted: We don't like reality because it's uncomfortable, and we live in a culture where we've become very good at comforting ourselves... so there's been a kind of lack of moral courage over the last fifty years.
Today's www.ThorHolt.com Write With Courage guest is Claire Fox @fox_claire
Claire is a regular panellist on the BBC's Moral Maze and wrote the book, I Find That Offensive (2016) Claire is director of the Institute of Ideas, founded in 2000 to provide a forum committed to robust public debate in which ideas can be interrogated, argued for and fought over. The institute of Ideas challenges knee-jerk orthodoxies and ensures new generations look behind headlines and avoid over-simplistic conclusions on difficult topics.
To this end, http://www.instituteofideas.com organise a range of high-profile public events http://www.battleofideas.org.uk
On writing - It was the sucker punch...recognising that writing was able to completely devastate you, but, brilliantly, make you understand the World in a completely different way.
On herself - I'm not a natural writer, and partly that's because of vanity!
On writing versus public speaking - Writing is a far more difficult discipline than speaking because you get pinned down...
On identity politics - I really hate that attempt, particularly in literature, to categorise people through their politics, rather than through great writing.
Profound life advice - The greatest regret is to not say what you believe.
Today's guest on www.thorholt.com Write With Courage is Alan Muir. Alan is the Editor of the Scottish Sun Newspaper @ScottishSun on Twitter
On the profession of Journalism - I always thought newspapers could be tools for good.
On starting as a journalist - Get into the local paper, get involved in the local community, get to know the people who are the decision makers, the law-makers, the people that have got their ears to the ground…
On the future of Journalism – While the technology moves on and we’re all wondering where we’re going to be in the next 10-20 years, the basics I think, remain the same. Journalism relies on you being a people person and having the contacts to get the stories in the first place
Todays www.thorholt.com/writer-podcast guest is Joanna Williams @jowilliams293 Joanna is the Author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (2016) and Consuming Higher Education (2012). She’s a Writer, academic, and last but certainly not least, Joanna is education editor @spikedonline
On Europe and Brexit - I just wanted to be able to vote out people who have control over my life. Being left wing doesn't automatically mean you are in favour of super-national institutions.
On Free speech - Terms such as left and right are pretty much meaningless these days. Terms like Free Speech would not remotely have been seen as associated with the political right (in the 1950s)...it has gradually become the left who are more associated with censorship.
Today's www.thorholt.com/writer-podcast/ guest is James Lindsay. James is an Author. His latest book is, ‘Life in Light of Death’ and previous work includes, ‘Everybody Is Wrong About God’, and ‘God Doesn't; We Do: Only Humans Can Solve Human Challenges’
How he started writing - I got pissed off that for my entire life there's all this...stuff about religion that I've never been allowed to say... I started to write it down and the next thing I know I'd written 200,000 words!
James Is a thinker, not a philosopher and used to be a professional mathematician. Catch him @ on Twitter.
Today's guest on www.thorholt.com is Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini. He’s a
Imam who famously defended so-called ‘hate’ Pastor James McConnell. Muhammad is a Senior Fellow in Islamic Studies at the Westminster Institute, and also runs a rather wonderful YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/muhammadalhussaini based around his passion of playing the Irish Fiddle and traditional sean-nós singing.
Catch him on Twitter @MYAlHussaini
Muhammad Al-Hussaini - I'm very committed to honesty because there's a huge trust deficit built up in the minds of western audiences.
- We must be able, through relationship to debate and discuss and disagree about stuff.
- I've not had problems from Muslims so much as from liberal white campaigners!
- the answer to bad speech is always better speech and more speech. It's important that we debate and discuss difficult texts within Islam and Judeo-Christian traditions. there's a real risk that the only solution we have, academic freedom, is being chipped away at. To debate and discuss and indeed to ridicule ideas.
Today's guest on www.thorholt.com Write With Courage show is Dr. Frank Furedi (@FurediByte) Frank is an Author, commentator, sociologist – he writes for SpikedOnline which is how I discovered him. Frank’s most recent book, What's Happened To The University? was published by Routledge on 17th oct 2016… he’s also done a very interesting TEDx talk, Dare to Know - which affirms the value of experimentation and risk.
Freedom and open debate is often seen as a threat, because when you exercise freedom it does have uncertain consequences.
Frank highly recommends, Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc'd Printing, to the Parlament of England is a 1644 prose polemic by the English poet, scholar, and polemical author John Milton opposing licensing and censorship.
www.thorholt.com talks to Simone Rodan Benzaquen. Simone is AJC's Paris Director. She previously served as adviser to the Ambassador for Human Rights in the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. She holds a law degree from Kings College London, is currently working on her first book and has written for Le Figaro, Atlantico, Le Monde and Huffington Post.
On what is her life guiding force, Simone quoted ex-French President Mitterrand - You can't do anything against the will of one person!
On Jews life in France- anti-Semitism is obviously a problem for minorities, but at the end of the day it is a problem for all... if a democracy is incapable of defending its' minorities anymore, something is profoundly wrong.
www.thorholt.com guest today is Hunter Swogger. New Grad Hunter, is a writer (Heatstreet.com and Allthink.com) and proven viral video genius with upwards of 6.5 million direct views on one video alone and 30 + Million if ripped Facebook videos are included. Hunter’s Melania Trump Rick Roll video currently sits at 1,841,923 views. Hunter runs the swogblog at swogblog.me and also run’s Milo Yiannopoulos YouTube channel.
On speaking up as a college conservative - It is so freaking worth it to speak out. The vast majority of the left's power is in silencing you before you even start talking
On creating the Milo Yiannopoulos versus Julie Bindel debate at University of Michigan.
- I was in my senior year of engineering degree and was only taking 6 credits. I wanted something to go out on a bang with. That's how I found Milo. I was so happy to find Milo. Milo was such a complete firebrand and was causing such vitriol from the left. That's what you want, if you want to get attention to a cause you need to be entertainment first, content second, and substance second. And he (Milo) had the entertainment in the bag. And debates always seemed like the way to go for me... the platform of the debate had potential.
On social media shaming: Even if you're wrong, don't ever ever back down. These are evil people who want your life ripped apart... The perfect example of this is Mitt Romney versus Donald Trump.
On old-style conservatives: Their style of 'facts should win', just doesn't work. The formula of entertainment first, substance second has to be followed. That's a big mistake that conservatives always make. Liberals, the left has always had the entertainment industry and media. They've had all the entertainers foreever!
- Their style of 'facts should win', just doesn't work. The formula of entertainment first, substance second has to be followed. That's a big mistake that conservatives always make. Liberals, the left has always had the entertainment industry and media. They've had all the entertainers forever!
www.thorholt.com talks to CH4 Documentary Maker and Writer Mark Sparrow @Markgsparrow
"Don't use long words and don't write for other writers..just get your message across with the greatest economy you can"
Thor from www.thorholt.com talks to an 'Indigenous Jewish Rights Writer' and Settler living in Israel. Despite his title Brian of LONDON, he seems to be based in Tel Aviv, and is a contributor at http://Israellycool.com
The Israelis are the only indigenous people who've successfully won their country back after centuries of conquest and exile - Brian of London.
www.thorholt.com Today’s guest is Gary Bell @GaryBellQC: One-time homeless drifter, ASDA forklift driver and Pork Farms production line worker-turned-defence Silk (Lawyer) and Writer. His preposterous (and funny – very funny!) life story is told in 'ANIMAL QC' and he writes semi-regularly for the Spectator, and has written for The Week, The Guardian and The Big Issue recently.
"Just get round to it Thor. Everyone says they've got a book in them, but it just stays in them!"
http://www.thorholt.com/fear-can-be-helpful/ Fear can be helpful. At least The Rottweiler guard dogs we passed, helped calm me down, though...
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www.thorholt.com Controversial Southern Conservative, Pro-Constitution, Pro-Gun Vlogger and Novel Author Bre Faucheux.
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Timothy Garton Ash. Our guest today @ is a Historian, political commentator at The Guardian among other places, author of many books including, The Magic Lantern & The File. his New book: is, ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World’
“A major piece of cultural analysis, sane, witty and urgently important. Timothy Garton Ash exemplifies the "robust civility" he recommends as an antidote to the pervasive unhappiness, nervousness, and incoherence around freedom of speech.” So says Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
"What I have to tell you is, in the five years since I started doing this, free speech has been eroded, has been pushed back almost everywhere..."
"There's a whole new front in defending freedom of speech which is about checking the power of the private superpowers - facebook, google and twitter...the home office is now what's called a 'privileged flagger' on facebook!"
"What i saw in East Germany was the power of censorship...how the big lie, can fill the whole public space..."
"we've moved into a World neither Orwell or Havel could have imagined..where because of the internet and the smartphone, and mass migration, everyone is becoming neighbours with everybody else."
"So there's never been such a threat to free speech, because of course, the internet is such a fantastic surveillance tool. beyond a Stasi General's wildest dreams.. and what happens if you think someone is always listening in is you censor yourself and don't say what you really think..."
"What I call, The 'assassin's veto' is a disease of our time... people saying 'if you say that, if you publish that, we will kill you'...every thought is a provocation! And not to accept this means solidarity with those being threatened... because we have to show that violent intimidation won't pay."
Thor from www.thorholt.com interviews Brendan O'Neill of SpikedOnline - ‘…one of Britain's leading left-wing thinkers' says the Daily Mail, and an 'obnoxious intellectual wind-up merchant'! says the Guardian! Here he is speaking at The Oxford Union on Free Speech
"The right to be offensive is the engine of progress! Unless you give people the leeway to experiment with ideas, and the scope to be offensive and dangerous, and to shake the status quo, then we can't have the kind of progress and leaps forward, that have generated the conditions we live in today."
"Lots of leaders in the West, Theresa May, President Obama, various other European leaders, will say that internet freedom is very precious, and these evil foreign 'regimes' shouldn't be clamping down on it so much, but they do the same thing!"
On those who see his being Marxist and Liberal as a contradiction: "...if they really took on the arguments in Marx, they would know, the idea of the radical left, was always an idea for expanding people's liberty and expanding people's choice!"
"The left should be about liberating people from poverty AND official dictates!"
"Self-editing is fine...but self-censoring is bad!"
He recommends 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine
Brendan is the editor of Spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it, and is a columnist for The Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia. He blogs for the Daily Telegraph and has written for a variety of publications in both Europe and America. He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas, published by Hodder & Stoughton and described by the BBC as a “skidmark on the gusset of environmentalism”, his book, ‘A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays by Brendan O'Neill’ is available on amazon.. in Duty to offend, he explores everything from free speech to feminism, porn to Thomas Paine, coal (good) to Chomsky (bad). Fuelled by humanism, the essays put the case for a new enlightenment, and for rediscovering our faith in 'the dignity and excellence of man'.
Brendan is the only journalist to have written for both the Catholic Herald and Abortion Review…oh, and He does NOT tweet!
Our guest today is David Boaz. David is Executive Vice President of The Cato Institute
Peter Thiel says about David Boaz new book, "The Libertarian Mind is so convincing critics will want to condemn it, regulate it, tax it, fleece it, and forbid it. Fortunately, good ideas haven’t been outlawed...yet."
"People have a right to be free...society works better when people are free...The right and the responsibility to make the important decisions...what you smoke, read or spend your money on... should not be governed by coercive government!"