October 24, 2020
Saying this is the most important presidential election of our lives is probably the oldest cliché in the history of American politics. But there’s no denying that, for obvious reasons, this was the case in 1800, 1860, 1960, and 2008; and is also the case in 2020.
Ironically, nothing demonstrated this quite like trying to get a Nigerian friend to talk about his country’s #EndSARS protests, only to have him deflect to talk about this US presidential election.
This is why no citizen worth their salt should let it go by without participating. But, if you’re still trying to decide whom to vote for, you are probably just too stupid to vote.
This is also why today's talk focuses more on the importance of voting early and in person than on the reasons why it’s better to vote for Joe Biden than Donald Trump.
Length: 17 min 17 sec
October 18, 2020
Reports abound about the way President Putin is manipulating President Trump as a useful idiot to sow chaos, confusion, and civil strife in the United States. But all the norm busting, law breaking, and race baiting Russia is masterminding pale in comparison with the seeds our own social media companies are sowing for our destruction.
Given how the 2016 presidential election threw this foreboding dynamic into stark relief, the eve of this 2020 election seems a critical time to sound yet another alarm.
Length: 22 min 59 sec
October 10, 2020
Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson headline a litany of entertainers who killed themselves trying to live up to the famous personas they themselves created, respectively. This is why I am so heartened that Lady Gaga appears to have come to her senses before it's too late. This talk pays homage to her epiphany.
Length: 7 min 32 sec
October 3, 2020
What a week! And that's saying a lot given the norm-busting chaos that has unfolded every week of the Trump presidency.
But this one began with everyone panning President Trump for his bullying fact-free performance during his debate with Joe Biden. It ended with Biden leading the nation in wishing a speedy recovery to Trump, his wife Melania, and a metastasizing number of his COVID-defying sycophants who have all now tested positive.
Length: 12 min 01 sec