Kresta in the Afternoon – July 26, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Trump, Russia and the New Totalitarian Temptation (two segments)

  • Description: Following his visit to the UK and Helsinki, President Trump has extended an invitation to Vladimir Putin to visit the United States. How is Russia viewed by the US and rest of the world? We talk with Todd Huizinga about Russia and Europe's new Totalitarian Temptation.
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    • Todd Huizinga
      Todd Huizinga is the author of The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe. He's cofounder of the Transatlantic Christian Council.
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    • The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe

      What caused the eurozone debacle and the chaos in Greece? Why has Europe’s migrant crisis spun out of control, over the heads of national governments? Why is Great Britain calling a vote on whether to leave the European Union? Why are established political parties declining across the continent while protest parties rise? All this is part of the whirlwind that EU elites are reaping from their efforts to create a unified Europe without meaningful accountability to average voters. The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe is a must-read if you want to understand how the European Union got to this point and what the European project fundamentally is. This is the first book to identify the essence of the EU in a utopian vision of a supranationally governed world, an aspiration to achieve universal peace through a global legal order. The ambitions of the global governancers are unlimited. They seek to transform not just the world’s political order, but the social order as well—discarding basic truths about human nature and the social importance of tradition in favor of a human rights policy defined by radical autonomy and unfettered individual choice. And the global governance ideology at the heart of the EU is inherently antidemocratic. EU true believers are not swayed by the common sense of voters, nor by reality itself. Because the global governancers aim to transfer core powers of all nations to supranational organizations, the EU is on a collision course with the United States. But the utopian ideas of global governance are taking root here too, even as the European project flames into rancor and turmoil. America and Europe are still cultural cousins; we stand or fall together. The EU can yet be reformed, and a commitment to democratic sovereignty can be renewed on both sides of the Atlantic. (learn more)

+  Hormones and Humane: The physiological effects of Contraception

  • Description: You've probably heard that the Pill is linked to higher risks of breast cancer and other complications. But did you know it's also linked to increased suicide attempts and can even affect the kinds of men women find attractive? We look at the research with Dr. Angela Lanfranchi.
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    • Dr. Angela Lanfranchi
      Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is a retired surgeon and the co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
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    • Why Humane Vitae is Still Right

      After half a century, how has the teaching of Pope Paul VI on marriage and birth control, presented in his encyclical Humanae Vitae (On Human Life), held up? Very well, says philosopher Janet Smith and her colleagues in Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right.  A sequel to Smith's classic Why Humanae Vitae Was Right, this new volume shows how the ethical, theological, spiritual, and sociological case for Paul VI's controversial document remains strong—indeed, how it's in some ways even stronger today, following Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and in light of the problems caused by the sexual revolution. In addition to essays by Dr. Smith herself, the book features contributions by other renowned experts and scholars such as Mary Eberstadt (author of the best-selling Adam and Eve after the Pill), Therese Scarpelli CoreyMichael WaldsteinChristopher WestObianuju Ekeocha (author of the best-selling Target Africa), Maria FedorykaDeborah SavageDerek DoroskiAngela LaFranchiWilliam NewtonJoseph AtkinsonMichele M. Schumacher, and Peter Colosi, among others. Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right includes the Krakow Document composed under the supervision of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (later, Pope John Paul II), which provided research by moral theologians and other experts that helped to shape what became John Paul II's Theology of the Body. (learn more)

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