Kresta in the Afternoon – March 5, 2018 – Hour 2

+  China Removes Term Limits - Now What?

  • Description: On February 25 China's Communist Party proposed changes to its Constitution that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule more than the current limit of two terms. And last week the State ordered Yining Catholic Church to have its crosses, statues and other visible religious features demolished. All this is going on amidst the negotiations between China and the Vatican. Steven Mosher joins us with more.
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    • Steve Mosher
      Steven Mosher is the author of Bully of Asia: Why China's Dream is the New Threat to World Order. He's the president of Population Research Institute and frequently testifies before Congress. Visit pop.org
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    • Bully of Asia

      THE ONCE AND FUTURE HEGEMON In a world bristling with dangers, only one enemy poses a truly mortal challenge to the United States and the peaceful and prosperous world that America guarantees. That enemy is China, a country

      • that invented totalitarianism thousands of years ago
      • whose economic power rivals our own
      • that believes its superior race and culture give it the right to universal deference
      • that teaches its people to hate America for standing in the way of achieving its narcissistic "dream" of world domination
      • that believes in its manifest destiny to usher in the World of Great Harmony
      • which publishes maps showing the exact extent of the nuclear destruction it could rain down on the United States
      Steven Mosher exposes the resurgent aspirations of the would-be hegemon–and the roots of China's will to domination in its five-thousand-year history of ruthless conquest and assimilation of other nations, brutal repression of its own people, and belligerence toward any civilization that challenges its claim to superiority. The naïve idealism of our "China hands" has lulled America into a fool's dream of "engagement" with the People's Republic of China and its "peaceful evolution" toward democracy and freedom. Wishful thinking, says Mosher, has blinded us to the danger we face and left the owlrd vulnerable to China's overweening ambitions. Mosher knows China as few Westerners do. Having exposed as a visiting graduate student the monstrous practice of forced abortions, he became the target of the regime's crushing retaliation. His encyclopedic grasp of China's history and its present-day politics, his astute insights, and his bracing realism are the perfect antidote for our dangerous confusion about the Bully of Asia. (learn more)

+  Social Media and the Modern Family (2 segments)

  • Description: Do our new technologies with the communicative abilities and conveniences they offer really provide a better quality of life for our families? Since the advent of social media there has been a spike in the rates of teenage depression; bullying; sexting; identity stealing; pornography distribution; cyber-crimes…the list goes on. When even Steve Jobs admitted that he severely limited his own children’s tech use, shouldn’t we sit up and take notice? We’ll talk with Dr. Rusty Chavey.
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    • iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us

      A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me. With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-year-olds used to. As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world. (learn more)

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