Theory of Change #032: Matthew Boedy on the cult of Turning Point USA and Charlie Kirk
Theory of Change podcast
Polling over the decades has shown that most Republican voters are heavily motivated by white Christian identity politics. But Republican elites— politicians, writers, and many donors— were more interested in cutting spending and giving tax cuts to job creators, or rich people in other words.Over the past 60 years or so, GOP politics has been an imbalance where the base of voters wanted an agenda that promoted Christian nationalist ideas like mandatory school prayer, open discrimination against lesbians and gays, and legal obstacles to non-Christians. But Republican leaders focused more on deregulation and tax policy.Donald Trump changed all that, however. In addition to giving out tax subsidies to his rich friends, Trump also began implementing Christian nationalism by banning trying to ban Muslim immigration and undermining LGBT rights in America and around the world. He also talked frequently about how his goal was to help Christians have political supremacy and power.Trump’s reorientation of Republican organizing was resistant at first by traditional Republican elites. But one person who jumped on board almost immediately was Charlie Kirk, the co-founder of Turning Point USA. The group was originally created in 2012 to spread the market fundamentalism of Republican fat cats to America’s youth. But after Trump took over the Republican party, Kirk completely changed TPUSA toward being a Christian nationalist organization.Joining me today to talk about what specifically that means for Kirk and TPUSA, and the GOP embrace of open Christian nationalism is Matthew Boedy. He is a professor of rhetoric at the University of North Georgia, and he’s also written several fantastic articles about Kirk for us at Flux. And he’s also the president of the Georgia conference of the American Association of university professors. GUEST INFOMatthew Boedy on Twitter:https://twitter.com/MatthewBoedyMatthew's Flux archive:https://flux.community/matthew-boedyVIDEO AND FULL TRANSCRIPThttps://flux.community/matthew-sheffield/2022/01/charlie-kirk-and-turning-point-usa-are-building-reactionary-cult-youngABOUT THE SHOWTheory of Change is hosted by Matthew Sheffield and is part of the Flux network, a new content community of podcasters and writers. Please visit us at flux.community to learn more and to tell us about what you're doing. We're constantly growing and learning from the great people we meet.Theory of Change website:https://theoryofchange.showTheory of Change on Twitter:https://twitter.com/TheoryChangeMatthew Sheffield on Twitter:https://twitter.com/mattsheffieldSUPPORT THE SHOWPayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/theorychangePatreon: https://www.patreon.com/discoverfluxIf you're not able to support financially, please help us by subscribing and/or leaving a nice review on your favorite podcast app. Doing this helps other people find Theory of Change and our great guests. Thanks for your help!
42 - Charlie Kirk Schooled By Dr. Ben & Courts Against the People ft. Ben Burgis
support the show at patreon.com/leftreckoning and get our weekend bonus episodesLR crew Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) joins us once again to discuss his recent debate/office hours with Charlie Kirk and preview his book on Christopher Hitchens.Also, the malice of the American legal system turns once again on Assange, Donziger, and the striking Warrior Met workers (support them here).Also progressives should probably kill the bills.
Season 3 Episode 11: The Full Charlie Kirk Debate w/Postgame Commentary
Give Them An Argument
Ben Burgis debates Charlie Kirk on "democratic socialism vs. Trumpian populism." Yes, that's right, we can finally air this. Ben and the crew do about half an hour of introductory material, discussing Kirk's role on the contemporary Right and the "platforming debate" as well as showing a classic TMBS clip with Michael Brooks, Matt Lech, and David Griscom weighing in on Charlie's odd way of referencing philosophers. The full first hour of the debate (the part that was filmed as an episode of "Debate Night with Charlie Kirk") is then played without interruption. When it's over, Ben, Professor Jennifer Burgis, and the crew weigh in on what they just heard and Ben and Jennifer pop some champagne and have a glass on air. The bonus hour of the debate is then played without interruption. When it's over, Ben and Jake have a quick celebratory shot of whiskey, everyone does some postgame commentary, and Ben announces a new class he's teaching on Sundays in December.Guys, this was really, really good.The Speakeasy class Ben is teaching on G.A. Cohen's "Why Not Socialism?" vs. Jason Brennan's "Why Not Capitalism":https://www.speakeasy.com/event/g-coh...Independent creators rely on your support to create the content you want! Support Give Them An Argument on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/benburgis. Patrons get a bonus episode every Thursday, access to the Discord server, a “Sopranos” Recap Bonus Episode every month with Mike Recine, Nando Vila, and Wosny Lambre, a monthly Discord Movie Night, and "Discord Office Hours" (regularly scheduled group voice chats).Follow Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenBurgisLike, subscribe, and get notifications on Ben’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/BenBurgisGTAAVisit benburgis.com
Thursday Night Debate Breakdown #1 ft. Jake Appet: Hasan Piker vs. Charlie Kirk
Give Them An Argument
[Note: This is actually from last Thursday--just getting to sticking it up on the podcast feed now. The plan going forward is that (a) the new Thursday Night Debate Breakdowns will go up on the podcast feed for everyone the morning after they're on YouTube, and (b) over the course of the next several months, the 29 Sunday Night Debate Breakdowns we did over the course of Seasons 1 & 2 will go up in podcast form for GTAA patrons.]Remember the Sunday Night Debate Breakdowns? They're on Thursdays now, so after many many SNDBs this gets to be "#1." For anyone who's new: Ben and various guests watch and break down old debates on YouTube. Some of them are classy stuff like Chomsky vs. Vidal or James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley, but some are, well, like this! Hasan Piker debated Charlie Kirk a few years ago at Politicon. Since Ben is getting his own crack at Charlie in Arizona at the beginning of October, everyone thought this would be a good one to do for a breakdown.Independent creators rely on your support to create the content you want! Support Give Them An Argument on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/benburgis. Patrons get a bonus episode every Thursday, access to the Discord server, a “Sopranos” Recap Bonus Episode every month with Mike Recine, Nando Vila, and Wosny Lambre, a monthly Discord Movie Night, and "Discord Office Hours" (regularly scheduled group voice chats).Follow Ben on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenBurgisLike, subscribe, and get notifications on Ben’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/BenBurgisGTAAVisit benburgis.com
Charlie Kirk on Faith, Current Events, and Politics
The Christian Collins Show
Charlie Kirk is the founder of Turning Point USA, a student movement on over 2,000 campuses around the country, and recently he started Turning Point Faith. Christian sits down with Charlie Kirk at the Texas Youth Summit to talk faith, current events, and politics. Charlie also takes a few questions from students at the Texas Youth Summit. You can follow Charlie Kirk on Twitter at @charliekirk11. ** SUBSCRIBE TODAY *** https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0ZuhuSqcguzkBuIXdXk37A?sub_confirmation=1 Find Christian on Apple Podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-christian-collins-show/id1524785541 Learn more about Christian at: https://www.christiancollins.org
Charlie Kirk's Rage Against the Vaccine (8/5/21) ft/ Jason Campbell
Media Matters researcher Jason Campbell joins SH!TPOST to discuss GOP youth organizer Charlie Kirk’s skid into anti-vaccine misinformation and scaremongering. In recent months, the GOP wunderkind has voiced hard opposition to public health measures and spread unfounded claims meant to scare audiences away from protecting themselves against the virus.Read Jason’s research on the topic here: https://www.mediamatters.org/charlie-kirk/charlie-kirks-anti-vax-campaignFollow Jason Campbell on Twitter: @JasonSCampbellFind a place to get vaccinated at Vaccines.GovIf you liked this show, you might like the newsletter, too! Smash the button below to sign up for subscriber-exclusive content, delivered straight to your inbox: This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at shtpost.substack.com/subscribe
Ep118: TNC Nominated for Podcast Award, CHARLIE KIRK Disses SIMONE BILES
That's NOT Christian
That’s NOT Christian is a podcast by four urban believers who discuss current events and push the envelope on traditional religious subjects with a touch of humor. •TNC gets nominated for a Kingdom Choice Award in the Podcast/Radio Show of the year category. •Charlie Kirk says on his Youtube page that Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is a "selfish sociopath" and calls her weak. She recently announced she was dropping out of the Tokyo games because of mental health issues. •Michigan family gets banned from city run farmers market because of their religious beliefs on marriage. ►Merch Store: www.thatsnotchristian.com ►Donate: https://paypal.me/thatsnotchristian ►Listen to That's NOT Christian Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3tGrB3G... Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... ► Telegram: https://t.me/thatsnotchristian ► Music by Ryan Little SPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/2MmjRru ►Follow the Squad ANT: https://www.instagram.com/aptop25/ JAY: https://www.instagram.com/jayacosta/ JIMMY: https://www.instagram.com/jaeisla/ SWITCH: https://www.instagram.com/switchinhd/ ►Podcast Equipment Canon M50: https://amzn.to/2NP7s3G Logitech C920: https://amzn.to/36odZJ9 Samson Q2U: https://amzn.to/3tcv2aW Ring Light: https://amzn.to/3tbxApJ Light Stand: https://amzn.to/2NKbg69 Smart Lights: https://amzn.to/3aeU5kW Gaming Chair: https://amzn.to/36nnFn0 DISCLAIMER: This video and description may contain affiliate links which allow us to receive a small commission when you click on a product links. This helps support the podcast and allows us to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thatsnotchristian/message
20. Charlie Kirk and the Resurgence of Christian Nationalism with Professor Matthew Boedy
The New Evangelicals Podcast
I came across Matthew Boedy when I read an article he wrote critiquing Charlie Kirk’s rhetoric. I had to bring Professor Boedy on to ask him why he has an entire website devoted to Charlie Kirk and what his thoughts were on the resurgence of Christian Nationalism. Because Professor Boedy teaches rhetoric at the college level, we also dug in to talk radio and what makes their style of rhetoric so successful. For those who don’t know, Charlie Kirk is one of the most influential and popular conservative commentators to come up in recent memory. He started a network called Turning Point USA which has a massive social media presence and is devoted to upholding Trumpism and conservative values. Check out Matthew’s most recent article // Debunking Charlie Kirk on the Second AmendmentFollow Tim on Instagram // @thenewevangelicals The New Evangelicals is completely crowd funded. You can help out our work here.Check Out the New MerchJoin Our Facebook CommunityAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands
Conversation with Charlie Kirk | Charlie Kirk, TPUSA | Episode 101
Do you want to become a better pro-life advocate? Are there some facts you want to know to better defend your stance on why you're pro-life? This week's episode is for you! Tune in as Charlie Kirk, Founder & President of Turning Point USA, and I dive deep into the specifics of how to debunk arguments from the pro-choice crowd.