In the first half of the show, political scientist and expert in relocation for personal security, Joel Skousen, gave a US & world affairs update. He argued that the US Congress shouldn't have voted for the debt ceiling agreement-- it would have forced the government to start to stay within their means. There was no real threat of a default, and the US govt. actually had enough income to make its payments, he said. "You can't solve the debt problem by taking on more debt...there is no political will...to seriously cut benefits," he added.
Skousen believes the Russians will eventually (10 years or more from now) attack the United States with a nuclear first strike, and the Chinese will back them. This war will allow US leaders to declare all debts gone, he predicted. But, "once the government starts to warn us that Russia and China is a threat, it will be too late. Mark my words," he declared. The first strike would involve 3,000 warheads, hitting the major American military bases, yet the effects of nuclear winter wouldn't be as bad as thought, with 80% of the population surviving-- especially if they have some fallout protection, he noted. Skousen has a new edition out of his book Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places.
In the latter half, visionary, social pioneer and author Barbara Marx Hubbard discussed the idea of conscious evolution, and how humankind must evolve or face extinction. She suggested that evolution can occur by choice rather chance, and while many are focused on doom & gloom 2012 scenarios, she presented a hopeful vision of our future. "I think we're seeing the emergence of a universal species...we're going to have extended life, extended intelligence, extended contact throughout the universe, that we'll be freed up from repetitive labor...and the species itself will evolve into a co-created humanity... But if we don't, if we stay self-centered, separate, competitive, overpopulating and polluting, we won't make it," she stated.
We're seeing a breakthrough of more people becoming conscious of god, super-nature, spirit, or tendency of higher order-- a transcending impulse of higher evolution, she continued. Hubbard, now 81, shared some of the fascinating paths in her life, how she turned from a housewife into a "futurist," her relationship with Buckminster Fuller, and details of her run for Vice President in 1984 (Neale Donald Walsch recently penned a biography of Hubbard called The Mother of Invention).