On The Brink Of World War 3 | The Kyle Kulinski Show



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“The first time I ever really listened to Kyle Kulinski’s show was in the back of a cab last summer. The driver had his phone hooked up through the stereo and was pumping out an episode through the car speakers — loudly, as if looking to convert a captive audience.

“Do you like Kyle Kulinski?”

The driver, Ahmed, was a recent immigrant and apparently a die-hard fan of Secular Talk, the political talk show that Kulinski broadcasts on YouTube. I told him, yes, in fact. I do like Kulinski, had come across his show several years ago, and, all things considered, he seemed pretty good.

“He understands what we’re up against,” Ahmed said. “Like Bernie.”

But I was surprised to hear Kulinski’s name mentioned in the same breath as Bernie Sanders, particularly with such adoration. Because what I did remember about Kulinski’s show struck me as mostly capital-P “progressive” takes on the news — the left wing of the Netroots crowd more than the democratic socialism Sanders has popularized.

It’s an impression that wasn’t entirely incorrect.

“I have no time for philosophical, airy bullshit,” Kulinski tells me from his home in Westchester, New York. “I don’t want to hear about Lenin. I don’t want to hear about Marx. I just want a super plainspoken, straightforward agenda with a straightforward way of selling it.”

With over 800,000 subscribers and nearly 670 million total views on YouTube, selling a progressive agenda is clearly something Kulinski knows how to do — even Democracy Now, the long-standing flagship of progressive media, cannot match his reach on the platform. Chapo Trap House can certainly boast a wildly devoted fan base (and a not insignificant degree of media influence), but their audience is roughly half the size of Kulinski’s.

While Secular Talk might be more likely to be looped in with the progressive networks around Air America and Pacifica alums like Sam Seder than the more resolutely socialist world, Kulinski’s fiery rhetoric, razor-sharp class instincts, and knack for withering takedowns sets him apart from his peers. Judging by his rhetoric alone, he’s closer to a Eugene Debs than a Chris Hayes.

But unlike Hayes, Amy Goodman, or his friend Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks — who began airing Secular Talk on his web network seven years ago — the thirty-two-year-old Kulinski is virtually invisible in the mainstream media. Despite his enormous fan base, his show has never once been mentioned in the obligatory trend pieces on “the Millennial Left” pumped out by the prestige media. Nor has Kulinski’s name ever popped up at all in the New York Times, Vox, the New Yorker, New York Magazine, or the Washington Post, despite his leading role in cofounding Justice Democrats, the organization widely credited with sweeping Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of “the Squad” to power.

Just last week, his Wikipedia page was deleted. The reason? “There is very simply no [reliable source] coverage of this person,” according to one moderator. In new media, he’s king — the Sean Hannity of the Berniecrat left. In old media, he’s nobody.

I suspect there are a few reasons for that. There is nothing “cool” about Kulinski’s show. (As a friend put it, “‘Welcome to Secular Talk’ sounds like something you’d hear on Egyptian radio.”) His no-nonsense social-democratic politics won’t get him much cred with the Full Communism crowd. He records his show not in Brooklyn or Los Angeles, but in a studio he built himself in his modest Westchester home. His hair is too groomed and his taste in clothes too preppy to qualify as “Dirtbag Left.” Nor has he ever attended an n+1 release party. “Not only have I not attended one,” he says, “I have no idea what that means.”

And yet he’s astonishingly plugged-in for a young man in the suburbs. Wondering how Sanders ended up on the Joe Rogan Experience? Kulinski, a frequent guest on Rogan’s wildly popular show, introduced them. “You make the most sense to me,” Rogan told Kulinski on a recent episode. “You’re a normal person.”

Much like Sanders himself, Kulinski’s show has a massive audience that just doesn’t compute with our media’s understanding of “what the kids want” or even “what the left-wing kids want.”

It’s probably for the best — the very woke and very WASP-ish decorum haunting much of the media world is nowhere to be found in Secular Talk. “Corporate Democrats over-focus on identity as a trick to divert you from the issues that unite us all — class issues,” he said on a recent episode. “That Raytheon decided they don’t hate gays or trans people — frankly, I don’t really give a shit what their take on that is…”

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41 thoughts on “On The Brink Of World War 3 | The Kyle Kulinski Show

  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    The point about the "promise" not to expand NATO is such a weak one, for several reasons:

    1) It's highly dubious whether the promise was ever made, and it is more likely than not an invention of Russian propaganda. Gorbachev has contradicted himself on whether a promise on NATO enlargement was made. Even if it was, it was given to the SOVIET government, not to Russia.

    2) NATO is an organization consisting of several member states with their own interests. Any NATO decisions are made unanimously. NATO is not the same thing as the US, and the US acting alone has no authority in the first place to make any promises on NATO's policy on the other member states' behalf.

    3) The US has never signed a written international agreement where it would have promised not to approve the expansion of NATO. Russia, on the other hand, did sign a 1997 treaty allowing for NATO expansion, and crucially the 1994 Budapest memorandum where it undertook to respect Ukraine's independence and sovereignty in exchange for the nukes then stationed in Ukraine.

    4) NATO expansion wasn't even the US' own initiative. It was the former East Bloc states themselves that pushed for their membership in order to ensure that they would never fall under Russia's yoke again.

    5) No violation of international agreements by the US justifies violations of them by Russia, least of all violations directed against Ukraine.

    Overall, there's a lot of completely misplaced both-sidesism (the situation with Ukraine is in no way comparable with e.g. Iraq or Afghanistan) and Russian propaganda tropes (including the one about Ukrainian "neo-nazi rebel groups") in this video.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    All this fearmongering is Iraq WMD, Libya, Syria, Havana Syndrome 2.0.

    According to NATO own satellite images these 100,000 russian troops have been stationed more than 100 kilometers into their own borders for at least a year. That's not how lighting strikes or military invasions works.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Kyle understanding of Ex Soviet states is not as informed as I would think.
    Man is extremely smart but NATO expanded because those who lived under the USSR overwhelmingly don’t want to be closer to Russia.

    Why would it be reasonable for US to stop working with the Poles upon Russia request? Do the polish not get a say? Those counties don’t want to be be “buffer states” they want to be there own countries and live as they see fit. Come on Kyle.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    I’ve heard so many arguments in favour of war, even World War III and nuclear war, all the name of “stopping Russian expansion,” here’s a comprehensive list to NOT go to war:
    —America has NO rights to tell Russia to invade Ukraine, because America has invaded countless countries, even countries that are oceans away.
    —The “protecting the free world” argument is particularly hilarious because America supports 73% of the world’s dictatorships, and during the Cold War, they overthrew democratic governments and replaced it with banana republics aka military dictatorships in league with American multinational corporations
    —The cure is worse than the disease. If America goes to war with Russia, there is an almost certain possibility that nuclear weapons will be used, which could kill more people than the first and second world wars combined
    —Anyone who claims that war with Russia is a necessity because Russia will somehow conquer the world is listening to hysterical propaganda. Russia is not going to takeover the world, and Putin is not Hitler. Comparing Russia to Nazi Germany is incredibly disrespectful, to say the least, to victims of the Holocaust
    —Finally, when we put it against the Just War Theory by St. Augustine, it fails the litmus test, meaning the war is not justified and we should proceed with peace and diplomacy instead.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    This whole Russia hating is all done to promote money for the ever increasing powerful western MIC. Disgusting that this takes priority over human lives.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Oh yeah, another thing, much of the power in Ukraine, which took over by violent coup in 2014, is remnants of the old Ukrainian Nazi party, the ones who fought the Russians when Russia was on our side, no small memory in either side, Russia losing at least 13 million souls in that conflict, so it makes sense the Russians don't like these folks very much. There's still a lot of bad blood being passed down through the generations, and some still alive that witnessed the horrors of that war.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    I just know I'll be terrified the moment I hear mainstream news say the line "Biden truly became President today" because it only means one thing.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    those misses cubas has.. if there's a war, they will reactivate.. I think Venezuela will join the fun too, norkorea. china. iran and then we are screw.. hehehehe.. AM NOT GOING TO WAR UNLESS THEY WIPE MY STUDENT LOAN AND GIVE ME 100K AFTER.. hehehehehe if trump got a way with it.. why shouldnt we…

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    also a good university talk on youtube that echoes the majority of what you said is “why ukraine is the west’s fault”, it was uploaded 6 years ago but still very relevant today

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Frankly major world powers need brought to their knees as one. To long these egomaniacs have led us towards ruin, we need a singular entity to reign in these filth to prevent our utter destruction.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Kyle, the region Putin wants to annex is NOT majority Russian. I wish you wouldn't parrot that talking point like everyone else does….

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    I'm going to respond to this as a person not from the US to say that Kyle's points here are pretty bad.

    Folks don't know that the ex soviet states were in desperate fear of another invasion. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania all saw independence following them in the breakaway of Tsarist Russia only to be annexed by Stalin during the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact.

    Furthermore those border NATO states like Poland and Romania are there on a map to deter russian war games and russian expansion into Europe. Russia coming out of the Soviet Union was in a chaotic mess and has been at war with many bordering nations for the purposes of territory and resources. The georgian war, the Czhechen wars, the interference of Moldova and more show that Russia wishes in its deepest of hearts to maintain and or regain their influence following the 90s catastrophe, and their encroachment into Ukraine is just another one on the long list of such interference.

    Don't forget Kyle when it comes to Ukraine that during the 90s, when Ukraine broke free they had something of 1/3rd of the Soviet Unions nuclear stockpile saved up and willingly brought them back to Russia with the promise that Russia would never, ever, ever interfere with Ukraine's sovereignty and would respect their boundaries.

    Those bordering states with Russia which does include turkey as well is a signal to say hey russia, you can't annex eastern europe and pillage that side of europe from its resources for your own game. You lost the cold war and your oppression and authoritarian specter over the region has led to pain and suffering for many of the ethnic peoples of eastern europe for decades, with a record of famines, genocide (thinking of the holodomor), censorship and poverty is no longer acceptable and we will not allow your aggression anymore.

    Folks, this is not just a US problem. Justified or not you had many coalition members that fought alongside america in whatever war games it wished to do, whether that be in pulling nato troops to assist with Iraq, afghanistan, peace keeping missions around the world and more.

    All my post is attempting in doing is to show others a perspective in international relations that so little gets covered in the media. I'm not advocating for war or violence, I only wish to state the facts and allow people to be informed about what the arguments are and have them make their own conclusions.

    My point is to only be clear that its real people that are getting affected, and they have a side and a story to this too. And that in this case it is russia that's started with this aggression from crimea's annexation in 2014, and it is russia that is building up its forces along the border.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    I don't want war or boots on the ground but Russia asking Nato to abandon CURRENT NATO members is ridiculous. I understand not defending Ukraine, even though that is unjust, but removing nato troops and weapons from current NATO members is crazy.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Mostly agree Kyle, but a note which you didn't mention – Ukraine is democratic, and pro-EU. It has repeatedly voted (in spite of Russian interference and crackdowns) in favor of a closer relationship with the West. And when Putin started this build up on the border was happening, something else important that nobody is mentioning happened too – Ukraine started it's official EU membership application.

    As much as I agree NATO shouldn't be endlessly encroaching on Russian borders, Ukraine (like any country) has a right to self determination. And that includes what both Russia doesn't like AND what the US didn't like, if it chose that path. It wants to join the EU? If it meets the conditions, it should be able to join. It wants to participate in NATO for mutual defence reasons? That's Ukraine's business. NOBODY ELSE'S BUSINESS, not US, EU or Russian.

    … Fuck me, WW3 is about to happen and people are talking about M&M's? Really? FUCKING REALLY? Jesus shitting christ on a fucking crutch. The. Fuck. Crack open a beer and pack it up everyone, humanity had a good run I guess, GG failed species 🙁

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    in romanian media, journos are saying that there never once has been a NATO non-expansion agreement. And also, their demands would require romania to leave nato… which would make us free food

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    The good thing is that there are no shortages of patriots 🤣

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    The Russians (who have an economy smaller than Texas) don't have enough troops on the Ukraine border to occupy Ukraine… the numbers we are hearing is something in the neighborhood of 120k troops, that's like 10 divisions. If the Russians wanted to get west of the Samara River line they'd have more like 30 divisions in the theater.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Look at your headlines today dog! "
    New Great Depression Imminent?", "On The Brink Of World War 3", "Sexy M&M' Discourse Has Finally Broken Kyle". You ok? You a Bills fan?

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    If Russia takes Ukraine, then it's a huge green light for China to also make it's move on Taiwan. Then you're quickly moving towards WW3 where everyone who wants to expand will.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    When you are so antiUSA imperialism that you starts supporting Russian imperialism.

    I am sorry Kyle but as somebody from the region I will just say that you have zero idea about foreign politics. Most of the stuff said in this piece are ridiculous stupid.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Kyle, you get too many things wrong here. Those Eastern European countries are real nations that have been invaded and terrorized by Russia and the Soviet Union for decades if not centuries. And Russia had ethnically changed or in some cases cleaned huge areas there in the past. That‘s why there are considerable Russian minorities within these countries. I understand that you do not accept these kind of developments in other world regions, do you? As for NATO, Poland and other Eastern European states have asked, have begged them to be allowed to join. Because they‘re terribly afraid of Russia. And certainly they should be. As Scandinavian countries are too by the way! Like you I am not in favour of any war or aggressive reactions. But please get the facts right!

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    The level of misinformation in this video is absurd. First, there was no official deal that said NATO wouldn’t expand. Second, Ukraine and the Baltic states have national sovereignty, they should be able to join whatever pact they want to. I love how Kyle doesn’t even mention the will of these smaller nations and assumes them being Russian vassals is rightful. Third, you can’t make the argument that because most people in Crimea are pro-Russia, Russia annexation of Crimea is then justified. Remember most Iraqis were against Sadam, does Kyle want to apologize for the Iraq war based on this?

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    This is because you assholes hired back the Military Industrial Establishment to steal what was left before burning everything down with us inside. Thanks assholes.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Breakdown it’s fair. Can’t believe war is even an option in 2022 knowing it’s the end of it all. “Civilization” alright

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Dear President Biden, Let me know how the war goes after you reach Stalingrad next winter.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    The fact that you are in any way trying to compare US and Russian actions shows that you cannot be taken seriously. Russia has amassed over 100k troops right at Ukraine's border. The US is sending weapons in Ukraine in RESPONSE to help Ukraine fight off Russia in the event of invasion. You trying to compare that to the Soviets putting NUCLEAR WEAPONS right by the US is either mind bogglingly ignorant or mind bogglingly disingenuous

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Genuine question: If Russia wants a return to the Soviet Union, who is the US or NATO to tell them otherwise? They are an independent country that can make their own decisions. Them merely going back to the Soviet Union isn't inherently bad for the world.

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    So basically, we're all fucked unless 2 power hungry world unions play nice and think about consequences they won't personally pay for. Yea, we're kinda fucked😐dam

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Why do I have a feeling that some wealthy person is licking their lips for war profiteering….or is it just me?

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    What's the chances of nuclear war happening? You would think mutually assured destruction would make talks of peace much easier. With no human race rich people cannot make money

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  • January 25, 2022 at 12:14 am
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    Where are you getting this idea that NATO never said they would ever expand? Can someone give me a source?

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