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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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  1. If this is depressing turn on David pakman in his world Biden is great nothing he can do to change our situation and Dems are going to win mid terms

  2. Just as throughout his past, biden has lied to us all on his promises. The only truth he's spoken was to his real constituency when he said, "Nothing will fundamentally change." 😭😭🌹🌹🌹

  3. Free non Violent, legalize weed, but bill Maher cover thw student debt issue. 11% of the population has student debt and most is from grad school. Real working class policy their???

    Millenials and gen Z hate everything.

  4. as an outside observer, it's perfectly clear to me that your republican and democratic parties are in practice the exact same party.
    they serve the same people, mostly the yoos.
    even aoc bent the knee.
    remember when there was a project to give the yoos even MORE money so they could more easily keep up their atrocities against the semitic men women and children of palestine?
    remember how aoc said she would vote against it?
    remember how pelosi yelled at her in front of everyone and she cried like a little girl?
    remember how after that yelling she didnt vote against it?

    bernie is the one exception i've seen.
    and he gave you two chance.
    you allowed them to steal the nomination from him TWICE……
    in any self-respecting country there would have been extremely violent riots after the first steal. people would have died…
    but instead you chose to bend over and take it.

    you chose this.
    it's on you.

  5. A large part of this is Biden's fault. He could've done so much more and could be trying to do something now.
    He had to push either Sinema or Manchin to agree to the Build Back Better bill (if one agreed, the other probably would have followed).
    Of course Kyle mentions a bunch of other exec. orders that would make him more popular.
    What if Bernie had become President?

  6. Inflation is only hard to solve when you are beholden to powerful capitalists like our two neoliberal parties. Otherwise you could simply start regulating certain things and invest in other things until the economy improves. Sitting on your hands while the Fed creates a recession ain’t it.

  7. I believe that as bad as democrats might be, republicans are 10 times worse. I also want to believe that if good decent democrats are voted into Congress that good decent legislation will be done. I hope I am not naive about this. I guess I am one of the 2 out of 10 people who still support pres. Biden.

  8. We had to waste years just because your feelings got hurt. The democrat would rather have everyone unhappy, if anyone is unhappy. Bye. Bro. Your loosing subscribers by the day, and you don’t get why. Crying is no longer a strat in the “facts” and “science” era. We see it all.

  9. 2 in 10 americans think the country is going in the right direction yet when election comes they all vote for the same corrupt corporate stooges.

  10. 33% of people from the aligned party still not accepting reality is what SHOULD be worrying people. What does it take to deprogram a political ideologues? To be clear this a a BIPARTISAN problem, it's not just any particular set of political party adherents, It's ALL of you.

  11. I have voted 3rd Party since 2000. As I have said 1000 times here " constantly choosing the lesser of two evils, is still choosing EVIL" Jerry Garcia

    At some point ( it maybe too late) everyone will realize these two parties are just the LEFT and RIGHT WINGS of the same nasty Buzzard.

    We have to break away from both these toxic Political Parties and be BRAVE. It starts by stop listening to political EXPERTS. You should realize that people like Donna Brazile, Kelly Anne Conway are nothing but PROFESSIONAL LIARS. People like them have accomplished nothing in their professional lives except create DEATH everywhere they go.

    I personally believe this country is DONE! It is a " FAILED STATE" that should look North and South then realize that every other large populations in this geographic region is divided into smaller countries.

    We're already ideologically divided and can't live with each other. It didn't start with Trump or Biden, remember that vicous little Gang War between the North and South from 1861 to 1865?

    I'd like to see 5 or 6 different countries formed and allow the people to choose where they want to life. If your honest
    during the Covid Pandemic Govenors in several regions pooled their states resources with neighboring states and saved their citizens lives. Meanwhile our Ferderal Government did NOTHING to save lives that didn't benefit their political aline governments.

    I am 61 years old and can only see this land divided or International Forces sent here ( under the UN) to take control of America and put her down.

    So the choice is ours, American Voters vote these two Crime Families out of office or have your beloved country controlled by the Dragon ( China ) or some other UN sanctioned country.

    Don't think it can't happen, look at what we did in Iraq and Afghanistan and what is happening in Ukraine TODAY. If we take the Civil War path ( as many on the Right desire) do you think the rest of the civilized world will sit back and watch these DEVILS to control all the Nukes in America? Trust this America is too large for some bunch of Nazis and Racist to control.

    I guess Lenin was right about America destroying itself from within. I can see this happen in my life , if we don't WAKE UP. Stop listening to the Mainstream Media no matter what they claim they are. ALL are corprate bought and paid for and don't want people to unite. Divide and Conquer is a they work for.
    People have got to TURN THEM OFF and stop supporting either of these proven Crime Families.

    Semper Fi or Die America

  12. who gives a shit Kyle? you are in decline because EVERYONE now INCLUDING you know that presidents don't matter… stop highlighting who's done and who's not and start focusing on revolting… we need systemic change and the ruling class to be taken out by force if required.

  13. We all knew Biden was a means to an end and that was it. He sent Trump packing and that was his sole purpose. Anyone who thought that senile old man could actually do something noteworthy is/was delusional .

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