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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 you look at Biden's history, of being pro-segregation, anti-abortion, pro corporate trade deals, pro "tough on crime" and "war on drugs" laws, pro-gay marriage bans, etc.- you would have been surprised if he even managed the moderate conservative policy record of Obama.

    The fact he has managed to be relatively moderate in his rhetoric and only mildly conservative in his policies, is actually impressive. Sure it's incredibly disappointing that a center-right politician like Biden is the most progressive POTUS since Jimmy Carter, over 4 decades ago, but this is the reality of the American political world unfortunately.

  2. I think this actually could be beneficial if it actually delineates what specifically qualifies as a medically necessary abortion procedure. It's not an ideal circumstance regardless, but at least this would reduce the problems with doctors being confused and waiting because they're not sure what to do.

  3. imagine, that all this fighting would simply stop, the moment blue states and red states seceded from the federal government…… we'd establish 2 year window, to let left-wing people move from red states and right-wing people move from blue states…… and all this nonsense would stop…… democrats will stop fucking up red states and conservatives will stop fucking up blue states……. cause this version of our country, clearly doesn't work for anyone anymore

  4. It’s not all that different from Trump fundraising on his ex-wife’s death. He is “approval rating raising” off of trivial facts being sensationalized and dramatized. I would have to say that the Democrats are much better at using the most obvious information and meanless action and selling it as accomplishments and party superiority. That being said, it probably needs to be reiterated to some to of these doctors out there. I’m assuming at the end of this announcement there was no donate to Joe Biden message… hopefully :/

  5. 4:04 Kyle, you know "federal law" isn't this mysterious thing, it's actual text, very specific, if you say "it mandates that you do an abortion in the first 6 weeks", you have to say where it says that

    If that's your brilliant strategy, that's even less legal than just declaring the SCOTUS ruling doesn't have the force of law. The latter of which would at least be constitutionally correct, but it simply wouldn't be accepted by anyone if you just pretend like federal law says X. The constitution is super vague, you can read anything into that and at this point that's fair game (Roe was also only possible because the constitution is vague, let's not kid ourselves), but nobody would accept you doing that with federal law. How do you enforfe that? Just send in the troops?

  6. EMTALA (the law that mandates when abortion has to be legal) is a bill that has been passed via reconciliation, they could do it via 50 votes and without a filibuster apparently. Only need 1 Republican to vote for abortion rights, maybe Susan Collins

  7. If the women's life really is in danger it seems kind of stupid to wait until the woman is in labor to do the abortion, shouldn't it be done sooner? waiting until the women is in labor might sound pro choice but does it really reduce the risk to the mother? We have the technology to know if a mothers life is at risk early in the pregnancy so why are we waiting until the last minute?

  8. So, forget the emergent medical conditions. What about the case where the pregnant person has cancer and needs to go threw immediate rounds of chemo and/or radiation therapy to have a chance at survival?

  9. I can’t help but feel like people are pointing out areas of abortion that just don’t really reflect the the pro life stance. I don’t know a pro life person that rejects ending a pregnancy that is ectopic. I feel like the arguments are not genuine from the pro choice group. Seems like they are pointing out the very extreme circumstances and are actually more in favor of using abortion as birth control versus safe and RARE.

  10. Kyle, I respectfully disagree that this was just posturing. I think it was critically important that DHHS issued this alert for several reasons. 1. Women must know that this law (EMTALA) exists so they can demand life saving treatment if a hospital refuses. Emergency doctors are well aware of EMTALA. If a hospital cannot perform a life-saving abortion, they are required to transfer the patient somewhere capable. 2. The Catholic Church prohibits abortion under ALL circumstances, even if the pregnancy is life-threatening. This could be an issue at Catholic hospital ERs across the US, so patients need to be aware of their rights*. 3. Extremist anti-abortion state legislators could be tempted to pass legislation prohibiting ALL abortions if they are unaware of federal law. (They could pass such legislation even if it conflicts with federal law.) 4. This alert reminds doctors, midwives, and other practitioners that if a pregnancy is life threatening, they need to *document that carefully to avoid legal problems following an abortion to save a patient's life.

  11. This is why abortion was legalized in Ireland. A woman became septic, and the doctors wouldn't terminate. She ended up dying. Gross oversimplification.

  12. Texas is just suing Biden for this mandate. So I guess it is not completely nothing as you are putting it. Although there are some vague open doors for saving mothers lives are in these red states now, there is no guarantee they will be there in a month.

  13. I think you nailed the title. People who can read will see the punctuation, knowing there's potential for untruths while the rest will see the larger section of the title and flock for the drama.

    keep this in mind kyle. if you have someone who can (cos i don't want to waste your time), then check the interaction/attention the videos get when the title is in this form. just thinking about it and thought i'd drop this here. only you can see your stats like that and i think it could be useful statistical knowledge about your output.

    also… abortion, is solely on the woman.
    it's not the same but take this analogy… women can't answer if a man would dislike his penis being removed. only the man can. just like tits and periods, men have no say, at all in any capacity. until we can actively subbjectively experience these things or thoughts, all we have is trust of the individual to do what is best for themselves. i don't have periods, i've heard they're frustrating and annoying and often obstructive, but i think that's what allows the biological imperative to WANT kids and deal with those natural processes, so i don't know if deep down they're happy and that option is still there or if they're downright miserable just because of it. abortion, isn't for anybody to say except the individual. when that thing breathes air and forces itself to survive, that's when personhood begins, that's the first hurdle. being alive isn't a right. it's a gift, one we can't snatch from any person strong enough to keep going. anything before that, i'm unconvinced is special or relatively important in any sense. the only thing that makes sense is the months of work the woman has to endure just help the baby grow, and if she so chooses, she (in my opinion) gets to opt out and nope her way out of the situation.

    if someone asks you to assist them in suicide, do you deny it? or ignore it? or pass it off to someone else so you don't have to be honest and say no? i'd assist but i'd desperately want to know why.

    this whole decision on abortion is solely a religious endeavour. if we were smart, we'd agree that any more than 2 kids per couple should immediately be prevented. it sounds awful, but agreeing means that tragic effect wouldn't need to be implemented. we'd agree to do things better. if every life is special, then why does anybody starve to death? why is anybody homeless? i know why… if we bicker amongst ourselves then we're too distracted to see Bazos do some crazy shit. or Musk publicly announce purchase of twitter then back out. the REAL problems aren't beaurocratic. they social. they're not words, they're deeds and charity. GOVERNMENT is literally just a wall between you and invading armies. they ask for your help by joining thier armies and bulking up resistance. that's all they are. we pay them to make things like infrastructure and they throw it away. this abortion thing is a meaningless, tit-for-tat exchange while shit keeps going down the tubes. the tube. a big tube. toob.

    look ladies. i'm not sympathetic, this is pure logic here. if you're 8 months preggers, you still get too choose whether or not to evict that bastard who's squatting in your body. if you decide to let it into the world, then i'm expeting you to care for it. i'm doing my part by being honest and as straight forward as i can be. this world isn't nice, so prepare to fight. a lot. otherwise, you can live like me, not responsiblities, no cares. just simple interactions. if you want more and can make a life for the kid, go for it. strength as a mother is somehow way more than any man i've ever known of. shit gets tough, but you grew a dude, nothing says "fuck off" more than growing people and popping them into this world. you're in charge with people numbers. be smarter. more kids is NOT a good thing. i have whole speeches prepared for this, but i'll drop a tidbit of another. "it takes a villiage" used to be a phrase that meant something. these days the village is extracted and now growing up depends solely on the parents and asshole teachers who don't like the little shits anyway.

  14. Isn't all pregnancy a condition that can develop into an emergency? I'm sick and tired of these conservatives acting like pregnancy and birth is just a bunch of rainbows and unicorns.

  15. TBH many things in the Biden admin have been just that shadow boxing. He did the same thing with student loan dept the checks were that. We gotta read the full article with Biden there is always something underhand and shady with this admin. #bidendontrun

  16. If that's the case, that these states were already allowing women in danger to be allowed abortions, then explain to me why Texas AG just sued the Biden Administration over this very measure? ya don't get much redder than that infernal state. Somebody is being disingenuous here.

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