Ask A Genius 497 – An Arena of Art: Decay of Culture, Pretty Killy, and Kinda Corrupt (1)

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Ask A Genius 497 – An Arena of Art: Decay of Culture, Pretty Killy, and Kinda Corrupt (1)

January 7, 2019

[Beginning of recorded material]

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Let’s go with mysteries, problems, or simply anomalies.

Rick Rosner: I am going to ask questions that I do not necessarily have the answer to. Is Trump an anomaly or is Trump simply how politicians are going to be into the future? Another question: is salacious culture just an expanded arena of art or decadence that indicates the decay of our culture?

Before you started taping, you and I were discussing the relative war criminality of Bush 43, the younger one, and then Obama. Bush 43 lied us into the Iraq War, which led to the deaths between roughly 300,000 and even a 1,000,000 Iraqis and other people across the Middle East.

You argued and I was persuaded that Obama was pretty killy over there, to the point of committing a lot of war crimes in a destabilized Middle East with the drone policy and screwing up in Libya with Qaddafi.

Neither of them compares in terms of horribleness to Trump, at least horribleness potential. He has been in office for 2 years, so hasn’t had the full 8 years. But he has the potential to get us in a lot of trouble.

He has loosened the rules of engagement for taking on ISIS, which led to increased civilian deaths. Although, the two previous presidents were responsible for hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths.

Our discussion began with Obama giving a speech, where Obama came out against Trump and the Republicans. He was saying that they were completely corrupt and interested in the perpetuation of power at the expense of traditional American values.

Him being that explicit is a new thing.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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