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APRIL 25, 2021



Hour 1

"China's Historic Persecution of the Falun Gong"

Dr. Shizhong Chen


Hour 2

"The Dictatorship of Woke Capital"


Stephen R. Soukup


"China's Historic Persecution of the Falun Gong"

About Dr. Shizhong Chen

Dr. Shizhong Chen has been active in projects concerning China for over 30 years. He has founded, co-founded, or been spokesperson for a number of organizations concerning China, and has spoken extensively on issues related to China.

Dr. Chen began his activism in 1989, when he helped to organize supporting activities during the 1989 Beijing Student Movement. Outraged by the June 4th Massacre, Dr. Chen founded the Tiananmen Square Foundation, has served on the Board of the Press Freedom Guardian, and was elected as the vice president of The Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars in the U.S.

Upon learning the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, Dr. Chen founded the Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group in 2001, and has since submitted over 100,000 cases of human rights abuses against Falun Gong practitioners to UN Special Rapporteurs. He also founded and is President of the Conscience Foundation, a non-profit organization to publicize and remind people that the human conscience is the very essence of humanity.

Dr. Chen has spoken extensively on the issue of human rights in China. Since 2001, he has frequented meetings of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva (now the Human Rights Council), spoken to the Council, to Special Rapporteurs, and at many forums to forward the cause of human rights. He was a panelist at an annual meeting of the California Bar Association, has spoken to Amnesty International’s US West Region, and has made numerous appearances at various forums and on radio and TV shows and interviews.

Among the books that Dr. Chen has authored or co-authored are: Stories of Conscience, The Falun Gong Report, Falun Gong, Humanity’s Last Stand, now in its third edition, and, most recently, a comprehensive report on the extensive psychiatric torture taking place in China.

In 2005, Dr. Chen conceived the idea of the Courageous People, Spirited Land TV series and implemented the project. The programs have since become very popular in China where viewers have been disseminating them defying Chinese regime’s prohibition.

From 2010, Dr. Chen has given a presentation on The Renaissance of Chinese Culture over one hundred Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Lion Clubs, and various colleges.

From 2012, Dr. Chen has been working with a group of activists in China to use China’s current laws to defend civil rights.

Dr. Chen was born in China in 1962. At 15, he entered the gifted program at China University of Science and Technology. He came to the U.S. in 1982 to study and received his Ph.D. degree in molecular biology at University of California, San Diego. He currently owns and runs a molecular biology startup in San Diego.




Here is a link to one of the manuscripts mentioned in Dr. Chen's bio, and may provide some background to a topic that will be covered in our show:

Here are links to one episode of the documentaries that The Conscience Foundation have produced, in case you are interested:

From our guest for today's show:


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"The Dictatorship of Woke Capital"

Stephen R. Soukup

About Stephen R. Soukup       WE THE PEOPLE RADIO

Stephen Soukup is the senior commentator, vice president, and publisher of The Political Forum, an independent research provider that delivers research and consulting services to the institutional investment community, with an emphasis on economic, social, political, and geopolitical events likely to have an impact on the financial markets in the United States and abroad. He is also the director of The Political Forum Institute, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating and preserving community, primarily among those who earn their living and create wealth for the nation through the capital markets.

Soukup is a frequent media guest who has appeared on major radio and television programs nationwide. He is also author of the new book, The Dictatorship of Woke Capital. Soukup has followed politics and federal regulatory policy for the financial community since 1996, when he joined the award-winning Washington research office of Prudential Securities. He is also a fellow in culture and economy at the Culture of Life Foundation.

The Dictatorship of Woke Capital
How Political Correctness Captured Big Business
By Stephen R. Soukup

Washington, DC—For the better part of a century, the Left has been waging a slow, methodical battle for control of the institutions of Western civilization. During most of that time, “business”—and American Big Business, in particular—remained the last redoubt for those who believed in free people, free markets, and the criticality of private property. Over the past two decades, however, that has changed, and the Left has taken its long march to the last remaining non-Leftist institution.

In THE DICTATORSHIP OF WOKE CAPITAL: How Political Correctness Captured Big Business (Encounter Books, February 23, 2021), Stephen Soukup—Vice President and Publisher of The Political Forum—reveals how a politicized Corporate America threatens our nation, the freedoms we all cherish, and the fundamentals of capitalism itself. Soukup authoritatively demonstrates how the political Left is harnessing the power of business, and especially capital markets, to advance overtly and exclusively political ends with an eye towards unconstrained control over every aspect of our lives.

The “ESG” movement, an investment trend focused on Environmental, Social, and Governance matters in assessing a company’s long-term value, is rapidly replacing traditional measures of analyzing corporate success that were meant to direct capital to more profitable enterprises and guarantee shareholder value. “Sustainability”—not profitability—is rapidly being embraced as the value by which investments should be measured. But “woke capital” is even more insidious. As Soukup argues, it is ultimately a top-down, antidemocratic means by which some of the most powerful and best-known men and women in American business are endeavoring to change capitalism, the securities markets, and the fundamental relationship between the state and its citizens—and to “save” the world.

Few had observed the radical leftward drift of business until 2019 when the activists of woke capital pushed too far in a concerted effort on the part of several multibillion-dollar companies trying to dictate moral matters to the American people. As THE DICTATORSHIP OF WOKE CAPITAL notes, “Specifically, several large media companies—“Disney, Netflix, and Warner Media”—had begun a campaign to punish the people of Georgia by crip­pling the state’s economy. Why? Because the elected representatives of the people had passed a law—in keeping with the values and beliefs of the state’s residents—to restrict abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected. These mega-media corporations were unhappy with the law, so they were threatening to pull production of their projects from the state. It was blackmail pure and simple. Pulling business from Georgia would serve only to hurt Georgians, including, of course, many women. But the media companies had their principles—or had, more likely, been told by activist employees and shareholders what their positions should be—and they were determined to make a stand, a blatantly undemocratic and coercive stand.”

Over the course of the past two years or so, a small handful of politicians on the Right—Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, and Josh Hawley, to name three—have begun to sense that something is wrong with American business and have sought to identify the problem and offer solutions to rectify it. While the attention of high-profile politicians to the issue is welcome, to date the solutions they have proposed are inadequate, for a variety of reasons, including a failure to grasp the scope of the problem, failure to understand the mechanisms of corporate governance, and an overreliance on state-imposed, top-down solutions.

THE DICTATORSHIP OF WOKE CAPITAL provides a comprehensive overview of the problem and the players involved, both on the aggressive, hard-charging Left and in the nascent conservative resistance. It explains what the Left is doing and how and why the Right must be prepared and willing to fight back to save this critical aspect of American culture from becoming another, more economically powerful version of the “woke” college campus.

Ultimately, THE DICTATORSHIP OF WOKE CAPITAL contends that our nation must depoliticize business. Soukup argues: “The choice here is simple. If we as a civilization allow even the spirit of capitalism to become part of “the political” and part of the total state, then we will have order—for however long that lasts. If we resist the politicization of business and of capital markets, however; if we determine for ourselves that disorder and depoliticization are the preferable options, then we not only preserve liberty but also preserve the spirit of innova­tion and expression that harnesses liberty to create wealth and prosperity.”

To arrange an interview with The Dictatorship of Woke Capital author Stephen Soukup, please contact Stephen Manfredi at 202.222.8028 or .