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“The first time that I listened to Kyle Kulinski’s show was last summer in a taxi. The driver was using his phone to stream an episode from the car stereo. He did this loudly in order to convert the captive audience.
“Do you like Kyle Kulinski?”
Ahmed, a recent immigrant, was apparently a die-hard Secular Talk fan, Kulinski’s political talk show on YouTube. I said yes. Kulinski is a good friend of mine. I had seen his show a few years back and thought he was quite talented.
Ahmed stated, “He understands what’s up against.” “Like Bernie.”
It was a surprise to me that Kulinski was mentioned in the same breath with Bernie Sanders. This was especially surprising given their adoration. Kulinski’s show was mostly capital-P, progressive takes on the news. This is more true for me than Sanders’ democratic socialism.
This impression is not entirely false.
Kulinski, a New Yorker, tells me that he doesn’t have the time to think about philosophical, airy bullshit from his Westchester home. “I don’t want to hear anything about Lenin. Marx is not what I want to hear. I want a simple, plainspoken agenda with a clear way to sell 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. Although Chapo Trap House has a large fan base and a significant amount of media influence, their audience is only half that of Kulinski.
Secular Talk may be more likely to be incorporated with progressive networks like Air America and Pacifica alumnis like Sam Seder, than with the more resolutely socialist world. However, Kulinski’s fiery rhetoric and razor-sharp class instincts and ability for withering takedowns set him apart from his peers. His rhetoric is more like a Eugene Debs or a Chris Hayes.
The thirty-two year-old Kulinski, unlike Amy Goodman and Hayes, is almost invisible to mainstream media. Despite having a huge fan base, Kulinski’s show has not been mentioned once in the trend articles on “the Millennial Left”, which are pumped out every day by the prestige media. Kulinski has never been mentioned in the New York Times or Vox, nor in the Washington Post. This is despite his role in founding Justice Democrats, widely believed to have brought Alexandria OcasioCortez and “the Squad” into power.
His Wikipedia page was removed last week. Why? According to one moderator, “There is absolutely no [reliable source] coverage about this person.” He’s the Sean Hannity of Berniecrat Left in new media. He’s not even mentioned in old media.
There are probably a few reasons why this is so. Kulinski’s program is not “cool”. Kulinski’s show is not “cool”. A friend said that it sounds like “Welcome To Secular Talk” on Egyptian radio. His social-democratic, no-nonsense politics will not earn him much respect from the Full Communism crowd. He records his show in a Westchester studio that he built in his Westchester home. He is too sexy and has too much taste in clothes to be considered “Dirtbag Left.” He also has never attended an n+1 release party. He says that he has not been to one and that he doesn’t know .”
what it means.
He’s remarkably connected for a young man from the suburbs. You might be wondering how Sanders got on the Joe Rogan Experience. Kulinski introduced them to Rogan, who is a regular guest on the wildly popular show. Kulinski was told by Rogan that “You make me the most sense,” during a recent episode. “You’re just a normal person
Kulinski’s show is much like Sanders’s. It has a huge audience that doesn’t fit with our media’s understandings of “what kids want .”
” or “what left-wing kids wants.
It’s probably for good — the very woke, very WASP-ish decorum that haunts much of the media industry is not to be found at Secular Talk. On a recent episode, he stated that “Corporate Democrats over-focussed on identity to distract you from the issues which unite us all — classes issues.” “Raytheon said they don’t hate gays and trans people. I don’t care what their view is …”
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