Live Around the Planet: Wednesday May 15th

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Today, Wednesday, I’ll be conducting a Mark Steyn Club second-birthday edition of our Clubland Q&A, live around the world at 4pm Eastern in North America – that’s 8pm Greenwich Mean Time. We’ll try to pin down the rest of the time zones below, but do, as they say, check local listings.

If you caught the first part of my conversation with George Papadopoulos re the long arm of the Deep State, we’ll pick up where that left off and explore some of the danker corners of the permanent bureaucracy and its brazen subversion of government by the people.

And, as we’re still in the midst of Steyn Club second anniversary observances, I’ll be glad to take questions from Club members on what you like about us, and what you don’t; what we’ve got right these first two years, and what we’re missing. If you have any thoughts on our classic fiction serializations or music specials or our upcoming Steyn cruise, I’m happy to talk about those as well – whatever Club-related topics tickle your fancy. Thank you to all our First Fortnight Founding Members who’ve decide to re-up and renew for another twelve months. But we also like to hear from brand new Club members, so if you’ve joined this month or even this morning feel free to shoot me a question on any topic that tickles your fancy.

Whether or not you’re a member of The Mark Steyn Club, you can listen to the Clubland Q&A live as it happens wherever you happen to be on this turbulent earth: Club membership is required only to ask a question. If you’ve been toying with signing up, either for a full year or a see-how-it-goes experimental quarter, there’s still time to do so and shoot me a head-scratcher for today’s show. In recent days we’ve had new members join from Orillia, Ontario and Summerville, South Carolina and Meringo, New South Wales and many other places – and all our newbies are welcome to chip in when we crank it up in a few hours’ time.

As soon as we go live, members should log-in and submit their queries via our comment form below – and I’ll answer them as-it-happens on the audio livestream that should magically appear above (or possibly below – I forget which). And, if you disagree with my response, feel free to object to it in the comments, and I’ll try to address a couple of the objections as we go along.

Clubland Q&A and much of our other content is supported by members of The Mark Steyn Club. As I always say, we’re not paywalling off SteynOnline or any of that nonsense – and in fact this site now offers more free content than ever before in our sixteen-year history: more columns, more essays, more audio, more video. But Club membership does confer a few benefits, including not only participation in our Q&As but also Tales for Our Time, my series of video poetry, and much more. And I’m very heartened by the comments of those who’ve decided to re-subscribe. Lori from Iowa:

Love the club. I’ve read and listened to Mark for years.

Well, you could try watching too, Lori. The camera adds ten pounds, and there are four of them. Ross from Houston, Texas writes:

Keep up the great work Mark. Geo. H. W. Bush said 1000 points of light. You are that but in today’s world what is needed are 1000 points of sanity. You are one of those.

A thousand points of sane light? We’ll try to do that, Ross. Robert from the intriguingly named metropolis of Mordialloc in Victoria says:

It’s been a great year for the club, Mark! All the best and please please please, keep up the writing on songs and music and the things that matter. I don’t give two figs about the politics anymore.

I feel that way myself these days, Robert, especially when I read of the upcoming election Down Under. But we cover the big issues and the small pleasures here, and we’ll keep trying to juggle both. We’re a convivial band in The Mark Steyn Club, and, if you fancy joining, you can find out more about it right here – or, if you have pals who are partial to audio fiction, you can sign ’em up for our special Gift Membership, and they’ll be all set for next week’s new Tale for Our Time.

So see you back here live this afternoon at 4pm Eastern in Orillia and Summerville. That’s 5pm in the Canadian Maritimes, 5.30pm in Newfoundland – and, beyond the Americas, 9pm in London, 10pm in Paris, 11pm in Jerusalem, midnight in Muscat, the early hours of Wednesday morning in Asia, a bright and early 6am breakfast in Meringo, and a slightly more convivial hour for the kippers and kedgeree in New Zealand and beyond.

But, whatever time it is where you are, we do hope you’ll be able to join us. To listen to the livestream, simply click the “play” icon on the audio player (in certain browsers, the audio will start auto-playing). And to pose a question simply use the comment form below.

~For more Steyn Club second anniversary celebrations, please see:

The Mark Steyn Show
with George Papadopoulos

Steyn’s Song of the Week
Tea for Two

Tales for Our Time
The Island of Dr Moreau

On the Town
Non-Stop Nearly Number Ones

A Clubman’s Notes
Now We Are Two