|Born||January 31, 1988|
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
|Education||Bachelor's degree in political science: Iona College|
|Religion||None (agnostic atheist)|
|Years active||2008 – present|
|Network||The Young Turks|
|Subscriber and view counts updated as of December 2018.|
Kyle Kulinski (born January 31, 1988) is an American political activist, progressive talk radio host, social democratic political commentator and the co-founder of Justice Democrats. He is the host and producer of the YouTube show Secular Talk, an affiliate of The Young Turks network. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Kulinski is from Westchester County, New York. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2006 and Iona College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in psychology. He is of Italian and Polish descent. He attended high school with former NFL player Ray Rice.
Kulinski started the Secular Talk YouTube channel in 2008. The channel began as a hobby for him as he finished his studies at Iona College. The videos Kulinski published were almost all exclusively political commentaries, with segments such as the "Nutjob of the Week" and the "Common Sense Award", where Kulinski would offer his take on the actions of public figures and groups. In 2012, Kulinski began publishing videos full-time and started broadcasting on BlogTalkRadio as "The Kyle Kulinski Show."
Kulinski covers politics, news, current events, pop culture, economics, science, philosophy and religion from a "libertarian-left; populist; social democratic; agnostic-atheist" point of view. The Secular Talk YouTube channel received its 100,000th subscriber in April 2014 and reached 500,000 subscribers in September 2017.
Kulinski has described himself as a social democrat as well as left libertarian in Political Compass parlance, favoring a hands-off approach to social issues while supporting government intervention on economic issues like health care and the minimum wage. He takes a generally protectionist approach to trade. He advocates for single-payer healthcare, free tuition at public colleges and universities, a living wage, reduction in military spending and an end to military interventionism, infrastructure spending, a Green New Deal, a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics, the legalization of euthanasia and the legalization, regulation and taxation of drugs and prostitution. Following the 2018 midterm elections, Kulinski began taking a favorable stance on having a federal referendum system in the United States akin to many European nations, stating that "we should vote on five important issues directly." He is also known for his opposition to various liberal political factions in the United States such as the neoliberals and corporate Democrats (Democratic politicians who oppose somewhat redistributive policies like single-payer healthcare and raising the minimum wage), but also further left "social justice warriors" whose beliefs he considers contrary to liberal values. Kulinski has referred to himself as an "international moderate", arguing that he is only considered far-left and "extreme" in the United States because "the spectrum of public discourse has shifted to the far-right".
Kulinski believes the main problem with American politics is the existence of corporate campaign contributions and their influence on public policy. He has called Democrats who take campaign contributions from corporations of Political Action Committees a "house of cards" because they have trouble attracting public support as shown by their losses in seats during Barack Obama's presidency. Kulinski believes that if it was not for these donations, Democrats would be in favor of Bernie Sanders' political positions because "these are ideas that are wildly popular".
Kulinski supports the LGBT rights movement. In 2014, when then-Fox News host Oliver North made a speech comparing fighting against gay rights to fighting against slavery, Kulinski covered the speech by saying: "Not only is there no comparison, if anything the opposition position on those issues is more like opposing slavery". Kulinski added: "To be in favor of gay rights and to try to treat people equally under the law—that is definitely a movement that is more in line with the idea behind the abolitionists of treating people equal and treating people right".
2016 presidential election
Kulinski supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary election and voted for Jill Stein in the general election. While critical of Hillary Clinton, he described her as the "lesser of two evils" in the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump and stated that if he had lived in a swing state such as Ohio, he would have voted for her.
Kulinski is skeptical of many claims made by mainstream media figures and politicians regarding Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections. He has expressed skepticism that the Trump administration serves Russia's interests to help Trump win the presidency. He has been critical of the Democratic Party and mainstream media's coverage of the subject, arguing that in their focus on Russian collusion they often leave out coverage of more important issues and delegitimize themselves in the eyes of the American public.
Since the election of Donald Trump, Kulinski has criticized the Democratic Party's "resistance" against Trump, stating that they find themselves praising everyone who does not support Trump, even establishment and neoconservative Republicans. Kulinski disapproves of this because "establishment Republicans want Trump to do every single thing he’s doing minus the 'mean tweets'". Kyle stated "when Donald Trump needs to be opposed, we will do everything to block hideous legislation from getting through", but that when Trump proposes things that are "good for the American people", such as pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, implementing tariffs on steel and aluminum or rebuilding American infrastructure, Democrats should stand with him on these issues even if it means giving Trump symbolic victories.
In January 2017, Kulinski joined The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur and former communications leaders of the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in founding Justice Democrats. Justice Democrats is a progressive political action committee that says its goal is to "put an end to Washington corruption and bring about election reform".
Kulinski announced his resignation from Justice Democrats on December 23, 2017. This decision came after the staff of Justice Democrats pressured Uygur to resign following the resurfacing of blog posts he had written in the early 2000s which they argued were sexist against women. Kulinski stated that he disagreed with the staff's decision, but he still wanted to respect their wishes. However, he stated that he still intended to support Justice Democrats' candidates. As such, his was one of the only news outlets who reported on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary challenge against Joe Crowley before her victory was announced.
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- "Trump is more paranoid and vengeful than Nixon — but his stupidity makes him much more dangerous". www.rawstory.com. 13 November 2017.
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