EP 158: Fordism

Dennis returns from his “deathbed” and Patrick fixed the stream to allow the podcast back onto iTunes.  We discuss Henry Ford, Detroit and Dearborn of the 1930’s, and the manner in which America could have or do fall into authoritarian rule. We look at how the Black Legion subverted democracy.  We wrap things up with musing about liberal democracy and American national identity.

Henry Ford’s Reign of Terror

The Black Legion

Terror in the City of Champions

Dearborn Independent archives

Henry Ford’s Experiment to Build a Better Worker

Park project to mark Ford Massacre, one of the bloodiest events in Detroit labor history

Deep in Brazil’s Amazon, Exploring the Ruins of Ford’s Fantasyland

Plot Against America

Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America

EP 147: FCC Me

Patrick goes solo to explain the history of The FCC,  How Tim Wu explains Net Neutrality, and why Ajit Pai is like a comic book henchmen.  There is also some Venture Brothers love heaped on at the end of the show.


Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination

Vox Explainer

Ajit Pai submits plan to allow more media consolidation

Geroge Carlin Seven Dirty Words

Howard Stern War with FCC

Portgual’s Broadband Plan

The Venture Brother’s Guild

EP 134: Robert Mercer Super-Villain

Patrick goes solo for a deep dive into the ultra rich, ultra creepy and kinda Bond Villainesque….Robert Mercer.  The guy that owns Breitbart, pushed Brexit and funded the Trump presidency.

Tons of show notes below.

Mercer Info Subreddit

Mercer Family own Steve Bannon

New Cold War

Senate Intel on Active Measures

Jane Mayer article on Robert Mercer

A Billionaire-Backed ‘Movement’ Is Dangerously Close to Calling a Constitutional Convention

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine

Robert Mercer – Yacht

Building the House of Breitbart

Hedge-fund magnate backing Cruz is major investor in Breitbart News Network

Researchers Examine Breitbart’s Influence On Election Information

EP 131: Chrononauts N Boyscouts

Patrick invites Roejen on from the Project Archivist to discuss guys who claim to have made time machines, guys who built nuclear piles, John Titor defenders, DARPA and where you can buy the time machine featured in Napolean Dynamite.


Project Archivist

John Titor Podcast

Radioactive Boyscout

Madman Marcum

Steven Gibbs inventor of HDR

The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency

Q fever: a biological weapon in your backyard.

Researcher uses math to investigate possibility of time travel



EP 118: Alternate Superhero History

What would happen if Superman was a soviet?  Or raised by hippies?  What would Batman in 1860’s Gotham look like?  Would a resurrected Captain America in the 1980’s be a tool of the CIA?

List of Elseworlds publications

Batman Gotham by Gaslight

Superman Red Son

Iron Man Politics

Captain America and Patriotism

Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice

EP 117: Putin and Doctor Doom

Patrick goes solo and plays real life supervillains comparing  Vladimir Putin to one Victor Von Doom of Latveria.  It is not an A for A comparison but the two rulers share many qualities including, arcane mysticism, technological mastery of espionage and the undying love of their respective people.

Show Notes

Doom Links

Doom War

Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment

Secret Wars

Books of Doom

Putin Links

How the 1980s Explains Vladimir Putin

In Expanding Russian Influence, Faith Combines With Firepower

FULL: Vladimir Putin Annual Press Conference (12/23/2016) ORIGINAL

Freedom House Russia

Russia’s presidential election results by province: mapped and listed

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.

Invasion of the troll armies: from Russian Trump supporters to Turkish state stooges

Why Vladimir Putin’s People Love Him

How to understand Putin’s jaw-droppingly high approval ratings


Dissecting Worlds Podcast

War is Boring
The War College Podcast


EP 81: The Politics of Superheroes


The duo choose 10 superheroes and try to figure out their religious and political affiliations.  Is Batman a libertarian?  Spider-Man a nice Jewish boy from Queens?  What makes Superman an FDR era Democrat? Would the Punisher vote Trump?