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.
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.
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.
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.
John Titor Podcast
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?
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.
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?