Patrick invites Cassidy Robinson of the podcast, Jabber and the Drone, to discuss how YouTube helped reignite the culture wars that lay dormant for a decade. We run through how electoral politics have become social politics and how regulation and gate keeping can help clean up the algorithmic mess of social media and streaming services.
Dennis and Patrick delve into their Economic textbooks and attempt to explain the American tax system, Modern Monetary Theory, The Two Santa System, school district funding, student loan crisis and why deficits never mattered.
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 ponder a more uplifting Alternate History topic. On Dec 25th, 1914 after seven horrific months of fighting during the first World War German and British Soldiers played soccer and exchanged gifts during a brief truce. What if things went differently?
What if Jean Jaures had not been assassinated and could have stayed a voice of dissent in France?
What if the New York Times ran the story the day after the revolt? Instead over a week later?
What if leadership was slow to respond to protests at home and Op-Ed columns ran?
What if Wilson took advantage of the situation and have pressured matters from America?
Enjoy some historical profiles along with some high-level dorkish drafting as Patrick and Dennis pick their six of the “toughest” American political figures. Then we explain how the epic fight would shake out. What follows is a long and wild Dragon Ball Z meets WWE Royal Rumble.
Patrick invites guest host Cassidy Robinson from Jabber and the Drone, on the podcast to discuss the John Carpenter cult classic They Live. We look at the film from its’ original Reaganomics and consumerist critique to its evolution as a Shepard Fairey skateboarding meme. We also take a look at the battle to save the iconography and thesis of the film from being co-opted by Neo-Nazi groups online. And wrap things up with discussing John Carpenter the Auteur
Patrick and Dennis construct their own places of higher learning from scratch. They draft the America’s “greatest” academic and intellectual minds to fill their departments. They also pick mascots, and locations as well as read some emails
No show links this week, we were lucky to even get one out…