EP 161: Social Culture Warriors

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.

Notes

Jabber and the Drone podcast

History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past

The ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Is Just Rehashing History on Trial: Culture Wars and Old P.C. Controversies in New Media

Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web

HOW MEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE FINDING UNLIKELY ALLIES IN NEW ATHEISM: #METOO, THE MANOSPHERE, AND THE “CHURCH OF FEMINISM”

Mattress Protest and Its Aftermath

Columbia Settles With ‘Mattress Girl’ Victim, Who Is Not Mattress Girl, Somehow

Facebook’s Alleged Role in Myanmar’s Violence Is “Deeply Concerning,” Says Facebook’s News Feed Chief

Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels

Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News

Dan Savage It Gets Better NPR

 

EP 160: The Uncanny Tax-Men

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.

MMT Again

Modern Monetary Theory Explained

The Deficit Doesn’t Matter

Two Santa Clauses or How The Republican Party Has Conned America for Thirty Years

Cardi B: Here’s where your tax money is going

Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem

Property Tax System is Killing American Public Schools

How Tax Breaks Help the Rich

Seattle Corporate Tax Fight

Has Student Loan Debt Reached A Crisis Point?

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 149: Alternate 1914 Christmas Truce

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?
  • What would happen to Alsace Lorraine?
  • Would things change on the Eastern Front?

Notes

Great Timeline and Story on subject

The Other Assassination that Started World War 1

The Seven Months War of 1914

Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce of 1914

EP 148: Political Fight Club

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.

Notes

Andrew Jackson was in more than 100 duels! And he killed a guy!!!

Theodore Roosevelt: The Rough-and-Tumble, Wrestling, Grappling President

Walking to Mackinac

Breaking The Backcountry: Seven Years War In Virginia And Pennsylvania 1754-1765

Senator Joe McCarthy Spars with Senator Stuart Symington

March: Book Three

LBJ Was Obsessed With His Dick

EP 145: They Live

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

They Live Trailer

Why ‘They Live’ Is a Subversive 1980s Masterpiece – Rolling Stone

Why Do Internet Nazis Think ’80s Cult Classic They Live Is an Anti-Jewish Conspiracy?

ADVERTISING AND CONSUMPTION IN THEY LIVE. A CRITICAL
ANALYSIS ON AD IDEOLOGY

Against the Fascist Creep

John Carpenter music