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 155: Nixons

Alternate takes on Richard M Nixon mania takes hold when we dig down into different scenarios in which “Tricky Dick” is triumphant or king mutant of the radioactive slag pile. Could he win in 1960? Been convicted on national television? Started a major international conflict in the Middle East?

1. What if Nixon won in 1960

Nixon Wins 1960

Alternate Nixon’s Part 1

2. A Third-Rate Burglary: No Watergate

Slow Burn Podcast

No Watergate Timeline

3.  Yom Kippur War

Nixon Drunk During Yom Kippur War

Nuclear Yom Kippur War

CIA Declassified files on Nixon Arab Israeli War

Nuclear War while Nixon Slumbered

4. Nixon On Trial 

Watergate Counterfactual

America in Revolt During the 1960s and 1970s

EP 150: The Alternate History of Walt Disney

Dennis and Patrick play alternate historians with Walt Disney.   Would Walt have us all living in some retro-futuristic utopia by 2018?  Would we be living in scaled-up Singapore?  If Disney went under would we have Bugs Bunny fever for 80 years?  Would we all just be living under the fear of Mouseketeer death squads?  Four different alternate timelines are devised and debated.

Four Timelines are…

What would happen if Walt ran as Republican in 1952 presidential election?

What if Disneyland was followed up by a Disney World in Missouri, Branson?

What if Disney went under after the animator strike of 1941?

Epcot is constructed as a World’s Fair and industrial park that showcases city planning technology?

Dark Timeline

Happy Timeline

Disney Animators Strike 1941

FBI, Hoover, Disney Snitch

Drawing the Line Book

Trump and Disney hot take

EP 139: Sports Alt History

Dennis and Patrick look at three different points of divergence and look at the political, social, and economic fallout if things changed very slightly on the hardwood, boxing ring, and baseball diamond.

Scenarios

1:  Joe Louis Loses Rematch

2. Bad Boys Redeemed

3.  No MLB baseball strike  in 1994

Sources

Legacy of Joe Louis

Bad Boys and Good Times

The Louis-Schmelling Paradox and the League Standing Effect Reconsidered

WHAT IF … MLB avoided the strike?

Champion of the World

 

EP 137: WW1 Alt History Part Deux

Return engagement to 1914 and to create some wilder, wackier, and more improbable World War One scenarios.  Britain never enters the war, Germany takes Middle East oil, and the Second Mexican American War.

Scenarios

  1.  No Britain joining Entente Powers
  2.  “The Great War Torpedoed”
  3.  Pax Germanica
  4.  Mexican-American Front
  5.  Vampire World War

Show Notes

Alternate Historian 

Jabber and the Drone

Britain entering first world war was ‘biggest error in modern history’

Bertrand Russell and the Conscientious Objectors

1920: America’s Great War

1901

What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been [vt More What If? Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been

The German Invasion of Great Britain

Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier & the Vampire 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EP 129: No Roe V Wade

Dennis throws out a landmine and we theorize about how the social and political landscape of America could change in which abortion is still federally outlawed.  Would it have made partisan politics less divisive?  Would it have neutralized the power of Moral Majority?   What would happen to Reaganites or Third Wayers? Would the Silent Majority have brought the GOP “win at all costs mentality” no matter the outcome?

Links

Katha Pollitt’s ‘Pro: Taking Back the RightKatha Pollitt’s ‘Pro: Taking Back the Right

Abortion and crime: who should you believe?

Unsafe Abortion: Global and Regional Incidence, Trends, Consequences, and Challenges

Get Me Roger Stone

 

EP 128: Greater and Lesser Wars

Patrick and Dennis take four points of divergence before, after, and during the Great War.  We play out the following Alternate Historie scenarios as far as our knowledge can carry us before the cyborg moon bats take over.

  1. Teddy Roosevelt brings the Americans to Europe in 1916
  2. 1917 French Army mutinies

  3. Lenin never goes to Petrograd
  4.  1919 Proto-European Union and Japanese – American Cold War

Links

The Company of the DeadThe Company of the Dead

Over the Top: Alternate Histories of the First World War

American Front (The Great War, Book 1)

The Presidency of Charles Evans Hughes

Matt Mitrovich The Alternate Historian