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.
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
2. A Third-Rate Burglary: No Watergate
3. Yom Kippur War
4. Nixon On Trial
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?
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.
1: Joe Louis Loses Rematch
2. Bad Boys Redeemed
3. No MLB baseball strike in 1994
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.
- No Britain joining Entente Powers
- “The Great War Torpedoed”
- Pax Germanica
- Mexican-American Front
- Vampire World War
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?
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.
- Teddy Roosevelt brings the Americans to Europe in 1916
1917 French Army mutinies
- Lenin never goes to Petrograd
- 1919 Proto-European Union and Japanese – American Cold War