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 is joined by guest host Hinton to have a wide-ranging conversation about the areas in which internet subculture bleed into American political culture.
Worst of Reddit
Patrick is joined by guest host Mike “Red Wizard” Fallek to discuss bunk, hoaxes, junk science and general groupthink in American society. We start with PT Barnum and end with TED Talks. This one is hard to pin down we go in all over the place, there is a thesis in there someplace.
You can find Mike here Let’s Start A Cult Podcast
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.
This week we use the Al Franken speech at the Open Markets Institute sponsored the event as a screed against Big Tech, Bots, and monopolies. Some debate ensues about the Fairness Doctrine and “citizen journalists”. There is more debate about how to regulate Algrurytms from Google, Facebook, We end as always on a pessimistic note about a toothless FEC and the lust for antitrust in America.
Hear Patrick featured this week on Jabber and the Drone Podcast
Our show was featured on The Podcast Discovery Network
Notes for this week
We play L. Ron Hubbard and take anchor text of literature from our classroom and turn it into a doctrine of a new religion.
Patrick uses John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men melds Pre Vatican II Catholicism and Marxism to create a small animal worshipping and atonement cult.
Dennis takes his favorite work The Great Gatsby and constructs a Neo Midwestern Protestantism that rejects avarice and values confessional secret keeping?.
Of Mice and Men
Dennis and Patrick ponder how modern American succession of states and cities work?How would it work in a federal republic? Would Vermont become a free state? Would we three Californias? An Independent Texas? A northern and southern New York State? The Upper Peninsula freehold of “Superior” or even the mighty city-state of Las Vegas?
Lots of notes below.