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 156: Very Online Problems

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.

Gamergate

Timeline of Gamergate

Comicsgate Is Gamergate’s Next Horrible Evolution

Gamergate vs. Trump

What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left

Worst of Reddit

Reddit Bans ‘Incel’ Group for Inciting Violence Against Women

Exclusive: Reddit Says It’s Cooperating With Russia Investigations. They’ve Handed Over Zero Documents.

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 154: Best That Never Was

This week we delve into three athletes that were the greatest that never became the greatest.

We bring three different athletes from three different sports and wonder aloud on what their impact would be on the American landscape

  1. Len Bias

How An Athlete’s Death Led To Shoddy Drug Laws

30 Years after Basketball Star Len Bias’ Death, Its Drug War Impact Endures

    2.  Steve Dalkowski

A look back at Steve Dalkowski, one of baseball’s most mythical fireballers

High Heat: History of the Fast Ball

   3.  Joe Don Looney

The Greatest Player Who Never Was

Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

Random Stuff

City of Champions

Ford Hunger Riot 1932

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