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 118: Alternate Superhero History

What would happen if Superman was a soviet?  Or raised by hippies?  What would Batman in 1860’s Gotham look like?  Would a resurrected Captain America in the 1980’s be a tool of the CIA?

List of Elseworlds publications

Batman Gotham by Gaslight

Superman Red Son

Iron Man Politics

Captain America and Patriotism

Humans and Paragons: Essays on Super-Hero Justice

EP 117: Putin and Doctor Doom

Patrick goes solo and plays real life supervillains comparing  Vladimir Putin to one Victor Von Doom of Latveria.  It is not an A for A comparison but the two rulers share many qualities including, arcane mysticism, technological mastery of espionage and the undying love of their respective people.

Show Notes

Doom Links

Doom War

Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment

Secret Wars

Books of Doom

Putin Links

How the 1980s Explains Vladimir Putin

In Expanding Russian Influence, Faith Combines With Firepower

FULL: Vladimir Putin Annual Press Conference (12/23/2016) ORIGINAL

Freedom House Russia

Russia’s presidential election results by province: mapped and listed

The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.

Invasion of the troll armies: from Russian Trump supporters to Turkish state stooges

Why Vladimir Putin’s People Love Him

How to understand Putin’s jaw-droppingly high approval ratings


Dissecting Worlds Podcast

War is Boring
The War College Podcast


EP 98: Trumpalozza

We promise this will be the last gasp of Trump and election talk on the podcast barring a second American Revolution.  Find guest Andy Smith on @thesmithsignal on Twitter and The Smith Signal Podcast Segments Soviet Trump @2:47 next Trump Conspiracy @ 12:52 Overseas Trump With Andy Smith @23:26


12 Fringe Conspiracy Theories Embraced By A Man Who Might Be The Next President

Democratic Congresswoman Suggests Trump May Be a Clinton Plant

Trump and Putin Links 

EP 81: The Politics of Superheroes


The duo choose 10 superheroes and try to figure out their religious and political affiliations.  Is Batman a libertarian?  Spider-Man a nice Jewish boy from Queens?  What makes Superman an FDR era Democrat? Would the Punisher vote Trump?

EP 56: We Are the Real Monsters




Patrick welcomes Richard Wolley, co-host from the Jabber and Drone podcast to discuss Real Life Super Villains vol 4.  The Portrait of Dorian Gray is compared to the Kardashians and Donald Trump. The duo also take a deep dive into the realm of Serial Killers, Lex Luthor, and the Gilded Age with Erik Larson’s book Devil in the White City.

You can find Richard at http://rdwolley.weebly.com/  and Jabber and the Drone

EP 50: Justice League of American History Draft




The duo draft 14 figures from American History.  Seven heroes and seven villains in creating their own Justice League and Secret Society of Super Villains of American History.  Bruce Lee, Malcolm X, Benedict Arnold, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mike Tyson, Henry Ford and many more appear. Also the Dennis pop quiz is reset to zero.