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.
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?
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.
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
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?
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.
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.