This Week on A Brief History of Power
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk begin this third part of the series on civilization by examining the change from documenting personal influence to material influence on history. They talk about making generalizations of history, the cycles that civilizations follow, the effects of urbanization and industrialization on people groups, and the difference between material and spiritual flourishing. They end by prefacing their next show with a discussion of understanding the simple things first.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue the discussion of civilization, opening the show by examining the origins of Deconstruction and its uses against the West. They talk about the distinctions Quigley sees between the East and the West, the “state-church” nature of arbitrary government orders, the difference between “state” and “government”, the role of media in fostering ideological extremism, and the importance of constructive speech.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk discuss civilization, beginning with the Two Kingdoms and their interconnected nature. They explore a framework for understanding civilization laid out by Carroll Quigley’s book, Tragedy and Hope, showing the value of humanity and freedom as the measure of civilization.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk open the discussion for the new year by asking the question, “what is the Lutheran church?” They talk about the Year of Grace and the trouble ahead of us, including economic difficulties mirrored in the 70s and 80s and the camps proposed in New York. And finally, they discuss the necessity of self-control as a form of assertion and preparing for the future both within and without the system.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk bout the role of violence, its estrangement from modern life, and the historical normalcy of its use by citizens. They discuss how the nation was affected by the events of Jan 6th, the outbreaks of violence across American cities because the political machines are no longer working as intended, and the cannibalistic nature of the regime. They close by examining how inflation will affect standards of living, and the benefits of having a coherent group when trying to “opt out”.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the benefits of stories, the wonders and vulnerabilities of childhood, the unnecessity of explicit detail, and imparting wisdom by engaging the imagination, using examples from four children’s books.