Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue discussing the framing of the world wars, looking at them as conflicts for hegemony, then they talk about the history of Temperance and the Prohibition Movement and use it as an example of an unlikely idea succeeding in a hostile environment.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk answer a listener question about Pacifism and discuss the apathy of the Benedict Option, the framing of the world wars in modern memory, the effects of demographics on American cities, and the origins of the Spanish Flu.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the J.R.R. Tolkien and Ernst Junger’s experience of World War I, the idealization of a valorous cause vs brotherhood and survival as the motivation to endure warfare, and the difficulty of fitting in when returning home.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue last episode’s discussion of information buildup and its necessity to wage total war. They talk about America in World War I, Germany’s rise to power, and the British hegemony before the world wars.
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 finish the series on Hollywood. They open by comparing the suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths of various celebrities including Stanley Kubrick, whose film The Shining played off and defined the uniquely American genre: Horror. They talk about Kubrick’s origins as a photographer and his works as a filmmaker, and how his film Eyes Wide Shut images the depravity of power in Hollywood.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk answer a listener question about dealing with churches enforcing the government’s whims, then return to the series on Hollywood. They talk about the place of film in society and its alienating effect on cultures that didn’t produce it, the complexities of ethnic groups and the folly of ascribing coherent motives to them, how film studios began to regulate themselves and how that regulation was relaxed, the reflection of our society today in movies from the 1970’s, and how media producers have increasingly more power even as they grow increasingly more distanced from the populace.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the effect of urbanization on culture and media, the origin of the dime novel, and Jewish immigration to America leading to the birth of Hollywood. They also discuss mass-produced culture throughout American history, how the originally unintended effects of film are now intentionally used to shape culture, and what purposefully cultivating the culture of your family looks like.
Mentioned in this episode: An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood