Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue last week’s discussion by looking at the layers of a civilization’s cycles relating to its fragility or stability. They talk about what goes into forming a coherent group identity by looking at Lutheranism in America and then Japan in the modern era. They talk about Japan’s modernization and the success of Shinto throughout it, the growth and eventual plateau of population, and the inspiration of young men.
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 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 differences between mediums of communications, government surveillance through apps, the internet’s role in the collapse of privacy leading to collapse of the soul and the body, how this prevents you from being able to live in any sustainable way, and how “going dark” by reducing the ways you can be watched gives hope of dignifying the human soul.
Mentioned in this episode: Dead Internet Theory: Most of the Internet is Fake
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about preparing for economic collapse and answer a listener question about reading books. They then delve into the history of surveillance in early America: its technological limitations, its use before and during WWI, the growing desire for surveillance with increasing ethnic and ideological diversity, increasing possibility for surveillance with advances in technology and the urbanization of the American population, and finally, how slavery to the system is its ultimate goal.
Further research on surveillance: James Bamford, Edward Snowden, William Binney.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the end of the world as we know it, living life in a state that doesn’t know the dangers of indulgence while submitting to its authority, and what right-to-privacy means in an age saturated with predatory media and demonic self-enforced surveillance.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk open with a short discussion of video games simulating life without the meaning and wasting time that could be spent on real things, and then continue the discussion of the Spanish Civil War, talking about the interference of outside forces and the importance of creating ties with people in other places. Finally, they talk about the experience of Eric Blair (better known as George Orwell) in the Spanish Civil War and his books written not against the left, but against authoritarianism.
Books recommended: Mine Were of Trouble by Peter Kemp, and The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre.