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 answer a listener email and discuss questions about Lutheranism, abstractions, and cults of personality. They also discuss the demonizing of Germans in the World Wars and of Russians now, and the necessity of the influence the media wields in mobilizing populations.
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 continue dissecting the history of the Spanish Civil War, discussing the ideological division which made it and the growing intensity of each side’s rhetoric for the other in divided countries. They also talk about the real life consequences and death tolls from civil war, the imposition of the government on the church, and the necessity of organizing your faction to survive.
Recommended in this episode: The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk spend this second episode on the collapse of empires discussing post-World War I Germany and the Hitler’s rise to power in the wake of the economic devastation imposed on Germany by the victors, and the consequential necessity of creating limits on the thinking of the populace to secure his position. Dr Koontz sees some parallels with America today in the form of unchecked economic inflation, rapid social and moral change, as well as the saturation of media.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk follow up Koontz’s Called to Defend presentation with discussions on the topic of living in a dying empire. They discuss the importance of gaining competence, and of not overestimating your government’s competence, in the frame of America’s failing military power as evidenced by its defeat at the hands of the Taliban.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about East Germany under Soviet control, touch on the history of Lutheran Education, and discuss the realities of living in a technology-enhanced surveillance state.