Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk open the show by answering listener messages relating to Russia’s war with Ukraine, Christian Nationalism, and the building of Lutheran communities. They also discuss the beginning of World War I, and how information buildup gets nations pulled into wars.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk open the show by talking about outlaws and untouchables living outside societal lines, and move into a discussion of media influence on public opinion of war. They talk about James Burnham’s theory of managerial revolution and changes in power brought in by the world wars, the beginning of the federal reserve act, and the illusion of civilization without fathers.
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
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk follow up last week’s discussion on the nature of the Left with its counterpart, the Right. They discuss the cynicism and apathy of the right which feels that it can do nothing, how the right lacks any direction other than opposition to the left, and its growth whenever it becomes assertive in its message. They also discuss the role of masculinity and violence in politics, and conclude by saying that you cannot wait for a hero to save you from evil days, but must become that hero yourself.
Dr Koontz and and Rev Fisk continue the series on collapse; this week discussing the fall of the Second Spanish Republic, examining its similarities to both Argentina and the US today, and use the history of the Spanish Civil War to talk about the nature and instability of the left: the power of resentment.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about Mark Twain and Herodotus, magical versus historical thinking, the shaping of the future by painting the past, the malleable nature of the Left, slavery in Brazil, the political usefulness of favelas, the opportunities of disordered empires, and the demoralizing nature of enforced lies.