Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue discussing the Okies and the history of agriculture in California, the invention of agribusiness, what sets the Yankees apart from the rest of America and why immigrant groups are more interested in themselves than the general population, why intellectual causes always fracture, national vs global framing, the need for personal knowledge to change minds, and the migrant populations that work California farms.
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 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 what happens when empires fall. They discuss the history of the Ottoman Empire and how it compares to what may soon happen in America, as well as discussing America’s Elites and where they come from.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk answer a couple of listener emails. They discuss the disconnect between hearing about California and living in what feels like an entirely different place, the history of Occupy Wall Street and who the One Percent are, the benefits of belonging to a distinct group, and why Ben Shapiro doesn’t understand Trump.