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 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 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.
In this special Thanksgiving episode Dr Koontz reads selections from various accounts and poems relating to Thanksgiving and Armistice Day (now known as Veteran’s Day) and gives us meditations on Thanksgiving, and on surviving in dark times as the pilgrims who founded the holiday did.
“Martin’s Tide” by William Barnes
Poetry of World War I
“Peace” by Rupert Brooke
“The Dead” by Rupert Brooke
“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae
“And There Was a Great Calm” by Thomas Hardy
“The Harvest Moon” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Thanksgiving Turkey” by George Parsons Lathrop
Dr Koontz – Agrarian, Egghead – Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne