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 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 talk about the new idols of the West, and return to the topic of surveillance, discussing the illegal activities of the Signal Intelligence Service, America’s focus against Japan in WWII, the growth of the NSA with new technologies and its unification of American military with university academia, and the purpose of surveillance not being the safety and security of the people, but compliance even of thought.
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.
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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 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.