Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue exploring the history of cities in the US, this week discussing San Francisco. They talk about who settled it and how their influences continue, the city’s role in the rise of homosexuality in America, and how its cultural climate is a signpost for what happens when denial of family becomes the norm.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the definition of warfare, the propaganda of the Cold War, the potential use of tactical nuclear weaponry, the US’s current military position, the and the permanent state of emergency that came out of WWII.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk answer a listener question about whether colleges should accept federal funding and whether one should accept student loan forgiveness. They also talk about the dawn of air power, the effects of bombing and the threat of bombing on the world’s population, the Allies’ use of strategic bombing in WWII, and how a sense of insecurity can be used to manipulate a populace.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk answer a listener question about demonic activity and why it appears different in modern America than other times and places, and talk about the history of research into nuclear fission, why the US was the first nation to develop nuclear weaponry and why its geography and logistics had more to do with its victory than its moral virtue, and why the Cold War began at the end of WWII.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about materialism in the human heart which overestimates the visible, Carroll Quigley’s incomplete view of WWII, why various nations entered the war, the origin of the moniker “Greatest Generation”, technologies that affected the war, and why the narrative of America’s intrinsic virtue distorts our understanding.
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.