Princes of the Yen – The Rise and Fall of Japan, Inc.

Japan is a country with a deep history of self reliance, demonstrating time and again that for a small island nation lacking in natural resources, they can not only hold their own, but come to dominate militarily, economically, and culturally. By the 1980s, Japan’s prowess in the economy had become apparent, with the manufacturing sector…

Escape from New York – Land of the Free

In the not too distant future, New York has been walled off, isolating the once great city and turning it into an open air prison camp. The United States, still a military and technological force, is struggling however economically and socially, not to mention politically as its superpower status is challenged by China and Russia….

ELECTION FRAUD

If you believe in (D)emocracy, one typically votes. But if you didn’t – this year, someone else might have voted for you. There has always been election fraud in America, with the political machines of Chicago, New York, and Boston coming to mind, but for a US Presidential Election, 2020, like in other areas of…

Lovecraft – After Dark

Nyarlathotep . . . the crawling chaos . . . I am the last . . . I will tell the audient void. . . . This episode of the Myth of the 20th Century is brought to you by the oft-maligned, ever nefarious and frequently sporadic Tales from the Trough. New episode appearing on…

The Automotive Industry

The transportation equipment industry, broadly defined, includes all manufacturers of road, rail, water, and air vehicles, making up the largest component of the US manufacturing sector, constituting 3% of value added in the economy in 2019 when including related industries such as steel and petroleum. It has declined from 6% of the economy in 1955,…

Argentina – The Evita Review

Once possessing the highest GDP per capita in the world by the end of the 19th century, with its capital city Buenos Aires being called the Paris of South America, Argentina has since fallen to a country that while prosperous, remains prone to financial crises and political turmoil. In dealing with this, Juan and Eva…

Missiles and Martinis – After Dark

We had a more historically focused show planned this week, but because of scheduling conflicts we’re doing an After Dark. Cheers. Music Credit: Kino (Кино) – Shut the Door Behind Me Myth of the 20th Century – Episode 189 – Missiles and Martinis – After Dark — References — Princes of the Yen, Werner (2003)…

The Planet of the Humans

Humans, like all biological organisms, seek to leverage their natural surroundings to their benefit. The human capacity for rapid transformation of their environment, especially in modern times, is so great that some have come to call it by its own geological epoch, the Anthropocene. As with any power dynamic, incentives exist such that those with…

The Powerbroker – Urban Planning and the Battle for New York City

Hailed by many as the greatest city in the world, New York grew from a series of small settlements in the 17th century to a bustling metropolis by the 19th through a combination of excellent geography, intensive trade and industrial development, and a concentration of cultural and business acumen. The growth produced tremendous problems along…

Flaming McDonalds Wrappers – After Dark

When the fires of 2020 have finally died down, and the ashes have fallen to earth and smoke no longer clouds the air, one thing is certain – uncertainly and lack of clarity is the pattern that the leaders of this fallen nation have inflicted on the population either by design, gross incompetence, or both….

Forging America – The Story of Bethlehem Steel

After the end of the second world war, America strode triumphant, unmatched the world over in surviving capital stock, industrial capacity, and economic and military power. No other industry epitomized this power more than steel, with the saying “where steel goes, the nation goes” capturing the alignment between the incentives of the business, working, and…

James LaFond – Waking Up in Indian Country

If the events of 2020 have had a common theme, it is there is nowhere to hide. If the plague doesn’t get you, the riots will, followed by a helpful dose of economic displacement and firestorms from 20,000 simultaneous lightning strikes as seen in California recently. If this all doesn’t make one believe in a…