The Para-State – An Ethnography of Colombia’s Death Squads

Deep in the jungles of Colombia, a place so thick with vegetation and rugged with mountains that the government was unable to defeat a guerrilla insurgency for 53 years, law and order is a matter of who wields the strongest weapon. Sitting at the crossroads of South and North America as well as the Atlantic…

Civil War II – America Unraveling – John Mark

America is dead. Long live America. What do you do when you wake up to discover that the country you grew up in has slowly, quietly, but steadily been taken away from you? The process of demographic and economic change in the United States has been underway for the better part of a century, yet…

Bobby Fischer – A King’s Gambit

Considered by many as the greatest chess player of all time, Robert James Fischer at an early age showed an aptitude for chess that few others would compare. His rise to dominance was rapid, as was his fall from the public eye and then into notoriety later in life. Bobby Fischer was outspoken, iconoclastic, and…

Right Wing Environmentalism – Storm King Edition

Richard Nixon once remarked that environmental concerns were a bipartisan issue because a poisoned river doesn’t care what party you’re in. The two main political parties in the United States, however, have assumed a position in practice very akin to bipartisanship. But instead of cooperating in the effort to conserve natural resources, they have leaned…

Skunkworks – Lockheed’s Legacy

Built around the genius of aeronautical engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson and his successors, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation created the “Skunk Works” division dedicated to secretive development of advanced aeronautical hardware. By the 1950s they had secured a contract with the CIA for the U-2 spy plane, followed by the SR-71 Blackbird in the 1960s. Serving the…

Kill Anything that Moves – My Lai and the Vietnam Death Squads

America’s involvement in Vietnam was a long and complicated ordeal that cost trillions of inflation-adjusted dollars and millions of lives. Why the media decided to fixate on the massacre at My Lai, where 400 or so people perished, raises questions as to the seriousness of America’s political process and the hypocrisy of how it views…

Colonies vs. Intentional Communities – Recapturing the American Dream

Alienation and disillusionment from society at large is nothing new. Many modern religious and other communities today were themselves born out of frustration historically with the way things were proceeding in the mainstream. What sets them apart, however, is that fact that they are still around – the track record for most intentional communities is…

Serial Killers and the American Tradition

Serial killers, known throughout history, maintain a unique place in American pop culture, reported on and sensationalized by the media. Tonight we discuss some of the history behind this phenomenon, causal factors, and cultural artifacts that remain with us today. The Myth of the 20th Century – Episode 110 – Serial Killers and the American…

The Distributist – Political Black Ice

Although hesitant to adopt a set political label, The Distributist, whose channel includes wide-ranging philosophical discussions and in-depth analysis of civilizational political strategy, nonetheless considers himself part the ‘Western Tradition’. In typical rigorous fashion, The Distributist defines this with the C.L.E.A.R. acronym. C for Christendom, L for lived philosophy, E for ethical, A for ageless…

Ireland 1845-1850 – the Perfect Holocaust

In the middle of the 19th century, Ireland faced a crisis that killed 5.2 million of her people. The most common historical narrative is that the over-dependence on potatoes led to a famine when the crop became blighted by disease. Christopher Fogarty, author of the ‘The Perfect Holocaust’ and many works on this time period,…

Edward VIII – The Man Who Would Be King

Edward the VIII, King of England and Germanophile, was forced to abdicate on December 11th, 1936. He died in Paris, France, at age 77 in 1972 with his wife Wallis Simpson and no children. The reasons for his abdication are disputed, but the two most common are his involvement with the divorcee (and American) Simpson,…

William Joyce – Twilight Over England

William Joyce, derisively nicknamed Lord Haw-Haw by the British press during wartime, was executed on January 3rd, 1946 of treason after a brief trial. Prior to and during the Second World War, Joyce sought to reform the British system away from benefiting the merchant class and more towards benefiting the citizenry through restrictions on trade…