A History of Venture Capital – Creative Destruction

Invention is often described as 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. In the high-flying game of venture capital, where the stakes are in the billions of dollars and the competition is on a global scale, the odds for true invention are even longer. Words like innovation are often bandied about, with recent entrants like ‘disruption’ taking…

Merchants of Death – Brothers in Arms

International arms smuggling is one of those businesses that captures the imagination of authors and Hollywood producers alike, conjuring images of suave but savvy businessmen in sharply pressed suits sitting in cafes in some European resort town hammering out three simultaneous interconnected deals on their satellite phone. Figures like this have and do exist, yet…

QA II – Reflections on a Dissident Podcast

You had questions, we attempted some answers. It’s been about a year since we last did a Q&A, and since then we’ve broken 10,000 subscribers, been tossed off of YouTube, and witnessed the slow devolution of yet more of the American Empire. We’re also very fortunate to have an audience smart enough to know all…

Twilight of Abundance – The Case for Global Cooling

If you look at the mainstream news today, one gets the distinct impression that the planet is headed for a cataclysmic environmental shift driven by the earth’s changing climate. What you will not hear, however, is that this shift may very well come from cooling of the planet by reduced solar activity, and not the…

The New World Order – Skull and Bones

In democratic republics such as the United States, power is officially held by elected officials who are supposedly held to account by the electorate. In one of his last speeches, however, US President John F. Kennedy warned the public against shadowy forces who hold power by operating through secretive networks. Shortly thereafter he was assassinated….

Colossus – Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century

Built in the depths of the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam rises over 700 feet along the canyon walls of the Colorado River. Originally named the Boulder Dam and officially begun in 1933 after decades of contentious debate over the feasibility of such an ambitious project, the dam opened in 1936 as the largest hydroelectric…

Wetworks – a History of Water Management in America

A civilization’s state of development is most often readily apparent in its buildings. The capacity for stepping beyond the limits of nature, and forging into the realm of modernity is enshrined in the time capsules that are major works of architecture and infrastructure. When historians and anthropologists trace the path from pre-historic societies to today,…

The Israel Lobby

“The Israel lobby is one of the most powerful and pervasive special interest groups in the United States. It consists of a multitude of powerful institutions and individuals that work to influence Congress, the president, academia, the media, religious institutions, and American public opinion on behalf of Israel.” -Alison Weir Myth of the 20th Century…

Return of Champions – Fighting for Territory in the Ruins of Civilization

James LaFond, author, fighter, and anthropologist of all things urban and unseen by the aspirational and increasingly disconnected bourgeois classes of American cities rejoins the crew tonight for a much overdue conversation. Since we last spoke James has traveled and lived in various cities across the country, spent a night on the streets of Manhattan,…

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – a Lockheed Insider’s Story

Representing 2-7% of the Pentagon’s annual budget, and with a projected lifetime cost of over $1 trillion dollars, the Joint Strike Fighter program with its three variations of the F-35 airframe for the US Air Force, Navy, and Marines and over a dozen partner countries is the most expensive weapons system in history. For point…

Fire Upon the Deep – Speculative Fiction and the Sci-Fi Universe

Fiction writers today have a plethora of options for getting their stories out, from e-books to streaming video to old fashioned print. But the challenge of capturing people’s imagination, in addition to slipping through the ever-tightening electronic net in an age of censorship has made the task of right-leaning authors all the more difficult in…

Icebreaker – Who Started the Second World War?

Viktor Suvorov, author of over a dozen books on the inner workings of the Soviet military apparatus, from the Red Army to the Spetsnaz, put forward the earth shattering thesis in his work ‘Icebreaker’ that Hitler’s invasion of the USSR in 1941 was a pre-emptive strike designed to cut the legs out from under a…