James LaFond – Sports – Ritual Hegemony

Sports are a multi-billion industry, commanding their own television networks, smart apps, clothing line endorsements, and even their own dedicated majors in universities. But what is largely a spectator pastime for most today, sports in the past were much more local community activities that one might take part in as an informal gathering, or going…

2017 – Year in Review

For most of the world, New Years is a time of colder temperatures, slower work schedules, and hopefully also one of reflection and resolution. In our increasingly complex and interconnected world, distilling major events and tying them into ones own personal life is a challenge on a daily, let along yearly basis. But with that…

Storm of Steel – The Great War

This is special holiday broadcast from a show we recorded a while back with Titus Flavius as guests on KulturKampf, focusing on the writings of Ernst Jünger, German soldier during World War I and author of ‘Storm of Steel’. Considered a counterpart to ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, ‘Steel’ departs from many others in…

Konrad Adenauer – First Chancellor of West Germany

Emerging from the ruins of World War II, West Germany elected Konrad Adenauer as Chancellor in 1949, noting his capable management as Mayor of Cologne during the first World War on through 1920s. Having maintained a good working relationship with British occupation forces in 1919 and being cast out of government during the Nazi regime,…

Rambo – First Blood

“Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of million dollar equipment. Back here I can’t even hold a job washin’ cars.” The dichotomy runs deeper, for American John Rambo, Vietnam war hero and Congressional Medal of Honor winner, returns to a society that bears little resemblance…

Lockup – History of the U.S. Prison System

Hidden just beneath ordinary American society lies a population that will or already has been processed by the criminal justice system. According to the CIA, 16 million Americans are estimated to go to prison at some point, a population larger than Ecuador, and 65 million have a criminal record by age 23 – more people…

Underground – The Tokyo Gas Attack and Japanese Psyche

Crime is a complex subject in Japan. Known today for its relatively safe streets, wealthy citizens, and polite society – the reputation is something the Japanese like to promote – even in some cases going so far as to ignore reports of crime so as not to inflate the government statistics. When people started disappearing…

Bush v. Gore – Recount

The 2000 US Presidential Election was notable for its relatively lackluster set of key issues surrounding tax cuts and social security reform. The events afterwards, however, were anything but insubstantial, as America plunged headlong into its War on Terror during the Bush Administration, raising questions regarding how Al Gore may have responded differently to 9/11….

Cycles in History – The Fourth Turning

It has been described as “Bannon’s ‘Bible’”. The ‘Fourth Turning’, published in 1997, describes Anglo-American civilization as going through a series of four main generational phases, cycling from ‘Founding’, ‘Awakening’, ‘Unraveling’, and ‘Crisis’. The authors describe a trend going back centuries throughout much of Western civilization, essentially seeing a pattern of birth, rise, decline, and…

The Blood Libel of Leo Frank

Leo Frank – a man lynched in 1915 for allegedly murdering a young girl Mary Phagan at the pencil factory he ran in Atlanta, Georgia – is a relative unknown to most ordinary Americans. But to those who view his trial, conviction, and lynching as a seminal moment in American race relations, including the ADL…

The Protestant Revolution – 500 Years of Division

Halloween, October 31st, 1517, German theologian Martin Luther submits his Ninety-five Theses to the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg. Although not the first to file disagreements with the leadership of the Roman Church, Luther’s words sparked a revolution with the help of the newly invented printing press, and a general discontent surrounding the selling of…

Euromissile Crisis – Last Battle of the Cold War

In the game of nuclear brinksmanship, in the words of the oft-cited 1983 film ‘Wargames’, sometimes “the best move is not to play.” But in the real world, when one side chooses to play, and various factions of third parties insist on one move or another, deciding on ones next move is extremely difficult, and…