Henry Ford – Life, Work and Legacy

“The Model T was not a car as we know them now – it was a person – crotchety and mean, frolicsome and full of jokes – just when you were ready to kill yourself, it would run five miles with no gasoline whatsoever.. I understood IT but as I said before, IT understood me:…

State of Emergency – Preparation and Disaster

The governor has declared a state of emergency. Affected areas have been ordered evacuated, and anyone found in the street after 8pm is subject to martial law. In times of crisis, people begin to fend for themselves, and the few that do band together often do so out of necessity rather than choice. The time…

Saddam Hussein – Legacy of Violence

— Timeline — 1901 – oil development begins in Iraq under Ottoman and British guidance 1915-1917 – Sykes-Picot Agreement, dividing the Middle East under British and French rule 1937 – Saddam Hussein born Tikrit, Iraq 1941 – Saddam’s uncle adopts him 1945 – World War II ends. 1958 – Baathist coup by army officers lead…

Red Hollywood – Enemies Foreign and Domestic

Hollywood – America’s beacon to the world at home and abroad. Who controls it, and what they say – has been integral to the United States’ sociopolitical culture since the movies became a major American pastime in the Great Depression. During the Second World War and shortly thereafter during the Cold War, the writers, producers,…

Silicon Valley – the Shadow of Technocratic Control

Recent events in America have demonstrated the government’s selective willingness to uphold the 1st Amendment rights of its citizens, and an almost universal suppression of dissent rightest voices over the privately owned aspects of the internet. Despite the universalist principles fought over and passed into law by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “giving all…

Right or Left – a False Dialectic?

Are you right or left wing? Does that even have meaning when by identifying as, or even electing someone into office one of the two political extremes? Or are we all simply given the illusion of choice by those truly in power? This is a special preview of our first “After Dark” episode where we…

American Cauldron – Immigration and Its Discontents

Is the United States a nation of immigrants? On a long enough time scale, isn’t every country? Human migrations have been a consistent part of history – but equally consistent has been a clear set of rules and controls for allowing certain individuals in, and keeping others out. Much like a home has a lock…

AIDS – Cause and Effect

HIV/AIDS, which by the late 1980s had come to dominate media stories in the United States concerning a growing epidemic, has ever since remained a consistent topic of American and increasingly world health officials as the disease has spread globally – particularly throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. What is less talked about, however, is…

Communist Subversion of America – Eastern Promises, Western Capital

The origins of communism, depending on how broadly one defines it, stretch back as far as some of the religious and anti-monarchical political movements of the Middle Ages and post-Enlightenment Europe. But the modern ideologies of socialism and communism took form in the upper-middle intellectual classes of industrialized 19th century Europe – most notably with…

Nice Try, FBI – Hoover’s Legacy and the War on Crime

Created in 1908 under the Department of Justice with a small band of secret service officers originally tasked to catch bank robbers and other interstate criminals, the size and scope of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has grown substantially to include over 35,000 employees today and a collection of over 50 field headquarters in the…

The American Dream – Cities, Promise and Peril

If you’re like most Americans, you live near a big city. Once the envy of the world, setting records for the height of their skyscrapers and showcasing some of the most stunning architectural wonders of art-deco design in places like New York and Chicago, starting in the Depression American cities began a marked decline. Following…

Vatican II – The Catholic Reformation

The Second Vatican Council, begun in 1962 after years of planning and nearly a century after Vatican I, was an attempt by the Catholic Church to address some of the deeper spiritual questions posed by the rapid social changes taking place in the 1960s brought on by technology, secular ideologies, and the deep political divisions…