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…

Uncle Ted’s Cabin

“Consider first our physical health. We suffer from a range of modern ills that have traditionally been very rare: obesity, cancers, accidental death and injury, deliberate death through high-tech weapons (including handguns) and warfare, global plagues like AIDS. Automobile accidents kill over 40,000 Americans every year, and about 1.3 million people globally-that’s roughly 3,300 people…

Mandalay Bay – Radical Boomerism

Major events are seldom without motive. In the American criminal justice system, means and opportunity are additional requirements to establish guilt in a criminal proceeding. In the case of the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas, however, the motive at the present time remains extremely unclear, if one can even assign blame to a single…

James LaFond – Beyond the Wire – Masculinity and Civilization

“Societies in decline have always – as far as I have been able to determine – suffered in the masculine sphere. This is simple to track within monarchies as succeeding generations of kings and emperors becoming increasingly effeminate, with a reactionary phase of ultra-masculine revival often signaling a last gasp of the culture” writes James…

The Cambridge Five – King, Country, Class and Club

The British have a long history of being a key player in the European chess tournament, but never truly controlled the board until the defeat of Napoleon and the consolidation of British colonial territories during the 19th century. By the 20th century, however, the rise of Germany’s manufacturing prowess and its political unification under Bismarck…

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,…