Tom Sunic – Homo Americanus

If culture is something that develops after the need to survive is met, identity is something that exists when your homeland is stripped away and you are left to decide what really matters. Dr. Tom Sunic, former Croatian diplomat and scholar on all issues European and his adopted country America, discusses with us what it…

Spetsnaz – The Inside Story of the Soviet Special Forces

“Spetsnaz has no distinguishing badge or insignia – officially, at any rate. But unofficially the spetsnaz badge is a wolf, or rather a pack of wolves. The wolf is a strong, proud animal which is remarkable for its quite incredible powers of endurance. A wolf can run for hours through deep snow at great speed,…

The Agricultural Origins of the United States

The United States today is the world’s top agricultural exporter, sending roughly half of what it grows, raises and farms abroad for a world hungry for beef, pork, grain and other foodstuffs essential to life, health and nutrition. Although less than two percent of Americans actively farm for a living, the legacy of demographic settlement…

Exit Strategy – Navigating the Decline of the American Empire

When a society views you as irrelevant, or even worse – expendable, you owe it no loyalty. Entertainment is supposed to be more surreal than reality. Yet when looking at society today, one gets the sense that we are living in a version more extreme than that portrayed by Blade Runner (AI, mega corporations and…

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…