Euro Crisis – Tragedy of the Commons

When Greece became the 12th member of the Eurozone, officially adopting the Euro as its currency in 2001, it ceded monetary control of its economy with the ending of the Drachma and gave the European Central Bank in Germany power to regulate money printing and broad inflation targets. As only one of many countries in…

Mao and Founding of the People’s Republic of China

The Mandate of Heaven is a Chinese political and spiritual concept that goes back to ancient times to explain the state of Chinese society and that of the Emperor’s authority. It is said that if a Emperor has power, he has received the heavenly mandate to rule – yet if misfortune befalls China – Heaven…

Like the Roman – Enoch Powell – 50 Years of Blood

50 years ago, Enoch Powell delivered a private talk at the general meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre. The British press derided it as the “Rivers of Blood” speech, and the name stuck. One day later, his party sacked him. In the speech, Powell articulated the growing concern of many native British…

African Decolonization – Empire of Dust

Africa is a land rich in resources, with a varied history in how they are managed. Africans and foreigners alike had long struggled to find a way to strike a balance, yet the rules found in other parts of the world often seem not to apply – evoking the oft cited phrase “This Is Africa”…..

Critical Infrastructure – Scale Up, Power Down

Why is it that when you land at an airport in a foreign country the runways shine a bit brighter, the sound of the aircraft hums a little quieter, and the customs and immigration staff work just a bit more smoothly? If you’re an American, it probably means you’re visiting an airport in Europe or…

Eugenics – Francis Galton and the Legacy of Social Darwinism

“Galton was particularly concerned with the decline of genius in society. He believed that intelligence is an inherited trait and that the upper classes contain the most intelligent and accomplished people. He was therefore alarmed to discover that the poor had a higher birth rate..” — Brought to you by — Very special guest Didymus…

Hell’s Angels – Sympathy for the Devil

Outlaws, biker gang, scourges and scoundrels, devils and angels. The names used to describe the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club are evocative of marauding barbarian hordes, an image its members no doubt seek to cultivate, at least implicitly. Officially the Hell’s Angels are a corporation with merchandising rights to the usage of their logo, and are…

E. Michael Jones – Cultural Revolution in America

If there was a modern day G.K. Chesterton, known for quick wit, good humor, and startling insights on religion, the Catholic Church, and society as a whole, it could very well be E. Michael Jones. EMJ has been a long time critic of the devolution of American culture in the 20th century away from more…

Operation Barbarossa – The Invasion of the Soviet Union

In the summer of 1941, Nazi Germany launched the largest military operation in history, invading the Soviet Union across a 2,900 kilometer front, committing nearly 4 million men, thousands of tanks and aircraft, and advanced to the outskirts of Moscow by December, leaving nearly 5 million Soviet casualties in their wake. As the Russian winter…

Fight Club – Yardstick of Civilization

Without pain, without sacrifice we would have nothing. — Brought to you by — Very special guest James LaFond – http://jameslafond.blogspot.com/ James LaFond on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tabooyou James LaFond on Twitter – @TabooYou673 Lynn Lockhart & The Crackpot Podcast – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChfybQ3WBKBnCksVkoSmPYg Books by James LaFond – https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=James+LaFond&search-alias=books&field-author=James+LaFond&sort=relevancerank — References — – Lonely are the Brave,…

The Battle of Athens – Small Town with a Rebel Yell

Fraud, corruption, cronyism – symbols of injustice no matter where you are in the world. While perhaps not home to the worst examples of abuse of power, America has certainly had its share. Yet despite a reputation for freedom from government overreach enshrined in its constitution, when the government actually does overstep its authority, people…