July 30

Ep. 0112: Scott Horton on America’s post-Cold War Empire

Today CJ is joined by Scott Horton for a conversation about the recent history of American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.

Join CJ & Scott as they discuss:

  • The book Scott is currently working on, to be coauthored with Tom Woods, about the so-called ‘War on Terror’
  • How much the Soviet threat during the Cold War — while certainly real — was often exaggerated by US elites for their own purposes
  • How, for all its faults, the Cold War strategy of containment at least made some coherent sense, in contrast to the US government’s approach to the Greater Middle East in recent decades, and how often the USG’s lack of a coherent Mid-East strategy has led the USG to support violent anti-American factions
  • Why the end of the Cold War did not result in the US reverting to being a ‘normal country in a normal time’
  • Some thoughts on the Neocons, and how different they are (or aren’t) from the ‘Liberal Interventionists’
  • Some thoughts on whether there’s any possibility of the American Empire at home & abroad being dismantled in an orderly fashion, or if it will only come to an end under conditions of collapse & bankruptcy

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July 28

Ep. 0111: Introduction to Power Elite Analysis

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • What “power elite” and “power elite analysis” mean
  • Power elite analysis is not “conspiracy theorizing”
  • Some early practitioners of power elite analysis, such as C. Wright Mills, Carroll Quigley, and Murray Rothbard
  • Ways of identifying & understanding the power elite in practice
  • Things to keep in mind when studying the power elite

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July 9

Ep. 0110: Twenty-One Key Concepts & Theories, Part 2

In this second part of “Twenty-One Key Concepts & Theories,” we focus on seven concepts & theories related to economics.

Join CJ as he discusses:

8. Public Choice Theory

9. Regulatory Capture

10. Austrian Business Cycle Theory

11. The Broken Window Fallacy

12. Opportunity Costs

13. The Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility

14. The Sunk Costs Fallacy

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July 5

Ep. 0109: Twenty-One Key Concepts & Theories, Part 1

I’ve compiled a list of 21 concepts & theories that have helped me understand the world (both past & present) more clearly, and I’m going to do 3 episodes (two regular DHP episodes and one Patreon supporters-only Bonus DHP episode) covering 7 of these concepts & theories apiece.

In this first installment, I’ve grouped together 7 concepts having to do with understanding power, why it’s so dangerous, and why humans are so susceptible to being commanded, controlled, and exploited by the worst among us.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  1. Power Corrupts (and attracts those who are already corrupt)
  2. Psychopathy & Sociopathy
  3. Most humans are hardwired for tribalism, submission, & conformity
  4. Stockholm Syndrome
  5. Doctrine of Double Effect
  6. The Noble Lie
  7. Base/superstructure

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