December 1

Ep. 0152: Discussing Mike Resnick’s Santiago in the Dusty Den

In this episode of the DHP, CJ talks to Joshua of The Dusty Den Podcast about the excellent scifi Space Western novel Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future by author Mike Resnick (first published in 1986), a great book with a cult following that deserves to be much better known, especially among libertarianish types.

Join CJ & Joshua as they discuss:

  • Why Westerns (and Western-tinged subgenres like the Space Westerns and certain types of horror films) resonate so strongly with people of libertarian leanings
  • Great anti-heroes such as Malcolm Reynolds, Han Solo, and Snake Plissken
  • The concept of myth & legend, and how Resnick features them in Santiago
  • A review/synopsis of the novel, including some discussions of historical parallels to the American Western frontier
  • The potentially liberating nature of staunch pessimism/realism, and how it can lead one to more effective unconventional resistance against oppressive Leviathans

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May 22

Ep. 0140: Thoughts on Cyclical History & Generations

If you read widely enough in history, sooner or later you start to think there are some clearly repeating themes and problems and trends, and that there are pendulums in society that swing back and forth every few generations. You might get the sense that history might be more about cycles than about continuous progression in a straight line. Is there anything to this impression? Today we explore the concept of cyclical history and what role different generations might play in such a cycle through the lens of Strauss-Howe generational theory.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Ancient conceptions of cyclical time
  • The concept of linear time
  • Some modern conceptions of cyclical time
  • The generational theory of William Strauss & Neil Howe, authors of (among other things) the famous book The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy
  • What the Strauss-Howe theory says about recent American history as well as about its present & future
  • CJ’s thoughts on Strauss & Howe’s theory

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February 2

Ep. 0093: 10 Books to Slay the State

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The Law by Frederic Bastiat
  • The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude by Etienne de la Boetie
  • The State by Franz Oppenheimer
  • Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America by Edmund Morgan
  • No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner
  • Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes by Jacques Ellul
  • The Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard
  • Death by Government by R.J. Rummel
  • The Art of Not Being Governed by James C. Scott
  • Notes on Democracy by H.L. Mencken
  • Plus several other ‘honorable mentions’ that for one reason or another didn’t quite make this top 10 list

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January 24

Ep. 0092: Top Ten Dangerous US History Books

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Crisis & Leviathan by Robert Higgs
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin
  • The Tragedy of American Diplomacy by William Appleman Williams
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • The Triumph of Conservatism by Gabriel Kolko
  • The Yankee and Cowboy War by Carl Oglesby
  • The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto
  • Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men by Jeffrey Hummel
  • Family of Secrets by Russ Baker
  • A Renegade History of the United States by Thaddeus Russell
  • Plus several other ‘honorable mentions’ that for one reason or another didn’t quite make CJ’s top 10

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September 12

Ep. 0075: 3 Dystopia Scifi Novels

Today we’re talking scifi dystopia novels — stories that depict a fictional future world that is somehow ‘bad,’ or in other words, a negative utopia.

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  • Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
  • George Orwell’s 1984
  • Ira Levin’s This Perfect Day

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December 18

Ep. 0045: Philip Dru, Administrator

Philip Dru, Administrator:  A Tale of Tomorrow, 1920-1935 is an attempted novel written by “Colonel” Edward Mandell House in 1912.  It’s a book few have read (with good reason), but many have referenced.  Here, Prof CJ gives you his lowdown on this literary monstrosity.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief synopsis of this novel
  • Some of the themes found in it, with excerpts to illustrate some of them
  • Some thoughts on the book’s literary merit (or lack thereof), again with illustrative excerpts

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