December 7

Ep. 0128: Foundation of the Permanent Garrison State

Between 1946 and 1953, the cornerstones of a permanent garrison state were laid within the structure of the US government.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Henry Luce’s 1941 article “The American Century” & the construction of the Pentagon (begun on Sept. 11th, 1941 -the pic above shows the Pentagon under construction, BTW) as harbingers of this change
  • George Kennan’s original, much more limited strategy of ‘containment’ towards the USSR
  • American intervention in Greece, 1946
  • The National Security Act of 1947 (the single most important piece of formal legislation in this process)
  • NSC-68
  • Proof of a revolution within the form: Harry Truman’s sending of American forces into significant combat in 1950 without a declaration of war
  • How the Eisenhower Administration tacitly ratified all this into permanence, despite Ike’s occasional statements that indicate his misgivings about the whole thing

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October 29

Ep. 0122: Principal Ruffian & Chief Among Plunderers: The Norman Conquest of England

In 1066, the course of English history was dramatically altered, as the realm was conquered by Normans from across the Channel.

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  • Some backstory on Medieval England & Normandy
  • The death of Edward the Confessor & coronation of Harold Godwinson
  • William of Normandy’s preparations for invasion to seize the English crown
  • The invasion of Northern England by Harald Hardrada of Norway, and Harold Godwinson’s defeat of this force at Stamford Bridge
  • William’s invasion of Southern England shortly after Stamford Bridge
  • The climactic Battle of Hastings,  a hard-fought battle that was ultimately won by the forces of William
  • The aftermath and legacies of the Norman conquest of England

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October 2

Ep. 0120: DHP Heroes: Major General Smedley Butler

In this episode, CJ profiles Major General Smedley Darlington Butler of the United States Marine Corps, probably most famous for being a very highly decorated Marine (the most decorated at the time of his death in 1940), and for writing War is a Racket.  Butler was a very complex man to say the least, and CJ covers the good, the bad, the ugly and, of course, the dangerous about his life and legacy.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief look at Smedley’s family history & childhood, to his joining of the Marines in 1898 during the Spanish-American War
  • Subsequent services in places as wide-ranging as the Philippines, China, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, Quantico, Philadelphia, San Diego, and China (again), as he rose through the ranks from Second Lieutenant all the way to Major General
  • Smedley’s increasing disillusionment with the ulterior motives of American foreign policy and military interventionism
  • His retirement in 1931, and the last 9 years of his life, during which he became an ever-more radical, outspoken critic of American militarism and imperialism, right up until his death in June of 1940, including his exposure of an alleged Wall Street plot to overthrow the FDR administration, and his authorship of War is a Racket
  • A little bit about Smedley’s legacy and why CJ considers him a DHP Hero

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April 30

Ep. 0102: The Irish Easter Rising

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Irish rebellion known to history as The Easter Rising.

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  • A brief overview of the 800 years of oppression faced by Ireland prior to the Rising
  • The Rising, its suppression, aftermath & legacies

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December 24

Ep. 0089: The Christmas Truce

One-hundred-and-one Christmases ago, in the cold, damp, muddy ditches of the Western Front, the rank-and-file of the Allied and German armies spontaneously set aside their hatreds to take a break from mass-murdering each other, much to the dismay of their so-called ‘leaders.’

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The context of the Christmas Truce
  • How it happened
  • The aftermath, legacy, and lessons to be learned from it

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October 20

Ep. 0083: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (part 6)

Here it is — the sixth & final installment of the DHP History of Irregular Warfare series with Bill Buppert.

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • Circumstances in which insurgents do or do not have the moral high ground
  • The impact of technologies on insurgency & 4GW
  • The importance of narrative
  • Alleged “best practices” for counterinsurgency (or COIN)
  • Links between the rise of the modern state and the proliferation of resistance to it
  • Lessons to be learned from insurgencies, even for those who never plan on physically fighting the state
  • Thoughts on methods of defense against external threats for a stateless society
  • The Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka & why they failed
  • Tying things back into the trifecta of narrative, legitimacy, and grievances

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October 8

Ep. 0081: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (part 5)

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • Key factors that cause insurgencies to succeed or fail
  • The importance of external help to guerrillas and insurgents
  • The effects of terrain (including urban terrain) on irregular warfare
  • Circumstances under which guerrillas and insurgents have or do not have an advantage

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October 1

Ep. 0080: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 4)

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • Some of the post-WWII wars of ‘decolonization’ the British & French fought in places like Malaya, Kenya, & Algeria
  • Vietnam, comparing the French performance there in the 19th century to the French & American performance there in the mid-20th century
  • Some thoughts on the recent wars in the Middle East and Southwest Asia

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September 28

Ep. 0079: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 3)

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • Col. T.E. Lawrence’s operations in Arabia during the First World War
  • The Anglo-Irish War and its primary mastermind, Michael Collins
  • The concept of “peak guerrilla” or “peak G” in the West in the years 1916-1922
  • Mao Tse Tung as theorist and practitioner of guerrilla warfare in the Chinese Civil War

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September 24

Ep. 0078: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 2)

 

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • The 1807-1814 Peninsular War in Spain during the Napoleonic era (with a few remarks about the potential effectiveness of fighters with no prior military background, and some examples of this from the American Revolutionary War)
  • Confederate partisans, ‘rangers’ and some of their precursors in the Kansas & Missouri violence of the 1850s
  • The Anglo-Boer Wars in South Africa in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century
  • The little-known but astonishing campaign of Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck in East Africa during World War I

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(Featured image for this episode is of the guns Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck scavenged from the ship Konigsberg & then used on land in his African campaign; Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 105-DOA3100 / Walther Dobbertin / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons)