June 23

Ep. 0006 The “Large Policy”

How did the United States go from being a country that, in the words of then-Secretary of State (and future President) John Quincy Adams in 1821, “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” to being, dare I say it, Team America:  World Police?  This podcast will tell you how a small, elite (and elitist) clique of American leaders and intellectuals made the country change its foreign policy course one-hundred-and-eighty degrees from that charted by our Founders and their sons and grandsons, and a country founded on anti-imperialism began acting blatantly imperialistic.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The foreign policy prescriptions of America’s founding generations, which were (for the most part) reiterated and followed by America’s leaders for most of the nineteenth century
  • The emergence of the “Large Policy” clique that steered America (mostly against the wishes of most average Americans) down the road toward emulating the European Empires of the day (especially the British)
  • Members of that clique, including:  Adm. Alfred T. Mahan, Henry Cabot Lodge, Theodore Roosevelt, Brooks Adams, John Hay
  • The ideology and motives of these men
  • Also, press tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who though not a member of the clique, shared their eagerness for war for his own reasons
  • Some interesting & revealing quotes from the Large Policy clique
  • Some of the late-nineteenth-century American leaders (generally of an older generation than the Large Policy guys) who opposed American overseas expansionism and war, including Thomas Brackett Reed & Grover Cleveland
  • How tensions with Spain over Cuba would give the Large Policy clique the opportunity to start getting their way. (This war will be covered next episode.)

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June 20

Ep. 0005: Fall of Rome Follow-Up

Normally, this show will be Mondays & Thursdays, but here’s a half-size-or-slightly-less follow up to yesterday’s episode on the Fall of Rome & its Aftermath, with a little more elaboration on the lessons of that historical episode for us today.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The Prof’s answer to the question, “Why bother learning history?”
  • Why those who rise to the top of the state inevitably are stupid and/or evil
  • Let go of the idea of trying to change “the System”
  • Focus on what you can do in your life that actually matter
  • Prof CJ advocates being a moderate prepper/survivalist
  • Do your own thinking to figure out the exact path that suits you and your resources to get you through the New Dark Age

(pic of Hadrian’s Wall courtesy Dr. Joseph Valks/freedigitalphotos.net)

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June 19

Ep. 0004: The Fall of Rome and its Aftermath

Ah, yes, a big, grand, sweeping overview of several centuries for our first historical narrative/analysis podcast!  (This one starts in the car and continues at the home office, so the audio quality gets way better about halfway through.)

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The Western Roman Empire’s economic woes
  • How the state debased Roman money (the silver denarius) and the effects of that debasement
  • State meddling in the grain market
  • The creation of a huge dependent class
  • The coming of hyperinflation
  • How the state blamed everyone but itself
  • The Emperor Diocletian’s “reforms,” including wage & price controls and anti-hoarding laws
  • How even the state didn’t want the worthless money anymore & resorted to assessing taxes “in kind”
  • How the Emperor Constantine rehabilitated the Eastern Empire’s economy (though not that of the West) with sound money
  • The role of taxes in destroying the Western Empire’s economy
  • How Rome’s economic troubles weakened its military, making it vulnerable to barbarian incursions
  • The downsides of specialization if & when the S starts to hit the F
  • The material costs of Rome’s fall in Europe, including: a sudden & severe decline in standard of living; the disappearance of comfort; shrinkage in the average size of livestock animals; a major decline in literacy
  • The possibility of parallels to the decline of the United States
  • The Prof’s thoughts on what (if anything) can be done

(pic of Colosseum at night courtesy Vichaya Kiatying-Ansule/freedigitalphotos.net)

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June 12

Ep. 0002: Prof CJ’s Approach to History, Part I

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • Some interesting/important quotes that relate to his approach
  • His personal intellectual journey
  • Why Prof CJ is disappointed with most mainstream history
  • Using Cynical Structural Functionalism to understand and analyze the world
  • The Iron Triangle of Academic History (Race, Class, & Gender) vs. Prof CJ’s Iron Triangle (Money, Power, & Violence)

June 9

Ep. 0001: Intro to Prof CJ’s Dangerous History Podcast

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • Who is Prof CJ?
  • The pluses and minuses of working in academia
  • The ‘What’ and ‘Why’ of the Dangerous History Podcast
  • Applying the guerrilla mindset to things other than warfare
  • A brief sketch of some of Prof CJ’s points of view
  • Some possible ideas regarding the future of the DHP