April 17

Ep. 0058: The American Revolution, Part I: 1763-1774

Since this April is the 240th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, CJ has decided to do a multi-part Dangerous History Podcast series on this conflict, trying to focus as much as possible on the dangerous parts of the story, and the deeper implications of it, that the Man would rather omit from the narrative.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  •  The state of affairs in the aftermath of the Seven Years War (aka French & Indian War)
  • The various ways the British government attempted to increase their tax revenues from the North American colonies, and the resulting resistance from some of the colonists
  • A look at the average, grassroots insurgents, including who they were and what motivated them
  • The little-known False Alarm incident of September 1774, in which a rumor spread throughout the northeastern colonies that the British Navy had destroyed Boston, and the resulting spontaneous mobilization of thousands of New Englanders to get revenge, which was aborted when the rumor proved false, but which showed how quickly ordinary people could and would mobilize

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April 9

Ep. 0057: Banksters & Control Freaks

Two distinct groups of people — banksters and control freaks — between them account for most, if not all, of the evil in the world in the past, present, and presumably (and unfortunately) for the foreseeable future as well.

“Look Ma — no hands!”:  This is a guerrilla episode done in the car with absolutely NO NOTES!

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • What he means by ‘Banksters’ and ‘Control Freaks’
  • The symbiotic relationship between these two distinct species of statists
  • How control freaks use “wedge issues” to split the non-elite people against each other (for the purposes of getting votes), and how this has the effect — whether intentional or not on the part of the control freak in question — of making it easier for the banksters to maintain their position vs. everyone else

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April 4

Ep. 0056: Fun with Fascism!

This is not a historical narrative of any particular fascist regime or regimes.  Instead, it’s an exploration of what fascism — arguably the most slippery of modern “isms” to define — really is.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  •  Some quotes from the father of Fascism, Benito Mussolini, to get things started
  • Why fascism is tougher to nail down than other isms
  • What fascism is and isn’t, including some criticism of the standard “Left-to-Right” political spectrum
  • A look at some of the defining elements of fascism, using John T. Flynn’s As We Go Marching (1944) as a starting point
  • An excerpt from the Nazi Party’s platform dealing with their economic planks, and possible American parallels
  • A few words on fascism post-World War II

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March 30

Ep. 0055: Save Yourself

Join CJ as he discusses historical examples of people saving themselves, such as:

  • The story of Xenophon and the Ten Thousand, a group of Greek mercenaries who were left stranded in the heart of the Persian Empire & had to fight their way home
  • The story of Frederick Douglass, who liberated himself from slavery, educated himself, and became a top abolitionist activist
  • The Russo-Finnish Wars that took place during World War II, and the contrast of how Finland fared with how states such as Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, & Estonia fared
  • Jews who either escaped or fought against the Nazis during World War II
  • [NOTE:  I accidentally said “the Soviets suffered fewer than 100 casualties” while conquering eastern Poland in 1939; it should have been “fewer than 1,000.”]

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March 19

Ep. 0054: Three Leftist Historians Every Libertarian Should Read

Join CJ as he discusses the lives and work of the great 20th century leftist/revisionist American historians William Appleman Williams, Gabriel Kolko, and Howard Zinn.  While CJ doesn’t agree with them on every issue, nonetheless he agrees with them more often than not, especially on the subjects of war & peace, foreign policy, civil liberties, and their critiques of corporatism and the American Power Elite.

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March 6

Ep. 0053: DHP Villains: William Stephenson


William Stephenson, codenamed “Intrepid” (at least according to some sources), was an Anglo-Canadian businessman and intelligence agent who operated illegally and unconstitutionally in the US with the active assistance of FDR in order to facilitate American entry into World War II on the side of the British.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • William Stephenson’s early life, including his World War I military service and his success in business after the war
  • How in the early days of World War II, at the behest of the British government, William Stephenson set up a covert operations network in the US, which was still supposedly a neutral country at the time, with the knowledge & assistance of the FDR Administration
  • Stephenson’s operations in the US prior to Pearl Harbor, which included (among many other things) intervention in US media and politics, discrediting ‘isolationists,’ meddling in labor unions, and the possible assassination of an isolationist American businessman, William Rhodes Davis
  • Stephenson’s role in helping FDR discredit anti-interventionist Senator Burton Wheeler
  • How both opponents and proponents of FDR admit that he broke the law and Constitution in collaborating with Stephenson and acting as a tool of the British government
  • Stephenson’s awards after the war, and his death in 1989 at the age of 93
  • Some thoughts from George Washington & CJ on the phenomenon of foreign agents intervening in the politics and media of the US

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