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 Nov 11, 2018

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The Dangerous History Podcast covers the history that the Establishment would rather you NOT know, helping you learn the past so you can understand the present and prepare for the future.

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Vintage DHP Ep. 0052: A History of the US Dollar, Part 5
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Another Vintage DHP episode from 2014, reissued on the public DHP feed for a limited time! Finally, we conclude our non-consecutive series on the history of the history of the US dollar with part 5, looking at the story of the dollar following the breakdown of the Bretton Woods system. (This podcast was actually recorded over the course of 2 commutes — the first half in the morning commute to work, and the second one in the afternoon commute home.) Join CJ as he discusses: How the ending the ‘gold window’ in 1972 led to high inflation, which led to negative consequences (including some not purely economic) for society The approaches of the Ford and Carter administrations to dealing with inflation How, under first Carter and then Reagan, Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker (appointed in 1979) used high interest rates to staunch (though not completely stop) the erosion of the US dollar’s value in the early-1980s The reasons that the dollar still (mostly) operates as the world reserve currency despite its obvious flaws and vulnerabilities, including the meaning of the term ‘petrodollar’ How things will go wrong, sooner or later, with this system, and how the remedy used previously by Volcker (high interest rates) could not realistically be used today by the Fed, even if they wanted to do so A few thoughts on ways to prepare for this eventuality Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. (“Business Graph with Dollar Stock Photo” courtesy jscreationzs at freedigitalphotos.net) External Links US Debt Clock CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence by Robert Samuelson  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0035: A History of the US Dollar Part 4 - The Bretton Woods System
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Dusted off from the darker recesses of the DHP Vault, yet another 2014-vintage installment in the History of the US Dollar series, reissued on the Gen-Pop feed for a limited time! Join CJ as he discusses: The Bretton Woods system, set up in 1944 as the framework for the international monetary order The roots of the Great Inflation (c. mid-1960s-early-1980s) that would end Bretton Woods & any slink between the US dollar and specie (gold & silver), including the rise of the so-called “New Economists”, who pushed a Neo-Keynesian view that relied heavily on a model called the “Phillips Curve” (BTW, the stagflation of the 1970s later proved that the Phillips Curve doesn’t always work) How the Great Inflation came to be, looking across multiple decades & presidential administrations The government’s responses to inflation, including de-monetizing silver in the mid-60s & ending the Bretton Woods ‘gold window’ in 1971 Some of the effects of inflation Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0033: A History of the US Dollar Part 3: From Reconstruction through the New Deal
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All the way back from 2014, another blast-from-the-past Vintage DHP episode, reissued on the public feed for a limited time only! Join CJ in 2014 as he discusses: How hard money was eventually restored after the Civil War The Mint Act of 1873 (called the “Crime of ’73” by its opponents) The Populists’ (unsuccessful) challenge against the Gold Standard The establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913 and its effect on US money Inflation/devaluation during the First World War The actions of Benjamin Strong (Head of the NY Fed) in the 1920s to help the British pound, moves which also caused the stock & real estate bubbles of the 1920s, which burst in 1929 The end of the gold standard, gold confiscation, and the devaluation of the US Dollar under FDR in the 1930s, and how this was actually one of the factors that led to the Second World War External Links An interesting animated documentary called “Money as Debt” — though I don’t agree with all of their analysis and recommendations, they do a great job explaining fractional-reserve banking and how money in our economy actually is based on debt Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II by Murray Rothbard The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2020
Ep. 0207: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 5
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Here it is, the giant deep dive overview episode of Woodrow Wilson's decades of academic output! (Remember, I dive down these nightmarish rabbit-holes so you don't have to!) Here CJ dissects Woodrow Wilson's beliefs in painstaking detail, using the mountain of of essays, articles, books, speeches & lectures produced by the man over the course of his nearly three-decade-long career as an intellectual. Join CJ as he discusses: Wilson's overall ideology in regard to history and politics Wilson's particular notion of 'progress,' and his main intellectual influences in this regard Wilson's views on the state in general Wilson's views on democracy Wilson's views on American history and politics, including his views on the Constitution, the presidency, and more Wilson's views on socialism Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. Internal Links DHP Ep. 0197: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 4 (The previous Wilson episode, on "The Study of Administration") CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism (American Intellectual Culture) by Ronald J. Pestritto Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings: The Essential Political Writings edited by Ronald J. Pestritto Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0026: A History of the US Dollar, Part 2
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All the way back from 2014, another blast-from-the-past Vintage DHP episode, reissued on the public feed for a limited time only! Join CJ as he discusses: How, in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War Continental Dollar inflation, most of the Founding Fathers were soured on paper money, and took the opportunity of writing a new Constitution to reinstate a hard money (specie) standard The loopholes that remained within the system even after hard money was written into the Constitution that allowed the banksters to still inflate to their own advantage The Coinage Act of 1792 and its effect on the definition of US money How banks (especially central banks) still created some inflation thanks to the ‘magic’ of “fractional reserve banking”, and also sparked business cycles – though by today’s standards the US dollar’s value was remarkably stable overall How the not-so-Civil War spelled changes in American money that were just as dramatic as the changes the war wrought in so many other arenas, with the Union experiencing high inflation, and the Confederacy experiencing hyperinflation Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II by Murray Rothbard The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0021: A History of the US Dollar, Part 1: Origins Through the Revolution
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*Note: This is a "Vintage DHP Episode" from all the way back in 2014 that (like the rest of the first 52 episodes of the show) normally resides behind my paywall on Patreon & Subscribestar. However, as I did a few months ago with the Vintage DHP Bronze Age Collapse series, I'm going to be sharing this series on the public feed over the next few weeks & then leaving it up for a limited time, so enjoy this reissued episode while you can! (And if you want access to all the Vintage episodes, plus more stuff, sign up to support the show at Patreon or Subscribestar!). Why cover this topic? First off, because the history of money is a lot more interesting than you might think, and it’s absolutely crucial to understanding the world, past, present, and future. This will be part 1 of a multipart series (right now I estimate it will probably be around 4 parts) covering the history of the United States dollar. The series will be non-contiguous — ie, interspersed with episodes on other, probably non-related topics. Join CJ (in 2014) as he discusses: Why money matters to understanding the world British money of the colonial era, bimetallism, and Gresham’s Law Other things the colonists used as money when coinage wasn’t readily available Some of the desirable qualities in a commodity that make it work better than others as money, and some of the reasons why gold and silver function so well as money historically The origins of the dollar — originally a Spanish coin modeled on a Bohemian coin, actually The first paper money inflation in the Western World — in colonial Massachusetts How overprinting of paper money in MA (and later in other colonies) disrupted their economy, and reinstating of hard money revived it The Revolutionary War Continental Dollars, and the hyperinflation that resulted A few updates on the show, how it’s going, ways to support it, thank-yous to those who have, and a few remarks about the future of the show Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links An excerpt from the TV show DuckTales (the original, good, 1980s version) which shows how increasing the money supply dilutes the value of the money (Uncle Scrooge has more economic sense than our leaders!) CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links A History of Money and Banking in the United States: The Colonial Era to World War II by Murray Rothbard The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2020
Ep. 0206: The Monopoly on Violence w/Pete Quinones
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Recently, CJ got a chance to speak with Pete Quinones, host of the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast, about a new documentary film he was involved with making -- The Monopoly on Violence -- a film which explores the history and characteristics of the state as an institution, the problems it creates, and criticisms & alternatives to it, from a libertarian anarchist perspective. (This film features commentary from many of the leading anti-statist intellectuals of today, including James C. Scott, Thaddeus Russell, Scott Horton, Jeff Deist, Tom Woods, Michael Huemer, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Tom Woods, Dave Smith, & many more! Join Pete & CJ as they discuss the making and content of The Monopoly on Violence. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links The Monopoly on Violence Free Man Beyond the Wall (Pete's podcast) CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links The Kids Are Not Alright: A Meme Enhanced Primer On Encroaching Marxism In The West by Mance Rayder/Pete Quinones Freedom Through Memedom: The 31-Day Guide to Waking Up to Liberty by Mance Rayder/Pete Quinones The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James C. Scott The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey by Michael Huemer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2020
Ep. 0205: Divide & Conquer, Divide & Rule
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Join CJ as he discusses various historical instances of elites using strategies of 'divide and rule' and 'divide and conquer' in order to take over, rule, and exploit groups of people that vastly outnumber the elites. External Links "It's Time for Guillotines" by Trevor Moore "Only a Pawn in Their Game" by Bob Dylan CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links The Conquest of Gaul (Penguin Classics) by Julius Caesar American Slavery, American Freedom by Edmund Morgan Divide and Rule: The Partition of Africa, 1880-1914 by H.L. Wesseling The Black Seminoles: History of a Freedom-Seeking People by Kenneth Porter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
Ep. 0204: Decentralized Revolution
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Recently, CJ was a guest on the Decentralized Revolution podcast, a show put on by the Libertarian Party's Mises Caucus & hosted by Aaron Harris; it was a great conversation, so CJ decided to rebroadcast it as a DHP episode. Join Aaron & CJ as they discuss a wide variety of topics, including CJ's background, thoughts on war movies, teaching vs. podcasting, thoughts on education & the effects of covid on it, some recent & upcoming DHP episodes, how to critically read & evaluate history books, and more! (Note: This episode is a crossover with Decentralized Revolution & features the same conversation as Decentralized Revolution Ep. 21.) Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links 1917 Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn The Underground History of American Education, Volume I: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling by John Taylor Gatto A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Kate Turabian Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2020
Ep. 0203: 36 Documentary Films to Watch During TEOTWAWKI, Part 2
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Join CJ as he discusses the following documentary films: National Bird (2016) Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (2013) Best of Enemies: Vidal vs. Buckley (2015) Detropia (2012) Burn (2012) Soaked in Bleach (2015) I am Fishhead (2011) Atari: Game Over (2014) 1971 (2014) The Eugenics Crusade (2018) The Fog of War (2003) Cocaine Cowboys (2006) Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia on Youtube Detropia on Youtube I am Fishhead on Youtube 1971 on Youtube The Fog of War on Youtube The song "National Bird" by Sole & DJ Pain 1 "The Meaning of Timothy McVeigh" by Gore Vidal (originally published in Vanity Fair, in Sept. 2001) CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Soaked in Bleach Atari: Game Over The Eugenics Crusade Cocaine Cowboys Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2020
Ep. 0202: Dangerous Game Entrepreneurs
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In this DHP episode, CJ is joined by Ole, Alex, & John from Story Games, a new app that's currently in beta form, which serves as a platform for graphics-infused, choose-your-own-adventure-type story games with unconventional subject matter & themes designed to stimulate real critical & independent thinking. Join CJ, Ole, Alex & John as they discuss the origins and development of this project, how each of them got involved in it, what they hope to achieve with it, some of the individual stories they're currently working on, and what's next. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links Story Games The Immortal Podcast RaveOutlaw.com Internal Links DHP Ep. 153: An Interview with Mike Resnick DHP Ep. 152: Discussing Mike Resnick's Santiago (in the Dusty Den) DHP Ep. 129: The Psychology of Powr & Obedience (w/Jim Cunagin) CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Paper Squares and Purple Stars: My Life As A Rave Outlaw by John Vibes Authoritarian Sociopathy: Toward a Renegade Psychological Experiment by Davi Barker Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die (Volume 1) by Davi Barker The Hero With A Thousand Facesby Joseph Campbell Santiago: A Myth of the Far Futureby Mike Resnick Firefly The Complete Series Blu Ray [Blu-ray] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0030: Lessons from the Bronze Age Collapse
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[Note: This episode was originally produced in September 2014, normally resides in the 'Vintage DHP' collection available only to show supporters, but is being shared -- along with the rest of this mini-series -- on the pubic podcast feed for a limited time.] Join CJ as he discusses: Leaders get undeserved credit during good times, but blamed during bad times. Specialization & division of labor are great, until trade is disrupted. There’s NEVER one single thing that causes a TEOTWAWKI collapse; it’s always a multifaceted clusterfuck Declines can happen slowly, but also relatively quickly (most of the Bronze Age Collapse unfolded over less than 50 years.) You have to be plugged in & paying attention, because in the Bronze Age Collapse, things seemed to be fine and normal right up till the point that the shit really hit the fan. You don’t want to be in big cities during a collapse. Bronze Age civilizations collapsed despite having pretty good stores of surplus food from good years; how would we fare, with little or no stores of food and other goods? You don’t want to be alone/isolated during a collapse. The ideal location would be a small town situated in a remote and/or rugged location You can’t count on the people & institutions who steered you into the collapse, so you shouldn’t count on them to steer you out (or even to effectively manage the symptoms) Dark Ages are pretty rough, but as the old dinosaur systems collapse, opportunities are created who are tough, clever, and willing to adapt; they (or perhaps their descendants) might end up freer and better off in the long run, as the society rebuilds. Final food for thought: Ponder: Are we already IN a collapse, but a slow-mo one? CJ points out some parallel symptoms of the Bronze Age Collapse to our current situation. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) Collapse of the Bronze Age: The Story of Greece, Troy, Israel, Egypt, and the Peoples of the Sea The End of the Bronze Age Collapse of Complex Societies 1ed (New Studies in Archaeology) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0029: The Greek Dark Age and Recovery
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[Note: This episode was originally produced in September 2014, normally resides in the 'Vintage DHP' collection available only to show supporters, but is being shared -- along with the rest of this mini-series -- on the pubic podcast feed for a limited time.] Join CJ as he discusses: A quick sketch of pre-catastrophe Mycenaean civilization The collapse and its effects on Greece as indicated by the archaeological record, such as physical damage and even destruction of buildings and infrastructure; population decline; isolation; loss of technology and crafts; loss of literacy; and decreased cultivation of the land How this chronic crisis created misery, but also, in the long run, new opportunities A quick look at Greece’s emergence from the Dark Age starting circa the 700s BC, including the development of the polis and the related institutions of the independent family farm and the hoplite militia system Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Citadel to City-State: The Transformation of Greece, 1200-700 B.C.E. The Dark Age of Greece: An Archeological Survey of the Eleventh to the Eighth Centuries B.C. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) Collapse of the Bronze Age: The Story of Greece, Troy, Israel, Egypt, and the Peoples of the Sea The End of the Bronze Age Collapse of Complex Societies 1ed (New Studies in Archaeology) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0028: The Collapse of Bronze Age Civilizations, Part 2
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[Note: This episode was originally produced in September 2014, normally resides in the 'Vintage DHP' collection available only to show supporters, but is being shared -- along with the rest of this mini-series -- on the pubic podcast feed for a limited time.] Join CJ as he discusses: Some possible explanations for the collapse, including: disease; seismic activity; climate change resulting in food shortages; mass migration (often violent), including the so-called “Sea Peoples,” who ravaged much of the Eastern Mediterranean before being stopped by the Egyptians; changes in weapons, armor, and tactics that might have allowed barbarians to defeat the armies of Bronze Age kings; The explanation Prof CJ finds the most plausible, which he terms (in very non-academia-jargon) “The Clusterfuck-Perfect Storm” model of civilizational collapse, which more refined scholars often refer to as “general systems collapse” The cascading/domino/multiplier effects that might have occurred as problems compounded and existing institutions proved unable to cope effectively with them How the people & institutions in charge failed How the high degree of centralization in Bronze Age kingdoms ultimately made them more fragile & less able to adapt to changing circumstances than they might have been if they’d been more decentralized A brief mention of the effects of the collapse, as much as can be figured out, on the lives of regular people who lived through it How the collapse may have set the stage for eventual ‘Renaissance’ in some areas, but that may have been no consolation to people who had to eke out an existence during Dark Ages which in some cases lasted a few centuries Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) Collapse of the Bronze Age: The Story of Greece, Troy, Israel, Egypt, and the Peoples of the Sea The End of the Bronze Age Collapse of Complex Societies 1ed (New Studies in Archaeology) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2020
Ep. 0201: It's TEOTWAWKI & I Feel Fine (w/Brett Veinotte)
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Recently CJ spoke with Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks podcast as part of Brett's "Hi. How Are You?" series, in which Brett has been speaking to friends of his from different corners of the country about all things related to the Covid craziness. Join CJ & Brett as they discuss how they've been dealing with & responding to all the insanity surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. (This is a crossover episode featuring the same conversation as "Hi. How Are You? Conversation #4" from School Sucks.) Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links The School Sucks Project Johnny Hiland's crazy instrumental guitar version of "Orange Blossom Special" One of CJ's favorite versions of "Music for a Found Harmonium" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2020
Ep. 0200: Honest History
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For the 200th episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, CJ decided to take a step back and get a bit 'meta,' taking a journey into the belly of the whale on trying to figure out what history is and how one might think about it. Join CJ as he discusses: What history really is Fact, Truth, & Meaning Objectivity, Ideology, & History Honest History Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. Internal Links DHP Ep. 0195: The Manichean Temptation CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession by Peter Novick Empiricism and History by Stephen Davies Telling the Truth About History (Norton Paperback) by Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt & Margaret Jacob Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Vintage DHP Ep. 0027: The Collapse of Bronze Age Civilizations, Part 1
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[Note: This episode was originally produced in September 2014, normally resides in the 'Vintage DHP' collection available only to show supporters, but is being shared -- along with the rest of this mini-series -- on the pubic podcast feed for a limited time.] Over a thousand years before Christ, an even more dramatic collapse hit multiple Bronze Age civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean over the course of a relatively short window of time, causing significant decline in some kingdoms, and genuine collapse followed by Dark Ages in others. Join CJ as he discusses: A brief discussion of the survivalist/prepper concepts of SHTF and TEOTWAWKI, which obviously have some relevance to this story An overview of the Late Bronze Age world in the Eastern Mediterranean, including some of the important civilizations and kingdoms A sketch of the degree of trade, prosperity, interconnectedness in the late Bronze Age Evidence of the widespread collapse that hit mostly between 1200 and 1150 BC, including destroyed cities, a few written records of attacks, and evidence that residents of some thriving coastal cities retreated to small villages in remote, rugged terrain, presumably for protection from something Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) Collapse of the Bronze Age: The Story of Greece, Troy, Israel, Egypt, and the Peoples of the Sea The End of the Bronze Age Collapse of Complex Societies 1ed (New Studies in Archaeology) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2020
Ep. 0199: 36 Documentary Films to Watch During TEOTWAWKI, Part 1
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Now that we all have a LOT more time to watch streaming videos than we normally would, CJ thought it would be helpful to put out a list of three dozen interesting documentary films that he highly recommends for the DHP audience's viewing pleasure. This will be done in 3 parts, with a dozen films each. (Parts 1 & 2 will be available to gen-pop, but part 3 will be for supporters of the DHP on Patreon & Subscribestar.) This is the first installment. Join CJ as he discusses a recent personal anecdote that begins terribly but ends on a positive note, and then discusses the following documentary films: The Search for General Tso (2014) Beer Wars (2009) Who Took Johnny (2016) Meru (2015) Valley Uprising (2014) The Wrecking Crew (2008) Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead (2015) Chuck Norris versus Communism (2015) Milius (2013) Kumare (2012) The Seven Five (2014) Birth of the Living Dead (2012) Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links The Search for General Tso on Youtube Internal Links DHP Ep. 0107: Applying Guerrilla Methods Beyond War (CJ's talk from Porcfest 2016) CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Beer Wars Who Took Johnny Meru Valley Uprising Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Chuck Norris vs Communism Milius Kumare Birth of the Living Dead Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2020
Ep. 0198: Fµ©!≤ Daylight Savings! (The DHP vs DST)
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Subtitle: "Daylight Savings as a Rebellion Against Nature." Join CJ as he discusses: Where the idea of biannual time changes & Daylight Savings Time (DST) came from historically. (Hint: As is often the case, Woodrow Wilson bears some of the blame.) Some of the problems, costs, and even dangers of DST The origin of standardized time zones (which originated more in the private sector) as a contrasting case study The idea of DST as a rebellion against nature Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster.The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links A recent NBC News article on the controversy surrounding the time change (Note how, among opponents of the time change, the politicians favor year-round DST, while actual scientists & medical people support year-round Standard Time -- why, it's almost like politicians don't give a shit about science or human health & well-being when it goes against what they want!) Save Standard Time (a website & organization dedicated to making Standard Time year-round for the sake of human well-being) CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Revolution in time: Clocks and the making of the modern world by David Landes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2020
Ep. 0197: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 4
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In this fourth installment in the epic DHP Villains Woodrow Wilson series, we're detail-stripping what CJ considers to be perhaps the single most important piece of writing in Woodrow Wilson's career, the essay "The Study of Administration," which was published in the July 1887 issue of Political Science Quarterly, when Wilson was only 30 years old and just 2 years into his professional academic career. Wilson never significantly deviated from the ideas laid down in this essay over the remainder of his academic career; he also did quite a lot of implement them as President of the United States, and one can see the influence of these ideas on the growth & development of the US government's administrative apparatus ever since. (Though the real-world results have been far from the ideal of benevolence, efficiency, and transparency that Wilson described!) Join CJ as he takes this essay apart with critical analysis, and, near the end, shares the insights of Alexis de Tocqueville who, writing approximately 50 years before Wilson wrote "The Study of Administration," identified and warned about just the sort of mixture of democracy and bureaucratic despotism that men like Wilson would eventually advocate & usher in. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show Links & Info for the School Sucks Virtual Summit, coming March 7, 14 & 21 2020 The School Sucks Ideas into Action Virtual Summit The Summit Explained in 1 Minute When signing up, be sure to use promo code PROFCJ to save 30% off the price of the event (& to make sure CJ gets paid for referring you!; External Links "The Study of Administration" by Woodrow Wilson CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism (American Intellectual Culture) by Ronald J. Pestritto Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings: The Essential Political Writings edited by Ronald J. Pestritto Propaganda by Edward Bernays Public Opinion (Critical Assessment of Functional Democratic Government) by Walter Lipmann Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward Herman & Noam Chomsky Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II (Bantam Classics) by Alexis de Tocqueville Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
Ep. 0196: Agents Unknown, w/John Murphy & Michael Reiter
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In this DHP episode, CJ is joined by John Murphy and Michael Reiter, who are, respectively, the star and director of the extremely interesting documentary film Agents Unknown: A Vietnam War Intelligence Officer's Story, which tells the story of John's experience as a military intelligence officer in the Vietnam War. Join CJ, John, & Mike as they discuss John's experiences in Vietnam and reflections on them, as well as the making of the film and the takeaways to be gleaned from it. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. Agents Unknown Links Website: www.AgentsUnknown.com Twitter: @agentsunknown00 Watch the Trailer on Youtube Alternate Trailer on Youtube Watch the Trailer on Vimeo Alternate Trailer on Vimeo Watch Agents Unknown on Amazon US Watch Agents Unknown on Amazon UK Watch Agents Unknown on Pluto TV, Tubi TV, and Cable Video on Demand Also, coming soon on DVD and other streaming platforms! Links & Info for the School Sucks Virtual Summit, coming March 7, 14 & 21 2020 The School Sucks Ideas into Action Virtual Summit The Summit Explained in 1 Minute When signing up, be sure to use promo code PROFCJ to save 30% off the price of the event (& to make sure CJ gets paid for referring you!;) CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Agents Unknown Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2020
Ep. 0195: The Manichean Temptation
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 Here's something we haven't seen in a while -- a 'Silver Bullet DHP Episode' (ie, one in which CJ records a mostly-extemporaneous discussion of a concept from his mobile podcasting studio, the Silver Bullet, while commuting.) Kicking it Old School DHP on this one! Join CJ on a couple of morning commutes to work for a freewheeling discussion on the Manichean Temptation, some of its dangers and problems, some real-world manifestations of the phenomenon, and related issues like the problem with 'extremists' (as CJ defines them here), and the need to think not just about ends, but also about means, as well as some brief info on the ways that cults exploit the Manichean Temptation to the extreme. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Combating Cult Mind Control: The 1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults by Steven Hassan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2020
Ep. 0194: Richard Jewell: A Dangerous History Movie Review
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Richard Jewell is a 2019 historical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood about events surrounding the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing case, focused around the figure of Richard Jewell, the security guard who discovered the bomb and helped evacuate people away from it, but who was soon thereafter implicated by the FBI and elements of the media as a prime suspect. Join CJ as he discusses: The basics of the Atlanta bombing/Richard Jewell story A little info about the production of the film and a brief synopsis of it Some discussion of the reception the film has received, and some of the controversy surrounding it CJ's overall take on the film itself, and what both the film & its reception tell us about the FBI & the corporate media Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. External Links Richard Jewell on 60 Minutes in 1996 Richard Jewell on SNL's Weekend Update w/Norm Macdonald "American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell" by Marie Brenner, Vanity Fair, Feb. 1997 Top 10 Things Richard Jewell Got Factually Right and Wrong CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle by Kent Alexander & Kevin Salwen Richard Jewell (DVD) (2019) The Report (2019) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2020
Ep. 0193: A State of Freedom w/Jason Sorens
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In this episode of the Dangerous History Project, CJ is joined by Jason Sorens, the political scientist who devised and founded the Free State Project, an intentional migration enterprise designed to entice large numbers of liberty-minded people from across the United States to move to New Hampshire in order to use their concentrated numbers to build a freer society. Join CJ & Jason as they discuss: Jason's academic work related to modern secessionist and decentralist movements How Jason devised the Free State Project back in 2001 Other historical examples of intentional migrations Why New Hampshire was chosen as the FSP's destination, some of the state's many pluses and advantages, (and a few negatives) Some of the policy achievements of FSP activists in New Hampshire How the FSP has evolved in its nearly two-decade-long existence, and where it's going from here Check out The Free State Project! Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy by Jason Sorens Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom Anarchy, State, and Utopiaby Robert Nozick Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2019
Ep. 0192: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 3
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In this third instalment in the DHP coverage of Woodrow Wilson, we focus on Wilson's years as President of Princeton University, 1902-1910. Join CJ as he discusses: The changes and reforms Wilson implemented at Princeton, and others he tried (but failed) to implement His increasingly contentious relationship with some of the trustees, alumni, and administrators, particularly regarding his Quad Plan and the location of the Graduate School A possible affair with Mrs. Mary Allen Peck Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Mr. Wilson's War: From the Assassination of Mckinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations by John Dos Passos Wilson by A. Scott Berg Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper, Jr. Woodrow Wilson by H. W. Brands The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O’Toole Wilson’s War: How Woodrow Wilson’s Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II by Jim Powell Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David Kennedy Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism (American Intellectual Culture) by Ronald J. Pestritto Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings: The Essential Political Writings edited by Ronald J. Pestritto Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
Ep. 0191: Aftershock: The Human Toll of War w/Mark Jacob
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In this episode, CJ talks with Mark Jacob, one of the three co-authors of the recently published book Aftershock: The Human Toll of War (published by CityFiles Press). This book presents an extensive collection of photos from the last year of World War II (many of which have never been seen before by the public) taken by US military photographers, scanned from the original negatives to give amazing picture quality, providing a unique, unfiltered, and often disturbing glimpse of what the latter phases of the largest total war in human history actually looked like. In many cases the authors have been able to research the backstories of the photos, and have provided descriptive captions that add detail and further humanize the stories told by the images. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show Check out Aftershock on Amazon: Aftershock: The Human Toll of War: Haunting World War II Images by America's Soldier Photographers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2019
Ep. 0190: 2019 DHP Halloween Special Part 2
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Here is part 2 of the 2019 DHP Halloween Special! Join CJ & Joshua as they discuss each of their top 5 picks, plus a variable number of runners-up/honorable mentions, in each of the following categories: Favorite Horror Novels Favorite Horror Short Stories Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ & Joshua’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Novels I Am Legend Pet Sematary Something Wicked This Way Comes (Greentown Book 2) Dracula The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) Summer of Night: A Novel Every Dead Thing: A Charlie Parker Thriller (1) The Store Boy's Life The Eyes of the Dragon: A Novel The Dead Zone The Trial (Oxford World's Classics) The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts The Serpent and the Rainbow Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Short Story Collections & Anthologies Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Modern Library) The October Country: Stories An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) Night Shift The Monsters are Due on Maple Street The Road to Madness: Twenty-Nine Tales of Terror The Lottery and Other Stories (FSG Classics) Blue World The Best of Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, and 30 Others The Collection Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old and New The Beautiful People by Charles Beaumont, Science Fiction, Adventure The Best of Richard Matheson (Penguin Classics) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
Ep. 0189: 2019 DHP Halloween Special Part 1
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Join CJ & Joshua as they discuss each of their top 5 picks, plus a variable number of runners-up/honorable mentions, in each of the following categories: Favorite/Best Horror Films Favorite Unsung/Underappreciated Horror Films (somehow, CJ skipped over his own #3 -- it was The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016), if you're curious) Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster. CJ & Joshua’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Halloween Alien The Exorcist: The Extended Director's Cut Night of the Living Dead HD Birth of the Living Dead The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Jaws The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Plus Bonus Content) (incl. Disney's Sleepy Hollow) The Terminator Twin Peaks: The Television Collection [DVD] The Exorcist III They Live Prince of Darkness The Evil Dead The Autopsy of Jane Doe(CJ's #3 Favorite Underrated Horror film, which he somehow skipped over in the discussion!) The Thing The Serpent and the Rainbow Rear Window The Cabin In The Woods Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Ep. 0188: Introducing the Dangerous History Lyceum: Rise of the American Empire
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I am super-excited to announce that the first lecture of Rise of the American Empire, the first Dangerous History Lyceum course, is now available!

This podcast episode is centered on a segment from the first lecture in that course (slightly over half of the lecture, to be precise), so that DHP listeners will get a little preview of what is going to be covered in it, and (hopefully) will decide to support the show at $15 per month (or higher) in order to get access to the course as I create it.

This course will cover the growth of the United States in size & power, from Independence through the War on Terror through the analytical lens of imperial history.

Want to have access to the entirety of this, and any & all future DHL lectures & courses?

Sign up to support the DHP at Patreon or Subscribestar at the Scholar Warrior level for $15 per month (or higher), or up your pledge to that level if you're already supporting at a lower level.

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America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History by Andrew Bacevich

Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War (American Empire Project) by Andrew Bacevich

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II (Dispatch Books) by John Dower

Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire by Niall Ferguson

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (American Empire Project) by Chalmers Johnson

Dangerous Nation: America's Foreign Policy from Its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the Twentieth Century by Robert Kagan

The Forging of the American Empire: From the Revolution to Vietnam by Sidney Lens

Policing America's Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State (New Perspectives in SE Asian Studies) by Alfred McCoy

Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansionism by Walter Nugent

The Contours of American History by William Appleman Williams

The Tragedy of American Diplomacy  by William Appleman Williams

Empire As A Way of Life by William Appleman Williams

Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Howe

Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference by Burbank & Cooper




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Oct 07, 2019
Ep. 0187: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 2
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Part 2 of CJ's deep dive into the life & career of Woodrow Wilson covers most of Wilson's career in academia, stopping just as he's about to become president of Princeton University.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Woodrow Wilson's time as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University
  • Woodrow Wilson's time as a college professor, starting at Bryn Mawr and continuing at Weselyan and PrincetonSupport the Dangerous History Podcast via 
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Wilson by A. Scott Berg

Woodrow Wilson by H. W. Brands

The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O'Toole

Wilson's War: How Woodrow Wilson's Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II by Jim Powell

Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David Kennedy

Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism (American Intellectual Culture) by Ronald J. Pestritto

Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings: The Essential Political Writings edited by Ronald J. Pestritto





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Sep 10, 2019
Ep. 0186: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 1
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Finally, after a LONG time of researching, planning, etc, here it is, the first installment in CJ's DHP Villains hit-piece on The Worst President (So Far!) in US History, Woodrow Wilson. (And that's no small matter considering how badly CJ thinks of most American presidents!)

In this first installment, we're covering Wilson's early life & education, stopping just before his entry into the Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University in the fall of 1883.

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The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster.

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Wilson by A. Scott Berg

Woodrow Wilson by H. W. Brands

The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O'Toole

Wilson's War: How Woodrow Wilson's Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II by Jim Powell

Over Here: The First World War and American Society by David Kennedy

Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism (American Intellectual Culture) by Ronald J. Pestritto

Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings: The Essential Political Writings edited by Ronald J. Pestritto





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Aug 16, 2019
Ep. 0185: The Limited Hangout (w/Brett Veinotte)
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This crossover episode features the conversation CJ had with Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project on the last day of the 2019 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest.

Join Brett & CJ as they discuss a wide variety of topics, including (but not limited to) Harry Anslinger, conspiracy theories, critical thinking, human scale, and the rigidification of institutions over time.

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The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster.

CJ’s Picks (Amazon Affiliate Links)

Human Scale Revisited: A New Look at the Classic Case for a Decentralist Future

The Protectors: Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1962

The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade

American Made
 






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Jul 13, 2019
Ep. 0184: DHP Villains: Harry Anslinger
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At the 2019 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest in Delton, Mich., CJ took the occasion of Michigan's recent legalization of marijuana to do a DHP Villains feature on the man who is arguably the most important of the Founding Fathers of the US government's war on drugs.

Join CJ as he discusses the career of Harry J. Anslinger, from his early life to working for the State Department, then the Treasury Department, culminating in his tenure as first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1930-62, during which time (among other things) he presided over the beginning of the federal government's criminalization of marijuana and the continuous amping-up of the drug war and its penalties; along the way we'll also cover Anslinger's racism & xenophobia, as well as his connections to the OSS and CIA, including lending those agencies some of his top agents for shady purposes, including some of the MK-Ultra experiments.

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The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective & LRN.fm’s podcast roster.

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The Protectors: Harry J. Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1930-1962
Chasing the Scream: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection
The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade
The Economics of Prohibition


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Jun 28, 2019
Ep. 0183: The 5 Year Anniversary of the Dangerous History Podcast: A Soft Reboot
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On June 5th, 2014, CJ published the first episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, and while it wasn't great, he kept plugging away at it, slowly getting better & better and now, here we are, five years later, and not only has the Dangerous History Podcast survived & endured, it's bigger & better than ever!

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • What he means by "soft reboot"
  • Some changes he's gone through personally since he started this podcast back in 2014 (including some relatively recent major positive changes)
  • Some of what he's learned in 5 years of Dangerous History podcastin, and how his approach to the DHP has both stayed consistent, and evolved in some aspects & issues
  • New levels of support for the DHP on Patreon & Subscribestar
  • Introduction of the Dangerous History Lyceum, and a description of the first course CJ plans to do as part of it: Rise of the American Empire
  • Some other things in the works for the foreseeable future, including a second show CJ plans to launch by the end of the summer: the Guerrilla Scholar-Warrior podcast
  • Finally, a rebroadcasting of Vintage DHP Episode #48: Introduction to Taoism & the Scholar Warrior IdealCome meet CJ & see him present at the 2019The
 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest in Delton, MI


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Notes On Democracyby H.L. Mencken

Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty
Scholar Warrior: An Introduction to the Tao in Everyday Life







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Jun 05, 2019
Ep. 0182: Cathal Nolan on the Allure of Battle
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In this DHP episode, CJ talks with Cathal J. Nolan, associate professor of history at Boston University and author of the book The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost.

Join CJ & Professor Nolan as they discuss:

  • How leaders & nations are often seduced by 'the allure of battle' and a 'short war delusion'
  • The ways in which much existing historiography on warfare since ancient times have contributed to the glorification of the ideas of decisive battle and military genius, and how The Allure of Battle challenges these tendencies
  • How wars are actually won most of the time -- namely, through things like logistics, attrition and endurance over relatively long time spans -- in contrast to the concept of decisive battle
  • Some historical examples of alleged military geniuses who succumbed to the allure of battle, including the Duke of Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, and the various German leaders of the late-nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century
  • Some of the ways in which warfare has changed (and, perhaps more importantly, not changed) since the Second World War
  • Whether or not world leaders have learned any of the important lessons about the dangers of falling for the allure of battle and the short war delusionSupport the Dangerous History Podcast via 
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May 21, 2019
Ep. 0181: Place of the Slaughter
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This Dangerous History Podcast episode covers a dramatic but very little-known conflict in the early history of colonial North America, which culminated in multiple mass murders of European colonists by other, rival European colonists.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • An overview of early Spanish attempts at colonizing La Florida, which were a series of major failures running from Ponce de Leon in 1519 to Tristan de Luna in 1559, after which the Spanish Crown ended all attempts at colonizing the region
  • The beginning of French Huguenot involvement in Florida, which renewed Spanish interest in the area
  • Spain's decision to make one last attempt to colonize Florida, to be led by Pedro Menendez de Aviles
  • The race to Florida between Menendez' expedition and that of Huguenot leader Jean Ribault
  • The conflict in Florida between the Spanish Catholics and French Huguenots, culminating in multiple cold-blooded massacres
  • The legacy of all this not only for the history of Florida, but the subsequent colonial history of North AmericaSupport the Dangerous History Podcast via 
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The Enterprise of Florida: Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the Spanish Conquest of 1565-1568
Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the Conquest of Florida: A New Manuscript
The History of Florida
Finding Florida
No Peace Beyond the Line: The English in the Caribbean, 1624-90




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May 13, 2019
Ep. 0180: A Tale of Two Shilohs (w/Chris Calton)
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This episode is a tag-team collaboration with Chris Calton, host of the Historical Controversies podcast, which is published by the Mises Institute.

Join Chris & CJ as they tell the story of the Battle of Shiloh as experienced by Henry Stanley (a young Confederate soldier) and John Cockerill (a young Union soldier.)

(This episode is a crossover episode with Historical Controversies season 3 episode 53.)

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Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men: A History of the American Civil War, 2nd Edition
Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War
Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era



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Apr 19, 2019
Ep. 0179: Exploring the Inward Empire with Sam Davis
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Mar 18, 2019
Ep. 0178: Considering Community College, Part 2
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(This is a crossover episode, featuring the same discussion as School Sucks Episode 602.)

Join Brett & CJ as they discuss many of the negative trends that have been increasing among college students in recent years.

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The Underground History of American Education, Volume I: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling





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Mar 13, 2019
Ep. 0177: Considering Community College, Part 1
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Another Dangerous History/School Sucks crossover episode!

Recently I was invited onto the School Sucks podcast with Brett Veinotte to discuss some of the negative trends I'm experiencing in my teaching dayjob; part 1 of that conversation is also the heart of this DHP episode. (This is a crossover episode, featuring the same conversation as School Sucks Episode #601.)

Join Brett & CJ as they discuss some of the negative institutional trends CJ has experienced, such as reduced course variety, problems with online classes in an institutional education setting, issues with the elimination of mandatory remedial courses for certain students (despite the fact that many students badly need them), and some of the warped incentives created by performance funding and over-reliance on quantitative, outcomes-based metrics.

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The Wire

The Underground History of American Education, Volume I: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling





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Mar 08, 2019
Ep. 0176: The Great Alibi & the Treasury of Virtue: The Not-So-Civil War Part 15
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More than 2 years in the making, based on reading dozens (I never wanted to count) of books & dozens more articles, over 300 pages of typed notes, 15 episodes long, 28 hours total run-time.....

Boom - here it is, the end of the DHP's Not-So-Civil War series! What started over 2 years ago is finally done with -- took almost half as long to make as the war took to actually happen, it's done, here we are, one last big push to the finish line!

(Now you can binge the series all the way through, from the beginning, Netflix-style, if you want, starting all the way back with DHP Ep. 131: Opening Gambits, which came out on the last day of 2016.)

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The "Lost Cause" Mythology of the Confederacy
  • One last look at the two sides of why the war happened: First, why did the South secede (including an extensive examination of primary sources on this), and second, why was the North willing to use war to prevent them from doing so successfully?
  • An examination of why the war turned out as it did, and a potential alternative scenario in which it might well have turned out differently
  • And some perspectives on this war that CJ finds interesting & persuasive, from several writers & historians, none of whom are simplistic apologists for either side of the conflictSupport the Dangerous History Podcast via 
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Jan 31, 2019
Ep. 0175: The Real George H.W. Bush with Russ Baker
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In light of the recent death of former President George Herbert Walker "Poppy" Bush (1924-2018), CJ was very happy to speak to investigative journalist and author Russ Baker (author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, and head honcho of WhoWhatWhy) about the reality of Poppy Bush, which is quite a contrast to the media hagiography that's been ongoing since his death.

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Dec 16, 2018
Ep. 0174: DHP Heroes: John Carpenter, Part 2
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This episode is the conclusion of CJ's coverage of John Carpenter's filmmaking career.

[*Note: Since recording this episode, I did get a chance to watch Bodybags, which is actually a horror anthology movie rather than a series as I think I said in the episode. Long story short, I liked it a lot & would definitely recommend it for any fans of horror in general and/or Carpenter in particular.]

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • All the films Carpenter directed from Christine (1983) through The Ward (2010)
  • Common themes and techniques in Carpenter's films
  • Carpenter's statements about what he believes vs. the ideology that his films portray (which are often quite different)
  • Carpenter's influence on CJ's worldview, and why his best works have resonated so strongly.
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Dec 09, 2018
Ep. 0173: DHP Heroes: John Taylor Gatto (w/Richard Grove & Brett Veinotte)
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John Taylor Gatto (1935-2018) was an award-winning public school teacher before leaving that career to become an outspoken critic of conventional schooling.

In this episode, CJ is very pleased to be joined by Richard Grove of Tragedy & Hope and Brett Veinotte of School Sucks to discuss Gatto's life, legacy, and influence.

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Nov 16, 2018
Ep. 0172: The Voluntary Difference (What CJ said at Harvard)
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This episode contains CJ's presentation from the Sound Education podcast conference held at the Divinity School of Harvard University in November, 2018.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The differences he's noticed (for both teacher & learner) between a conventional classroom setting on the one hand, and podcasting on the other
  • His belief that these differences are largely due to the fact that a typical classroom setting is less voluntary and revolves around extrinsic motivations, whereas something like podcasting is purely voluntary (for both teacher & learner) and revolves around intrinsic motivations, and why the latter is superior in most important ways to the former
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  • "Teacher Liberation" (an excellent Ted Talk by Joel Hammon that also addresses some of the ways in which voluntary educational relationships are superior to nonvoluntary ones, for both teachers and students)
  • A Ted Talk by Daniel Pink, author of Drive


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Nov 07, 2018
Ep. 0171: DHP Heroes: John Carpenter, Part 1
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Tis the season for some Halloween-related DHP -- specifically, part 1 of a 2-part DHP Heroes feature on filmmaker John Carpenter, perhaps best known for his work in the horror genre.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The concepts of 'auteur' and 'cult classic' or 'cult film,' and how they apply to Carpenter and his work
  • A bit about Carpenter's early life, upbringing, and time at USC film school
  • Coverage and commentary on most of Carpenter's early films, from Dark Star (1974) through The Thing (1982)
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Oct 31, 2018
Ep. 0170: Johnny Comes Marching Home: The Not-So-Civil War part 14
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This was originally going to be one giant episode to finish off the series, but then it grew into TOO giant of an episode, so I decided to divide it in order to conquer it.

Here's the beginning of the end of the Not-So-Civil War series.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The costs of the war in death & destruction
  • Changes wrought by the war
  • The fate of the veterans in the decades following the war
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Oct 24, 2018
Ep. 0169: Autodidacts in History
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This episode is the audio of CJ's talk at the 2018 Freecoast Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the topic of autodidacts in history.

Join CJ as he discusses autodidacts from a variety of fields from ancient to modern times, along with some thoughts on what it means to be an autodidact, and some of the potential benefits and pitfalls of it.

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Sep 16, 2018
Ep. 0168: Mark Thornton on Red Tide & Skyscrapers
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In this DHP episode, CJ talks to economist Mark Thornton. Mark is Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute. He serves as the Book Review Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. His publications include The Economics of Prohibition (1991), Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation: The Economics of the Civil War (2004), The Quotable Mises (2005), The Bastiat Collection (2007), An Essay on Economic Theory (2010), The Bastiat Reader (2014), and his latest, The Skyscraper Curse and How Austrian Economists Predicted Every Major Crisis of the Last Century (2018).

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Aug 27, 2018
Ep. 0167: Endgame: The Not-So-Civil War Part 13
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In the Spring of 1865, the Confederate military & government began to rapidly crumble.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The Battle of Natural Bridge
  • The fate of John Bell Hood's command, including the disastrous Battles of Franklin & Nashville
  • The Confederates' partial emancipation program, passed far too late to matter to the course of the war
  • The Hampton Roads Conference
  • Sherman's march through South Carolina, including the destruction of Columbia
  • Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, probably his second-most quoted speech after the Gettysburg Address
  • The fall of Richmond
  • The surrender of R.E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House
  • The assassination of Lincoln
  • The surrender of other Confederate forces
  • Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, the last Confederate Army commander to surrender
  • The capture of Jefferson Davis
  • The ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution
  • President Andrew Johnson's declaration of 'mission accomplished' in 1866
  • A very brief word on ReconstructionAnd be sure to tune in next time for an in-depth examination of different interpretations of the legacy & meaning of this war!


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Aug 17, 2018
Ep. 0166: Suppressing Dissent, Reinforcing Belief: The Not-So-Civil War Part 12
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Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief word on the concept of habeas corpus
  • The ways in which dissent was suppressed & civil liberties were abrogated in the Confederacy and in the Union
  • Civil religion in both the North & South in the latter part of the war
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Jul 27, 2018
Ep. 0165: History of Vikings with Noah Tetzner
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In this episode, CJ speaks with Noah Tetzner of the History of Vikings Podcast (a show that is, like the Dangerous History Podcast, a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network.)

Join CJ & Noah as they discuss:

  • Noah's background, including his non-typical education & how he came to be hosting a podcast about Vikings at just 17 years of age
  • Common misconceptions in the popular mind about the Norse people
  • Depictions of Norsemen in popular entertainment
  • Culture, politics, society, and mythology of the Norse
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Jul 06, 2018
Ep. 0164: School May Suck, But History Doesn't Have To
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It happened: School Sucks & the Dangerous History Podcast collided!

At the 2018 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest, CJ was interviewed by Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project. This episode is the audio of that conversation (also released by Brett as episode #569 of School Sucks.)

Join CJ and Brett as they discuss:

  • A bit about CJ's background, and how he came to be an anarchist historian
  • CJ's approaches to studying & synthesizing history, including some nuts-and-bolts stuff like reading, note-taking, and so forth
  • The values (and potential dangerous) of using shock to hook students' or listeners' interest
  • The relationship between ideology and history when teaching and podcasting
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Jul 01, 2018
Ep. 0163: Avoiding Intellectual Inbreeding
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Here is the audio of CJ's presentation delivered on Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at the 6th Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest in Michigan.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • A little bit about his own personality and educational background that have led him to be more resistant to intellectual inbreeding than most people (but still prone to it to some extent, because all people are)
  • One of the main problems with conventional academia, and how, if you insulate yourself too much from ideas that contradict your own, you are in danger of becoming like academia in terms of being insulated & isolated from diverse ideas
  • Some of the problems that come from becoming intellectually inbred, including excessive confirmation bias
  • Some of the benefits gained from being eclectic & omnivorous in the intellectual content that you consume
  • Suggestions for ways to try to minimize confirmation bias & avoid intellectual inbreeding
  • Some very interesting Q&A
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Jun 28, 2018
Ep. 0162: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 4
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This is the final conversation between CJ & US Army Veteran BT about BT's military service and his ordeals since getting out. (Please excuse a little bit of minor audio issues. As you'll hear, we had some sporadic  Skype hiccups, as well as a slightly-longer-than-usual delay, probably because BT has moved since our last conversation, and is now living a little more in the boonies than previously.)

Join CJ & BT as they discuss:

  • BT's physical & mental health issues since leaving the Army, and the problems he's had in trying to get adequate help from the Department of Veterans Affairs (or VA)
  • PTSD
  • Head trauma
  • Burn pits & Gulf War illness
  • How BT's experience in the Army and dealing with the VA have changed his views on many things, and his overall take on his military experienceWanna meet CJ and ? 
Come out to the 2018 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest in Delton, Michigan! CJ will be there from Friday, June 22nd through Monday, June 25th, and will be speaking on Sunday, June 24th. Hope to see you there!

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Jun 19, 2018
Ep. 0161: "Disregarding the Laws of God and Man": The Not-So-Civil War, Part 11
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The end (of this non-consecutive series) is starting to come into sight, as the Union increasingly relies on 'total war' to completely crush the spirit of resistance among Southern civilians, regardless of any moral considerations.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Confederate General Jubal Early's raid into Union territory, which reached the outer defenses of Washington D.C. before being fought off and chased back into the Shenandoah Valley
  • Philip Sheridan's decisive defeat of Early's forces, and Sheridan's subsequent destruction of the farms, food, and infrastructure of the valley
  • The Atlanta campaign, which saw Union General William T. Sherman facing off against the Army of Tennessee, initially commanded by Confederate General Joseph Johnston
  • Jefferson Davis's replacement of Johnston with John Bell Hood, and the disastrously costly offensives Hood launched Union forces that outnumbered his by over 2:1
  • Sherman's shelling of Atlanta & ultimate seizure of the city, followed by the removal of remaining civilian residents
  • Sherman's increasingly large-scale, deliberate targeting of civilians' shelter & means of subsistence in "total war"
  • The 1864 presidential election, in which Lincoln was reelected, ensuring that the war would continue
  • Sherman's burning of the remnants of Atlanta and "March to the Sea" across GeorgiaWanna meet CJ and ? 
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Jun 12, 2018
Ep. 0160: "Remember the Maine!" & The Pageantry of American Aggression
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Here's a big beast of a DHP episode, dealing with the Deep History of the sinking of the USS Maine, the origins of the Spanish-American War, and what relevance this story might have to recent events.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The explosion of the USS Maine in Havana in 1898
  • A brief description of the so-called "Large Policy" and its proponents in the late-19th century, especially its most influential members: Theodore Roosevelt & Henry Cabot Lodge
  • The so-called "Yellow Press," as exemplified by William Randolph Hearst & Joseph Pulitzer, and how they were working toward similar goals as the Large Policy cabal (namely, war), for their own reasons
  • TR's appointment to the position of Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and how he used that position for all it was worth (and more)
  • Increasing tensions between the US and Spain, leading up to President McKinley's dispatch of the Maine to Havana, where of course, it would blow up & sink
  • How proponents of war (the Large Policy cabal & the Yellow Press) hastily jumped to conclusions on virtually no evidence that Spain was behind the sinking, and the official Sampson Board of Inquiry that concluded the ship was sunk by a mine (albeit without claiming to know who was behind it)
  • The lead up to the actual declarations of war between Spain & the US, over two months after the Maine, and a brief rundown of the troubling legacies of this so-called "Splendid Little War"
  • A closer look at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) and its oft-overlooked connections to TR & to the Maine
  • Some possible alternative explanations for the sinking of the Maine
  • A basic description of the playbook of "The American Way of Going to War" that pro-war politicians & media outlets still use to this day, for one big reason: it keeps working
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Apr 28, 2018
Ep. 0159: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 3
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Once again, CJ is joined by US Army veteran BT to talk about BT's experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Join CJ & BT as they discuss:

  • Thoughts on various people using veterans (or "the troops") as pawns in their ideological narratives, such as the NFL/kneeling-during-the-anthem controversy
  • Some stories from BT's first deployment to Iraq, during which time he was a Cavalry Scout in and around Mosul
  • Some stories from BT's second deployment to Iraq, during which time he was a Blackhawk crew chief and mechanic in Baghdad
  • Some stories from BT's deployment to Afghanistan, again working on Blackhawks
  • Multiple cases in which BT got in trouble for pointing out safety issues with the helicopters
  • Some of the negative fallout to his mental and physical health, and the damage to his relationship with his family, due to his military service
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Mar 08, 2018
Ep. 0158: Talking National Security Cinema with Tom Secker
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For this episode of the DHP, CJ is joined by researcher, writer, and podcaster Tom Secker, the man behind the website SpyCulture.com and the podcast Clandestime, in a conversation primarily about Tom's research into the national security state's massive influence on movies and television.

Join CJ & Tom as they discuss:

  • Being a 'moderate conspiracy theorist'
  • A bit about Tom's background and how he got into researching these topics
  • 'Entertainment Liaison Offices' (or ELOs), and how these offices influence the entertainment industry on behalf of the military, the CIA, FBI, and NSA
  • A bit about Tom's research methods
  • Some of the more surprising things Tom has discovered in his research
  • The significance of the security state's influence on popular entertainment
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Mar 01, 2018
Ep. 0157: "I was killed.": The Not-So-Civil War Part 10
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I was originally going to do one massive episode on the coming of 'total war' in 1864, but it was getting too unwieldy so I decided to break it into 2 episodes, one covering Grant's campaign in Virginia and another covering Sherman's campaign in Georgia. Here is the first of those.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • The Battle of Olustee
  • Attrition and trench warfare
  • Grant's Overland campaign, including the Battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, and PetersburgThis episode of the Dangerous History Podcast was 
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Feb 21, 2018
Ep. 0156: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 2
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This is the second part of my conversation with BT, a US Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, about his experiences. (Be sure to check out last episode - #155 - for part 1 of this if you've not already done so.)

Join CJ & BT as they discuss:

  • BT's first deployment to Iraq, including the conditions  in Mosul and surrounding areas where he was deployed and the shortcomings of his training relative to what he'd actually be dealing with
  • Problems unique to dealing with a counterinsurgency situation in an urban environment, including IEDs
  • Potential issues of friendly fire
  • Problematic thoughts and behaviors that BT noticed, both in himself and from observing others, that were caused by the stressful environment of operating in a war zone, especially one in which insurgents blended in with the civilian population
  • The different types of IEDs and vehicle bombs (VBIEDs), the US military's attempts to deal with these, and the back-and-forth race between makers of IEDs and designers of counter-measures
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Jan 25, 2018
Ep. 0155: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 1
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This episode is part 1 of CJ's discussions with a longtime DHP listener & US Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, a guy who goes by "BT" on the internet. Not only does BT himself have a lot of personal experiences in these conflicts, he's also done a lot of research about these wars and related issues. These conversations will cover BT's experiences in those wars, and the effects of those experiences, which he's still dealing with today. Along the way, we'll also cover the history of these conflicts, and a variety of related issues.

Join CJ & BT as they discuss:

  • The 9/11 attacks, the propaganda that followed it, and the effects on people regarding enlisting in the military
  • The origins of the 2003 Iraq War, including some of the problems with the Bush administration's justifications for war
  • The invasion of Iraq, and the mounting problems as the invasion turned into an occupation, with a special focus on the city of Mosul
  • The beginning of BT's time in the Army, starting in 2005, and the training he went through (and the many shortcomings of that training) prior to deploying to Iraq
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Jan 16, 2018
Ep. 0154: Orwell Your Orwell with David Ramsay Steele
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In this episode of the DHP, CJ talks to David Ramsay Steele, author of many books including his most recent, Orwell Your Orwell: A Worldview on the Slab, which is the subject of this DHP episode. Dr. Steele is a libertarian speaker and writer, and is Editorial Director of Open Court Publishing Company. (Big thanks to DHP listener Lee for putting me in touch with Dr. Steele!)

Join CJ & David as they discuss:

  • How David challenges the standard view of Orwell & his beliefs in this book
  • How Orwell’s beliefs fit into the intellectual milieu of the early- to mid-twentieth century British Left
  • Orwell’s frequently stated opposition to progress, innovation, and technology, and how this was actually the source of many of his misgivings about Socialism (even after he himself became a Socialist)
  • Orwell’s sudden changes of ideological positions on major issues at various points in his life
  • Orwell’s thoughts on a variety of topics, including anarchism, the British Empire, manliness & masculinity, homosexuality, birth control, and more
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Dec 22, 2017
Ep. 0153: Mike Resnick
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In this episode of the DHP, CJ and Joshua of The Dusty Den Podcast talk to Mike Resnick, author of (among many, many other things) the novel Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future,which CJ & Joshua reviewed and discussed on the last DHP episode (#152). (Big thanks to DHP listener Jake for putting us in touch with Mike!)

Mike Resnick is (according to Locus) the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He has won 5 Hugos (from a record 37 nominations), a Nebula, and other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Spain, Catalonia, Croatia, and Poland. He’s the author of 75 novels, over 275 stories, and 3 screenplays, and the editor of 42 anthologies. His work has been translated into 27 languages. He is currently the editor of Stellar Guild books and Galaxy’s Edge magazine.

Join CJ, Joshua & Mike as they discuss:

  • The genesis of Mike’s love of science fiction
  • How Mike’s work in the ‘adult fiction’ genre influenced his work in other genres
  • Mike’s frequent incorporation of myths, legends, and tall tales into his scifi stories
  • How Mike’s worldview and knowledge of historical themes have influenced his stories
  • Mike’s experiences dealing with Hollywood
  • Mike’s experiences in writing, editing, and working with up-and-coming new scifi writers, and thoughts on the science fiction genre, plus some of his current projects
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Dec 17, 2017
Ep. 0152: Discussing Mike Resnick’s Santiago in the Dusty Den
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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. […]

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Dec 01, 2017
Ep. 0151: American Public Schooling & Inner-City Schools with Mike K.
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In this DHP episode, CJ talks to Mike K., a DHP listener and former teacher with extensive knowledge of inner-city education based on both research and firsthand, real-world experience. Join CJ & Mike as they discuss many topics related to education, including: Mike’s background, including his studies in education (through the Ph. D. level) and […]

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Nov 22, 2017
Ep. 0150: In the Shadows of the American Century with Alfred McCoy
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CJ is joined in this episode by Professor Alfred McCoy, who holds a Ph. D. from Yale University in Southeast Asian history, and currently holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of many books, including The Politics of Heroin, Policing America’s Empire, and A Question of Torture, […]

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Nov 20, 2017
Ep. 0149: War Machine: A DHP Movie Review with Scott Horton
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Scott Horton (author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, host of the Scott Horton Show, and founder of the Libertarian Institute) returns for a third time to the DHP, this time to help CJ do a Dangerous History movie review of the 2017 Netflix film War Machine. Join CJ & Scott […]

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Nov 13, 2017
Ep. 0148: 2017 DHP Halloween Special, Part 1
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Join CJ as he shares the following poems & stories: “Hallowe’en” by John Kendrick Bangs “The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving “The Vampire” by Madison Julius Cawein “Winter’s End” by C.J. Killmer Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon CJ’s official DHP […]

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Oct 31, 2017
Ep. 0147: The Sparring of the Amateur Boxer: The Not-So-Civil War Part 9
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This episode fills in the gap between Gettysburg/Vicksburg in the summer of 1863 and the beginning of Ulysses Grant & William T. Sherman’s total war campaigns of 1864, including some lesser-known (but still important) campaigns and battles. Join CJ as he discusses: William Rosecrans’ Tullahoma Campaign The Battle of Chickamauga The siege of Chattanooga Grant’s […]

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Oct 28, 2017
Ep. 0146: The Grunt’s-Eye Perspective: The Not-So-Civil War Part 8
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We mostly get the view from the top when it comes to the American Civil War – that is, the view from the political leaders and generals. We usually get only scattered glimpses of what it was actually like to be an enlisted man or lower-level officer in a Civil War Army. In this episode, […]

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Sep 24, 2017
Ep. 0145: Fool’s Errand: Scott Horton on America’s War in Afghanistan
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In this episode, I’m happy to welcome Scott Horton back to the Dangerous History Podcast. Scott is managing director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio and the Scott Horton Show, and opinion editor at Antiwar.com. He has conducted more than 4,500 interviews since 2003. (BTW, My apologies for the audio quality of my […]

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Sep 02, 2017
Ep. 0144: Rise of the Cane Kingdom, Part 2
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Join CJ as he discusses: An overview of American sugar politics since 1959. A detailed look at the Fanjul family, who escaped Castro’s revolution, came to Florida, and (with a LOT of political entrepreneurship) built a sugar empire that eventually overtook even the U.S. Sugar Corporation Big Sugar’s labor problems from the ’60s through the […]

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Aug 10, 2017
Ep. 0143: Rise of the Cane Kingdom, Part 1
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Over the past century, large-scale sugar cane cultivation was developed in what became known as the Everglades Agricultural Area, the region just south of Lake Okeechobee, historically a part of the Everglades ecosystem which was drained in the early- to mid-twentieth century. However, making sugarcane cultivation in this area feasible & profitable has required massive […]

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Jul 29, 2017
Ep. 0142: History, Naked & Dangerous: A conversation with Bryce Blankenagel
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In this episode, CJ talks to Bryce Blankenagel of the Naked Mormonism Podcast.  (Note: This episode contains the majority — but not all — of the conservation, but Patreon supporters of either the Dangerous History Podcast or the Naked Mormonism Podcast will have access to the entire thing via the respective Patreon supporters’ feed.) Join […]

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Jun 23, 2017
Ep. 0141: Draining the Swamp: The War on the Everglades
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Have you been sad that there hasn’t been a Dangerous History Podcast episode in a while? Well, here’s a gigantic plus-sized one that’s about 3x the size of the average DHP episode! (Sorry about republishing this one multiple times, dealing with some tech issues…) Join CJ as he discusses: An overview of the original greater […]

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Jun 10, 2017
Ep. 0140: Thoughts on Cyclical History & Generations
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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 […]

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May 23, 2017
Ep. 0139: Gettysburg: The Not-So-Civil War Part 7
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It was the largest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, and the high tide for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Join CJ as he discusses: A little bit about Generals James Longstreet, George Pickett, and George Gordon Meade Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania, culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg on July […]

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Apr 21, 2017
Ep. 0138: Free State of Jones: A Dangerous History Movie Review
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In this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, we take a look at another film set in the American Civil War:  the 2016 film Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey. This film tells the story of Confederate deserter Newton Knight, who led an insurgent force composed of escaped slaves and Confederate […]

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Mar 19, 2017
Ep. 0137: Gibraltar of the Confederacy: The Not-So-Civil War Part 6
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Jeff Davis called it the nail that held the Confederacy together; Abe Lincoln called it the key to winning the war. It doesn’t get as much attention from people who aren’t well-versed in the history of this war, but the Vicksburg Campaign was at least as important as the battle of Gettysburg in bringing about […]

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Mar 09, 2017
Ep. 0136: Shenandoah: A Dangerous History Movie Review
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In this episode, we take a look at the 1965 Civil War film Shenadoah, written by James Lee Barrett, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, and starring Jimmy Stewart. Join CJ as he discusses: A synopsis and review of Shenandoahand its themes Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other […]

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Feb 27, 2017
Ep. 0135: More Valor, Less Judgment: The Not-So-Civil War Part 5
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Join CJ as he discusses: Lincoln’s General Orders No. 100, aka ‘the Lieber Code’ The Battle of Fredericksburg The Chancellorsville Campaign The Death of Stonewall Jackson & Southern Civil Religion Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is covered […]

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Feb 12, 2017
Ep. 0134: Battle Cry of Freedomishness: The Not So Civil War Part 4
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I was originally going to discuss the song “Battle Cry of Freedom” and the Emancipation Proclamation, and then cover another major battle or two at the end. However, by the time I got done talking about the Proclamation, I had more than enough material for an entire episode, so decided to just stop there for […]

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Jan 31, 2017
Ep. 0133: Crisis & Leviathans: The Not-So-Civil War Part 3
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In this episode we’re talking about mobilization of manpower and resources for large-scale warfare and the resultant growth in the size and power of the central state, something that happened on a massive scale in the case of both the Union and the Confederate governments. Join CJ as he discusses: The mobilization of manpower, finances, […]

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Jan 24, 2017
Ep. 0132: Upping the Ante: The Not-so-Civil War Part 2
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In this installment, we’re covering the major military developments in the war up through September of 1862. Join CJ as he discusses: A little bit of background on the 4 most important generals in this episode: Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson; George McClellan; and Ulysses Grant The Union’s campaign to control the Mississippi watershed […]

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Jan 16, 2017
Ep. 0131: Opening Gambits: The Not-So-Civil War Part 1
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Drum roll please……………..Here we go — the first podcast installment in a monstrous enterprise, CJ’s White Whale: the Dangerous History Podcast’s coverage of the War Between the States! In this first installment, we’ll cover the opening moves, from December 1860 to November 1861. Join CJ as he discusses: The secession of the seven states of […]

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Dec 31, 2016
Ep. 0130: CJ’s 25 Favorite Antiwar Songs
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Encompassing a variety of musical genres & a variety of wars, here they are, CJ’s favorite 25 antiwar songs. Links below on the song titles are to CJ’s favorite version that’s available on Youtube of each song. Some are versions by the original artist, and some are covers that CJ actually likes a little better than […]

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Dec 20, 2016
Ep. 0129: The Psychology of Power & Obedience with Jim Cunagin
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On this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, CJ talks with Dr. Jim Cunagin, a practicing psychiatrist, about the psychology of power and obedience and some of the experiments that can help us understand these phenomena. Join CJ & Jim as they discuss: Stanley Milgram’s experiments Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment The conformity experiments of Solomon Asch The Bystander […]

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Dec 12, 2016
Ep. 0128: Foundation of the Permanent Garrison State
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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 […]

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Dec 07, 2016
Ep. 0127: Breaker Morant: A Dangerous History Movie Review
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Breaker Morant is an Australian movie released in 1980 that tells the true story of three Australian soldiers of the Bushveldt Carbineers on trial for war crimes near the end of the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War in South Africa. Join CJ as he discusses: A brief background on the Boer War A brief synopsis of Breaker Morant […]

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Nov 30, 2016
Ep. 0126: The Story of Squanto
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Tisquantum (or Squanto, as he’s better known today) was a Patuxet Indian with an incredible, complex life story that  very few people have an inkling of today; and when you look at the story of early seventeenth-century New England from his perspective, it’s a very different tale than what you get from standard American mythology. Join […]

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Nov 27, 2016
Ep. 0125: Listener Emails #6
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LOOOOOOOOOONG overdue for one of these, so here it is, and extra-plus-sized to compensate for lost time. Join CJ as he shares & responds to messages from listeners on: More thoughts on the historical evolution of Islam Whether there’s any instance in which CJ might consider voting The electoral college The Republic of Cospaia Historical […]

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Nov 23, 2016
Ep. 0124: 2016 Election Day Special: The American Civil Religion
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Ever get the sense that the government and politics in the United States is kinda cult-y? If so, CJ thinks your spidey sense is justifiably tingling, and what you’re picking up on is the phenomenon known as the civil religion. Join CJ as he discusses: The concept of civil religion The origins of the American […]

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Nov 08, 2016
Ep. 0123: 2016 DHP Halloween Special, Part 1
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(BTW, the picture above is CJ’s Jack o’ Lantern from 2014, lovingly hand-carved using only good old-fashioned knives, no namby-pamby power tools.) I love holidays, and Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of all.  To share the spirit of the season, I decided this year to do a 2-part Halloween special.  I hope you’ll find this […]

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Oct 30, 2016
Ep. 0122: Principal Ruffian & Chief Among Plunderers: The Norman Conquest of England
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In 1066, the course of English history was dramatically altered, as the realm was conquered by Normans from across the Channel. Join CJ as he discusses: 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 […]

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Oct 29, 2016
Ep. 0121: Ravenous: A Dangerous History Movie Review
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In the spirit of the season, in this episode CJ reviews the 1999 film Ravenous, a horror movie about cannibalism on the American frontier in the heyday of Manifest Destiny in the mid-nineteenth century.  This film was directed by Antonia Bird and stars Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, and Jeffrey Jones. Join CJ as he discusses: […]

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Oct 16, 2016
Ep. 0120: DHP Heroes: Major General Smedley Butler
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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 […]

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Oct 02, 2016
Ep. 0119: Party Systems in American History, Part II
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Join CJ as he discusses: The latter Third Party System during the Gilded Age (c. 1870s-1890s) The 1896 election, which ended the Third Party System & ushered in the Fourth The characteristics of the Fourth Party System (1896-1932) The Fifth Party System (1932-1968?1980? The present?) The controversial Sixth Party system (which we may be in […]

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Sep 24, 2016
Ep. 0118: Party Systems in American History, Part I
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In light of the currently ongoing freakshow — er, ‘campaign’ — I decided to talk a bit about the big-picture view of the history of American political party systems.  (BTW, audio quality gets better about 2/3 of the through — I did the first part of the episode when I was a bit hoarse & it […]

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Sep 20, 2016
Ep. 0117: Operation Underworld
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Did you know that the US government, in the form of the Office of Naval Intelligence in World War II & the Central Intelligence Agency in the Cold War, frequently made common cause with La Cosa Nostra & other organized crime syndicates? Join CJ as he discusses: How the alliance between the US Office of […]

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Sep 11, 2016
Ep. 0116: Abolitionism & Anarchism (CJ’s presentation from the Midwest Peace & Liberty Conference)
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At high noon on Saturday August 27th 2016 I had the pleasure of speaking at the Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest. Here’s the audio of that presentation. Join CJ as he discusses: The different types of antislavery groups in Antebellum America The most radical part of the abolitionist spectrum, including the New England Non-Resistance Society, who […]

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Aug 29, 2016
Ep. 0115: Out with the Old Right, In with the New Right
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Believe it or not, prior to about the mid-1950s, to be on the “Right” in American political discourse actually meant you opposed American wars & interventions abroad most of the time, and it meant you took seriously ideas of individual liberty, even if you weren’t always 100% consistent on them. Then there was a ‘revolution […]

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Aug 25, 2016
Ep. 0114: Three anti-Military-Industrial-Complex films from the 1980s
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Join CJ as he discusses: WarGames (1983) Real Genius (1985) Short Circuit (1986) Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon The official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is covered by a BipCot NoGov license; learn more at BipCot.org The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of […]

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Aug 18, 2016
Ep. 0113: The Porcellian Club: Harvard’s Skull & Bones?
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Think the notorious Skull & Bones is the only secret, elite club at an Ivy League school?  Think again. There are actually a bunch of such clubs found at the most elite universities, and the oldest one of its type (to CJ’s knowledge) is actually not the more famous Skull & Bones at Yale; it’s the […]

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Aug 13, 2016
Ep. 0112: Scott Horton on America’s post-Cold War Empire
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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 […]

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Jul 30, 2016
Ep. 0111: Introduction to Power Elite Analysis
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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 […]

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Jul 28, 2016
Ep. 0110: Twenty-One Key Concepts & Theories, Part 2
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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 […]

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Jul 09, 2016
Ep. 0109: Twenty-One Key Concepts & Theories, Part 1
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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 […]

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Jul 06, 2016
Ep. 0108: “Edge Men” of the Power Elite
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On the last leg of his return journey from New Hampshire, CJ was spontaneously inspired to do an off-the-cuff Silver Bullet mobile podcasting episode. Join CJ as he discusses: His amateur/layman’s understanding of the concept of ‘edges’ as used in permaculture The way in which individuals who work the edges of various institutions that make […]

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Jun 29, 2016
Ep. 0107: Applying Guerrilla Methods Beyond War (CJ’s talk at Porcfest XIII)
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Join CJ as he discusses An overview of Michael Collins’ campaign to end British rule in Ireland 10 lessons one can learn from studying guerrilla warfare that apply to many other human endeavors: Don’t be afraid to start small & build up your resources from there Turn your weaknesses into strengths, and if you have […]

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Jun 28, 2016
Ep. 0106: A History of American Slavery Part VII: The End of Chattel Slavery
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In this episode, we wrap up the DHP coverage of the history of American slavery with this seventh & final installment in the series. Join CJ as he discusses: How slavery was abolished in the US The aftermath and legacies of that abolition Some comparisons with the abolition of slavery in other parts of the […]

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Jun 17, 2016
Ep. 0105: Peeking Behind the Iron Curtain with Kristaps Andrejsons
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Kristaps Andrejsons is a Latvian podcaster who hosts the Eastern Border podcast, a show about the history of the Soviet Union with an emphasis on what life was like for regular people who lived in it. Join CJ & Kristaps as they discuss a wide range of topics, including: Kristaps’ background and why he started his show An […]

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Jun 07, 2016
Ep. 0104: The Concept of Gross Human Product (GHP)
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No, it’s not a euphemism for things that emit from your orifices when your gastrointestinal tract is unhappy.  It’s a concept proposed by James C. Scott in Two Cheers for Anarchism, in answer to the question, “What if we were to ask what kind of people a given activity or institution fostered?” Join CJ from the cockpit […]

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May 27, 2016
Ep. 0103: Listener Emails #5
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Finally back (and recovered!) from the trip to Ireland, so the DHP returns with a listener emails episode. Join CJ as he discusses: A few words about his recent trip to Ireland Thoughts on Islam SJW’s vs. the Alt. Right Parallels between the present-day US and Weimar Republic Germany The tendency of elites to want […]

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May 20, 2016
Ep. 0102: The Irish Easter Rising
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This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Irish rebellion known to history as The Easter Rising. Join CJ as he discusses: A brief overview of the 800 years of oppression faced by Ireland prior to the Rising The Rising, its suppression, aftermath & legacies The Dangerous History Podcast is covered by a BipCot […]

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Apr 30, 2016
Ep. 0101: A History of American Slavery Part VI: Society & Culture in the Antebellum South
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Join CJ as he discusses: A review of the difference between “a society with slaves” and “a slave society” A brief sketch of the concept of ‘cultural hegemony’ Slavery & the Southern legal system The concept of paternalism in the Antebellum South The social & cultural impact of slavery on the slaves themselves, the planter […]

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Apr 28, 2016
Ep. 0100: 100th Episode Miscellaneous Off-Topic Smorgasbord Spectacular
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In keeping with the spirit of this show, for our 100th episode extravaganza, here’s a collage of somewhat-off-topic discussions pieced together in true guerrilla fashion from several commutes in the Silver Bullet, plus a little bit recorded from the (relative) comfort of the home office. Join CJ as he discusses: Reaching the 100 episode mark […]

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Apr 10, 2016
Ep. 0099: A History of American Slavery Part V: Economics & Politics of Antebellum Slavery
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Join CJ as he discusses: Some of the economic aspects of Antebellum slavery An overview of the politics of slavery at the federal level during the Antebellum period [BTW: When I referenced the “presidential election of 1814” as being between Lewis Cass (Dem) & Zachary Taylor (Whig), I meant “presidential election of 1848.” Don’t know […]

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Apr 01, 2016
Ep. 0098: A History of American Slavery Part IV: Rise of the Cotton Kingdom
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Join CJ as he discusses: The famous “Cotton is King” speech given by Sen. James Henry Hammond (D-SC) in 1858 A brief defintion of the term ‘Antebellum’ Slavery & the US Constitution Some major trends & patterns of Antebellum slavery How & why cotton became ‘king’ of the Southern economy in the Antebellum period The […]

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Mar 25, 2016
Ep. 0097: A History of American Slavery Part III: Slavery & the American Revolution
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Join CJ as he discusses: How the American Revolution influenced the discourse on slavery British policies towards American slaves during the war American policies towards slaves & free blacks during the war Slavery in the South post-Independence The phasing out of slavery in the North post-Independence The Dangerous History Podcast is covered by a BipCot […]

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Mar 16, 2016
Ep. 0096: A History of American Slavery, Part II: Colonial Slavery in British North America
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Join CJ as he discusses: Slavery as a solution to the labor shortages in the New World once enslaved Indians and white indentured servants proved to be inadequate for the purposes of large-scale staple crop agriculture The evolution of slavery in different parts of colonial North America, including the Chesapeake colonies, South Carolina & Georgia, […]

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Mar 08, 2016
Ep. 0095: A History of American Slavery, Part I: Origins of Atlantic Slavery
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This is part one of a multi-part series on the history of chattel slavery in America. Join CJ as he discusses: Some basic introductions & things to keep in mind for this series A very brief overview of the prior history of slavery in history The origins of European involvement in the African slave trade, […]

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Feb 27, 2016
Ep. 0094: British Bric-a-brac (CJ’s grad school research project from 2005)
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Several listeners have asked about work and research I did while in graduate school, so I decided to share with you one of the few things I wrote in grad school that A) I still have and B) I’m proud of & think is at least somewhat interesting. Between the World Wars, the British government […]

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Feb 14, 2016
Ep. 0093: 10 Books to Slay the State
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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 […]

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Feb 02, 2016
Ep. 0092: Top Ten Dangerous US History Books
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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 […]

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Jan 24, 2016
Ep. 0091: Assassination Ruminations
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I’m back to work after Christmas break, and so fittingly I’ve got an episode recorded while commuting in The Silver Bullet (my silver Hyundai Accent hatchback.) How should we think about the deaths of famous and/or influential people?  Are all deaths of such people suspicious?  I don’t have all the answers, but here are some of […]

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Jan 17, 2016
Ep. 0090: Listener Emails #4
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Alright, first episode of 2016 for the DHP & it’s going to be something I haven’t done in a criminally negligently long time: listener emails. Join CJ as he discusses: Monotheism vs. polytheism in relation to state power Psychology as a means of control Irish slavery in the British Empire & what to do about […]

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Jan 08, 2016
Ep. 0089: The Christmas Truce
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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 […]

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Dec 24, 2015
Ep. 0088: Thaddeus Russell on Undermining Jihadists with Britney Spears & more
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Thaddeus Russell is a historian and cultural critic and the author of A Renegade History of the United States. He holds a Ph D from Columbia University. He teaches American history and cultural studies at Occidental College and has taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, the New School for Social Research, and Eugene Lang College.   […]

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Dec 15, 2015
Ep. 0087: Grain and the State
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Join CJ as he discusses: How people lived in the Paleolithic Era, which actually encompasses the vast majority of human existence The Neolithic Revolution and the coming of agriculture The domestication of grains and their rise to dominate global food production The rise of “civilization,” including its downsides The characteristics of grains which make them […]

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Dec 12, 2015
Ep. 0086: DHP Heroes: George Carlin
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George Dennis Patrick Carlin (1937-2008) was not just one of the greatest comedians of the last 50 years, he was also one of the most intelligent and, ultimately, dangerous. Join CJ as he discusses: George Carlin’s life & career Some of the major and/or recurring themes in his work Carlin’s significance & influence External Links “The […]

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Nov 20, 2015
Ep. 0085: Daniele Bolelli on Taoism, History, & other cool stuff
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Daniele Bolelli is a writer, martial artist, university professor, and podcaster. He was born in Italy and currently lives in Los Angeles.  His podcasts are The Drunken Taoist Podcast and History on Fire.  His books include On the Warrior’s Path, 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know: Religion, Create Your Own Religion, and a new one […]

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Nov 09, 2015
Ep. 0084: DHP Villains: Robert Morris, Original Bankster
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Robert Morris is one of the lesser-known “Founding Fathers” today, even though arguably he was one of the most important and influential.  He served as a virtual chief executive of the country in the latter years of the Revolutionary war and was the father of the American Federal Leviathan and the crony capitalist system that lives […]

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Nov 06, 2015
Ep. 0083: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (part 6)
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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 […]

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Oct 20, 2015
Ep. 0082: The Alliance of Throne & Altar
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Here is the first mobile DHP episode in a while, recorded over the course of my commute to & from work. (BTW, the audio is much improved over previous in-the-car recordings!) Join CJ as he discusses: The basic concept of this alliance, including its origins and the symbiotic nature of it How religion most effectively fulfilled […]

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Oct 15, 2015
Ep. 0081: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (part 5)
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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 Support the show via Patreon Other ways to […]

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Oct 08, 2015
Ep. 0080: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 4)
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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 […]

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Oct 01, 2015
Ep. 0079: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 3)
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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 […]

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Sep 28, 2015
Ep. 0078: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 2)
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  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 […]

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Sep 24, 2015
Ep. 0077: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 1)
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This episode is the first part of my conversation with Bill Buppert on the history of irregular warfare. Bill Buppert is a retired Army officer. He has been a writer for a number of publications including lewrockwell.com. He is particularly interested in the issues of liberty, survival, shooting and history. He has made frequent media appearances. […]

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Sep 21, 2015
Ep. 0076: Listener Emails #3
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Join CJ as he discusses: The intent and wording of the Second Amendment, and the utility of the Bill of Rights File-sharing, torrents, and other methods of information-sharing, and the ways in which industries are approaching these ‘Best’ (or least worst) presidents in recent US history & US history as a whole Thoughts on Ayn […]

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Sep 19, 2015
Ep. 0075: 3 Dystopia Scifi Novels
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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. Join Prof CJ as he discusses: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World George Orwell’s 1984 Ira Levin’s This Perfect Day Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon Other Ways to Help Support the […]

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Sep 12, 2015
Ep. 0074: The Western Way of War vs the Eastern Way of War
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To begin laying some of the groundwork for the upcoming miniseries on the history of modern guerrilla and unconventional war, here’s a discussion of two different paradigms of what war is supposed to be and how it is supposed to be fought.  One is the Western (or European) Way, which originated in Greece and from […]

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Aug 29, 2015
Ep. 0073: Listener Emails #2
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(First off:  Apologies in advance for the audio quality drop-off after about the first half-hour — had an equipment SNAFU but had to just go on with backup gear in order to get the episode recorded during the narrow window of time I had this week to do it!  I’ve got it solved for next […]

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Aug 22, 2015
Ep. 0072: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
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This month is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the subsequent surrender of Japan to the United States, ending World War II.  The standard mainstream American narrative about this portrays it as a no-brainer, a morally unquestionable & absolutely necessary decision that saved untold numbers of lives.  This narrative […]

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Aug 11, 2015
Ep. 0071: The Calusa Indians
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The Calusa were a fascinating Native American people who populated the southwestern coast of Florida.  Despite having no real agriculture, they developed a dense, sedentary, complex society, with all the good & bad that entails. Join Prof CJ as he discusses: The origins of the Calusa Their physical description Their society, hierarchy, and religion The […]

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Jul 30, 2015
Ep. 0070: DHP Villains: Sargon of Akkad
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Often described as the world’s first empire-builder, Sargon of Akkad may not entirely deserve that title.  But he’s the earliest empire-builder to achieve lasting notoriety. Join Prof CJ as he discusses: A brief excerpt from “The Legend of Sargon” The historical context of ancient Mesopotamia and the Sumerians who peopled most of the southern part […]

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Jul 25, 2015
Ep. 0069: Listener Emails #1
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Join Prof CJ as he discusses: Surprisingly subversive themes in fiction and cinema (Note: I recorded my response to this prior to doing my film review of 71, which is why that review wasn’t mentioned.) Whether an anarchistic society could have security from external threats How to design a history curriculum for school-age youths that […]

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Jul 17, 2015
Ep. 0068: 71: A Dangerous History Movie Review
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Join Prof CJ as he discusses: A basic outline of the movies historical context — ie, the Northern Irish “Troubles” which occurred from the 1960s through the 1990s A basic synopsis summary (without much detail on the second half of the movie, in an effort to avoid too much plot spoilage) Prof CJ’s assessment of […]

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Jul 14, 2015
Ep. 0067: The New Counterculture?
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Is there a New Counterculture movement?  If so, what is it?  Can we define it, or at least describe it?  Might you be a part of it, even if in a small way, even if you don’t realize it? Join Prof CJ as he discusses: Why cultural, artistic, and/or intellectual movements are often hard to identify […]

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Jul 09, 2015
Ep. 0066: Revolutionary Aftershocks Part II: The Whiskey Rebellion
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Today we cover the last blow in the American Revolution’s Thermidor:  the Whiskey Rebellion of the early 1790s. Join Prof CJ as he discusses: Raising more questions about what history really is and what most historians really do, using Bentley Little’s short story “The Washingtonians” (which was also adapted into an episode of the TV series […]

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Jul 01, 2015
Ep. 0065: Revolutionary Aftershocks Part I: Shays’ Rebellion
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Every revolution produces people (generally of the lower ranks within the revolutionary faction) who take the rhetoric & supposed ideology of the revolution at face value and expect that rhetoric & ideology to actually apply to them.  But every revolution also produces people (generally of the elite within the revolutionary faction) who really just want to be the “new […]

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Jun 18, 2015
Ep. 0064: One Year Anniversary of the Dangerous History Podcast
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On June 9th, 2014, the world changed in the profound way that it usually only does once every millennium or so, because this was the day that the Dangerous History Podcast was born. Today we turn retrospective & introspective and take a look at where this podcast has been & where it’s going. Join Prof CJ […]

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Jun 09, 2015
Ep. 0063: The American Revolution Part VI: Reflections on the Revolution
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Finally -we wrap up our American Revolution coverage with a hodepodge grab-bag of thoughts & observations on the Revolution, what it was really about, how revolutionary it really was, and lessons we can learn from it today. Join Prof CJ as he discusses: Patriotism vs Nationalism Why you should avoid hero-worship Meet the new boss, same […]

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Jun 08, 2015
Ep. 0062: The American Revolution Part V: Ending the War, Winners & Losers
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Join Prof CJ as he discusses: The British government’s cessation of hostilities following Yorktown The Paris Peace talks & the terms of Treaty of Paris, 1783 Why the British lost the war Winners & Losers as a result of this war, which is a more complicated topic than you might think External Links Prof CJ’s […]

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Jun 01, 2015
Ep. 0061: The American Revolution Part IV: 1778-81
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Join Prof CJ as he discusses: The increasingly influential counterrevolutionary faction among the independence leaders, as exemplified by John Adams & his essay, “Thoughts on Government” The largely mythical “Conway Cabal” against George Washington The fate of radical & guerrilla warfare advocate Gen. Charles Lee The impact of French & Spanish intervention Baron Von Steuben’s effects (for […]

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May 21, 2015
Ep. 0060: The American Revolution Part III: 1776-1777
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Join Prof CJ as he discusses: Thomas Paine & Common Sense The British evacuation of Boston The Declaration of Independence An overview of some of the military operations and battles of 1776-7, including Long Island, Trenton, Bennington, and Saratoga The winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge A word about the 1777 British government document, “Considerations […]

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May 12, 2015
Ep. 0059: The American Revolution Part II: 1775
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  Join Prof CJ as he discusses: Some thoughts on Great Man historical narratives An overview of what was happening in terms of rising tensions in late-1774 and early-1775, much of which related to British attempts to limit colonists’ access to weapons and gunpowder A fairly detailed account of the Battle of Lexington & Concord on […]

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Apr 28, 2015
Ep. 0058: The American Revolution, Part I: 1763-1774
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Since this April is the 240th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, Prof 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 […]

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Apr 17, 2015
Ep. 0057: Banksters & Control Freaks
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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 […]

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Apr 10, 2015
Ep. 0056: Fun with Fascism!
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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 Prof CJ as he discusses:  Some quotes from the father of Fascism, Benito Mussolini, to get things started Why fascism is […]

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Apr 04, 2015
Ep. 0055: Save Yourself
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Join Prof 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, […]

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Mar 30, 2015
Ep. 0054: Three Leftist Historians Every Libertarian Should Read
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Join Prof 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 Prof 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 […]

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Mar 20, 2015
Ep. 0053: DHP Villains: William Stephenson
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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 Prof CJ as he discusses: William Stephenson’s […]

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Mar 06, 2015