Safe for Democracy
About This Show
A look at the foreign policy disasters of the United States and their long-term consequences, both for the people in question and for the world today.
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Kennan and Cold War Policy
3 days ago
Like I said at the end of last episode, there were some broader Cold War issues that I wanted to talk about and some history that I wanted to churn through that didn’t quite fit into the framework of the longer shows. That’s because I want those longer ones to be narrowly focused on the … Continue reading Kennan and Cold War Policy →
Rated 5 out of
Informative, well-researched, and unique podcast
Most history podcasts seem to focus on ancient or well trod parts of the historical record. This podcast instead takes on various topics that are more recent, less taught, and, by virtue of these two things, probably more relevant. The topics are extensively researched and cited, and while the host definitely has an opinion of the topics discussed, that view is never allowed to overwhelm the events and sources discussed which speak for themselves. Any listener with an interest in history, politics, economics, or the US would be well advised to give this show a listen.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of
amazing introduction to
(This review only concerns the historical part of the podcast, as I have not listened to the current event episodes and interviews.)
SFD provides excellent insight into recent history and the ramifications of US imperialism in the 20th century. It takes quite a bit of concentration to follow, as we are introduced to so many mostly unknown moving pieces, but it is really well handled with accompanying images and references. The complex matters are broken down and contextualized w/o simplifying matters, which is quite a feat for an audio medium such as this. Although the podcast is about US foreign policy, it offers quite a lot of insight into the political and historical situations of (so far) Iran and Guatemala. This helps put the ramifications in perspective and might even begin to work against US-/Eurocentricism.
The host Jonathan Coumes skillfully combines historical account with political comment on both historic and current actions. I do not always agree with his stances, as they tend to be not radical enough for my taste (esp re American patriotism and salvaging it and anything else from the current US political system). Still, they provide an important counter-narrative to the usual US imperialist dogma.
Overall, it is a great podcast to learn more about US imperialism in the 20th century and recent histories of Iran and Guatemala.
Date published: 2017-11-14