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The Sons Of History
89 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Pushing Back on Woke Comics with Rippaverse Comics Creator Eric July
Are you tired of the woke agenda in comics, like Marvel and DC? The culture war has been ongoing and Eric July is mounting an assault on the comic book world that looks to move comics back to good stories, great characters, and a universe that actually makes sense. July is the founder and creator of Rippaverse Comics, and his first comic "Isom" has taken the comic world by storm. He joined the show to discuss the current woke trends in comics and comic hero movies, how the big corporations like Disney are ruining what was once a great thing, and how "Isom" has far exceeded even his expectations. Eric July is the creator of YoungRippa59 on YouTube, the front man for the metal band Backwordz, and the creator of Rippaverse Comics. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe!
95 minutes | Nov 14, 2022
Caesar, Cato, and How Partisanship Destroyed the Republic with Josiah Osgood
Historians often point to the similarities between Rome and America. Both are republics. One fell and the other appears to be on its way. How much did partisan politics impact the demise of the Roman Republic? Josiah Osgood, historian and author of “Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato’s Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic,” joins the podcast to discuss how two great and influential politicians ruined a really good thing. Josiah Osgood is Professor of Classics at Georgetown University. He has published several books including, Caesar's Legacy: Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire (Cambridge, 2006), Turia: A Roman Woman's Civil War (Oxford, 2014), Rome and the Making of a World State, 150 BCE - 20 CE (Cambridge, 2018), How to Stop a Conspiracy: An Ancient Guide to Saving a Republic by Sallust; and his latest Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato’s Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic. If you enjoyed this episode, then be sure to subscribe and leave a rating and a review.
85 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
Why Do Americans Love Crony Capitalism? with guest Thomas DiLorenzo
How come so many Americans suddenly accept crony capitalism? Thomas DiLorenzo, author and senior fellow at The Mises Institute, joins the podcast to discuss the varying schools of economics, the history of crony capitalism, how Americans have typically always been against it until the recent pandemic with big pharma and the shuttering of small businesses in favor of large corporations, as well as the obvious relationship between governments and the climate change community (their push to end industries, like coal and oil, as well as their push to move everyone to electric vehicles and more). Thomas DiLorenzo is a former professor of economics at Loyola University Maryland and a member of the senior faculty of the Mises Institute. He is the author of How Capitalism Saved America; Hamilton's Curse; Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government; The Problem with Socialism; and The Problem with Lincoln. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to our podcast!
95 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
Where Have All the Statesmen Gone? with guest Daniel J. Mahoney
What does it mean to be a statesman and who in the past can we look to for those examples? Daniel J. Mahoney, the author of “The Statesman As Thinker,” joins the podcast to discuss why America needs more statesmen rather than politicians, and what it takes to become a statesman. In the same vain as Plutarch's Lives, Mahoney has assembled a number of historical figures who were or became great statesmen during times of crises. We go all the way back to the end of the 18th century and venture up to the modern age. These political figures are from various regions of the world, enduring varying circumstances that made them rise to the top. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to our podcast and leave a rating and a review.
91 minutes | Oct 24, 2022
Welcome to the End of the World…Seriously with guest Peter Zeihan
Peter Zeihan, one of today’s most prominent geopolitical strategists, has mapped out how the world as we know it is about to come to an end in his newest book "The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization." FYI: The results are not good. See which nations will crumble, which ones won’t, and which ones will do better than most. SPOILER ALERT: No nation comes out unscathed. Why is the world as we know it coming to an end? Historical decisions have led the world's nations to this point - from population decreases to trade issues to food shortages, it appears to all be closing in now. This is why history is so important - it can help predict the future to prepare for it (at least as best as possible). If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a rating and a review.
73 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
What We've Gotten Wrong About the Hundred Years War with Dr. Michael Livingston
Understanding history is often contingent on geography. That's never more true than in military history where the location of a battle helps tell the whole story. Dr. Michael Livingston, professor at The Citadel military academy and the author of "Crécy: Battle of Five Kings," joined the podcast to discuss how centuries of hearsay and unwalked battlefields have led historians to get one of the most famous battles of the Hundred Years War wrong. Not only has this led to misunderstanding the battle, but also the entire war and its historical figures - from kings to soldiers. What if the Battle of Crécy didn't take place where it was always thought to? How would that change our perceptions of the military tactics of the French and English? How would it change our views of its kings? And how would it change our views on one of Europe's most important and longest conflicts - The Hundred Years War? Our interview discusses all of that and more. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a rating and a review.
50 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
A Judicial View on America’s Decline with Judge Mark Boonstra
Mark Boonstra has been a judge on the Third District of Michigan’s Court of Appeals for the past decade. He is also the author of “In Their Own Words,” a study into the words of the Founding Fathers and what they would think of the current status of America. We will be discussing his thoughts on the history of the country, the country’s current state, and where we go from here. The third volume of the "In Their Own Words" is set to be published just before Christmas, so keep an eye out. If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a rating and a review. Don't forget to subscribe.
67 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
How the Romans Betrayed Their Protector and Got Sacked for It with Don Hollway
We have reached the very end of Ancient Rome: AD 410. Don Hollway, the author of “At the Gates of Rome: The Fall of the Eternal City, A.D. 410,” joins the podcast to discuss his new book and what all led to the sack of Rome in this momentous year. How did Barbarian blood keep Goths and others from attaining the respect of pure blooded Roman citizens? How did that lead to the sack of the Eternal City? What were the difficulties of having the Roman Empire split in two: East and West? Who were Stilicho and Alaric and what parts did they play in this whole drama? Don Hollway joined us last season to discuss his first book: "The Last Viking." He is a regular contributor to History Magazine, Military Heritage, Military History, Renaissance Magazine and more. He is also a history reenactor. And he has a new book that we are going to discuss: "At the Gates of Rome: The Fall of the Eternal City, AD 410." If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe.
97 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Landmark 2022 SCOTUS Session and the Struggle for Personal Freedom in the US with Joe Wolverton
Constitutional legal scholar and attorney Joe Wolverton joins the podcast to discuss some of the landmark decisions of the 2022 SCOTUS session. But should these cases have been brought to the court in first place? How many wrongs have to be righted before America returns to its rightful place as a federation of individual republics? Tons of history and tons of political wisdom in this discussion. Joe is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and the author of three works: The Real James Madison; What Degree of Madness?: Madison’s Method to America States Again; and The Founders Recipe. Lastly, and I know we will discuss this, but he is the founder of Amargi Group, which offers “a comprehensive history curriculum that replaces mindless memorization of trivial facts with inspirational stories and engaging and illuminating lessons. Their principle-based courses teach students to use history as a lens through which they see a clearer image of their own time.” If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a rating and a review.
87 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
When the Keepers of History Are Cowards with Phil Magness
In this first episode of the new season, we will be discussing the fallout from AHA president James Sweet’s apology for being honest about The 1619 Project and the issues of presentism. The issues of presentism are glaring and it undermines the study of history and the integrity of those who practice it. The president of the American Historical Association, James H. Sweet, wrote a column for the AHA addressing the problem. This created an uproar and the Twitter mob came after him. The Left created such a stir that Sweet bowed to their pressure and issued an apology, which is now above the column he wrote. Phil Magness wrote an article for the American Institute for Economic Research entitled “The Suicide of the American Historical Association" about how Sweet's Soviet-style apology is a picture perfect representation of the ills we see in the industry of history. Phillip W. Magness is the Director of Research and Education at the American Institute for Economic Research and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He holds a PhD and MPP from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, and a BA from the University of St. Thomas (Houston). His books include “Colonization After Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement”; “Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education”; and “The 1619 Project: A Critique.” He has taught public policy, economics, and international trade at American University, George Mason University, and Berry College. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Politico, Reason, National Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. If you enjoyed this episode, do us a favor and subscribe to our podcast and leave a rating and a review. It would be greatly appreciated.
75 minutes | May 23, 2022
Returning to Self-Government Through Civics with David Randall
America's educational institutions, from secondary to post-secondary, continue to perform abysmally in teaching history and civics. In many ways, the lack of knowledge about how the republic works explains why America sits on a stack of massive problems. America's government is powered by its citizens, but ignorance - from voters to legislators - seems to be running rampant. David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars, joins the podcast to discuss his latest study: "Learning for Self-Government: A K-12 Civics Report Card." Randall has analyzed many of today's famous and infamous history and civics lesson plans provided by schools and/or organizations. As the school year closes and a new one approaches, this is a perfect time to have this conversation.
74 minutes | May 16, 2022
Cicero, Caesar and the Catiline Conspiracy with Josiah Osgood
Lucius Sirgius Catiline was a Roman senator and patrician with a family lineage dating back to the Second Punic War. So why would he take the steps to conspire to have certain senators assassinated and Rome - the eternal city - burned? Historian, author, and professor at Georgetown University, Josiah Osgood, joins the podcast to discuss the famous Catiline Conspiracy and his new book "How to Stop a Conspiracy: An Ancient Guide to Saving a Republic." His book is actually translation of Sallust's famous work "The War with Catiline."
70 minutes | May 9, 2022
Understanding Democracy and Tocqueville with Dr. Olivier Zunz
Dr. Olivier Zunz, the James Madison Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia, joins the podcast to discuss his work on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville, the French diplomat, came to America in 1830 to study the country's prison system, but truly studied the American political system as a whole. From that experience, he wrote one of the most influential works: "Democracy in America." Zunz is one of the preeminent scholars on Tocqueville and we discuss how Tocqueville influenced France's political systems and how his works continue to impact the perception and understanding of our own country.
68 minutes | May 2, 2022
Entering World War 1: How America's Leaders Differed with Neil Lanctot
Historian Neil Lanctot joined the podcast to discuss his latest book on what led to America's eventual entrance into World War I and how various national leaders - Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Jane Addams - viewed the war and America's role. To understand how America was dealing with the issues of German submarine warfare, foreign affairs, and American isolationism, listen to Lanctot's discoveries and then go get his new book. Very much worth the read.
52 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
King Harald Hardrada: The Last Viking with Don Hollway
The Viking Age comes to an end with the death of King Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge. But who was this Viking turned mercenary turned king? Find out the life of a fascinating and brutal character of a millennia ago with historian and author Don Hollway. Hollway joins the podcast to discuss his new book "The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada."
67 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Spies, Communism, and the Romanian Christmas Revolution with William Maz
William Maz, the author of the new book "The Bucharest Dossier," joins the podcast to discuss his debut spy novel centered around Romania's Christmas Revolution in 1989. There is a ton of information to learn about what life was like under the iron fist of Communism with Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu running the show. We discuss the fall and demise of the Ceausescus and what happened to Romania after the fall of Communism. Also, Maz discusses his book and how he was able to tie in the CIA, KGB, and Romania into one incredible novel.
53 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Stalin, Putin, and Russia's Greatest Ballerina
John O'Neill, the co-author of The Devil and the Dancer, joins the podcast to discuss his latest book about Joseph Stalin and Anna Pavlova, Russia's greatest ballerina - and arguably history's greatest ballerina. The book and our discussion also ties in Vladimir Putin and the Russian's use of poisons, which dates back to the days of Stalin. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. Also, leave us a rating and a review if you enjoy the episode!
67 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
How to Get Woke with The Babylon Bee's Joel Berry
It's a rare occasion that we don't discuss history, but this is about the future of the country, which will eventually become its history. The Babylon Bee has been keeping track satirically of the insanity constantly plaguing America and the West. Managing editor and co-author of "The Babylon Bee: Guide to Wokeness," Joel Berry, joins the podcast to discuss the book, how wokeism is destroying American institutions and Americans in general, and what the next woke agenda is. Rest assured, it is worse than terrible. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. Leave a rating and a review if you enjoyed the show!
73 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
How China's Tyranny and Push for Global Dominance Is Pre-Mao
Thousands of years before Mao ever came on the scene, the rulers of China believed in an emperor to rule the lives of everyone and everything. Emperors of China were looked on as gods and the State was looked on as the "hegemon." The "hegemon" that was the center of the earth and rightful owner of all "under of heaven." Steven Mosher, author of Bully of Asia and one of the preeminent scholars on China, joins the podcast to discuss why China is the great threat to its own people, the West, and the world. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast! Leave a rating and review too!
59 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
In Defense of Warren G. Harding with Ryan Walters
Warren G. Harding continues to find his name at the bottom of the presidential rankings. Ryan Walters, the author of "The Jazz Age President: Defending Warren G. Harding," believes his name should move up the list...way up. The Sons of History discuss why Harding is a much-maligned president, but really shouldn't be. In fact, there is a case to be made that he was one of the more successful presidents of the 20th century. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating and a review if you enjoy the show!
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