The Rise Of The “Plutocratic Insurgency”

I’ve written before on the extreme social dangers that come about from excessive concentrations of wealth in the hands of a few.  A very important series of articles by Robert and Pamela Bunker in Small Wars Journal has taken this idea one step further:  they have identified the current vast income disparities as a form of insurgency warfare.  This condition–in all its forms–they call the plutocratic insurgency.  This podcast discusses some of their conclusions, and asks readers to ponder the implications of this insidious form of warfare on social health.

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A Conversation With Maverick Traveler

I was lucky enough to have the chance to speak to my friend James Maverick about topics that have interested us both for a long time:  travel, languages, politics, and society.  He’s always on the move, and you have to catch him between countries!  I’m confident that listeners will find this podcast to be wide-ranging and very entertaining.

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There’s Nothing Shameful In Having Problems (Podcast)


I recently saw the 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster.  The film shows the group trying to keep itself together in the wake of band tension, personal issues, and creative deadlock. How these problems are confronted and solved make this a film very much worth watching. We discuss some of the lessons learned.

There is nothing wrong or shameful in having problems.  The measure of a man is how he confronts and handles those problems.

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Successful In One Job, A Failure In Another (Podcast)


Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, is generally considered to have been a dismal failure as chief executive. Less well known is the fact that he was a brilliantly successful organizer of humanitarian projects around the world before he became president. Among those successes was his Russian famine relief operation in the early 1920s.  His career illustrates the principle that no man is capable at everything. As leaders we should focus on evaluating character and talent, and seek to find the right person for the right job.

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Why Did The Reds Defeat The Whites In The Russian Civil War of 1917-1922? (Podcast)


The former Russian Empire was torn apart by chaos and civil war from 1917 to 1922.  On one side were the Bolshevists, seeking to impose a revolutionary communist society on the people; and on the other were the so-called “White” Russians, a collection of nationalists and traditionalists trying to dislodge the Red regime.  Why did the Reds win and the Whites lose?  Why were the Reds able to remain in power?  We explore some answers.

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