Introduction to Tyrants
This is a political blog, first of all. It’s not fair, balanced or unbiased. It is conservative, pro Israel, pro military, pro constitution and pro America.
I don’t plan on posting very often (since I have a day job and blogging won’t exactly keep the wife happy) and only will if I have something worth saying.
I decided to write this for a a couple reasons.
- My grandparents are Holocaust survivors and I grew up with stories which ring eerily familiar in today’s news.
- My fiancee’s family are refugees from the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua and their experience leading up to the tyranny there was disturbingly similar to that of my family in Germany.
- If started listening to a few podcasts and have read a few books recently which make it very clear that what is happening in America today has happened thousands of time before in human history and the results are pretty easy to predict with a high degree of accuracy.
So basically, I’m writing because I know where the politics of this country will take us and it is to death, oppression, destruction and violence of the type unknown to the vast majority of living Americans.
I’m not going to write much today, but I do want to share a couple of my favorite podcasts and books which have done a great job of educating me about the danger we face today. I’ll link to the podcasts now and the GoodReads reviews for the books (at some point) so you guys can check them out if you want.
Great podcasts for conservatives:
- The Ben Shapiro Show (from Ben Shapiro) — About 45–60 minute podcast by a former Breitbart editor and pretty well known author. He puts out 4 podcasts per week and covers the news of the day and usually spends a good amount of time going into the more fundamental problems facing our country.
- The Renegade Republican (from Dan Bongino) — Almost exactly 30 minutes, 5 days per week by a former Secret Service Agent and U.S. Senate candidate. He spends much more of his time talking about the systemic trends and threats we face than on daily news cycle issues. He’s a funny guy, very good at explaining what is going on in our politics and gets it across quickly and concisely.
- The Mark Levin Show Podcast (from Mark Levin) — Mark’s podcast is about 2 hours and put out daily. He goes into the weeds about news cycle items and political campaigns a bit more than I like, but he is very informative and understands how liberty is slipping away for not just the next generation but today’s as well.
- Revolutions Podcast — I don’t know the name of the guy who does this offhand but he also did the History of Rome podcast series. A very well done section of the Revolutions Podcast covers the French Revolution and it might surprise listeners how similar the political issues and tactics used back then in France are to what we see today. Don’t forget, the French Revolution saw the whole range of tyranny, from the tyranny of the masses (culminating in the Reign of Terror and the mass executions of political dissenters) to the top down tyranny of Napoleon’s empire and the endless foreign wars his era brought about.
- History of Rome (can’t find this podcast on iTunes, but it shouldn’t be hard to look up somewhere) — Same guy who did Revolutions (he’s a seriously talented podcaster) and tells the entire history of the Roman Empire in detail which clearly describes political crises in a way that allows you to understand the timeless nature of the issues we see today. It also gives you a view into the true motives of the political players and the likely results of their policies which you can’t easily pull out of the daily news barrage.
A couple great conservative books:
- Road to Serfdom by Friedrick Hayek — Explains in easily understood detail by centralization of the economy is doomed to fail and result in regression of society. He frames it his contemporary world of World War II and contrasts the situation in his native Austria under Nazi rule with the Western, classically liberal values of Britain and the U.S. He sees the dangers we see today over 60 before they arrived.
- The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shiler— I’m still reading this book and I’m about 1/4 of the way through. The first part of this book gives a detailed view into the society and political landscape upon which Hitler build his Reich. Again, the similarities to 2016 America are eerie.
- Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein — Don’t run off from title. This is a book about a society that values its soldiers and has seen what happens under the rule of the mob. This book focuses on the military culture surrounding the main character but tells a story where certain core conservative and military values are essential to the survival of the human race. It is nothing like the movie, so don’t let that hatchet job scare you away from this book.
I’ll keep an ongoing review page for the podcasts and books I really like so people can go back and leave comments and start a discussion. I’ll also post whatever is relevant on Twitter under my Twitter handle @ElZionista.
Sorry if there are formatting errors. Have to squeeze this in with the time that I have. But I’ll try to go back at some point and clean it up.
If you’ve read through this, thanks and I look forward to any comments or questions you guys have!