Mike Duncan’s voice has a peculiar power over my wife. “Hello,” he’ll say, as a few perilous bars of classical music swell in the background, “and welcome to Revolutions.” “Hi Mike,” she’ll reply, already drowsy. Within minutes, she’ll be asleep. This isn’t to say that Duncan’s subject material is boring. His podcast offers blow-by-blow reports… Continue reading 10 Life Lessons from 10 Revolutions
In the latter weeks of July 1789, the rural countryside of the (then) kingdom of France descended into barely controlled anarchy. The government’s authority evaporated, and peasants resorted to paranoid vigilante justice. Historians now refer to the period ominously as “The Great Fear.” Upon learning that his kingdom was hopelessly broke, King Louis the 16th… Continue reading A Great Fear
As an Australian with ancestors in the Netherlands and British Isles, my family, my friends and I are firmly rooted in a cultural entity commonly known as “the west.” This definition generally refers to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and countries in western Europe. While not all my friends and family are entirely… Continue reading The United States Is Not A Western Country. Here’s Why.