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Iran VIII Part One: The War

11/13/2017
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Hey folks— It’s explained in the show, but the tortured titling here comes from that I promised the last Iran show this week, and in what’s to me the most important sense, I delivered. It’s written, recorded, edited, all that. It’s just not up on the site. WordPress and my podcasting plugin don’t play too … Continue reading Iran VIII Part One: The War →

Duration: 01:43:05


Announcement—6.11.2017

11/6/2017
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No show today folks, just some straight dope on what's happening here at SFD

Duration: 00:02:22


SFD Short—Ends and Means, Again

10/30/2017
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Matching ends to means, the Kennedy Administration, and the War on Terror

Duration: 00:21:49


Iran VII: The Revolution in Power

10/23/2017
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Hey Folks, This one’s number twelve, and while we’re not done with Iran yet, number thirteen, Iran VIII and the very last Iran show, come hell or high water, is gonna be here in three weeks or less. I get into it a bit in the show, but time’s going to be tight over the … Continue reading Iran VII: The Revolution in Power →

Duration: 01:18:02


Lying in Politics

10/16/2017
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Not a whole lot of news this time out. The title of the post is obviously drawn from the essay in Hannah Arendt’s Crises of the Republic. Which we should all read, but if the point of this show is that politicians stopped believing the American public capable of argument and then dumbed us down to … Continue reading Lying in Politics →

Duration: 00:24:06


Iran VI: Revolution

10/9/2017
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Alright, here we are, finally. The Iranian Revolution of 1979. There’s still some groundwork to be laid, but we’re getting there this episode, full stop. Let’s take a look at some of the folks coming to center stage. Here we’ve got the two principal players from at least the first half of the episode, both of … Continue reading Iran VI: Revolution →

Duration: 01:26:15


The Plan for Mexico

10/2/2017
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What the next Mexican President can and ought to do about the US's drug problem.

Duration: 00:17:35


SFD Short—State

9/22/2017
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More like Rex KILLERson

Duration: 00:28:57


The End of the World—A Conversation with Rob Morris

9/20/2017
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Hey Everybody— Like I said up on the FB page on Monday, I wasn’t skipping this week, I just had a date with Rob Morris yesterday. Short show notes, but remember: Rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or whatever else you use. An earthquake hit Mexico yesterday and it’s looking not too good. … Continue reading The End of the World—A Conversation with Rob Morris →

Duration: 01:12:38


SFD Short—Collapse

9/12/2017
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Hey Everybody— I was on the road a little longer than I thought I’d be and I missed last week’s show and for that I’m sorry. But I’ve got one this week, and I’ll be away from rural Tennessee and back in Mexico by next Monday and SFD should be back on track for a … Continue reading SFD Short—Collapse →

Duration: 00:24:32


SFD Short—Bad Patriotism

8/28/2017
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I’ve been thinking about patriotism in the US for a long time, long enough to have written this for the College Dems’ newspaper back at Georgetown. There’s something about how everybody wants to be a patriot without ever considering what the term might really mean; something about the way it is, for us, tied … Continue reading SFD Short—Bad Patriotism →

Duration: 00:34:15


SFD Short—Abolish the Army

8/20/2017
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This is another one of those topics I’ve been thinking about for a long while, at least since I wrote this cute little essay sophomore year: And I think it ties in with what we were talking about a couple of weeks ago in the short on T. R. Fehrenbach. I mean what I say on … Continue reading SFD Short—Abolish the Army →

Duration: 00:35:13


Politico Is Full of It—A Conversation with Rob Morris

8/14/2017
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Hey all, I had this chat with Rob back in June, when some of you might have caught it live or on Rob’s Youtube channel, the More Freedom Foundation. I didn’t get it re-edited and trimmed down for a podcast until this past week, and here it is, in lieu of a Monday short, for … Continue reading Politico Is Full of It—A Conversation with Rob Morris →

Duration: 01:06:23


SFD Short—Ends and Means

8/7/2017
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Well, this is the tenth short, which means we’re putting out a helluva lot more content this year than last, and I hope that’s to the good. Our very first Patreon-exclusive news analysis show is going up this week, so head to our page to check out the details. Otherwise, share this show, man. You … Continue reading SFD Short—Ends and Means →

Duration: 00:32:03


American Legions

7/31/2017
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Hey folks, Not much to report but that the next Iran show is coming along and that my first Patreon-exclusive show is going up probably early next week. We’re talking this time around about TR Fehrenbach, a major in the US Army during the Korean War and latterly a historian: Fehrenbach wrote This Kind of War, … Continue reading American Legions →

Duration: 00:34:40


SFD Short—Grand Theories

7/24/2017
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Well, like I can’t remember if but might have said last week, we’re back from hiatus and onto regular production again, which means a show for you this Monday. It’s kind of an experimental one today, with a whole lot of half baked but interesting thoughts and an intermediate but definitely no final or satisfying … Continue reading SFD Short—Grand Theories →

Duration: 00:24:00


Iran V: The White Revolution

7/18/2017
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Here we are, the absolute last episode (I promise) before we get to the Iranian Revolution and, I think, the Iran-Iraq War. In this episode, we’re covering the Shah’s White Revolution, the new liberal, socialist Shi’ite theologians like Shariati, and the dark reign of SAVAK in 1960s and 1970s Iran, along with the Shah’s famous … Continue reading Iran V: The White Revolution →

Duration: 01:36:58


SFD Short—Storming and Norming

6/28/2017
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Hey folks, I know I’m running a little late on the next Iran show, but with some law school stuff, a family reunion, and a neat little piece I’m putting together on Ancient Aliens for The Awl all done by the end of this week, I should have that out soon. In the meantime though, we’ve … Continue reading SFD Short—Storming and Norming →

Duration: 00:24:23


Conversation with Rob Morris—Iran v Saudi Arabia: Backing the Wrong Horse

6/18/2017
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Hey folks, does just about what it says on the box. We’re having another conversation with Robert Morris of the More Freedom Foundation, a YouTube Channel (and a website) dedicated, at the moment, to exploring and exposing the toxic relationship the West has with Saudi Arabia and its poisonous effect on world Islam. It’s a … Continue reading Conversation with Rob Morris—Iran v Saudi Arabia: Backing the Wrong Horse →

Duration: 01:33:58


Alternate Realities

5/29/2017
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“Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the Unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass Another SFD short brought to you already by SFD. I’m going to be starting up a Patreon, probably sometime next week, and when I do, for the first thirty days, signing … Continue reading Alternate Realities →

Duration: 00:22:25

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