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The Aidan Project blog looks at a multitude of topics, but history is the Project‘s raison d’être.

The Aidan Project blog looks at a multitude of topics, but history is the Project‘s raison d’être.
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The Aidan Project blog looks at a multitude of topics, but history is the Project‘s raison d’être.

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English


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#64 - Notes on Jerusalem Syndrome

12/9/2017
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The status of Jerusalem is a leading news story, following Donald Trump’s historic announcement that the United States will recognise the Holy City as the capital of Israel. Aidan looked at the contentious issue of Israel and Palestine back in episode five, The Demise of the Two State Solution. The ancient city of Jerusalem, well known for its importance to the Abrahamic religions, is also at the centre of a peculiar religious psychosis, called Jerusalem syndrome. On this edition of The...

Duration: 00:20:20


#63 - Tribalism Aboard the Ship of Theseus

11/30/2017
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In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan welcomes back philosopher, Dr. Benedict Beckeld, for a conversation which explores the current political climate, and delves into intriguing questions regarding the self and personal agency. Why has the political climate become so polarised? What is causing this failure of communication? And how do we understand our own personal self - is the self an illusion and do we have the ability to have acted differently in a given situation? Could letting...

Duration: 01:03:14


#62 - Best of the Project, Vol 3: Orwell’s Victory

11/25/2017
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“During the Spanish civil war”, wrote George Orwell, “I found myself feeling very strongly that a true history of this war never would or could be written.” Included in this ‘best of’ history compilation, Aidan and Dave Ebsworth explicate the events in Spain and the historical context in which they occurred. Aidan also discusses the Irish Famine with Professor Liam Kennedy, the infamous Parisian Great Cat Massacre with Jared Miracle, the 2003 invasion of Iraq with Sami Ramadani, the...

Duration: 01:50:53


#61 – Best of the Project, Vol 2: Donald Trump

11/18/2017
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In a tour de force of audio, Aidan presents highlights from previous episodes which have addressed Trump’s ascendancy and rule. With contributions from a range of guests over the past 12 months, in addition to highlights from a number of Aidan’s solo, ‘Notes on…’ episodes, this ‘best of’ presents discussions on the controversy, intrigue and leadership of the inimitable 45th president of the United States of America. To consult a list of the full line-up of guests and episodes featured in...

Duration: 01:47:01


#60 - Best of the Project, Vol 1: Armistice

11/10/2017
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In this edition of the Aidan Project, the podcast marks a year online with the first ‘best of’ episode. This episode features audio from Aidan’s conversations with Dr. Paul Dean for the 'America’s Great War' series of episodes. This special compilation is being released ahead of Armistice Day, 11 November. On November 11 1918, an armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France. It brought an end to the awful hostilities of what was thought to be at...

Duration: 01:04:19


#59 - Notes on Terror, Treason and Anarchy

11/3/2017
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In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan talks about the infamous Gunpowder Plot, Guy Fawkes in popular culture, and the definition of terrorism. In 1605, Catholic dissidents in England attempted to mount an insurrection by first murdering King James I of England and Scotland, along with other notables, in a planned explosion of the Houses of Parliament. Robert Catesby led the audacious scheme to topple the Protestant hierarchy, but it is Fawkes who is most associated with the events of...

Duration: 00:21:05


#58 - Notes on Shame and the Modern Pillory

10/30/2017
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Shaming is a form of social control. When a person violates the established norms of their community, the group may respond by condemning, avoiding and ostracizing the ‘guilty’ person. In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan examines public shaming in 18C London - where the guilty were placed in the pillory and pelted with various objects, including dead cats - and compares this to social media shaming. Is the treatment meted out on Twitter in 2017 little better than a 1717 stint in...

Duration: 00:12:37


#57 - Notes on Liberalism: A Glimmer of Hope

10/20/2017
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In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan discusses a potential hint of progress in the battle against leftist confusion. The case of Maajid Nawaz and the Southern Poverty Law Centre has been discussed several times previously on the podcast; the case is an important one for the struggle it represents. The SPLC, to the horror of those who support the notion that cultural relativism is the death knell of honest discourse, labelled Nawaz an anti-Muslim extremist in October 2016. Nawaz is...

Duration: 00:16:03


#56 - Notes on Patriotism: Taking a Knee

10/14/2017
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In the previous episode, Aidan talked about the British reverence for Monarchy. In this edition, Aidan moves across the pond to explore the US national identity. In recent weeks, we have been reminded of the importance of the US flag and national anthem to Americans, with Donald Trump on the offensive against sportsmen who have protested racial inequality and other related grievances by taking a knee for the US national anthem. Protesting can carry a political cost and can give ammunition...

Duration: 00:15:06


#55 - Notes on Monarchy: House of Wax

10/6/2017
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"Why, when the subject of royalty or monarchy is mentioned, do the British bid adieu to every vestige of proportion, modesty, humour and restraint?" Christopher Hitchens The Monarchy: A Critique of Britain's Favourite Fetish Why, after executing a King, did the British almost immediately experience a distinct feeling of buyer’s remorse? What purpose do the British think the Royal Family serves? And how intrinsic is the yearning for monarchy within the British identity? In Rights of...

Duration: 00:22:58


#54 - Afterword on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism

9/27/2017
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Kristallnacht, or ‘Night of Broken Glass’, was a notorious pogrom against German Jews throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan expands on the arguments presented in episode 49, ‘Notes on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism’, to provide a comprehensive afterword. In the original podcast, Aidan explored the classic argument of the faithful against atheism when discussing human history. This argument – especially prevalent whenever the issue of violence or...

Duration: 00:24:11


#53 - Project Extra: Choice Words

9/23/2017
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In this edition of the podcast’s bonus audio series, ‘Project Extra’, Aidan again welcomes back special guest Jared Miracle, who holds a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University. Aidan and Jared discuss the depressing lack of choice in UK and US politics in respect of viable ruling parties, Jared’s experiences on campus with social justice warriors, the fascinating politics of sport in different regions of the world, and more. As always, a conversation with Jared is well worth your...

Duration: 00:15:52


#52 - Project Extra: Whitewashing Revisited

9/14/2017
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Is there a real problem in Hollywood with casting agents hiring white actors for roles for which the source material rather seems to necessitate a non-white actor? On this bonus edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan and special guest Jared Miracle, who holds a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University, revisit a subject from a previous episode - episode 27, ‘Project Extra: Whitewashing’ - and explore the latest controversy surrounding Hollywood’s casting culture. Furthermore, delving...

Duration: 00:14:38


#51 - Betrayal: The Rotherham Abuse Scandal

9/9/2017
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The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal is arguably the worst child safeguarding failure in British history. In August 2014 an inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay concluded that at least 1,400 children, the majority of whom were white girls aged 11–15, had been sexually abused in the English town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. This abuse had been committed predominantly by British-Pakistani men. As shocking as the scale of the abuse was, what made the events even more...

Duration: 01:01:09


#50 - Notes on Antifa: What’s in a Name?

8/31/2017
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There is a quote, often attributed to Winston Churchill, which predicts, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” Churchill probably did not say this, but the idea certainly has prowess. We all too often see well-meaning organizations come to represent the very behaviours they had set out to destroy. Is Antifa an example of this? There is evident confusion on the left surrounding the name, ‘Antifa’. Antifa is an abbreviation of ‘anti-fascist’ or ‘anti-fascist...

Duration: 00:10:37


#49 - Notes on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism

8/24/2017
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The faithful are playing with reference to a different set of rules when arguing for the merits of religion based on faith alone. Faith, by definition, requires no tangible evidence. But claims from the faithful about human history can be countered by the inquisitive atheist. We all have access to a plethora of terrestrial historical accounts which were not gleaned from divine revelation. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan explores the classic argument of the faithful against atheism...

Duration: 00:20:54


#48 - Project Extra: Atlantis Reimagined

8/18/2017
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On this bonus edition of the Aidan Project, Christopher Hale, freelance executive producer, producer/director and writer, explains the curious 19th century reimagining of the story of Atlantis. This revival of the idea of a lost advanced civilization owed less to an interest in folklore or the works of Plato, but was instead inspired by something altogether less innocent, as Christopher explains. For Aidan’s full-length episode with Christopher, check out episode 46, ‘The Emergency:...

Duration: 00:12:55


#47 - Notes on North Korea

8/12/2017
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In this edition of the podcast, Aidan is back with everything you need to know about the ominous stand-off between the United States and North Korea. This potentially-catastrophic conflict focuses around Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities, such as they are. In these 'Notes on North Korea', Aidan explains how this crisis has evolved, and addresses the potential outcomes of this long-running narrative, including a look at the unpredictable ‘Trump factor’.

Duration: 00:24:59


#46 - The Emergency: Empire, Massacre, Duterte

8/8/2017
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The British Empire, and other European powers, began to leave South East Asia in the aftermath of World War 2. The region has changed dramatically since this era; a period when British troops were fighting communists in Malaya, several years before the US attempted its own communist supression in Vietnam. It was during the British Empire’s response to Chin Peng’s insurgency that the colonial rulers committed an atrocity that could be called ‘Britain’s My Lai’. On this edition of the Aidan...

Duration: 01:14:51


#45 - De-Platformed: Challenging Bad Ideas

8/5/2017
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On July 21, the noted evolutionary biologist and author, Richard Dawkins, was de-platformed by a ‘progressive’ radio station in California because of comments he had previously made about Islam. This decision - powered by the moral confusion that maliciously designates fair criticism of religion as hate speech - is yet another example of the left’s deeply dishonest, nonsensical, virtue-signalling and outlandish apologising whenever Islam is discussed. In this episode, Aidan is joined by...

Duration: 01:02:45

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