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How the Bush administration marketed the Iraq war, and how the press and journalist played into selling an invasion of Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11 to the American people

For supplementary reading on the topic, Woods recommends
-'Hitler: The Policies of Seduction' by Rainer Zitelmann

-'The Vampire Economy: Doing Business Under Fascism' by Günter Reimann

-'The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy' by Adam Tooze

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Introduced by Pete Peterson, Dean, School of Public Policy, Prof. Victor Davis Hanson, compares Trump to tragic heroes in classical literature, at Pepperdine University conference, "Toward a Conservatism of Connection: Reclaiming the American Project" held June 2018.

Book Jocko is reading at the beginning 'Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag' by Nicolas Werth
https://www.amazon.com/Cannibal-Island-Siberian-against-Humanity/dp/0691130833

Biographical documentary about famed Soviet political dissident and writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, following his life from his time in the Red Army during WW2, his time in the GULAGs, and his time as a writer

Just as the Enlightenment coffeehouse did in its day, the advent of social media has brought down barriers to participation in public discourse. More people than ever take part in public conversations about the big issues of the moment, and yet it seems we are becoming ever more polarised and stuck. Has this all-inclusive openness come at a cost?

Acclaimed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt visits the RSA to argue that – paradoxically – the very openness of these platforms have proved fatal for the kind of thinking, debate, provocation, and orthodoxy-challenging that is so necessary for liberal democracy.

-Sept. 7, 2005

Author and military historian Victor Davis Hanson talked about his book, A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War, published by Random House. The presentation was given on September 7, 2005 at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, where Mr. Hanson was serving as a distinguished fellow in history. After the presentation was shown, Mr. Hanson was interviewed by remote video from Palo Alto, Calif. He responded to questions and comments from viewers.

-October 27, 2016

J.D. Vance chronicles his life and the history and issues of hillbillies in America. Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, writes about growing up in a poor Rust Belt town and how his family never fully escapes the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma in their lives. Vance paints a broad, passionate, and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans.

2001

Documentary series about the Canadian Army's participation in World War I

2001

Documentary series about the Canadian Army's participation in World War I

2001

Documentary series about the Canadian Army's participation in World War I

2001

Documentary series about the Canadian Army's participation in World War I

2001

Documentary series about the Canadian Army's participation in World War I

-Feb 19, 2018

Dr. Peter Boghossian, Dr. James Lindsay, and Helen Pluckrose discuss Intersectionality, and whether or not it has taken on characteristics of religions.

-Dec 26, 2017
In November 2017, Wilfred Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd was called to a disciplinary meeting by two professors (Nathan Rambukkana and Herbert Pimlott) and one administrator (Adria Joel) to discuss her screening of a video clip from TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin during a class she was conducting. Shepherd taped the proceedings (http://bit.ly/2mMPvok) and released them, causing a national and international firestorm of outrage over the manner in which she was treated.

The video clip featured me discussing the provisions of Canada's compelled speech law, Bill C16, with Professor Nicholas Matte of the Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.

During the proceedings, Shepherd was accused of breaking the law, both federal (Bill C16) and provincial, violating Wilfred Laurier's standards of conduct, and of being actively transphobic. Rambukkana compared me directly to Hitler (and Milo Yiannopoulos, to be fair), failing to recognize that what I predicted would happen in the aftermath of Bill C16 (see http://bit.ly/2AZqj4B) was exactly what was undertaken by the tripartite disciplinary panel he headed.

Twenty of Rambukkana's colleagues signed a letter of support for his actions (http://bit.ly/2DiedjN), despite the almost universal condemnation. In addition, great efforts were made by the neo-Marxist/postmodernist/critical theory ideologues to cast Shepherd as the perpetrator, as noted in Quillette (http://bit.ly/2l3Np0h), and the Wilfred Laurier Faculty Association president wrote this missive (http://bit.ly/2C9Ulm1) decrying "the violent speech and actions that have, unfortunately, become a daily occurrence on our campuses" despite there being no evidence whatsoever for such violence.

On December 18, Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, released a statement on the independent fact-finder's report on the Lindsay Shepherd affair, exonerating her completely, stating that the disciplinary meeting should have never occurred and indicating even that the claim of student complaint was essentially fabricated (although Dr. MacLatchy has released a statement of clarification about that: http://bit.ly/2C8xWWp).

Dr. David Haskell, Associate Professor, Digital Media and Journalism / Religion and Culture and Dr. William McNally, Associate Professor of Finance at the School of Business and Economics (both of Wilfred Laurier) joined me for this discussion (December 19), where we "deconstructed" Dr. MacLatchy's response. They are not alone at WLU, by the way, in their opposition to the ideological zealotry that has possessed their campus, and most others. Hopefully, in 2018, more professors will come to their senses and join them.

Why should you care? Because this is, in truth, the state of the modern university -- and what happens there will happen everywhere five years later.

-Oct 16, 2015

The Fourteenth Amendment states that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Many believe that this means being born on U.S. soil is sufficient to confer citizenship. Some scholars, however, argue that the Constitution does not confer citizenship on children born in the United States to parents who are illegal aliens because they owe allegiance to another government. Others maintain that the drafters of the Fourteenth Amendment sought to restore the common law doctrine of jus soli—right of the soil—which had been abrogated by the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision and that subsequent Supreme Court decisions support this interpretation. Does the Citizenship Clause mandate birthright citizenship? Legal experts John Eastman and James Ho will explore this hotly debated question that has important legal and political consequences.

March 3, 2017

Dr. Stephen Kotkin, historian who specializes in Russian and Soviet history, giving a talk at The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale on the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency and the rule of Vladimir Putin

The documentary on CIA's pursuit for Bin Laden. The operation that led to the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden took shape after detainees identified a trusted bin Laden courier as someone who may have been living with and protecting the militant leader.
That courier became a key lead in locating Bin Laden

Aug 6, 2013
When Osama bin Laden declared war against the United States for the first time to a Western audience, Peter Bergen was there. He produced Osama bin Laden's first television interview in 1997 and has written extensively on the terrorist and on Al Qaeda, including New York Times best seller 'Holy War, Inc.' and 'The Osama bin Laden I Know'. Bergen has worked as a journalist and writer for NatGeo, CNN, RollingStone, New York Times, and others. He is currently a professor at Arizona State University

recorded on July 29, 2015
As part 2 begins Lenin is dead and Stalin is trying to consolidate power. Although various people were vying for the position, Stalin had already effectively taken over Lenin’s job. Lenin’s last will and testament says bad things about all his successors, with Trotsky coming out the best, yet does nothing to dislodge Stalin from power. Stalin continues, through hard work and cunning, to gather power but also because people believed that he stood for the principles of the revolution.

2015 Hoover Institute video with historian Stephen Kotkin discussing his book 'Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928'

Part 1: Stalin was born in a small town in Georgia in which he was educated to become a priest. After succeeding in school and becoming a devout follower of the faith, Stalin left the priesthood and became a communist revolutionary. World War I and the revolutions of 1917 set the stage for Stalin and the Communists to take power in Russia.

Recorded on January 25, 2018.

“If you're interested in power, [if] you're interested in how power is accumulated and exercised, and what the consequences are, the subject of Stalin is just unbelievably deep, it's bottomless.” – Stephen Kotkin

In part two, Stephen Kotkin, author of Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941, discusses the relationship between Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler leading up to and throughout World War II. Kotkin describes what motivated Stalin to make the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Hitler and the consequences of his decision.

Kotkin dives into the history of the USSR and its relationship with Germany during WWII, analyzing the two leaders' decisions, strategies, and thought processes. He explains Stalin's and Hitler’s motivations to enter into the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact even without the support of their respective regimes. Stalin’s goal was to defeat the West and he saw the pact as an opportunity to do so by driving a wedge between Germany and the capitalist West. Kotkin analyzes Stalin’s decisions leading up to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union and the disinformation Germany was feeding soviet spies to prevent Stalin from moving against Hitler first.

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