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This episode Derek has a discussion with Bruce Carlson, the creator and host of the popular podcast and radio show 'My History Can Beat Up Your Politics'. The show has a mission, to apply history to the politics of today. Many times people tend to use historical references to justify their modern day political ideas, Derek wanted to find out more about how Bruce attempts to correct bad thinking when it comes to the intersection of politics and the past.
Show Notes

– Date – May 27, 2014
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Skepticism Skepticism, Past and Future [1:15]
Andrew Wakefield was struck off on May 24, 2010.
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Spurious Correlations was created by Tyler Vigen.
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Wikipedia [6:55]
Susan Gerbic
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Skeptical Humanities [11:50]
Viking-Age Psychic: Some Hits and One Big Miss.
Eirik’s Saga. The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America. Penguin, 1965. All quotations are from this edition.
– Andrew Reynolds, Anglo-Saxon Deviant Burial Customs. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Skeptical Humanities.

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Interview: Bruce Carlson [24:00]
My History Can Beat Up Your Politics.
– He also has a ‘side’ project “Lies My Talking Head Told Me“.
– Bruce uses the Internet to get a lot of his information, but still has to use, real, libraries to find out some of the true context for the times in which things were said or done in.
– The American Reconstruction seems to always get short notice in the classroom.
– When people say “The Founding Fathers Said….“, what most don’t realize just how inaccurate that tends to be.
Jefferson vs. Hamilton, both ‘Founding Fathers’, yet disagreed almost completely on every issue.
– You can, even now, go and read the writings of the Founding Fathers and realize just how much the disagreed.
Adams and Franklin often butted heads over big issues openly.
– James Wilson wanted a popular vote President, not a Republic, Benjamin Franklin wanted there to be a group of Presidents, not just one.
– People often ignore the many other people who were involved in creating and ratifying the Constitution.
– The original framing documents of the USA government did have a lot of large Federal Government involved.
– Universal Health Care was actually a big topic very early on in American History. Adams even set it up during his time in office, yet it was torn down by his successor.
– It is funny how back in the 1700’s/1800’s many people who cared a lot about politics wrote pamphlets, a couple hundred years later suddenly people now started to do it again with blogs.
– Those who helped lay the foundation for the United States would probably be quite happy to see all the rabid political infighting still happening today, as they were skeptical of power in human hands.
– Van Bruen, people openly talked about him being Satan himself in the media.
– Why do so many Americans not realize that without the French, the United States would have probably never won independence.
– For example, the forgotten battle that the French waged in Savannah to help defeat the British.
– It is entertaining to watch American politicians bad mouth France as they stand in front of the American Effiel Tower.
– One big lie that people tend to believe is that Presidents have any effect on the Economy.
– The American people really should blame the Congress, if anyone, for job growth and the economy, since the President has no control on those things.
– Before Hoover they didn’t use terms like recession or depression, they just called these things ‘panics’.
– You can get all of Bruce’s recorded episodes at his website, or through iTunes or Stitcher.

Outro Music [1:18:30]
– Outro music donated by Trent Brusky of Dropfox.

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