By Dan 11:32
Dan 11:32Jun 01, 2023
Dan 11:32 Episode 91: The Power Elite II: “The Masses”
In this week’s episode, we consider an important chapter in C. Wright Mills’ book, The Power Elite, that speaks to the position of “the masses” in a society governed by the power elites.
Dan 11:32 Episode 90 - The Power Elite
In this week’s episode I’m giving a summary of C. Wright Mills’s important 1956 book, The Power Elite. We’ll look at the makeup of the American power elite, the spheres of power, and how that power and influence is wielded.
Dan 11:32 Episode 89: From Transgender to Transhuman
In this week's episode we'll discuss the link between the "transgender" movement and transhumanism, using Martine Rothblatt's 1995/2011 book From Transgender to Transhuman as our starting point.
Dan 11:32 Episode 88: Waco, 30 Years On
Thirty years ago this week, the siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, was brought to a horrific end, resulting in the death of 86 people. In this week's episode, we consider this event from the perspective of an article recently published in the Independent, and what lessons must be learned from it.
Dan 11:32 Episode 87: Zion's Christian Soldiers?
In this week's episode, we'll begin an exploration of the issue of Christian Zionism, starting with a description of Christian Zionism, and providing an introductory evaluation of its premises and problems, as well as discussing why this issue is an important one.
Dan 11:32 Episode 86: Introducing the Thales Group
What kinds of corporations are working to bring Digital IDs to the world? In this episode, we take a look at one of them - the Thales Group - and see what else they're up to.
Dan 11:32 Episode 85: A Conversation With James Pew
This week's episode is a conversation with James Pew, of Woke Watch Canada. We talk about Woke Watch Canada's work, the "woke" movement, where it comes from and what it's trying to accomplish, and what Woke Watch Canada is doing to combat it.
Dan 11:32 Episode 84: Introducing Martine Rothblatt
Today's episode is an introduction to transhumanist Martine Rothblatt, founder of the Terasem Movement and author of Virtually Human: The Promise - and the Peril - of Digital Immortality.
Dan 11:32 Episode 83: War is a Racket
In 1935, USMC Major General Smedley Butler wrote a booklet entitled "War is a Racket." In this episode, we take a look at the life and times of Smedley Butler, and see that what he said in the 1930s remains valid in the 2020s.
Dan 11:32 Episode 82: A Conversation With Jim McMurtry
In today's episode I speak with Jim McMurtry, who was recently fired from his teaching position by the Abbotsford, B.C. School Board for contradicting "the narrative" about Canadian Native residential schools and standing for the truth.
Dan 11:32 Episode 81: More Nudging
Today I follow up on last week's episode on "nudging," "choice architecture," and the Behavioural Insights Team. We look at an example of the Behavioural Insights Team's work, and also spend some time talking about Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler's responses to criticism that their work has received.
Dan 11:32 Episode 80: You Are Being "Nudged"
In this week's episode, we dig a little deeper into the issue of "nudging," examining Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler's idea of "libertarian paternalism," and how governments are using these tactics to manipulate their citizens.
Dan 11:32 Episode 79: Big Pharma and the Memory Hole
Recently a relatively well-known actor caught some flak on Twitter for agreeing with a tweet declaring that a certain large pharmaceutical company is a danger to the world. In today's episode, we look at how the actions of this company over the past fifteen years testify to the reality of the tweet, and discuss how it is no longer considered appropriate to make such comments.
Dan 11:32 Episode 78: The Kissinger Report on Population Growth
In 1974, The Kissinger Report (NSSM-200 - Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security) was completed. It did not become public until the 1990s, and it reveals much about U.S. international population policy. Its implications are very current, even after fifty years. In this episode, we look at the Kissinger Report, and see how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is still putting Kissinger's ideas into practice around the world.
Dan 11:32 Episode 77: Elmo and the Military Industrial Complex
A brief episode today, looking at the connection between Sesame Street and the U.S. Armed Forces. In this episode, we'll consider how "educational entertainment for children" may be influenced by funders, and how its messaging must be examined in the light of the worldviews of those who pay the bills.
Dan 11:32 Episode 76: On Being Discerning
In today's episode, we'll discuss how we can tell fact from fiction in media reports. Using an example from a widely-shared website, we'll follow the steps in separation truth from falsehood and baseless speculation from genuine journalism.
Dan 11:32 Episode 75: Population Panic!
For decades we've been told that there are too many human beings on this planet for life to be sustained, and apocalyptic predictions about our imminent demise have been made since the 1960s. In this episode, we look at the international drive toward population reduction, its roots and fruits, and discuss what our response to this movement should be in the light of God's Word.
Dan 11:32 Episode 74: The Changing Ukraine Narrative
In today's episode we'll look at the way the media and political narrative surrounding Ukraine has shifted over the past year, especially concerning the activity of "extreme right-wing" groups in that country.
Dan 11:32 Episode 73: Digital ID Will Solve Everything!
Today we'll listen to Tony Blair speaking about Digital ID at the WEF in Davos, consider how it is being touted as a cure for all ills, and what this push for Digital ID means for us.
Dan 11:32 Episode 72: In the Camps
Darren Byler's 2021 book In the Camps: China's High-Tech Penal Colony reveals how Big Tech and the totalitarian State in China have combined forces to develop systems of oppression and control of the Uyghur population in China's Xinjiang province. In today's episode, we look at the links between these developments and American tech corporations, and the danger of imagining that "this could never happen here."
Dan 11:32 Episode 71: Conflicts of Interest and Critical Thinking
I recently stumbled across a Canadian public school curriculum website that vividly demonstrates the necessity for discernment, digging a little deeper, and being aware of the interests at work behind the scenes in shaping public opinion. In this week's episode of Dan 11:32, we take a look at kidsboostimmunity.com.
Dan 11:32 Episode 70: Surveillance Valley
Author Yasha Levine refers to Silicon Valley as "Surveillance Valley," and the book that bears this title reveals much about how true that moniker really is. In this episode of Dan 11:32, we'll look at the roots of the Internet in the American military-industrial complex, and the continuing role that Big Tech continues to play in seeking to build a world where everyone is watched, predicted, and controlled.
Dan 11:32 Episode 69: Herbert Marcuse's "Repressive Tolerance"
How did we become a society that proclaims "tolerance" to be the greatest good, while still being so intolerant toward certain points of view? In this week's episode, we explore this question, looking at the influential 1965 essay by Herbert Marcuse, "Repressive Tolerance," and considering its lasting and destructive influence.
Dan 11:32 Episode 68: The United States of Fear
In this week's episode I discuss Dr. Mark McDonald's 2021 book The United States of Fear: How America Fell Victim To A Mass Delusional Psychosis. McDonald argues that America suffered two pandemics: a viral one, and a psychological one, with the "pandemic of fear" being far more dangerous and damaging. His thesis, that this "fear pandemic" is rooted in the natural anxieties of women on behalf of their children and families, worsened by the way in which feminized men failed their women, inflamed and amplified by sensationalistic media, and driven over the top by authoritarian measures, remains important to consider even outside of the "pandemic" context.
Dan 11:32 Episode 67: The Victim Cult
In today's episode, I go through the introduction of Mark Milke's 2021 book The Victim Cult: How the Grievance Culture Hurts Everyone and Wrecks Civilzations, and address what Milke has to say about this "grievance culture" in the context of the previous two episodes on "Truth and Reconciliation."
Dan 11:32 Episode 66: The "Truth" in Truth and Reconciliation
The truth matters, and it often falls victim when the dominant ideology is being promoted. In this episode, we use the examples of the Kamloops Residential School and the Nicholas Sandmann case to discuss the importance of discernment, and the lack of discernment that has often been shown, even in the evangelical world. In this episode, I go through the following article, published in January of this year: https://www.dorchesterreview.ca/blogs/news/in-kamloops-not-one-body-has-been-found
Dan 11:32 Episode 65: Virtue Signalling, "Truth and Reconciliation"
In today's episode, we consider last week's "Day of Truth and Reconciliation," what this day really means, the ideology upon which it is based, and what that means for the way in which we participate in it. In this episode, we'll consider Tom Flanagan's article, "Did Indian Residential Schools Cause Intergenerational Trauma," which can be found here: https://www.dorchesterreview.ca/blogs/news/did-indian-residential-schools-cause-intergenerational-trauma
Dan 11:32 Episode 64: You Shall Be Like God - A Christian Response to Transhumanism
On Friday, September 16th, I gave a presentation at the inaugural Canadian Theopolitans conference (www.canadiantheopolitans.ca). The presentation was based on a chapter in my forthcoming book entitled "Creating Superman," and explores the history and philosophy of transhumanism, and the importance of the transhumanist ideology on the world stage today. In this week's episode, I'm sharing that presentation here on the podcast. It covers some material that I've already covered in previous episodes, but puts all of that information in one (relatively) concise package. What is transhumanism, why should we care, and how should we as Christians respond to the danger of transhumanism?
Dan 11:32 Episode 63: The Shortcuts of Identity Politics
People have four great hopes: a second innocence after long immersion in a broken world, a justice that is clean and without ambiguity, a security that cannot be undermined, and a world in which there are no more difficult labours. In this episode, we will consider the ways in which Identity Politics attempts to provide shortcuts to the realization of these hopes, with reference to Joshua Mitchell's book American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of our Time.
Dan 11:32 Episode 62: The Psychology of Totalitarianism V
In this episode we conclude our look at Mattias Desmet's book The Psychology of Totalitarianism, drawing some conclusions and offering an evaluation of Desmet's conclusions.
Dan 11:32 Episode 61: Transgression, Guilt, and the Scapegoat
This week I read a letter that was published on the Aquila Report, and talk about the way in which identity politics twists the Christian concepts of transgression, innocence, and the scapegoat for its own purposes.
Dan 11:32 Episode 60: The Psychology of Totalitarianism IV
In this episode I go through chapters seven and eight of Mattias Desmet's 2022 book The Psychology of Totalitarianism. In this week's episode we'll look at "The Leader and the Masses," and "Conspiracy and Ideology."
Dan 11:32 Episode 59: The Psychology of Totalitarianism III
This week we'll continue our journey through Mattias Desmet's The Psychology of Totalitarianism, and work our way through the fifth and sixth chapters - "The Desire for a Master," and "The Rise of the Masses."
Dan 11:32 Episode 58: The Psychology of Totalitarianism II
This week we'll look at the third and fourth chapters of Mattias Desmet's 2022 book The Psychology of Totalitarianism. In these chapters, Desmet discusses the goals of the mechanistic ideology, and the method that adherents of this ideology uses to gather knowledge. This episode follows up on last week's episode, which discusses the introduction and first two chapters of the book, so if you haven't already listened to that episode, I recommend that you start there!
Dan 11:32 Episode 57: The Psychology of Totalitarianism I
This week I begin a detailed look at Mattias Desmet's 2022 book The Psychology of Totalitarianism, in which he explains the nature of "mass formation" and its results. In this episode we'll go through the introduction and the first two chapters of the book, in which Desmet begins to discuss the issue of Science and its Psychological Effects.
Dan 11:32 Episode 56: Sexual Revolutions
This week's episode is a preview of my forthcoming book, How In The World Did We Get Here? Today I read Chapter 4, "Sexual Revolutions," which explores the Twentieth Century sexual revolutions which have shaped our prevailing culture's views on sexuality, marriage, family, and the relationship between the sexes.
Dan 11:32 Episode 55: Living in Fear?
In this week's episode, I address the question of how we should live in the light of the concerning current events and trends that we are witnessing and experiencing. Does expressing concern about the state of the world mean that we are living in fear? And does speaking out about these issues make us fear-mongers?
Dan 11:32 Episode 54: Fathers Are Essential
Following up on the previous two episodes focusing on family life and the important role that parents have in their children's lives, this week we consider the role of fathers, especially as it relates to their responsibility toward their sons. Is there a "crisis of masculinity" in our society? And if so, what is behind it?
Dan 11:32 Episode 53: Day Care Deception
This week's episode follows up on last week's discussion of the "separationist" trend, focusing specifically on the issue of government-subsidized universal daycare and the way the separation of children from their mothers continues to be encouraged. Beginning with Brian C. Robertson's book, Day Care Deception: What The Childcare Establishment Isn't Telling Us, we'll examine the question of who benefits from the move from in-home parental care to institutional care of children outside the home. Hint: it's neither children nor their parents!
Dan 11:32 Episode 52: Home-Alone America
Experts tell us that absence of parents in children's lives is not as damaging as we may imagine it to be. In this episode, we examine that claim, using Mary Eberstadt's 2004 book Home-Alone America as our starting point.
Dan 11:32 Episode 51: "We invented the cow" - Hubris and Lab-Grown Meat
In this week's episode, we take a look at a recently-published article about "cultivated meat," and the way in which the narrative is being shaped to promote the consumption of meat substitutes grown in bioreactors.
Dan 11:32 Episode 50: Agriculture and the Food System
This week's episode is a conversation with Dwayne Faber, an American dairy farmer, writer, and public speaker, about a number of issues surrounding the production of food and the agricultural industry. In a wide-ranging conversation, we touch on issues including environmentalism, food security, GMOs, and how to think of these issues in a way that is shaped by our Christian worldview.
Dwayne's website is https://dwaynefaber.com/, and he can be found on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/dfaber84.
Dan 11:32 Episode 49: The Rockefellers Reset the Table
In this week's episode we take a look at the Rockefeller Foundation's 2020 policy paper, "Reset the Table," and examine the way in which this organization is seeking to shape the narrative about the "food system" in the United States (and the world).
Dan 11:32 Episode 48: Technocracy in America
In this week's episode we follow up on last week's discussion of Klaus Schwab's "great narrative" by taking a more in-depth look at the ideology and practical outworking of the technocratic system of government, using Parag Khanna's 2017 book Technocracy in America as our starting point.
Dan 11:32 Episode 47: The Great Narrative
Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum want to make their ideas "palatable so that a large majority of citizens embrace them." In order to accomplish this goal, they have come up with their own "Great Narrative" - their own understanding of the challenges that the world is facing, and how those challenges can be dealt with. In this episode, we'll look at Klaus Schwab's latest book, The Great Narrative For a Better Future, and evaluate the worldview that Schwab is promoting, as well as his proposed solutions.
Dan 11:32 Episode 46: The Ad Council
You may remember Smokey Bear, or McGruff the Crime Dog. You may see or hear "public service announcements" brought to you by the same folks who brought you those famed commercial characters of old, The Advertising Council. But what is the Ad Council? Who runs it, and who funds it? In this episode, we'll look at the Ad Council and the role it plays in propagandizing the masses.
Dan 11:32 Episode 45: Privacy and Power
As the sphere of personal privacy continues to shrink and attacks on privacy rights worsen, the issue of privacy is very much a living concern. In this episode we discuss the relationship between privacy and power, the history and meaning of privacy, and why it is so important to us to maintain and fight for the right to privacy.
Dan 11:32 Episode 44: Obedience to Authority
Stanley Milgram's 1962 experiment investigated the human tendency to obey authority figures, even when that obedience meant acting against one's own moral principles. In this episode, we take a look at Milgram's experiment and some of the conclusions that he drew, and apply these conclusions in today's world.
Dan 11:32 Episode 43: A Chat About Freedom Convoy 2022
In this week's episode I sat down with Tim Jonker and William Ravensbergen to speak about their participation in the Freedom Convoy and the Ottawa protest in recent weeks. We talk about their experiences from the beginning of the convoy to its ignominious end last week, and speak about how their Christian faith led them to take part in this protest, what it accomplished, and where we go from here.
Dan 11:32 Episode 42: The State of Exception and the Confessions
In this week's episode I speak with Pr. Nathan Zekveld about what our Reformed confessions have to say about the current situation in Canada and elsewhere. The confessions, especially the Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism, have a lot to say about how the Church, and we as individual Christians, should deal with issues such as lockdowns, decrees forbidding or limiting corporate worship, and participation in peaceful protest. We address these issues from the perspective of our confessions, and the Word of God, upon which they are based.
Dan 11:32 Episode 41: A Conversation about Romans 13
In this episode I'm joined by Pr. Tim Schouten for a conversation about Romans 13. Over the past two years, this passage of Scripture has been debated and discussed by many Christians. We discuss what this passage means, what the broader context of Scripture has to teach us about submission to authorities, and how we should apply it today.
Dan 11:32 Episode 40: Appearance on Real Talk
Late last week I sat down for a conversation with Tyler and Lucas from the Real Talk podcast. We talked about a number of the issues that I've been addressing on Dan 11:32, including propaganda, the corporate media, big tech, and even the truckers' protest. I really enjoyed our conversation, and encourage you to check out the Real Talk podcast!
Dan 11:32 Episode 39: Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, Pt. II
As a massive convoy of truckers and their supporters makes it way to Canada's capital, attracting enthusiastic support and a lot of attention around the world, we consider Saul Alinsky's thirteen "rules for radicals," and how these rules relate specifically to the reaction to this movement.
Dan 11:32 Episode 38: Saul Alinksky's Rules For Radicals, Pt. 1
The influence of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals has had a pernicious effect on the political sphere since its publication in 1971. In this episode, we'll begin an examination of Alinsky's tactics, and the ideology that forms their foundation: pragmatic action to win power. In order to fight wisely, we need to know our enemy and the methods he uses, so that we recognize them for what they are and learn how to counter them.
Dan 11:32 Episode 37: The Public Health Crisis as a Crisis of Faith
For the past two years, much of the world has been in a near-permanent "state of exception" because of what is described as a "public health crisis." In this episode, we consider the importance of the current situation as a battle of worldviews, using Giorgio Agamben's article "Religion as Medicine" as our starting point.
Dan 11:32 Episode 36: The Mask as Religious Talisman
People who oppose mask mandates are often characterized as selfish individualists who care more about their personal comfort than for the safety, well-being, and comfort of others. In this episode, we challenge that mischaracterization of "anti-maskers" by going back in time to 1957, and an article about the use of masks in tuberculosis wards. We'll see how the use of masks as a religious talisman is a serious issue that should lead us to challenge the idea that obeying mask mandates is beneficial or even morally acceptable.
Dan 11:32 Episode 35: Do What You Believe
In this year-end show, we take a look at the year that has almost come to a close, and look forward to the year ahead. As the title of Steve Deace's recent book says, "Do what you believe, or you won't be free to believe it much longer." Using portions of Deace's book, we'll consider why it appears that freedom is endangered by encroaching tyranny, and how best to do what we believe.
Dan 11:32 Episode 34: How to Deal With the Veils of Distortion
Last week we considered how the news media distorts reality and warps the minds of uncritical consumers. In this week's episode, we'll consider 10 things that we can do to, in the words of John Zada, "mitigate the impact the news has on our individual lives, and on our society."
Dan 11:32 Episode 33: Veils of Distortion - How the News Media Warps our Minds
In this week's episode, we examine how the news media distorts reality and, in the words of author John Zada, "warps our minds" when we fail to be critical and skeptical consumers of its product.
Dan 11:32 Episode 32: Understanding the Vision of the Anointed
Thomas Sowell refers to the intellectual elite as "The Anointed," and their ideology as "The Vision of the Anointed." In this episode we continue the discussion of Episode 30 about this vision, its presuppositions and goals, and how to see through the often articulate arguments of "the anointed."
Dan 11:32 Episode 31: The Vaccine Wars - A Battle of Worldviews
In his book Dispatches from the Vaccine Wars, Dr. Christopher A. Shaw devotes a chapter to "Vaccine Ideology and Religion." In this episode, we'll use Shaw's book as a springboard to discuss the debate over vaccines and vaccine mandates in the context of two contrasting worldviews, and the religious nature of the modern medical and scientific establishment.
Dan 11:32 Episode 30: Intellectuals, Experts, and the Intelligentsia
In today's episode, we consider the place of the "intellectual class" in our world. We'll consider the dangers of deferring to what Thomas Sowell calls "the Anointed Class," the intelligentsia, and the class of experts whose influence only continues to grow. We also discuss why it's so important for us to know what the intellectual class is up to, since its ideas act as a contagion that threaten to infect the whole of society, and how we can confidently stand our ground in this battle.
Dan 11:32 Episode 29: UNESCO's Foundational Ideology
In this episode we examine the guiding principles behind the United Nations' Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as outlined by Julian Huxley, the organization's first Director, in his book UNESCO: Its Purpose and Philosophy.
Dan 11:32 Episode 28: Alfred Kinsey and the "Science" Behind the Sexual Revolution
One of the most important factors leading to the "Sexual Revolution" of the 20th Century was the publication of The Kinsey Report (Sexual Behavior in the Human Male) in 1948. In this episode, we'll examine the work of Alfred Kinsey, his methodology, the contents of his report, and look at how his study led to societal changes that continue to the present day.
Dan 11:32 Episode 27: Margaret Mead - A Case Study in Academic Dishonesty
Margaret Mead's book "Coming of Age in Samoa" took the world by storm when it was published in 1928, and, according to Sherwood Washburn, "influenced the way people were brought up in the United States" (and throughout the western world, really). It was not until the 1980s that Mead's study was revealed as being a serious misrepresentation of the culture and character of Samoa. But by that time, the damage had already been done. In this episode, we take a look at Margaret Mead's work - a case study in academic and intellectual dishonesty.
Dan 11:32 Episode 26: Liberation Theology and the Social Justice Movement
In this episode we continue our study of the social justice movement in the evangelical church by introducing the topic of Liberation Theology. We see that there are various types of connections between the Liberation Theology movement and the current movement for "social justice" within the church, and that the history of Liberation Theology has a lot to teach us about how we should evaluate the Social Justice movement.
Dan 11:32 Episode 25: Social Justice and the Bible
As we continue our study of "social justice," we turn to several Scripture passages that are among many used by Christian advocates of the social justice movement - Exodus 22, Job 29, and Leviticus 25, and consider whether they can rightly be used to support the tenets of the social justice movement. d
Dan 11:32 Episode 24: A Brief Introduction to "Social Justice"
We hear a lot about "social justice," but not a lot about what "justice" actually is, let alone "social" justice. In this episode, we begin an in-depth look at the issues surrounding social justice, starting with definitions of "justice" and "social justice."
Dan 11:32 Episode 23: Augmenting Humans for Fun and Profit (and Military Success)
In May 2021, the British Department of Defence, in partnership with the German Bundeswehr Office for Defence Planning, published "Human Augmentation: The Dawn of a New Paradigm." In this episode, we continue to explore the important theme of Transhumanism, as we examine this publication to learn about the presuppositions behind the military Transhumanist agenda, and the dangers inherent to human augmentation.
Dan 11:32 Episode 22: Canada's Transhumanist Future
Policy Horizons Canada has looked into our future, and has discovered that it is transhumanist. In this episode, we take an in-depth look at Policy Horizons' document, "Exploring Biodigital Convergence." We examine the worldviews that shape the forecasts being made by this Canadian governmental organization, and evaluate its conclusions according to the Biblical, Christian worldview. Is there a "Brave New World" in our future? Or does it look more like a dystopian nightmare?
Policy Horizons Canada: https://horizons.gc.ca/en/about-us/
Exploring Biodigital Convergence: https://horizons.gc.ca/en/2020/02/11/exploring-biodigital-convergence/
The Global Foresight Group: http://theglobalforesightgroup.com/about
Dan 11:32 Episode 21: An Introduction to Technocracy
What does a 100 year-old political movement have to do with our rapidly-changing 21st Century society? As it turns out, a whole lot!
In this episode, we begin an in-depth look at Technocracy, using Patrick Wood's book Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation as our starting point.
Patrick Wood's website is www.technocracy.news, (not technocracy.info, as I mistakenly mention in this episode), and it is a very helpful source for the most up-to-date news on how the technocratic agenda is progressing on the world stage.
Dan 11:32 Episode 20: Monkey/Human Hybrids at the Salk Institute
Over the past year we have heard this refrain more and more: "Don't question the science." In this episode, we'll take a look at the chimerical research being done at the Salk Institute in California, and what this type of research means for our understanding of the purpose, place, and ethics of science. When it often appears that the question guiding scientific experimentation is, "What can we do," and not, "What should we do," there are many serious questions that need to be asked, and serious decisions to be made about the place, role, and limitations of science.
Dan 11:32 Episode 19: Conspiracy Reality Again - Canada and the Great Reset
Many, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, claim that any concern about the "Great Reset" is just a "conspiracy theory." In this episode, we learn that it is anything but, as we look at the Canada Beyond 150 document, "Capital and Debt."
Dan 11:32 Episode 18: When "Conspiracy" becomes... Reality?
Last week, what had previously been considered a "conspiracy theory" worthy of censure was suddenly transformed into an acceptable subject to be discussed on Facebook. In this episode, we consider what happens when "conspiracy theory" becomes "conspiracy reality."
Dan 11:32 Episode 17: Dumbing Us Down
In this episode we learn how to create a mass society made up of compliant and unthinking followers - in other words, the history of compulsory schooling. Beginning with John Taylor Gatto's book The Underground History of American Education, we see one of the ideological movements that has led us to the situation in which we find ourselves today.
Dan 11:32 Episode 16: Preaching Eugenics
What happens when Christian leaders jump on the bandwagon of the latest “scientific” fad? The acceptance of eugenics by many Christians in the early 20th Century provides one example of how the forces of wickedness work to co-opt the church, and how successful they can be. In this episode, I go through some of the history, and speak about why this history is very relevant today.
Dan 11:32 Episode 15: Margaret Sanger's Pivot of Civilization
In 1922 Margaret Sanger's best-known book, The Pivot of Civilization, was published. In this episode we'll take an in-depth look at Sanger's message in this book, and the influence that her ideology continues to have on society nearly a hundred years later.
Dan 11:32 Episode 14: Sir Francis Galton, Father of Eugenics
"Eugenics" is “the study or practice of attempting to improve the human gene pool by encouraging the reproduction of people considered to have desirable traits and discouraging or preventing the reproduction of people considered to have undesirable traits.” In this episode, we examine the work and legacy of Sir Francis Galton, and the continuing influence of eugenicist ideology on the spirit of the age in the 21st Century.
Dan 11:32 Episode 13: Arthur Koestler, Transhumanism, Morality Pills
In this episode we continue to explore transhumanist ideology, focusing on Arthur Koestler's 1968 book The Ghost in the Machine. Why is this important in 2021? Because Koestler's ideology is alive and well, and more dangerous than ever, as we can see in the work of a bioethicist who argues that a "morality pill" could be a solution to the Covid19 "pandemic."
Dan 11:32 Episode 12: The Media Is Not Your Friend, Part II
Do you ever get the feeling that you're being sold a bill of goods? That you're being played? That you're being manipulated? In this episode we discuss "artificial scarcity," a marketing technique that has come to the fore recently, as the issue of "vaccine envy" has suddenly become a thing.
Dan 11:32 Episode 11: The Big Ideas - Transhumanism
In this episode we look at the meaning of transhumanism and the roots of transhumanist ideology, by examining the work of Julian Huxley, who coined the term. This is another one of the "big ideas" that are shaping 21st Century culture, and understanding the poisonous root of this ideology will help us to deal with its poisonous fruit!
Dan 11:32 Episode 10: The Big Ideas - Utopia
What can a book published in 1516 teach us about the dangers confronting us in the 21st Century? As it turns out, a whole lot! In this episode, we consider Thomas More's "Utopia," utopian thinking, and why utopianism is such a destructive and dangerous ideology.
Dan 11:32 Episode 9: The Perils of Big Tech II - Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook is one of the "big four" tech giants that has taken over the world over the past two decades. In this episode we explore the history of Facebook, the story of Mark Zuckerberg, and talk about the dangers inherent to this social network and the way it's being used to shape society.
Dan 11:32 Episode 8: Propaganda, Pt.3 - Joost Meerloo
In 1956, Dr. Joost Meerloo published "The Rape of the Mind: The Psychology of Thought Control, Menticide, and Brainwashing." In this episode we summarize some of Meerloo's work on the techniques of mind control used in wartime, in totalitarian societies, and their use in propaganda today - and how we can be prepared to counter the effects of propaganda in our own lives.
Dan 11:32 Episode 7: Conspiracy Realities, Part I - H.G. Wells
H.G. Wells is best-known today as one of the "fathers of science fiction," as the author of The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Time Machine. But his lasting legacy goes far beyond his contributions to literature. In this episode of Dan 11:32, we'll look at Wells's "Open Conspiracy," his visions for a future technocratic society, and the continuing importance of his ideas.
Dan 11:32 Episode 6: The Media Is Not Your Friend, Part I
How can we use critical thinking skills to avoid being deceived by the distorted messages that the media is sending out? In this episode, I examine two specific examples to show how the corporate media is shaping the news, and why.
Dan 11:32 Episode 5: The Perils of Big Tech, Part I
As the influence of Big Tech continues to make itself felt, its dangers become all the more apparent. This episode introduces the issues surrounding the tech giants and their place in our lives.
Dan 11:32 Episode 4: Conspiracy Theory? Or Conspiracy Reality?
"Conspiracy theory" and "conspiracy theorist" are two phrases that have been thrown around more and more over the past year. In this episode I talk about my preferred expression: "Conspiracy Realism."
Dan 11:32 Episode 3: Propaganda, Pt. II
Continuing our discussion of propaganda, we turn to the "father of public relations," Edward Bernays, and his 1928 book, Propaganda.
Dan 11:32 Episode 2: Propaganda, Pt. I
Part I of a discussion of propaganda, beginning with a look at Jacques Ellul's book Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes. We live in a propaganda society. What does this mean, and how can we avoid getting sucked in by it?
Dan 11:32 Episode 1: Welcome
Welcome to Dan 11:32, where we seek to equip Christians to "stand firm and take action." In our first episode, Jim Witteveen explains the purpose behind the Dan 11:32 podcast, and what he hopes to accomplish with it. Join us!