Common Sense with Dan Carlin
By Dan Carlin
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Common Sense with Dan Carlin is an independent look at politics and current events from popular New Media personality Dan Carlin. Carlin's self-described "Martian" viewpoints infuse each episode with a political alien's take on the world around us and the problems it faces. It's a smart, unique (and admittedly U.S.-centric) program that doesn't dumb down the information or analysis for the slowest person in the room. Carlin's rapid-fire staccato voice has been compared to William Shatner after too many espressos. That, plus his penchant for making everyone in the audience mad at him eventually, makes for a witch's brew of a podcast that is not for everyone. But for those craving a deeper intellectual analysis, a less partisan approach and unpredictable outside-the-box revelations, Common Sense with Dan Carlin is a feast for the mind.
||CleanShow 311 - Trumped||Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 310 - Or Else||What happens if our nation's problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn't help? Dan reminds us that he's not a moderate, and that you probably aren't either.||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies||Secrecy, hacking, information leaks, whistle-blowers, foreign-operative propaganda pushers, disinformation, election tampering and the search for any truth in cyberspace occupy Dan's thoughts in this show.||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 308 - Return of the Podcaster||After a brief hiatus to finish his other podcast, Dan has a huge backlog of material to cover. The presidential race, foreign affairs and racial and cultural questions take center stage.||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 307 - Revenge of the Gangrenous Finger||This show has a "chickens coming home to roost" feel to it, but maybe in a positive way. It was supposed to be about the recent British vote to leave the EU, but evolved into something larger. Surprise, surprise.||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 306 - Disengaging the Lizard Brain||Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?||6/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 305 - A Catalyst for the Inconceivable||Dan finds the idea of a Donald Trump presidency to be inconceivable. He also thinks a fundamental change in U.S. Foreign Policy is also inconceivable. Could one inconceivable outcome lead to another?||5/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 304 - Speed Dating For Delegates||As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. "Anger is an Energy" he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.||4/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 303 - The Way You Play The Game Redux||It's not easy to get under Dan's normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump's stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 302 - Of Courts, Cooks and Apples||Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.||2/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 301 - Martian Perspectives||In an election where political outsiders are exceeding all expectations, who better than a political outsider to break down the situation? Dan gives his Martian-style post-Iowa analysis and looks ahead to 2020.||2/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 300 - Trecenti||Fantasies about electoral chaos, calls for political prudence and martian thoughts on an anti-federal government standoff in Oregon help stuff this episode chock full of what most of you love about this show.||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 299 - The War on Bad Thoughts||A mass shooting in California is tied to an American-born Muslim.Can any defense prevent homegrown terror while leaving our rights intact?||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 298 - Innovation Acceleration and Jab Defense||What began as a show speculating about speeding up the pace of technological discoveries morphed into a conversation about effective responses to the November 13th 2015 terror attacks in Paris.||11/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 297 - The Show That Should Not Be||An audio playback glitch results in Dan not being able to work on the overdue Hardcore History show. This effort is what got completed instead. Syria, Russia and the Democratic Presidential Primary debates are discussed.||10/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 296 - Immigration Breakdown||Dan tries to break down some of the issues and add some context to the arguments, nuances and complexities of the current immigration and refugee situation in Europe and the U.S..||9/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 295 - Trumping the Playbook||Dan puts on his pundit hat to analyze the first GOP televised debate. Not surprisingly, while he's no fan of Donald Trump, he finds reasons to be glad there's a political outsider in the race.||8/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 294 - Backdoors to Glass Houses||Experts have said that we are heading towards a future where privacy is dead. Do humans have any say in the matter? Dan talks encryption, personal security vs collective security, and dreams he has.||7/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 293 - Sitting Down with Sam||Dan has an in-depth discussion with author, neuroscientist, philosopher and podcaster Sam Harris about terrorism, violence, Islam, morality in foreign policy and a whole lot of other things.||6/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 292 - Pandering for Liberty||Dan has talked in the past about funding drives to get reformers elected, but this show explores a more "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to achieving public policy goals in a money-dominated system.||6/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 291 - Past Performance & Future Results||Recorded to the soothing background sounds of jackhammers, this show talks about the electorate's collective memory with a bit about riots and partisan self-image thrown in for variety's sake.||5/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 290 - The Illusion of Control||The ideas of secrecy, democracy, special interests and international trade deals are interwoven into this episode that uses the negotiations over two upcoming international trade agreements to highlight current trends.||3/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 289 - Overdue Analysis||Dan has a couple of issues he's been meaning to get to...a bit about guns, a bit about Marijuana, a bit about everyone's Intolerable Oppression limits. He offers a bit of popcorn analysis on all of them.||3/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 288 - Re-heating the Cold War||World tensions spike as the situation in Ukraine seems capable of boiling over into a larger conflict between Russia and the West. Dan blames hubris and political short-sightedness||2/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 287 - Black&White Questions with Cigarettes||The subject of Income Inequality is shaping up to be a major political issue in the 2016 Presidential campaign. Dan has a few thoughts on the subject along with a ton of questions.||1/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 286 - Dissin' & Dueling||Terrorists kill employees of a French magazine for perceived offenses against Islam. The attack highlights a clash of cultures over the limits of Free Expression. Dan examines the motivations and responses involved.||1/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 285 - Torturing our Values||Was torture an effective tool in the War on Terror? As legislators in Washington debate the point, Dan stands up for timeless American values. Also: New deadly police encounters spawn more Ferguson-style protests.||12/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 284 - Topic Overload||Too many things are going on for Dan to keep up. Midterm elections, Mexican violence, survivalist snipers and Taylor Swift's compensation for artists campaign overload this episode.||11/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 283 - Summoning the Demon||This show has something to interest everyone. That is, as long as you are interested in Ebola or Artificial Intelligence. But who isn't?||10/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 282 - Kickstarting the Revolution||Maybe it's the cold medicine, but Dan is in one of his Unify the Electorate moods. He ties a lot into it too. The Internet, Romans, Greeks, Cocaine, corruption and an unvarnished view of reality all play a part. But the cold medicine's there too.||10/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 281 - Controlling the Past||George Orwell famously wrote that "he who controls the past controls the future". In this show Dan deals with the question of political and ideological culture wars on the teaching of history in K-12 education.||9/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 280 - In Search of Context||As usual, no rainbows or unicorns in this episode. Instead it's a very harsh search for context that motivates Dan to discuss issues he's already discussed recently. But what's more important than ISIS and Ukraine?||9/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 279 - If It Even Saves One||A police shooting in Missouri sparks unrest, and the paramilitary response is making headlines. Also, Islamic radicals in Iraq threaten the lives of many locals, how should the world respond?||8/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 278 - Uyguristic Perspectives||Dan Talks to Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks, gets his view on current events, discusses his Wolf-Pac reform idea and probes his thoughts on the future of media.||7/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 277 - Riding Chaos to Stasis||The Middle East seems to be imploding. Dan thinks this is likely all part of a natural process of redrawing artificial borders and re-balancing power relationships. But that doesn't mean it's going to be fun to live through.||6/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 276 - Past Transgressions||Imagine celebrities from the 1960s and 1970s who were involved in sexual conduct with minors in their heyday being called to account for it today. It's currently happening in Great Britain. Dan has some thoughts.||6/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 275 - The Specter of Dissent||The worst nightmare of the global Establishment isn't Islamic terrorism, it's critical mass levels of domestic dissent. If that's your worst worry, wouldn't you use every tool you had to forestall it? Dan thinks they are.||5/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Grab yer coat and get yer hat, son!
Dan's the real deal. While the political flacks point accusing fingers at each other across The Great Divide, Dan's finger is pointing right at the heart of what everyone should be thinking about when it comes to things political. Be ye a crusty conservative, a lefty liberal, or a muddled moderate, you'll find Dan's brand of, well, COMMON SENSE to be irresistable. Strap in, the ride can get bumpy at times, but the destination is worth it!
He provides a novel take on many issues. He provides a lot of energy in his show and paces it well. He doesn't follow any partisan line, which is unique among any political opinion. Like him or don't like him that's your choice, but this one is a must listen!
This show is disturbing
I look forward to Dan's show and have even listened to one or two of them twice (Buchanan on Empire in particular). Even if you don't agree with what he says, the fact that he consistently reveals to us that the two major parties consistently lie to us and don't even try to cover it up has to disturb you. Dan reminds us that Democracy and Freedom require hard work, they require diligence, they require compromise, and they require our vigilence. The fact is, the very purpose of government is not to give us freedom, but to take freedom away (like the freedom to kill, steal, etc). But if we aren't paying attention (which 95% of Americans are not, most of the time), then the government will take away more and more freedoms until we find ourselves far afield of the free democracy that we all want so much. Dan's show helps call our attention back to these basic concepts of democracy and freedom and will always disturb you, but in a way that you are likely to be grateful for. Keep them coming, Dan.