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.
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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|
||Show 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.