Safe for Democracy
By Jonathan Coumes
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A look at the foreign policy disasters of the United States and their long-term consequences, both for the people in question and for the world today.
||CleanIran VIII Part One: The War||Hey folks— It’s explained in the show, but the tortured titling here comes from that I promised the last Iran show this week, and in what’s to me the most important sense, I delivered. It’s written, recorded, edited, all that. It’s just not up||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnouncement—6.11.2017||No show today folks, just some straight dope on whats happening here at SFD||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Ends and Means, Again||Matching ends to means, the Kennedy Administration, and the War on Terror||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIran VII: The Revolution in Power||Hey Folks, This one’s number twelve, and while we’re not done with Iran yet, number thirteen, Iran VIII and the very last Iran show, come hell or high water, is gonna be here in three weeks or less. I get into it a bit in the show, but time&#||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLying in Politics||Not a whole lot of news this time out. The title of the post is obviously drawn from the essay in Hannah Arendt’s Crises of the Republic. Which we should all read, but if the point of this show is that politicians stopped believing the American pub||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIran VI: Revolution||Alright, here we are, finally. The Iranian Revolution of 1979. There’s still some groundwork to be laid, but we’re getting there this episode, full stop. Let’s take a look at some of the folks coming to center stage. Here we’ve go||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Plan for Mexico||What the next Mexican President can and ought to do about the USs drug problem.||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—State||More like Rex KILLERson||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe End of the World—A Conversation with Rob Morris||Hey Everybody— Like I said up on the FB page on Monday, I wasn’t skipping this week, I just had a date with Rob Morris yesterday. Short show notes, but remember: Rate and review the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or whatever else you use. An earthquake||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Collapse||Hey Everybody— I was on the road a little longer than I thought I’d be and I missed last week’s show and for that I’m sorry. But I’ve got one this week, and I’ll be away from rural Tennessee and back in Mexico by next Monday||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSFD Short—Bad Patriotism||I’ve been thinking about patriotism in the US for a long time, long enough to have written this for the College Dems’ newspaper back at Georgetown. There’s something about how everybody wants to be a patriot without ever consider||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Abolish the Army||This is another one of those topics I’ve been thinking about for a long while, at least since I wrote this cute little essay sophomore year: And I think it ties in with what we were talking about a couple of weeks ago in the short on T. R. Fehrenba||8/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPolitico Is Full of It—A Conversation with Rob Morris||Hey all, I had this chat with Rob back in June, when some of you might have caught it live or on Rob’s Youtube channel, the More Freedom Foundation. I didn’t get it re-edited and trimmed down for a podcast until this past week, and here it is||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Ends and Means||Well, this is the tenth short, which means we’re putting out a helluva lot more content this year than last, and I hope that’s to the good. Our very first Patreon-exclusive news analysis show is going up this week, so head to our page to chec||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—American Legions||Hey folks, Not much to report but that the next Iran show is coming along and that my first Patreon-exclusive show is going up probably early next week. We’re talking this time around about TR Fehrenbach, a major in the US Army during the Korean Wa||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Grand Theories||Well, like I can’t remember if but might have said last week, we’re back from hiatus and onto regular production again, which means a show for you this Monday. It’s kind of an experimental one today, with a whole lot of half baked but i||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIran V: The White Revolution||Here we are, the absolute last episode (I promise) before we get to the Iranian Revolution and, I think, the Iran-Iraq War. In this episode, we’re covering the Shah’s White Revolution, the new liberal, socialist Shi’ite theologians like||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Storming and Norming||Hey folks, I know I’m running a little late on the next Iran show, but with some law school stuff, a family reunion, and a neat little piece I’m putting together on Ancient Aliens for The Awl all done by the end of this week, I should have th||6/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversation with Rob Morris—Iran v Saudi Arabia: Backing the Wrong Horse||Hey folks, does just about what it says on the box. We’re having another conversation with Robert Morris of the More Freedom Foundation, a YouTube Channel (and a website) dedicated, at the moment, to exploring and exposing the toxic relationship th||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Death of the Republic||Hey everybody, so two things I’ve mentioned coming to fruition this week. First, I’m gonna be having another conversation with Rob Morris of the More Freedom Foundation like the one we did a few weeks ago. That is, if I can find a library stu||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Alternate Realities||“Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the Unicorn, “if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass Another SFD short brought to you already by SFD. I’m going to||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIran IV: America’s Dictator||Hey folks. We’re getting on with it, but research and length got away from me again, and it’ll be another episode before we’re edging up towards Revolution. For now, though, we’ve got the reign of the Shah. Here’s our boy at||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConversation with Robert Morris of the More Freedom Foundation||I’ve been telling you folks about and pitching you on Rob Morris, who runs the More Freedom Foundation and its YouTube channel, for a couple of weeks now. Well, we got together yesterday and sat down to talk about his new essay and video series, Ev||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Liberal Arts||This is the fourth short, adapted from something I wrote way back in the day when I was still fighting the good fight. I told you folks last week that I’d be having a talk with Robert Morris of the More Freedom Foundation on YouTube Live this week.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Forgetfulness||This is the third short and the first entirely new one, although I’ll get it typed up and post it like any other blog and then link it here sometime this week. The big news this time though is that sometime next week I’ll be having a long con||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Looking at History from the Outside||The next one of these, I think, or the next two (who knows!) will be totally new, but this one, like the last one, does what it says. New intro on this one, but I might shorten it up, given that the eps are shorter. Let me know how you guys are liking (||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSFD Short—Historical Optimism||Hey folks, does what it says on the box. It looks like I might end up in law school this fall, so there’s a fair chance the show is winding down. But I’m going to fill up the interim with episodes, and to that end, I’ll be taking some o||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIran III: Guns of August||Well, we finally made it. I thought I’d blow from the ancient Persian Empire straight through to the plot of Persepolis in one episode, but just like with Guatemala, things got away from me. This time, though, we’re getting to the coup in Aug||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIran II: Nationalization||Here we are at Episode 7. Like I say in the cast, I thought we’d get farther down the road with this one, but podcasts are long and history’s longer, and we’ll have to wait until Episode 8 to get all the way to the coup. In the m||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIran I: Take Up the Burden||Hey everybody, we’re back from hiatus. I spent the fall studying for the LSAT and applying to law schools and scrounging enough cash to stay alive, so the show kind of fell by the wayside. That’s over with now, though, and this next series is set to||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAftermath Part IV||Hey guys. Welcome to the fifth episode of Safe for Democracy, the podcast about the foreign policy disasters of the United States in the 20th century. This is the fourth part of a series exploring the violent aftermath of the US-backed coup against Ja||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAftermath Part III||Hey everybody, and welcome to the fourth episode of Safe for Democracy, the podcast about the foreign policy disasters of the United States in the 20th century. This is the third part of a series exploring the violent aftermath of the US-backed coup aga||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAftermath Part II||Hi, and welcome to the third episode of Safe for Democracy. Which is the second part of the Aftermath, which, in four shows, is the second part of our overarching series on Guatemala. Simple. Last time we worked our way from the coup against Jacob||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAftermath Part I||Hey everybody, welcome to Safe for Democracy and our second episode. If you’ve listened to the first podcast, you know that we’d originally planned to do a quick one-two, one episode for the coup in 1954 and one to cover what happened afterwa||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Coup||Hey, welcome to the first full episode of Safe for Democracy. We’re going to be looking at Guatemala from 1930 or so until 1954, in the lead-up to the coup against President Jacobo Arbenz in the June of that year. What comes after we’||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntro Episode||This is just a primer for anybody whos interested in the shape of this project, the arc of its future, and who I am. For everybody else, theres Episode One, which is about Guatemala.||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great unbiased look into the world of US foreign policy decisions and how they affect other countries for decades to come. Can't wait for the next episode!
Thought-provoking and informative
Eye opening, informative and very thorough. A great no-nonsense look at US foreign policy disasters with thoughtful commentary.
Interesting and well-researched!
Such an interesting concept for a podcast series, and incredibly well-researched too!