Fight the Power

The revolution won’t be televised, but it will be broadcast to the world on today’s long-awaited Remnant, in which Jonah is joined by Revolutions podcast host and fellow history obsessive Mike Duncan. Over an exceptionally nerdy hour, they explore how Mike prepares for his podcast, whether America’s ghastly political situation really does resemble the decline of the Roman Republic, and why even Hamilton can’t convince the French to love the Marquis de Lafayette. They also dig as deeply into revolutionary history as you’d expect, comparing the French and American revolutions and discussing how studying the Haitian revolution transformed Mike’s outlook. Stay tuned for the references to Burke, Marx, and Yuval Levin sprinkled throughout.

Show Notes:


Mike’s new book on Lafayette, Hero of Two Worlds

Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments

Samuel Rawson Gardner’s history of the English Civil War

Christopher Hill on the English Revolution

The great man theory of history

The March of Folly, by Barbara Tuchman

A Time to Build, for all of you bingo card holders

Reflections on the Revolution in France

Irving Kristol: “The American Revolution as a Successful Revolution”

Mike breaks down the Haitian Revolution

Pauline Maier on the Declaration of Independence

The Storm Before the Storm

Jonah: “This Was Always the Plan”

Government by rabble-rousing

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