Authoritarianism is on the rise around the world. And Timothy Snyder wants to push back against this tide. A history professor at Yale University who’s written widely on Europe and the Holocaust, he takes an unusual approach in his little book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century”. This episode features the lecture he gave in Toronto and a follow-up conversation with host Paul Kennedy.
I really enjoyed the first episode. The second episode was well made but I enjoyed it less. The first episode showed Michael’s joy of discovery. The second episode was about action and explosions. I want a Star Trek that’s about the joy of discovery. I’m also concerned about the way this series (and really all Star Trek series) racializes conflict. It feels like the Klingons are a stand in for Islam in a “Clash of Civilizations”. They’re being depicted as a culture which is absolutely incapable of imagining a relationship that isn’t about conflict and one party dominating the other. The Federation is presumably about Western Enlightenment culture, but it ignores the “sins” of Western culture including slavery and the crusades. I hope that future episodes will move away from the Klingon war and more into the joy of discovery but based on the trailers I’m dubious.
The CBC podcast “On Drugs” has an interesting show about the relationship, both good and bad, between music and drugs. Unfortunately, they left out the most common, and dangerous drug in the music scene, alcohol.