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Diversity + proximity = war. That is the proposition under discussion. I start off with Northern Ireland, Bosnia and a hundred other places. Brian counters with London and its many little communities.

On our way we consider the libertarian approach to the Red Army, terrorism and - inevitably - Islam.

Eventually, we manage to get off that particular subject and end up talking about Brexit, the greatest Briton and the secret Jews in Shakespeare’s time.

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In this last part we talk about history. David Starkey, Michael Portillo and K. G. B. Taylor all rate a mention. 

By the way, Brian sent me a link which explains a bit more about our Gary Halliday mystery. After a bit more Googling I discovered that it was Gary Halliday that made way for Doctor Who.

 

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This time we get back to talking about sport and then talk about the wisdom of Boris Becker aged 17; David Beckham “I don’t regard thinking about an answer before you give it is evidence of stupidity” and why Big Internet is biased towards the left.

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In this part (recorded a week after Part IV) we begin with a bit of re-capitulation and talk about the A-Team; “fatuously enjoyable” is Brian’s verdict. After that we start flying off on tangents discussing such things as cultural assumptions and the importance of rationality. On the way we do manage to mention in passing Doctor Who, Wheeler Dealers and Monty Python. “[John Cleese] stopped being funny ever since he started seeing a psychiatrist.” as Brian says.

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Can TV be a force for freedom? Surely not! But Brian makes the case that it was one of the factors that led to victory in the Cold War.

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“[Sport] sucks all the fascism out of real life and stuffs it into a football stadium where it belongs.”

Yup, we’re talking about sport on TV. This may be where I explain how it’s a great alternative to mogadon. But it might not be. 

And after sport we talk about the Doctor Who missing episodes and missing episodes generally before (somehow) getting on to the subject of Jane Austen and violence. 

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In this part we mainly discuss the impact TV had on crime. Brian thinks it had quite a lot.

Also the Gary Halliday mystery gets a little less mysterious. OK, so we don’t know who he was, what he did or where he came from, we do get to find out that he had a rag.

In the previous post I may have suggested that this podcast will end up having 5 parts. I was wrong. It looks like we're going to end up with 7.

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This podcast has had something of a troubled beginning. First of all, we ran out of space on the SD card meaning that 10 minutes of the greatest conversation in history is now lost for ever. It was mainly about cricket.

Then, we found that although Brian had plenty to say I had few questions to ask which rather put the damper on things. At that point we decided to abandon and come back another day. Which we did. The second session was much better and much longer. In fact we gabbled on for so long we had to have the odd break.

The upshot is that we have ended up with 5 parts. In Part I Brian states that he likes TV and that "proper" TV involves implausibly good-looking people doing implausible things. Sadly we never do get to find out who Gary Halliday is.

Other parts will be posted up as they become available i.e. when I get round to editing them.

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Usually it's me doing the interviewing but since I am the resident expert on the First World War for once I am the interviewee. But don't worry Micklethwait fans, Brian does plenty if not a majority of the speechifying.

We start off by talking about why Britain went to war.

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Most Cobden Centre supporters will be thoroughly familiar with Detlev Schlichter through his book Paper Money Collapse and his blog The Schlichter Files.  In this podcast I ask how it is that the collapse he predicted in the book has been averted.  Detlev explains how western governments have propped up their banks, how we have seen a massive change in the money creation process and how inflation expectations will act as the trigger for the final collapse.

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