How Fascism and Immigrant Filmmakers Helped Shape the American Identity and Saved Hollywood

Just when Hollywood was on the verge of potentially losing the battle to dominate world cinema due to its commitment to crushing homogeneity of product, Hitler unexpectedly saved the day by sending us the greatest directors and writers of the 1930’s.

The Secular Dimension to Medieval Witch Hunts

Although the Catholic and Protestants were both quite hearty in their pursuit of witches, in the countries where witch hunting really flourished there was also a strong secular government backbone. The lesson to be gained from this correlation of a strong religious and secular movement to accept the idea that witchcraft really existed despite not one iota of evidence is that when religious leaders and government leaders become too intimately intertwined, well, seriously scary scat happens!

Creationism Aztec Style

There has always been a question to how so few Spanish soldiers could have dominated so many Aztec warriors, as well as questions to why Aztec emperor Montezuma acted in such an indecisive manner that probably sealed his fate. The answer may just lay in his belief in this creation myth and how the Spanish soldiers may have represented destruction of yet another world at the hand of Quetzalcoatl.

The Rise of the Modern State

Likewise, Thomson (1994) believes that prior to the nineteenth century war as well as preparation for war had played a significant part in the formation of states in Europe. War was operating in contradictory fashion as it created similarities in the organisation of a state and dissimilarities in international power. In this way, war also impacted the creation of the state as an external factor.

Benazir Bhutto's Frankenstein

What Bhutto meant by that statement was that though the US had clearly achieved its short term goal of undermining the stability of the Soviet Union—and over the course of that historic year of 1989 it would become clear that Jimmy Carter and not Ronald Reagan deserved the most acclaim for bringing down the Soviet Union—it had accomplished this at the cost of a creating long term problems that America’s leaders apparently were quite comfortable in ignoring.