Urgent: *weak cough*
It’s so good to see you. It’s really crazy that we happened to run into each other here, on my Substack electronic mailing list, of all places.
Me? I’m doing great. Well… not that great. You see, there’s this problem. I need like $5, dude. Please. Just let me hold $5. I’m so weak. It’s like I’m withering away. I just spoke with my doctors and they told me that only $5 a month can possibly heal my numerous physical and mental wounds.
What can I offer you in return? Other than my undying love and gratitude? Well, paid subscribers have access to a number of exclusive articles on history topics. I try to make as many articles free as possible because I think the information is important and want it to be available, but I have to make most of them paid exclusive. Becoming a paid subscriber helps enormously to support my work and future research.
I’m literally begging right now. It’s pathetic, I know. I’m asking you straight up for $5. You reached out your hand to shake mine and I’m not letting go. I’m making eye contact. You notice that I’m sweating. My eyes are bloodshot. I look desperate, on the verge of animal terror. You don’t know what I might do next. You see the glint of my sidearm dangling from the shoulder holster beneath my coat. Please, just a mere $5.
Below is is a list of work you’d be supporting. Read a few articles, see if you like them. I think I’m the only person writing about many of these topics, though they’re important and more people should know about them. I just can’t work for free. If less than 1/4th of 1% of monthly viewers on this Substack became paid subscribers, I wouldn’t have to ask. I probably still would, but I wouldn’t have to.
"Grab the Revolution by the Throat" (Free) - A brief biography of Russian Interior Minister Pyotr Stolypin, with particular focus given to how he successfully ended the massive amounts of far left violence and social disorder that almost toppled the Russian Empire following the 1905 Revolution
General Wrangel asks "What's in a name?" (Paid) - Charts the changing names of the White Army during the Russian Civil War, and the efforts of General Wrangel to finally cut the Gordian Knot of identity in a grand struggle
The 1932 Bonus Army scandal was always communist propaganda (Paid) - Gives a rundown of the infamous gathering of 20,000 veterans with 20,000 other followers in Washington, DC that ended with the US military running everyone out at bayonet point. Surprise: it was a communist psyop
How Marshal Mannerheim saved his country by quitting and telling everyone to fuck off (Paid) - An introduction to the 1918 Finnish Civil War (more on this to come) and the actions that led to Marshal Mannerheim, the national hero of Finland, rising to his role of supreme commander of anti-communist forces
Sacco and Vanzetti were always guilty (Paid) - Provides an overview of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, placing it within the context of the surrounding leftwing terror wave and other unrest. Although a “wrongfully accused” narrative has been built around the pair over the last century, it turns out that the evidence against them was pretty overwhelming and they were both members of a terrorist network
In March 1914, socialist mobs invaded and shook-down churches all over New York City (Paid) - Provides an introduction to the socialist/anarchist International Workers of the World union by detailing a series of violent “protests” they staged in New York City during an economic downturn, targeting local churches. It turns out that people didn’t like the “Wobblies” for pretty understandable reasons
IM-1776 publishes Conundrum Cluster article! (Free) - Provides a link to my new history article “FDR’s Censorship Regime” which was published in the conservative magazine IM-1776. The article describes the clash between FDR’s liberal Office of War Information and studios over a film about Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction
ACLU hero Clarence Darrow bribed juror to try to free bombers who killed 21 people (Free) - Introducing the infamous 1910 Los Angeles Times bombing case, in which union organizers blew up the L.A. Times building as part of a larger terror campaign to silence critics of unions. The explosion and ensuing fire killed 21 innocent people. Influential civil rights lawyer Clarence Darrow took up the union organizers’ case, claimed they were framed, stated that no bombing even occurred and that it was all really a conspiracy by big business, and then got caught red-handed trying to bribe a juror to vote to acquit during the trial. It’s a great story and one that has mostly been scrubbed from Darrow’s legacy as a crusader for truth and justice
ACLU hero Clarence Darrow bribed juror to try to free bombers who killed 21 people (Part II) (Free) - Follow-up to last week’s introduction to the L.A. Bombing case. This article covers the actual juror bribery scheme carried out by hero of American justice Clarence Darrow. If you want to catch up before you start, you can find Part I here
Anarchists almost blew up St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1915 (Paid) - Gives an introduction to anarchist terrorism of the period by recounting the fall of the “Bresci Circle” after a conspiracy to blow up a cathedral in New York City was discovered and infiltrated by the (then brand-new) NYPD bomb squad. The investigation itself is interesting but the trial afterwards, in which liberal lawyers created a bogus civil rights controversy to distract from the bombing, is perhaps more revealing
Two intelligence reports from the American Expeditionary Force in Siberia, 1919 (Free) - Reproduces two very revealing intelligence reports written by a seasoned American diplomat attached to the American military intervention during the Russian Civil War. Examines the role that public morale, passivity, and dysfunction play in revolutionary environments, allowing small groups of unpopular revolutionaries to punch well above their weight. Please read these
America’s “Fighting Mayor” vs the 1919 Seattle General Strike (Paid) - Provides an introduction to the 1919 Seattle General Strike, which in my mind represents a good “opening shot” to the failed (and largely forgotten) leftist revolution attempted in 1919. The crisis was successfully resolved due to the heroic efforts of Mayor Ole Hanson, a very interesting figure in his own right who is also profiled in the article
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