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Fascists, Neo-Pagans, and Monied Interests: The Olympics are More Interesting than you Think

While the contemporary Olympics are loosely based on an Ancient Greek celebration, they are a modern invention. The International Olympic Committee was founded by Pierre de Fr├ędy, Baron de Courbetin in Paris. The IOC was founded in the wake of French military defeat during the Franco-Prussian War at the hands of the German Empire. Courbetin, […]

The Story of Prohibition

Beginning in the 1910’s and ’20’s a unique social experiment was attempted. The Temperance Movement became successful in its longtime goal to criminalize the sale and consumption of alcohol; speakeasies, Al Capone, and Jazz became ubiquitous symbols of the era. However, Prohibition was a uniquely North American phenomenon. while there were minor Temperance Societies in […]