Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 38: Beyond the Wire–Masculinity and Civilization

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Adam Smith, Hans Lander, Nick Mason and Hank Oslo with special guest James LaFond


“Societies in decline have always – as far as I have been able to determine – suffered in the masculine sphere. This is simple to track within monarchies as succeeding generations of kings and emperors becoming increasingly effeminate, with a reactionary phase of ultra-masculine revival often signaling a last gasp of the culture” writes James LaFond in his book ‘Masculine Axis’. In modern America, as periods of apathy and obedience to a corrupt order marked by low amounts of violence burst forth suddenly with outbreaks of violent episodes such as the Baltimore and Ferguson riots in recent years, it is becoming increasingly clear that the system is less and less responsive to the everyday needs of ordinary people, and acting more like a rapid response team in order to quell dissent. The police are there to keep those riots contained – those employed at work, producing, consuming, and paying their taxes – and those who decide to drop out from getting too much traction in the market for ideas. Those in the middle – who cling to their aspirations of becoming members of the elite are the least free – as they can always be bribed to do the bidding of those at the top. To quote Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, however – “only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”


– Roberto Duran v Iran Barkley (Highlights) (1988) –
– Mike Woods with Slate (2015) –
– Baltimore City Police Piglets (2016) –
– Baltimore Cop Caught on Bodycam Planting Drugs at Crime Scene (2017) –
– Baltimore Transit Bus Police Shootout (2017) –
– The Inevitable War, Heartiste (2017) –
– Cus D’Amato | Mike Tyson – Motivational Philosophy –

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  1. SecretForumLurker October 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    The discussion of hub and wheel for an area reminds me of South Orange, NJ vs the immediate surrounding. South Orange is beautiful and green but immediately crossing tracks are little Detroits and you do not stop when driving thru.

    Great interview. Enjoyed greatly.

    1. I know that area very well

  2. I was arrested once driving through a medium to small size city for not paying a ticket. All the cash I had in my wallet was stolen by the police. I don’t know at what point it was stolen or who stole it. I doubt there was anything I could do about it even if I knew who stole it. That was the only time I’ve ever been arrested and I got fleeced.

  3. Ayo hol up, not to be too autistic here but did he say he was 21 in 1997? And now 54?

  4. excellent podcast gentlemen

  5. I was introduced to Mr. Lafond on that Rebel Yell episode mentioned, great guest and interesting topics.

    If I were to choose one of his books to get started on which should it be? Logic of Steel? As was said he is a very prolific writer.

    1. James writes on a breadth of topics, ranging from fighting techniques, history, to modern day issues of civil and not so civil society. Masculine Axis gives a broad overview of his philosophy, Logic of Steel focuses on knife fighting, and other works delve into military history. I’d encourage anyone to check him out at

  6. Chiraqi Insurgent October 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    All the crime problems in major cities are a result of the lack of will to deal with race honestly. But soon there will be nowhere left to flee, white man. Great episode.

    1. SecretForumLurker October 10, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Heaven forbid the white man will have to regain a sense of honor. When that day comes we can welcome them back but force them to put the Doritos bag down

  7. I was reading a passage from his book where he quotes a letter he received from a fan who was recounting his story from 1997.

  8. Really enjoyed this one. My first introduction to Mr. Lafond. Seems like a very interesting man. I recognize that ~Philly/Chester accent. :)

    Glad to hear I’m not the only obsessive and sympathetic Tyson fan. It must be a figment of our generation. I have all his fights on DVD, if anyone is interested.

    Great series! Keep it up!

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