Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 44: Cycles In History – The Fourth Turning

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It has been described as “Bannon’s ‘Bible’”. The ‘Fourth Turning’, published in 1997, describes Anglo-American civilization as going through a series of four main generational phases, cycling from ‘Founding’, ‘Awakening’, ‘Unraveling’, and ‘Crisis’. The authors describe a trend going back centuries throughout much of Western civilization, essentially seeing a pattern of birth, rise, decline, and a fiery death whose ashes enrich the soil for a rebirth. It’s an old idea, having much in common with ancient myths mirroring seasonal patterns to life. But what is perhaps new in America is that the Establishment for the first time in a long while feels as if people like Steve Bannon are aware that the United States is in terminal decline, and bringing about that crisis may in fact hold the keys to its rebirth – however in doing so may unravel the very power structure that the Establishment currently dominates.


Late Medieval Saeculum: 1435 – 1487; Ended with the War of the Roses Crisis
Reformaton Saeculum: 1487 – 1594; Ended with the Armada Crisis
New World Saeculum: 1594 – 1704; Ended with the Glorious Revolution Crisis
Revolutionary Saeculum: 1704 – 1794; Ended with the American Revolution Crisis
Civil War Saeculum: 1794 – 1865; Ended with the Civil War Crisis
Great Power Saeculum: 1865 – 1946; Ended with the Great Depression/WWII Dual Crisis
Millennial Saeculum: 1946 – 2026; Ends with combination of the potential ‘Great Devaluation’, potential cultural collapse, potential civil war, potential WWIII.


– The Fourth Turning, Howe & Strauss (1997)
– Jim Goad on The New Church Ladies (2017) –
– Birth of a White Supremacist, Marantz (2017) –
– Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 5: The Philippines, Crucible of Empire (2017) –
– Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 19: Malthus And His Discontents – Population And Policy (2017) –
– Myth Of The 20th Century – Episode 31: American Cauldron, Immigration and Its Discontents (2017) –

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  1. Good one!

  2. Great episode as usual. Keep up the good work!

  3. Solid episode. The analogy of the French Revolution at the end seems terrifying apt.

  4. Guys, I mean no offense with this post. Just some constructive criticism.

    This podcast is fantastic, and more or less unique amongst alt-right/non-chosenite shows. I’ve been an avid listener since the first few episodes, and each episode has been very informative.
    However, recently I haven’t been able to make it through a single epsiode in its entirety. Often only 20-30 minutes. I stopped listening to this episode after 5 minutes.

    The audio quality is atrocious. Of the 100’s of different podcast creators I’ve listened to over the years, nothing has been as abysmal as this show.
    This isn’t a bit-rate issue or anything. It’s the fact that every single speaker on every show is at a different volume level. Like, none of you guys are even within a few decibels of each other. Casual conversation becomes a 2 hour long headache listening to one guy talk in a whisper and the other shouting.

    I listen to podcasts primarily when I’m in bed and it’s quiet, or I’m at work driving and.
    The show becomes way too fucking loud for the former, and way too quiet for the latter.



    1. Chiraqi Insurgent November 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      @Shaun Dude!! I’m laughing my ass off cause I had your exact volume complaint while driving to Michigan today. Motion seconded. But, hey, I’m willing to chip in $$$ for technical upgrades if necessary.

      Btw, guys, are donations for this podcast separate from social matter on patreon? If yes, how can I donate?

      Regarding Philly, yeah, they are the worst, especially Flyers fans. 😉

    2. >5 minutes

      That seems unfair.

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