• MAS 49: A Universal Service Rifle
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    MAS 49: A Universal Service Rifle

    Hi guys! Thanks for tuning in to another video on ForgottenWeapons.com. I’m Ian McCollum. And today we’re going to continue our look at, French semi-automatic infantry rifles with the MAS 49. Now yesterday we took a look at the MAS 44. And if you haven’t seen that video. It’s probably not a bad idea to go back and watch it first, because this is the genesis… WELL, that is the genesis of where this came from. And of course, we’re also filming this in conjunction with the Kickstarter pre-order release of my book on this subject. Chassepot to FAMAS French military rifles 1866 to 2016 So if you’re interested in…

  • USA Learns Civics (Video Compilation)
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    USA Learns Civics (Video Compilation)

    Since the early 1900s and into recent history there have been wars, difficult times and great leaders who have led the United States. Starting in 1914, many countries in Europe and other places were fighting in World War I. In 1917, German submarines attacked American ships. Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. president decided the United States had to join the fight in World War I. In 1917, 2 million American soldiers went to France to help end World War I. President Woodrow Wilson was the leader of the United States during World War I. Difficult economic times started in 1929, when the Great Depression began. This was a time of a…

  • Becoming Equal Under the Law – Equal?
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    Becoming Equal Under the Law – Equal?

    “All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” I think that’s one of the most important sentences in the English language. And then the next sentence of the Declaration says, “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Jefferson set up a lofty ideal. All men are created equal. Their rights are inherent at birth, not given by a government. And government is set up to protect those rights. The genius of the American experiment is the notion that the same rules apply equally to all. But our country immediately fell short of Jefferson’s…

  • The First Russian Parliament and Constitution | The Duma (1906-1917)
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    The First Russian Parliament and Constitution | The Duma (1906-1917)

    It’s always interesting to delve a little bit in the democratic history of a country. Now, in autocratic Russia it was very short-lived. Following the Russian-revolution of 1905 a “constitution” and “parliament” were established… and yes, those quotation marks definitely belong there. The quote of parliament’s chairman seems fitting, as he once exclaimed: Thank God we still do not have a parliament. -intro- Tsar Nicholas gives in It was the summer of 1905 and the Russian revolution following the Bloody Sunday massacre was in full swing. During this time leadership among the unorganized strikers emerged and so-called soviets, worker’s councils were established. Tsar Nicholas thought about resorting to a violent…

  • Geostrategy of the Peloponnesian War 5: Politics and Strategy
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    Geostrategy of the Peloponnesian War 5: Politics and Strategy

    Hi, and welcome to Strategy Stuff. This is a video series I originally made for CaspianReport on the geostrategic analysis of the Peloponnesian War. In the fourth video, we looked at how competing Athenian and Spartan strategies finally culminated in a Spartan victory in the final phase of the War. Now, we conclude the series by looking at how politics influenced Athenian and Spartan strategymaking. * I. National Character One of the themes in Thucydides’ History revolves around the influence of ‘national character’ on strategymaking. According to the historian, all states share the same two goals: the desire to be free from domination, and also the desire to dominate others.…

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    The United States Goes Dry – Alcohol Prohibition I THE GREAT WAR

    It’s January 1920, and in America it’s about to get a lot harder to get a drink. The Volstead Act has come into force, making it illegal to sell alcohol across the United States. But the ban on drink would not be easy to enforce – it’s prohibition. Hi, I’m Jesse Alexander and welcome to the Great War which is made possible by the generous support of our Patreons. Help us keep The Great War free for everyone as a learning resource and support us at patreon.com/thegreatwar – and now on to the show. The immediate post war period was a time of great social revolution across the globe, including…

  • Leftists Are Trying to Rewrite History | Australia Day
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    Leftists Are Trying to Rewrite History | Australia Day

    Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well. So, the 26th of January was Australia Day; an annual public holiday to celebrate all things Aussie. It’s a day characterised by barbeques, tennis, cricket, trips to the pool and the beach, as well as that quintessentially Australian spirit of “She’ll be right, mate!” Despite its charming traditions, the origins of Australia Day have coined a lot of controversy over the years, especially in our current era of identity politics and Marxist resurgence. For all you foreigners out there, Australia Day is held on January 26th every year to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet of British settlers to Port Jackson, New…

  • Lincoln’s law: How did the Civil War change the Constitution? | James Stoner | Big Think
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    Lincoln’s law: How did the Civil War change the Constitution? | James Stoner | Big Think

    The United States Constitution is certainly dedicated to the rule of law. John Adams famously said, quoting Harrington who himself is quoting Aristotle or alluding to Aristotle, that the United States aims to establish the rule of law not the rule of men. And the Constitution lays out a number of rules about how governments should act. Some of that is involved in creating new institutions and defining those institutions in a way summoning them into being and some of it is about putting restrictions on institutions that are already there or practices that are unavoidable. So, when does the rule of law and the rule of men or something…