Monday, May 7, 2018

Single Combat - Crackpot Podcast - Ep 34

James and Lynn discuss historical examples of the hero in single combat through history.

The Crackpot Podcast features unsanctioned historian James LaFond and sleep deprived motherslave Lynn Lockhart.



0:00:40  James' process for writing about Evola and other complex writings
0:08:49  The Civil War as the first industrial war
See Wyman Park Dell video project
0:13:27  The scale of available weaponry vs. the scale of actual warfare
0:16:40  Single combat, James gives some kind of sex metaphor
0:19:30  The selection of the champions, Hector and Achilles, Spartacus
0:25:40  Milo of Croton, gunpowder, Gustavus Adolphus
0:28:40  Horatio Nelson
0:31:12  Roger's Rangers
0:32:15  Nathan Bedford Forrest, the last Aryan hero
0:33:36  The Machine, Rommel, Patton
0:34:33  Liver Eating Johnson, Big Ron
0:40:35  Richard Marcinko, Carlos Hathcock
0:45:40  House to House, David Bellavia
0:48:08  Shooter with Mark Wahlberg
0:48:49  Back to Nathan Bedford Forrest
0:58:35  Two books to read to help you understand current conflicts
1:05:28  Sickness of the Heart (Q&A part 1 and part 2) and Our Captain, Sunset Saga, Organa
1:12:10  Unpredictability as a personality trait

Preshow notes
James, reading your Evola piece just now caused a brain wave. You have discussed the Civil War as a turning point in warfare, the first industrial war, where man power and materiel defeated superior fighters and strategists.

There have been a lot of wars since then, and not all have followed that model (I am thinking about Vietnam). Today, war seems to be a perpetual ebb and flow of overt hostility between groups, military industrial complex interests, and, most infuriatingly and importantly, opaque and covert conflicts serving as proxy wars between international "deep state" agents, here I am thinking about Syria and ISIS.

All this takes place while world powers have enough nukes to glass the planet several times over and all sorts of other technologies, and no great shortage of recruits either.

What I really want to talk about is single combat. All I know of this is what I have read in stories, not histories. Have battles or wars really been decided by single combat? Can you explain to listeners what it means? Is it a degeneration of the concept of the hero king?

Examples off the top of my head:
David and Goliath
C.S. Lewis wrote one into the Chronicles of Narnia
Ouroboros Gorice XI and Goldry
Do you think we can do an hour on this?

Production & Grand Strategy Rome & WWII [nation]
Strategy: [army] civil war
Operational: [corp]
Tactics: [division down to team]
Morale; is the substrata and depends on individual energy, cite the Marshall Study

The Line:
Promocus of Pellene
Milo of Croton

The Machine:
Horatio Nelson & Black Bart
Nathan Bedford Forest

The Old Way:
Liver-Eating Johnson
Carlos Hathcock on the rice patty and the sniper

(c) 2018 Lynn Lockhart


  1. Great podcast really enjoyed it. Like what you said about Evola. He def shifted my consciousness and everything I read is colored from that standpoint somewhat. Imy an infantry vet who did two tours, the second one looking for action but only thing that happened was our unit stumbling upon an IED where we lost two guys. Perhaps a chance to fulfill the heroic is yet to come. Anyway this made me really hate this sterilized, effete, materially comfortable nihilistic shithole that is America at the moment.

    1. Thank you so much for listening and commenting. It means a lot to hear from you.

    2. Absolutely, keep up the good work

  2. Glad you liked it Thot. Hope to train with you soon.
    Take care.