Common Sense with Dan Carlin is an independent look at politics and current events from popular New Media personality Dan Carlin.
Carlin's self-described "Martian" viewpoints infuse each episode with a political alien's take on the world around us and the problems it faces. It's a smart, unique (and admittedly U.S.-centric) program that doesn't dumb down the information or analysis for the slowest person in the room.
Carlin's rapid-fire staccato voice has been compared to William Shatner after too many espressos. That, plus his penchant for making everyone in the audience mad at him eventually, makes for a witch's brew of a podcast that is not for everyone. But for those craving a deeper intellectual analysis, a less partisan approach and unpredictable outside-the-box revelations, Common Sense with Dan Carlin is a feast for the mind.
Garbage In, Garbage Out
In a show recorded before the recent House impeachment vote, Dan examines the damage caused by the iceberg we recently hit when Americans stormed the U.S. Capitol and tries to suggest how we might avoid hitting another one.
Steering Into the Iceberg
To paraphrase John Lennon, So you say you want a civil war? With the U.S. facing one of the most consequential elections in its history, Dan has some thoughts about us all, our choices and the times in which we live.
A Recipe for Caesar
Does a global pandemic help break the spell of our bitter partisan conflict, or does it just raise the stakes? In the first CS show in years Dan wrestles with the Zeitgeist.
For Whom the Bell Trolls
You never know when you might get a little common sense unexpectedly out of nowhere.This is one of those times.
Shades of Grey
Dan is finding is hard to operate in a Black and White, Good and Evil cultural environment where everyone is outraged all the time about everything and where Americans hate each other. Where's the Common Sense?
The Day of the Dove
Politically-related violence in the U.S. heats up as talk of "Civil War" goes mainstream. What would a "Civil War" in the U.S. even look like? Dan has some thoughts on this and ways to potentially avoid such a fate.
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Intelligent, logical, and likely to upset the GOP
Dan Carlin is a very smart, very well read guy, and it shows in this podcast.
However, if you’re one of the people doubling, tripling, or quadrupling down on trump (even now), you will probably dislike his podcasts because he refuses to get caught up in partisan politics.
He doesn’t fall for the obvious lies from trump, et al, or any of the blatant dishonesty and hypocrisy that’s overtaken the trump GOP, and simply analyzes exactly what happened.
Essentially, if you believe what your ears and eyes tell you, you’ll love Dan Carlin.
If you refuse to believe what you see and hear, and instead choose to believe only what you’re being told by the likes of Giuliani and Navarro, you’ll hate the brutal honesty of Dan Carlin calling things exactly what they are without any partisan spin.
An example may help: if there’s no evidence of election fraud, Dan Carlin will state there’s no evidence of election fraud, while pointing out how damaging it is to our democracy to continually claim there IS fraud.
If that example singed your earballs, you’re better off listening to the hateful, ludicrous fantasies of Tucker Carlson every night.
Bad takes revealed
I enjoyed listening through the available common sense podcasts and seeing how such an intelligent historian/person can fall victim to current mainstream media propaganda narratives. Episode 301 vs. Episode 321. It was entertaining to hear the extreme fears of the Trump presidency after his presidency has ended and knowing that none of them came true. How are our current foreign relationships? North Korea are they a threat? They are now that we have another status quo presidency. Dan, You love reading. May I suggest Patrick Byrne’s latest book. It is a short read, so it won’t waste much of your time if you decide it’s all garbage after seeing the election fraud evidence compiled by the person who was heading the investigation without the support of Trump’s legal team. You’re great, Mr. Carlin. I’m in full support of the “none of the above” option. Unfortunately, I’m more fearful of a nuclear war under our new status quo president than I ever was during the Trump Presidency. I have always only voted independent. I don’t vote for the lesser evil. I vote for the best option
I love Dan’s work but it’s hard not to notice some unwarranted paranoia towards the right at least with its proportionality. We should not look at the capitol rioters as representing even someone that’s very conservative just as we shouldn’t assume everyone on the left is a communist.
Political violence is political violence is political violence and I don’t see how you can be terrified at the storming of the capital and not be at least as, if not more, terrified of what happened throughout the summer of 2020. These protests/riots were the costliest protests in American history with the majority of the damage being done to private property. I would have thought Dan would be at least as disgusted with the destruction of private property as he is with that of public property (while acknowledging a big difference between the capitol and a district court).
I will definitely continue to listen to all of Dans materials because I think he’s got a great mind and I hope all of his other critics here do as well.