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Author: Dan Carlin

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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.
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Show 319 - A Recipe for Caesar

Show 319 - A Recipe for Caesar

2020-03-3101:30:0889

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.
You never know when you might get a little common sense unexpectedly out of nowhere.This is one of those times.
Show 317 - Shades of Grey

Show 317 - Shades of Grey

2017-10-2751:2763

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?
Show 316 - The Day of the Dove

Show 316 - The Day of the Dove

2017-06-1801:02:3626

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.
Show 315 - War on a Whim?

Show 315 - War on a Whim?

2017-04-3001:08:0213

There's a lot in this show subject-wise, but it's really supposed to be about War Powers in the USA and how events in Syria and North Korea play into the issue.
Show 314 - Unhealthy Numbers

Show 314 - Unhealthy Numbers

2017-03-1501:04:4018

As the GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Dan ponders the dichotomy between what Americans spend on health care versus what they get in return.
Dan is in an introspective mental place in this show...but he may just drag you in there with him.
Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.
Show 311 - Trumped

Show 311 - Trumped

2016-11-1001:06:0315

Post-2016 election analysis and discussion from a Martian political perspective.
Show 310 - Or Else

Show 310 - Or Else

2016-10-1347:477

What happens if our nation's problems become too large to realistically imagine our politicians solving? What if voting doesn't help? Dan reminds us that he's not a moderate, and that you probably aren't either.
Show 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies

Show 309 - A Bodyguard of Lies

2016-09-0901:00:2410

Secrecy, hacking, information leaks, whistle-blowers, foreign-operative propaganda pushers, disinformation, election tampering and the search for any truth in cyberspace occupy Dan's thoughts in this show.
After a brief hiatus to finish his other podcast, Dan has a huge backlog of material to cover. The presidential race, foreign affairs and racial and cultural questions take center stage.
This show has a "chickens coming home to roost" feel to it, but maybe in a positive way. It was supposed to be about the recent British vote to leave the EU, but evolved into something larger. Surprise, surprise.
Hate is a very strong word, but increasing numbers of Americans hate their countrymen. Is this a danger to the stability of the country? If it were deemed such, what can be done about it?
Dan finds the idea of a Donald Trump presidency to be inconceivable. He also thinks a fundamental change in U.S. Foreign Policy is also inconceivable. Could one inconceivable outcome lead to another?
As the U.S. Presidential campaign veers into unprecedented territory Dan sees opportunity in the unusual circumstances. "Anger is an Energy" he says. And he says it AGAIN and AGAIN.
It's not easy to get under Dan's normally flexible, see-things-from-multiple-angles skin, but Donald Trump's stated willingness to cross traditional American moral fault lines has done just that.
Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court dies and CEO Tim Cook and Apple go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Government over privacy.
In an election where political outsiders are exceeding all expectations, who better than a political outsider to break down the situation? Dan gives his Martian-style post-Iowa analysis and looks ahead to 2020.
Show 300 - Trecenti

Show 300 - Trecenti

2016-01-0701:18:507

Fantasies about electoral chaos, calls for political prudence and martian thoughts on an anti-federal government standoff in Oregon help stuff this episode chock full of what most of you love about this show.
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Paranoid Lemming

fuck yeah!!!

Jun 3rd
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sherbut t

Dan you mentioned that 18 year olds are having a hard time finding the truth.... well you're completely right. I find myself totally lost looking for the truth and if you can lead myself and others in my situation to finding the truth that would be greatly appreciated.

May 12th
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VitaminNick

needed this. thank you

May 8th
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damned skeptic

so good to hear a new Common Sense episode, we've been Jonesing since Dan Carlin's last episode. And so far my favorite.

Apr 17th
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Leo van der Biessen

thanks for this show.

Apr 15th
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Henry Holguin Jr.

glad you did another episode Dan. very good

Apr 5th
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Derbassspieler

a higher level of human greatness requires us to treat one another better online. +1 to that

Apr 3rd
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Blaine Olmstead

I've been waiting for this show for so long, glad your back!

Apr 2nd
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Steven Wells

I just new Dan would have to do a show for this. Been watching addendum and common sense, waiting.

Apr 2nd
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Aaron Britton

Hopefully this new episode is the start of Dan Carlin putting out more material for Common Sense.

Apr 1st
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baut

Is this april fools? A new episode? Great!

Apr 1st
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Layne Higgins

A global pandemic? A new Common Sense? It is the end times my friends. But boy am I glad to hear from Dan.

Apr 1st
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sawatch branwatch

Dan is busy loving Trump! People needs now more than ever a good voice, but that’s not Dan’s! He’ll be a good story teller without a spine! (A Hidden Life movie should be seen by everybody on earth!)

Jan 22nd
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Misty Exter

Where are u Dan..we need an episode - America is withdrawing from the Middle East. Font y have something to say about it?

Nov 11th
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Tony Dupas

seriously need a common sense episode! shits getting real out there!

Oct 17th
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mike jo

interesting

Aug 11th
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mike jo

Wow, history really teaches you a lot

Aug 10th
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Keller Dellinger

Most people are fundamentally incapable of forming a rigorous epistemology. I totally agree that this leads us to an oligarchy, but the problem is that we currently do not have many intelligentsia or idealistic technocrats in that oligarchy, only corporate lizard people. Our current oligarchy is not acting in the best interest of the society as a whole or even in their own best interest long-term; they look only to short-term profit motive and buy property in foreign countries and private islands as an escape latch when their actions lead to the civil destabilization and unrest we see today.

Aug 8th
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Jennifer Fitzgerald

Love the show! I thought commonsense was dead!!! I'm very happy to be wrong! Thank you!

May 10th
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rich holmes

bring back common sense

May 7th
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