Ep7 – We hold these truths to be self-evident

On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most powerful speeches of all time. I know I cannot do this speech justice. But to be honest, I’m not doing any of these speeches justice. I’m studying and I’m practicing. I’m studying history, and what makes a great speech and I’m practicing my oratory. I’m doing so with the words of masters in my mouth, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to study these great words.

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Ep6 – Owning Books

On April 8, 1933, the Main Office for Press and Propaganda of the German Student Union proclaimed a nationwide “Action against the Un-German Spirit”, which was to climax in a literary purge or “cleansing” by fire. On May 10, 1933, Nazi Germany staged an event unseen since the middle ages young German students from universities, which formerly had been regarded as among the finest in the world, gathered to burn over 25k books.

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Ep5 - We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead

ON June 14, 1946 The Baruch plan was proposed during it’s first meeting of the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission. Less than a year after the US dropped fat man and little boy it was time to put in motion a plan to make sure that such destruction could be prevented from ever happening again. Text to full the speech. Why this speech? There are few things that effected the geopolitical landscape of today as greatly as World War II.

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Ep4 - Blood, Toil, Tears, And Sweat

On May 10th 1940 Germany invaded Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom upon the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. The United Kingdom invaded Iceland, and Belgium declared a state of emergency. As the new prime minister, Churchill was called on to form a wartime coalition government. On May 13, 1940 Winston Churchill gave his First Speech as Prime Minister to the House of Commons.

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Ep3 - Why We Need To Avoid Taboos

I wrote this next piece about a year ago while pondering the trend that was emerging to ensure that everyone has a “safe space” to protect them from ideas they don’t like. Hi I’m jack. I decided to flex my oratory muscles by recording myself speaking out loud. And since I”m doing that, I decided to put it out there. You’ll find on this podcast essays and speeches, some I wrote, others I didn’t – all topics I’m currently pondering.

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Ep2 - We Choose To Go To The Moon

On September 12 1962 John F. Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University where he declared his plan to send man to the moon within the decade. I chose this as the first speech I would practice because it serves as a constant source of inspiration to me. This speech gives me chills each time I hear or read it, and it is the prime example, for me, of the power of speeches.

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Ep1 - “For if Achillês is left alone to fight…” – Zeus Cloudgatherer

The Iliad reads like a soccer match... if all the gods that are prayed to during the match actually were real, and cared. — Jack Reichert (@JackReichert) May 6, 2016 The literature of humanity that has stayed with us taps into the deepest part of how we perceive our existence. The stories that our ancestors have crafted and passed down to us resonated with them. The stories that made it down to us, made it through the filter of time because those stories said something important to each link the the chain from then until now.

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