About Professor Buzzkill

Professor Buzzkill sometimes goes by the alias Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. In addition to his Oxford doctorate, Coohill has an MA in history from the University of Melbourne (where he was a big fan of Essendon Aussie Rules Football Club) and a BA from Humboldt State University in California (where he was the only non-stoner). He is the author of Ideas of the Liberal Party and Ireland: a Short History (4 editions), as well as many articles and internet pieces on history.

August 2021

July 2021

Household Gods: the Religious Lives of the Adams Family

By |2021-07-27T10:47:20-04:00July 27th, 2021|Myths|

Reflecting on his past, President John Adams mused that it was religion that had shaped his family's fortunes and young America's future. For the nineteenth century's first family, the Adamses of Massachusetts, the [...]

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Charlie Brown’s America: the Popular Politics of Peanuts

By |2021-07-06T12:10:58-04:00July 6th, 2021|Myths|

Professor Blake Scott Ball discusses his new book on the history of the Peanuts comic strip! Despite--or perhaps because of--its huge popular culture status, Peanuts enabled cartoonist Charles Schulz to offer political commentary [...]

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June 2021

Abraham Lincoln “Government of the people, by the people, and for the people…” Quote or No Quote?

By |2021-06-09T13:03:28-04:00June 9th, 2021|Myths|

Voting rights are being taken away in 2021. So we should listen again to Honest Abe. Right? But did he actually say, "...government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall [...]

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“Nazi” “Socialist”: What’s in a Name?

By |2021-06-08T11:57:47-04:00June 8th, 2021|Myths|

Marjorie Taylor Greene has brought up the Nazi-Socialist thing to defame certain left-wing American politicians in 2021. Obviously, she doesn't know history. But why was Hitler’s fascist party named the “National-Socialist German Workers' [...]

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