Episode 5: “A Jointed Wooden Image”

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In this episode, we talk a bit about #yesallwomen, the UC Santa Barbara shooter, politically exploitable emergencies, materialism as a curse of both capitalism and communism, pornography as an example of materialism, more about how bad communism was for Russia, and the human mind as the place where the fight for freedom has to be won.

 

Episode 4: “Compromising Remark”

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Today we look at an LA Times article about US Attorney General Eric Holder’s commencement message to the effect that there are bigger fish to fry than hateful speech in the arena of civil rights, and we talk about what it means to deal with hate speech as a thing to punish or a thing to drive out with therapy.

Episode 3: “The Urge to Shout Filthy Words”

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This week we took our first ever question from a listener and gave it EXPERT treatment, we celebrated Mother’s Day, talked about the colonization of Mars, sublimating general rage and discontent with life, and not interfering with the natural flow of life. We talked also about All the President’s Men and how tyranny is not just one person. We talked about Edward Snowden’s TED presentation (and the NSA response!), and opportunities that modern society presents for heroism.

View Snowden’s talk here and the NSA response here.

Episode 2: “A Sort of Saving Stupidity”

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This week we talk about the use of stigma as a weapon in the fight for gay marriage (following this article in The Atlantic), Goodthink vs. orthodoxy as ways of thinking, the Spanish Inquisition as an enforcer of Goodthink and not orthodoxy, the intellectual virtues of Cracked.com, and a bit about the 1.0 release of the TAILS distribution of Linux, reportedly Edward Snowden’s favorite.