Episode 9: 1984, Pt. 3 “By Making Him Suffer”

The third and final episode for this series on George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Arrests, purges, and executions are central to the continuation of Party rule. Totalitarianism makes humanity the beginning, middle, and end of life, and it’s awful: it even abolishes science! Crime and punishment are no more as the mind is to be changed by any means necessary before it is blown out.

 

Episode 8: 1984, Pt. 2 “A Political Act”

Our second episode on George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. This week covers relationship advice from Nineteen Eighty-Four, natural society and family instincts subverted by the Party, and humanity as raw material brutally manipulated by the Party. And Book Darts. Book Darts are wonderful.

Episode 7: 1984, Pt. 1 “There Was a Sort of Protest”

This is the first episode of three on George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. In that book, not having enough stuff is a social unifier, manipulated by The Party. Going with the flow keeps you from being able to get enough thoughts together to protest. What is more, EVERYBODY IS GUILTY OF FEEDING THE MACHINE. What is there, pray tell, to do about it? We don’t quite answer that here, but we at least we open the can of worms.

Episode 6: “Reboot and Plot Spoilers”

We are back! In this episode, we announce a series in which we will be going through dystopian novels, talking about what they show us to avoid as well as what it means to be human. Of course we start off with 1984 and Brave New World, but those two only set the stage!

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.

Episode 1: “Expression of Quiet Optimism”

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This is the first episode of Food for Thought Police. In it, we introduce the program, the Food for Thought Police team, and some of the general features of the show. Today we talk a bit about Russia, who the Thought Police are in real life, the two primary kinds of “Thought Police” there can be, and then . . . oh no! That’s the time! So much fun to have, so little time. Check back here next week for the next installment of Food for Thought Police, standing guard against cerebral indigestion as a Ministry of Love for the whole world!