Show 317 - Shades of Grey
51 min
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?
History on Fire
History on Fire
Daniele Bolelli
EPISODE 67 Ripples of History
“If I knew the way, I would take you home.”  From the song Ripple by the Grateful Dead  “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.” Bertrand Russell  “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan  “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Tao Te Ching  In most fields, we are taught that people in your same profession are your competitors, and you need to do whatever you can to prevent them from rising above you. In podcasting I found the opposite attitude—people helping each other out and doing whatever possible to facilitate things for other podcasters in the same field. In this spirit, today we’ll do something unique: six history podcasters cooperating, with each one tackling a segment, to create a super-episode together. As the host, yours truly will get the ball rolling setting the theme and offering some examples of ‘historical ripples’—events that end up having unforeseen consequences years, or decades, or centuries after they take place. Alexander Rader Von Sternberg (History Impossible) will chat about how a man who died feeling like he had failed to make his mark in history ended up—possibly more than any other—shaping the culture of several Asian civilizations. CJ Killmer (Dangerous History) will tackle the Bacon’s Rebellion and its ramifications. Sebastian Major (Our Fake History) will play with the myth and lasting impact of Homer’s telling of the Trojan War. Sam Davis (Inward Empire) will be discussing the impact of Henry David Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience on the Civil Rights Movement about a century later. And Darryl Cooper (Martyrmade) will make a case for the Japanese origin for suicide bombings in the Middle East.
2 hr 55 min
Science Salon
Science Salon
Michael Shermer
145. Greg Lukianoff — How Free is Free Speech?
In this wide ranging conversation focused on Greg Lukianoff’s co-authored (with Jonathan Haidt) book The Coddling of the American Mind, and his new documentary film Mighty Ira: A Civil Liberties Story, about the free speech champion Ira Glassner, who headed the ACLU for decades, he and Shermer discuss: * the state of free speech today, * how coddled today’s students are, * the data on rates of depression and anxiety in students today, * possible causes of the coddling of the American mind: social media, screen time, culture of safetyism, culture of victimhood, helicopter parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, * cancel culture and its effect on self-censorship and silencing speech, * current rates of deplatforming and canceling in academia, * the polarization of politics, * when self-censorship is healthy, * default to truth theory vs. default to skepticism theory, * How gullible are we, really? * how to combat the negative influencers on social media, * a brief history of free speech in the 20th and 21th centuries, * why people in power want to silence dissenters (even free speech advocates in power), and * the value of viewpoint diversity. Greg Lukianoff is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Lukianoff is a graduate of American University and Stanford Law School. He specializes in free speech and First Amendment issues in higher education. He is the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and Freedom From Speech. Read about his new film: Mighty Ira: A Civil Liberties Story.
1 hr 11 min
History Impossible
History Impossible
Alexander von Sternberg
An Impossible Interview IV: Aaron Sibarium, The Washington Free Beacon
The Impossible Interviews series is back with a different, but still special conversation I had with the amazingly talented and insightful Aaron Sibarium. Aaron is an associate editor over at the Washington Free Beacon, as well as a writer for various publications including National Review, Quillette, and American Purpose, the last of which published one of Aaron's essays on October 26th, 2020, the exact same day as Pandemic: Rendering a Hue and Cry was released on History Impossible's feed. The name of Aaron's essay: "The Weimarization of the American Republic." And it was completely and totally brilliant. Aaron and I had never spoken before I reached out on Twitter to arrange this interview. He had no idea who I was and until I started reading his work, I had no idea who he was. And yet we had largely come to the same conclusion regarding America's current moment in the historical context, completely independent of one another. It was too much to pass up talking to this guy so, as I just said, I reached out and the conversation we had is what follows here. This is much more of a "current events" style episode, though it's all very firmly rooted in history, both recent and in the Weimar era. After getting into some of Aaron's background and the growing power of the successor ideology to left-liberalism (of which Aaron was at ground zero while attending Yale), we discuss how similar the current moment is to that of the Weimar period and more importantly, how it differs. And as an added bonus, we spent some time discussing another topic Aaron has covered, which is post-liberalism from a conservative perspective and how it's recently manifested itself, and frankly, just where the hell we go from here. It's an incredibly fascinating conversation and I'm really thankful to Aaron for taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with me, so please enjoy! I also encourage everyone to check out Aaron's work and follow him on Twitter @AaronSibarium. History Impossible has been made possible by the following generous supporters on Patreon and PayPal: * Elias Borota * Matthew Dakus * Kyle Dillon * Gavin Edwards * Peter Hauck * Devin Hreha * Mike Kalnins * Benjamin Lee * Tyler Livingston * Jose Martinez * Mike Mayleben * Judy McCoid * Monica * Kostas Moros * Molly Pan * Jake Petersen * John Pisano * Edmund Plamowski * Brian Pritzl * PJ Rader * Alison Salo * Sam * Emily Schmidt * Cameron Smith * Steve Uhler * Ricky Worthey
1 hr 33 min
Two for Tea with Iona Italia and Helen Pluckrose
Two for Tea with Iona Italia and Helen Pluckrose
Iona Italia and Helen Pluckrose
69 - Ewan Morrison - Utopias and Dystopias [Public Limited Version]
To follow Ewan’s work: His 2012 collection, Tales from the Mall, can be found here: His 2019 novel, Nina X, can be found here: His 2013 book Close Your Eyes can be found here: His 2005 collection The Last Book You Read can be round here: Watch the 2015 film version of Ewan’s novel, Swung, here: Ewan on utopian communities: Follow Ewan on Twitter: @mrewanmorrison Some of the Other References Emma Donoghue, Room (2010) Will Storr, Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us (2017) Thomas More, Utopia (1516); Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915); William Morris, News from Nowhere (1890); H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia (1905); Ursula K. Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1975); Leila (2019, Netflix); Sacred Games (2019, Netflix); Lois Lowry, The Giver (1993); The Maze Runner (2014); Smithereen (2020) Timestamps 1:57 Ewan reads from Nina X 3:48 Nina X, the novel. How we treat former cult victims, especially children. 11:58 Ewan’s personal experiences of utopian communities, cults and alternative lifestyles. 17:58 Competitive puritanism, taboos on feedback 24:41 Self-improvement and narcissism 26:26 Attitudes towards children in utopian communities 32:31 The distrust of individualism and its emotional impacts (Patrons only) 40:08 The alienations of modern life 46:25 Tricking ourselves into authenticity and doing versus having done 54:15 Shopping malls 59:25 Ewan’s experiences as a swinger and the novel Swung. 1:09:36 Dystopias and utopias in fiction and politics
36 min
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