In this episode we explore how human beings respond to authority. Since the philosophical ideals of libertarianism sit exactly opposite those of authoritarianism, Jad and I are essentially always focused on this topic. I think that made it all the more enjoyable to discuss. We're going to be looking at how most people are taught from an early age to blindly obey authority, and how that affects their ability to resist obvious injustices later in life. We'll consider topics like minority subjugation, American slavery, the Jews in Nazi germany, and how upbringing, education, and religion all play a hand in these. We'll also acknowledge that when you defy authority, somebody is probably going to try and fuck you up. But if people are unable or unwilling to stand up against such aggression, how do things change? Material from Podcast Clips sampled The Pianist Music Killing in the Name made famous by Rage Against the Machine, covered by Musik for the Kitchen
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary" --James Madison Human beings respond to incentives. It doesn't matter how many good people there are, if there is an opportunity for taking advantage of people, the good people will generally shun such an opportunity and the bad people will trample each other trying to get it. Government is a way to take advantage of others. Some individuals get to spend other people's money to impose their ideas on everyone with force. This will attract the worst elements of society, who will crowd out and make these positions unavailable to the good folks. They will make the process so disgusting . . . that good people will not be able to endure the odious path required to reach the seats of power." -- Tom de Lorenzo New World Rising In this episode we explore another of Kevin's very reasonable idea with an eye-catching cover (how many of these does he have?): Everyone is Evil. Material from Podcast Clips sampled The Box trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB7rX7owL-M Funny or Die, The Button (Box Parody): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHvDS-MlIBU&feature=related Music Coming soon (need to find it again :p )
In this episode we’ll be looking at some of the recent turmoil in Libya. As you probably know, the country has been experiencing a number of radical changes since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in October of 2011. Recently a number of Arab nations, including Libya, have been violently protesting a YouTube film that parodies Islam. At the height of those protests came the assassination of Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya. At least, those were the stories being told in the United States. We'll spend a little time exploring whether it's terrorism or heroism to defend your own country from United States. And we’ll also consider how the application of the word "terrorism" is being used to invent a narrative for western audiences. Material from Podcast Read Jad's article about Salman Rushdie and the "Innocence of Muslims"
In this episode we explore some of the b-sides to a third-party system political system. The pretext to this exploration was considering whether or not a third-party could exist in the United States at all. With a series of back and forth questions, we come upon some interesting, and perhaps even surprising revelations.