Episode 026 is a conversation with Chris Jenkins on reddit user FreakyEcon’s “Timeless Tenets of Stoicism”.
Episode 381 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following news stories: the passing of US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and where they agree and disagree on issues; a serial batterer/rapist gynecologist in Georgia stealing women’s uteruses; the island nation-state of Barbados removing Queen Elizabeth as their Head of State; and Amazonian tribe, the Waorani, win their lawsuit to protect half a million acres of indigenous land from private oil interests.
Unwanted bureaucracy steals your time as surely as taxation steals your money. Bureaucracy and taxation usually go together.
Episode 380 has Skyler giving his commentary on Art Carden’s latest essay at AIER.org titled, “So You Want to Overthrow the State: Ten Questions for Aspiring Revolutionaries”. The questions include, “Do I have the facts straight?”, “What makes me so sure I won’t replace the existing regime with something far worse?”, and “What will I do with people who aren’t willing to go along with my revolution?”
Episode 379 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: his superhuman ability to not savagely rape the attractive women he encounters while delivering food; how every businesses and economic regulation by government is just a form of protectionism on behalf of some special interest; why democide and genocide doesn’t justify the few and far between government innovations that have benefited humanity; the missing incentives and market pressures of lowering prices and increasing quality from industries that are more or less monopolized by a single provider, including government; and more.
Episode 025 looks at two Stoic topics: the first from Marcus Aurelius who wrote, “Meditate often on the swiftness with which all that exists and is coming into being is swept by us and carried away. For substance is like a river’s unending flow, its activities continually changing and causes infinitely shifting so that almost nothing at all stands still.”; and the second from r/Stoicism, a post by kolbi01 who started off with, “The young character, which cannot hold fast to righteousness, must be rescued from the mob; it is too easy to side with the majority – Thoughts on Seneca’s letter VII”.
I don’t need a president, so I don’t support presidential candidates. However, from observation, I have a suspicion about the future based on how I expect the followers of those candidates to behave in case of a loss. Or a “win”.
This episode features a lecture by evolutionary psychologist, research professor, and author Peter Gray from 2012 on the role of play on human child development among hunter-gatherers, 1950s America, and today. Gray also looks at the rise of emotional and social disorders as a result of the decline of play.
Episode 378 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics from r/blackpeopletwitter and r/whitepeopletwitter: America adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic instead of behaving autocratically and “eliminating” it completely; AIER.org article on Federal Court ruling pandemic orders unconstitutional; soldiers having better rules of engagement than American police officers; assumptions about booing at the Kansas City Chiefs home opening and the politicization of sports; realizing the school is about control and punishment instead of education; and the novel idea that one of the presidential debates should be a round of Jeopardy with relevant answer topics.
Episode 377 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following news stories: from CNN, “19 families buy nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia to create a city safe for Black people”; from CBS News, “Texas police group puts up billboard warning “enter at your own risk,” saying Austin defunded police”; from the ABC (Australia), “Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse”; and from 4WWL, “Indianapolis boy cured of sickle cell disease after stem cell transplant”.