We dive into the ideas of one of the supposed founding fathers of modern conservatism: Edmund Burke. From his arguments we trace back to the present day some of the prevailing logic of the right. Check out Burke's "Reflections on the Revolution in France" here: http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/burke1790part1.pdf
Ron and I discuss a 1968 television debate/discussion between Norman Mailer and Marshal McLuhan. We/them talk about the stuff that's important to the age we live in. Globalism, traveling, the internet, violence, handjobs, you know, that stuff. Check out the whole 1968 discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtzxWR-j1xY&t=1082s
Prof. Tok Thompson from USC joins me for a fascinating conversation about our storytelling nature as humans and the consequences of this (political or otherwise) for our present, past, and potential future. Topics include aliens, the Slenderman, Posthumanism, the election, and our relationship to earth. Strap in and check out Prof Thompson's work at: https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/faculty-and-staff/faculty.cfm?pid=1012737
Matt joins me to talk about punching nazis, the left, keeping your eyes on the prize, and generally how to keep a level head in a world full of distraction. Check out Amber A'Lee Frost's article "How to Write About Nazis:" https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/08/how-to-write-about-nazis
Patrick joins me to read some passages from Muammar Gaddafi's "The Green Book" and David Icke's "The Biggest Secret." We also dip our toes into a new hot conspiracy involving Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington's recent deaths. Oh and I interview God. Check out Tales From The Porkside: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tales-from-the-porkside/id1203169728?mt=2
Ben Deeb joins me again to talk about the philosophy Neopragmatisim informs his worldview. This somehow devolves into a conversation about Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and our scars. Check out Mr. Deeb at: http://www.bendeeb.com/
Adam Zahller is a composer, musician, teacher and now janitor. He joins me to talk about garbage and violent revolution. You can check out more of Adam's wonderful work here: http://www.adamzahller.com/
This episode is not live from New York. Matt joins me to talk about the problem with the conspiratorial mindset and how it distances you from effective political action. We also outline some of the working conditions in hell and introduce our favorite conspiracy: Esoteric Hitlerisim.
Father James Lewis Heft is the Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. He joins me to talk about awe, and how his faith informs his academic work and political outlook.
Camillia and Jordon von Manalastas return to talk about the worrisome links between Silicon Valley, Libertarianism, the Alt-Right, and fascism. Don't worry, we also offer some thoughts on what a proper response to this movement would look like. For more on Jordan check out: https://aestheticide.com/about/
Ben Deeb is a writer of all kinds of stuff and my friend. He joins me to talk about the futility of talking, his time working for Chuck Hagel, and what effective political protest might look like in our day and age. Check out more of his stuff here: http://www.bendeeb.com/ Beats and additional acting by Ryan Hedden
Camillia and special guest Jordan Von Manalastas drop in to discuss liberal pathologies, ComeyGate and Jordan's awesome article in Jacobin this month: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/04/law-constitution-trump-president-abuse-power You can follow Jordan's work here: https://aestheticide.com/about/ I'm sick and sound bad. Also Camillia ducks out like a ghost halfway through this episode because life happens.
Richard Berg joins Ron and I again to talk teaching, the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories others try to tell to us about us. Topics include Vietnam, Saving Private Ryan, Phil Ochs, Capitalism, Forrest Gump, The Dirty Dozen, Trump (of course) lies, truth, and more.
Robert O. Paxton joins me to answer the question, Is Trump a Facist? Check out his article in Harper's Magazine this month here: https://harpers.org/archive/2017/05/american-duce/ Plus my asshole roommates, aka Tales From the Porkside drop in to talk about Alex Jones and my favorite topic, me. Listen to them here, or wherever you receive porkcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tales-from-the-porkside/id1203169728?mt=2
Professor Robert D. English from the University of Southern California joins us to talk about Russia, the problems in the U.S. news media, and the tricky intersection between our domestic politics and geopolitical reality.
Corey and Jesse here with some new news and some twitter beef and some philosophizing before we throw on an interview with our resident Reptile Expert, Matt. We yap about Yemen, Dating, Commerce, Chemtrails, and the deteriorating social contract. Clips before and after with some great stuff.