Intellectual Self-Defense

[PODCAST] #515: The Echo Chamber Wall Just Got 20 Feet Higher (With Nathan Fraser and Drew Sample)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadNathan Fraser and Drew Sample join me to revisit a past topic - how the internet is connecting and dividing us - since new problems and opportunities are presenting themselves on a weekly basis. We focus a large portion of our discussion of the echo chamber effect that exacerbates division in society. How susceptible are we? And what can we do to avoid this problem? But first...both Drew and Nathan are making long trips to A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in LA this November. We'll discuss why they decided to go and what they hope to get out of the event. Drew's Podcast: The Sample Hour Nathan's Company: Podcast Blastoff The Nathan Fraser Show ...

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[PODCAST] #510: Lessons From Summer That We Can Apply To the Fall (With Thaddeus Russell)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadProfessor Thaddeus Russell returns to discuss cause and effect, the jarring events of August, what's coming in September and what it all might mean for the future. Opening Sequence: Cause and effect in European identity politics Announcement: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening this November 10-12 in Los Angeles. We go over the seminar topics. For more information or to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/LosAngeles Discussion: - Extremism, left and right - The race war is the academic left's creation - Most Marxists wish to ignore race entirely - Does American popular culture still have a liberating quality? - Dave Smith, a rare voice in comedy - has ...

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[PODCAST] #509: Conflicts Without Protagonists

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday, another story about a "by any means necessary" approach to fighting Nazis... Manuel Pasquale returns for a discussion about Fascism, Communism and the lessons WWII can teach us about dividing the world into good and evil. We focus our story around the dangerous mythology of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who is the subject of two feature films this year. Manuel's YouTube Channel Highlights: - Monologue: "Good and Evil" in Charlottesville - modern Western mythology is used to sell imperialist pursuits - Why are 2 Churchill movies (and Dunkirk) coming out this year? - World War II precipitated the downfall of western civilization - Who was Winston Churchill? - Hitler's aversion to a two ...

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[PODCAST] #501: Craig Hemke – Escape From Wall Street

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCraig Hemke worked on Wall Street as licensed Series 7 securities professional from the 1980s until 2008. Frustrated by various frauds in the "financial planning" sector, he decided to exit the protective bubble of his corporate career, parlaying his online reputation into a new venture as a blogger, precious metals advisor and financial forecaster. Craig is the founder and editor of TFMetalsReport.com. Discussed: - current obstacles in entrepreneurship - the process of moving away from the corporate world - the protective bubble in the financial services industry - glamorizing failure, learning from failure - The Big Short - central banking - precious metals and "sky is falling" scenarios - global reserve currency - the ...

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[PODCAST] #498: Daniel Ameduri – Self-Directed Financial Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadDaniel Ameduri is entrepreneur, investor and the President of Future Money Trends. He joins me today to discuss teenage entrepreneurship, self-directed learning and being a You Tube pioneer. Dan's You Tube Channel: Discussion: - If You Want to Be Rich & Happy Don't Go to School - The influence of Robert Kiyosaki - The college drop-in - School in the way of Dan's learning - Dan's wife left a career as public school teacher to home-educate their children; she had a lot to unlearn - real estate investing and flipping - 10 years ago... Dan takes his warnings of a real estate bubble to You Tube - intellectual dependence exacerbates the financial crisis - ...

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[PODCAST] #490: The Fall of the “Scientific” Political Finger Puppet (A Rant)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOn Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix), and other science and sex junk. CORRECTION: In this show, I claimed that the 97% percent statistic on human-caused or anthropogenic global warming comes from a survey in which less than 97 scientists took part. While surveys with such small sample sizes have occurred, this sentence was misleading because it is far from the whole story. Furthermore, while I remain skeptical, I am not opposed to the idea that humans contribute to climate change; I am only opposed to proposed UN/US government solutions to this problem (CAFE standards, carbon tax, etc...). Opposition to political outcomes does not justify an uninformed denial of the problem ...

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[PODCAST] #477: What Breitbart Knew: Lessons In Media Literacy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFive years ago this week, Andrew Breitbart passed away very suddenly and, as some have argued, rather suspiciously. It was just weeks after his energetic CPAC speech where he told the crowd about his plans to "vet" Obama in the 2012 election by releasing damning videos from his Harvard days. This timeline raises questions for sure, but Breitbart's threat to the media, political and academic establishment extended well beyond this incident. Today, the focal point of Breitbart's legacy is the very pro-Trump website Breitbart.com. The more I learn about Andrew and what he stood for, the more I see this as an unfair association. Breitbart was a man ahead of his time, and he ...

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