[PODCAST] #377: The Shift – A Casual Conversation With Julia Tourianski (2 of 2)


Juila Tourianski, creator of Brave the World, joins me for a continuation of our previous discussion. Julia's online hub is a YouTube channel with very impressive production values and some extremely confronting content. Born in the USSR and raised in Canada, Julia offers several new and unique approaches to discussing the philosophy of liberty.

Her video, "The Shift: The State of Our Minds and the Mind of the State" provides the springboard and loose structure for our pleasantly meandering conversation. Please watch the video before the show if you can:

Topics and Tangents:
-today equality means "all the same"
-an entitlement to perpetuate baseless ideas
-our only differences are externally imposed injustices?
-deserve-oriented language and belief
-equality is the ultimate demotivation

-"give them too many pieces to pick up"
-conformity and bullying

-"Collectivism maintains that an elite endowed with special mystic insight should rule men—which implies the existence of an elite source of knowledge, a fund of revelations inaccessible to logic and transcending the mind. Collectivism denies that men should deal with one another by voluntary means, settling their disputes by a process of rational persuasion; it declares that men should live under the reign of physical force (as wielded by the dictator of the omnipotent state)—a position which jettisons reason as the guide and arbiter of human relationships." -Peikoff, Ominous Parallels
-Has the West done a better job of balancing individualism and collectivism?
-The future can look bleak, because the power structure does not seem to change at it's core
-more of us need to try changing the chorus (What I can do? What I can focus on and control?)
-most of the chorus will never change, but the shift doesn't need the masses, revolution is the minority

Bumper Music:
"Buster" moe.
"Closer To the Heart" Rush Instrumental Cover
"Egg Man" Beastie Boys

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One comment

  1. Glad you mentioned that everyone needs a peer group… Cause speaking from personal experience, lacking the ability to conform to any group is pretty lonely.

    As far as the section about chaos is concerned… I recall hearing a study about differences in psychological markers between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives have a higher discomfort level with uncertainty and nuance. Could the trend of being attracted to orderly and easy to understand narratives just be a trait of statistically typical human neurology? In which case, Bret’s concern that people would choose illusions of security over freedom is pretty well founded.

    Honestly though, a lot of this sounds something like “I’m Annoyed, a small group of greedy people have too much control over the world and they won’t relinquish power. Let us become the next small greedy group to disproportionately influence the world… We won’t hold onto power, trust us.” which, to some, may come off as hypocritical. To me, I guess it is just a way of life and I’m not interested in playing that game.

    But frankly, and my almost routine recurrence of depression and suicidal thoughts may attest to this… I don’t know if I want to live in the world that is coming, working my ass off in a market where your two options are, value of lives and labor are so inflated that they are nearly worthless and you must work your ass off all day every day trying to become relevant enough to be worthy of keeping alive because greed has continued to increase the cost of living, or, work your ass off all day and every day to earn a piece of land and roll your dice in hope that you can make that land productive enough that you can homestead, or, sell your soul and become a proxy slave driver through buying stocks in companies, etc… Especially when we are, for all intents and purposes, moving into a world where all needs are capable of being fulfilled at lower energy and time cost.

    But I can tell I’m moving into rambling vague concept territory.

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