060: Escape From Imaginationland (2 of 3) – The Emotional Incentives of Fantasy


A stand-alone episode of School Sucks Podcast...in three parts.

Critical Thinking Insinuation:
When we consider the amount of faith and power that most people invest in government...maybe this group of people who call themselves "president" is not the real source of the disappointment and dissatisfaction of most people.

This (second part of three) is the beginning of a two-part discussion I recently had with Wes Bertrand. On September 18th, I tried to weave a series of loosely related thoughts together into one topic, while driving. I wasn't thrilled with the result. I eventually contacted Wes to help me try to make sense of it all.

This is an examination of how fantasy is used to manage personal and/or political anxiety, the relationship between the personal and the political, and how outrage and attack are employed to deal with the disruption of fantasy.

Discussed Today:
-Me and my uncle; comparing our anxiety
-Focusing on the meta-talk of political and philosophical discussions
-Developing an emotional vocabulary
-Self-esteem and the works of Nathaniel Branden

Bumper Music:
"Superman" The Kinks

Look Closer:
Complete Liberty Website


Libertarian Anarchism: Responses to Ten Objections, by Roderick T. Long

Nathaniel Branden's Website

Real-Time Relationships: The Logic of Love, by Stefan Molyneux

Complete Liberty Episode 29 - Curiosity of children, faith and force of adults, logical metaphysics, origin of life

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes, by Alfie Kohn


Nathaniel Branden: Audio On Self-Esteem

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