Tag Archives: ayn rand

061: Escape From Imaginationland (3 of 3) – The Most Successful Criminal Gang In History

Critical Thinking Question: What is the real purpose of government? Topic: This (third part of three) is the continuation 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: -Trust in government coming back? -Faith and Force -Violence as virtue -The historical ...

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011: First-Person Plural Pronouns…and YOU

Picture: Most of the people you know (Foreground) Critical Thinking Question: First imagine you live in a neighborhood controlled by a violent gang... What if you started using first-person plural pronouns when discussing the gang and their activities, even though you were not in the gang, you didn't know anyone in the gang, and no one in the gang knew or cared about you? Would this linguistic programming eventually lead to sympathy for the gang's activities? Or resistance to the idea that what they were doing was wrong? Topic: How does training in conformity scale up to collectivism in society? Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss conformity and collectivism (Part 1 of 2) I also talk about Ayn Rand's novelette, ...

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008: Conformity & Compliance vs. Conscience & Consistency

(Picture: There's that tree I'm always talking about) A personal story about personal responsibility...and liberation from the illusion of virtue associated with obedience and self-sacrifice Critical Thinking Question: How could disobedience to authority save millions of lives? Topic: Daniel Lakemacher (warisimmoral.com) joins me to discuss obedience. He also shares his personal story of how he freed himself (within the last year) from three types of crippling obedience training - public education, religion and military. About Daniel's interview on Antiwar Radio: Daniel Lakemacher, founder of the website WarIsImmoral.com, discusses his conscientious objector (CO) discharge from the U.S. Navy, how the experience of working at Guantanamo and (independently) learning about the libertarian “non-aggression principle” changed his mind about war and justice, the ...

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007: (Hidden Lesson One) – Obedience Is A Virtue?

The first in a series of episodes aimed at detailing and dismantling specific elements of the destructive hidden curriculum in public education. Critical Thinking Question: Why is obedience to authority actually the opposite of virtue? Topic: An experience I had with students last Saturday led to a web of ideas about the problem of obedience training and about the philosophical path toward the solution... The effect of this obedience training on 3 Values: Reason, Purpose and Self-Esteem “There is no neutral education. Education is either for domestication or for freedom.” -Joao Coutinho Bumper Music: "Obedience" Christian Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKxOaGLTPTM "Slaves!!!" Wunder Showzen Clip (at 1:51) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdL2jiM601U Look Closer: The Night Is Dark and I Am Far from Home by Jonathan Kozol ...

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