Jul 022015
 

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Jason and the Argonauts

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 It’s all Greek to me – from philosophy to crisis: Greece’s debt default, Greek referendum, issues in bailout deal
14:10 Shared roots, different branches – Europeans and the Greeks: Ancient Greece, discovery of philosophy, slavery, history of Europe’s relationship with Greece, Greece’s options, symbolism of inclusion, psychological issues
27:00 Greece’s unhealthy health care philosophy: Greece as a bad example to the rest of the world, Greek health care crisis, Greek prescription drug crisis, Greek currency crisis, no European recovers, beware of Italy
45:40 The Greek gods – religiously secular: Greek mythology and legends, separation of the heavens and earth, not religion but a story, Jason and the Argonauts (2000), the Greek gods, reason as the weapon to resist the gods
59:51 END

Jun 252015
 

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Papal Perversity

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Capitalism or capitalisn’t: Glen Pearson’s hatred of capitalism, rich vs poor, poverty, environmental destruction, social equilibrium, real causes of poverty, socialism as the cause of political dysfunction
17:55 Climate changes – politicians don’t: G7 Leaders Summit, battle against global warming, vague carbon targets, a history of the world’s five ice ages, carbon dioxide,
33:45 Papal perversity: Morality as a matter of degree – Celcius: Pope Francis’ hatred of capitalism, pope calls for international tyranny as moral imperative, inadequate conservative responses to pope’s irrationality, a moral case for fossil fuels
46:00 My Goodness! But is it natural? David Brooks on the Road to Character, a need to be good, humility, technology and competitive capitalism, selfishness vs self-centredness, need vs knowledge
57:24 END

Jun 182015
 

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Patrick Brown

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Greater than the sum: Just Right updates, audio productions, video productions, plans for print productions
16:45 Blurring the debate with meaningless concepts: participatory democracy, monopolies, London municipal strike, teachers strike, Canada Post super mailboxes, business and labour monpolies, competition, clear meanings, predictable consequences
27:20 Putting people first is idea-illogical: putting people before ideology, ideology, floating adjectives and abstractions
35:15 Patrick’s ideological Brownout: Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, Christine Elliott, pragmatism, progressive, conservative, fiscal conservatism, compassionate conservatism, Bill Davis, David Peterson, anti-capitalists, avoiding ideological labels, moving the conversation forward 57:02 END

Jun 112015
 

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Andrew Bernstein

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Ego, ergo no go: resistance to Objectivism, progressive vs progress, making the case for capitalism, dominant moral code of altruism, abysmal record of socialism, confused views of altruism, values of pursuing self-interest
14:30 Philosophy’s course: course of philosophy, absorbing philosophy vs learning philosophy, being overwhelmingly positive through truth, open immigration, welfare state is the problem, moral case against welfare state
38:16 Objectivism’s class act: Atlas Shrugged, putting Ayn Rand’s books into schools, Obamacare, socialized health care, disappearance of independent thinking, legacies of Marxism, moral and economic ignorance, regulating the doctors – and profit, competition required, America is a mixed economy, stimulating demand restricting supply creates high prices
40:45 A war on drug prohibition: a case for ending drug prohibition, ethics of using recreational drugs, supporting a war on drugs without prohibition, transforming the political/legal battle into a moral/philosophical battle, virtues of clean living, lowering the homicide rates, juvenile reactions to legalizing drugs, paradoxical truths
55:25 END

Jun 042015
 

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Muhammed - Bosch Fawstin

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 Killing the free speech killers: Garland Texas shootings, American Freedom Defence Initiative, Pamela Geller, Draw Muhammad cartoon contest, what happened in Garland Texas, media gap, contest a great event for freedom of speech
11:45 The savage media: personal report on Garland shootings, surreal experience, contrast – contest vs savages, Western media response, image vs idea, a weak Western world, free speech and truth, media submission to Islam, blaming the victims, Muslim Americans, poisonous ideas, Adolf Hitler – Islam’s favourite infidel, the West’s desperate need to believe that Islam means peace
24:40 Baiting the rat trap: police presence at Garland Texas, gunmen killed may have prevented violence, rat trap with a cartoon, Islam ideology at war with Western world, Saudi funding of radicalization, media avoiding the cartoon, media submission to Islam, West’s response to the conflict, artistic motivation, political motivation, free speech aside, Pamela Geller’s ideology, attacked by terrorists – and media and politicians, moderate Muslims and immoderate lies
41:25 This little piggy went to market: Bosch Fawstin’s journey into art, the pig is forbidden, from Captain America to Pigman, study of Islamism, the Infidel, how to deal with the enemy, when Pigman flies, upcoming 55-page pig-size chapter three, Table for One, recommended reading on Islam, endgame 54:14 END

May 282015
 

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mobius politics

 
 
 
 

Topics:
00:07 The Greater Divide: conservatism vs freedom, comparative views – conservative – liberal – freedom, The Great Divide – Bill Gairdner, personal vs public, concept of self, individual vs group, Salim Mansur, individual sovereignty
20:45 Tyrannical democracy: freedom and rights, choice, freedom – democracy – totalitarianism, voting, majority rule, social freedom conflicting rights, democratic cycle
34:50 Definitions please: the problem with adjectives, comparative definitions, conservatism, liberalism, libertarianism
45:08 The political god particle: subjective views of god, supreme being, atheism and morality, floating political abstractions cause confusion and harm 56:49 END