Ford v. Pardy — The Conflict on the Right

Posted on October 12, 2020

Hey everyone! We’re back! This week we have a debate between Caylan Ford, and Bruce Pardy. A debate between common good conservatism and libertarianism. The motion? “In the face of growing intolerance from the left, the state should enforce the virtues of common good conservatism rather than the freedoms of classical liberalism.” Enjoy! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. — Send in a voice message:

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Posted on September 20, 2020

Summary of Sexual Personae (by Camille Paglia)

Posted on August 22, 2020

Very long book. Much reading. You’re welcome. Definitions in bold. Chapter 0: The Cancelled Preface (from Sex, Art, and American Culture) Western culture has unity and continuity. It is theatrical at its core, with two main principles: the Apollonian and the Dionysian. Art is any and all works of imagination and quality. Personae are masks, but also personalities and persons. Hierarchy pervades, egalitarianism tangles. Hierarchy is beautiful and necessary. Men (all men, so women too) crave hierarchy, and we naturallyRead More

Jesse Clarke (@jesseclarke95): Ex-Muslims, Abduction, Fathers, and Fear

Posted on August 12, 2020

Hey there 🙂 This week I spoke with Jesse Clarke, a charming ex-muslim activist from the UK. Enjoy! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. — Send in a voice message:

The Word for Gen Z is “Metamorphosis”

Posted on August 11, 2020

Generation Z was born anywhere from 1995ish to 2010ish. They’re known for growing up in a world that always had smartphones and the internet. They’re anxious and depressed, have gone through the Great Recession and now COVID-19, and they’re usually on Tik Tok. I consider myself to be a member of Gen Z. Eric Weinstein thinks that Gen Z doesn’t have a song. His generation’s song was Stairway to Heaven. And Eric Weinstein is an honourable man. I think thatRead More

Painting Gives You New Eyes

Posted on August 10, 2020

Painting teaches you to perceive the world differently. I first approached painting as if I were a camera. If someone’s eyes were dark brown, then I would mix dark brown and put it on the canvas. If someone’s lips were pink, I would put pink on the canvas. I’d do this for the whole painting. This doesn’t work well. What you’ve got to do instead is see 3 different levels. On one level, there’s the geometric structure of the face.Read More

The Perfection of How to Train Your Dragon

Posted on August 4, 2020

Whenever I watch Hiccup’s first flight, my eyes get misty. There he is, a pseudo-viking, risking the wrath of his father and his whole clan to go fly a fucking dragon. It’s unbelievably inspiring. So below, I’ll try to articulate why I find HTTYD so inspiring, and why it makes me so emotional. I’ve boiled it down to two reasons: the movie is archetypally balanced, and Hiccup is an exemplary rebel. Identity and Perfect Contrarianism: Let’s start with how Hiccup is a perfectRead More

JL (@stucatz101): From Finance to Carpentry, and Nassim Taleb.

Posted on August 3, 2020

Ciao everyone! This week I spoke with someone I met on twitter – a guy from Toronto who talked about the university system, graduating with a finance degree, going into carpentry, and more generally, his thoughts on how to become a skilled and competent person. Enjoy.  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. — Send in a voice message:

A Experiment in Creative Restaurant Review

Posted on August 3, 2020

My God, what a lovely restaurant! My only regret was not taking photos, so words will have to do. First, the samosas. Wow. Those fat packets of flavour are made with crispy dough and fluffy potatoes and peas. They’re made to order too, so they come fresh, but still have oil on them – no eating on your lap! They come with a cool, sticky-sweet tamarind sauce, which sharpens the flavours of the samosa with every bite dipped into it.Read More

Nadia Guo: Police Accountability, a Lawyer’s Reputation, Media Deception, and Sex Work

Posted on July 29, 2020

Welcome back. This week I spoke with Ms. Nadia Guo – a criminal defence lawyer and sex worker based in Toronto. You can reach her on twitter at @ngdefence. Enjoy.  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. — Send in a voice message:

Is Employment Slavery? (It’s up to you)

Posted on July 22, 2020

“A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” Lysander Spooner A question popped up in my mind a couple of weeks ago while job hunting. Am I just looking for a new structure to replace school? Was I looking to just replace school with some other organization who would tell me what to do and what needed to be done, and to organize my life around?Read More

Learn to Think by Downloading Lenses

Posted on July 21, 2020

The great thing about a broad education in the humanities and social sciences is that it lets you see the world from many different “lenses”. Lenses are filters which let you predict certain outcomes and make certain arguments. I am familiar with around 4 lenses: evolutionary psychology, moral foundations theory, philosophy, and economics. For example, consider the case of revenge porn. Someone sends someone else a nude, the other person takes it, and then later on after breaking up, threatensRead More

Dr. Ryan Alford: 7 Absolute Rights, Canada’s Unwritten Constitution, Torture, and Law Schools

Posted on July 20, 2020

Hey everyone! Dr. Ryan Alford is a tenured professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. On this episode, we discussed many things, like Baldwin and LaFontaine’s fight against the Tory oligarchy in Canada’s 19th century, Canada’s Unwritten Constitution, Blackstone, Coke, Instrumentalism, selection pressures on judges and professors, Bush v. Gore, judicial interference, how to overcome cultural, class, and racial barriers as a law graduate, what classes to take in law school, the Statement of Principles andRead More