March 15th, 2022 | 1 hr 6 mins
america, energy politics, fracking, history, ireland, new left, nuclear, pipelines, standing rock
Recording times got bungled to do travel constraints, but here's an hour-long preview of Emmet's appearance on the Ryan Research podcast. Peter Ryan invited him on to talk about nuclear energy, why nothing feels possible, what happened to the left, financial brain poisoning, and more!
March 6th, 2022 | 15 mins 36 secs
apocalypse, carl schmitt, christianity, heidegger, history, leo strauss, philosophy, politics, religion
Emmet and John began their reading of Koselleck's Futures Past. They situate his context, layout his questions and method, and then open the first essay. They discuss the transition into modernity, the nature of historical time, the waning of eschaton, the secularization of the political and thus the future, and medieval eschatological tradition, and way more.
March 1st, 2022 | 53 mins 41 secs
climate change, economics, energy, freedom, green energy, history, industrial revolution, liberty, marx, solar, wealth, wind
Scholar John Constable joins Emmet to discuss his recent lecture given at the Mont Pelerin Society last year entitled, "Misconceptions of the 'Industrial Revolution': Prospects for Individual Liberty in the Post-Pandemic Era." They discuss the discursive fiction of the "industrial revolution" and its uses, the green energy transition's misguidedness, economics' backwardness, why energy is the key to liberty, and more!
February 8th, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
cyberpunk, cyberspace, digital life, history, humdog, internet, second life, slaves of gor, the sims
DF and Emmet had such a good time talking about early internet history they decided to do it again. This time, they're looking at humdog's seminal but half-forgotten essay "pandora's vox." DF and Emmet try to work through the internet as a form, it's incredible liquidity, how physical space has transubstantiated into the internet, things like the Slaves of Gor fandom as a substructure of the internet, what it means that humdog seems to have committed suicide over exactly the kind of relationship she warned about and more!
February 1st, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
90s, cancel culture, culture, cyberpunk, history, internet, internet culture, metaverse, metoo, rape, second life
Default Friend returns to talk with Emmet about Julian Dibbel's famous essay, A Rape in Cybserpace, which presaged our digital social experience back in 1993. DF and Emmet talk about etiquette, digital governance, the weirdness of online life, the "distributed self," what it would mean to take the internet seriously, and more!
January 16th, 2022 | 9 mins 45 secs
american history, blm, christianity, civil rights, history, mlk, spirituality, whiteness, woke, wokeness
Emmet and John take on the ideas of Reinhold Niebuhr and his impact on neocons and MLK. Then they look at Lasch's interpretation of MLK's intellectual life and political career. They compare the Southern and Northern Civil Rights campaigns and contemplate the deadlock, in part created by King himself, left in his wake. They close by discussing resentment and its politics.
January 11th, 2022 | 1 hr 15 mins
american history, american literature, campaign, david foster wallace, didion, history, joan didion, literature, nonfiction, politics, writers
Luke Thompson returns to talk with Emmet about Joan Didion, who recently passed. They focus on her essay "Insider Baseball," her coverage of the 1988 presidential primary season, and discuss the nature of American presidential campaigns, the campaign press, the nature of Didion's insights, what made 2016 so weird, and more!
January 5th, 2022 | 59 mins 5 secs
agrippa, amnesia, aquinas, christianity, forgetting, history, islam, medieval, memory, middle ages, modernity, scholasticism, science
Emmet and Mike discuss medieval techniques of memory and forgetting. They discuss Cornelius Agrippa's assault on those techniques as an assault on the corrupted scholastic world. In Agrippa's thought we see the germs of modernity. The discuss opens up into a contemplation of ancient science and tech, the propaganda of the Enlightenment, the disciplining of the mind and the gaze, recovering tradition, and more.
December 21st, 2021 | 1 hr 6 mins
agamben, bill gates, carl schmitt, constitution, covid, fear, history, law, medicine, politics, science, scientism, security
Emmet and Mike talk about Agamben's book, Where Are We Now?: The Epidemic as Politics, and reflect on life since the pandemic. They discuss Carl Schmitt, security theater, anti-social civics, the cultic gnosticism of scientific faith, the need for physical practices and spiritual mentors, bare life, their own intellectual failings during the pandemic, and more.
November 23rd, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
america, britain, coal, engels, history, japan, meiji, navy, progress, steven pinker, thermoeconomics, wolfgang streeck, wwii
Canada Mike and Emmet take a look at three pieces to consider different lenses for human development. The first is an essay on Engels by Wolfgang Streeck, the second is a lecture on thermoeconomics by John Constable, and the third is an overview of arguments for human evolution by Michael E. Mann. Emmet and Mike touch on the Meiji restoration, why we should read old thinkers, British coal, why Steven Pinker sucks, what kind of revolution was the Industrial Revolution, civilizational skillsets, and more!