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Ne Plus Ultra is unlike any Podcast you have ever heard before, and will redefine the way you engage with the political system and society.
Dedicated to one purpose, the creation, gathering and fostering of independent thinkers. Ne Plus Ultra combines elements of past analysis with present times, to create an entertaining and intellectually stimulating experience which treats its audience like the intelligent adults they are.

Ne Plus Ultra Podcast Spencer Downing

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Ne Plus Ultra is unlike any Podcast you have ever heard before, and will redefine the way you engage with the political system and society.
Dedicated to one purpose, the creation, gathering and fostering of independent thinkers. Ne Plus Ultra combines elements of past analysis with present times, to create an entertaining and intellectually stimulating experience which treats its audience like the intelligent adults they are.

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 16: Marx's Manifesto (Part. 1)

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 16: Marx's Manifesto (Part. 1)

    Welcome everyone to the sixteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Marx's Manifesto.

    Today, we examine the work and influence of one of history's more divisive figures, Karl Marx. To some Marx is a mass murderer, to others, a glorious reformer. However, the question for today's episode is what will we find when we leave the hyperbole behind and examine Marx as a man?

    In this episode we talk about how Marx viewed himself in his own time, as well as what is valuable from Marx's teaching that can still be relevant to our world today.

    We also have a discussion about the history of the Soviet Union as we can't mention Marx without mentioning the world's most famous communist state. As well as an exploration of critical turning points in Soviet history that could have changed the development of communism, and the world.

    Come and join me as we explore Marx's Manifesto in a 21st century world.

    Unfortunately the later part of the episode will have to be saved until the middle of next week. This week, I decided that rather than releasing the podcast late, I would instead release the topical segment now, and the listener segment next week.

    It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra.

    Stay thinking my friends.

    -Spencer

    • 40 Min.
    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 15: Old Ideas, New Battlefields

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 15: Old Ideas, New Battlefields

    Welcome everyone to the fifteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Old Ideas, New Battlefields.

    It's been far too long since we've had an episode, but I'm hoping my life is finally normalizing so will return to our regular schedule.

    Today, it's a more personal episode, I talk about my own personal political experience and how it's clear that the political battlegrounds I had grown up fighting over are officially dead, and new battle lines are being drawn.

    In this episode I talk about how I am increasingly feeling that I no longer have a political home, and how the people I used to always know had my back in a political knife fight are now turning the knives on their own kind and conducting an impromptu purge.

    The traditionally left vs. right battles are gone, and are being replaced with painful civil wars on both sides of the political spectrum.

    Come and join me as we explore the ghosts of the political past, present, and hopefully - channel the future.

    In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about Donald Trump's reign of terror, the Fires in Fort McMurray, and the Icelandic elections.

    It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra.

    Stay thinking my friends.

    -Spencer

    • 1 Std. 31 Min.
    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 14: Rationally Irrational

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 14: Rationally Irrational

    Welcome everyone to the fourteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Rationally Irrational.

    In our latest argument episode, we defend the need for deep rational and philosophical thought in an age that seems to have no sympathy for thought.

    Today, we examine the status of society and it's constant demand for action and change, and point to some of the most radical manifestations of it as certain segments of society advocate for a complete rejection of rational thought.

    In this episode we defend rational thought, and demonstrate how it helps us navigate the crazy world in which we live.

    Drawing upon great philosophers such as Kant, we examine the nature of reality and show how rational thought is the only tool we can use to bring us closer to understanding that reality.

    Come and join me if you will as we explore this rationally irrational world of ours.

    In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about issues such as the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the future of the
    Canadian political system, and the potential fall of the American superpower.

    It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra.

    Stay thinking my friends.

    -Spencer

    • 1 Std. 4 Min.
    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 13: When Revolutions Fail

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 13: When Revolutions Fail

    Welcome everyone to the thirteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - When Revolutions Fail

    In our latest narrative episode, we talk about how this year feels like it's putting into place a sequence of events that might change human history forever. We take this time to reflect on a previous time in history, were one country had the opportunity to change, Russia, but instead fell back into its old ways with arguably disastrous historical results.

    Today, we talk about the history of the 1905 revolution in Russia. We trace the history of Tsarist governments in Russia, the climate of 1905, and cover the epic Russo-Japanese war.

    This period in time has major elements echoed within our own. So we have to ask ourselves, what can we learn from the 1905 revolution and how can we avoid a 1917 revolution?

    In this episode we talk about one of the most pivotal moments in 20th century history that almost no one knows about, and cover one of the greatest historical stories that is rarely told.

    Come and join me if you will as we explore what happens when Revolutions Fail.

    In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about issues ranging from religion, to the Panama Papers, to the history of Iceland.

    It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra.

    Stay thinking my friends.

    -Spencer

    • 1 Std. 5 Min.
    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 12: Freudian Nightmares

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 12: Freudian Nightmares

    Welcome everyone to the twelfth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Freudian Nightmares.

    In our latest engagement episode, we take a look at the crazy and dark world represented by Freudian psychology.

    Today, we take a look at psychologist and in many ways I would argue philosopher Sigmund Freud. Many people in modern times think of Sigmund Freud as a curiosity of the past, in this episode I hope to show that in some ways, Freud still has much to teach us.

    In this episode we trace the philosophies through time that inspired Freud's examination of human behaviour, we also examine the core tenants of Freudian philosophy and see how the man reacted in his darkest state.

    It's our first time looking at a historical figure outside of ancient times, so today's episode is without question a change of pace.

    Come and join me if you will as we submerge ourselves in the dark world of Freudian Nightmares.

    In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about issues from American-Cuban Relations, to the attacks in Belgium this week and many more subjects submitted by the listeners.

    It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra.

    Stay thinking my friends.

    -Spencer

    • 1 Std. 3 Min.
    Ne Plus Update: Trump Rises, Sanders Falls, Syria Boils

    Ne Plus Update: Trump Rises, Sanders Falls, Syria Boils

    Welcome everyone to our second Ne Plus Update, a smaller podcast focused just on the current events of the day.

    In this Episode we discuss the American Primaries and the Syrian Civil War.

    We also talk about how the schedule of the podcast is changing, and reveal the topic for our next episode.

    It's a dine and dash type of update, the kind that can only be found here on Ne Plus Ultra

    • 17 Min.

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