Interdisciplinary is the future. Join me, Matt Archer, as I speak to a wide variety of guests in an attempt to breakdown the artificial barriers dividing subjects, as well as improve our ability to communicate.
Academic selection and grammar schools || Peter Hitchens -- Ideas Sleep Furiously Podcast E11
Peter Hitchens is an English journalist and author. He writes for The Mail on Sunday and is a former foreign correspondent in Moscow and Washington. Peter has contributed to The Spectator, The American Conservative, The Guardian, First Things, Prospect, and the New Statesman. Peter has published numerous books, including The Abolition of Britain, The Rage Against God, The War We Never Fought and The Phoney Victory. In this interview we talk about education, grammar schools, and the family. --------- I can only continue to do this with your support. If you'd like to get your name in the credits, early access to videos, livestreams, and private Zoom calls, you can support the show on Patreon from just $1: https://www.patreon.com/Ideas_Sleep TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Ideas_Sleep DISCORD: https://discord.gg/gQwFE7a77H
The possibilities and limitations of anarchism || Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson is the author of Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism. He is currently doing his second PhD at the University of Nottingham. The book is about the possibility of organising society without the state, but, crucially, it makes the claim, contrary to much anarchist theory, that such a life would not entail absolute freedom; rather, as the title suggests, it would mean creating new forms of social organisation which, whilst offering more freedom than state-capitalism, would nonetheless still entail certain limits to freedom. In making this argument, a secondary point is made, which highlights the books originality; namely, that, whilst anarchism is defended by an increasing number of radicals, the reality of what an anarchist society might look like, and the problems that such a society might encounter, are rarely discussed or acknowledged, either in academic or activist writings. If you want to support alternative media, you can do so for just $1 on Patreon and get your name in the credits as well as my heart ❤️ (+ other goodies): https://www.patreon.com/Ideas_Sleep
The British working classes read the canon || Prof Jonathan Rose
Prof Jonathan Rose is the William R. Kenan Professor of History. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University and he reviews books for the The Times Literary Supplement and the Daily Telegraph. His fields of study are British history, intellectual history and the history of the book. We mainly talk about his magnum opus, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, which won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History, the Longman-History Today Historical Book of the Year Prize and the British Council Prize. In that book, Jonathan revealed that the British working classes were far more well read than had previously been thought. ---------------------
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How to deconstruct an argument || Anthony Magnabosco
Anthony Magnabosco is a skeptic, well-known for his YouTube channel where he practices Street Epistemology (SE). Like a modern day Socrates he stops random people to have conversations about factual claims they make, in order to see if they have a good reason to believe them. His calm demeanour and ability to set people at ease makes for a wonderful antidote to a world of "Ben Shapiro DESTROYS SJW Feminist". As Anthony says in the interview, he distinguishes between beliefs and people -- an approach which anybody who interacts with him can attest to. In this interview we talk about the tools you can use to help deconstruct arguments (both your own and other people's) and the future of the "sense making" movement. Anthony's channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/magnabos... His Twitter: https://twitter.com/magnabosco Read more about Anthony here: https://intellectinterviews.com/2020/... Street epistemology subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/StreetEpiste... --------- I got good Tweets, too: https://twitter.com/Ideas_Sleep Support the show on Patreon and get your name in the credits as well as my heart ❤️ (+ other goodies like early access to videos and Zoom calls with myself): https://www.patreon.com/Ideas_Sleep
Smart people are too powerful || David Goodhart
David Goodhart is a British journalist, commentator and author. He is the founder and a former editor of Prospect magazine. He's probably most famous for his 2017 book The Road to Somewhere in which he argued that a fault line existed in Britain between "Somewheres", those people firmly connected to a specific community which consists of about half the population, and "Anywheres", those usually living in cities, who are socially liberal and well educated, the latter being only a minority of about 20% to 25% of the total population, but who in fact had "over-ruled" the attitudes of the majority. This divide is something which is by no means unique to Britain, it's highly relevant to America with both Brexit and Trump being a revolt led by the Somewheres. In this conversation, David and I talk about his most recent book, Head Hand Heart, in which he argues that a good society needs a balance between aptitudes relating to cognitive skills, manual skills, and caring skills. David argues that the recent decades in the West have seen far too much emphasis on rewarding cognitive ability as the gold standard of human esteem. For David, readjusting this balance is the story of the struggle for status and dignity in the 21st century.
Fighting ISIS, Rojava, Shamima Begum, & what we should do with returning jihadis || Macer Gifford
Macer Gifford is the pseudonym of a British former currency trader who travelled to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG militia against the Islamic State group. Macer went to fight ISIS not just once but twice. First in 2015 and again in 2016. In 2020, he released a book called Fighting Evil about his experience in Syria.
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