Two dudes from SoCal who studied philosophy, politics, and religion around the globe who decided to start a podcast where we could b******t with impunity.
"NFTs: Scam or Miracle?" – OaD Ep. 148
NFTs are all the rage at the moment. The dudes chat about what they are and then give a few ways we can think critically about this fad. Plus, Troy rants about the NCAA tournament, and Austin gushes about new media.
"Is Jordan Peterson Really a Fascist?" YouTube Video
Austin's YouTube channel is relaunched and LIVE. He'll be doing videos every Monday and Thursday, bringing you the same content you've come to expect from him but in smaller and snappier form. Check out Austin Hayden's channel and spread the word!
"Judas and the Black Messiah: w/Dr. Kamasi Hill" – OaD Ep. 147
Dr. Kamasi Hill joins the dudes to chat about Judas and the Black Messiah. They delve into the history of the black radical tradition, discuss youthful zeal, and ask what this film means for us in the 21st century. Plus, rants about pop psychology, and Troy recommends the KSR book Ministry for the Future.
"Socialism and Marxism: Chat with Bhaskar Sunkara of Jacobin" – OaD Ep. 146
The dudes chat with Jacobin editor/publisher and author of The Socialist Manifesto Bhaskar Sunkara. They discuss the relevance of socialism and/or Marxism in the 21st century... and they chat a little basketball at the end as well ;) Plus, Troy rants about the Netflix film Moxie, and Austin is all excited about his new veggie box subscription.
"Capitalism as Religion: Benjamin and Agamben" – OaD Ep. 145
The dudes tackle the patron-chosen topic: capitalism as religion. They use two essays on the subject to navigate the topic: one by Walter Benjamin and the other by Giorgio Agamben. Plus Austin rants about a tweet by Daniel Bessner and Troy recommend the music of Richard Dawson.
SPECIAL EPISODE: Some Thoughts After a Family Tragedy
SPECIAL EPISODE: Some Thoughts After a Family Tragedy
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Found out about this podcast through Austin's work on Show Me The Meaning. This podcast has kept me engaged in some kind of academia after I moved to the UK from Australia to find work 1.5 years ago. The conversations are always stimulating and kept my brain active on long train rides to and from work.
This podcast doing absolutely amazing work. The importance of engaging with complex and challenging philosophical topics in a way that's conversational and easier to process can't be understated. If my first year philosophy classes were more like this and less full of peacocking bros wanting to one up each other I probably would kept going with it.
My question to the both of you is more pragmatic than philosophical. How do the both of you manage/keep your reading lists and what works best?
I'm thinking of going back and doing my PhD in Literature, and managing all the texts I want/need to read and when to read them is something that I've always found challenging, especially when you've got a thesis deadline to keep track of.
Keep up the fantastic work!
I came across this podcast about a year ago and have since listened to almost every episode. It came along just at the right time for me as I was trying to widen my political and philosophical perspectives.
You dudes do a great job of making rather complex ideas accessible and engaging, which I think is a great ability for two academics to have (!) and the podcast certainly benefits from it too.
I’d be really interested to know if either of you have read / come across RC Lewontin. Reading Biology As Ideology was a breath of fresh air for me, a science undergrad, and I think his discussion of biological determinism and scieuntific realism are so necessary in a world where Richard Dawkins is a high profile ‘thinker’.
Anyways, thanks so much guys. Keep up the good work!
Great podcast! (& question)
Just discovered this podcast and really enjoy the episodes I've listened to so far! Love the philosophical debate and charitability to different perspectives.
I've just listened to the series of G.A. Cohen and my question concerns the discussion you have in Part 4 about base and superstructure and particularly the relation of capitalist economic base to selfish/greedy individual consciousness.
My question is whether you thought the experience of 20th century socialist construction (in countries like Cuba, Vietnam, and China) and the theoretical work that came out of that could be brought to bear on this issue of base/superstructure or economic/ethics?
When you were talking about the need to revolutionise the base and superstructure my mind immediately went to Mao's notion of 'cultural revolution'. Mao believed deeply in mass mobilisation of the masses at a superstructural level and how that could be brought to bear on the base. The Chinese Revolution was very deeply concerned with individual consciousness and conduct - hence practices like criticism-self-criticism and ideological remoulding. This wasn't reducible to 'brainwashing', it was more like a collective effort to inculcate a new ethic. Texts by Mao like 'In Memory of Norman Bethune' and 'Serve the People' put forward an ethical ideal of promoting social good without needing material incentives - whether that's military service, productive work, healing the sick (Bethune was an internationalist communist from Canada who served as a doctor in the Chinese civil war), etc. Similarly, Ho Chi Minh wrote a whole lot on revolutionary ethics and morality - the importance of transforming the individual (e.g. 'Elevate Revolutionary Ethics, Make a Clean Sweep of Individualism'). Che and Fidel talked about the 'new man' of Cuban socialism and the substitution of 'moral incentives' instead of financial ones.
The Cohen episodes are really excellent and I want to go back and read the book! If I'm honest I was quite unfairly dismissive about Cohen when I was at university basically because analytic Marxism was super unpopular among the other communists I hung out with (who often got their theoretical training through continental/frankfurt school stuff in the English department)...