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Daniel Harper is a researcher who goes where few others can bear to go: he listens to what the reactionaries - from the IDW to the modern day Nazis - say to each other in *their* safe spaces! In this timely and shocking - but entertaining - anti-fascist podcast, Daniel tells his friend, online writer Jack Graham, all about it.

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Daniel Harper is a researcher who goes where few others can bear to go: he listens to what the reactionaries - from the IDW to the modern day Nazis - say to each other in *their* safe spaces! In this timely and shocking - but entertaining - anti-fascist podcast, Daniel tells his friend, online writer Jack Graham, all about it.

    PREVIEW: Backer Bonus Ep12 Rittenhouse Etc

    PREVIEW: Backer Bonus Ep12 Rittenhouse Etc

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    This time, we have a general chat taking in the recent antics of Tim Pool, Jimmy Dore, Bret & Heather, etc, before concentrating on the Rittenhouse case, and the trial as it enters its final phase.
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    EXTRA Content Warnings for discussion of violence and abuse.
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    98: The University of Austin, with Kristin Rawls and Jeff Eaton

    98: The University of Austin, with Kristin Rawls and Jeff Eaton

    So UATX happened.
    Dear God I wish stuff would stop happening.
    Thankfully we got Kristin Rawls and Jeff Eaton from Christian Rightcast to come back to help us talk about it. 
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    Christian Rightcast https://rightcast.substack.com/
    CHristian Rightcast on Twitter https://twitter.com/crightcast?lang=en
    Kristin's Twitter https://twitter.com/kristinrawls
    Jeff's Twitter https://twitter.com/eaton
     
    Show Notes:
    Pano Kanelos at Bari Weiss's Substack We Can't Wait For Universities to Fix Themselves. So We're Starting a New One
    The numbers tell the story as well as any anecdote you’ve read in the headlines or heard within your own circles. Nearly a quarter of American academics in the social sciences or humanities endorse ousting a colleague for having a wrong opinion about hot-button issues such as immigration or gender differences. Over a third of conservative academics and PhD students say they had been threatened with disciplinary action for their views. Four out of five American PhD students are willing to discriminate against right-leaning scholars, according to a report by the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology. The picture among undergraduates is even bleaker. In Heterodox Academy’s 2020 Campus Expression Survey, 62% of sampled college students agreed that the climate on their campus prevented students from saying things they believe. Nearly 70% of students favor reporting professors if the professor says something students find offensive, according to a Challey Institute for Global Innovation survey. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reports at least 491 disinvitation campaigns since 2000. Roughly half were successful. University of Austin Wikipedia
    The University of Austin website
    Under "Our principles"
    Universities devoted to the unfettered pursuit of truth are the cornerstone of a free and flourishing democratic society. For universities to serve their purpose, they must be fully committed to freedom of inquiry, freedom of conscience, and civil discourse. In order to maintain these principles, UATX will be fiercely independent—financially, intellectually, and politically. Under "What Makes UATX Different"
    A COMMITMENT TO FREEDOM OF INQUIRY We’re reclaiming a place in higher education for freedom of inquiry and civil discourse. Our students and faculty will confront the most vexing questions of human life and civil society. We will create a community of conversation grounded in intellectual humility that respects the dignity of each individual and cultivates a passion for truth.
    A NEW FINANCIAL MODEL We’re completely rethinking how a university operates by developing a novel financial model. We will lower tuition by avoiding costly administrative excess and overreach. We will focus our resources intensively on academics, rather than amenities. We will align institutional incentives with student outcomes.
    AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM Our curriculum is being designed in partnership not only with the world’s great thinkers but also with its great doers—visionaries who have founded bold ventures, artists and writers of the highest order, pioneers in tech, and the leading lights in engineering and the natural sciences. Students will apply their foundational skills to practical problems in fields such as entrepreneurship, public policy, education, and engineering.
    Under "Programs"
    Beginning Summer 2022 The Forbidden Courses Our Forbidden Courses summer program invites t

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    97: Debating Sam Harris

    97: Debating Sam Harris

    So Sam Harris went on Decoding the Gurus, and we decided we had to talk about it.
    Content warnings.
    Podcast Notes:
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    Show Notes:
    Decoding the Gururs, Special Episode: Sam Harris and Meditation is all you need ( https://decoding-the-gurus.captivate.fm/episode/special-episode-sam-harris-meditation-is-all-you-need )
    Decoding the Gurus interview with Sam Harris ( https://decoding-the-gurus.captivate.fm/episode/sam-harris )
    Sam Harris in The Washington Times, December 1, 2004, Mired in a religious war ( https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2004/dec/1/20041201-090801-2582r/ )
    "It is time we admitted that we are not at war with “terrorism.” We are at war with Islam. This is not to say that we are at war with all Muslims, but we are absolutely at war with the vision of life that is prescribed to all Muslims in the Koran. The only reason Muslim fundamentalism is a threat to us is because the fundamentals of Islam are a threat to us. Every American should read the Koran and discover the relentlessness with which non-Muslims are vilified in its pages. The idea that Islam is a “peaceful religion hijacked by extremists” is a dangerous fantasy — and it is now a particularly dangerous fantasy for Muslims to indulge.
    "It should be of particular concern to us that the beliefs of devout Muslims pose a special problem for nuclear deterrence. There is, after all, little possibility of our having a cold war with an Islamist regime armed with long-range nuclear weapons. A cold war requires that the parties be mutually deterred by the threat of death. Notions of martyrdom and jihad run roughshod over the logic that allowed the United States and the Soviet Union to pass half a century perched, more or less stably, on the brink of Armageddon. We must come to terms with the possibility that men who are every bit as zealous to die as the September 11 hijackers may one day get their hands on long-range nuclear weaponry.
    Polite Conversations 17 with Sam Harris ( https://soundcloud.com/politeconversations/episode-17-sam-harris )

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    96: Catching Up With Cantwell (and The Failures of the Prison Industrial Complex)

    96: Catching Up With Cantwell (and The Failures of the Prison Industrial Complex)

    Sines v. Kessler is finally underway, and Christopher Cantwell is representing himself.  Need we say more?  Actually, yes.  And hence, this episode.
    Content warnings.
    Podcast Notes:
    Please consider donating to help us make the show and stay independent.  Patrons get exclusive access to one full extra episode a month.
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    Show Notes:
    Vice News, Charlottesville Race and Terror (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIrcB1sAN8I)
    Christopher Cantwell transferred to Communication Management Unit in Marion, IL. (https://twitter.com/socialistdogmom/status/1402292133483196422?s=20)
    Pro Se Letter regarding change of address by Christopher Cantwell.(https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.vawd.109120/gov.uscourts.vawd.109120.968.0_1.pdf)
    Hilary Sargent coverage of the Cantwell criminal trial at The Informant. (https://www.informant.news/people/1157338-hilary-sargent)
    Cantwell Criminal Trial Testimony Day 3 (https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nhd.53269/gov.uscourts.nhd.53269.118.0.pdf)
    Cantwell Criminal Trial Testimony Day 4 (https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.nhd.53269/gov.uscourts.nhd.53269.119.0.pdf)
    Jordan Green at Raw Story: ‘Crying Nazi’ Christoper Cantwell is getting legal assist from a white supremacist as he prepares for Charlottesville trial (https://www.rawstory.com/crying-nazi-trial/)
    While serving his sentence, Cantwell met Hale along with another man named William A. White, who has played an even more significant role in helping him prepare for his upcoming trial in Charlottesville. White, in turn, is in prison for soliciting violence against the foreman of the federal jury that convicted Hale. According to the US Justice Department, White created the now defunct Overthrow.com website in the late 2000s as a platform for the American National Socialist Workers Party. He used the website to post derogatory comments and personal information about the jury foreman, including their home address and phone numbers. "Anyway, so I run into these guys," Cantwell told a white supremacist podcaster during an interview last week from an Oklahoma prison where he is awaiting transfer to Charlottesville to stand trial. "And allegations against them notwithstanding, they're good to me."  
    Sines v. Kessler at Courtlistener (https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6168921/sines-v-kessler/?filed_after=&filed_before=&entry_gte=&entry_lte=&order_by=desc)
    Document 1108 (https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.vawd.109120/gov.uscourts.vawd.109120.1108.0.pdf)
    In addition, it has now become apparent that Cantwell, who has been proceeding pro se and has been afforded its corresponding protections and leniency, may be using another inmate, William A. White, to participate in this litigation and “ghost-write” his recent filings. See ECF 1063 at 1 (“Christopher Cantwell ... Moves this Court ... To Provide Cantwell and his Lay Counsel, William A White, Adequate Access to The Electronic Materials...”); ECF 1063-2; compare ECF 1055 (handwritten filing written largely in first person) with ECF 1063 (typewritten filing written in third person). That provides yet another basis to deny these motions. Ghost writing plainly violates legal rules and only reinforces the inappropriate and harassing nature of Cantwell’s numerous recent filings, including ECF 1062, 1063, 1064, 1065, 1066, 1077, 1078, 1084, 1085, 1086, 1087, 1088, 1089, 1090, 1096, 1097, 1098, 1099, 1102, 1103. See Wojcicki v. SCANA/SCE&G, 947 F.3d 240, 244 (4th Cir. 2020) (“Allowing individuals to represent themselves pro se reflects a respect for the choice of an individual citizen to plead hi

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    PREVIEW: Backer Bonus Ep11 The Dark Knight, Part 2

    PREVIEW: Backer Bonus Ep11 The Dark Knight, Part 2

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    Since we spent the entirety of Bonus Episode 10 moaning about the technical shortcomings of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan's 2008 Batman vs the Joker movie, this time we - being who we are - felt the need to spend this episode moaning about the themes and politics and ideology of same.  And so we did.  
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    Content Warnings.
    Please consider donating to help us make the show and stay independent.  Patrons get exclusive access to one full extra episode a month.
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    95: James Lindsay and the Grievance Studies Hoax, Part 2

    95: James Lindsay and the Grievance Studies Hoax, Part 2

    Yes, we're back with Jimmy Concepts, reliable source of dishonest idiocy.  This time, as a kind of 'bonus feature' to our last episode, Daniel reads out a representative selection of reviewer comments on some of the fake papers submitted to academic journals by Lindsay, Pluckrose and Boghossian during the so-called 'Sokal Squared' prank.  It's very revealing... albeit of something we already knew: namely that Lindsay and his cohorts are absolutely full of shit.
    Content Warnings.
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    Show Notes for 95:
    Areo Magazine, Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship ( https://areomagazine.com/2018/10/02/academic-grievance-studies-and-the-corruption-of-scholarship/ )
    Full listing of Grievance Studies Papers and Reviews ( https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19tBy_fVlYIHTxxjuVMFxh4pqLHM_en18 ).
    "BJ-Gay" reviewer's comment:
    - This paper claims to apply a combination of psychoanalysis and feminism to examine and critique
    styles of masculinity evident within grappling-based martial arts subcultures. Overall, I found the
    paper very difficult to read and cannot recommend it for publication. This is due to a combination of factors, namely:
    - A densely theoretical, often confusing style of prose in many parts of the paper;
    - An inconsistent application of theoretical concepts, most of which were not defined with any
    clarity for the reader;
    - Overuse of certain source material, as well as a fairly consistent tendency to misuse sources in
    support of claims that the papers/books in question do not actually support;
    - Many sweeping generalizations about (all) men involved in (all) grappling-based martial arts;
    - A tokenistic inclusion of discussions of women in these spaces, which was not reconciled with the analysis in any meaningful way;
    - A central thesis which is not, to my knowledge, supported by any of the empirical research in this area (despite the fact that several such studies were cited in the paper);
    - Bizarre, even farcical concluding recommendations which indicate a lack of knowledge about the martial arts in question, as well as a tenuous and selective grasp of feminism as applied to sport.
    - There is simply too much wrong with the paper to offer a more robust criticism as a reviewer. I recommend that the author spends far more time acquainting themselves with both the theoretical and empirical literature at the intersection of sport, martial arts and masculinity studies before attempting a re-write. The current offering sits far short of the standards of scholarship expected of academic publication, particularly in a journal such as Men and Masculinities.
    https://twitter.com/deonteleologist/status/1444709707864674306
    https://twitter.com/deonteleologist/status/1402338497617285120
    "The Joke's On You" reviewer comment:
    - Another sign of lack of integration is that there is not clear definition of the comedic. The very first paragraph offers one too narrow for the essay. Northrup Frye provides some useful definitions of irony, parody, and satire in his classic work, Anatomy of Criticism. Note, too, that Cynthia Willett, in Irony in the Age of Empire, shares a similar thesis with this essay, namely that irony works against arrogance and ignorance. That source should be acknowledged even as the author discusses her own different approach, and might help the author clarify definitions of the comedic and integrate argument.
    - Yet another sign of lack of integration are the mixed references from Oliver to Dotson, Bailey, e

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