A series of conversations about faith, philosophy, history, politics, and the internet hosted by Josiah Sutton.
The Springtime of the Peoples (feat. Chris Barker)
Josiah is joined by his first return guest, Chris Barker, to discuss the revolutions of 1848. While the string of revolutions that rocked Europe over the year were ultimately a failure, their legacy lived on and shaped the way modern politics developed. This is the year nationalism became a real political force. This is the year Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto. The ripple effects from this event would stretch everywhere and the conversation goes all over the place because of that, from abolitionists in the U.S. to the Hungarian revolt against the soviets in 1956. Beyond that though, this is mostly an episode of two history nerds getting excited about history.
You Are Not the Chosen One (feat. Phil Cozzi)
Josiah is joined by Phil Cozzi (@CryptidDirector) to discuss film and chasing your dreams. While the conversation was initially going to be about film, it eventually pivoted into a more personal discussion about the feeling of giving up on your passions, and the narcissism lurking in most artistic or academic endeavors. We often think of great artists or thinkers as powerful individuals who pursued their dreams, and this notion is fed by the films and books most zoomers and millennials were raised with. Phil and Josiah try to untangle this and look at art in a more communal sense.
Iowa and the Right (feat. Gavin Aronsen)
Josiah is joined by Gavin Aronsen (@garonsen) to discuss Iowa politics, especially it’s recent right wing turn. They discuss Steve King’s connections to Viktor Orban, the rise of illiberal conservatism, and the failure of local media to report on local politics. They also reflect on the 2020 protests, Occupy Wall Street, and point toward some optimistic developments as well.
Learning from Lost Futures (feat. Phil Christman)
Josiah is joined by Phil Christman (@phil_christman) to talk about the Midwest, American evangelicalism, and the future of the left. Both the Midwest and evangelicalism are made up of lost futures—radical moral or political visions that eventually lost out to the iterations we see today. In a casual discussion, Josiah and Phil ask what we can learn from history, both the good and the bad, and how that can help in imagining the future.
VLVC REPOST: My God Has Two Arms (feat. Randy Sutton)
Hello! I was not able to record any new Fruitless this month. Instead, I'll be sharing two old Very Legal, Very Cool episodes. This is the second one featuring my Dad.
VLVC REPOST: Portraits of War Gods (feat. Jackal)
Hello! I was not able to record any new Fruitless this month. Instead, I'll be sharing two old Very Legal, Very Cool episodes. This is the first one featuring Jackal (@JackalJester)