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As a freethinker, are you looking through binoculars out at the world in the safety of a foxhole? Get fuel for your soul and intellectual ammunition by listening to The Secular Foxhole podcast, in order to fight for the separation of religion and state.

The Secular Foxhole Blair Schofield and Martin Lindeskog

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As a freethinker, are you looking through binoculars out at the world in the safety of a foxhole? Get fuel for your soul and intellectual ammunition by listening to The Secular Foxhole podcast, in order to fight for the separation of religion and state.

    James Valliant on Ayn Rand's Essay, Faith and Force

    James Valliant on Ayn Rand's Essay, Faith and Force

    Today we bring back one of our favorites, https://the-secular-foxhole.captivate.fm/episode/interview-with-james-valliant (James Valliant), an Ayn Rand scholar, whom along with Martin and I, discuss Miss Rand’s seminal essay, "https://courses.aynrand.org/works/faith-and-force-the-destroyers-of-the-modern-world/ (Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World.)" Don’t Miss It!
    Show notes with links to articles, blog posts, products and services:
    http://aynrandlexicon.com/ayn-rand-works/faith-and-force.html (Faith and Force: The Destroyers of the Modern World)
    https://ari.aynrand.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FCIT_What_You_Can_Do.pdf (What You Can Do)
    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Auguste-Comte (Auguste Comte)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deontological_ethics (Deontological ethics)
    http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/collectivism.html (Collectivism)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316255/ominous-parallels-by-leonard-peikoff/ (Ominous Parallels)
    https://www.britannica.com/topic/pure-reason ("Pure reason")
    http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/racism.html (Racism)
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3294018-personal-destinies (Personal Destinies: A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Herman_Randall_Jr. (John Herman Randall Jr.)
    https://aynrandsociety.org (The Ayn Rand Society)
    http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/envy-hatred_of_the_good_for_being_the_good.html (Age of Envy)
    Episode 22 (40 minutes) was recorded at 10 PM CET, on May 14, 2021, with https://ringr.com/ego (Ringr app).

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    Thomas Paine Memorial Association

    Thomas Paine Memorial Association

    Martin and I again greet Margaret Downey from The Freethought Society and Andrew Seidel from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to discuss their https://centerforinquiry.org/news/celebrate-the-freethought-legacy-of-thomas-paine-june-8/ (Thomas Paine celebration on Tuesday, June 8th), at 6:45 pm EST. Details in the interview and show notes!
    Show notes with links to articles, blog posts, products and services:
    https://the-secular-foxhole.captivate.fm/episode/interview-with-margaret-downey-and-andrew-seidel (Interview with Margaret Downey and Andrew Seidel (January 29, 2021))
    https://www.ftsociety.org/2021/05/25/the-2021-thomas-paine-day-event-details/ (The 2021 Thomas Paine Day Event)
    https://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/38925-ffrf-co-sponsors-online-thomas-paine-day-celebration-on-tuesday-june-8 (FFRF co-sponsors online Thomas Paine Day celebration on Tuesday, June 8)
    https://thomaspainememorial.org (Thomas Paine Memorial Association)
    Episode 21 (23 minutes) was recorded at 9 PM CET, on May 21, 2021, with https://alitu.com/?fp_ref=egonetcast (Alitu).

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    Don’t Bite Into The Jordan Peterson Marshmallow

    Don’t Bite Into The Jordan Peterson Marshmallow

    This episode features return https://the-secular-foxhole.captivate.fm/episode/interview-with-andy-clarkson (guest Andy Clarkson) who will discuss his research into how philosophically corrupt Jordan Peterson actually is. Regardless of what I (Blair) call, “spasms of clarity.” This episode is a warning to serious Objectivists, and/or students of Objectivism to tread lightly around Peterson.
    Show notes with links to articles, blog posts, products and services:
    https://twitter.com/andy_clarkson (Andy Clarkson on Twitter)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_Rules_for_Life (12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos)
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37875695 (Toronto professor Jordan Peterson takes on gender-neutral pronouns)
    https://pablomunoziturrieta.com/the-gulag-archipelago-a-new-foreword-by-jordan-b-peterson/ (The Gulag Archipelago: A New Foreword by Jordan B Peterson)
    https://youtu.be/5k4qCk6E_GI (Jordan Peterson explains his Big Difference with Ayn Rand)
    https://youtu.be/PRHaropPZCc?t=3204s (Live from OCON: Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, Yaron Brook, Greg Salmieri - Rubin Report)
    https://www.jordanbpeterson.com/philosophy/on-facts-values-rationality-and-stories/ (On facts, values, rationality and stories: Part III of Response to Harris)
    https://peikoff.com/essays_and_articles/fact-and-value/ (Fact and Value by Leonard Peikoff, Ph.D.)
    https://youtu.be/VbVwV8_TEkM (Jordan Peterson cries talking about Jesus Christ (short clip))
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man (Straw man)
    Episode 20 (67 minutes) was recorded at 4 PM CET, on April 17, 2021, with https://ringr.com/ego (Ringr app).

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Interview with Don Watkins

    Interview with Don Watkins

    Today, we interviewed https://www.donswriting.com (Don Watkins), author of https://www.amazon.com/Rooseveltcare-Social-Security-Sabotaging-Self-Reliance/dp/0979466172/ (RooseveltCare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance) about his book and forthcoming projects.
    Show notes with links to articles, blog posts, products and services:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolat_(2000_film) (Chocolat)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_and_Protective_Order_of_Elks (Elks Lodge)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasa_Order_of_America (Vasa order of America)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Epstein_(American_writer) (Alex Epstein)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax_Freedom_Day (Tax Freedom Day)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overton_window (Overton window)
    Episode 19 (51 minutes) was recorded at 9 PM CET, on April 2, 2021, with https://ringr.com/ego (Ringr app).

    • 51 min
    Interview with Elan Journo

    Interview with Elan Journo

    Today we interviewed Ayn Rand Institute Senior Fellow, https://elanjourno.com (Elan Journo) about his book, https://www.amazon.com/What-Justice-Demands-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict/dp/168261798X/ (What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict).
    Show notes with links to articles, blog posts, products and services:
    https://newideal.aynrand.org/israel-palestine-unpacking-the-problems-new-ideal-qa/ (Israel/Palestine: Unpacking the Problems (New Ideal QandA))
    https://newideal.aynrand.org/tackling-top-5-objections-to-what-justice-demands/ (Tackling Top 5 Objections to What Justice Demands)
    Episode 18 (66 minutes) was recorded at 10 PM CET, on April 30, 2021, with https://ringr.com/ego (Ringr app).

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ben Bayer on Ayn Rand's essay, Selfishness Without A Self

    Ben Bayer on Ayn Rand's essay, Selfishness Without A Self

    In this episode, we have a https://the-secular-foxhole.captivate.fm/episode/interview-with-ben-bayer (returning guest. Ben Bayer) of the Ayn Rand Institute is here to discuss https://courses.aynrand.org/works/selfishness-without-a-self/ (Ayn Rand's essay, Selfishness Without A Self).
    Show notes with links to articles, blog posts, products and services:
    http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/anti-conceptual_mentality.html (“Anti-Conceptual Mentality”)
    https://thefederalist.com/2015/05/06/kardashian-culture-selfishness-without-a-self/ (Kardashian Culture: ‘Selfishness’ Without a Self by Robert Tracinski)
    https://www.capitalismmagazine.com/2021/01/selfishness-without-a-self-trumps-true-colors-revealed/ (Selfishness Without a Self: Trump’s True Colors Revealed by Harry Binswanger)
    https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/f/the-fountainhead/character-analysis/peter-keating (Peter Keating) - https://www.andrewbernstein.net/books/cliffs-notes-the-fountainhead/ (CliffNotes book by Andrew Bernstein)
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/the-making-of-an-american-nazi/544119/ (The Making of an American Nazi, by Luke O’Brien - The Atlantic)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Pinker (Steven Pinker)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_dark_web (Intellectual dark web)
    https://www.lesswrong.com/tag/rationalist-movement (Rationalist movement)
    https://www.lesswrong.com/tag/progress-studies (Progress studies)
    https://newideal.aynrand.org/trump-isnt-selfish-thats-the-problem/ (Trump Isn’t Selfish — That’s the Problem by Ben Bayer)
    https://newideal.aynrand.org/why-ayn-rand-would-have-despised-a-president-trump/ (Why Ayn Rand Would Have Despised a President Trump by Onkar Ghate)
    https://newideal.aynrand.org/the-virulent-pull-of-tribalism/ (The Virulent Pull of Tribalism by Elan Journo)
    https://objectivistmedia.com/events/aynrandcon-europe-2019 (AynRandCon Europe 2019)

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