Wendell Berry Part 01

Look and See a documentary about Wendell Berry

Is there a relationship between our mood and what we put into our bodies? Is there a deeper relationship between what we put in our bodies and how we are treating the planet? Climate change, Climate change denial, erratic weather, drought, flood and natural disaster, extended seasons of summer and winter have become a common experience for us all.

Today we take a look at what it means to suffer depression, what it feels like to have little or no control over your changing moods. I share with you my story of why I have been away for nearly three weeks. Life is not fair. Fairness is a dirty word, with awful implications. Life is harsh, but it needn’t be brutish and short. I invite you to consider how we can all work toward taking better care of ourselves and our environment. The first step is to treat our bodies and our minds with kindness. To allow ourselves the space required to overcome difficulties and challenges that present themselves to us.

The second step, our second story is about how we have allowed convenience to override our natural desires to be healthy and to be organically connected to the world. We live in a world that is increasingly becoming built for machines. Automation anxiety is a real felt experience, and for many their jobs are at high risk. Employment today is a game of exploitation. The notion of self-sufficiency when linked with the dread of the robots is still closely associated with the kind of men that are represented by Ted Kaczynski.

Industrial Society may have a tough road ahead in balancing the human needs with the requirements for computer automated living convenience. But we as individuals whether renting or not can all take small steps towards cleaner diets. I am not perfect, I still eat pizza and find myself in drive throughs. But I also do my level best each week to cook more often than not.

I am grateful to Drew for introducing Wendell Berry into the ongoing many to many discourse that is the podcast medium, and I hope that his message gets a chance to reach more and more people. Let this episode and the next be a small step in that direction.

I have been humbled these last few weeks with the feedback that I have received. I am truly grateful that the efforts I put into making this show are enjoyed by the listening audience. I hope that I can do justice to the guests who have kindly lent me their time to assist in producing a high-quality show. As I’ve said before, feedback keeps me productive so please continue to send it in. Again, I ask for your help in promoting this show, if you enjoy my efforts then please share on social media. If you really like my work then please leave a review on iTunes. Actually, if you really dislike my work then leave a review there too, it all helps. Finally, if you’re financially secure and wondering where to spend your disposable income, consider supporting me directly via patreon.

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Episode 11: The Fragile Absolute with Doug Lain Part 2

Doug Lain this weeks guest
Doug Lain this weeks guest
Doug Lain is the publisher of Zero Books and the Author of Bash Bash Revolution



Have you had enough of Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Zizek yet? Never?!? Me Neither, these are important theorists of our time – we may recognize that we are living in the age of the analogue of Nietzsche and Marx and so on and so on although it’s not entirely obvious that that’s the case. Either way, in this episode we travel a little further down the road to knowledge and wisdom. This is part two of a discussion I had back a few weeks ago now with Douglas Lain. Doug is an amazing person and has taken the responsibility of running an imprint on successfully. I really think that you should be reading at the very least, Capital Realism by Mark Fischer and Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle.

Too often echo chambers form on the internet. Podcast’s, blogs, forums, facebook groups can get lumped into a “category.” For Zero Books or for that matter Sam Harris, SRSLY Wrong or Ben Shapiro this is intentional. But for others like School Sucks, the Peace Revolution and even Gnostic Media or Red Ice Radio (at some point in the now distant past for both shows) there is a drive towards wisdom. A curiosity towards understanding the nature of the discourse without having to immediately label it capital L LEFT or capital R RIGHT.

If you were to draw a venn diagram of Zizek and Peterson that juicy middle section would draw the eye. They have a lot more in common than they have in terms of differences. Yet, they are at opposite ends of the spectrum politically. When Doug and I sat down to talk in January of 2018, the heat of the three or four years of polarization in American politics was as hot as it still is in February of 2018 and probably March, April, May of 2018.

I don’t want to be called a Nazi and I don’t want to be labelled as an SJW or a snow flake. I just want to follow the bizarre path the Truth takes through all of this. So again, I want to mention that Doug is a Marxist, Critical Theorist with a Left leaning imprint that publishes Critical Theory. But that is one dimension of who he is, he is a father of four a husband someone who occasional digs up interesting life histories from the obituaries. Politically I am nothing like him and everything like him, always already becoming a Marxist, always already a free market Libertarian.

As complexity continues to domainant the very social interactions that are possible. You hearing my voice now, the ability to tweet at celebrities and cause twitter carnage, the ability for freshman undergraduates to form political coalitions that result in professors losing their jobs…

Any honesty in dialogue is now obscured by the lens of perception. In this episode, part two, as in all the episodes I want to smash together opposing ideas to see what sticks out. Listen to what is being said by each of the voices you are about to hear. Consider their view points philosophically, but most importantly be free to disagree with your heroes. It’s not enough to be able to think for yourself anymore, you have to be able to look your predecessors in the face and say FUCK YOU.

So to that extent FUCK YOU DOUG LAIN. I can’t wait to have you back on the show.

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Episode 10: The Fragile Absolute Part 1 with Doug Lain

Žižek vs Peterson round 1
Žižek vs Peterson round 1
Žižek and Peterson are controversial figures. Doug and I discuss them.


Žižek is a Lacanian helgalian or a helgalian Lacanian, I can’t work out which, he is also a continental philosopher, not just because of the work he draws upon but also because of the geographical location from which he was raised and emerged. The Lacanian aspect opens up the Freudian/neo Freudian split which includes everyone from Klein to Rank to even Wilhelm Reich, whilst the Helgalian aspect opens up the Kantian, Nietzschean spectrum which includes Sartre, Derrida Foucault through to Adorno and Fromm. On top of that he is a Marxist, if we can add another dimension to this matrix, but he is radical and violent in his radicalism so perhaps more correctly he is a Stalinist. This is such a diverse and unique mix that brings out such a controversial figure in the media that is somehow at the same time hypnotic. Certainly, he is not a one-dimensional celebrity like a will Smith or John Wayne or even to some extent a Jordan Peterson. So, the question for you Doug, in all this is, is there a difference between Žižek as the philosopher and Žižek as the celebrity. In other words, is something lost in his writings by his very stature in society?

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