Our Bureaucratic Rulers: Creatures of Enlightenment’s Failure (Audio)

MacIntyre’s argument in chapters 6 and 7 of After Virtue moves further into the problems caused by the fact/value distinction, the development of social science, and the managerial/bureaucratic approach to dealing with people. The threat to democracy posed by the social engineering mode of thinking begins to take center stage. Along the way, unicorns and witches are unmasked so that we can see that, in MacIntyre’s view, without adequate grounding for moral reasoning, there is no justification for rule other than the will to power. … More Our Bureaucratic Rulers: Creatures of Enlightenment’s Failure (Audio)

To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers (Audio)

If you’re going to succeed where others have failed you have to avoid the pitfalls and stay the course. I start with a brief introduction to the Greta Thunberg and the youth Climate Strike movement, then discuss the movement’s underlying assumptions, the pitfalls associated with those assumptions, and some suggestions for how to avoid those pitfalls. … More To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers (Audio)

To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers

If you’re going to succeed where others have failed you have to avoid the pitfalls and stay the course. I start with a brief introduction to the Greta Thunberg and the youth Climate Strike movement, then discuss the movement’s underlying assumptions, the pitfalls associated with those assumptions, and some suggestions for how to avoid those pitfalls. … More To Greta Thunberg and All Climate Strikers

Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy (Audio)

Near the end of Dreaming Dangerously, Zizek mentions German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s idea of encouraging the wealthy to give gifts in exchange for honor instead of forcing them to pay through taxation. This video explains Sloterdijk’s position and how it fits and doesn’t fit with Zizek’s notions about what truly motivates people. … More Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy (Audio)

Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy

Near the end of Dreaming Dangerously, Zizek mentions German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk’s idea of encouraging the wealthy to give gifts in exchange for honor instead of forcing them to pay through taxation. This video explains Sloterdijk’s position and how it fits and doesn’t fit with Zizek’s notions about what truly motivates people. … More Gifts Instead of Taxes? Peter Sloterdijk: Honor the Wealthy

Climate Strike v. Occupy: Do Protests Matter? (Audio–Dreaming Dangerously 7)

Do protests and demonstrations accomplish anything? And, if they often don’t, why? Answering that question should determine what we choose to do, and how, in any particular call for action. Zizek’s Chapter 7 on Occupy Wall Street serves as a launching pad for some observations on political demonstrations, including the Climate Strike scheduled for September 20, 2019.\ … More Climate Strike v. Occupy: Do Protests Matter? (Audio–Dreaming Dangerously 7)

Climate Strike v. Occupy: Do Protests Matter? (Dreaming Dangerously 7)

Do protests and demonstrations accomplish anything? And, if they often don’t, why? Answering that question should determine what we choose to do, and how, in any particular call for action. Zizek’s Chapter 7 on Occupy Wall Street serves as a launching pad for some observations on political demonstrations, including the Climate Strike scheduled for September 20, 2019. … More Climate Strike v. Occupy: Do Protests Matter? (Dreaming Dangerously 7)