Political Podcasts



  • I thought some people might be interested in a thread pointing to good political podcast episodes.
    Try and give a reason why others might want to spend time watching/listening


    Rubin Report interview with the great Thomas Sowell, still sharp at 87. Rubin attempts to steer the conversation in a few directions that Sowell shuts down.

    This was a great line:
    "People can't be knowledgeable about everything. But they can be knowledgeable about the extent of their own ignorance"

    Here's a couple fo old WFB Firing Line episodes from the early 80s. Sowell has been so consistent and the debates happening today have been going on for decades

    The younger Sowell seemed to believe he could change the world.. the older Sowell seems more resigned

    I love the lawyer that challenges Sowell's positions at ~37mins



  • @duluth I was watching those again last night after the second part of the Ruben interview. I love how he eviscerates other people's arguments by "show me the evidence".



  • I'm sure everyone knows these ones but I subscribe to http://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/monday-politics

    Topical views from both sides with on occasion a bit of the inside oil. Can get quite heated. Also entertaining listening to the commentators squirming to project their own political prejudices. Can be cringeworthy for same reason.

    Also from National Radio http://www.radionz.co.nz/programmes/the-9th-floor

    Series of 1-1 interviews with every PM from Palmer-Clarke produced in run in to last election.

    Interesting from a historical pov. Also shows how well served we are, in the main, by our leaders irrespective of their political leanings and how generally they seem to be in consensus on the broader issues.



  • The final comment from Sowell in the Rubin interview was awesome - you can't be knowledgeable about everything, but you can be knowledgeable about your own ignorance. I love that man.



  • I've probably posted this before but former Aussie deputy PM's conversation with Jordan Peterson really stands out as one of the best talks about todays political climate and as a warning about history repeating itself



  • Niall Ferguson.

    Explaining the influence of the left in universities. He's a credible professor and his viewpoints are worth listening to. He offers that reputational smearing is vital for the left movement and explains theories as to why things are, in my words, fucking mental right now.
    For the life of me I can't understand the dogma that ignores objectivity and pursues identity over actuality.

    Having seen genuine hardship while living in developing countries I can only surmise that westerners pushing identity politics have experienced no real hardship and are ignorant to the genuine human malevolence that can exist in totalitarian systems.

    It's mind boggling that adults use 13 year olds sexuality to further a selfish agenda, as an example



  • @siam I actually listened to that one this morning. I didn't realise he's Ayaan Hirsi Ali's husband, finished her book 'Infidel' a couple months back, absolutely incredible story.



  • @siam said in Religion, Morality and Political Correctness on campus:

    Niall Ferguson.

    Explaining the influence of the left in universities. He's a credible professor and his viewpoints are worth listening to. He offers that reputational smearing is vital for the left movement and explains theories as to why things are, in my words, fucking mental right now.
    For the life of me I can't understand the dogma that ignores objectivity and pursues identity over actuality.

    Having seen genuine hardship while living in developing countries I can only surmise that westerners pushing identity politics have experienced no real hardship and are ignorant to the genuine human malevolence that can exist in totalitarian systems.

    It's mind boggling that adults use 13 year olds sexuality to further a selfish agenda, as an example

    Thanks for that Siam. Really good interview.

    What I found particularly spot on were what is said about facts and evidence being secondary to perceived lack of good faith, i.e. racism, sexism etc. and about defending one's side no matter how intellectually or morally bankrupt their arguments may be.

    Obviously both sides of the political spectrum have been guilty of this in the past, but right now it is pretty much exclusively the left.



  • Here's the full interview (the other link was part 1)



  • Brilliant but if what he says is right then that is extremely depressing and concerning. Corbyn basically odds on to be PM given May is absolutely butchering Brexit negotiations, and if Trump fails badly the Marxist section of the Democrats will likely rise to power. Eeek, I fucking hope he's wrong on both counts but he makes a bloody good argument for both.



  • There was a bit where Ferguson sat in on another lecturer and was dismayed to hear that the students were not taught about any religion being a variable of the 9/11 attack, rather it was retribution for US foreign policy.

    Now, regardless of your political leanings, it's completely disingenuous not to factor this in ( along with foreign policy and a myriad of other factors) to a history lecture.

    Fucking annoying that the egos of these left leaning "professors" gets in the way of developing students fairly and objectively.



  • Just watched "The Red Pill" again with a friend who hasn't seen it.

    If you haven't watched it, get on it. Outstanding.



  • @no-quarter said in Political Podcasts:

    Brilliant but if what he says is right then that is extremely depressing and concerning. Corbyn basically odds on to be PM given May is absolutely butchering Brexit negotiations, and if Trump fails badly the Marxist section of the Democrats will likely rise to power. Eeek, I fucking hope he's wrong on both counts but he makes a bloody good argument for both.

    Y'know what, while interesting, I think that Rubin seems to have given up on asking his guests to justify and discuss their ideas, its just them commenting on the state of the world. I think he's given up on really taking a Socratic view on these discussions, and I think the discussions are worse off, accordingly.

    So, while it's a super interesting interview, when it gets down to specific ideas about specific points - for example, Brexit - Rubin never challenges Ferguson to discuss - in any real way - how he would do things differently or to justify his ideas against the realities of the decisions he has come around to agreeing with,

    Ferguson bags May, which is fine, but doesn't talk about how he would try to do things differently. He brings up a number of different ways that regional integration can be achieved, but doesn't seem to understand what the fuck is involved with a custom's union versus a common market, and doesn't suggest any way that May could do better than she is. He seems to suggest that a customs union is giving up control, when that's fucking ludicrous if you are only concerned about immigration.

    Discussing Trump, he talks about how things will swing to the left of the democratic party if the anti-globalist policies aren't seen to be effective, but I suggest that those people will follow similar policies (perhaps for different reasons) than Trump. What is Rubin doing just saying 'That scares me too'. Ask the fucking question you pussy. are we talking economic or social policies?

    Anyway, I was super frustrated to see Rubin just listen without actually challenging his guests. I'm getting a bit sick of tuning in to just hear them talk about their shit without him actually trying to ask them some tricky shit.



  • @gt12 that's a fair criticism of Rubin, he's never been a hard hitting journalist. I've seen his show as more of an opportunity for people to express their views in a fair manner, without bias media attempting to mis-represent them to suit a political agenda.

    Jordan Peterson is a good example - on Rubin he clearly expresses his ideas. Then when he does interviews with other media outlets he is forced to defend those views (though more often than not he's forced to deal with strawman arguments which is frustrating).



  • @rembrandt said in Political Podcasts:

    Just watched "The Red Pill" again with a friend who hasn't seen it.

    If you haven't watched it, get on it. Outstanding.

    It's an enlightening doco for sure and worth everyone watching not to recruit for the Men's movements but much more just to consider a new perspective on feminism and the gross legal inconsistencies that go unchallenged.

    It's not pro men or pro women but it does portray the nuts and bolts of the feminist ideology. Alas like all ideologies, it starts out and even represents great intentions but gets hijacked by selfish fluffybunnies seeking power.

    Also modern feminism relies on the premise that women commit no evil, indeed don't even have the capability to commit violence or fraud.

    Me and the missus duscussed this and concluded there are heaps of laws for men who are fluffybunnies ( and good- fuck those guys!) But where are the laws for women who are fluffybunnies?

    Currently it seems the odds are stacked that women fluffybunnies will get the house, kids and monthly payments.

    But mostly from the movie I'd like to see a doco on Erin Pizzey. English woman born in 1939, opened the first women's shelter for domestic abuse in 1971 and immediately opened a mens one as she knew and has stated ever since that it takes two to tango.

    She is banned from going to the shelter in Chiswick that she built and paid for by the feminists who took charge of it.

    Lots of words but it's one of those docos where you can see our standard narrative from another viewpoint



  • Highly recommend this discussion. This kid Coleman Hughes is going to be an absolute giant on the political scene. Still only an undergraduate and not at all overawed in a discussion with Harris. Outstanding stuff and gives real hope for breaking people out of their victimhood addiction.

    https://samharris.org/podcasts/134-beyond-politics-race/



  • @rembrandt I read his essay - race treadmill or similar title.
    Good read



  • @siam I think he's done a few now, Harris was blown away and had to get him on his podcast. I'll have to add to them to my reading list.



  • @rembrandt yeah.

    I should elaborate why it's a good read.
    It flows logically. It's easy to read. It respectfully offers the race baiters opinions and cites data for his conclusions. It'd be wasted on the hysterical narrative pushers


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