1DEbbfqTkb5M6n1ZxDnLf2kqUw3HpdCQB7 Sorry for the raw-sounding audio, Audacity detected the wrong microphone and I didn’t catch it until it was too late. I recommend that you listen to last podcast episode about the Weimar Republic. While I’m not super happy with the finished product, it will serve as a good introduction to the thought processes we will be running through in this episode and I probably won’t be able to resist taking some things from that episode for granted in this one. There are a number of “mainstream” explanations as to what caused the Great Depression and what prolonged it. … Continue reading →
During WWI, all major players not beholden to a commodity standard (such as gold or silver) inflated their money supplies. What I mean by “inflating the money supply” may be a little bit different than what one would learn in a basic economics class. What I mean is that the total quantity of money put in circulation increased relative to the available wealth within that nation’s economy. This is usually only possible if the money in question is not physically made of a commodity that is limited in availability (such as fiat currency not tied to gold or silver … Continue reading →
The other day at Costco… Such a cliche start to a blog post from a stay at home mom with multiple children who semi-home-schools and sends the oldest to a charter school who makes her own Kombucha and just nursed the family’s most recent female addition (yes, we only have girls) to sleep and can ramble on just as long as Mad Philosopher with smaller words… That was actually the start to Mad Philosopher’s recent post, but it suited me as well. In the same vein as “visit Costco and buying their giant boxes of baby diapers that never seem … Continue reading →
The other day at Costco, a guy guy behind the counter read my Nietzsche t-shirt and pronounced his name properly. Pretty much two groups of people can do so: people who really enjoyed that one college philosophy class and continental philosophy professors given that he was working at Costco, I correctly deduced that he was not a college professor. Our discussion of philosophy, itself, petered out fairly quickly, but we switched gears to discussing Artificial Intelligence and I thought it would be fun to do a data-dump regarding the problems I see with discussing Artificial Intelligence. Also, an update on … Continue reading →
Howdy. I promise I’m still around and working on content. I just also happen to be doing a lot of client work on the side and helping my family as my gradfather passes away. Also, did you guys catch the shenanigans at the Unite the Right rally? Exciting times, to be sure. Anyway, here’s my recent guest spot on the Wizardly Wisdom Podcast: Carpe Veritas
UPDATE: So, my real life has been out of control and I’ve been unable to produce real content… but some fun side-content I’ve found myself working on is this nefarious plot I discuss in this weeks mini-episode. Give it a listen and consider throwing a couple shekels at the project. It’s gonna be great.
Hello all, Here’s another bit of audio-only content. I did another guest spot on Wizardly Wisdom Podcast. The first one was a blast, but this one is about 20% more awesome. We spoke about the philosophical underpinnings of the libertarian movement, some historical context for different positions people hold to be “the libertarian position”, and why discourse about this discourse is important. You’ll have to forgive my rough audio, we had some technical difficulties, but I think the content more than makes up for a little echo and click.
Here’s another impromptu conversation post with a new friend of mine from Facebook. We talk about the fundamentals of cryptocurrencies, currency in general, certain economic issues related to cryptocurrency and then the Catholic Church’s relationship to cryptocurrencies and possible options for it to navigate the current political and economic climate. All the really meaty material starts at the 13:10 mark.
Another audio only post. This one is about philosophy of science and art type stuff. If I get more Patreon subscribers or consulting gigs, I can get back to writing more often… >hint, hint< Carpe Veritas
This is another audio-only post. Given how out-of-control my life has been with work, my side gig as an Anarchist Consultant, and the birth of my fourth beautiful daughter (and fourth total daughter), I’ve been less able to write things down as I want to be. So, for now, I’m going out of my way to produce more short-form audio recordings on relevant subjects and release those more frequently. This is the first of one such post. Carpe Veritas, Mad Philosopher
One might read the previous chapter and question whether philosophy is more than esoteric navel-gazing. Admittedly, I didn’t do a very good job of presenting it in a manner that would appeal to “Plumber Joe”. Why should one concern oneself with trying to figure out all the little details about how the universe operates and why? Shouldn’t it be sufficient to figure out how these more concrete tools at my disposal can contribute to my quality of life? I can make more money, get better employee benefits, and have more self-satisfaction if I simply tend my garden and work on … Continue reading →
As is the case with most cultural pursuits which hearken back into the dark recesses of history, philosophy has no universally-agreed upon definition. Even in academic circles, the definitions of the enterprise called “philosophy” is likely to be as numerous as the number of philosophy department chairs one asks. This is a phenomenon that vexes many analytic-minded philosophers, given their obsession with necessary and sufficient conditions. While I write and think very much like an analytic, I do not feel that it should be absolutely crucial to assign a definition to philosophy which outlines necessary and sufficient conditions. At the … Continue reading →
There’s a quote by Slavoj Zizek that I used to really like when I was an economically illiterate communist: “If you hate Mondays, you don’t hate Mondays; you hate capitalism.” (or something to that effect) The obvious hidden premise is that you hate Monday because you just had a weekend and don’t want to go back to work. That makes sense for a majority of people in the developed world; if I had sufficient wealth so as to live the weekend lifestyle all week, I probably would. Admittedly, I would still be working… but I would be working by … Continue reading →
One of the many ongoing conversations I am having with my old college buddies is that of education. Of course, given our unique perspectives and attitudes, we aren’t discussing the usual mundane and empirically-oriented discussions as to whether school choice, prayer in classrooms, standardized testing, or mandatory attendance are good ideas. Instead we are discussing the definition of the word “education” (something for which I get picked on relentlessly), and whether or not it is true that “all children ought to be educated”. As much as I wish I were prepared to write a full text centered on that question, … Continue reading →
This week, I had the pleasure of being invited on the Wizardly Wisdom podcast. We discussed a decently broad array of subjects, mostly centered around philosophy and libertarianism. I’m about 70% happy with my performance this time around, so I guess I should apologize for not bringing my “A” game. Still, I think this is an episode worth listening to, and the show over at Kenny the Wizard’s feed is worth listening to, as well. If you liked this discussion, you’d love the 2016 anthology book, especially the book-exclusive chapter on “late stage anarchism”.
Pod-and-blog-fade seems to be running rampant in the post-election libertarian and philosophy circles. I can’t help but wonder if it’s a combination of political hangover and something like a sigh of relief as certain existential threats have been postponed. Everywhere else, lefty entertainment and philosophy podcasts and blogs have begun their four-to-eight year pity-party, wherein they cry about the president to the exclusion of any other form of content. Technically, that’s why I voted for Trump, was to make these people cry… but I’ve got a bit of buyers’ remorse, now. Anyway, I’m back on the content-producing bandwagon. Today, I’m … Continue reading →
Belated new year’s resolutions are not uncommon. New year’s resolutions being made in mid-February are a little bit more uncommon, especially ones as uncertain as the ones I plan on presenting today. I wanted to write this post at the start of January. Of course, I wanted the latest anthology book to be published at the start of January, as well. While I am involved in a great many projects, I seem to have let this domain run derelict. This is a difficult admission to make, as I have been so zealous to work on the Mad Philosopher project … Continue reading →
I am happy to announce the unveiling of the new Mad Theologian podcast! With luck, we will be getting fairly regular content from your new Mad-Theologian-in-residence to help broaden all of our horizons. Carpe Veritas
Coming soon, to the Mad Philosopher project: The Mad Theologian podcast! This awesome picture of Rasputin is just here as a placeholder until our Mad Theologian-in-Residence takes his rightful place on the site. See you soon and Carpe Veritas, readers. P.S. In the mean time, head on over to Patreon to support this project and get some cool bonuses.
Good news, everybody! We’ve got another anthology book coming out in the next few days on Amazon, a Death Metal concept album in the works, a new offshoot brand from the Mad Philosopher project, and I’m starting to get my life in order so I can start working on the blog again! Also, as always, you should head over to Patreon and get all the goodies that come with becoming a patron.
Today is an audio-only episode. It’s mostly just a stream-of-consciousness concerning different promotions I have going on and a little bit about the nature of “spreading the message”. Something I forgot to mention in the recording is I am on a new Syndication site called “Everything Liberty“. It’s worth checking it out.
Previously, I have written on my blog and on social media concerning rights and all the things surrounding rights in common discourse. As far as I can tell, I have not written the word “right” in quite a while… and I’ve only mentioned it a few times out-loud in private conversations as I explored the ideas I am planning to write on, today. Today, I want to begin a frank discussion of rights. Given my self-imposed word limit and general mental constraints, I want to ask and contextualize three questions and make one follow-up (potentially) controversial statement. One may be … Continue reading →
If you are reading this near the end of November in 2016, you can get some major discounts and provide a great deal of support to the Mad Philosopher project by going to Tom Woods Liberty Classroom and subscribing. If you are reading this at any other time, you can still provide a great amount of value to the project by doing so. Tom Woods Liberty Classroom is easily one of the most undervalued resources available on the internet, as it provides a legitimate PhD-level resource on a number of crucial subjects such as history and economics. The term “legitimate” … Continue reading →
Chapter 3: Orders of Knowledge We have thus far introduced ratio and intellectus. As a quick refresher, intellectus (or intellect) is the inborn faculty which experiences the self and the predecessor to reason, and reason or ratio is the development of said faculty. However, in addressing the human epistemic experience and briefly examining the manner in which our mind operates, we have completely overlooked the primary concern of modern epistemology. Knowledge, in all of its complexity, still haunts our exploration of our epistemic assumptions. While the exact definition and importance of knowledge is hotly contested in this postmodern environment, one … Continue reading →