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 … 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 →
Today, I have another guest spot I’d like to present. I feel much better about my performance on this episode than the previous guest spot I had, and I’d like my readers/listeners to check out the work that they do over at Logical Anarchy. Carpe veritas
Before you read this post, I recommend that you read my recent post on why I’m doing this. Also, you should probably read No Treason by Lysander Spooner before commenting on this particular post. Most especially, I want you to pay attention to his case for “voting in self defense” (to which I do not ascribe) and his case that a secret ballot proves that a) the government is nothing but a band of criminals and b) that those voting in self defense ought to share their ballot selections in order to promote responsibility for one’s actions (no matter how … Continue reading →
This Election Season, sitting next to Mad Philosopher… I am sure many (or none, really) are curious about what Mad Philosopher was thinking about during the election season. I’m not trying to be mean or suggest no one cares about the Mad Philosopher. I am suggesting that he does a decent job posting what is on his mind on Facebook. But one of the perks of being the Wife of Mad Philosopher is getting a unique point of view on what’s going with the Mad. And in celebration of the election finally being nearly here and (finally) over, here is … Continue reading →
Today’s post is a far cry from my original podcast episode (and most popular post to-date). As far as I can tell, all of the points I raised on both sides of that dialogue still apply, but I have had about four years to think about it and have some more ideas to throw around. Earlier this year, I had a surprising revelation which was earth-shattering for me, but would probably come across to my readers as obvious as the revelation I had in my post concerning surprises, themselves. That revelation is that not only is value subjective, but value … Continue reading →
This week, I’ve got a treat for you guys. I was a guest on The Downfall with Jared and Dave! I wrote briefly about them before, and it was an honor being welcomed onto their show. I gave them about a week to get all their regular views before posting it here, just so that they could get credit for their quality production, first. Also, if you’ve somehow missed the repeated announcements, we’re on Patreon! Please consider incentivizing the production of more Mad Philosopher content; big donors get neat prizes and the ability to influence the direction of the show … Continue reading →
I’m on Patreon now! Howdy? I’m the your Mad Philosopher in residence. What makes me mad? Well… a great many things… but the short answer is that the way mankind has been living since long before my lifetime is deeply, unsettlingly, incomplete. There is a tension in our lives. We all feel it, but none of us really grasp it, understand it. In the first world, in the 21st century, the poorest among us have access to technologies, foods, levels of education, and forms of entertainment that, by and large, surpass even the wildest dreams of the kings and … Continue reading →
If you couldn’t tell, I came into this conversation with a little bit of a cavalier attitude. James, however, was very well-prepared and had a number of notes he was going to send me in an email, but we both thought it would be more fun to do an argument episode of the podcast. We discuss property rights, contracts, and the NAP. I was already coming into a newer and more nuanced position on contracts since the last conversation James and I had concerning the matter, so this episode was less an argument than it was an interview, but we had … Continue reading →
This post is actually brought to you by a sponsor! Coffee By Gillespie is a great site for meeting your coffee needs. If you use Coupon Code “madphilosopher”, you can get 10% off, and it sure beats Starbucks. For all of my “complaining” about our sorry state of affairs in today’s statist and war-driven global society, I really wouldn’t choose to live in any other time in history. I kinda’ brought this up in my post righting Robert Reich’s horrifying mistakes and propaganda, but it bears repeating. Just today, I rode my personal self-powered chariot to my climate-controlled workplace, pooped … Continue reading →
About one year ago, on the old site, I posted an extensive list and brief set of reviews concerning the podcasts I was listening to. People still periodically ask me what I listen to, but the old list is out-of-date. This week, I’m listing my current podcast list and some recommendations for others to listen to. Podcasts I continue to listen to (in order of importance): Mad Philosopher Podcast: Yeah, yeah… I know… I listen to my own show, I’m such a dork and a narcissist. I listen to it the day I upload in order to catch major quality-control … Continue reading →
Nothing too fancy today, just an unboxing video of my book (submitted by a guy I know from college). Y’all should get it. It’s cheap and it’s got some cleaned up blog posts in it as well as some book-exclusive chapters. Also, a reader submitted this encouraging screenshot: And I had to confirm it: Moving up in the world.
Back in college, when Bitcoin was brand new, I was still a techno-optimist trotskyite, and I was only just halfway through Human Action for the first time, I had a weird conversation with an upperclassman. I was arguing about Aristotelianism and its contributions to communism with a classmate when this upperclassman interrupted and began building a case for restoring a Catholic monarchy. Needless to say, I was neither surprised nor impressed… at least at first. Then, he started using the terminology used in Human Action and really got my attention. At the end of our conversation, I was far from … Continue reading →