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Guy McPherson, r/SorceryOfTheSpectacle, Ben Zweibelson

Forgot to mention: started recording a few seconds after the show started! Sorry about that…

On this week’s show, I play you some unfiltered Dr. McPherson smackdown on how industrial civilization and stopping it both lead to extinction. Then let’s get magical and think about r/SorceryOfTheSpectacle, which took Marxist aesthetics and got weird with it. Lastly, no direct Baudrillard this time but guess what: Major Ben Zweibelson, who is “Program Director for Design and Innovation at the Joint Special Operations University” (AKA real shit), writes many papers talking about Baudrillard’s relevance to strategic consideration at the highest levels. Here’s one.  Here’s to learning how to die, symbolically and (if it comes to it) biologically.

Birthday show: Bunkers, Epstein, and Innocence

Fallout Boy

On this week’s show, I relate a couple anecdotes about my trip to Germany, cover the headlines that I missed, and talk about Baudrillard’s theories of character armor and cuteness.

Baudrillard and Death, Terrorism, Hatred

On this week’s show, I’m in Germany! So there were no call-ins, sadly. We cover headlines: sea level rise, India/Pakistan, corporate/military intel surveillance. Then we dive into Baudrillard’s philosophy as death for standing in for indeterminacy, then his angle on terrorism and hatred which are sweeping the globe.

We’re all gonna die by 2030: Guy McPherson on climate

Today I gave some comments on the democratic debates, principally on the rhetorical power of Williamson and the 4th wall breaking / environmental bleakness from Yang. Then I moved on to talking about the dire results of abrupt climate change predicted by Guy McPherson, who believes every human being will be dead by 2030 as we make the planet unlivable for ourselves.

It might seem bleak and no fun, but don’t worry Baudrillard theory is also here to help us see that despair is only the first step to a new game we can play with each other and the world. Tune in next week to hear more from Baudrillard on death, mourning, and the environment.

PS: the next two shows will be pre-recorded or not happen since I’m traveling to visit my dying grandmother in Germany.

Identity Abolitionism

The show from July 11th, on which we discuss headlines as well as identity abolitionism, as opposed to identitarianism in its various stripes.

What does it mean to have a Real Conversation about Race?

This week, I decided to make the theme of the show a phrase I’ve heard from many callers. People will say, “Until we have a real conversation about race, nothing is going to change.” Well, what do we mean when we say a “real” conversation about race? I open up the discussion with an article by Dr. George Yancey, and we wind up discussing everything from Western culture to reparations. We’ll keep going on the same topic next week, so stay tuned from noon-1 PM EST on Thursdays! You can listen to WRFG at 89.3 FM in Atlanta, at WRFG app.

Unity, or at least cooperation, across national/racial lines

On this Valentine’s Day episode of Speaking Broadly, we discussed why people remain so steadfast in their allegiance to a concept of nation or race which doesn’t serve the social good. Everyone values their groups and the hardships that they have endured together, meaning that we have to find a way to work through our issues and not try and get around them.

Socialism 2

Last week’s show, introducing socialism and communism, didn’t record right. Many interesting call ins were missed, including someone warning about Karl Marx’s satanism. Sadly these words of wisdom are lost to history.

On this episode, you mainly hear my thoughts about socialism and communism, with a couple calls mixed in. I talk about the need to wonder why these two remain relevant, and not just playing into the simpleminded dismissal of these concepts so common in the US. Other topics like anti-communism, critiques of Marxism from the left, and more are covered.

Government Shutdown and Call-ins on Racism

In this edition of Speaking Broadly, I compare America in 2019 to Germany in 1913 to emphasize the danger of war in times of internal tension. Then we start talking about international finance and antisemitism, and a caller calls in to say that he’s sick of people calling white people racist. Always exciting times on Speaking Broadly!