Cognitive-Affective Protectionism

On this episode I give a rundown of my recent activities and lay down a concept I coined in my recent essay “The Metonymy Economy” (up at called cognitive-affective protectionism. From putting on headphones to entering a safe space, protecting ourselves from overstimulation is perhaps the defining challenge of our times.

A Cognitive-Affective Christmas



The Metonymy Economy (Essay version in Show)


My grad school application essay on poetics. Shelley and Baudrillard are inspiration for the cognitive affective revolution and resolution of interminable dramas. Then show relevance for social science with the example of environmental economics. The concept of cognitive affective protectionism is coined to refer to development strategies in the new paradigm.

This is the paper i tried to leave at the CIA




Recidivism: Turning Lives Around, Turning Society Around

On this week’s show, I am joined for the fourth time by Dr. Peter Lindsay as well as by Omar Howard and Colleen Higgins. We discuss recidivism, when people returning from being incarcerated wind up going back to jail. This is very common in the US, as returning citizens (and non-citizens, as we sadly fail to note on the program) face steep barriers to re-entry to society. We discuss the hardships involved in attempting to move on from a stint of incarceration, and what it says about our society that we have been so punitive toward our most vulnerable members while high crimes by the powerful go unchecked.

Dr. Lindsay co-founded the Georgia Prison Education Project in 2017.

Omar Howard is the founder of Freedom is a Choice, inc., a mentoring company which seeks to keep at-risk youth and adults out of jail.

Colleen Higgins is a client advocate in the City of Atlanta Public Defenders’ Office


This Things I Believe: Outline of the New Paradigm


This week, the show was unfortunately not broadcast over the airwaves (damn you, CIA!), so no call-ins, except people telling me I’m inaudible. But, I lay out my notes on the New Paradigm, as I’m calling it here, and outlining some traits and strategies that I think will be helpful for us. The beginning was not recorded, sadly, and the end got cut off too, so you’ll have to wait for a more complete presentation. Look for the show notes as an article published on as well.

Dr. Elizabeth Knapp: Poetry & Baudrillard The Poet


On this week’s show, I was joined by Dr. Elizabeth Knapp of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland (faculty page). I learned of her only a few days ago, upon seizing on the idea that Baudrillard is, properly speaking, a poet, a not a philosopher as such. Searching for “Baudrillard is a poet,” I stumbled on Dr. Knapp’s new collection, Requiem With an Amulet in its Beak, which has won the fittingly named Jean Feldman Poetry Prize for 2019. Her poems reference Baudrillard directly and indirectly, consciously and (perhaps) in some other way. As an example, here is

My Brain is Mad for Baudrillard

Today, I read of scientists’ warnings
about the potential dangers of sex
robots and thought of you. Some blame
the rise of right-wing populism
on postmodern windbags like you, holed
up in your university office, giving head
to your shadow. But Jean, you were right—
we are living in the desert of the real,
where signs metastasize like cancer cells,
and who hasn’t felt the Foucauldian
grip around her wrists, her ankles?
Even desire a simulacrum of itself.
I drowned in you as if in a frozen lake,
but either I or the lake was dreaming.

We tackle some of the themes from this poem, and more, as we discuss Jean Baudrillard’s prophetic and poetic prose, and the place of poetry in our discursively hectic world.

OK Boomer, Climate, Totalitarian Surveillance & The Speaking Broadly Research Project

On this week’s show, I talk headlines: the OK boomer meme. I reference a 25 year old politician who responds to criticism with “OK Boomer,” talk about the escalating climate crisis, and talk about the quickly moving front of corporate Orwellian totalitarianism.

In the second half, I articulate my research project, which has us exploring culture, innovating with expression, and plumbing the depths of intergenerational trauma.

THIS IS HALLOWEEN: Driven to Social Revolution by the News

On this show, I plan to talk about world events and wind up laying down some of my philosophy of history and get sidetracked in a million nuances and side-plots. That’s the beauty of improvisational radio! I dub this the year of “World Revolution,” following Wallerstein’s analysis of 1986 as such in his essay “1968, Revolution in the world-system. I look at the bubbling conflicts in Hong Kong, with the Uighurs, and in Chile, and discuss why revolution hasn’t broken out in United States. A learned listener calls in and we discuss the slave trade and indigenous people in South America at length. I remain ignorant about many things, but I don’t claim to speak definitively on them, either.

I’m starting an open-source think tank, if you want to get involved message me at, or anywhere else, and describe your interest and/or skills

Dr. Peter Lindsay on “The Craft of University Teaching”

Dr. Peter Lindsay is a professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Georgia State University. He joins me to discuss his new book, “The Craft of University Teaching,” available from the University of Toronto Press as well as from Amazon.

Dr. Lindsay and I discuss the importance of getting students (or anyone we are engaging with) to be motivated to learn more about the subject, not simply to fill their heads with what we want them to think. We talk about the persona that a professor puts on to teach, and more dynamics that go into making a good classroom. I think that Dr. Lindsay’s ideas apply to our attempts to educate each other as well, and so their relevance extends far beyond the classroom into daily questions of motivation and conversational strategy.