Archive | August, 2020

To Fight … or Write (or, Banned in France!)

In a follow-up to my previous video, I talk about what I forgot to mention in Episode 7 (“Ayn Rand as a Writer”), namely how Ayn Rand’s fiction stands in the tradition of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People and Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. With film clips! (Plus the shocking revelation of my shameful drinking problem!!)

NOTE: Because this video contains (fair-use) clips from the 1950 American film Cyrano de Bergerac (which is public-domain in most of the world), it is apparently blocked in France and a number of smaller Francophone countries, most of them French territories. If you’re in one of those countries, well, you still have options; poke around on YouTube for info about tools for unblocking videos like this one. Bonne chance!

You may be asking: why the jump from Episode 7 to Episode 9? What happened to Episode 8? Well, we have ways of dealing with people who ask such questions.


Facebook LARPs the Palmer Raids

Chris Matthew Sciabarra on the facebook purges.

Chris writes, inter alia: “my good friends Nathan and Jason are among those who are now being characterized as ‘Dangerous Individuals.’ And Jason himself has actually been in my apartment! If only I’d known!”

As I wrote on Chris’s page:

“I can confirm that Jason was present in Chris’s apartment, as I myself was present on the same occasion, and was shocked to witness his violent and destructive behaviour at that time. Several pieces of pizza were horribly destroyed by Jason without apparent compunction. I blush to confess that I was lured into similar destructive activity by his malign influence.”


Kevinarchy!

In my latest YouTube video, I chat with Kevin Carson about anarchism without adjectives, commons-based property forms, capitalist history, French colonialism, the uses and limitations of electoral politics, contemporary prospects for radical change, and the science fiction of Kim Stanley Robinson and Ken MacLeod.


Born to Be Badhwar

In my first video interview for my YouTube channel, I chat with philosopher Neera K. Badhwar about backyard buffaloes, wild attack monkeys, Ayn Rand, airline deregulation, eudaimonia and virtue, paternalism and suicide, sociopathic grandmothers, child abuse, Aristotelean business ethics, 19th-century robber barons, charitable Objectivists, friendly Manhattanites, charismatic nationalist leaders, and national health care. In more or less that order.


Primitive Accumulation of Pretzels

In my latest YouTube video, I discuss the distinction between markets and capitalism as drawn in the 1919 textbook THE ABC OF COMMUNISM (written by two Soviet apparatchiks, Nikolai Bukharin and Yevgeny Preobrazhensky), as well as in the Marxist tradition generally, with attention to how Marxism twists itself into a pretzel to avoid endorsing free-market anti-capitalism.


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