SIO207: Post-Debate Special!

Jamie is here to talk Democratic Debate, and we’ve got a fun one for you! We’ve got lots of opinions on the nature of the debate itself, the highlights the low-lights, which candidates shined and which were Joe Biden. Plus, and EXTRA segment for patrons! Hop onto patreon and get a bonus 25 minutes!

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SIO206: ContraPoints and Cancel Culture

What could turn a left-tube favorite into the IDW’s poster child overnight? Just ask ContraPoints. Well actually you can’t, because she deleted her Twitter after a run-in with some folks who have accused her of saying things that are offensive to non-binary people. To get more info, Tris Mamone has a good explainer here that I would recommend. I’d also recommend this video by another non-binary YouTuber, and this video by trans YouTuber Kat Blaque. So Jamie and I are here, not to adjudicate the trans questions involved but to talk about so-called “cancel culture.” Was ContraPoints canceled? What does that mean exactly? Is it true that the left is a circle firing squad cancel machine? How ought we deal with tough criticism online? And since Jamie is a smart philosopher person, what insights does philosophy offer us on these questions? I think this was a really valuable discussion that will help put a lot of these issues into the proper perspective.

If you are a smart philosopher person like Jamie, here is some reading she recommends:

Rachel McKinnon: Allies Behaving Badly; Talia Mae Bettcher: Trapped in the Wrong Theory; Robin Dembroff: Beyond the Binary; Katie Dotson: Tracking Epistemic Violence.

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SIO205: What Camus Can Still Teach Us

It’s time for a philosophy lesson with Jamie! She’s here to teach us about one of her faves, Albert Camus. We touch on absurdism, existentialism, nihilism, and more. Camus lived and wrote during the time of literal Nazis, so his work has a lot to tell us about our current time of arguably literal Nazis. Content note: there’s a brief discussion of hypothetical suicide. Here’s the essay that Jamie recommends reading if you want to get a taste of Camus’s writing.

After that, patrons get a bonus segment about a statement Elizabeth Warren made that people are saying is victim blaming Hillary for Trump’s bad behavior. Make sure you’re a patron so you can hear it!

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SIO204: Sexual Ethics, and More Listener Questions with Jamie

I’ve got good news and better news. First, Jamie and I are back for a bonus early SIO to tackle more amazing listeners questions and voicemail! We start off with a very deep and thoughtful #metoo related email from a male listener about his potential bad behavior in the past. From there we’ve got more on #metoo and responses to our Al Franken episode including a voicemail that asks “what about the Minnesota voters, shouldn’t they have gotten a say in Franken’s case?”

The even better news is: we stayed on to tackle some bonus questions and we talked so long that there’s ANOTHER entire bonus episode for patrons! Please hop on patreon.com/seriouspod and give it a listen! We end up disagreeing on some things and we chart a course for some more episodes in the future based on that.

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SIO203: Jamie and the Yang Gang

Jamie Lombardi is back to talk about the curious case of Andrew Yang! We explore why there seems to be so much support for him among the alt-right, 4chan, and IDW type people. We also discuss his flagship policy – the UBI. Hop on to patreon.com/seriouspod to enjoy a bonus QnA segment!

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SIO202: The Russia Hoax Hoax

In catching up on some of your many amazing questions, emails, and voicemails, I stumbled into a Glenn Greenwald vortex that I cannot help but sound off on. There is a contingent of the far left (if indeed they are that) that believes liberals fabricated the bulk of the Russia story in order to deflect from Democratic shortcomings. I explore this, and also take a look at what I believe to be the blatant hypocrisy of some of Greenwald’s stances on this. Then, I answer another few questions and two bonus questions in a much needed patron only segment!

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SIO201: Did Al Franken Get Railroaded? with Jamie Lombardi

Recently, a New Yorker article made a case for Al Franken and why he didn’t get the due process he deserved. It points to some inconsistencies in Franken’s first accuser’s story, and explains some misconceptions about the USO tour and the skits that he wrote. But does the evidence justify the central claim – that he was railroaded and shouldn’t have had to resign? Joining me to discuss this question, as well as the wider #metoo implications, is Jamie Lombardi! Jamie also introduces herself and gives some of her background and we talk about a ‘free speech in academia’ talk that she is giving in the fall.

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SIO200: Democratic Debate, Round 2, Night 1

Hey folks, I’m back with a rapid response on night 1 of the… TIME, thank you Thomas. But I didn’t get to explain what the.. TIME thank you Thomas. Moving on. But I… ok you have 3.2 more seconds. That’s it? Ok it’sanepisodeaboutthedebates TIME!

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SIO199: The Problem with #Antifa

… is they get no credit for any good they do, and they get infinite sh*t for anything bad a masked person does, anywhere in the country ever. Today, the occupant of the White House tweeted that “ANTIFA” should be declared “an Organization of Terror.” Well, this sounds like a good time for me to deliver to you an episode I spent hours developing back when Andy Ngo was attacked by someone, but hadn’t ever recorded. So, here it is. Today’s episode is about antifa and how we ought to be thinking about them, how we ought to put them into context, and why no one should give a sh*t about Andy Ngo.

Links: Ngo Claims Brain Hemorrhage; Attack Video; Other Report’s Account; Disturbing Texts Between Oregon Police and Far-Right Group; Right-Wing Extremism Responsible for Every 2018 Extremist Murder; Right Falls for Its Own Fake Antifa Accounts; Disturbing Rape Case; My FB Post Where Medical Professionals Commented; Atlantic Article Epidemic of Disbelief; Police Shootings Database

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SIO198: Why No One Is Racist

…. according to Republicans. Hey folks, sorry for the long hiatus. At the end of the episode, I talk about why I haven’t been recording this show. But before that, I had a conversation with a family member that really made me think about Republicans and how they think about race. I sort of had an epiphany that I wanted to share. Here are a couple links I mention in the show: Sam Harris black friend audio; Philosophy Tube video.

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