January 24

Ep. 0049: Historical Lies By Omission

Telling untrue facts often doesn’t work effectively as a propaganda technique, because it’s relatively easy for people to fact-check you (especially in these crazy times of smartphones & Google.)  However, strategically omitting inconvenient facts from your narrative can be much harder to detect, especially if the recipient has no idea what facts were left out — you can’t easily look for those ‘unknown unknowns.’

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • What he means by ‘historical lies by omission,’ and how these are frequently the most effective ways to manipulate history for one’s own ends
  • How ignoring the histories of marginalized groups was for a long time an example of this, but is less of one today (at least among academic historians)
  • Some examples of historical lies by omission still commonly present in popularly believed historical narratives, including the supposed necessity of the ‘Civil War’ to end slavery in America, the sinking of the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, the atomic bombing of Japan, and more recent instances of blowback

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January 14

Ep. 0048: Introduction to Taoism & the Scholar Warrior Ideal

And also Prof CJ’s modern adaptation of the ideal:  The Guerrilla Scholar Warrior — a possible way to make yourself freer in this not-so-free world of ours.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The basics of the origins and meaning of Taoism
  • Some of Taoism’s similarities to other philosophies, ancient and modern
  • What the Scholar Warrior ideal is
  • Some examples of Scholar Warriors from history
  • Prof CJ’s lifehack on the concept — “the Guerrilla Scholar Warrior” — and how it can apply to modern-day life

External Links

Alan Watts lecture “The Taoist Way”

Bruce Lee “Be Like Water”

Bruce Lee “The Art of Fighting Without Fighting”

Murray Rothbard article on Taoism in Ancient China

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(Photo “Businessman with Sword” courtesy Vudhikrai/freedigitalphotos.net)

January 4

Ep. 0047: It’s 2015 – So where’s my hoverboard???

Not to mention my flying car, my Mr. Fusion (to power my flying car with garbage), and some of the other future technologies depicted in the 2015 of the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.  (I admit I was inspired in part by the many internet memes floating around about this topic.)

The short answer: the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) consumed the money, resources, and brainpower to do such things as make better implements for killing and spying.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • Some of the technologies depicted in Back to the Future Part II‘s fictional portrayal of 2015
  • The question of why we don’t have as much improvement in transportation and energy technologies as the film depicted
  • Prof CJ’s answer:  the state, especially the MIC, removed those resources (financial, physical, and human) from the consumer economy which might have led to those types of developments, and used them to make more effective means of killing and surveillance
  • Some specific instances — ranging from the space race to the nuclear arms race to the modern ‘war on terror’ and surveillance state — of massive money and resources diverted to the garrison state
  • Frederic Bastiat’s conception of ‘the unseen’ and ‘the broken window fallacy,’ and how this analysis helps us understand how the MIC displaces resources out of the economy in a zero-sum game of opportunity costs
  • How even Dwight Eisenhower of all people understood this
  • The effect all this has has on average Americans’ wages, which have been stagnant or declining for about four decades
  • An acknowledgement of the damage done to the economy by other state activities, and Prof CJ’s argument as to why the MIC is the most damaging of all

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