Poor Mocha has no idea what's coming in just a few days. One last relocation, and she will live out her final years in Arkansas, the state of her birth. Like most cats, she HATES car trips.
In this episode of the podcast, I finish up my recent conversation about COVID vaccines with Bob Brown. The conversation returns several times to the differences between orthodox and heterodox liberals. Bob counts himself in the latter category.
Here's the item I reference in the outro on the topic of whether the mRNA vaccines inhibit the transmission of COVID: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02689-y
I take very little interest in the cultural debate over the risks posed by COVID-19 vs those posed by MRNA vaccines. What is of far more interest to me is the fact that millions of people with no training or particular expertise in these matters have wedded their political and cultural identities to their tribal narratives on this topic.
As I said to Bob Brown, the guest in this episode, if I see someone under 30 wearing a mask at the grocery store, I know their politics at a glance. That shouldn't be the case. People would be better served playing video games or obsessing over professional sports than by absorbing and regurgitating their political tribe's catechism on virology and immunology.
As a society, we walk a tightrope between falling left into technocratic authoritarianism or right into anti-intellectualism. Neither mode is adequate to the challenges confronting our civilization. The Rebel Wisdom conversation between David Fuller and Dr. Eric Osgood referenced in this episode can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XClxXWWuyG4
A 2-HOUR PODCAST! On the first day of the month. Could be an auspicious sign.
The conversation with James Poulos of the American Mind concludes here.
For most of the 2 hours, KMO and Dermot O'Connor shoot the shit. Enjoy!
KMO talks with James Poulos, the Executive Editor of The American Mind, the Claremont Institute's online publication devoted to driving the conversation about the ideas and principles that drive American political life. His new book, HUMAN, FOREVER: The Digital Politics of Spiritual War, James proposes a means of thwarting the assault on the human soul posed by digital technology. His recent essay in The Claremont Review of Books provides the skeleton for this podcast conversation while also detailing the flawed efforts of seven authors to see the problem posed by digital technology clearly and to propose an effective strategy for remaining human, forever.
The conversation with Eric Boyd about the geopolitical tensions around China and Taiwan concludes in this episode with special attention paid to the long-standing animosity between China and Vietnam.
The handsome fellow in the cover art is Qian Xuesen. He worked on the Manhattan project and later on America's early rocket programs, but he was branded a spy and deported to China during the anti-communist paranoia of the McCarthy era. In China he poured his efforts into developing rockets as delivery systems for nuclear weapons and later for space travel. In the podcast, I was reciting his bio from memory and got a few of the details wrong. Read this for a short but more accurate account: https://daydaynews.cc/en/history/559588.html