The Portal: 'Ideas come from the internet,' with Economist and Blogger Tyler Cowen

I didn’t really turn on this episode of The Portal planning to do a post about it. Honestly I’ve been listening to Tyler Cowen here or there for so long he’s just like a comforting blanket of well contained, thoughtful calm. The joy of listening to Cowen is that he just has this gift for seeing the variable everyone’s ignoring and guessing at ways that a neglected variable or two can yield unintended consequences.

Hermitix: John Michael Greer and the Left's bad magic

When Bridget Phetasy spoke to Joe Rogan in my last post, she named a concept I hadn’t heard before: “Trump devotion syndrome.” It’s the counter-balance to “Trump derangement syndrome,” which the Red Scare ladies like to talk about so much. Trump devotion syndrome is a the mental state where a person believes that the particular U.S. President that we have here in 2020 can do no wrong. It’s just as crazy as believing absolutely everything he does is terrible.

The Joe Rogan Experience: Bridget Phetasy on the crazymaking middle

“I always say to comedians, don’t die on the content of the joke, die on the right to be hyperbolic, because that’s what they are coming after,” Bridget Phetasy, a writer and standup comic told Joe Rogan on the September 24 episode of The Joe Rogan Experience. “The world has become a floor of egg shells … because many people are dealing with mental illness,” she says. There’s a lot of comics complaining that it’s become very hard to be funny because there’s a lot of very unfunny people who don’t even particularly like comedy trying to cancel them for making jokes.

The Joe Rogan Experience: Jenny Kleeman and the confirmation bias biz

The Joe Rogan Experience Episode 1539 with Jenny Kleeman was a frustrating listen. His new episode with with the author was prompted by her new book called Sex Robots and Vegan Meat. I haven’t read the book. I’ve only listened to the discussion. Judge away. There’s a category of potential bestseller throwaway literature that can be described Confirmation Bias Books: A reporter or writer goes out and takes a look at stuff on the fringe and tells his or her readers that exactly the conclusions they would naturally jump to are precisely the right ones.

Pseudoxology: You Can Be Free

The Pseudodoxology podcast from Kantbot is a unique artifact in this time. Somehow, Kantbot and his guests again and again are able to disappear down history holes and philosophy holes, largely uninformed by our present moment. It’s not complete. It’s not total. Kantbot is never able to resist complaining from time to time about ways people act idiotic on Twitter, for example. Also that ep with Indian Bronson was all very right now.

The Joe Rogan Experience: 'You don't know when to stop,' with Douglas Murray

Almost from the first minute of the The Joe Rogan Experience, Episode #1538, I could understand why it was so urgent for thinkfluencers at major media outlets to warn people against listening to it, to find something in it that could be called “dangerous” and warn audiences away. Late in the episode, Rogan accused leftists of starting fires around the Portland area. It’s an aside, not dwelled upon, in a litany of complaints about extremists in the protest scene, but he does say it and he later apologized for falling for misinformation.

Rune Soup / Hermitix: The Anarch

So I used to make fun of Thoreau for all the reasons everybody else does, but a new episode of “Rune Soup” and “Hermitix” convinced me I had the guy wrong. You know: people joke about how he went out to Walden and he didn’t completely separate from society. Not really. He hung out with the Emerson’s. He walked into town. Etcetra. I used to feel that way too. I was stuck in this fiction of rigid definitions.

Relationships Drive Ideology

Before I get into my essay below, I just want to (futilely, quixotically) make a quick point: this essay is about any situation in which someone makes a sharp and incongruent move in ideology. It’s not just people who are joining the identity left these days, but that’s the story right now, so that’s what I’m writing about. But I think this applies any time someone’s current talk stops squaring up with their prior talk.

Sowing Discourse: The Argument From Trepidation

So there was this show in the 1990s that was a bit of surprise hit and ran for five seasons (though it is largely forgotten now) called *Northern Exposure.* Like a lot of shows of that era, much of the drama was driven by a “will they or won’t they” thing between two of the characters. Rob Morrow plays Joel Fleischman a young doctor from New York City who has to practice in an underserved area for four years in order to cover his medical school debts, which lands him in a tiny fictional town of Cicely, Alaska.

Pseudodoxology: Memes are advertisers' market research

This is one of those podcast episodes you listen to and say to yourself: “That was interesting.” Then another part of you says, “Oh really? Why’s that?” So that first part of you says, “I don’t know exactly…” Kantbot and Logo Daedalus (his buddy who I don’t really understand yet) just have a long conversation. It didn’t seem to have any intent as it opened. They just put the mic on and started talking.