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Aaron Ross Powell Show

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Talking about Video Games with Adam Bates

On today's show, I'm joined by my friend Adam Bates. Each of us made a list of our top five video games of all time--and there's only a couple of points of agreement.

1hr 21mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Talking about Postmodernism with Akiva Malamet

It feels like nobody knows what postmodernism is, yet everyone has an opinion about it. Today’s conversation with Akiva Malamet is an effort to bring some clarity to an unclear topic. We explore the basic ideas of postmodernism and then move on to their implications for culture, society, politics, and individuals.About my guest:Akiva Malamet is completing his degree in Government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, where he was a long-time senior member of the RRIS Debate Society. He is a contributor to the sites Liberal Currents and Sweet Talk Conversation. His paper “Spontaneous Order as Social Construction: A Social Analysis of Emergent Institutions” was a co-recipient of the 2018 Carl Menger Award from the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.Some stuff we mention during the conversation:Akiva’s essay introducing postmodernismhttps://www.libertarianism.org/columns/postmodernism-libertarian-introductionJay Garfield interview about Buddhist philosophyhttps://wisdomexperience.org/wisdom-podcast/jay-garfield/Adrian Vermeule’s call for Catholic fascismhttps://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/common-good-constitutionalism/609037/“Gender as Art” by Jason Kuznickihttps://www.liberalcurrents.com/gender-as-art/Jean-Francois Lyotard, “The Postmodern Condition”https://amzn.to/3dKc0Rj

55mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Talking about Ancient Literature with Brian Wilson and Paul Meany

Today Brian Wilson, host of Combat & Classics, and Paul Meany, host of Portraits of Liberty, join me to talk about the value and appeal of ancient philosophy and literature. Combat & Classics http://combatandclassics.org/ Portraits of Liberty https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/portraits-liberty

57mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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Talking about Authority and the State

Welcome to the very first episode of my show! I kick things off with a discussion of one of my favorite topics: the remarkable difficult question of whether we’re obligation to obey the law. Plus, I manage to work in a Star Wars reference.

47mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Talking about Batman with Cory Massimino

You can make a strong case that Batman is the most famous western fictional character of all time. He's also pretty clearly the coolest. On today's episode, I'm joined by Cory Massimino. He's the Students for Liberty Academics Coordinator and a fellow at the Center for a Stateless Society. But what matters most for our purposes here is that he's thought a lot about Batman, and has a ton of interesting things to say about him. If you enjoyed our conversation, or any of the conversations I've had on this podcast, and want to hear more from me, take a moment to sign up for my very infrequent newsletter, where I talk about what I'm working on, reading, and thinking about. You can find it at http://aaronrosspowell.com/newsletter

1hr 10mins

15 May 2020

Rank #5