MindMatters: The Rise of Homo Americanus with Zbigniew Janowski
Re the show.
Interesting discussion, including "smoking to defy reality" and various other humorous moments among more serious ones.
There was a moment (Elan was speaking) regarding things that change (events such as George Floyd was one such), with the hint of agenda, which caused Janowsky to consider the social nuances around it - can't remember what he said exactly, something along the lines that it just happens. Suppose that is true, too, what happens takes on its own social momentum, however 'what happens' can just as quickly become capital for those who can see its use and maneuver to exploit it through an agreeable press, that then helps to normalize it. Could not help to think at the time of this discussion of that Karl Rove quote:
which comes back to agendas.While you are studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors, and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
Overall, there were many things presented in the talk of interest (art and museums - that was good); a talk that I might need to see again, so thank you guys!
PS. Elan, re the discussion with Zbigniew on your old philosophy professor, Nicholas Capaldi (small world), wherein from the site you guys linked on the show notes, there is an interview between Janowski and Nicholas (Mills is brought up):
The Death of Liberalism? An Interview With Nicholas Capaldi
This month we are so very pleased and honored to present this interview with the renowned philosopher, Nicholas Capaldi, who is the Legendre-Soule Distinguished professor at Loyola University, New Orleans, USA. He is interviewed by Dr. Zbigniew Janowski, who himself is a philosopher and author of several important books and is currently working on a collection of articles, entitled, Gods Will Have Blood: Rise of Totalitarianism in America.
The rest can be read here.
Yes, possibly - or rather inevitably things will change as history shows. It may take a few generations, or perhaps quicker if given right thought a speedy incubation (perhaps some kind of new shock to awaken the masses) that might provide reorientation back to a renewal in the interest of combined knowledge and reason that has been misplaced.So I'm thinking about the change atom bombs made to the world and the one we are witnessing these days: PC, gender madness, tribalism / crowd thinking (read some old good Everett Dean Martin on behavior of crowds - it's SJWs to a tee!), etc., even vaxxocracy, and I think that all that can go away sooner or later, if not entirely than just becoming marginal. But nothing is going to remove the atom bombs from this reality - that was the change. So maybe what's going on now is not that hopeless as we tend to fear.