Episode #18


The Truth Shall Set You Free

Kade Roundy and I follow up on our previous discussion (Ep. 10) about the principles of libertarian, government, war, ethics and societal values. We approach these topics in the context of humanity's vulnerability to deception. People's beliefs and behaviours can be manipulated by messages of false history, false news-reporting, false scientific publishing, etc. Through various historic examples and personal experiences we reason about ways to rise above the lies and perceive the world in its true form.

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Benjamin Franklin quote: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Book recommendation: “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessions_of_an_Economic_Hit_Man

Ethics: Utilitarianism vs. Deontology https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deontological_ethics

Sam Harris has authored books and hosts a podcast on topics such as rationality, religion, ethics, free will, neuroscience: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Harris

“War Is a Racket” is a famous speech by Major General Smedley Butler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Is_a_Racket

Ivor Cummings, also known as the fat emperor, is a biochemical engineer and health expert https://thefatemperor.com



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