Beyond Binary Thinking

Monday, 26 October 2020

Steelmanning Capitalism and Rebranding Bernie with Real Politik

Can a few minor tweaks to our current system make the world a much better place? We tried to steelman Capitalism and Democracy, and ended up with Mr. Koch holding court with some practical changes grounded in political and economic theory that none could argue with. Another wonderful crossover with the Real Politik gents, and a very impressive guest.

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Saturday, 24 October 2020

Polite Political Discourse and Activism in America

The DMC, Biden, and Trump are barely mentioned while we have a frank discussion on the future of American politics with a former Conservative, and a former Bernie or Buster, both of whom have changed their minds several times in recent years, and spend time reaching across the aisle to people with differing political opinions having seen the benefit of getting involved in local politics.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Drugs Won The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs has exacerbated most of the problems it claimed it could fix, costing the United States $1 trillion dollars and wrecking millions of lives, while disproportionally targeting black men.

This episode we look deeper into the reality of modern day prohibition and discuss the drawbacks of a lack in drug education and the ramifications of strong drug laws.

How dangerous are drugs? Would you want all drugs to be legalised?

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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Real Politik Beyond Binary Crossover

Real Politik is our favourite podcast, so we jumped on a cross-over to deep dive into how most economic theory is a nonsense mythology based on demonstrably false misunderstandings of people and markets.

We also get into the religion of "Leftist" politics and why the Democratic Party stopped representing the working class, paving the way for Trump (and his potential re-election).

Visit their Patreon at and keep the conversation going on twitter @real_politik.

Outro music Silence, by Andrew Sloman. Check out more of his music at:

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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Grey Faction's War against Pseudoscience and Bad Psychology

Evan Anderson, head of Grey Faction does inspiring work taking on pseudoscience and conspiracy therapists in the mental health industry.

We discuss how Satanic Panic made an industry of hysteric Conspiracy Therapists, implanting false memories, and interfering with criminal cases. Does privatized healthcare corrupt therapy as quickly as a nationalized service trying to scale costs?

Does the replication crisis invalidate most of psychology, and if so, are the therapies it's based on quackery?

Please visit the Grey Faction Official Forum to keep this wonderful and vital discussion going:

Outro Music by kas:

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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Utopia for All?

We discuss everyone's vision of Utopia, and how anyone can be happy when so many aren't. Must everyone sacrifice their freedom for someone else's vision of the greater good?

Israeli Kibbutzim and apocalyptic sex cults aren't the only ones that have planned for a better future. Most revolutionaries plot for a better future, but how can there be a Utopia, if only a minority want it?

As is often the case when we chew on a huge topic, we don't have all the answers, but we have a great discussion around the big questions.

Music by Stack Rack

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Saturday, 25 July 2020

Beyond Gender Binary with insanelyshane

JK Rowling's blog defending TERFS and the letter that followed promoted another round of discussion on Trans and non-binary rights, the problems with Cancel Culture, and worries of 1984 wrongthink wokescolding.

We discuss with Trans Activist and stand up comedian Insanely Shane from the Holy Tranity what JK got wrong, and whether people are allowed to make mistakes in these conversation without moral panic?

Despite the Left's recent claims that cancel culture is just feedback for bigotted comments, there are cases such as Trans Youtuber Contrapoints getting cancelled that prove it's alive and awful.

There are plenty of cancellers on the right too, with 4chan trolls and conservative Christian groups trying to ban everything.

Is Dave Chapelle cancelled? What did he get wrong, and what nuance is required to understand what he said?

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