Beyond Binary Thinking

Monday, 4 November 2019

Can the Left Get Off Twitter Long Enough to Win an Election?


We're joined by Brocialist YouTuber - The Swoletariat to discuss the Twitter Slacktavist Left, and how it can be reformed and utiilised to help the actual left improve and win an election for a change.

Tired of the narrative of "The Rise of the Right" we discuss pragmatically why the left is losing the culture war, how some are turning it around, and why woke scolding, witch hunting gatekeepers are so damaging to the cause.

We tackle identity grifters, dog whistlers and conspiracy theorists on both sides, sharing our heroes and decrying the villains.

Sam Harris, Bill Maher, Owen Jones, Stalin, and the Twitterazi probably wouldn't like this episode.

Contrapoints, Vaush, T1J, Noam Chomsky, Citations Needed, and Bernie Sanders might.


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Friday, 4 October 2019

Beyond a Binary Brexit Debate


While the daydream Brelievers seem asleep at the wheel, the Remoaners' project fear remains as unconvincing as their attempts to call everyone racist.

Most of us ran out of hope and interest years ago, but after failing to avoid the topic, the Beyond Binary Team finally discuss Brexit.

We brought on our favourite troll from the Facebook comments as a guest speaker. Toby's job was to keep the conversation as hilarious and futile as the subject matter.


Chris tried his hardest to defend Brexit in a 3 vs 1 royal rumble.

Were bendy bananas really worth getting this upset over?

If the EU is a Mafia, was it better to be part of the family than in witness protection?

Is Boris Britain's Trump? Is Brexit Farage's wall?

Is this Britain's chance to become a weed growing offshore tax haven (and Europe's Carribean)?

Would anyone turn out for another referendum at this point, and how dangerous would a Gammon stampede be if we ignored the result of the last one?

 


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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

The EnviroApocalypse


Thankfully we're not Americans, so we don't believe there's a debate about whether climate change exists.

Indeed the same Oil Lobbyists who've bought Congress to deny the existence of climate change, are now pushing the narrative that it's too late to do anything.

So will we abandon hope? Will thoughts and prayers, likes and shares be our only response?

We don't want your hope, we want courage, we want action, we want you to recognize that our politicians aren't going to do anything about it, and that's not an excuse for you to fail the planet too.

Join us in protest, join the discussion and replace fossil fuels and fake news with renewal media sources!


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Sunday, 5 May 2019

Happiness and Meaning. Beyond Hedonism, Nihilism, Materialism and Buddhism


A drunk & hedonistic psychologist, a sober absurdist philosopher, and a high nihilistic anthropologist discuss it all and more, while laughing at the surreal tragedy of trying to find happiness in life, as we celebrate our 10th episode.

Should we search for meaning in life or do we need to create it ourselves?

Is finding meaning key to a happy life?

Is happiness key to a meaningful life?

Can happiness be achieved on an individual scale or do we need community?

Do we need to strive locally or globally to protect the continued survival of our planet, and is it possible or desirable to be happy in a world on the brink of extinction?

Is Capitalism intrinsically linked to materialism, and is that inherently bad if national happiness is linked to a rising GDP?

Is Buddhism the antidote, does it merely numb the pain, or has it already been corrupted and commercialised?


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Sunday, 24 March 2019

Beyond Israeli Vs. Palestinian Thinking


The Israeli occupation of Palestine has been the longest military engagement ever. The Palestinians have received more financial aid than any group in history (larger per capita than the Marshall plan). There's no shortage of news coverage nor opinions on Israel, Palestine, Zionism nor Anti-Semitism.

So we talked to an Israeli Arab, who was capable of seeing both sides, to explore the nuance and intricacies of this complex narrative. More of a discussion and a learning exercise, than a debate, this was a fantastic opportunity to hear the rarely told story.

Whatever you think you know on this highly controversial topic, take the time to listen to someone that's served in the Israeli Army, dated Palestinian girls, and is prepared to admit the failings of his own side, as long as people aren't blind to the faults of the Palestinian leadership.

We don't claim to have all the answers, but I'm so glad we took the time to ask the important questions.


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Friday, 1 February 2019

Digital Post-Consciousness. Should we upload our souls to the cloud?


Technological Philosophy: are we moving from a carbon-based organism to an immortal silicon-based consciousness?

Four curious souls discuss the current understanding of human consciousness and how it has shaped itself. The conversation moves through exciting realms of artificial intelligence, network intelligence and other SciFi banter to explore if the future of human/artificial consciousness belongs to a skull, a digital post-human, or the junkyard.


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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Is Free Speech Under Attack? Episode 7


Beyond Binary Thinking confronts the Libertarian Right's claim that Marxist academics and millennial snowflakes are destroying freedom of speech with their no platforming, trigger warning safe space political correctness.

We also look into the Left's counter-theory that the Koch Brothers are flooding campuses with hate speech as part of a funded Culture War.

From religion to politics, hate crime to death threats, we get deep and controversial as we hold up the mirror to the excesses and exaggerations of both sides of this argument.

What's the cost of free speech? Is it worth it?


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