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eR 24 | Ratatouille: How to be a True Revolutionary

eR 24 | Ratatouille: How to be a True Revolutionary

Update: 2018-05-111


A philosophy that can’t be lived is like food that can’t be eaten and a kitchen isn’t a storehouse for food, any more than philosophy is a museum of ideas. A great movie to match this, in both philosophy and food-analogies, is the 2007 film, Ratatouille. This is an excellent film that explores many important themes as well as deep, archetypal representations and philosophies. The film offers an answer to many questions, like how do you live your truth? How do you harness your talent and follow your dreams? How do you overcome and identify those who oppose you? And ultimately, how do you create change in the world? Each character offers important lessons, and the story line throughout is a drama that mirrors anyone trying to walk the hero’s path. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at

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eR 30 | An Epic of Masculinity
When good men sit down, bad men stand up. When masculine virtues are ignored, masculine vices reign. When kings are told to go away, tyrants take their place. This is not just a description, but a strategy.This results in a world where a plurality of masculine figures without virtue are in leadership positions in governments, companies, and organizations. This structure is incentivized to forward and repeat the societal talking points whereby masculinity is defined as toxic. This narrative helps prevent good men from rising up.The toxic masculine narrative is the norm, of both history and today.I'm going to crush this status quo, by uplifting masculine idealism.It is a simple formula. Competence + Ethics. This is the masculine ideal.We are a species that doesn’t do well with nuance. We see so many bad men in the world and in the news, and we drift towards simple answers: men are bad. With this we forget that our last and best hope against tyranny is the development of masculine ideals and virtues.It is for this reason that stories about the positive masculine (and omens about the negative masculine) have survived and thrived for thousands of years.I’m going to crush the historic and modern status quo that defines all men as toxic, not by offering my critique of their position, but by offering the alternative. The alternative are these stories and lessons from history, philosophy, and idea. These stories have one purpose: uplift the positive masculine, and teach masculine ideals.
eR 25 | A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste
As the world becomes wealthier, more connected, more educated, and more metropolitan - we create more trash. And our population is growing, faster than ever. From the American Revolution, to the end of WWI, our world population grew by 1 billion. From the day the World Trade Center Towers fell, to the day Osama Bin Laden was killed, our population grew by the same amount. Every day, we produce more waste than the day before. So what are we going to do? Now I'm an optimist about our future. I quite agree with Steven Pinker and his book Enlightenment Now. I know I've already made the controversial statement of admitting my fondness for people, and yes this includes my neighbor and the people who voted differently than me. So, I suppose I won't do too much damage by agreeing with Pinker and saying that the world is fantastic. We have certainly progressed. But that is part of the point - waste is endogenous to progress. Inefficiency to efficiency. Failed attempts to successful ones. But we can't simply wave our hands and brush garbage under the rug with the answer that it is here to stay - at some point quantity matters and as it stands there is only one earth. So, let's talk about trash, waste, and garbage, and think about how awful the world would be if we don't find a way to deal with this problem, and paradoxically, how awful the world would be if there were no trash at all.This is Hardcore Philosophy.
eR 22 | Harris, Peterson, Zizek, & Haidt - Through the looking glass of ideological fiefdoms and metadata walls
Our species has a long history of living in tribes and fiefdoms, and we still do. Only now our fiefdoms are often created and maintained by hashtag, linguistic signaling, and online cookies. We've also spent a good amount of time building walls to create safe spaces. The irony of today's chant in the United States is that the wall is already here, only it is made of metadata, preference settings, and block lists. The now well-known graphic that shows the lack of dialogue or connection between the left and right on twitter is shocking to say the least. But more than connections in name between opposing camps, we need the spirit of dialogue. Which means a group of people who are willing to exercise a bit of intellectual doubt and show honest curiosity to how other people might form an opinion about political, social, and cultural phenomena. We all know the adage, that to know someone requires us to walk a mile in their shoes. We also know that things are easier said than done. Now I believe that philosophy is positioned to be a type of glue between competing ideas, like science, religion, history, and politics, and most certainly so during times of complexity and uncertainty. This is such a time. Because at the end of the day, philosophy is neither science, religion, history, or politics, but if it is not consulting these subjects, and more, it can never hope to be more than what Nietzsche described in Beyond Good and Evil - a species of unconscious autobiography. If you would like to support the podcast, please visit Full notes to the show can be found on our Trello board at
eR 1 | The Liberal and Conservative Archetype
In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan talks about the archetypes of Liberalism and Conservatism. That is to say, the class of ideas, influences, and operative definitions that constitute our two great and eternal political diodes. In brief, this episode presents some of the highest arguments for both the individual causes of each persuasion, and the importance of recognizing the relationship and mutually reinforcing and dependent nature of the Liberal and the Conservative. Some of these functional definitions include the writings of John Locke and Edmund Burke; the times of revolution in both America and France; the dialectical approach posited by Hegel; and a call for many modern political speakers like Steven Crowder, Ben Shapiro, and Jimmy Dore (of whom Evan has tremendous respect for), to stay true to making an 'iron man' of their opponents’ arguments, and not a strawman. Evan also embarrassingly could not remember the name of Thomas Friedman, the author of "The World is Flat." He is very apologetic to Mr. Friedman. You may also notice barking dogs in the background. For that, our dear listeners, you have our apologies, but please allow for an explanation. The podcast is recorded at night, in Thailand, and in a small neighborhood. At night, in Thailand, the dogs in the neighborhood all decide to freak out. During the day they are calm and friendly, at night they are loud and offended by anyone they see outside. We will do our best to sound proof the recording room :)If you would like to support the podcast, please visit notes to the show can be found on our Trello board (the ‘map’ of the show) at
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eR 24 | Ratatouille: How to be a True Revolutionary

eR 24 | Ratatouille: How to be a True Revolutionary