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Letter from a listener

I got the following email today:
Hi KMO,

I’ve just found your wonderful site and listened delightedly to a couple of dozen of your podcasts.

Empathy is your strong suit, but I feel you take it too far, as in giving a free pass to those of your interviewees who are transparently political/statist. When you do occasionally make a reasonable libertarian point, you invariably apologise afterwards to your listeners.

What is your problem?!

Maybe could synthesise your libertarian wisdom with your entheogenic philosophy, thus guiding your listeners towards a more integrated approach. Is it that you’re not fully enlightened about personal freedom v. monopolistic state violence? Or is it that you feel that your listeners may not be ready for such a radical liberation?

One more thing: you also give a free pass to people re ‘climate change’ (weak-speak for ‘global warming’). You must know (or do you?) that the whole agenda is driven by the elites’ need (as with 911, ‘overpopulation’, etc.) for a rationale for ever-greater state control.

The ‘Club of Rome’ invented ‘global cooling’ a few decades ago, and then switched to ‘global warming’ as a more plausible alternative. The weak-minded majority went along with both, as directed by the mass-media. The effective debunking of ‘global warming’ led to the ridiculous dogma of ‘climate change’ (as if climate was ever fixed!).

Just in case you’re in the grip of climate PC, here are some helpful links.

http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/monckton/goreerrors.html

http://www.newswithviews.com/NWVexclusive/exclusive113.htm

http://oism.org/pproject/

Same applies to 'species extinction'. It's all a stage-magician's trick with statistics. Take any problem, exaggerate it wildly, extrapolate exponentially, then offer statist solutions.

Perfect!

Actually, I’m amazed how many of your interviewees are still glued to state action as a cure for anything. While this paradigm persists, all else is poisoned.

This message is by way of encouragement to trust your own philosophy. Be brave!

Tell your whole truth!

Sincerely,

John L.


I'll probably be reading and responding to this in episode #108 which comes out on June 25th. I'll basically be talking about the lure of "true believerism" and the utility of "epistemological humility." Anybody else want to add some memes to this stew?

On a (not obviously) related note, I've been adding entries to this LiveJournal for about 8 years now. Does anyone know of a good method for searching inside my personal LJ archive? Can Google be tricked out for this purpose?

Comments

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ozarque
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I've had very good luck searching at Google using this:

"whatever I'm searching for"site:ozarque.livejournal.com .

The "whatever" has to be in quotation marks.
kmo
Jun. 15th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Cool Beans!
Thank you. I'll give that a try.
peristaltor
Jun. 15th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Keine Reich! Keine Volk! Ein Ayn!*
For one thing: How is a "statist" agenda any different from an extreme (it would seem) Rand-ian wet dream? "Personal freedom v. monopolistic state violence?" Please.

The following examples he gives lead me to believe he discounts global warming based not on the science, but on the state-centered proposed solutions, and is attracted to the various sources he cites because of this. (Note: I did not bother to read the cited sources.) Using the phrase "ridiculous dogma" in his letter certainly suggests this interpretation.

The science I've read does not propose solutions, statist or otherwise, only documents changes and proposes causes.

Worse of all, he ends his letter with "Tell your whole truth," implying that his truth is also yours. That is an insulting and frankly degrading assumption for anyone to make about anyone else. You should ask for an apology (provided you don't agree with him, of course).


*Apologies for the poor German attempt at humor.
kmo
Jun. 25th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Keine Reich! Keine Volk! Ein Ayn!*
Another listener wrote to say:
If your fans want a podcast for Libertarian views tell them to check out Ian and Mark on Free Talk Live. It's on iTunes. It is an open subject call in show. Ian is more of an anarchist while Mark checks him as a recovering Republican who shares libertarian views but accepts the role of government in certain areas. It is a top rated show. They also broadcast on radio stations nation wide. While they do focus on politics and the antics of government beaurocrats, every once in a while they will address more esoteric subjects. Mark follows a philosophy that you, KMO, and I share. That philosophy is that with sincere belief and concentration on what you want in life can be manifested into reality, with the caveat that it may take great effort to make it happen, but that it will happen.

Mark and Ian are too busy producing a three hour show six days a week so they have little or no time to listen to shows that I believe they would greatly enjoy such as C-Realm or Psychedelic Salon. I email Mark quite often about subjects other than the FTL show.

Essentially this is a case where if we could get each other in the same room the odds we would bond quickly and add volumes of welcome and interesting information are very high.

Now that you've been chided to be more aggressive about your political principles I have to say that your show is not the venue for spreading the true Libertarian message. For instance, if you did put your views up front more often you'd have to answer to the Bob Barr nomination for the LP. If you have paid attention you know already the disaster to the LP that Bob Barr brings. Why waste time on that when you have so many more positive subjects to bring to your audience.

KMO, I am pleased to share the Libertarian Principles with you. I respect you just that much more for it, but it is in no way any part of the reason I listen to your show. FTL does that for me and I recommend it highly to your listeners who are lovers of Freedom and wish for a reduction or elimination of government in our lives. Otherwise, you do the show you set out to do. Tell those LP listeners to go to FTL to get their fix, or even better DO THEIR OWN PODCAST!!!

Your great fan,

[name]


Edited at 2008-06-25 09:45 pm (UTC)
bunnykitteh
Jun. 15th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah KMO! What is your problem? :-D
tirikitetoker
Jun. 16th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Searches
Like ozarque suggested,
search terms site:kmo.livejournal.com
works to some extent. But it doesn't give results from older posts. The cut-off date seems to be somewhere around Oct 2006, so that's not really what you're looking for.
It does better when the search terms are in your list of tags, and sometimes catches titles (but not always).
ankh_f_n_khonsu
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
You can search it through Google, if your settings are public.

In the Google search field type:

site:kmo.livejournal.com "ayahuasca"
ankh_f_n_khonsu
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
:doh:

Beaten to the punch! :P
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