The State Needs to Keep US All in a Frenzy of Fear and Division

The state needs division.  It needs people to make enemies.

yeah and i think i think murray would
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would say that that’s actually the
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sort of the purpose of politics
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yeah i mean like as we know politics as
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we know them yes um
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which involves the state and the state
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the state needs to keep us all in a
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frenzy of
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a fear yes and um
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and there has to be some way to divide
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people because naturally in a market
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we all get a lot right which right like
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i hope people don’t forget like in 2019
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you could walk down the streets of any
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commercial district and any city in the
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world and have
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friends all around you and
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and really enjoy your life and and meet
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strangers
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that are from a different place you’re
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so fascinated like where you’re from
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kind of thing you know
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that that was the the marketplace it was
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the agora you know under which we we
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encountered people not like ourselves
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but we found value in them and dignity
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and we realized
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something very important which is that
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their existence helps me and my
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existence helps abstain
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we had a cooperative relationship but
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politics doesn’t like that right
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politics like something else
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uh politics likes division and friends
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and enemies
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and it likes hatred
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and it likes killing and likes blood
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who likes death
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um anything to keep the regime alive
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the regime has to live
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and and how
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it lives is through division
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and death
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and and um
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and i think this is why murray hated the
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state ultimately
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i’m going to turn this stuff i’m so
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sorry
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um that’s why he hated the state because
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it divided people from each other you
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know like we’re naturally as benjamin
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constance used to say we have a natural
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interest in getting along with each
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other
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but the state
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doesn’t want that
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you know the state doesn’t want us to
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get along the state wants us to to hate
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and we turn against our neighbors and
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then we
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return to
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uh uh state managers to help us um a lot
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of my my influences here are really
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um
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due to this book i read called the um
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it was by carl schmidt it’s written in
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like 1931
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um
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called uh something of politics the
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essence of politics or something like
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that and he hated liberalism in the old
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classical sense and he said look life
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without politics is boring and dreadful
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all you do all you do
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is you know have barbara backyard
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barbecues and and baseball and and
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surfing
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and um one day flows into the next and
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you get along with others and you said
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look nobody wants to live that kind of
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life nobody wants to live like that you
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really want
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you want big things to happen to you
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something dramatic you want upheavals
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the only way we can um really achieve
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that is through through politics through
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hatred through bloodshed and i don’t
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mean just like symbolic enemies
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i want
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blood to flow in the streets he said
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that’s
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that’s where you find meaning that’s how
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you find meaning in life that’s how you
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know your life matters it says kashmir
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now he was a huge of course nazi uh
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eventually
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he was put on the nurburgring trials and
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they they uh eventually exonerated him
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on grounds that he was just crazy
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intellectuals so therefore didn’t kill
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anybody but he killed a lot of people
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actually with these views
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um
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but that’s what he said it’s like
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our lives have to mean something
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and and and
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bourgeois capitalism does not give us
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meaning it just gives us
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abundance and peace and abundance and
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peace is boring
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so politics gives us something gives us
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turmoil because it’s difficult because
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the struggle gives us heroes
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uh gives us enemies um
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but he has this other weird comment in
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there he’s like
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so who is the enemy
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and his answer is it doesn’t
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matter
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the enemy is whomever the state
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decides is the enemy

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the the point of enemy-ness is that it
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exists
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it’s not the who is the what
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so
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um so so there are there are people out
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there who believe this you know
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and so long as states exist there will
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be somebody who’s a
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um
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a convert to schmitty in view
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now if you read machiavelli it’s the
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same
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uh very similar sort of thing so i think
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we’re being manipulated
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by forces very much outside of our
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control um shouldn’t be but they are
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um we we have the potential as humanity
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all to get along
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through which we find meaning we should
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we should find meaning for ourselves
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like you have to do this i have to do
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this we have to find
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find out what makes our lives meaningful
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meaningful but meaning cannot come
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through violence it can’t come through
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destruction it can’t come through
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bloodshed
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um
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we tried that
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in the 20th century and
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and we found it uh ghastly and and awful
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um i’ve finished my soliloquy with the
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Jeffrey A. Tucker joins me for a conversation about his beautiful written work titled “The Purges Have Begun,” covering the preciousness of human freedom and the fortitude necessary to protect it in this “post-modern” world.

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OUTLINE
00:00:00 “What is Money?” Intro
00:00:08 The Purges Have Begun
00:07:07 March 2020: The Inflection Point
00:11:46 Taxation as Societal Bifurcation
00:15:39 “A Life Without Politics is Boring”
00:22:58 We Don’t Study History to Learn Lessons
00:27:54 NYDIG
00:29:03 Bitcoin Never Blinked
00:33:32 A Beautiful Anarchy
00:36:43 Radical Deprivation in 2022?
00:40:00 The “Regime” Cannot Compete
00:45:30 What Happens When the State Becomes Irrelevant?
00:51:25 Failure of The State

Why Politics is like Taco Bell (Uneducated Economist)

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let me tell you why i don’t follow
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politics is because i feel politics is a
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lot like going to taco bell have you
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ever noticed when you go into taco bell
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that everything is exactly the same
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it’s like the same meat cheese
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you know ingredients going into it it’s
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just what kind of wrapper does it come
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in i mean do you want a soft or crunchy
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with or without sour cream i mean there
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is no difference between the different
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ingredients that go into it it’s just
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how they’re going to wrap this thing up
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and hand it to you politics is very this
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is almost exactly the same way it’s like
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taco bell politics it doesn’t matter
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what you order you’re gonna get the same
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thing no matter what do you want a soft
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taco or do you want a spicy burrito i
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mean it’s just like what difference does
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it really make when the ingredients are
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the same and that’s the way i feel like
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politics is presented to you on the on
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how you choose to want to want it like
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you may not like burritos you like tacos
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so you get you know you get tacos
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instead but it’s going to be the same
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thing on the inside

Saagar Enjeti: How The Elites RIGGED Supreme Court Politics To Cover Their Corporate Scam

Saagar Enjeti discusses the political fallout from the open vacancy on the Supreme Court following the death of RGB.

The Problem with Jordan Peterson

–Our long form analysis of Jordan Peterson, and more specifically the movement that has been created around him, including its ideology, shortcomings, and more

 

loyalty that extends beyond reason what
the peterson fans need to understand is
that this type of devotion is partly
what fuels the unfair criticisms of
peterson it’s a circle when a public
person has a huge group of zealous
attack dogs who pounce on any critic of
the movement the movement becomes more
fun and attractive to criticise to
outsiders now I’m not saying it should
be that way but without question this
kind of cringy fanboy behavior of so
many peterson fans is itself what turns
people off of jordan peterson people
shouldn’t
strawman peterson people shouldn’t
criticize peterson dishonestly but the
adoration of his fans is part of what
feeds it and you might say oh that’s
unfair and I’m agreeing with you I’m
saying yeah that is unfair but there are
many peterson fans who would benefit
from being a little bit more self-aware
one of the most disconcerting things
about peterson fans is how seriously
they take themselves something that
open-minded people with a sort of
healthy diversity of intellectual
influences rarely do they rarely take
themselves so seriously most people
actually learn to become embarrassed
about taking themselves so seriously and
they eventually grow out of it which may
be some peterson fans will do so to be
Peterson talks about the importance of
thinking for yourself Peterson gives
fans a way of feeling smart without
actually having to thoroughly study the
intellectuals that Peters
sites much less the countless
philosophers with viewpoints that
directly contradict Peterson in really
credible and important ways being a
loyal unquestioning Peterson fan doesn’t
really demand much of you right it’s
easy many in Peterson’s audience are
relying on his interpretations and his
conclusions about philosophical issues
and current events without doing much
thinking on their own and that’s what
gurus do and enable their followers to
do

Freakonomics Radio Live: “Would You Eat a Piece of Chocolate Shaped Like Dog Poop?” (Ep. 372)

DUBNER: Jody Avirgan, David Pizarro has been telling us about the politics of disgust, which are really interesting, and lead to a lot of interesting thoughts and questions. Anything factual we should know?

AVIRGAN: This isn’t exactly a fact check. But I do want to go back to how you actually measure disgust. You ask people about hypothetical scenarios, and ask them to rate how disgusted they were. Do you trust that?

PIZARRO: That’s one way. Other people have done the work of correlating—

AVIRGAN: Of actually disgusting people in real time — love it.

PIZARRO: Of actually disgusting people. So they’ve brought people into the lab and they’ve asked them to do really gross but safe things. So, would you eat a piece of chocolate shaped like dog poop?

DUCKWORTH: Yes.

DUBNER: I think Angela’s answer says less about her liberalism than about her chocolate attitude.

PIZARRO: That may be right. And that’s why it’s a noisy measure.

David Bossie: Wikipedia

David Norman Bossie (born November 1, 1965)[1][2] is an American political activist. Since 2000, he has been president and chairman of conservative advocacy group Citizens United and in 2016, Bossie was the deputy campaign manager to the Donald Trump presidential campaign.[3]

In May 2019, Bossie was accused by the Internal Revenue Service of defrauding political donors by funneling their donations to himself through consultants and book sales. President Trump has distanced himself from Bossie and demanded a thorough investigation.[4]

 

.. By May 1998, Burton came under intense partisan pressure; even fellow Republicans complained that committee staff had published redacted tapes and transcripts of former United States Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell‘s prison telephone calls omitting some exculpatory passages. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pressed Burton to seek Bossie’s resignation.[8] Shortly thereafter, Burton accepted Bossie’s resignation.[9]

.. In June 2018, Bossie, a regular guest on Fox News programs, said that African-American co-guest Joel Payne was “out of his cotton-picking mind.” He later apologized.[15] Fox News suspended him for two weeks, calling the remarks “deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate.”[16]

 

.. At the Tea Party Convention, Bossie debuted the documentary Generation Zero, focusing on the 2008 financial crisis and its basis in the selfishness of the Baby Boomer generation. Said documentary, produced by Bossie for Citizens United Productions, had been written and directed by Steve Bannon.

 

.. He also was ranked number two in Politico‘s top 50 most influential people in American politics in 2015, tied with Charlie Spies.[18]