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18 minutes | Jul 16, 2014
Ep105 : Destroying Education with a Lack of Common Sense
In this episode Jad and Kevin discuss an article Kevin found about a kid getting expelled from his school for having a weapon in his car. Well maybe it wasn’t a weapon. In fact, maybe the kid was a certified EMT and had a life-saving tool in his EMT bag. Okay that’s exactly what happened, but he was still expelled from school. We discuss the knee-jerk society that has become the United States and how this has drastically hurt the development of children, most specifically in the education process. We engage in a discussion about how there is nobody in power being held accountable and briefly get into no-knock raids, the Chris Dorner case, and a recent jay-walking case in Austin, Texas.
14 minutes | Jul 8, 2014
Ep104 : Blurred Misogyny Part 5/5 – Gender Neutrality
At last we reach the end of a five part series focused on the objectification of women. We’ve been joined for this entire conversation with local Austin artist, Adrienne Parker, and began our discussion around the Robin Thicke controversial music video, Blurred Lines. In this final piece of the conversation we discuss how people around the western world are finally beginning to raise their daughters so that they are first class, independent, free-thinking citizens. Jad hypothesizes that we will likely see a massive change in how women are perceived in the Western world within about two more generations. We consider some interesting psychology that all of us are likely contributing to, albeit unknowingly. Namely the psychology of how we interact with little boys versus how we interact with little girls. For example, it’s well-documented that when interacting with a little boy, one will likely ask what toy he is playing with, what his interests are, and other similar topics related to developmental growth. Contrast that with how we commonly interact with little girls and we find that most people will instinctively comment on how pretty she looks, the clothes she is wearing, and not much more. Surely an entire childhood of this has an impact on the mind. Finally, we discuss various topics around the idea of gender neutrality and ponder the immutable differences between males and females.
15 minutes | Jul 1, 2014
Ep103 : Blurred Misogyny Part 4/5 – Leading Through Education
For our forth installment of Blurred Misogyny, we are joined again by local Austin artist, Adrienne Parker. In this episode we turn our attention away from how the media specifically portrays the female form and rather to how education and upbringing are applied differently to females than males. We consider how women fare in the academic world as well as how they have been historically treated in this world. We discuss maths and science programs and question whether or not women getting involved in these kinds of fields will have an impact on how men see them in the future. And like so many of our previous episodes have tended towards, we consider the idea of inculcation. If women are treated a certain, perhaps negative way their entire lives, then scientifically speaking how would we ever expect that them to rise above antiquated stereotypes moving forward?
14 minutes | Jun 24, 2014
Ep102 : Blurred Misogyny Part 3/5 – Cultural Norms
We are joined once again by local Austin artist, Adrienne Parker as she discusses a controversial music video with us called Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. For our third part of this series we consider whether the video is a reflection of current cultural norms, or if it is videos like this that are effectively creating the cultural norms in the first place. We consider the possibility that perhaps the media is not necessarily responsible for convincing women that they should be allow themselves to be objectified. Perhaps the ongoing misfortunes of education and upbringing in some people’s lives are instead more likely culprits. Whatever the case may be, the question still remains as to what can be done about this? If it’s not as simple as turning away from the media, then how do we begin to change the mindset that girls are presented with from an early age?
15 minutes | Jun 18, 2014
Ep101 : Blurred Misogyny Part 2/5 – Objectification
This week we continue our discussion with local Austin artist, Adrienne Parker on the topic of Robin Thicke’s controversial music video Blurred Lines. In this second of five parts we delve into the idea of objectification. We consider the qualities that society has deemed important to being a woman as well as the qualities that society has deemed important to being a man. Naturally these tend to be vastly different. One side focuses almost exclusively on appearances while the other focuses on mental abilities and status in the world. We also consider some real-life scenarios centered around strippers and adult models. If men are willing to pay good money to see nothing more than the bare human form, is it possible to say that perhaps men are the fools and women are the one’s with real power, not the other way around? And if that is possibly true, then what are the real ramifications to objectifying women in the first place?
18 minutes | Jun 11, 2014
Ep100 : Blurred Misogyny Part 1/5 – Acknowledging the Problem
Today we hit an amazing milestone in the history of the JKPodcast. From small and humble beginnings, we now stand in front of our our 100th episode! To celebrate this occasion and to start the next 100 episodes off on the right foot, we have dedicated the next fives weeks to a discussion about the objectification of women in the media. We’re joined in the studio by a local Austin artist and recent college graduate, Adrienne Parker. Over the next five weeks, the three of us will discuss the topic of objectification focusing on last summer’s hit music video, Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. If you haven’t seen it, the video essentially follows the artist on a white set while naked models dance around him. It’s not an especially complicated premise and while the video was very well-received by the general public, it was certainly not without its many criticisms. In this first part we examine the overarching problem. How have music videos changed over the past 50 years? How is this affecting women? What influence does it have on younger women struggling to find an identify in the world? And what influence does it have on younger men who are struggling to understand women? We want to be clear that because the JKPodcast focuses on Libertarian and Anarchist principles, we’re certainly not in any way advocating that this type of material should not be permitted or otherwise censored in any way. We would not support any kind of authoritarian action to silence such expressions. Rather our discussion is around the psychology of this material and what long-term impact it could have on our society. So sit back and enjoy the 100th episode of the JKPodcast. We certainly look forward to bringing you 100 more episodes!
17 minutes | Jun 4, 2014
Ep98 : Considering a Stateless Position on Environmentalism
In a fun twist of roles, one of the editors of the JKPodcast (Lee) asked if we could do an episode discussing libertarian and anarchist positions of environmentalism. Although we had intended just to record a simple teaser episode, the discussion wound up taking off a bit. As such we discuss the notorious British Petroleum scenario, pollution that comes across the Pacific Ocean from China, and how these situations could be dealt without the use of violence. Jad also gives us a short history lesson on why tort law changed to favor the industrial revolution way back when.
16 minutes | May 28, 2014
Ep97 : Experiences with the Travel Security Administration
This week we follow up with a recent trip Kevin took to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Jad and Kevin discuss some of the experiences their respective coworkers and Kevin had while traveling through American and Mexican security practices. They look at the absurd policies that Americans have been submitting themselves to for more than a decade and consider how our behavior is changing as a result of such mindless submissions to authority.
16 minutes | May 26, 2014
Ep96 : Libertarian Party of Texas State Convention Part III
In this final part detailing the Libertarian Party of Texas’s 2014 state convention, Jad and Kevin talk about the three to four hour long discussion the Libertarian delegates had over borders and immigration. While platform changes to a party are certainly a big deal, the minutia discussed at this convention was both fascinating and likely shocking to any person not intimately involved in politics. We have frequently likened Roberts Rules to a good game of Dungeons and Dragons and such was the case here.
18 minutes | May 21, 2014
Ep95 : Putin Looks to Syria, Obama Looks to Al-Qaeda
In this episode Jad and Kevin look at the world for what it is, a giant chess board with maniacal, sociopathic, dictatorial people moving the pieces around to their financial pleasure. We consider just ten years ago how it would have been unheard of for the United States to align itself with a group like Al-Queda after the fall of the twin towers. Ten years later, here we are living in a world where that very thing is happening.
14 minutes | May 14, 2014
Ep94 : Dread Pirate Roberts and the Beginning of the End
Jad and Kevin branch out from the usual political conversations and delve a bit deeper into the technical details of Bitcoin this week. Bearing in mind of course that Bitcoin is certainly affecting policies. We talk a bit about Coinbase, discuss who the Dread Pirate Roberts is, and get into the difficulties of TOR and IP management. We also discuss the types of materials available on the silk road including drug types, weapons, and other treats known only to those on the so-called dark web. Towards the end we spend a brief amount of time discussing the great lengths that people have gone through in the past to move drugs around – including building fucking submarines. Yes, drugs are popular. We both support them fully.
16 minutes | May 11, 2014
Ep93 : Jumpstarting the Campaign with Reddit
As Kevin’s campaign for the 2014 Texas State House of Representatives ticks on, Jad and Kevin discuss the first major breakthrough the campaign has seen, in this case entirely thanks to Reddit. Besides that little bit of luck, Jad and Kevin spend some time discussing potential alternate voting methods. In particular, they examine one method used by the Texas Libertarian Party known as approval voting. They also consider why it’s so difficult to find people willing to fight for the same message of liberty.
12 minutes | May 7, 2014
Ep92 : Thoughts on Bill Nye vs. Ken Hamm
As many people across the United States may have seen on television, a pseudo-debate was hosted between Bill Nye and Ken Hamm. We won’t go into detailing who Bill Nye is because if you’re listening to this podcast you probably already know. On the other hand, Ken Hamm is a wealthy Australian best known for his creationist museums in the United States. The two of them debated the age old question of intelligent design versus evolution. Jad and Kevin weigh in at a meta-level of how this kind of conversation still exists in 2014.
15 minutes | Apr 29, 2014
Ep91 : The Freedom of Association
Recently one of the country’s most famous idiots, Sarah Palin, made some some off-colored remarks about the NRA. Around the same time a man few had ever heard of before named Donald Sterling (incidentally the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers) made some off-colored remarks about African Americans. Jad and I compare and contrast these comments and open a dialogue around the freedom of association. We discuss the civil rights movement of the 1960s and consider what the government’s role should be in forcing people to get along with one another.
15 minutes | Apr 28, 2014
Ep90 : Libertarian Party of Texas State Convention Part II
In this second of three parts detailing the Libertarian Party of Texas’s 2014 state convention, Jad and Kevin discuss the gubernatorial race. The race essentially came down to two candidates, Kathie Glass and Robert Bell. Jad and Kevin go into the nuanced rules that the Libertarian Party uses for voting called approval voting.
14 minutes | Apr 23, 2014
Ep89 : Reflecting the Perfect Model of Human Communication Part II
In the second part of our talk on human communication, Jad and Kevin discuss being comfortable while trying new things. It seems this is a pretty common element to therapy. Jad tells us a little bit of his family background and what it was like being raised in a military family. Although the two had fairly different upbringings, Jad and Kevin connect on the all-too-familiar human experience of sweeping problems under the rugs, something we both experienced in our respective families.
18 minutes | Apr 16, 2014
Ep88 : Reflecting the Perfect Model of Human Communication Part I
After Kevin experienced the emotions that came with a failed relationship, Jad and Kevin decide to spend a few episodes discussing human communication. The topic actually fits extremely well into the political spectrum since let’s face it, one of the largest problems we have as a society is knowing how to communicate effectively with one another. The pair spend most of the episode sharing therapy experiences and how learning to communicate more effectively has benefits far beyond romance. This is the first of a two-part episode of which will be concluded next week.
11 minutes | Apr 14, 2014
Ep87 : Libertarian Party of Texas State Convention Part I
With Kevin currently running for the Texas House of Representatives, he definitely felt he should attend his own party’s 2014 state convention. Over the next three Monday Morning episodes Jad and Kevin will walk through what that experience was like. In this first part we discuss the gun rally led by CJ Grisham (which admittedly turned a lot of non-libertarian heads in the wrong direction), introduce the candidates for various offices, and detail the various statewide positions being voted on.
13 minutes | Apr 9, 2014
Ep86 : Egypt, Ukraine, and Subverting the Peace Process
This week Jad and Kevin spend a little less time debating political theories and a little more time discussing current world events. In the past few months there have been several very serious uprisings happening around the globe. Some of the more notable ones include Venezuela, Ukraine, and Egypt. As the proper history-geek of the JKPodcast, Jad explains what is going on and how tensions being created in otherwise unrelated countries could inadvertently become catalysts for a much larger war. We spend the last few minutes of the show discussing Scott Horton, host of antiwar.com. This is a super short episode, but we promise to be back next week with our usual bouts of philosophy and debate! We even have a few special guests on the horizon.
13 minutes | Apr 1, 2014
Ep85 : Asserting Your Personhood
This week Jad and Kevin revisit an older topic of conversation and one that has come up in the podcast several times. The gist of that conversation is learning how to say no to people asserting authority. We primarily examine the idea from a corporate level. Specifically, we consider how big-box retailers are more commonly attempting to search their customers as they exit the building. Admittedly this is not a search procedure like that of the TSA, but it’s a search nevertheless. The problem isn’t necessarily with the store asking, but rather with people not immediately and instinctively understanding that they needn’t subject themselves to such a thing. Moreover, and for the sake of liberty that they shouldn’t either. Our hypothesis is that these small occurrences ultimately weaken one’s ability to be assertive when dealing with other forms of authority. It’s then no wonder police abuses and agencies like the TSA can so easily prevail.
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