Ben Stone Tells You How Not to Stew in Your Own Libertarian Juices – Freedom Feens radio archive

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Ben Stone the Bad Quaker explains how to recognize historical revisionism. Michael W. Dean explains how to use the principles of AA and the Cooper Color Code to be a useful emissary of liberty to newbies.

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15 Responses to Ben Stone Tells You How Not to Stew in Your Own Libertarian Juices – Freedom Feens radio archive

    • MichaelWDean says:

      nice.
      And:
      six of one, half a dozen of the other.

      MWD

      • anon says:

        I don’t like Hitch, but I like this quote:

        “We dwell in a present-tense culture that somehow, significantly, decided to employ the telling expression ‘You’re history’ as a choice reprobation or insult, and thus elected to speak forgotten volumes about itself. By that standard, the forbidding dystopia of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four already belongs, both as a text and as a date, with Ur and Mycenae, while the hedonist nihilism of Huxley still beckons toward a painless, amusement-sodden, and stress-free consensus. Orwell’s was a house of horrors. He seemed to strain credulity because he posited a regime that would go to any lengths to own and possess history, to rewrite and construct it, and to inculcate it by means of coercion. Whereas Huxley … rightly foresaw that any such regime could break because it could not bend. In 1988, four years after 1984, the Soviet Union scrapped its official history curriculum and announced that a newly authorized version was somewhere in the works. This was the precise moment when the regime conceded its own extinction. For true blissed-out and vacant servitude, though, you need an otherwise sophisticated society where no serious history is taught.”

        – Christopher Hitchens

        • bunkerdweller says:

          My favorite quote so far on the topic, found online:

          “Brave New World by Huxley. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not a choice between 1984 and BNW – they complement each other in one hell of a dystopian future.”

  1. J M says:

    Any idea where Boston was writing about the ‘stewing in your libertarian juices’ thing? Im usually up on his stuff, phrase sounds familiar but I cant place where it came from….

    • MichaelWDean says:

      Was the FSW forum. Can’t find it on there now, but I’m pretty sure it was there, around 2005, 2006.

      They revamped that site and moved it at some point and I can’t find even all the posts I wrote on there anymore.

      Next time he’s on the show I’ll try to remember to ask him.

  2. Ivan says:

    Woah, you’ll have something to talk about in your “I was wrong” segment.
    The Germans talk about their Nazi history all the freakin’ time, to the point where you’d think nothing else happened in that place.
    They’re often shown as an example of how to properly handle a shameful episode in a country’s history.
    Can’t really back it up with links, but this might be a good place to start:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vergangenheitsbew%C3%A4ltigung

    By the way, I like your “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” rant, but there’s one thing about it, that is driving my crazy.
    If it’s bombarding people on Earth, and is located in the Alpha Centauri region, why in the world is it on low orbit?
    If it was orbiting Earth, that would make sense, but not if it’s in a different solar system.
    Just had to get that off my chest 😀

    • MichaelWDean says:

      I’m always excited to find something to be wrong about for my new segment. Seriously. But:
      “The Germans talk about their Nazi history all the freakin’ time, to the point where you’d think nothing else happened in that place.”

      Didn’t seem that way when I was there in 1991 or in 2005. Seemed very “don’t ask don’t tell.” And I’ve seen several of those statues where they chiseled off the Hakenkreuz. To me, it seems they may show one thing to the world in print, but to me it seems it’s a different situation on the ground.

      But since your IP says you ARE there, you probably know better than me. Tell me more and I’ll consider for a “I WAS WRONG!” segment.

      • Ivan says:

        Yeah, I moved here a couple months ago, so maybe my impression isn’t entirely accurate.
        I was in the Nazi trial museum in Nuremberg, and at least there they dealt with it in a very open manner.
        Also, the history section of the local library, seems to be full of books about Nazis… although maybe that’s just what stood out, I’ll try to do a more accurate survey the next time I’m there 🙂

        • MichaelWDean says:

          Yeah, there may be a State push to force people to “never forget.” I was basing my comments on everyone I talked to, the actual Germans, when I spent months there in 1991 and again in 2004. Plus at some point the government altered statues. Well, I’m assuming it was the government. Maybe individuals did that. Maybe families of the victims of the Nazis did it in anger. I couldn’t blame ’em if that was what happened. Unfortunately no one would talk about it or knew for sure when I was there.

    • MichaelWDean says:

      re: Low Orbit Ion Cannon. lol.

      I did a blog post explaining it here:
      http://www.freedomfeens.com/blog/2014/11/16/the-new-feens-intro/

  3. ben says:

    When i worked for a masonry company for a while, i was sent for a block stretcher. They were right next to the bucket of head joints. Head joints are the mortar between two block on the same layer.

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