Kevin and Charlie discuss fully automated luxury Communism, Biden’s presidential bid, and British politics.

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Texmoor Coolidge

    My Fully Automated Luxury Communism ™ comes with rich Corinthian leather.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 2:52 PM PST
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  2. Bruce Mamont Thatcher

    I used to share Kevin’s disdain with pursuits that labeled themselves as “science” because I expected any such activity to be appropriate for and committed to application of the scientific method. However, I learned recently that many fields called themselves “science” because they represented a body of information that practitioners sought to organize, expand, and promote. Hence: political science as the study of politics. I calmed down a lot about the application of the word science to many “soft” fields when I understood that’s what was originally meant. A problem is that modern practitioners think they are applying the scientific method because they can use math and computer models to their field.

    I eagerly await the use of Chernobyl RBMK reactors to energize Fully Automated Luxury Communism, because they never blow up.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 3:26 PM PST
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  3. milkchaser Member

    Bernie and Trump are Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum? Uncharacteristically inane comment from Kevin.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 7:35 PM PST
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  4. milkchaser Member

    If he could really do this, why would he not just set about doing it now? Why would he wait to make it a priority? He’s so obviously pandering for votes by promising things he can’t possibly do. Why doesn’t he just promise to outlaw death?

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    • June 12, 2019, at 7:44 PM PST
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  5. Daniel Sterman Listener

    This is the third podcast this week that mentioned Andy Warhol. So weird.

     

    Biden is an idiot if he thinks the government can “cure cancer”. But Kevin is also wrong when he says that it’s going to be a corporation that does it. You can’t “cure cancer” because cancer is not a disease – it is a disease type. There are literally hundreds of different types of cancer, some of which we have already effectively cured, and others of which we have no treatment for at all. Looking for a “cure for cancer” is like looking for a “cure for mental illness” – you can find cures for specific mental illnesses, but anybody who claims they’ve got a single treatment that cures every disease in that category is talking nonsense.

    This misconception is one reason I believe that we should never say somebody has “cancer” but rather that they have “a cancer”.

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    • June 14, 2019, at 6:45 AM PST
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  6. Full Size Tabby Member

    Texmoor (View Comment):

    My Fully Automated Luxury Communism ™ comes with rich Corinthian leather.

    The other day I visited the car museum in town. It’s small, but they do have a 1975 Trabant. The Trabant was the car produced in East Germany from 1957 to 1990. The car is truly terrible in every way. If you are not familiar with it, look it up to see how terrible a car can be. 

    I think useful to educate the public would be to have many displays consisting of a Trabant parked next to a Volkswagen Golf of the same vintage and then point out that both were produced by Germans (so of the same tribal heritage) but under different economic systems. One system produces the Trabant. The other system produces the Volkswagen (and along the way, also Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, and Porsche). 

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    • June 14, 2019, at 8:24 AM PST
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  7. RufusRJones Member

    That was excellent. 

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    • June 16, 2019, at 12:45 AM PST
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  8. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    You’re right that many people think that there should be someone in overall charge of it all. There are also many people who think there is someone, or a small group, who is secretly in charge. I think this is because there is no visible person in overall charge of the world, and they think the world would not work without that leader, so there must be a secret leader.

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    • June 18, 2019, at 5:06 AM PST
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  9. Taras Coolidge

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    You’re right that many people think that there should be someone in overall charge of it all. There are also many people who think there is someone, or a small group, who is secretly in charge. I think this is because there is no visible person in overall charge of the world, and they think the world would not work without that leader, so there must be a secret leader.

    Businessman who visited the Soviet Union reported that the Soviets tried to find out about the West’s “secret planning mechanism”. 

     

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    • June 18, 2019, at 10:02 AM PST
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