Senator Elizabeth Warren on Planned Parenthood

At seven minutes, this video is about three times longer than the edit that’s laden with the huge meme-flavored block text “HOW TO SILENCE CRITICS OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD” that will make the rounds around social media—along with its other sound-bite brethren on both sides of the table—and that will do anything but silence those that already have their minds made up. Those who are willing to shout and deflect and insult and stew in the tumult of political “discourse” that occurs on social media daily, hourly, minutely, and that affects, as Warren pronounces, all of us.

But I can’t just re-share a morsel that tries to encapsulate it all at a glance; speeches like this one are where the substance resides, and Senator Warren does not waste one second sensationalizing.

I know I’m connected with people online who resolutely fall on the other side of this issue, and I don’t think I can lob any image, quote, or speech their way that will change their minds. Hence, sharing this is more for myself and others who are willing to think and respond critically; to let her language, reasoning, and passionate admixture thereof inform us of how we should discuss and think about these issues, and then go off and do it, as the kids say, IRL, where you’re most likely to present to a friend, family member, or colleague an angle they hadn’t previously considered.

In real life, where presence plays a factor. Where disconnecting from the conversation is more difficult than just closing a browser tab.

An introduction to the political views of Thomas Hobbes

Taking a break from modern day analysis for some deeper cuts. Reflecting on some Hobbes via lecturer Steven B. Smith:

“Conflict and war are primary, peace is derivative.”

And also “The will to contend” and how we’re basically always at war, even when we’re not.

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Lecture 12 – The Sovereign State: Hobbes, Leviathan – Steven B. Smith

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Jon Stewart interviews Jim DeMint on The Daily Show

In this unedited, extended interview, Senator Jim DeMint explains why he thinks that federal programs make people dependent on the government.

This is the sort of discourse that happens on a “fake news” show on a comedy network. South Carolina Senator DeMint and Stewart have a fair back and forth, yet as the nearly 30-minute long interview progresses—and regardless of which side you tend to agree with more—it’s hard to deny Stewart’s skill for political discourse as well as the cogency of his questions and of his rebuttals. I highly recommend watching all three parts of the extended interview, as the ground they cover necessitates an arc not capable of being distilled to a sound byte or two.

Part 1:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Jim DeMint Extended Interview Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
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Part 2:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Jim DeMint Extended Interview Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
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Part 3:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Jim DeMint Extended Interview Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
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I also recommend the collection of essays, The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News. I’ve read the collection a couple of times now and it will deepen your appreciation for not only Stewart, Colbert, and their team of writers and producers, but for satire in general.

From the Back Cover

This book brings together nineteen essays on the many moments of Zen to be found in the artful humor of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Want the real deal on fake news? Want to know how Jon Stewart stacks up against public intellectuals past and present? How The Daily Show hones your critical thinking skills in the war on bad media, bullshit, and political spin? Want to know more about The Daily Show’s philosophy of religion? About what “truthiness” really means? Or how far down Stephen Colbert’s irony goes? It’s all right here. More than just fake news, The Daily Show has achieved an undeniable cultural significance. What better way to plumb its depths than with the razor-sharp, media-savvy minds of our Senior Philosophical Correspondents?