Episode 13 • Saturday Brunch: Social Dilemma + Tennessee Williams’ illusions

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Episode 13 • Saturday Brunch: Social Dilemma + Tennessee Williams’ illusions

 

Listen to “LSP 13. Saturday Brunch Social Dilemma + Tennesee Williams” on Spreaker.

 

 

The Social Dilemma: MUST WATCH. Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram must be regulated or die.

 

Epic Debate and Statesmanship: Baldwin vs. Buckley, 1965 Cambridge University

 

THE MEETING by Jeff Stetson • an imagine meeting between MLK Jr. and Malcom X on the night before X was assassinated.

Just for fun: Pump Up The Volume – my early teenaged inspiration.

 

1 Comment

  1. Hi Martin,

    I was late to the party for this episode. You know some very interesting people.

    That is quite a bit to think about. You say you can’t imagine why people would choose to live in the world the way it is today to hoard wealth when a tiny fraction of their collective riches could solve everything. I agree with you, but I think that would also point to why neither of us is sitting on billions of dollars in the bank. The two careers with the highest proportion of psychopaths are CEOs and lawyers. There is a reason for this. The movies and TV portray psychopaths as murderous killers, but this is rarely the case. More commonly, psychopaths manipulate people and situations to get what they want. They climb the ladder with no care about who gets hurt. You talk about sociopaths, but the difference is pretty minor for the sake of this conversation.

    As far as what to do about it, at least in the US, I’d say –
    1. Go back to pre-Reagan tax rates. I’m actually thinking Eisenhower taxes. Then the government would have the money to really get stuff done.
    2. Raise the minimum wage as if it had kept pace with inflation and worker productivity since 1968 (so $18.67/hr). I mean, really, the money will just go right back to the corporations anyway. We’re Americans, what are we going to do? Save it?
    3. Pour money into K-12 education. Everyone should get the same excellent K-12 education regardless of economic background before they are expected to compete in today’s economy. That’s not only fair but essential to both the economy and society.
    4. Stop treating college students as cash cows. Also support training in trades as well as the arts.

    Then we can start talking about social justice.

    Vinny

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