The minimum wage is a point of contention in our political discourse. Here, I explain why the minimum wage shouldn't support a family.
Modernity and the Failures of Pure Rationality
In this episode, I talked to John Timaeus of Modernity Has Fallen about epistemology, rationality, and the failures of modernity. John writes about these issues on his blog. As a software developer and mathematician, John understands problem solving, and is able to show how we've gone wrong. So, we discussed how in our modern world we don't know how we come to truth. Then, we looked back at how we came to know what is true in the past. Last, we discussed how our extreme problem solving can never run out of problems to solve - and might even create more.
What Is Distributism?
I recently sat down with Michael Thomas of Sharon to discuss distributism, and how it's different as an economic system. He is a father, husband, homesteader, and traditional farmer. To find more of his work, you can check out the website for the Brickhouse Farm and Orchard. Michael is also an avid reader, which is how he came across distributism. And, as a Catholic who believes a distributist economic model is closest to Catholic social teaching, he's interested in sharing this idea more people.
Defending Property Rights From Government and Big Tech
In this episode, I talked to Brook Medina from the John Locke Foundation about defending property rights from government and big tech. But, we also discussed capitalism vs. distributism, John Locke, beauty, and much more. We were able to pack a lot of great insights into this hour-long interview. So, listen or watch below. And, if you want to learn more about the John Locke Foundation, check out their work here.
How to Prevent Burnout
This episode is a bit of a departure from my normal conversations about politics, philosophy, etc. Nicole from the Infinity Twins podcast joined me to discuss productivity and how to prevent burnout. While I don't want to be in the self-help space, I do think this is a real problem today. So, I wanted to offer some thoughts from Nicole and myself to help people be more productive while also staying sane.
Top Discussions This Week 2/19
I guess a chill had to run through our country to drive the feeling of love in the air right out. Instead of celebrating Valentine's Day with chocolates and flowers, I wanted to highlight some great conversations about love, sex, nudity, and dating. You're probably snowed in anyways right now, so grab your coffee and dive into some of these great conversations.
Architecture of the Pantheon
A few weeks ago, I spoke to Frank Cunha III about the architecture of the Pantheon and St. Peter's Basilica. In our interview about traditional architecture, Frank and I talked about the history of the Pantheon. We also talked about how the Pantheon was built. We also discussed some of the changes made to the Pantheon, such as when it was converted into a church. So, check out the snippet below to get a glimpse at our discussion.
Top Discussions This Week 2/12
I hate to admit that Tom Brady is the GOAT. As a Colts fan, it really pains me, but he proved it this week, even if some may not agree. But, the Super Bowl isn't the only thing that happened this week. Lots of great conversations happened on Twitter, podcasts, and here at the Conversation of Our Generation. Keep reading to see what caught my attention this week. Read on here.
What is Smiles Matter?
You might be wondering, "What is smiles matter?" After we began masking due to the COVID pandemic, many people noticed a dehumanizing effect. The masks hide our faces, which is a huge part of how we communicate. So, a few people on Twitter started this movement to urge others to smile. And, most importantly, they want to ensure that each person they interact with knows that they're valued. Below, Ronni Peck explains how and why the Smiles Matter movement started. If you want to learn more, you can check out our full conversation here.
Christian Culture Depicted in Art
Our secular society denies so much of the Christian worldview, and often puts it down or oppresses it. But, Stephen and I have seen some interesting shows that offer a look into the world when it was driven by Christian values. Art can offer interesting insights into these historical periods, and not all new content is bad. Some really is truly insightful. This is a good discussion of what happens when you find Christian culture depicted in art.
How to Build A More Virtuous Society
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Stephen and Brian from The Vital Masculinty Podcast to discuss how we can build a more virtuous society. On their podcast, they focus on helping men become more virtuous, and I think that our society would benefit from more virtuous men. If we want to change the culture, I think we each have to play our part and grow in virtue. A society is simply the people in it. In order to change a society, we must each choose to choose virtue.
184. Crazy Elections in America’s Past
This year's election is no doubt one of the most interesting we've had, and certainly unique. Trump's presidency was notable in many ways, and that continued through the 2020 election. With all the chaos and confusion around this election, I thought it would be good to take a look at some crazy elections in the past. That way, we can use lessons from history and apply them to our current circumstance. So, I sat down with Kenny Ryan from the Abridged Presidential Histories Podcast to dive into a few insane elections. If you'd like to learn more about his podcast, you can check that out here.
182. What Divides Libertarians – My Conversation with Sean Boston
What divides libertarians is often just degrees of liberty that should be allowed and tactics of how to achieve those ends. Mainly, libertarians argue over how to vote, or even if they should. Also, they argue over the minutiae of many minor disagreements, instead of finding where they have common ground. Instead, they should focus on how to move forward on what they agree on.
174. Reviving Traditional Art
I recently sat down with Amy Mastrine, an artist who works in traditional mediums, to talk about the state of art. Finding a way to create new iterations of traditional art is something that would go a long way for our culture. Because I enjoyed this conversation, I wanted to revisit some of the great insights to discuss them more. Amy offered a lot of interesting ideas, so I thought it would be good to elaborate and offer my thoughts. Also, I've thought about doing this for some of my other interviews, so if you enjoy this, let me know! And, if there's anyone I should interview, let me know here.
172. Power of Ancient and Esoteric Wisdom
I recently sat down with Brendan Heard of the Aureus Press to talk about traditionalism and power of ancient and esoteric wisdom. After his book about the decline of Western Art, Brendan continued to writing. This led him to start the Aureus Press website where he publishes articles. This conversation will teach you a lot about a range of problems facing us today. For more of this discussion, listen to the interview. Or, if you're a subscriber you can watch below.