Science vs Love, Libertarians vs Socialists, Education vs Freedom: Conner speaks with Thaddeus Russell!

17 Feb

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Hello friends!

So excited to welcome postmodern historian and rebel intellectual, Thaddeus Russell! Thaddeus is founder of Renegade University, his new education initiative (which I maaaaay be teaching a course for soon!). He’s the and author of the excellent, rowdy, boozy book, A Renegade History of the United States

We kick off our talk by discussing the failures of education, then move right into the major flaw of the left, the right, and more: the abandonment of pleasure. Then onto Thaddeus’s favorite (or most popular?) subject, postmodern philosophy.

I love this episode!

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M+T

 

High stakes and giant invisible snakes: Rebel anthropologist and paranormal professor David Shorter on Against Everyone with Conner Habib

9 Feb

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Hello friends!
Here’s episode 20 where I go deeeeeeeep into the woods and tall grass and the reaches of space with Dr. David Shorter. David is the the author of We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances, a healer, and a professor at UCLA, where he teaches courses like “Aliens, Psychics, and Ghosts,” “Meditation for College Students” and more. David is awesome, and we don’t hold back in this conversation, and I’m so happy with it.  This is the first episode in February – and one of three in a row that will be looking at reality claims, objectivity, and postmodernism. All in plain language, hopefully, even if there’s a little inside baseball here and there.

Show notes with further reading here.

*IN THIS EP

  • Spirituality as capitalist consumption
  • How to avoid appropriation but not blind yourself to other cultures
  • Allies and their blind spots
  • Why “I’m not religious but I’m spiritual” doesn’t describe anything
  • Why social justice narratives can become scientistic materialism
  • How do we accept the truth value of different spiritual pathways even though we can’t have access to them?
  • You should be working in the language of the community you’re working in
  • Why do philosophers and activists privilege language so much?
  • We experience the world in content, not language
  • When a snake is a place
  • Why you shouldn’t trust talking butterflies and coyotes, but squirrels that run away from you are cool
  • There are different scientific methods, and some are better than others
  • Why plants don’t come from seeds
  • The scientific method turns the world into objects, and capitalism likes objects
  • Objectification is not dehumanization
  • The spread of English objectifies the mental world (or “objectivate” it)
  • I get mildly cranky about Chapo Traphouse for a sec
  • Why is the Left obsessed with denigrating spirituality and worshipping science with very little power critique
  • How our medical concepts create new diseases
  • Dear indigenous people: “Sorry for everything we’ve ever done to you, now save us.”
  • So-called “alternative” medicine is often just allopathic medicine in disguise
  • How responsible are you for your pain
  • ESTHER HICKS, I AM ENVISIONING YOU ON MY SHOW
  • Health and healing is a language
  • How my Syrian grandmother survived cancer without knowing about it

Here’s David’s website, which has a link to all his articles, his book, and more. Lots of stuff, good stuff, there.

*NOTE: I’m ditching the time signatures, because only a few people use them and they take me literally 2X the episode length to make. So I could be at it four 4 hours just to make those fuckers. If you miss them and are willing to step up and make them for me, let me know!

YDD

“Animal Door” – A poem by Conner Habib

1 Feb

ADHi friends,

Did you know I write poetry? Probably not, because I’ve never published a poem! But now my poem “Animal Door” has been published and you can read it here and listen to me read it!

The poem was published by Nomadic Coffee, a coffee subscription service that puts poems in its coffee bags every year. The poetry series is curated and edited by a different well-known poet ever quarter. The editor for this quarter is the amazing, award-winning DA Powell. When you get a bag of their coffee, you open it up and there’s a poem! My poem starts appearing today.

Click here to read the poem, and call the number and extension to here me talk about and read it!

No chickens were harmed in the making of this poem about animals.

Free Palestine: AEWCH 19 – Conner and Ben Ehrenreich

19 Jan

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Friends,

I drove into the California dessert to talk with one of my heroes, Ben Ehrenreich. Ben is a writer and a public intellectual whose book The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine is, I think, required reading. It’s a moving portrait of Ben’s time living in Palestine, constantly under brutal siege by the Israeli government and military. Instead of crafting political talking points (although those arise naturally from the book), Ben shares the stories of the people he meets, lives with, and becomes friends with in Palestine. It’s a beautiful, compelling, and powerful book about hope and its absence and what both give to the human spirit.
Ben is also the author of two novels (Ether, and The Suitors), as well as many short stories, articles (a favorite of mine which comes up in the show is “Predator or Prey?“) and works or criticism. You can find many of them linked to on his website.
IN THIS EPISODE
  • Ben is a real public intellectual. Where did all the other ones go?: 1:20
  • Writing characters and minds in fiction vs trying to bring living people to readers in journalism: 4:30
  • On the problem of wrongly convicted sex offenders and the structure of our penal/punitive system: 10:55
  • How do you learn to be more than an expert, more than a memoirist and actually write toward truth?: 16:50
  • The spiritual act of finding the liars who reveal the truth: 19:00
  • Scrutinizing objectivity as a tool of power: 24:00
  • The descent into literalness, why justice narratives fail to approach art, and the attempt to control meaning: 29:10
  • “In countries…where people are less educated than Americans are…people often have a far more sophisticated sense of how to interpret and read media.” 32:10
  • “Facts” as stand-ins for moral blindness about Israel and Palestine: 33:20
  • How Ben came to live in Palestine and to learn about the protests in Nabih Saleh: 39:10
  • Don’t dehumanize people by erasing struggle or by amplifying it till it drowns out life itself: 44:35
  • The arrest of Ahed Tamimi – a Palestinian child who stood up to Israeli soldiers: 48:50
  • The webbing of military and police and legal camaraderie in Israel, and why Palestinians can’t hope to be treated fairly: 53:50
  • Throwing stones against occupiers with machine guns and military vehicles is not violence: 59:40
  • The ever-present fabric of violence woven by the Israeli government into Palestinian lives: 1:02:20
  • The international investment in the Israeli government’s perpetual brutalization of Palestinians: 1:04:50
  • The rise of the right wing in Israel: 1:13:05
  • What is the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement?: 1:15:05

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Ahed

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THE RUSSIANS (are not) COMING! AEWCH 18: Conner + Robbie Martin!

12 Jan
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Friends,
The time has come to talk about our current political climate and the people who led us here, leaving a trail of dead in their wake. And no, I don’t mean anything as clumsily blunt as “Republicans!” And I also don’t mean anything as complicatedly conspiratorial, no matter what threads of truth are there, as “The Deep State!” Instead, it’s time to look at the very identifiable causes of our disastrous government/foreign policy/sociopolitical moment, the neocons and neoliberal running the show behind all the figureheads.
Here to clear it up with me — particularly to clear up this Russiagate bullshit — is Robbie Martin. Robbie is a documentary filmmaker, host of Media Roots Radio (along with his sister Abby Martin, a previous guest on AEWCH), and a musician. 
One of the best way of taking apart these panics and myths and misdirections is by looking their lineages and its historical contexts.  Robbie’s amazing documentary, A Very Heavy Agenda, is available for purchase and to stream. WATCH THIS MOVIE. It is detailed, complex, insightful, and well done. Robbie shines light on the mesmerizing and horrifying networks of neocon/neoliberal individuals and actions throughout recent history, but never ventures into conspiracy (though if you’re into conspiracies, the sheer amount of information here will give you a lot to keep you occupied). It’s a college semster’s-worth of info and narrative on US policy since Reagan, and it’s way more fun to watch than sitting in class.
There are lots of names upfront, but we go through each figure and talk about who they are, so just bear with it until we get to
IN THIS EP
  • The difference between neocons and neoliberals. If there is any: 1:30
  • It’s impossible to be “mugged by reality” unless you’re already an asshole: 2:55
  • Who are the Kagans and how have they remained such a staple in politics for so long?: 6:45
  • The roots of Russiagate in neocon/neoliberal war strategies: 16:00
  • Nazis in the Ukraine making that US $$$: 19:00
  • Who is Bill Kristol? & the long line of hating Russia leads right up to the neocon/neolib-founded propaganda tank, Alliance For Securing Democracy : 28:40
  • In which I lose my shit reading AFSD’s idiotic statement: 34:10
  • All that’s changed since the Iraq War is the rhetoric: 35:05
  • Useful idiots. Like Michael Ian Black and Jena Friedman.: 43:20
  • What does it mean that Russian Television (RT) has to register as a “foreign agent” and why is that massively messed up?: 45:10
  • When Obama wasn’t a coward, but everyone called him a coward. When Trump was not a Putin plant, but everyone called him a Putin plant.: 54:50
  • Vice Magazine as propagandists that watch me and jerk off.:  57:10
  • Everyone loves gay people when they’re dead.: 1:06:00
  • The new way emerges from the maze of enjoyments and expertise: 1:08:35

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Love!

CH

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3 Occult Tips for 2018 + How To Fight Occult Stigma

6 Jan

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First ep of 2018 features a charmingly jetlagged just-back-from-12-days-in-Vietnam me giving you all the occult tools you need to tackle the new year, and discussing occult stigma.

IN THIS EPISODE:

  • How we stigmatize our spiritual feelings as leftists/progressives: 2:00
  •  Secrets and vulnerability: 3:00
  • You don’t need a metaphysics to do occult exercises: 4:35
  • Sexual liberation is an constant unfolding, not a moment. Notes from Conner’s first porn shoot: 5:00
  • What’s stopping you? Notice the negative feeling you’re having, and proceed anyway. And also say thanks: 9:10
  • First practice – Manifesting. And Yes I know that word is an LA new age freak out word: 10:40
  • I want to do this manifesting stuff but it’s too hard for me to accept. Okay.: 16:00
  • Dismissing these techniques because others are suffering is exploitative luxuriating: 17:40
  • Becoming secure in your occult masculinity or whatever, bro: 20:10
  • Second practice – Judging your thoughts: 20:40
  • We are addresses where spiritual beings gather, and our thoughts are their movements: 22:45
  • Third practice – Diminishing Anxiety by Developing the Will: 25:05
  • This is how I do what I do: 30:25

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What did you do in 2017, Conner?

31 Dec

Well, in 2017, I…

It’s a good year. A great year. I love you, folks. Thank you for everything. Keep being so awesome.
CONNER