The Bikecast Episode #1: Introduction to the Bikecast

Lately I’ve taken to carrying a voice recorder with me on my commute to work.  I think I’m going to attempt to make a podcast out of it.   I’ve been playing around with it for a couple of weeks now and I’ve had mixed results, but I think the idea is workable. With a combination of materials engineering and editing software, I think I can make a podcast that is physically listen-able.

This first podcast is actually one of the worst as far as sound quality, but it makes the most sense as an introductory podcast, so I attempted to make-it-work via heavy ham-fisted sound editing (using Audacity). The quality of future shows should be much better.

Whenever I release a podcast, I’ll also post show notes here with references, relevant links, and the like.

Final textual apology for sound quality: after my off-bike introduction, the volume drops a bit. It won’t get loud again. You can feel safe amplifying.

Download this episode of the bikecast

Show notes:

Anarchism and atheism are the inevitable consequences of enlightenment thought. Two ideas, in particular, stand out as logical precedents to atheism and anarchy.
The concession that reason and evidence “trump” personally held opinions. That physical evidence “wins” in any conflict with concepts in the mind. This principle eliminates God, in addition to unicorns, pixies (not The Pixies), and other superstitions as factors or explanations for anything real.
The equality of all people. A radical concept then and now. Radical equality eliminates the possibility of the legitimate use of physical force in human interactions. This, in turn, makes the state impossible.

Radical equality also declares that there is no “hidden” structure that divides humanity into castes or groups, one which “should” have authority over another. All of human history is the narrative of opposing thoughts: the divine right of kings, the dialectical materialism (which I incorrectly refer to as the “historical dialectic” in the podcast, republicanism, meritocracy, and good old fashioned racism and sexism.

Of these, racism and sexism have the most impact on individuals on a daily basis.

Humankind is moving inexoribly toward anarchy and atheism and will reach them unless first rendered extinct. As the principles and concepts of these two positions is encoded in media and spread, the memes will begin to catch hold and push out the antiquated ideas of religion and authoritarianism.
Atheism has a head start on anarchism. This is the result of a disarmed church. Previously, religious “belief” was near %100 because the penalties for non-belief were physical and harsh. Being an avowed atheist was not an option. Now, the atheist population is booming, because religion is a choice–and not a very attractive one–protected only by indoctrination, social ostracism, and extra-legal violence.

Repudiation of the state still carries the penalties of expropriation, prison and death. Like religion, it’s also enforced by indoctrination and the threat of social ostracism. Therefore, the advancement of anarchist ideas, while also growing rapidly, lags far behind the spread of atheism.

These aren’t my ideas, or at least, others thought of them first. I’ll use this website to provide show notes and point at the resources I’m using as the basis for my arguments.

The purpose of the podcast, currently, is to plant a flag and provide another channel of information, light in the darkness, voice in the wilderness, what-have-you. Since the positions of atheism and anarchism are wildly poisoned wells, I’d also like to clear up any misconceptions that might be out there as to the content of the positions.

Thanks for listening.

    • SirenSandwich
    • July 21st, 2010

    “Humankind is moving inexoribly toward anarchy . . .” Seems quite false in view of the activities of the 20th century. Whatever the drivers, there is an increase in the number of states (African states, former Soviet satellite states) and the scope of ‘state’ powers (League of Nations, UN, Pan-African Congress). The trend is not of states receding but being split across ethnic and cultural lines. The power struggle is not disappearing, but localizing. This, I think, is the reason statelessness fails to find a foothold in popular thought: Elimination of the state does not eliminate the struggle for power.

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