Free Speech #1 – Why do we value it?

In the first episode in a series on free speech, Greg and Jacques speak about why we consider free speech valuable, and provide an overview of a classic liberal defence of free speech.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

On patriotism

Greg and Jacques talk about patriotism – whether there are ever good reasons to be patriotic, and some of the [irrational?] ways in which people express patriotism, such as through supporting national sports teams. We also talk about rugby, which might be a sport.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

White privilege, part 3

In the final segment on white privilege, we talk about how to deal with people on the street asking for money, and whether quotas in sport are a good idea.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

White privilege, part 2

In the second segment on white privilege, we talk about whether white people have additional responsibilities in terms of dealing with historical injustice.

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Greg, on the complexities of charity when giving to people on the street.

Eusebius McKaiser and Jacques talk about whether white South Africans have a greater duty to call out racism than black South Africans do. (PODCAST – Interview.) 14/03/2019

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

White privilege, part 1

Greg and Jacques talk about white privilege, and whether guilt regarding being white is a) necessary and b) necessarily crippling.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Antinatalism – is having children [always] immoral?

Greg and Jacques explore the topic of antinatalism – the philosophical position that having children is immoral – with reference to Prof. David Benatar’s book Better to Never Have Been.

Also, is it possible to not regret having children, but still think you made a mistake in having them? Greg thinks so, which is good news for his daughters.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

On being an idiot, and [maybe] how not to be one.

Greg asks Jacques how a person might know if they are an idiot, and your hosts go on to discuss facts vs. feelings, the value of empathy, and the limitations [and strengths] of reason.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

South Africa’s National Elections 2019 – who could we vote for?

Greg and Jacques talk about which parties we could consider voting for in South Africa’s upcoming National Elections (May 8), the merits of spoiling your ballot, and whether voting should be compulsory.

Vegetarianism and [our] moral hypocrisy.

In our first [real] episode, we talk about how to reconcile the fact that while we both think of ourselves as morally principled people, and also believe that we should be vegetarians, we are somehow still eating non-human animals.