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Apr 29, 2021

This week, Scott and Karl discuss Jordan B. Peterson's Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life

As the companion volume to 12 Rules for Life, Peterson's new book offers "further guidance on the perilous path of modern life."

While Scott and Karl agree these are decent, sensible rules for life, they are not well-grounded...

Apr 15, 2021

Are we all in despair, whether we know it or not?

Scott and Karl discuss S¢ren Kierkegaard’s cheerful little book, The Sickness Unto Death. Published in 1849, Kierkegaard outlines his theory of the self in relation to his categories of despair, wherein despair is a "disease" of the self.

For Kierkegaard, an...

Apr 8, 2021

This week, Scott and Karl are joined by special guest Matt Reynolds to discuss Yukio Mishima's book, Sun and Steel.

Born into a samurai family, Mishima died by his own hand in 1970, committing seppuku or ritual suicide. 

While controversial, Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th...

Apr 1, 2021

Small Is Beautiful is economist E. F. Schumacher’s classic call for the end of excessive consumption.

Schumacher offers a crucial message for the modern world struggling to balance economic growth with the human costs of globalization.

Scott says, "These problems are going to get a lot closer to our houses in the...