People Want To Be Left Alone (Podcast)

In this podcast we talk about how the media deliberately tries to foment discord for its own self-serving purposes, and how this aligns with the purposes of the plutocracy. We compare this ethic to an interesting anecdote related by the Roman historian Priscus that occurred while he was traveling to the court of Attila the Hun in 448 A.D. Most people just want to be left alone to live their lives in peace, and this is the ideal we should seek in an era of perpetual outrage.

 

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3 thoughts on “People Want To Be Left Alone (Podcast)

  1. What an awesome podcast. Thank you so much for this.

    I’m from Italy. While listening, at first I was struck by how similar those aspects of 400 AD Rome are to contemporary Italy, where we still struggle with the same issues, especially the slowness of the judicial system.

    Then, I couldn’t help to draw a comparison between the Greek “expat” and my own experience living in Southeast Asia. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, among other places: it’s impossible for me to overstate how LIBERATING it feels to be living in countries where no one is breathing on your neck and you are left alone 99% of the time.

    No regulation, no nanny state, no nonsense… just people going about their lives and respecting each other’s freedom, with very little in the way of conflict and friction. Some Western societies on the other hand are incredibly litigious and conflictual; it seems like people are always looking for a fight, and they want everything to be their way or the highway.

    What happened to “live and let live”?

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  2. I think you are right about the necessity of the balance of “having a foot in one place and one foot in another,” but it seems to me the balance lies in having, on one hand the freedom to be left alone, and, on the other hand the first-world conveniences at hand in order to grow and progress in your newfound freedom. But, perhaps, if such a place exists in the world, it would only be so for a limited amount of time before circumstances change and another move suggests itself, like riding the crest of a wave.

    And, pertaining to the theme of your podcast, I leave you a quote from a century ago by G.K. Chesterton: “Men can enjoy life under considerable limitations, if they can be sure of their limited enjoyments; but under Progressive Puritanism we can never be sure of anything. The curse of it is not limitation; it is unlimited limitation. The evil is not in the restriction; but in the fact that nothing can ever restrict the restriction.”

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