From Amazonian terra preta to industrial civilization, humanity has always been a world-transforming species.
Samo Burja joins Wolf Tivy from the conclusion of his expedition to Göbekli Tepe. Topics include the age of civilization, whether we could find pre-Ice Age cities, and the implications of long history.
Charlie Smith joins Wolf Tivy to debate the future of crypto. What is its strongest logic? What we should conclude about scams? And what does a rigorous case for crypto look like?
Our society has abandoned the industrial revolution, along with entire frontiers of progress. Our future depends on understanding its moral logic and creating a new industrial ecosystem.
Wolf Tivy and Ash Milton discuss cults as society’s real foundation. Cults are not a luxury that societies indulge when all other needs are met. They are the first-movers, setting the stage for everything else that follows.
Early liberal thinkers did not just propose a philosophy, but a type of regime. When power acts with liberality, the result is a stronger society of dynamic individuals.
The GameStop rebellion started and ended as an outburst. The coordinated deals behind power prevent it, and most rebellions, from ever achieving more.
Humans are irreversibly reshaping Earth, and neither degrowth nor green energy tweaks will stop it. In the long run, we will have to use our power to create a thriving garden planet.
Mike Solana joins Wolf Tivy to discuss how San Francisco’s governance works, how it has gone wrong, and what he thinks it would take to fix it.
Wolf Tivy and Ash Milton discuss accumulative versus developmental orientations to industry, and the necessity of a class with interests beyond individual finance.
Wolf Tivy and Ash Milton discuss Charlie Smith’s recent piece on posthumanism and its implications. Other topics include the ways in which a complex society impacts our agency, why the idea of discourse is a mind virus, and thinking of humanity as a hypothesis for life.
Wolf Tivy and Galen Wolfe-Pauly discuss what’s wrong with social media and computing as we know it, as well as a new paradigm for humane computing.
Wolf Tivy and Ash Milton discuss the concept of progress and whether it still has a role in the American consciousness.
Wolf Tivy and Ash Milton discuss the role of billionaires in society, how to think about personal wealth, and the inherent tensions between capital and state.
Samo Burja comes on the podcast to talk about when it’s appropriate to regulate online speech and the proper relationship between state and media.
Wolf Tivy and Ash Milton discuss the collapse of the scientific mythos and how both knowledge and statecraft can find new grounds for legitimacy.
Wolf Tivy and Ash Milton discuss the postmodern condition, the failures of objectivity and neutrality, and how truth and meaning can survive.
Mary Harrington comes on the podcast with Wolf Tivy to build out a model of relational vs. transactional conceptions of justice and morality, and to discuss bringing back the mirror of princes literature.