This Sunday’s show is an hour-long interview with Leonard Peikoff, the author of the recently released book, THE DIM HYPOTHESIS: WHY THE LIGHTS OF THE WEST ARE GOING OUT.
Sunday’s show, which was pre-recorded, can be accessed at our usual airtime (and afterwards) here.
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UPDATE: Due to the timing of BlogTalk Radio’s ad featuring the interview, I went ahead and made it available for listening and download early, starting at 9:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, September 15, instead of my usual time on Sunday. I hope you enjoy it. Again, the link is here.
10 responses to “This Sunday: An hour-long interview with Leonard Peikoff, part of the “Intervention” series, 5 p.m. PDT (8 p.m. EDT)”
I’m very interested and will try to listen to the program.
The reason why the polls are showing Obama leading:
1) Obama’s “Justice” Department has sued Gallup for not presenting the kind of poll numbers he wants:
2) The results of Obama’s foreign policy have not been been calculated on the round of polling that occurred around September 10th.
So I wouldn’t call it quits yet for Romney, especially since he has a Thomist running with him. Which is something.
A very strong 3rd reason is that the polls were taken after the Democratic post-convention bounce… which will and has faded thanks mostly to reason #2.
An absorbing interview, that. Without intending to give the explicit philosophical content short shrift, I was most interested in hearing Dr. Peikoff’s take on Romney—essentially, a non-religious zero coming at us with a gun, but from a distance considerably greater than where Obama currently stands: front-and-center—and who is armed with a cannon. An apt analogy.
Even more interesting are his prognostications on a Romney presidency: a four year shambles, followed by insistence from the Religious Right that it take over the reins (likely in the person of Father Paul Ryan, one must suppose)—and there we’d be, staring down the barrel of another cannon. Interesting prognosis. (However, I bet the Republicans, under such leadership, would lose any election; even if the opponent were to be Madam Clinton…. But talk about idle speculation: we may not even exist, at that juncture in time.)
…. I’ve not yet read DIM, but it’s on my list; and somewhere well above the level of the 600’s. I hope we exist long enough for me to read it.
Thanks for the interview.
I think Dr. Peikoff’s prediction of a Christian American dictatorship is ridiculous. The world is being swallowed by two things: Leftism and Islam. Christianity in the West has been neutered beyond recognition. Its dead. Today’s Christians are not really Christian. Christianity is NOT making a comeback. We are looking at an egalitarian collectivism which could dominate for a century or longer.
God save me from Objectivists and their “imminent Christian theocracy”.
Dean, if you listened to the interview, or to any of my other podcasts, you would know that neither I nor Leonard Peikoff are advocating acting on this *long-term* prediction in the coming election. Leonard classifies Obama as a nihilist, and once expressed a willingness to vote for someone even more religious than Romney, in the coming election, so long as this would mean removing Obama from office. Check out the last 10 minutes or so of this interview, at least.
The U.S. Census Bureau, in 1990, estimated that about 150 million people in the United States belonged to one or another Christian denomination (out of a total population of about 175 million).
In 2001, that estimate had grown to about 160 million (out of a total of about 208 million).
And in 2008, to about 173 million (out of a total of about 228 million).
While it’s good to see that the percentages are decreasing somewhat (although I shudder to think which percentages of what are increasing: Muslims, for one, are a sure bet)—that’s still an awfully lot of Americans who’ve yet to discover that Christianity is dead.
However, it can be safely assumed, I think, that a goodly portion of these millions aren’t “really” Christians, in every respect. (Probably, in modern times, only Mother Theresa was.) But it can also be safely assumed, I think, that a good 99% of these do “believe in” the God of the Bible—the Christian God. That makes them Christians, however hypocritical. (And frankly, it’s the more hypocritical Christians that are the more dangerous: they’ve reserved a larger portion of their faculties for, and so are comparatively more effective in, pursuing secular activities—like, say, politics.)
I certainly wouldn’t write them off, just yet. Not this century.
It appears that epistemological corruption now disrupts more than politics. In physics, cosmology seems firmly wedded to the Big Bang Theory no matter what new evidence is discovered that contradicts their theory.
Yes, Harold: quite so. And–thus and therefore, the ending of my closing sentence of my penultimate paragraph in my second reply (above), should be edited to read: “–like, say, politics … –and science–….”
…. and… ____________ (fill in the blank, there: practically, whatever you like).