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  1. avatar John McEvoy
    January 10, 2017 @ 5:24 am

    Peter Schiff and Tom woods are not fools. They have both read hundreds to thousands of books on political philosophy, economics and history to derive their libertarian/anarchist conclusions. As a huge fan of the Calenphate i’ve never heard Hunter so rude to a guest and insulting to my personal libertarian beliefs. I would love it if you had Michael Malice on to give his defense of the Peter Schiff and Tom Woods interviews.
    Hunter wants people to try to spot the log in their own eye. Where is the log in your eye Hunter? Is the rider totally in charge of your elephant. It’s very easy to rip apart the political ideologies of everybody else when you never openly state your own. You should do a show on your beliefs so others can point out the logical fallacies in your thinking.
    Love the show.

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    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 1:12 pm

      I’d always love to have Michael Malice on. Tom Woods is welcome too. And I’d love to have Petie come back to play 🙂 ISIS has endlessly read the Koran and Soviet economists endlessly read Marxist-Leninist theory. If volume of reading is the test of the value of a worldview, then we have to take those other two worldviews seriously. Given that you’re a Libertarian I doubt you want the world taking Marxist-Leninism seriously. Why is that?

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  2. avatar Charlie
    January 10, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    Why is this podcast still only on like episode 180 something on the podcast app?

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  3. avatar Joseph F
    January 15, 2017 @ 1:59 am

    Why don’t you have Richard Spencer on or someone who has similar views? A lot of the alt-right’s arguments were miss represented here, so it would be nice to actually hear some dialogue rather than you guys simply buying into how the media portrayed it. He wasn’t talking about Jews when he asked if they were even human, he was talking about the media(go watch the full speech if you don’t believe me). White identity doesn’t equate to white power either. Do you think modern Japanese are Japanese supremacists for wanting Japan to stay ethnically Japanese? You don’t even have to think your people are superior to recognize the benefit of homogeneity in a society, specifically in a democracy.

    Dismissing people as having emotional issues rather than actually arguing with them or at least getting an accurate idea of what they think is the definition of childish. You guys thinking culture determines everything while race is meaningless is fundamentalism. Different groups have different genetic averages, this is simply evolution. Some behavioral genetics lend themselves to better pick up certain cultures. I recommend exploring some of these areas if you’re as intellectually honest as you claim to be.

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    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

      I’m happy to have Richard B. Spencer on the podcast. Tweet him and tell him to come on.

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  4. avatar Andrew
    January 19, 2017 @ 5:36 pm

    It does seem as though fundamentalism is increasingly being selected as a platform / stance / technique to be employed when arguing for or against something. Even for those who might not actually believe in the thing they’re arguing for at a level of fundamentalism.

    It has become a successful tactical strategy through which to engage and have your idea/team/organisation come out on top. It is also a ridiculously successful strategy for recruiting ‘useful idiots’ when wanting to assemble a ‘mob’, even as a business assembling customers (I think marketers call it creating a tribe).It’s a successful though not necessarily helpful meme.

    Your podcasts on fundamentalism are valuable to those of us who tend to keep our head down. I see fundamentalism often employed by those who possess both high cognitive function and, if I may say, a little arrogance. This combination seems to give any argument devastating power and charisma regardless of its merit.

    It is very difficult for people to spot this, as it is often hidden behind the appearance of ‘leadership’, ‘certainty’ and other qualities we are supposed to find beguiling. We are also not taught elegant strategies to successfully dismantle and neutralise a position based on fundamentalism. Especially those who prefer to not be involved in a (heated) debate at the best of times.

    It would be helpful for you guys to do a podcast, not only on spotting when we are being presented with fundamental thinking, but also how to cut it off at the pass. With the intention of opening up a mutually beneficial examination of the concept being discussed.

    Also a cultural examination of ‘Facebook, fast thinking, fundamentalism and fake news’ would be interesting…
    Investigating how the social media age has turned our brains into fast thinking stimulation junkies, creating a type of ‘functional ADHD’, inviting the rise of fundamentalism and the unquestioning acceptance (…or pleasurable injestion) of fake news. How it all fits into the battle for our attention in the constant hunger for power/profit.

    Thanks for your podcasts,
    Andrew.

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  5. avatar Louis Rueda
    January 25, 2017 @ 11:28 am

    Great show and analysis. I cant wait to see Bryan in Austin, TX ! Huge fan of your work and your pure silliness is always welcomed. I just heard of this podcast after Hunter was on Joe Rogens podcast… Get on your game Callen and promote! This show is a gem and you both have a great flow!

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    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

      Thanks, Louis! The best is yet to come!

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  6. avatar Big Squeeze
    January 26, 2017 @ 8:18 am

    It’s hard for me to hear you say Sam Harris hasn’t had his own Itshjihad (not sure of the spelling) when the man went on a quest to figure out his own brain and literally is writing books on meditation and looking within.

    Hunter keeps going on about Sam Harris. He’s in his targets and is constantly going after him as a person, but not his arguments.

    At what point does someone become a fundamentalist? They want to get rid of the bad (in this case Harris) and think they have the truth. Hunter wants Sam out of the way to move ideas forward.

    I’m a fan of both you guys, just don’t want to see this MMA become fundamentalist themselves

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    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

      Hey, Big Squeeze! We’ve moved on. It was a super helpful experience to refine my own thinking but we’ll get further making the #CultureMatters videos discussed in episode 234. Also, I’m never attacking anyone. I am attacking their ideas.

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  7. avatar Leeroy Jackson
    January 31, 2017 @ 7:29 am

    Your use of strawmen and your fundamental lack of research into the core ideas of Anarcho-Capitalism is a symptom of the very enemies (ignorance, bad thinking, blind obedience to ideology) you claim to be fighting as thinkers on this very podcast.

    When you see that the free market consistently outperforms the state in a wide range of areas, and when you look into “market failures’ and find that they can pretty consistently be traced back to government intervention, and then assume without much critical thinking (i.e. of your own biases and preconceptions) that the market for self defense and conflict resolution could simply not be performed competently by the free market, you inadvertently make a mockery of yourselves and your ideas.

    I think that Tom Woods, Michael Malice, Peter Schiff, Bob Murphy, Stefan Molyneux, Walter Block, Michael Huemer, or Hans Hoppe (to name just a few) would be willing to debate you in a formal setting (i.e. with a moderator and time limits, etc., as to avoid your general rudeness/dismissiveness on this topic) and would pretty soundly “win” such debates based on the breadth and depth of their thinking and knowledge as compared to yours.

    Somewhat related, you might look into Propertarianism, a hybrid libertarian system proposed by Curt Doolittle @ https://propertarianism.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpJykKGRQ4601DzVkkGk7bA. He combined the “market” for the state with a sound understanding of economics and sociology, and is worth looking into IMO even if you don’t agree with a lot of what he proposes.

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    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

      Happy to have any and all of them on. Mostly, I want to know why they think what they think.

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  8. avatar Leeroy Jackson
    January 31, 2017 @ 7:44 am

    I also second Joseph F’s comment above about inviting on Richard Spencer and/or his fellow speakers at the conference he recently organized/spoke at, both to dispel libel and slander about him/them (i.e. the majority of MSM coverage), and also perhaps in the vein of “know your enemy”. (The enemy here comprised in part of the anger and fears of many young men who feel abandoned and disrespected by powerful elements in western society – SJW’s for exemple – with all the dangers that can arise from such feelings in such a demographic.)

    Thanks.

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    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 2:04 pm

      Happy to have Richard on or anyone else!

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  9. avatar Rye Kennedy
    February 11, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    Hunter and Bryan — you two assholes!

    I had my girlfriend listening to the show and beginning to peek into the uncomfortable nest that you created of examining cultures. She’s the prime example of the person you want to be hearing this. She’s a white Jewish woman from DC that now works in the non-profit world serving people that are very not white, Jewish, or from the DC….. And then you two dicks go and ruin it.
    To be specific the whole “fuck a lot of women” schtick shut her down immediately. I get the joke, I’m a white guy who has been in the position to laugh at the joke for the past few hundred years. but somewhere you’ve got to be able to make a joke and not alienate the exact people you’re trying to connect to. I’m not a trigger warning person — but how the hell do you guys really expect anyone outside of our white-male world to hear you if you keep on with the jokes that insult 50% of the population?
    So, I have no idea how the podcast ended. I was playing damage control on your part and trying to convince my partner that there is more good material locked into the other podcasts.

    So. Please keep that in mind. Also, can you write your big ass thesis somewhere I can show it to others. Telling people to go and listen to 8 hours of podcasts is pretty hard. having them read 30-45 minutes of long form can peak their interest and then they can get the podcasts.

    Thanks

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    • avatar Hunter Maats
      March 18, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

      Firstly, we apologize for being assholes. Secondly, good on you for trying to introduce the ideas to your girlfriend. Thirdly, sorry for triggering a domestic. These ideas will need to be endlessly repackaged for a lot of different audiences. That’s why it’s so important that Mixed Mental Arts isn’t about these two silly geese. The ideas need to be rebranded endlessly. Maybe you do that, Rye? Have you thought of starting your own podcast? Also, maybe direct your girlfriend towards books like Joe Henrich’s The Secret of Our Success and Sowell’s Black Rednecks White Liberals.

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