FRR Books Podcast: On The Advantage And Disadvantage Of History For Life by Friedrich Nietzsche

What is the point of studying history? The greatest argument I have heard is that if we know history we can change the future. Nietzsche makes this argument, but this ignores the fact that history is often a weight and a burden. Despite what most liberals believe, knowledge is not always 100% positive. Sloterdijk said that “Those who first uttered the phrase that knowledge is power didn’t mean only to make that equation, but to also intervene in the game of power.” This is the positive of knowing history, power! But, knowledge can also be a burden. Knowledge can function as a chain which limits us. What is heavier than history? It weighs not only on our minds, but our bodies. History is a given. We are shackled to the past by the libidinal economy of shared history and the history that lives in our bodies. I am against revolution because in my opinion no revolution has ever led to a society or situation which I find worth affirming, but should this limit me completely from any interest in revolution? I think so, but I am open to the idea that I am wrong. Can we view history from something other than a tautological mindset? Can we reject the gift of the given? What if we reject history, or change it?  What would that look like? What does it look like to make a history for ourselves? Can I view history from one of the many options Kundera provides for us: read more

FRR Books Podcast: The Unique and Its Property by Max Stirner, a Close Reading Part 4

Welcome to episode 4 of the FRR Books Podcast series on Max Stirner’s The Unique and its Property translated by Wolif Landstreicher.  In this podcast we cover section 2.1 and stop at section 2.2.1 My Power

This episode is hosted by Kahar, John, and rydra wrong.  This is our first go recording podcasts at sea!  We are floating on water as we speak!

Discussed in this episode:

–  Criticism as thought, the downside of criticism

–  The 3 types of liberalism

–  Human rights!

–  rydra hates phenomenology and wants to fight about it!

–  morality and stirner

–  what is religion?

–  Conflict avoidance and how to avoid it!

–  Cult of celebrity and “Absolute Monarchy”

–  Stirner crushes Social Justice

–  Is Stirner related to Nietzsche?

This podcast was produced by rydra wrong

This podcast was edited by Big Cat

 

FRR Books Podcast #1: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera


This is the first episode of FRR’s new books podcast.  Our goal is to discuss books(mostly fiction), especially where they intersect with our lives, nihilism, and anarchism.  I(rydra) will be the most consistent host with a rotation of friends and others I find interesting broadcasting when we desire to.  In this episode we discuss Milan Kundera’s final novel, “The Festival of Insignificance.”  I began reading Kundera as a teenager and my fondness for him has only grown as I have slowly felt the effects of his writing, ideas, and brilliance sink into me over the years.

Tom Robbins has written that in life we start as fools and if we live the good life, we end as fools.  Milan Kundera’s first novel was called “The Joke,” so it makes perfect sense that his final novel would again engage the idea of jokes, laughter, insignificance, and how to possibly live the good life.  In this novel, Kundera discusses how to give birth to an apologizer, how society is an army of apologizers, why nobody got Stalin’s jokes, how our obsession with the future is really an attempt to fix the past, and so much more.

Kundera was living in Czechoslovakia when Stalin’s tanks stormed across the border and occupied his country.  Shortly after he was exiled to France, which has given him a unique view on politics and history.  In his writing he deconstructs History, nostalgia, identity, and is able to write with a heavy lightness that seeps deep into my bones when I read him.  I’m forever grateful that he shared his thoughts because they have changed the ways I interact with society and individuals and myself more than I will ever realize.  So, enjoy a discussion between September and I where we discuss what reading this book meant for us, how it relates to our anarchy, our nihilism, and our selves or lack thereof.

And in the words of Milan Kundera when speaking of the value of fiction:  Suspending moral judgement not the immorality of the novel; it is its morality.  The morality that stands against the ineradicable human habit of judging instantly, ceaselessly, and everyone; of judging before, and in the absence of, understanding.  From the viewpoint of the novel’s wisdom, that fervid readiness to judge is the most detestable stupidity, the most pernicious evil.  Not that the novelist utterly denies that moral judgement is legitimate, but that he refuses it a place in the novel.

Voiced by September and rydra wrong

Sound and editing by rydra wrong

production by rydra wrong