Freedomain with Stefan Molyneux
Freedomain with Stefan Molyneux
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The logic of personal, philosophical and political freedom
Saturday Livestream 25 3 2023... Have u listened to Steven Crowder's new content? Do you think there's any chance a drastic change in politics would help resolve some of the more immediate issues in the world? Feeling a bit disheartened as I approach turning 30, while I feel a bit more motivated to prioritize finding a partner after the shirtless rant, I feel like I haven't accomplished as much as I should have, I haven't necessarily made any disastrous mistakes and I feel like I'm making progress moving towards new career aspirations, I'm unsure what benchmark I should hold myself to at this stage, any constructive criticism? I asked at start of stream about link between childhood trauma and obsession. My girlfriend is having a challenge to set healthy boundaries. Either she is too vulnerable or too closed off. Could you give us some advice on a topic? I forced myself to overachieve in school. Did I do harm to myself? What would you recommend in addition to therapy and journaling to give yourself what you didn't get as a child? I've got quite the list of things I didn't get. And thank you for answering my questions Stef I very much appreciate it :) What would your advice be to one to gain more overall gratitude?
Wednesday Night Live 23 Mar 2023 Hey Stef, you’ve mentioned having mourning rituals for death or breakups/divorces. Just wondering if you had a few you can throw at me? Throughout childhood starvation was used as a punishment against me. I'm currently struggling to loose weight, any advice? Question for stream: (following up on yesterday's stream around "lay count" question) ___ Bf - 28y - had 21 partners Gf - 26y - had 16 partners What do discuss before getting engaged? What arrangements/resolutions to make? Is there such a thing as discussing past relationships too much ? (Been going out for over 1y) We knew from very early on that: -Values match -Life vision matches -Both want to have family How does that align with your comment from yesterday that What’s up Stef? You see Crystal Palace signed Roy Hodgson as their new manager? Every time I log on to Stefan I learn something new Question: Are there some additional techniques to get toxic parents out of your head besides little or no contact and surrounding yourself w great people and staying busy? Bitcoin to 1 million dollars in 90 days? I’ve been working all my life and am at retirement age and know not sure if I want to retire now that the time is near Any suggestions to deal with loneliness, especially when you know a lot of people but that sense of connection is always wanting. I live alone, I can be talkative and people enjoy my company for the initial meeting but I have issues moving forward from that. (Pt 1) I feel people never reach out to me, I have to initiate. I know I’m not owed anything I get what I give but it’s very tough. Especially on my days off I try to fulfill my social needs by going out, to the store; it gets expensive. I lack healthy friends my age (Pt2) Hi Stef, In a last few months I have doubts about having children. Whenever I think about it I see it as solution, like I will be whole when I have them. I sense that is not right. What are right reasons to have children in your opinion? And how do I measure or know that I done enough self-work to have children and have emotional full cup for them? Thank you for the work you do, feel bit bad about not tipping you, I am not in financial position to do more then sub Stef you mentioned that in the 80 or 90 that you couldn't get a job so you started your company. Why do you think you couldn't get a job? Just rejoined the stream the second you took your shirt off. Not what I expected but a welcome surprise lol.
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Hi Stef, is the ego strength that allows you to be wrong and change your mind the same thing as humility? (correct me if I'm wrong ) In one live stream, you mentioned that if you spend the first 5 years with your child, they will stay with you for the rest of your life. What do you mean by this? Why is it so important for your child to be at home rather than in daycare? Thank you for your response." Here is a quote from Karl Marx, "Philosophers are have only interpreted the world in various ways, the point is to change it." What do you think Stef, should the main aim of philosophers be to change the world rather than simply analyse it. In Romans in the Bible it say that sin is what leads to death and that only through Jesus has we been able to have eternal life despite being sinful. Is there any logic in this? My gf says it is ok to tell someone you require people you engage with do X, BUT wrong to tell them if they don't do X you will not engage with them. Thoughts? To me wording one way or another makes no difference Hi from Finland 🖐️had to listen to Romans speech couple of times it was so awesome What are your thoughts of the film Indecent Proposal where a man offers a couple 1 million dollars in order to spend a night with the woman. It seems to me like somethings in life are only as valuable as you're willing to sacrifice for them. The moment a couple accepts an offer like that, they are admitting that there is no sacred element to their relationship and its only foundation is material gain. Is this true? Hey Stef. Thank you for your answer on your last live regarding setting standards with abusive parents. My wife struggled with why she shouldn't just cut them out until I figured out that setting standards is the best self defence and anger is at their level. Am I on the right track? What do you think the solution is for people to not accept indecent proposals? Is this quote from Paul Woodruff correct? "If individuals turn to philosophy, their lives are changed; they set wisdom and virtue as their goals in place of power, wealth or reputation..." This quote assumes that all philosophy is enlightening rather than nihilistic or destructive. Perhaps a better way to phrase it is to seek wisdom. Philosophy is derived from the word philosofia which is the love of wisdom. What does wisdom mean if it is a core part of philosophy? Is wisdom not the set of things we can do to reduce our suffering? What about mental suffering? This is uniquely human Did you enjoy reading the Holy Bible at the time? Can philosophy fix a sexual fetish?
In the event of a global financial crisis, Is the United States in a better position to recover since it retains more economic instruments? How does this compare with a country like Russia that has national debt under 15% and domestic energy production, or Japan that has an aged population with national debt over 200%? Hey Stef I’d like to hear what you think on the harm porn does to people and relationships, especially those who are exposed to it from a really young age? Me and my wife are currently holding our parents accountable for the trauma they caused us in our childhood. My Dad has outright ignored me reaching out, my mum did engage but won't accept. My wifes mum won't admit violence but her Dad is admitting he was violent but wants to brush it away. Do you have any advice on how to deal with this situation. Thank you for everything Stef, any advice on dealing with meaninglessness as a struggling student. Thank you so much for sharing knowledge and reason all these years. Today is International Women's Day. It gives me the creeps and makes me angry, and not just because all the stores and businesses are closed here in Berlin. I resent the observance because I feel like it is a case of a privileged class playing the victim. Is the something else about International Women's Day that is at all redeeming? Stef you’ve interviewed people from across the spectrum. From Chomsky to Vox Day. Over the years do any interviewees stick out to you as far as being able to challenge your views? Stef to become an engineer, or doctor etc, how do you think the education path to become an engineer/doctor should be? Why is libertarianism and autism linked ? I saw in Jonathan haidt's work that libertarians have high ability in systematizing, could this be why?
I noticed that some christian friends like you, Stefan, because listening to you they can get rational explanations for things that they used to support with faith-based arguments like "God said so". They become even more proud because they think "God is logos, my beliefs are rational" but I can't help seeing them as more "atheistic", because there's no more "god" in many of their stands, there's only logic. They like you because they can have the cake and eat it too? I always recommend people I try talking to about libertarianism listen to Milton Friedman's free to choose TV program that's free to watch on YouTube. It's great for opening people's minds to the ideas. What are you thoughts on geographical determinism, the idea that Europeans were destined to become more advanced than people from other places because of their environment? What do you think could be behind falling IQ over the last few decades? Hi Stef, is natural law not the basis of human rights (at least the negative rights)? Since they are so widely accepted in the western world, why is it so hard to argue for natural law vs. utilitarianism? Many people I argue with defend the greater good for the most people as the moral standard and discard natural law due to this. Hi, Stef! I think I should talk to you because you always say call me before and I am developing a relationship which involves everything what not supposed to be in it including other beings and talking to god. How did I get into this after eight years of listening to Freedomain?😉 Hey Stef, we took a course and sleep trained our baby. In two weeks of sleep training he went from terrible sleep to sleeping 11 hours every night and we usually don’t need to pop in and check on him at all. You were right. In a true free market, would you expect IQ to rise over time? For your info, you have a total of about 221 days worth of content, which is crazy awesome lol I have a family member that I love, but she has been heading in the wrong direction her whole adult life. Now that she is in her late twenties, I feel an urgency to save her. Like it’s now or never. She has never taken any of my advice or help in the past, and just keeps making bad choices (Botox, focusing too much on work, sleeping around, casual dating etc). I want her to wake up to reality before it’s too late. Can I save her? if art is the collection and monetisation of trauma, how do you explain why the most trauma ridden slum countries like the “former” Soviet Union and other Communist countries (which are leftist utopias) are devoid of objective beauty and art? Do you have any advice for helping a partner who has had a traumatic childhood and doesn't want to talk about it because the memories are too painful? My Physical Therapist makes conversation during my sessions, she tells me about her children. One of them is 3 years old now and went into daycare at 4 months old. Ironically, I am in PT for an injury from giving birth to my now 4 month old and I feel ill when I imagine a baby so young in daycare. I constantly wonder if she'd say her career is worth it. At the same time I know she'd be extremely offended. I wonder if there is a "time" to say it, or if I should at all. Hey Stef. My 10yr old daughter desperately wants to go to school. She's never been.. I think she's feeling pressure from other kids in the neighborhood and in extracurricular. Have you ever gone through something similar with Izzi? My other children have never expressed interest in going to school. We're thinking we need to amp up the field trips or the FUN in our homeschool. She has a fantasy that she's going to see all her friends at recess or lunch or in the hallway... Hi Stef, what are your thoughts on authors who create characters that the audience bonds with, only to kill them off or destroy their characters unexpectedly rather than gradually. Is this a sign of dysfunction or a normal option that authors should be able to explore? Have you watched squid games Stef? It would be great if you did an analysis of shows that go viral in the cultural sphere Does the choice of self-medication indicate a specific kind of trauma or unfullfilled need? Or anything goes in this regard? Some spiritual gurus advocate for the development of ego strength through being able to distance oneself from the ego. What do you think I think my fatal flaw might be self doubt/sabotage, how can I shake this off? I grew up with a real nasty verbally abusive older brother, do you think it could help to defoo the guy? What do you think about the concept of 'enlightenment' and how this is both spiritual / non material but also material in the epistemological process of systematically investigating the outside world to enlightening oneself. Is enlightenment both material and non-material in itself focus? Do you have an advice for dealing with anxiety? I've been taking major leaps to better myself, I'll be able to push through most of the anxieties but some times the anxiety gets so bad it's like my mind shuts down. I will eventually push through that too though. Would you be interested in explaining the psychology of trolls? This is a very fascinating topic, especially with the recent troll flare-up in Freedomain chat. How do you define success in your life? I liked the little detail in The Present of Ian closing the car door that Cassie opened, very realistic. Women have trouble remembering to close doors. Have you heard of the hagelian dialect and how people use conflict to create change. This was mentioned in a podcast I was listening to but don't know much about it. Do you think we're being turned against each other so that society can be reformed in the image of the ultra powerful?
My sister, who is gay, was hospitalized with a severe eye injury. She said that a bottle fell to the ground near her when she was in a lower position. But the only that her severe injury could have occurred would be that the bottle was thrown to the ground near her with speed and force that dodging the shard would have been impossible. By someone that’s angry and can’t control his/her temper. The only suspect would be her lover. Hey Stef, much love to you and the community! What’s your thoughts and advice on overcoming nihilism? Is there an explanation for the millennial “failure to launch” phenomenon? Is that because the millennial generation supposedly is the only generation to not outgrow socialist/Marxist ideology? You deserve the donations. Thank you. I do not understand the sleeping stream or the mukbang stuff. Hi Stef, I have a theory that atheists who are only willing to accept a 'perfect' moral framework in order to not be moral relativists are actually searching for something godlike or even a god itself. What do you think? Do you think that someone can fully heal from a traumatic childhood and have kids? Do you need to fully heal to have kids? Hi Stef, I’m a married father of 4 and I am really struggling with my marriage and self worth. What is the best way to request a call-in with you. Stefan, I do not have good relationships with any of my 3 half-siblings, despite reasonable efforts on my end. Just no connection. Outright coldness from one. Are half-sibling relationships generally cold by default? Hey Steph, I’ve never asked you a question, but been following you for 12 years. My wife and I are having a argument about who works the most in our household. I don’t find that this conversation ends well if we both attack each other so I’m trying to bring some clarity and a balanced perspective to the conversation. I make 250+ thousand dollars a year working 40 to 50 hours a week as a clinician. She renovate houses, primarily as the designer, but with some painting and wallpapering as well as general contracting the subcontractors. She makes approximately 25 to 50,000 a year and this money helps pay for the kids private school. before I left the house to pick up my son from soccer practice, she stated that she feels that she’s doing 60% of the work. I would love your take on this type of disagreement. Stef what do you think of El Salvador President Bukeli? He broke the record in decreasing crime in the fastest time Correct me if I’m wrong but if trauma leads people to be an artist and most artists are leftists, then why are leftist utopias like the Soviet Union or other third world slums devoid of objective beauty and beautiful art?
Any suggestions for dealing with overthinking and performance anxiety? In 5120 you mention men talking women out of their neuroses. Do you have any advice for how I can be more effective at this? Hi Stef, My prisoner pen pal in CA, who is 33 years old, got released from prison four months ago having served his seven year sentence for burglary (baloney theft) and abruptly went off the radar. He doesn't know anybody except me and his sister. I'm pretty sure he has a touch of autism, he's not socially outgoing. He is still alive; I found his arrest warrant for vandalism last week. Also, he decided he was a girl and went on transgender hormones last year and I believe he is shooting meth daily now too. I miss him. I have no idea / can't imagine what is going on in his head. What do you think is going on with him? Where is he going with this? Hey Stef, when’s the Nietzsche and Schopenhauer philosophy episodes coming? I hope you don’t have some sort of prejudice towards old German guys with moustaches, I hope it’s because your preparing to deliver the richest and deepest insight into the philosophy of these two guys ever and that is the reason your taking so long to get around to them. If so I understand Stef, take your time. Make sure to include Nietzche’s idea of ‘eternal recurrence’. Imagine being born in the same life in the exact same circumstances over and over again forever! In general how much do you think a woman cares about the prestige/social value of a man’s job versus his earnings? For example a plumber making a few hundred k a year versus a more white collar job making far less but with a more “impressive” title. Although I do feel the blue collar man is due for a big comeback in the years ahead. Hi Stef, I'm current listening to the UPB audiobook and I have a question. If two universally preferable behaviors contradict one another, which one do we default to? Take this example discussed at the 2:25:40 time stamp. https://odysee.com/@freedomain:b/universally-preferable-behaviour-a-2:a?src=embed 1. Everyone would rather steal an apple than starve to death. 2. Thus everyone universally prefers stealing apples to death by starvation. 3. Thus it is universally preferable to steal apples rather than starve to death. 4. Thus survival is universally preferable to property rights. 5. Thus what is good for the individual is the ultimate moral standard. Here the contradiction is between survival and property rights. You've used biological mutations not disproving biological classifications as a rebuttal, but usually biological mutations don't contradict the essence of a biological classification. You have also said, that a survival based morality doesn't offer answers to questions such as "If it is morally permissible to steal food when you are starving, how much food can you steal? How hungry do you have to be? Are you allowed to steal meals rather than look for work or appeal to charity?" However, if according to UPB self defense is justified, surely there are also similar questions such as " How do you know whether or not a threat is eliminated? Can you preemptively defend yourself or is self defense only reactive?" So surely the complexity or potential for abuse exists in both cases. You have also said, survival based behaviors use "mere biological drives as justifications for behaviour... It is an explanation of a behavior rather than a proposed moral theory." UPB however, is also driven by the biological drive to live and it is also an explanation of behaviors so I don't understand how on a technical level the desire to survive as a UPB, is less valid than other UPBs. If the desire to survive isn't a UPB, can you talk more about why? If it is a UPB, how do we organise it into a hierarchy with all the other UPBs? Thank you in advance Do you follow much politics and just not talk about it on the show or have you cut out most of it from your life? Just a "humble" request: never speak about or answer questions about (boomer 😉) music again. Simply ignore the time-wasting weirdos that ask them! Not a big deal. It's irrelevant & useless... (yeah, yeah, I know you'll probably say that useless for me doesn't mean useless for everyone... bla bla bla 😉 ... but a sequence of words won't change the fact it's gonna be worthless and, thus, probably irritating for 98% of people here, who have no interest in others' [often unheard] favorite bands, singers, songs, and lyrics, esp. from the times before they were born) The amount of evil and deciet, and wars going on.... people in our society just supporting it and rabbidly attacking people who question it. We are at the verge of a nuclear war with Russia ... and people still cheering on Zelensky ...WTF is going on !!! its absolute insanity. what is your opinion of “confession” that churches tend to promote? I believe there’s some value to this, but, at the same time, can be a problem if you come from an abusive environment where morality is subjective. I confessed to a priest on Ash Wednesday last week before your live q & a about my choice to be too comfortable in my living situation. I confessed that it has brought me further away from God and has a compounding effect regarding sin. In what ways do you consider behavioral addictions like television watching different from substance addictions? How are the antecedents different (or similar)? Should different methods be used for breaking the substance vs. behavioral addiction? Do you think there is a benefit in taking a dedicated day off each week like a sabbath? Or do you prefer to strike whenever the iron is hot no matter what the day? "Morality is always higher than law and we cannot forget this ever." -- Solzhenitsyn Hi Stef, what are your thoughts on children having different last names? My wife and I have a son with my last name and made an agreement prior to marriage that we would alternate. We are expecting our second now, who will be getting hers. I have been having second thoughts about this, due to societal pressure but wanted to know if there's something we're missing. Thanks again for everything you do. Why is "wage slave" a term reserved for people who do jobs a leftist wouldn't? Wouldn't it be a label better suited to people who compromise their values for fear of getting fired (i.e. parrot woke ideology, buckling to vax mandates, etc)? Feel like the right is missing a golden rhetorical opportunity here... Any philosophical thoughts or practical tips on raising kids at noticeably different IQ levels? My daughter is on the average side, started to read around age 6 - typical. My son (4) already reads, can add and subtract (without us pushing, he just absorbs it) and in general shows signs of above average intelligence. What we do, is to instill in our kids the joy of achieving stuff (like my daughter was practicing balance on a pedal-less bike deliberately to later switch to a normal bike - she's in general very good with physical/balancy things) and we try to focus on stuff like: "remember how it was difficult before, and then you tried more and learned?". I'd appreciate if you shared your thoughts 🙇♂️ Thoughts on dating apps? Stats show that the odds are against most men. My experience has been that many women use the apps for attention and validation and have little intention of meeting up, or they are paralyzed by too many choices. Much like when I'm trying to decide what to watch on streaming services. It can be demoralizing at times. Despite being called a cult leader, do you think you won the battle culturally on the issue of family relations? From what I have been seeing, while its still not the dominate opinion, its not as taboo that it once was to say you don't have to have abusive or dysfunctional family in your life. I think progress is being made. What do you think of video game sports? Is it even worse then regular physical sports or better? Feel like it’s just pure entertainment. No value.
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