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Social Contract of a “Totalitarian Dictatorship”

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By Professor Metal

I am often told that the people of Metalonia suffer under my rule, that they are not “free”, and that they want to live in peace. I can only say that these people, organisations, and international courts do not understand our culture or the relationship my people and I have. There is, like in every society, something of an unwritten contract between the people and those who govern them. I keep a copy in my vault in case anyone needs to consult it.

The people of Metalonia, by and large, enjoy a great standard of living. Anyone what can work, does. Healthcare, housing, and basic necessities are all taken care of, and though the quality of these things are based on your value to our society, no one fails to receive things they need to survive. Roving Death Squads keep the populace safe, Re-Education Centers teach both young and old the laws and customs of the land, and Subjugation Stations rehabilitate criminals, often into some of the most loyal of all subjects of the Metal Empire.

To be sure, there are things I do not grant my people that some governments do. But really, how many of these freedoms do you really use? Are you a journalist? You still have a job in Metalonia telling people what I want them to know. Are you a firearm enthusiast? There are always positions open in the Roving Death Squads. Are you a religious leader? You can practice here in one of our “Religion Zones”, though you may have a skill-set that lends itself well to our Ministry of Propaganda.

There has also been some discussion as to the privacy allowed my citizens. Yes, there is an Elusive Yawing Examination Camera (colloquially referred to as the “All Seeing E.Y.E.”) on every street corner and public building. But those are simply to track foreign journalists and to make certain everyone’s Citizen Registration is up to date. There is nothing nefarious about them if you have nothing to hide. I, Professor Metal, wish only to keep the citizens of Metalonia safe and up to date on their vaccinations and medical enhancements.

These and many other things are why people should think before making outlandish claims about my “human rights record” and my “totalitarian rule”. The people of Metalonia, at the absolute minimum, are sheltered and fed. How many countries can say that of their people? These aspersions being cast at our fine nation are slander by those who envy our order and prosperity, pure and simple. Look at my biggest detractor, America: They claim to be an advanced and democratic society, yet their people are kept complacent and ignorant to the point that they actively vote against their own interests. In the interest of transparency, I must admit that am a little in awe of this. I’ve never had so much as a single citizen vote, much less directly against their own interests.

Let’s not forget that every loyal citizen chooses every day to be a part of this society by continuing to be in it, by receiving the benevolent gifts of the Ministry of Public Good, and most importantly, by not leaving to go somewhere else. Are there disloyal individuals who take my food and my homes whilst plotting to destroy me and the nation I have built? Yes, and they are hypocrites of the worst kind. Some receive money from foreign governments, some are dissatisfied with their place in society, and some are simply fooled by the propaganda of our enemies. Yet even they have a place within our society. Once they have completed a Thought-Police taught Re-Admittance course from an accredited Subjugation Station, they are welcomed back into our society with open arms.

So yes, people in Metalonia cannot own guns unless they are a member of a Roving Death Squad. Yes, the people of Metalonia have rights freedoms of speech or religion(outside of the Religion Zones) that are able to be revoked by any member of a nearby Roving Death Squad, Propagandist, or Re-Education Specialist. Yes, the news agencies of Metalonia must run each story they wish to report on past the Ministry of Totally and Completely Fair and Open Journalism. But even then, the people of Metalonia are free to do as they wish. They simply must accept that there are consequences for certain types of actions. That is our social contract. That is both the blessing and curse of radical freedom. I do my best to keep my people safe, and sometimes they must be kept safe from themselves.

Ep 28: Art and Subsidization; Who Is Paying the Piper?

Sean talks about the development of using municipal art projects to stimulate the local art scene

Ryver discusses the Portland, OR art scene as an example of this

Bruce compares this to the history of music

The Philosophers discuss the benefit of a well-developed local art scene

Sean proposes the idea that a thriving of a local art community can enrich the inner life of the people in that place

The Philosophers talk about another common form of art, that of so-called “corporate” art, and how this is distinctly different

Bruce explains why he feels that corporate art is a lesser form of art

Sean expands on the points Bruce brings up, and why corporate art is different

Bruce talks about the arbitrary nature of the price of art

Sean and Ryver propose and discuss the idea of corporations having a direct financial incentive to produce art that makes people feel a particular way

Ryver discusses the similarities between this and native advertising

Bruce compares this to propaganda

Sean expands on this idea

Bruce and Sean talk about the factors that determine the success of certain art forms and the exceptions within those criteria

The Philosophers encounter an Existential Crisis; find out what happens during the thrilling conclusion of Art and Subsidization: Who Is Paying the Piper?

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Ep 27: Nuclear Power and the Environment; What Can Green Do For You?

Welcome one and all to Professor Metal’s Irate Debate and Calamitous Commentary with the Philosophical Chain Gang

Today’s Episode is Nuclear Power and the Environment: What Can Green Do For You?

Sean and Ryver set the topic for tonight as restricted to the issues with purely peaceful nuclear power

The Philosophers talk about the wide variety of energy production sources

Sean posits that there is likely no perfect single energy solution, and asks what we should do until we figure out something better than what we have

Ryver and Bruce talk about what kind of improvements have occurred in nuclear technology

Sean and Ryver discuss the differences between the somewhat recent event of the Fukushima and the nuclear accident that most have at least heard of, Chernobyl

Sean touches on improvements in the technology to clean up nuclear accidents when they do occur

Ryver and Bruce talk about the parallels drawn in people’s minds between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons

Sean plays devil’s advocate to bring up the risk profile inherent to nuclear energy as opposed to other energy generation options

Ryver responds to Sean’s assessments with brief explanation of the material sciences dedicated to the further development of Nuclear energy

Bruce talks about the risk-reward profile of nuclear energy

Sean posits that we are dedicating resources that could go to developing and improving other energy generation methods

Ryver discusses the benefits of the research being done for Nuclear energy generation to other fields, such as space travel and exploration, to fields outside of nuclear energy

Sean counters Ryver’s point by explaining that without Nuclear power generation, we would not need these better materials and that, perhaps, we should not be investing too heavily into space exploration if we cannot maintain the world we have

Ryver talks about the reasons he views nuclear energy as a positive force, and that this should not stop us from working on renewable resources

Bruce brings up that the best way to manage the risk profile of different energy generation methods is the classic way of managing risk: diversification

Sean drops in the real and practical reason for focusing on fewer means of energy generation, that the research dollar is itself a limited resource.

Ryver talks about how more money in the development of a single technology can reach a point of diminishing returns

Bruce brings up the age of our existing nuclear energy plants, and how if we are going to limit the number of them, we should at least update the ones we have with the new technology

Sean and Ryver go back and forth on the bias towards nuclear power from the business and legislative perspective

Sean steps down from the position of Devil’s Advocate and speaks to how the newest generation of nuclear reactors can be a great boon to less developed nations

Ryver talks about Thorium pebble bed reactors, and how they would be perfect for a great many of these situations

Bruce discusses a few of the geopolitical ramifications of this

Sean and Bruce speak on the sensationalized reporting of the possible effects of nuclear power, and the similarities between this and the construction of the Large Hadron Collider

Ryver expounds on the clean-up efforts around Fukushima and what we are learning and improving on as a result of that

Sean talks about the benefits to our understanding of how the world works that have and can be brought about by nuclear research, and that we may perhaps owe this to future generations

Ryver and Bruce discuss in some depth the effects of our research into radiation on our ability to more safely exit Earth’s atmosphere

Sean and Bruce expand on how the mistakes we make ultimately lead us to greater understanding

Ryver takes the last word to talk about the social and political policy as relates to nuclear accidents and how attempting to cover up problems surrounding these accidents lead to greater lasting harm

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