The Weekly Eudemon

42 EpisodesProduced by Eric ScheskeWebsite

Widely-published author, speaker, and lawyer, Eric Scheske, offers weekly commentary on a host of matters, ranging from current events to philosophy to religion.

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Episode 41: Small Towns and Francis Bacon

August 12th, 2019


Do you have to live in NYC or LA to make it? Nope, not any more. And it's a good idea to be rooted.

Lightning Segments: Epstein, more GKC, Prison …

Episode 40: The World of Total Work

August 5th, 2019


G.K. Chesterton: His cause of canonization has been rejected. I understand why, but the charge of anti-semitism is ridiculous. And unnecessary to …

Episode 39: The Hour

July 29th, 2019


Trump and Baltimore.

CBGBs. A horrible movie that’s worth watching.

The Hour. One hour in the morning. Focused purposelessness. Highly recommended. Tips.

Episode 38: Detachment

July 15th, 2019


Poverty, chastity, obedience: three facets of detachment. Its connection to Zen. How play let's us live an active life in the detached mode.

Episode 37: The Trappist Monastery

June 24th, 2019


I took a silent retreat at Gethsemani Abbey, the monastic home of Thomas Merton.

Episode 36: Memorial Day Weekend, Drinking in Mexico, Catholic Church and Divine Corruption

May 25th, 2019


Memorial Day Weekend: A tradition has come to a close: I’m not bacheloring it this holiday weekend. Please indulge this autobiographical note, with …

Episode 35: Mental Exercise, Predictive Genetics, Hook-Up Software at Ivy

May 18th, 2019


Mental Exercising: Everyone seems to agree: It’s crucial we exercise mentally, normally in the form of meditation. Meditation, even the most secular, …

Episode 34: Brian Sims and Nuts on Both Sides, Fleeing California, E.F. Schumacher

May 11th, 2019


Brian Sims: Yup, he’s a hateful nut. Yup, the Right has hateful nuts too. The thing is, the Right doesn’t have them in positions of influence or …

Episode 33: Noise, Max Picard, George Gissing, Cardinal Sarah, Stegall

May 4th, 2019


Noise. Our culture is too tolerant when it comes to noise. I explore it.

Noise Part II: Silence and Russell Kirk, Max Picard, and Cardinal Sarah. The …

Episode 32: LGBTs in the Work Force, Easter, and College Loan Forgiveness

April 27th, 2019


LGBT at Work: The Supreme Court has taken three LGBT discrimination cases. It’s evidence that Derrida has won: text with no context can be twisted however you want.

Easter: The Resurrection is an historical fact. …


April 22nd, 2019


All five segments about gnosticism combined into one episode.

Episode 31: Tiger Woods, Seven Nation Army of Actuaries, Twitter's Narrative, Grand Narratives and Post-Modernism

April 20th, 2019


Tiger Woods: Congratulations to Tiger and congratulations to golf.

Tiger and the Press: Tiger the Philanderer . . . covered up by the press. A small …

Episode 30: The Healthy-Fat Binary in Postmodernism and Time

April 13th, 2019


thism and a celebration of fatness. It’s an attempt to invert the binary. Joe Rogan helps explain it.

Time: Why is everyone so stressed for time? It’s …

Episode 29: California

April 6th, 2019


LA, Santa Monica, Malibu, Ventura, San Simeon, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Soledad, Altadena, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Anaheim: The entire …

Episode 28: Thanks a Thousand, Boris at the Grocery Store, The Freakin' Poor, Dogs

March 30th, 2019


Thanks a Thousand: A.J. Jacob's’ new book about tracking down the people who make his cup of morning coffee.

Boris at the Grocery Store: A Houston grocery store blew Boris Yeltsin away. I can relate.

Lightning Segments: …

Episode 27: Postmodernism and a Soviet Philosopher, Postmodernism and Brahman, Stylites

March 23rd, 2019

Postmodernism: That’s a pretty big umbrella of thought. Please excuse my broad—sloppy—use of the term.

Standpoint Epistemology: You know why whites …

Episode 26: Artificial Intelligence, Famine, Tyranny, Bill Burr, Cool Dudes

March 16th, 2019


Artificial Intelligence: What it is. How it is a threat . . . or how it might be a threat.

Famine and Tyranny: Courtesy of the State. Free markets merely avoid them.

Lightning Segments: Bill Burr, Going for the Snatch, …

Episode 25: Zen Lent, Tariffs, Adult Video News Awards

March 9th, 2019


Drinking and Lent: Why would I give up booze for Lent? It’s practically a sacramental.

Zen Lent: Do you hope to make spiritual progress during Lent? …

Episode 24: Miami, the Historical Buildup to A'Kempis, and Miami Beach

March 2nd, 2019


The Imitation of Christ. What do I think of his classic? It’s a, you know, classic. I think it hits the psychology of devotion well . . . at least as …

Episode 23: Dumplin', Defecating in Public, Seinfeld and Entertainment in the Abyss

February 23rd, 2019


Dumplin’. Wow, leftwing political tripe dressed up as a movie. This movie from Netflix is shameless with its political agenda.

Denver and the Bowel. …

Episode 22: History of the Old Testament in 8 Minutes, Gin and Tonics, Three Ho-Hum Derrida Conclusions

February 16th, 2019


The Old Testament. I summarize the OT in about eight minutes. The segment is closer to 11, but I throw in a couple of decidedly un-OT anecdotes.

Words. A short look at a few unusual words.

Lightning Segments. The ideal …

Episode 21: Sex in the Stall, Deconstructionism on Display, Gay Gnostics, Joseph Epstein

February 8th, 2019


Sex in the Stall. A couple allegedly has sex in the bathroom stall at a NFL games. That’s unbelievably gross. Deconstructionism is partly to blame. …

Episode 20: Fulton Sheen, Modernity as Gnosticism, an Apologia

February 2nd, 2019


Fulton Sheen. Bishop, Emmy award winner, adviser to the rich and famous, and making serious inroads to canonization thanks to a stunning 2010 miracle …

Episode 19: Introverts, Deconstructionists, and Gnostics

January 26th, 2019


Introverts. An introvert is not a shy person. It’s someone who draws energy from quiet. He has a finite supply of energy for interaction . . . it …

Episode 18: Mass Touching, Austen, Marshall McLuhan, Gnosticism

January 19th, 2019


Touching During Mass. Enough already. Enough with shaking hands, too, at least during the cold and flu season. That custom has ran its course.

Today’s …

Episode 17: Nock, Deconstructing the Family, Mindfulness

January 12th, 2019


The Mind and Art of Albert Jay Nock. Great book/introduction into the life and thought of the godfather of American libertarianism. The fact that Crunden wrote this as an undergrad? Blows me away.

Deconstructionism and …

Episode 16: Pope Francis and Evelyn Waugh, Structuralism and Libertinism, Buddhist Emptiness, Hungover, Mongols with Nestorian Christians

January 5th, 2019


Haters at Mass. Pope Francis’ suggestion that hateful Catholics stay away from Mass makes sense, but there are three potential problems with it: When …

Episode 14: Pagan Practices in Christianity, The Jesus Prayer, Autobiographical Tao

December 22nd, 2018


Next Week: I plan on producing a podcast next week, over the holidays, but it’ll probably be unusual fare.

Sol Invictus. No, Christmas predates Sol …

Post-Modernism, Galileo and Mead and Kinsey and Other Frauds, Arthur Koestler

December 16th, 2018


Post-Modernism Studies Have Begun: I bought Thaddeus Russell’s course, “What is Post-Modernism.” I like it, but I think I’ve caught three pretty bad errors in the first 20 minutes or so: Margaret Mead’s findings were …

Episode 12: Midget Wrestling in Detroit, Manliness, FOCUS, Post-Modernism

December 9th, 2018


Midget Wrestling: It was a great time. Twisted? Naw, just fun. Don’t deprive midgets of their agency, and you can’t judge someone else’s sense of humor as long as it’s not unkind.

Detroit: Its rise from the ashes …

Onanism, Off-Color Humor, Seventh Century, Taoist Anarchy

December 1st, 2018


Self-Abuse: The Atlantic ran a long essay about the “sex recession”: kids are having less sex these days. Why? One answer: masturbation.

Sex Jokes: Is …

Black Friday, Puritanizing Marijuana, Poustinia, Fools for Christ

November 25th, 2018


Black Friday and the Gorillas: Are Black Friday shoppers near descendants of the gorillas? Albert Jay Nock would seem to think so. A sense of …

Las Vegas and Marijuana

November 18th, 2018


I spent the week in Las Vegas, attending the annual Marijuana Business Conference (“MJ Biz Con”). Consequently, I didn’t have any time to put …

Taoism, Europe in 486, Mo-Fo, Russell Kirk

November 4th, 2018


Taoism: The laid back outlook of Lao-Tse and Chuang-Tzu. Lisieux-like. A very short introduction.

Bogus Historical Atlas: A run-down of a bogus map of …

Halloween, Short History of Early Zen, the Fall of the Empire and BLM, Riggenbach

October 27th, 2018


Halloween: Okay to celebrate? Of course. Without appreciating evil, you can’t appreciate good.

Short History of Zen: Shakyamuni through the Bodhidharma to Hui-Neng: We sketch its earliest history to the seventh century, …

Zen, the "Fall" of Rome, Small Talk, Drinking with Commies, More

October 21st, 2018


Zen: Ego: the biggest, baddest gorilla in the zoo of subject-object. Is spirituality selfish?

The Fall of Rome: It didn’t occur in 476 . . . just ask …

Zen, The Middle Ages in Eight Minutes, Toddler Torture

October 14th, 2018


This episode looks again at my concept of “primary obligations,” pointing out that it’s a reference point, not a stick to beat others with. We also …

Catholic Libertarian, Early Rise of the Nation State, Drunks on Screen

October 7th, 2018


Primary Obligations: The emptiness of the 24/7 argument.
Does modern libertarianism conflict with the Catechism?
Early Rise of the Centralized State.
A’Kempis and a Mild Critique of Libertarianism.
St. Symeon the New …

The Problem of Induction, Totalitarianism, Saint Month

September 30th, 2018


David Hume and the Problem of Induction. What it means for religion.

Totalitarianism in Modern Democracies

Saint Month

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