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

32:00

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

38:00

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

37:00

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

29:00

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

24:00

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

30:00

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

30:00

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

25:00

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

27:00

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

33:00

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. …

BONUS EPISODE: Gnosticism

April 22nd, 2019

35:00

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

33:00

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

33:00

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

34:00

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

27:00

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

29:00

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

31:00

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

28:00

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

34:00

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

28:00

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

29:00

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

26:00

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

27:00

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

31:00

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

31:00

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

24:00

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

29:00

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

27:00

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

27:00

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

0:28

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

28:00

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

25:00

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

28:00

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

28:00

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

28:10

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

22:35

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

0:26

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

23:00

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

Totalitarianism in Modern Democracies

Saint Month

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