Episode 16 – Decker and Philosophy

Hard to Believe #016 – Kevin S. Decker – Pop Culture and Philosophy

Kevin S. Decker is a professor of philosophy at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. In his classes, he works from science fiction, comic books, and other popular culture reference points to explore and explain concepts of philosophy to his students.

He has also contributed to and edited a number of books from the “…and Philosophy” series, including Alien and Philosophy, Star Wars and Philosophy, Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant, and Terminator and Philosophy: I’ll Be Back, Therefore I Am. He is also a devoted Whovian, and the author of Who is Who, an exploration of philosophy in Doctor Who.

For this episode, John is joined by Nico Vasilo, from CageClub podcasts .html and X is for Podcast

#2.21 – Rule by Deception – Part Three of "Disinformation" Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

In the wake of the 2020 election, one meme, which had originated in the spring of 2019, flooded the most ardently MAGA corners of the internet. It featured an image of Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin and the following quote. "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." To the MAGA world, Stalin’s words echoed eerily into the present. Like Stalin, the imposter president Joe Biden was, naturally, a Marxist bent on reconstituting America as a Communist hellscape in which Christianity was illegal and worship of the state was mandatory. But the problem with the meme is that the quote is fabricated. Stalin never said it. In part three, our final episode of the first half of season 2, we look at how Stalin would use deception to take control of the Soviet Union and how his use of disinformation helped him tighten his group, reshape Russian foreign policy, and infect the American imagination for decades to come. John is on Twitter @ProbablyRealJB Mike on Twitter @the_mikestir Jess on Twitter @jayarekay_ Sources for this episode include: Georgiy Kent – "How fake news helped hide Soviet genocide in Ukraine" EJ Montini – "Arizona Republican lawmakers endorse Joseph Stalin's disinformation strategy" Orlando Figes – "The Cult of Lenin"  The outro music is a cover of Ruled by Secrecy by Muse, performed by Lena Hall.
  1. #2.21 – Rule by Deception – Part Three of "Disinformation"
  2. #2.20 – Maria Against History – The twilight of the Romanovs in their own words
  3. #2.19 – The Legend of Polybius – with Tyler Birth
  4. #2.18 – Rev. Dr. Marcia Ledford – The Religious Left in the Age of Trumpism
  5. #2.17 – Michael Blanding – on "North by Shakespeare"

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