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New podcast episode posted yesterday: Black Friday, Puritanizing Marijuana, Poustinia, Fools for Christ. I had to rush a bit, so it's not my favorite episode, but neither am I embarrassed.

Here are the Show Notes:

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 superiority is an unsettling trait of many libertarians.

Puritanizing Marijuana: The marijuana industry is booming, but there is a conscious effort to imbue it with the Puritan work ethic and otherwise mainstream it. Thaddeus Russell wouldn't approve.

Lightning Segments: Eight Mile, a list of Great Men, other snippets.

Poustinia: My experience with the solitary Russian retreat.

Fools for Christ: A very unusual religious calling, but a compelling one in its own way.

Books Mentioned or Related to this Episode

Thaddeus Russell, A Renegade History of the United States

Robert M. Crunden, The Superfluous Men: Conservative Critics of American Culture, 1900-1945

Catherine Doherty, Poustinia

James Billington, Icon and Axe: An Interpretative History of Russian Culture

On top of my travel schedule crippling my podcast efforts, I started trying to learn video-editing. One of the software companies had a half-off Black Friday special that ended yesterday, so I bought the software and started working on it. Whew. It's a lot of work. I'll post my nascent effort later this week after it's finished.