In this episode Neo and I continue our conversation about the mysterious left–right spectrum, coming at you semi-live from the beautiful Horse bar in lovely Neukoelln, Berlin. We go off on several glorious tangents but focus on the topic at hand, going into further detail about the definitions of the terms left and right. We also try to get into the minds of people who might label themselves with these terms. We create profiles of this imaginary group, getting into demographics such as race, sex, and gender, emphasizing the idea that these terms are insufficient. And of course, we enjoy some tasty beverages. After the live recording we had a great time with Kai the bartender and some of Horse’s regular patrons.
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In this episode of Voices from the Dark we have the second installment of the political series The Spectrum. Neo and I sit down at the Horse bar (co-owned by previous guest and friend Deniz Arslan) in Neukoelln, Berlin, to continue our conversation about political concepts and terminology as they are used in US politics. We briefly recap the first installment, where we looked at the term socialism and quickly move on to the next topic, which is the so-called left–right political axis. As luck would have it, we had a special guest on the show, the famous Bulgarian philosopher Evgeni Klisarov, who you probably know from the Voices from the Dark Mistaken Ideas series. Additionally, we go off on an unrelated tangent about Dave Chappelle, since the three of us are going to see him live in Berlin on October 26th! Neo shares a story about her first encounter with the renowned funnyman, and then we move on to talk about the topic at hand.
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This episode features the first installment of The Spectrum, a show about political concepts, their definitions, and how they are used in American politics. The purpose of the show is not to argue sides of political issues. Instead, its purpose is to help listeners to understand the meanings behind commonly used political jargon. On this first installment we discuss the term socialism and try to pin down its real meaning as it is used in the US. The episode also features a special guest, Neo, a former high school classmate of mine who now lives in Berlin and is writing a thesis in the field of political sociology.
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