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Full Interview with Steve Hughes About the Absolute State of Things

Carl interviews legendary comedian and heterodox thinker Steve Hughes about life, the universe and everything.

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Comments

  1. 01,25 '' i didnt listen (to the ''system''), i just went and listened to Iron Maiden with my mates in the woods''. Reality check boys —- the is NUFFIN more mainstream corporate looking than a bunch of longhairs dragged up in their black jeans and brand spanking new shiny black iron maiden teeshirt that mummy just went out and bought 'em

  2. That was a brilliant interview, one of the best I've watched in a long time. There's a fair few things I often (respectfully) disagree with the presenters about on this channel, but on this one it all rang bang on true for me. Bravo.

  3. I was a bit off some of his comments about Australia and it's culture, but I can see what he was getting at. Definitely won me over and had a lot of interesting things to say. Seems like a great bloke to grab a beer with.

  4. it was a pleasure to listen to you gents.
    a lot of the discussion about business culture and influence on the individual, and the breakdown of values is covered in the work of David Smail especially Illusion and Reality.
    for more on talk of natural state The Abolition of man by CS Lewis.
    also I think anyone who enjoyed this would enjoy The Condition of England by Charles Masterman

  5. Interesting viewing, but not owning property and no taxes may be fine in the Oz outback but here in the UK? Wishful thinking. If we takeaway the structure of our society, well, be careful what you wish for. How about going back to 1650 when women had to produce 8 children for 2 to survive into adulthood and average mortality rate was 45. Sounds wonderful. But to be fair he shared many other valid & natural views.

  6. " My left brain is like a grape" ….. I've been smiling all day after hearing that… thanks Steve.. great listening to you guys chew the fat.

  7. Sargon, are you really that dumb that you can't imagine why someone would fake their identity at a hotel? TO PAY FOR A NICE HOTEL WITH STOLEN CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. And that's the least malicious reason I can think of.

  8. Australia is not going to have to defend this land against the Chinese, we are going to have to take a stand against our own corrupt and traitorous government, you absolute Berks.

  9. Had this experience the first hour I landed in Australia. We were exhausted, just wanted some food, and the bouncer at the pub insisted on all of us(23+ group) presenting ID or no entry. Standard procedure, but the whole tone was 'ID or I just assume you're all 12 years old'. Beautiful country, but every official interation felt like a scolding.

  10. "We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

    "But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

    "What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us."

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