Ne Plus Ultra Podcast

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Ne Plus Ultra is unlike any Podcast you have ever heard before, and will redefine the way you engage with the political system and society.Dedicated to one purpose, the creation, gathering and fostering of independent thinkers. Ne Plus Ultra combines elements of past analysis with present times, to create an entertaining and intellectually stimulating experience which treats its audience like the intelligent adults they are.

Episodios

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 16: Marxs Manifesto (Part. 1)

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 16: Marx's Manifesto (Part. 1)

    28/05/2016 Duración: 40min

    Welcome everyone to the sixteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Marx's Manifesto. Today, we examine the work and influence of one of history's more divisive figures, Karl Marx. To some Marx is a mass murderer, to others, a glorious reformer. However, the question for today's episode is what will we find when we leave the hyperbole behind and examine Marx as a man? In this episode we talk about how Marx viewed himself in his own time, as well as what is valuable from Marx's teaching that can still be relevant to our world today. We also have a discussion about the history of the Soviet Union as we can't mention Marx without mentioning the world's most famous communist state. As well as an exploration of critical turning points in Soviet history that could have changed the development of communism, and the world. Come and join me as we explore Marx's Manifesto in a 21st century world. Unfortunately the later part of the episode will have to be saved until the middle of next week. This week, I decided that rat

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 15: Old Ideas, New Battlefields

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 15: Old Ideas, New Battlefields

    14/05/2016 Duración: 01h31min

    Welcome everyone to the fifteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Old Ideas, New Battlefields. It's been far too long since we've had an episode, but I'm hoping my life is finally normalizing so will return to our regular schedule. Today, it's a more personal episode, I talk about my own personal political experience and how it's clear that the political battlegrounds I had grown up fighting over are officially dead, and new battle lines are being drawn. In this episode I talk about how I am increasingly feeling that I no longer have a political home, and how the people I used to always know had my back in a political knife fight are now turning the knives on their own kind and conducting an impromptu purge. The traditionally left vs. right battles are gone, and are being replaced with painful civil wars on both sides of the political spectrum. Come and join me as we explore the ghosts of the political past, present, and hopefully - channel the future. In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 14: Rationally Irrational

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 14: Rationally Irrational

    23/04/2016 Duración: 01h04min

    Welcome everyone to the fourteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Rationally Irrational. In our latest argument episode, we defend the need for deep rational and philosophical thought in an age that seems to have no sympathy for thought. Today, we examine the status of society and it's constant demand for action and change, and point to some of the most radical manifestations of it as certain segments of society advocate for a complete rejection of rational thought. In this episode we defend rational thought, and demonstrate how it helps us navigate the crazy world in which we live. Drawing upon great philosophers such as Kant, we examine the nature of reality and show how rational thought is the only tool we can use to bring us closer to understanding that reality. Come and join me if you will as we explore this rationally irrational world of ours. In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about issues such as the Israeli-Palestine conflict, the future of the Canadian political system, and the p

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 13: When Revolutions Fail

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 13: When Revolutions Fail

    09/04/2016 Duración: 01h05min

    Welcome everyone to the thirteenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - When Revolutions Fail In our latest narrative episode, we talk about how this year feels like it's putting into place a sequence of events that might change human history forever. We take this time to reflect on a previous time in history, were one country had the opportunity to change, Russia, but instead fell back into its old ways with arguably disastrous historical results. Today, we talk about the history of the 1905 revolution in Russia. We trace the history of Tsarist governments in Russia, the climate of 1905, and cover the epic Russo-Japanese war. This period in time has major elements echoed within our own. So we have to ask ourselves, what can we learn from the 1905 revolution and how can we avoid a 1917 revolution? In this episode we talk about one of the most pivotal moments in 20th century history that almost no one knows about, and cover one of the greatest historical stories that is rarely told. Come and join me if you will a

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 12: Freudian Nightmares

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 12: Freudian Nightmares

    25/03/2016 Duración: 01h03min

    Welcome everyone to the twelfth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Freudian Nightmares. In our latest engagement episode, we take a look at the crazy and dark world represented by Freudian psychology. Today, we take a look at psychologist and in many ways I would argue philosopher Sigmund Freud. Many people in modern times think of Sigmund Freud as a curiosity of the past, in this episode I hope to show that in some ways, Freud still has much to teach us. In this episode we trace the philosophies through time that inspired Freud's examination of human behaviour, we also examine the core tenants of Freudian philosophy and see how the man reacted in his darkest state. It's our first time looking at a historical figure outside of ancient times, so today's episode is without question a change of pace. Come and join me if you will as we submerge ourselves in the dark world of Freudian Nightmares. In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about issues from American-Cuban Relations, to the attacks in Belgium t

  • Ne Plus Update: Trump Rises, Sanders Falls, Syria Boils

    Ne Plus Update: Trump Rises, Sanders Falls, Syria Boils

    18/03/2016 Duración: 17min

    Welcome everyone to our second Ne Plus Update, a smaller podcast focused just on the current events of the day. In this Episode we discuss the American Primaries and the Syrian Civil War. We also talk about how the schedule of the podcast is changing, and reveal the topic for our next episode. It's a dine and dash type of update, the kind that can only be found here on Ne Plus Ultra

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 11: Wealth Privilege

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 11: Wealth Privilege

    11/03/2016 Duración: 01h10min

    Welcome everyone to the eleventh episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Wealth Privilege. In our latest argument episode, we put on our socialist glasses and talk about a new phenomena in our lives, identity politics. Today, the spirit of the very first socialists after the French revolution is revived, as we take issue with a new societal trend that claims identity is the key definer for one's privilege in society. In this episode we show that this idea is wrong using both philosophy and science. But most of all we show that this type of politics bitterly divides us, and not only does nothing to help those it claims to, but ultimately results in only helping the most powerful forces in society. It's probably the most controversial episode of Ne Plus Ultra yet. Come and join me if you will as we explore the world of wealth privilege. In the second segment of the podcast, we talk about issues from socialized medicine, the upcoming EU referendum and many more subjects submitted by the listeners. It's another w

  • Ne Plus Update: The American Primaries and the Irish Election

    Ne Plus Update: The American Primaries and the Irish Election

    10/03/2016 Duración: 32min

    The last episode of Ne Plus Ultra was so long and expansive we didn't have any time to discuss recent events unfolding before us. However so much as gone on since then, that if I tried to cram everything into one episode it would be another two hours. So to catch us up with current events I present the Ne Plus Update, a quick and rougher podcast just about the current events of the world around us. In this episode we talk about the insanity playing itself out in the American Primaries and the aftermath of the Irish Election. Hope everyone enjoys! -Spencer

  • Ne Plus Ultra Episode 10

    Ne Plus Ultra Episode 10

    04/03/2016 Duración: 01h52min

    Welcome everyone to the big tenth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - The Top 10 Armies of All Time There is not much to say today, the title says it all. This week we count down the top 10 armies of all time in our most epic and longest podcast yet! We cover a vast expanse of time and space in this Podcast and there is an insane amount of ground to cover so let's get right to it. Did your army make the list? Do you agree with the countdown? Come and join me to find out as we count down the top 10 greatest militaries that have ever walked the earth. In this episode we sadly did not have enough time for viewer submissions, however I'm hoping this list will create a vigorous discussion about military history. It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra. Stay thinking my friends. -Spencer

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 9: Sun Tzu Said That

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 9: Sun Tzu Said That

    19/02/2016 Duración: 01h09min

    Welcome everyone to the ninth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Sun Tzu Said That. Sun Tzu, the man, the myth, the legend. That is what we discuss today. Despite the rather ambiguous evidence surrounding Sun Tzu's existence, he has still managed to propel himself to the rank of a house hold name worldwide. His only work, the Art of War has managed to transcend his time and space and can be bought in bookstores anywhere. Why is this? Why has the Art of War spoken to so many of us on such a deep level? Can the Art of War still guide us in a modern world? We answer all these questions and more in today's episode! Come and join me if you will as we try and unravel the legend that is Sun Tzu. In the second segment of the podcast, we address some criticisms of the last episode, talk about the future Canadian Empire, and tackle the controversial subject of safe spaces. It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra. Stay thinking my friends. -Spencer

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 8: Free Will Fallacies

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 8: Free Will Fallacies

    12/02/2016 Duración: 01h14min

    Welcome everyone to the eighth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Free Will Fallacies. Free will is a massive philosophical topic, in fact, perhaps the longest running debate in the history of philosophy and today we will try and add another page to this epic volume. Oddly it seems, overtime, the philosophical thought on free will has begun to lean against its existence, even though people today enjoy more freedoms than they have ever had. In this episode we will try and reverse that trend, if possible, and lay out a case for free will. We talk about competing conceptions of free will, and the common arguments put forth by both sides. As well, we use a little bit of Sam Harris to lay our foundation. Come and join me if you will as we explore one of the oldest philosophical questions of all time. In the second segment of the podcast, we talk a lot about Bernie Sanders. Many people seem to be feeling the Bern after New Hampshire and have a lot to say on the subject. But we also tackle a sexual assault trial swee

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 7: Pop Culture Culture

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 7: Pop Culture Culture

    03/02/2016 Duración: 01h10min

    Welcome everyone to the seventh episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Pop Culture Culture. Today, we explore something that people often seem to claim doesn't exist, North American culture. The countries which populate the continent are extremely new in the grand scale of human history. So they lacked defining cultural connectors that exist in older countries throughout the world. That was, until they created an entirely new form of cultural connections and found a way to export their culture across the planet, ultimately becoming the dominate force in the world. How did they achieve this? How did America eventually end up declaring a cultural victory? Listen and find out. Come and join me if you will as we explore the culture of popular culture. In the second segment of the podcast, we talk a lot about the Iowa caucuses and what this means for the future of the Presidential race in the United States. As well, we take on our first piece of harsh criticism from a Black Lives Matter supporter. It's another wild ri

  • Episode 6: The Emperors Burden

    Episode 6: The Emperor's Burden

    22/01/2016 Duración: 01h20min

    Welcome everyone to the sixth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - The Emperor's Burden. In our second engagement episode, we talk about the man who may be the only person in history to truly deserve the title of Philosopher King, Marcus Aurelius. The last of the five good Emperor's, Marcus lived his life as a slave to duty, and worked tirelessly for his people. We take the time to pick his brain as we read from his own personal diary that has come down to us in the form of a work called the Meditations. Never before has the wisdom of the past had so much to teach us about the present, but also, the future. Come and join me if you will, as we bring to life one of the wisest rulers in history and see what truths he can reveal to us. In the second segment of the podcast, we receive and argument in favour of Donald Trump, as well we answer questions about the future of Capitalism and our society. It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra. Stay thinking my

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 5: Crime and Punishment

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 5: Crime and Punishment

    13/01/2016 Duración: 01h19min

    Welcome everyone to the fifth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Crime and Punishment. In our second argument episode, we take some time to reflect on our justice system, one of the most important organs of our society. We ask hard questions about police corruption to ensure that justice remains blind in all circumstances. As well, we grapple with the extremely difficult question, of what do we do with the monsters in our society? This episode may go to some dark and weird places, you have been warned. Come and join me if you will as we explore the ramifications of both crime and punishment. In the second segment of the podcast, we answer insightful questions about post secondary education, the UN, and take some time to reflect on Obama's 8 years in office and what the future will bring. It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra. Stay thinking my friends. -Spencer

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 4: Ideological Eras

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 4: Ideological Eras

    06/01/2016 Duración: 01h04min

    Welcome everyone to the fourth episode of Ne Plus Ultra - Ideological Eras. In our second narrative episode, we explore how ideology came to play a prominent role in our society. As well, we ask the question if we can ever truly escape from a thirst for power and prestige as the main driving force for politics, to be replaced by a sense of what's just and moral? We briefly trace the history of ideology all the way from Ancient Rome, to Otto Von Bismarck, to our present day. Come and join me if you will, on a journey through the ideological eras. In the second segment of the podcast, we answer some fantastic questions about Donald Trump, Freedom of Speech, and talk about the rising tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It's another wild ride for the part of your brain that enjoys the finer things here on Ne Plus Ultra. Stay thinking my friends. -Spencer

  • Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 3: Shadows on the Wall

    Ne Plus Ultra - Episode 3: Shadows on the Wall

    23/12/2015 Duración: 01h27min

    Welcome to the third episode of Ne Plus Ultra, and today we go on a journey. A journey down into the dark recesses of one of the greatest Philosopher's to have ever graced this planet. A man who may have impacted us in more ways than we know, a man whose knowledge can still guide us in the complicated world we live in today. Today, I have the great pleasure of introducing you to the original Morpheus; the mind behind the pre-historical Matrix. Join me, if you will, as we take a trek down into Plato's Cave. In the second part of the show, we tackle the Spanish election, charity, and many other topics. We also have the two best arguments for and against the European Union. It's a jam packed show two days before the holidays, so enjoy it wherever you might be in the world. Stay curious my friends. Spencer Downing

  • Ne Plus Ultra Episode: 2 The Paradox of Free Speech

    Ne Plus Ultra Episode: 2 The Paradox of Free Speech

    17/12/2015 Duración: 01h27min

    Welcome to the Second episode of Ne Plus Ultra, the Paradox of Free Speech. In this episode we talk about the history of freedom of expression and discuss the modern battles which are still raging around the concept. Today we talk about how freedom of expression must be defended. Even if the cause for censoring speech seems noble in the surface, pursuing censorship the end result will be less good in the world. Not more. We also discuss the role money has in effecting freedom of speech, and just how far your rights to expression extend. In the second part of the show, we answer a slew of questions on a wide range of topics. Such as Terrorism, Gun Control, Gender Equality, the EU and much much more. You won't want to miss this jam packed episode of Ne Plus Ultra. I enjoyed creating it immensely and I hope that you enjoy listening to it just as much. Please submit all feedback to my Facebook page or my email which is Spencer@npupodcast.com Stay thinking my friends. -Spencer Downing

  • Episode 1: The Times They Are A-Changin

    Episode 1: The Times They Are A-Changin'

    09/12/2015 Duración: 01h05min

    Ne Plus Ultra is unlike any Podcast you have ever heard before, and will redefine the way you engage with the political system and society. Dedicated to one purpose, the creation, gathering and fostering of independent thinkers. Ne Plus Ultra combines elements of past analysis with present times, to create an entertaining and intellectually stimulating experience which treats its audience like the intelligent adults they are. In our first episode we introduce the podcast of course. As well, examine the forces of change that have emerged this year all over the globe, and how those forces are connected with the birth of a new generation onto the stage. Plus, an extra bonus segment for the first episode only at the end of the show. If you have any thoughts, feedback, topic ideas or questions. Please send them to my email which is Spencer@npupodcast.com or to my Facebook page: William Spencer Downing This episode's question - What is Justice?