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Taking a Break – So Ask Aunt Kali a Question

To all Kali Tribune readers - we are, unfortunately, making a bit of a pause in publishing that could last to up to two weeks, due to external circumstances. We'll do our best to prove ourselves wrong and manage to publish something in the meantime, but its not something we could promise.

So use we'll use this period to make it up to you by accumulating your questions :

Please, think hard and try to formulate your questions in the comments section, so we can, when this period is over, have an exhaustive answers sessions in podcast and, hopefully, written form.

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Basic Notions of Metaphysics: Being and Having

Why does one forget so many things in the course of one's life? Why, on the other hand, the knowledge we retain has some peculiar, non-quantifiable, qualities to it? What it means to be in the know? These are the questions we'll try to answer in this podcast, by referring them to one all encompassing distinction - that between 'Being' and 'having being'. As always we begin with real life examples of the problem and in the course of discussion touch upon the important subject of personal identity, i.e. we denounce the error of identifying the person with the consciousness, an error that becomes quite apparent when reflecting on act of sleep and of having dreams. Also, we turn to our previous work on Nicholas of Cues' De Visione Dei to provide us with some aid in addressing the problem on the higher level, once we abandon the ground of everyday experience.

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The Great Unsustainable Yawn

The apocalyptic predictions of "globalist takeover" in the midst of the COVID19 crisis seem to focus on the so-called "Great reset", a new "agenda" for changing the world in few weeks time. We on KT, however, are not that impressed with this new episode of the sustainable development soap opera that's been running for decades now, written and directed in, as it seems, rather ad hoc manner and would rather see Greta Thunberg episode again. For this reason we give a brief rundown on what the idea of sustainable development entails and reference our previous work on the subject, notably the analysis of the 1992. Agenda 21 document, which is, more or less, a blueprint for this, as it seems to us, by now largely failed doctrine.

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Hard to be a God

We all heard so much about infantile masses, of an ability to hide in the anonymous mass - in a word: the first association we tend to get when we think in terms of mass man is irresponsibility. However, rarely do we hear anything about equally deprived mass responsibility; rarely, of course, except on Kali Tribune. 

In this podcast we'll address the subject of the flip side of popular power - popular responsibility as exemplified by idea, prevalent among the masses, that every problem and indeed everything occurring in this world is due to man or, more precisely, average man.

To demonstrate the absurdity of this notion and some of its possible roots, we'll employ the help Joseph de Maistre, with the special focus on ideas from his essay On the Generative Principle of Political Constitutions, most eminently his insight into impossibility of creating the a priori legislature and the inferiority of written, i.e. systematized, laws and the impossibility of sovereignty coming from below.

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Transcripts Project

A number of readers asked for transcripts of some of our initially unscripted podcasts. Hereby we announce the experiment of making meaningful transcripts and present the first one.

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Atheism, Old and New

Atheism seems to be quite self explanatory term. Granted, we do live in atheistic societies, in the sense that religion in the proper sense of the word is almost completely ejected from political and cultural deliberations. Even more so, this applies to academia. Finally, at least half of the peoples which we could still, at least by their geographical situation or ancestry, call Europeans are actually shedding the residues of their religious past.

Yet, are we to blame this on atheists of our age, especially the so called "new atheists"?

In this podcast we'll answer this question in the firm negative.

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Basic Notions of Metaphysics: What is Metaphysics Anyway?

After going through a number of metaphysical notions, now, prompted by reader's query, we finally try to answer the simple question: what is metaphysics? The very fact that one can talk about metaphysics for a long time without explicitly defining what it is gives us an important clue about this type of knowledge, more common that most people think. We sum up some of the notions we expounded upon before and attempt to give definition of "science sought for" in both traditional sense and its modern, we would claim, misconception of the "system of science". Also we touch upon the possible reasons for shunning it by modern thinkers like adherents of "analytical" philosophy and say few words on technology and its latent metaphysical origin.

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The Word of Old: Tradition, Revelation and the Impossibility of Revolution (pt. 2)

We present second part in the series on relationship of Christianity and high culture of antiquity, summarized in the notion of the palaios logos. Here, by interpreting one remarkable passage from Origen's classical apologetic work Contra Celsum, we draw some distinctions in understanding of time, knowledge of future, human conscience and the relationship of God to man that are unique for Christianity. Our inquiry leads us before the specific problem - a pitfall most characteristic of our own age: human urge to posses the knowledge of the future, which will be treated in detail in the third part of the series. 

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Basic Notions of Metaphysics: A Given

It may seem odd to pick out "a given" as one of the basic notions of metaphysics. However, as soon as one recalls terms like "sense data", "object" being "given" to subject, etc. the question arises: who does the giving?

In this podcast we'll talk about the origin of the term "given" in the metaphysics of creation and its modern inversion, i.e. its detachment from the said origin, above all exemplified in the works of Immanuel Kant and Martin Heidegger.

Also we touch upon childishness of "new atheism", the nature of thr relationship of ancient philosophy and Christianity, ending the podcast with lively description of the beautiful blue and white vistas of KT's Paypal account.