Programming Note: Darts and Letters is off and retooling to relaunch in a new format early 2024.

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  • Thumbnail for EP69: Mathematical Morality (ft. Émile P. Torres)

    EP69: Mathematical Morality (ft. Émile P. Torres)

    The collapse of the crypotcurrency exchange FTX has is forcing a reckoning in the financial world, with calls intensifying to reign in and regulate these emerging technologies. It's also forcing a philosophical reckoning about the ideas that inspired their CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried. SBF is a major proponent and funder of Effective Altruism.
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  • Thumbnail for EP68: Science Against the People (ft. Charles Schwartz & Sigrid Schmalzer)

    EP68: Science Against the People (ft. Charles Schwartz & Sigrid Schmalzer)

    The right attacks science, liberals uncritically defend it. But there are other ways to see scientific authority. Scientists have always served capitalism, patriarchy, and empire. So say Science for the People, a radical movement of scientists. So, they are fighting to change it. We tell the story of the groups Vietnam-era origins, and explore why it's having a resurgence today.
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  • Thumbnail for EP67: Darts Transit Commission (ft. Paris Marx)

    EP67: Darts Transit Commission (ft. Paris Marx)

    We speak to Paris Marx of Tech Won't Save Us on the shifting politics of Silicon Valley. We'll traverse the intellectual history of hippies-turned-arch-capitalists, and focus especially on their ideas for transportation policy. Do they have a radical vision for a different transportation future, or is it a vision of maintain the status quo?
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  • Thumbnail for EP66: Technocracy Now!, pt. 3 (ft. Sam Adler-Bell & Alessandro Delfanti)

    EP66: Technocracy Now!, pt. 3 (ft. Sam Adler-Bell & Alessandro Delfanti)

    The first two episodes of this series told stories of technocrats who tied themselves to a muscular state. They believed the state could remake society, if it had the right expertise. However, the state under neoliberalism doesn’t have the technocratic ambitions or capacities it used to. Does that mean technocracy is dead? No, technocracy is just moving into the private sphere.
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  • Thumbnail for EP65: Technocracy Now!, pt. 2 (ft. Joy Rohde & Eden Medina)

    EP65: Technocracy Now!, pt. 2 (ft. Joy Rohde & Eden Medina)

    Last episode, we looked at the technocrats of the industrial age: Thorstein Veblen, Howard Scott, and the "industrial tinkerers," as Daniel Bell put it. But Daniel Bell went on to say we were entered a new age -- a "post-industrial age" -- where a new kind of technocrat would vie for power. We look at mid-century cybernetics.
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