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Episode Fourteen – Critics

The Brilliant Podcast
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Episode Fourteen - Critics

In this episode, we try to recover from our losses: Bellamy happened to be generally dispirited about life at the time of recording (and it shows!), while Aragorn! broods over having lost two episodes of The Brilliant through some unknown and unknowable techno-incompetence. Perhaps fittingly, we spend some of the episode talking about an event and a project which excite us and the last third of the episode responding to our most consistent and harsh criticism.

Tick Tock

0:00: Cryptic comment and theme song.

0:38: New intro! We refrain from being monotonous!

1:40: Aragorn! erodes Bellamy’s self-esteem and comes out against freedom, hoping for support for Bonnano

3:50: A! confesses his mistakes and reveals his ignorance

5:35 – 17:05: Listener asks about cultural appropriation: A!’s robber baron fanboy-ism; on stealing more and bigger; why don’t you be more European? Bellamy takes a step toward social justice; hidden presuppositions manifest as lies; Aragorn! seems to finally actually answer the question but wanders off; the praxis of inflammatory t-shirts; Bellamy makes a last desperate attempt to get A! to answer the question

17:05 – 26:00: East Bay Anarchist Bookfair: Why did the fair start when there was already a Bay Area Fair? A! keeps evading questions while Brick offers his input; Bay Area mainstream anarchism: anarchists are the nicest people you’ll meet! – praxis of delusion; a bookfair with no fights!

26:05: Black Seed #4: It’s out and has been spread around!; content preview; Bellamy explains the backstory to his piece; Aragorn! gives the backstory for the Black Seed theme – the horror of toxic rivers

34:00: @news topic of the week: What’s next?; human beings excite Bellamy; pessimism vs. futilitarianism;

37:30: The Brilliant is criticized: Intellectual masturbation, our constant critique discourages action and is “reactionary” (how many people actually know what this word means?); B and A! try to take the critique in good faith; what is projectual activity (hint: it’s not “building skyscrapers in your backyard”)?; Bellamy invites critics to do better; an anarchist This American Life, anyone?


  1. The East Bay Anarchist bookfair
  2. Against Identity Politicians
  3. Unterrified podcast




  1. The best episode yet! Lots of great thoughts in the second part about ‘what to do’.

    I’d love to have a chat with Aragorn about his vision of a future full of conversations and storytelling. Do you have any interest in doing that?

  2. sean adam boucher sean adam boucher

    The line about the east coast not caring about green anarchism broke my fragile heart, hahaha. Being relatively reclusive, I have yet to confirm those fears in person–but I definitely have had that feeling. I’ve just been trying not to think about it too much.

  3. catterbore catterbore

    In terms of cultural appropriation I think there is a clear misunderstanding here between cultural interaction and cultural appropriation, but I do agree with y’all in the end I guess. I also do not encounter the worst of the worst SJWs in my life though.

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