Sweeny Verses

Sweeny Verses

By Andrew Sweeny
Compressed scraps of angel melody, stories, essays, rants against reductionism, commands from the deep. Audio essays and conversations in the realm of ideas. Links: Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny Medium Blog: medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny 
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The Divine Double: Christopher Mastropietro
I was first  introduced to Christopher Mastropietro by Peter Limberg for his series on Letter.com, 'impossible conversations'. Our first 'impossible conversation can be found here’:  https://letter.wiki/conversation/232 Christopher is John Vervaeke’s writing and research partner and co-author of ‘Zombies in Western Culture: A Twentieth Century Crisis’.  A great book which I have used for undergraduate classes in Paris We never got around to talking about ‘The Zombie Apocalypse’ or ‘Joker’ and other monsters, but instead had a wide ranging conversation about living ‘in between worlds’.  I found Chris to be congenial but also a very deep person, with an incredible and poetic gift for language and thinking.

 The conversation begins with a query: ‘What is your divine double’?     DONATE ON PAYPAL Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Writing etc by Andrew Sweeny: Patreon Medium Rebel Wisdom Articles Twitter Facebook Intro music: By Longstone
1:03:07
December 25, 2019
What does it mean to be a man? Discussions with Ole Bjerg
Ole Bjerg is an associate professor at the Copenhagen Business school.  He writes in his presentation:  “My research interests circle around a diagnosis of contemporary capitalism. I am currently interested in the simple question: What is money? The assumption is that money is not a given and constant phenomenon. Money changes as the structure of capitalism changes. In my current research I am exploring how the radical transformations of banking and financial markets over the last 30-40 years is related to transformations in the very ontology of money. In order to investigate this philosophically, we need to ask, with Heidegger: How is money? Furthermore, our capacity to find ways out of the current crisis hinges on our ability to imagine new kinds of money systems and new kinds of money.” Ole is also involved in Men’s work, and I met him at the EMG, European Men’s gathering in northern Denmark.  In this wide ranging conversation we discuss the question:  ‘What does it mean to be a man?’ Ole is passionate about reviving this as a philosophical question, and he is writing a book on the subject of being and becoming a man from a Heideggerian perspective.   We also talked about Jordan Peterson, Slavoj Zizek, and other diverse topics.  I found our discussion very illuminating and his thoughts both passionate, empathetic, and vital.  Links: European Men's Gathering: https://www.maniphesto.com/emg  Ole's Ted talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvH66fz9nyU Andrew Sweeny Podcasts:  Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny  Sweeny Verses: https://anchor.fm/podcast-c709ee4  Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Music and Poetry: http://travellingmusic.net/site/andrew-sweeny-free-the-prisoners-album-et-poesies Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny Music intro: Longstone:  https://soundcloud.com/longstone/works-in-progress-ep-01-menhir
1:15:21
November 17, 2019
Dr Arne Rubinstein: Rites of Passage and the Ladder of Life
Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development, with 30 years experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. The programs, seminars and programs he’s helped to develop have been attended by over 100,000 people globally and are designed to support boys and girls to successfully make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage. Dr Arne is the proud father of two wonderful young men and a mentor to many others.   I was very honored to talk to him and believe his message to be, not only life changing, but redeeming of civilization.  Real human development needs markers of transition from one stage to another, which is something sorely lacking in our society, and a principal cause of most of our social ills, from depression to suicide, to the opiate crisis, and because, as Arne points out many of of our leaders today, remain boys and girls, and because they have not properly gone through the kinds of rites of passage ceremonies which were once universal.     Links: Making of men's father and son camp in Denmark:www.maniphesto.com/mom Leadership Training:www.maniphesto.com/rop FB Leadership training here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/579399495864804/  Rites of Passage Institute:https://ritesofpassageinstitute.org Arne’s Ted Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC5GR3Q1ZWI Arne’s best selling book: The making of men  https://www.amazon.com/Making-Men-Raising-healthy-successful-ebook/dp/B00XZOZ5HG Andrew Sweeny Podcasts:  Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny  Sweeny Verses: https://anchor.fm/podcast-c709ee4  Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Music and Poetry: http://travellingmusic.net/site/andrew-sweeny-free-the-prisoners-album-et-poesies Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny
58:57
August 14, 2019
Andrew Sweeny and Stephen Lewis on Rudolf Steiner: The spirit of the machine
This is the 5th in a series of talks with Stephen Lewis, in which we discuss Rudolf Steiner and his theories of Lucifer and Ahriman, among other things.  Podcast version can be heard on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/podcast-c709ee4 Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I know. Stephen's music can be heard here:  https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state   Other Podcasts:  Sweeny vs Bard: https://anchor.fm/andrew-sweeny  Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Music and Poetry: http://travellingmusic.net/site/andrew-sweeny-free-the-prisoners-album-et-poesies Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny
1:00:16
July 27, 2019
Andrew Sweeny and Stephen Lewis discuss René Girard: The defence of the innocent victim
This is the 4th in a series of talks with Stephen Lewis, in which we discuss Réne Girard and his theories of the Scapegoat and their broader implications.    Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.  Stephen's music can be heard here:  https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state   Support this channel and my writings by subscribing here or helping on Patreon: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/andrewsweeny Medium https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewpgsweeny Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jamyanggyamtso Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom
1:23:25
July 4, 2019
Mountains and Rivers: Gender and Complementarity
My thoughts on the re-integration of polarity as the 'next step'. With reference to Ivan Illich's book in Gender:    https://books.google.fr/books/about/Gender.html?id=ZyVHAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y
17:13
July 1, 2019
Ronan Harrington in Conversation: Vulnerability, truth, and the collective superego
Ronan is a leading voice in transformational change, supporting leaders to transform themselves and their organisations to become the success stories of our complex new world. Ronan is also a leading figure within the Burning Man community, giving the keynote on new politics at their Global Leadership Summit in 2017. He writes and speaks widely about the prospect of a more visionary politics, guest editing a series for Open Democracy. He is also an Associate at Perspectiva, a research institute building the intellectual foundations for a more conscious society. My article on Ronan Harrington and Jordan Peterson: https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny/jordan-peterson-vs-ronan-harrington-c7a1693e455e Ronan on the Emerge Podcast https://anchor.fm/emerge/episodes/Making-Sense-of-the-Ronan-Harrington-Episode-e1r211 Ronan's Bio and website:  https://www.ronanharrington.co/
1:13:11
July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 4: Sweeny vs Peterson and Zizek
A audio essay on the recent debate between Jordan Peterson and Slavov Zizek, based 3 medium essays I wrote about these two men 
34:52
July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 3: Why the polarised reaction to JBP? A conversation with Rebel Wisdom.
Why does Jordan Peterson create such strong and polarised reactions? Andrew Sweeny has written many articles examining Peterson's impact on the culture. In this Skype chat with David Fuller, director of two documentaries about Jordan Peterson, he explains how the reaction to Peterson is largely due to the way that Peterson is reviving a perspective that many thought had been banished forever. It accompanies this Medium article - Jordan Peterson and the Dark Tide of Mysticism: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom/jordan-peterson-and-the-black-tide-of-mysticism-2c9b8d2abe6c For more great Rebel Wisdom content - visit: http://rebelwisdom.co.uk/
18:51
July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 2: Sex, and The Patriarchy
Source Article here:  https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny/jordan-peterson-sex-and-the-patriarchy-a39ad3902946 Rebel Wisdom Articles by Andrew Sweeny: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom
34:10
July 1, 2019
Jordan Peterson Part 1: The Shadow and The Conscious Man
“Peterson is problematic to practically everybody, which is interesting.  He is problematic to traditionalists, because he doesn’t go to church.  He’s problematic to modernists because he is interested in religion.  He is problematic to post-modernism because he values hierarchy.  He’s problematic to the extreme right and the extreme left because he is so reasonable.“ “Trump to me represents the unconscious Man, the shadow of Western civilization.  When Trump was elected there was this void, and the conscious man needs to step in.  I’m not saying that Peterson is 'the' conscious man, but ... the conscious man has to step in' This is discussion of an article I wrote based on a conversation I had with David Fuller.   The original conversation and rebel wisdom film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIQPNIwoG40 For more great Rebel Wisdom content - visit: http://rebelwisdom.co.uk/The article on Medium:  The article: https://medium.com/rebel-wisdom/jordan-peterson-and-the-black-tide-of-mysticism-2c9b8d2abe6c
20:09
July 1, 2019
Stephen Lewis and Andrew Sweeny in conversation part 3
This is the 3rd in a series of talks with  Stephen Lewis.  In this conversation we dare critique certain aspects of feminism.  On a broader level, we discuss how men and women can be sovereign in the face of redundancy in the meaning crisis.    Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.   Stephen's music can be heard here.  He's also definitely one of the best songwriters I know:   https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state
1:16:33
July 1, 2019
Stephen Lewis and Andrew Sweeny in conversation part 2
This is the second in a series of talks with Stephen Lewis. I have included his song 'Nothing has been lost' in the intro (the entire can be heard here.    https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/anthems-for-a-failed-state Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.     Support this channel and my writings by subscribing here or helping on Patreon:
57:02
July 1, 2019
Stephen Lewis and Andrew Sweeny in conversation part 1
Stephen Lewis is owns an organic bakery in Newfoundland, Canada, and is a singer-songwriter, and real philosopher.  And by philosopher I mean someone who actually thinks in a deep and revelatory way—he is also a bit of a mystic by my estimation. He has all kinds of theories about art, economics, sex and society,  which you will find are completely unique.  I've been talking to him since the late 90's about all kinds of stuff, and he's definitely one most acutely and deeply intelligent people I have ever met.   He is also a stunning songwriter and his music can be heard here: https://slewis1.bandcamp.com/album/wrench
59:33
July 1, 2019
Darin Stevenson: Aliens, insects, and an operating system that works like our minds
Darin Stevenson is my facebook friend, other than that I don’t know a lot about him.  He doesn’t share personal information online, but rather his writing and ideas. He is always fascinating, radically intelligent, and provocative - perhaps is one of the best social critics and comedians I know - and also a great guitarist.   He writes about nature and machines, representations and reality - language and rhetoric among other things.  He has some wild ideas about how to save our ecosystems, social networks, and what he calls here ‘the body of the real’.  Moreover, he has an affinity for small insects and the ability to converse with them.   One of my long term goals has been post conversations with people who are totally unknown, un-categorisable, or dangerous in the best possible way
1:24:36
July 1, 2019
Lateral Conversations with Tom Amarque
Tom Amarque invited me on his podcast Lateral Conversations to talk about the Intellectual Dark Web.    Here is the podcast site:  http://www.tom-amarque.de/tom/ Here are his show notes: I came to know Andrew Sweeny becuase of a series of articles about Jordan Peterson and the 'Intellectual Dark Web' he posted on Medium, which were not only excellently written, but also tried to to explore the cultureal shift in which that movement appeared. We both share the sentiment - as a lot of people obviously - that the IDW is a important new tribe, adressing important issues in our culture. So, I invited him to the podcast, and we had a chat about this phenomeon, about its importance, and some of its aspects. There is certainly a lot more to say about this movement than we could cover this time, and time will tell if this movement itself has the ability to actually bring some higher order into the cultural chaos we face today. There are a lot of promisses and also problems ... and we will see how they are doing. For know I think its important that there a re people who are actually trying to navigate between  the fallacies of left and right ideologies, offering new and sometimes old perspectives, and maybe integrated Grand Narratives, which we seems to have lost with postmodernity.
1:13:53
July 1, 2019
An interlude of poetry
Some poems from 2016
14:29
July 1, 2019
My Landlord: Meditations on Leonard Cohen
After Cohen died last year, I spent about a month listening to and writing about his music.  This turned into a short book, which I have now made into a video podcast.  This is part 1 of a 3 part series.  For those who prefer to read you can find the text on my medium blog here: https://medium.com/@andrewpgsweeny/my-landlord-c16a096ee2e9
1:46:37
July 1, 2019