Saturday, May 11, 2013

Philosophy Weekend: News from Philosophy in Action

By Diana Hsieh

Every Saturday, I post the news of the week from my primary work, Philosophy in Action, where I apply rational principles to the challenges of real life. Here's this week's update.

Upcoming Radio Shows

Philosophy in Action Radio broadcasts live over the internet on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Below are the episodes upcoming this week. I hope that you join us! More upcoming episodes can be found here: Episodes on Tap.

Sunday Morning, 12 May 2013: Q&A on Taxes, Infanticide, EMTALA, Communication, and More

I'll answer these four questions on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Sunday morning, 12 May 2013.
  • Question 1: Taxes Versus Slavery: Are high taxes comparable to slavery? On Facebook, some friends suggest that America is becoming more like Nazi Germany. Others share images comparing Americans workers to slaves picking cotton in the antebellum south due to our ever-higher taxes. I think these comparisons go way too far: Americans are still some of the freest people the world has ever known. No doubt, our freedom is being chipped away, but are we really like slaves or serfs?
  • Question 2: Infanticide After Abortion: Is killing a baby born after an abortion a form of murder? Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial for murder, due to accusations that he killed infants who were delivered in abortions at his clinic. If the facts are as reported, should he be convicted of murder? What should be done when a baby is born alive during an abortion? What are the likely cultural and political implications of this trial?
  • Question 3: Emergency Medical Care: Do people have a right to "stabilizing medical care"? EMTALA (a.k.a. the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) is a federal law that requires ERs to stabilize any patient with an emergency medical condition, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Is that proper? Is that the same as a right to medical care? Does it matter that EMTALA only applies to emergency rooms that accept Medicare patients?
  • Question 4: Poor Communication from the Boss: How can I make my boss more communicative? My boss hardly ever tells me company news affecting my projects, even when critical. As a result, I've wasted days and weeks on useless work, and I've gotten into needless conflicts with co-workers. I'm always guessing at what I should be doing, and I just hate that. What can I do to make my boss to be more communicative with me?
The live broadcast begins at 8 am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET on Sunday, 12 May 2013. The podcast will be posted later that day. For more details, check out the episode page.

Wednesday Evening, 15 May 2013: Paul McKeever on "Advancing Liberty Through Politics"

I'll interview political activist Paul McKeever about "Advancing Liberty Through Politics" on the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on Wednesday evening, 15 May 2013.

Can a political party help advance the cause of liberty? Perhaps so, in a parliamentary system. Paul McKeever will explain how and why he advocates for individual rights via the Freedom Party of Ontario.

Paul McKeever is the Leader of Freedom Party of Ontario. Paul joined Freedom Party in 1992. He first ran as a candidate for Freedom Party in Ontario's 1999 election. He became a Freedom Party spokesperson that year in 1999, and the party leader in 2002.

The live broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 7 MT / 8 CT / 9 ET on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. The podcast will be posted later that evening. For more details, check out the episode page.

Recent Podcasts

The podcasts of last week's radio shows are now available. Check out the full collection of past radio shows in the archives, sorted by date or by topic. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast RSS feed too.

5 May 2013: Q&A on Sense of Life, Taxing Friendship, Rights-Violators, and More

I answered these questions on Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

What is the relationship between personality and sense of life? Am I obliged to help a friend in trouble due to her own poor choices? Is it wrong to be indifferent to the rights-violations of people who advocate rights-violations?

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more, including audio files for individual questions.

8 May 2013: Dr. Doug McGuff on "Avoiding the Emergency Room"

I interviewed emergency medicine physician Dr. Doug McGuff about "Avoiding the Emergency Room" on Wednesday's Philosophy in Action Radio:

"People often think of major medical disasters as unpredictable "black swan" events. In fact, emergency physicians see the same injuries from the same causes time and again, and ordinary people can lessen those risks by their own choices. Dr. McGuff explained the risks, how to mitigate them, and how to best cope if you or a loved one lands in the emergency room." Dr. Doug McGuff is an emergency medicine doctor practicing in South Carolina. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in 1989, and then trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas, where he served as Chief Resident. From there, Dr. McGuff served as Faculty in the Wright State University Emergency Medicine Residency and was a staff Emergency Physician at Wright-Patterson AFB Hospital. Today, Dr. McGuff is a partner with Blue Ridge Emergency Physicians. I interviewed Dr. Doug McGuff about fitness, weightlifting, and high-intensity exercise in December 2012.

You can listen to or download the podcast below, and visit the episode's page for more.

Recent Blog Posts

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