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Hello there! I'll update this someday, and give it a proper introduction. For the time being, I just want to say that there's a kind of patron who gives/withdraws support to pressure me to change. I hope to discourage this kind of dynamic, even if it means less support, because it inherently undermines my ability to think/create freely. 

I only want patrons who are 1. fellow pleebs who find my content /useful/, 2. rebellious elites who wanna democratize theory (Engels!), or 3. people who wanna throw a tip in my virtual hat, as though I'm just doing art on the street corner and they're passing by.

Everything here is going to change soon, once I find the time. So stay tuned. The Patreon will get a lot better.

Hey folks, I'm writing my first shitty book in 2020. Patrons get a PDF copy addressed to them, regardless of tier. Why is a book important? Because I have several IN me already and it's time, while I'm focused on getting stable. After 250 hours of Twitch streaming it's time to get focused and organized. After being deplatformed from multiple services (all for different reasons, apparently) it's time to build my own website. After moving around constantly (very expensive) it's time to get stable. 

2020 kicks off an important decade. We need new approaches. This book is one part of a larger project that will hopefully fuel something important, what I'm calling "normie socialism." I describe this project in this way: I am an independent leftist philosopher theorizing normie socialism with the tools provided by critical media theory and the critique of political economy.


---Everything below this line is from my old Patreon... it's all still relevant, and pertains to the new and upcoming vision, but it's definitely dated and incomplete---


The purpose of this Patreon is to give me a foothold of timenergy and attention to invest towards the production of videos, podcasts, and blog posts. If you like the work I do, please consider making a small monthly donation!

Have you ever wanted to engage texts such as Plato's Republic or Judith Butler's Gender Trouble, but you didn't want to do it alone, or signing up for a college courses would have cost way too much? If that's just not feasible right now, study with me instead. All of the selections below are books I would love to read and discuss with you. Don't have time for books? No worries, I'll unpack key concepts from some of the most important books ever written in monthly videos. Video production is a lot of work though, so my #1 goal is to raise enough here to free me up from having to work elsewhere, so I can focus on this work. 

I believe books, conversations, and concepts can liberate from ideology and help critique and outgrow corrupting systems and institutions of power. 

Desperate times call for risky endeavors. To keep my costs minimal I built a tiny house over the summer and am currently living very simply so that I can pursue this career. That means your patronage goes further with me than it might someone else. ;) 

It would literally take as low as $1,000 a month for me to NOT have to work on anything besides the organizing, study, and tutoring that I'm doing. Help fight the anti-intellectual tide in this country and raise consciousness around the most pressing issues!

Help me help myself by helping others learn and grow. 

What follows is a list of texts you could choose from to read with me with tutoring benefits. 
Not a comprehensive list.
I am not an expert on most of these texts, though some I have read multiple times, lead discussion groups for, etc. My goal is not to be a know-it-all for these texts, but to be more like a tour guide. I have strategies and different formats we can implement for approaching different texts. 

[Over time I will add Goodreads reviews or engaging video reviews of the following texts #goals]

Completely new to philosophy and theory/Some generally good lite reading
Sophie's World, Jostein Gaardner 
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
All Things Shining, Hubert Dreyfus
Alone Together, Sherry Turkle
Reclaiming Conversation, Sherry Turkle
Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Technopoly, Neil Postman
Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, Mark Manson
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown
Mastery, Robert Green
Strategy: A History, Lawrence Freedman
Rules for Radicals, Saul D. Alinsky
The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard
Beginner
Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher
The True Life, Alain Badiou
Four Futures, Peter Frase
Kill All Normies, Angela Nagle
Lacan: A Beginner's Guide, Lionel Bailly
Reading Lacan, Slavoj Zizek
Capitalism: A conversation, Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi
Scales of Justice, Nancy Fraser (see the #BookTrailer video I did for this here)
Existentialism Is A Humanism, Jean Paul Sartre
Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism, David Harvey
A Brief History of Neoliberalism, David Harvey
DEBT: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber
Xenofeminist Manifesto
Intermediate
Plato's Republic
Aristotle's Politics
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics
The Prince,
Machiavelli
Basic Writings of Nietzsche
Notes Toward A Performative Theory of Assembly, Judith Butler
The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt
The Lacanian Subject, Jacques Lacan
Black Skin, White Masks, Franz Fanon
Wretched of the Earth, Franz Fanon
History of Sexuality Vol. 1, Michel Foucault
The Consumer Society, Jean Baudrillard
Class Notes, Adolph Reed
Renewing Black Intellectual History, Adolph Reed and Kenneth Warren
Difficult
Capital Volume 1, Karl Marx
Gender Trouble, Judith Butler (see my #BookTrailer video here)
Homo Sacer, Georgio Agamben
Empire, Hardt and Negri
Sublime Object of Ideology, Slavoj Zizek
Basic Writings, Martin Heidegger
Time, Labour, and Social Domination, Moishe Postone
Extreme
Critique of Pure Reason,
Immanuel Kant
Totality and Infinity, Emmanuel Levinas
Being and Time, Martin Heidegger
Being and Nothingness, Jean Paul Sartre
Phenomenology of Perception, Marice Merleau-Ponty
The Grundrisse, Karl Marx
Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel
Difference and Repetition, Gilles Deleuze

Some books I will be reading in 2019 (not exhaustive, and subject to change)
Extreme:
- The Sublime Object of Ideology, Slavoj Zizek
- Totality & Infinity, Emmanuel Levinas
- Theory of the Subject, Alain Badiou
- The Life of the Mind, Hannah Arendt
Seminars 11 and 17 by Jacques Lacan
Difficult:
- Critical Race Theory: Key Writings, by Kimberle Crenshaw and Neil Gotanda
Class Notes, Adolph Reed
Renewing Black Intellectual History, Adolph Reed and Kenneth Warren
- Das Kapital, by Karl Marx
Intermediate:
- Notes Toward A Performative Theory of Assembly, Judith Butler
- Capitalism, A Conversation, Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi
Beginner:
- Kill All Normies, Angela Nagle
- Custom Reality and You, Peter Coffin
- Four Futures, Peter Frase
- Capitalism, A Conversation In Critical Theory, by Nancy Fraser and Rahael Jaeggi

Goals
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1/4 benchmark
My goal for the first year is $1,000 per month. With that basic steady income I can focus on tutoring and video production.
Help me reach my 1/4 benchmark! Once this is achieved I will release a special video,.


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