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A Conversation with Noam Chomsky and Howard Gardner

U.S. Planned Nuclear First Strike to Destroy Soviets and China - Daniel ...

Full playlist (six of eight parts as of today).

Religious Nationalism and the American-Israeli-Saudi Alliance, 26 Oct 18

With Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, and Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl.

Watch all four parts of Al Jazeera’s spiked doc on the Israel Lobby in the US

This series is interesting for itself, for the topic of Israeli-coordinated propaganda and harassment in the service of state goals, but perhaps moreso for the finely-grained, almost real-time glimpse into the really-existing world of 21st-century propaganda milling that you can bet the farm is not at all limited to AIPAC, et al, to Israel-Palestine, or to politics, even.
This is the real postmodern threat: the endless manufacture of untruths of all kinds, driven by profit and the desire for power. It's why Trump can succeed, it's why people are so easily led, it's why we're all collaborating in ignoring species-threatening disasters in the making or already here. 

Economic Anxiety Fueled Trump's 2016 Victory

Yep--racism doesn't just pop up out of ground spontaneously. I'm sorry to break that to echt-(neo)liberals who leg hump the essential badness of the flyover morons primarily as a means of hippie-punching self-embellishment. It's also a convenient way of relegating the Democratic failure to the souls of the deplorable as opposed to those who authored that failure. It's also at some level or to some degree partly true: yes, humans aren't billiard balls, so many under economic pressure didn't go racist. No shit: the argument is at the statistical, populational level, not at the level of Individual Souls.

I mean, I get why Hillary and Barack would push that line, why corporate Democrats want to push this discussion into the philosophical-theological region of the soul. Such airy regions are safely distant from actual material causation, which is convenient--nay, necessary! But why anyone else, especially those who bash Trumpers for heeding the ideological/propagand…

My first article for The Canary: "Noam Chomsky nails the real existential threats barely mentioned in the media’s mid-term election coverage"

Read all about it right here. Yeah, that's a real picture (YouTube screen grab) of me.

Can Progressives Make the Democratic Party End its Collaboration with Re...

More about how fascism-o-genic most of the really-existing drivers in fact are. Without that background, without taking into account the core issues--global warming, nuclear weapons, increasing inequality, rising fascism--you simply can't make strategic and even tactical calls.

Excellent panel; great discussion. I'll tell you this, though: yeah, you have to face reality. Period. Fuck feelings--if you need to feel something, feel the legitimate terror that we face on many fronts. If you need to feel hope, well, hope is action in the face of no guarantees. Politics today (more than ever) is not a safe-space illusion or a fucking support group: it's act now or this whole liberal democracy thing, and maybe civilization, and maybe the species, and maybe even all multicellular life, is over. 

Deal with it. Illusion won't get us through; adulthood might. I dig the comments of that red-dressed woman--I missed her name (oh, I think it's Jacqueline Luqman)--but I'm sorry…

Democrats Take the House - What Now?

What now? Now comes the excessively cautious near-betrayal. 

Blurb: "TRNN midterm elections panel with Thomas Frank, Eugene Puryear, Jacqueline Luqman, Paul Jay, Khalilah Harris, Lester Spence, and host Marc Steiner discuss what the Democratic party can do now that it re-took the House of Representatives."

More from TRNN here: Democrats Take House but Progressives Dealt Several Defeats. And here's Nader on fire, with total justification, on TRNN I think right after the segment embedded above.

The Nation's Katrina van den Heuvel's view--call it, "Katrina and the No-Wave."

Trump Caravan Conspiracies Encourage Armed Civilians

And here's the WaPo on this, which is definitely the plan for if and when Trump is threatened legally or loses in 2020: take up arms. The logic is obvious.

Well, to everyone except the New York Times, which can't even report on the thirty-odd-year wave of far-right terrorism in this country without fucking it up, as Natasha Lennard points out.

But, yeah, put the Nazi-level lies about vote fraud and assorted garbage together with these well-armed yahoos, and you have a real threat of a fascist March on Washington, or just into the streets of America. It's happened elsewhere; it could easily happen here.

I'm sure the cops'll take care of it, though. No worries.

If Dems Take the House, What Should They Do?

A bit of premature chicken-counting, but get ready to not relax at all if the Democrats actually take the House, which is far from clear.

Chomsky on Democracy Now, November, 2018: Full Playlist

All parts already posted on this blog, but I've taken them down to declutter now that the whole interview is up. Here's the full playlist. And as a public service, here's the full transcript from all five parts in order:

AMY GOODMAN: As President Trump escalates his attacks and threats against the Central American migrant caravans making their way to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration unveiled new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba Thursday. National security adviser John Bolton declared Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be part of a “troika of tyranny” and a “triangle of terror.” Bolton was speaking in Miami, Florida.
JOHN BOLTON: We will no longer appease dictators and despots near our shores. We will not reward firing squads, torturers and murderers. We will champion the independence and liberty of our neighbors. And this president and his entire administration will stand with the freedom fighters. The troika of tyranny in this hemisphere—Cuba, Venezuela an…

The Fountain of Youth Orson Welles, 1958

What one could do with a TV studio and  whole lotta talent back in 1958. Highly theatrical and very entertaining.

Russian “Doomsday Machine” an Answer to U.S. Decapitation Strategy - Dan...

The Largest Act of Terrorism in Human History - Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (...

Ramsey Lewis Trio The 'In' Crowd

A giant chunk of cool. If you don't like it, don't worry--just a matter of taste. But it also means you're morally inferior. No worries. :)