765: Ramps, Vices, Levers and Funnels Shows




The Beginning of the Next War Looks Just Like the Beginning of the Last War

Public support for military strikes against Syria remains low. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it doesn’t matter what the public (or Congress?) thinks anymore and what they think is going to change anyway after the joint government / press sales pitch is finished. Anthony DiMaggio puts on his Chomsky glasses in his newest piece for CounterPunch, Manufacturing Consent on Syria: The Grand Narrative for War.

Anthony holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois, Chicago and has taught American Government and Global Politics at a number of colleges and universities. He is the author of numerous books, including When Media Goes to War: Hegemonic Discourse, Public Opinion, and the Limits of Dissent and Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics.


How Sanctions Became Invisible Weapons

Somehow we’ve come to think of sanctions as a nonviolent means to an end. In the rare case in which Americans really debate a war, sanctions get floated out as the diplomatic alternative to military force, as the peaceful way forward. Strangling a nation’s economy and degrading the lives of regular people isn’t exactly peaceful, as Dr. Joy Gordon writes in her Huffington Post piece Iran and Iraq: Déjà Vu All Over Again, and in Crippling Iran: The UN Security Council and the Tactic of Deliberate Ambiguity for Georgetown’s Journal of International Law.

Dr. Joy Gordon is professor of Philosophy at Fairfield University in Connecticut, and author of Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions.


A Pre-9/11 History of America’s Most Infamous Prison (Non-American Division)

There are a lot of great things about Guantanamo Bay itself – a deep body of water, situated near important shipping lanes – that seem to have nothing to do with the innocent men caged there by an uncaring American military for over a decade. But Guantanamo’s geography has everything to do with why those men are there. In the New Yorker piece A Useful Corner of the World: Guantanamo, Paul Kramer explains how America ended up running a prison in a country it considered an enemy.

Paul Kramer is an associate professor of US history at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines. You can also find a longer version of his Guantanamo story over at his website.


The Market Isn’t Solving Education Policy Problems

Something bad happened when people started referring to themselves as “consumers.” The voluntary self-identifying of ourselves as parts in a giant capitalist series of transactions has got to be doing something to our brains, right?

It’s certainly doing something to institutions that should (sort of, in theory, at least) exist beyond the buyer-seller relationship, institutions like schools. But as “reform” efforts push quality public education into commodity status, cities and schools find themselves occupied with more than educating children.

Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara is the author of Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities. Maia is assistant professor of urban education in the College of Education at Temple University.


Irregular Correspondents:


Saturday Morning Calm

Live from Seoul, Marc Foley Flury talks Fukushima fears, secret fictional North Korean nuclear caves, the Dick Cheney in all of us, and Marc’s new videogame being developed as you read this!



This is Hell!’s Chief Lawpagandist Brian Foley cross examines the Obama administration’s case for war in Syria. Exhibits A -C!


Moment of Truth

Jeff Dorchen sorts the cabbages from the bombs, live from Los Angeles.


Saturday’s show was produced by Richard Norwood.