839: Green Screen Shows

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Bruce Dixon: “Obama, the Black political class and Democrats are really invested in the belief that the only thing wrong with policing is that some of them are corrupt, some of them are racist, and a lot of them need more training and better leadership. But the fact is the police are in the position of enforcing a vastly unjust social order.”

Black Agenda Report’s Bruce Dixon challenges President Obama’s response to Ferguson, explains why mainstream liberal solutions to police and prison abuse actually sustain the problem, and proposes real changes to the American justice system.

Bruce critiques the White House’s Task Force for 21st Century Policing in his piece Obama’s Ferguson Commission a Joke: Why Liberal Proposals and “Solutions” Don’t Cut It for Black Agenda Report.

Bruce Dixon is Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report.

 


 

Ed Sutton: “Essentially, neofascism is a response to neoliberalism. It’s in opposition to neoliberalism. And that makes certain, sneaky rhetorics within neofascism really tempting, even for political progressives.”

Live from Switzerland, newest Irregular Correspondent Ed Sutton considers the rise of the modern radical right and the left’s inability to pronounce, let alone confront, fascism.

Ed posted his essay In Defense of the F-Word: There are elements of neoliberalism that we consider fascistic. Let’s start calling them by their name. at AntiDote, his site which you should already be reading regularly.

Ed Sutton is musical instrument builder by trade, lives in Switzerland and writes about radical urban and social justice movements at AntiDote Zine.

 


 

Finis Dunaway: “What happened over time is the message of individual responsibility became amplified, became what was most extracted from the environmental movement. And this is what we often see in mainstream coverage of the movement.”

Historian Finis Dunaway explains how visual culture has shaped the modern environmental movement – from corporate takeovers of activism to emphasizing immediate spectacle over a focus on humanity’s slow violence against the Earth.

Finis is author of the new book Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images which is sort of hard to explain in a headline, but a really important work.

Finis Dunaway is an author and Associate Professor of History at Trent University.

 


 

Brian Foley: “Nullification is a great response by the public – which really has very little input into the legislative process – as a powerful way to send message to the powers that be that this is a dumb law.”

Brian Foley’s latest Lawpaganda segment looks at jury nullification – the power of juries to acquit defendants based not on innocence, but on immoral or destructive laws.

Brian recommends you read the article Jury Nullification: Why Every American Needs to Learn This Taboo Verdict by Kevin Mathews at Truthout.

Brian J. Foley is a lawyer, comedian and the author of A New Financial You in 28 Days! A 37-Day Plan.

 


 

Robert Scheer: “The internet is on one hand the saving grace of American democracy – it could be a great tool for an informed public. On the other hand, if it becomes an instrument of surveillance, and people engage in self-censorship – then it becomes the enemy of freedom. And the balance has moved in that direction.”

Journalist Robert Scheer breaks down the DC/Silicon Valley merger running America’s wired tyranny, and explains why we should worry that we’ve never been so vulnerable to a government that has never been so secretive.

Bob’s newest book is They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

Robert Scheer is a journalist and editor-in-chief of Truthdig.

 


 

Jeff Dorchen: “What we rank-and-file citizens put up with from these privileged, protected, self-important dandies paints us, from any rational point of view, as bootlicking, servile imbeciles.”

Jeff Dorchen casts Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan with Dick Cheney and Henry Kissinger in a reactionary international thriller that has no enemies and no ending for its stars.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.

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  • Robert

    On Sutton: This could have been explained simply. Much of it seemed unnecessarily cryptic and esoteric. Sort of “rambley”. Where is the detail about the “sneaky language?” How can we know if someone is being “sneaky” with us? Are we to assume any time someone inserts ideas we’ve never heard, or have traditionally misunderstood that they are being “sneaky” and we should just disregard them as being neofascists? Cultural fascism was defined; political fascism, but I’m not sure economic fascism was even defined once in the entire discussion. The assumption that people even know what economic fascism is is a stretch in today’s polity. The cultural fascism we see emerging is phalanges of the economic fascism, which is being embraced by both the right and the left in American politics, so there is something disingenuous, or at least negligent in fomenting paranoia without succinctly identifying the “sneaky language.”

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