Bonus Ep.: Roger Stone & the Circus of Doom w/ Pearse Redmond & Ed Opperman

February 14, 2019
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On this bonus episode of Parallax Views returning guests Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Reviews and private investigator Ed Opperman of The Opperman Report join us for a roundtable discussion of political "dirty trickster" Roger Stone and his recent, highly publicized arrest in relation to the Mueller Probe.

But first Pearse talks about getting blocked on Twitter by sleazeball "journalist" Mike Cernovich. Then Ed and Pearse give their takes on Alan Dershowitz in relation to the ongoing sordid saga of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein (see episodes 28, 29, & 30).

"Weird" Mike Cernovich being weird

Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz and "Weird" Mike Cernovich

Jeffrey Epstein and Alan Dershowitz

From there we dive straight into the weird, wild, and exceptionally sleazy world of Roger Stone. What exactly landed Roger Stone in hot water with the Mueller Probe? Is Stone, as Pearse argues early on in the discussion, or is he, as Ed believes, a formidable operator? What bombshells did former Stone collaborator Robert Morrow drop on Ed in an exclusive Opperman Report interview about the GOP dirty trickster? Did the FBI raid follow proper procedures? Will Stone receive a gag order? What of the required drug testing of Stone in the Mueller Probe indictment? Who is Randy Credico and what is his relation to Stone? What are the experiences of folks in the JFK assassination conspiracy field with Stone? And what's going on with Wikileaks? All this and much more in this jam-packed special edition of Parallax Views!

Ep. 57: Heidi Matthews on #MeToo, Gender Relations, & the Importance of Playfulness

February 13, 2019
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Heidi Matthews

On this edition of Parallax Views, Prof. Heidi Matthews of Osgoode Hall Law School and host of the recently debuted HMOD (Heidi Matthews On Demand) Podcast joins the show to discuss gender as it relates to law, sex, and social relations vis-à-vis #MeToo as well as the possible potential of using irony, humor, and playfulness to help bridge some gaps in the cultural "Battle of the Sexes".

Although I myself have tended to view the #MeToo moment as an overall positive, previous guest and professional cyber-dominatrix Ceara Lynch voiced a certain amount of criticism for it in a relatively recent edition of the podcast. Around that same time a listener requested that they'd like to hear Heidi Matthews, who herself has garnered much attention, both positive and negative, in recent months for her critical views of #MeToo (see also: Heidi's Toronto Star op-ed), on Parallax Views.

In that sense, the first half of Heidi and I's conversations follows some threads explored in the Ceara Lynch episode. The discussion begins with Heidi giving her background in international law. This serves as a springboard for understanding Heidi's perspective and launches us into the conversation of #MeToo. Despite my own views of #MeToo this conversation is not by any means a debate or argument, but rather an attempt to fairly allow a #MeToo critic to outline what they see as problematic with this movement. Among the topics discussed are the Louis C.K. case, the possibility of "slippery slopes" arising from using punitive and legal language in a non-legal context by both sides of the #MeToo argument, avoiding oversimplification of the debate, the discourse around consent and how we as a society conceptualize sexual encounters, the literary subgenre that has come out of #MeToo, Conner Habib's quoting of Heidi's thoughts on ambiguity as it relates to sexual experience, how Heidi views her work as coming from a left-wing feminist perspective, conservative attitudes that deny the possibility of bridging the gap between genders and their relation to the #MeToo conversation, intentions vs the situations those intentions can create, and much more. It's a conversation that's equal part surprising, civil, and, as is usually the case with the topic of sex, sometimes awkward. Most of all though, I hope, is that it's a discussion listeners will find worth giving a listen.

The second half of the conversation takes a lighter turn as we turn to a discussion of the Heidi Matthew On Demand Male Discourse Chatbot designed by Heidi's husband (and The Michael Brooks Show producer!) David Slavick. Heidi turns the tables on me as she asks me a few questions about what I think of the chabot and what I got from playing around with it. It's a very fun back-and-forth that leads us into areas like male fragility, the "Slide Into My DMs" phenomena of online social media, the pros and cons of irony in socio-political discourses, "woke" male feminists, the different fears that men and women experience, Jordan Peterson as a lovesick puppy dog, and the potentials of using humor and playfulness to bridge gaps in the gender divide.

Ep. 56: Albert Lanier on The GOP’s Brand is Crisis, or How the Republican Party Became a Pretty Hate Machine

January 27, 2019
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Returning guest and veteran journalist Albert Lanier rejoins the show for the first of a two-part conversation on current goings-on in Washington, D.C. and their relation to history. In Part 1, Albert and I cover the long degeneration of movement conservatism into its present Trumpist form. We begin the show with Albert Lanier giving his thoughts on the continued meltdown of Alex Jones, who was the subject of Lanier's previous appearance on Parallax Views. From there we jump right into the mayhem that is the Trump Administration, which Albert describes as being driven by the desire to manufacture crisis and create chaos. Albert and I reference the goals of disruption that typify former Trump strategist and ex-Breitbart head honcho Steve Bannon's ideology, which Albert believes is reflective of the broader right-wing movement in American. Albert argues that the Trump Administration and the 21st century American right-wing has gone from seeking to downsize the federal government in the Reagan era to becoming singularly obsessed with the destruction of the federal government today. We tie this into the ongoing shutdown of the U.S. federal government and try to hash out what the right's endgame is with all this chaos.

This leads us to a discussion of the radical transformation of the American right wing from the American conservative intellectual tradition exemplified by figures like Edmund Burke and Russell Kirk to its' current, degenerated form. Albert specifically references how Kirk's The Conservative Mind and Burke's belief in "slowing change down", which he argues come from a conservative tradition that was not a politicized movement, stands in stark contrast contrast to today's movement conservatism and its embrace of libertarianism and right-wing, evangelical Christianity. Furthermore, Albert argues that traditional conservatism was pro-societal whereas movement conservatism is defined by its' anti-societal agenda. In this regard Albert speaks about what he calls the "War on College" being waged by the American right.

We then delve into the history of the religious right and how it has been used and exploited by the Republican party as well as the element of social Darwinism, a bastardization of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution that can be traced back to the thinking of social scientist Herbert Spencer, that has often lurked in the shadows of the GOP platform. Albert then discusses President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his idea of the "Four Freedoms". Albert explains that the Roosevelt's were an elite family that believe in "noblisse oblige" and how such beliefs are foreign to the wealthiest classes in America today. He then goes on to detail how the Democrat party's slow move towards a party-of-big-business meant that the Republican party felt it needed to move further to the right.

FDR's "Four Freedoms" Speech

Albert and I then tackle the right's hand-wringing over the so-called "socialism" of Scandinavian countries, which Albert says is a misrepresentation. This leads us into a detour back to the topic of colleges, and particularly the struggles many young people are facing with student debts. Albert gives his take on Democrat Joe Biden's recent broadside against millennials which leads us into further discussion of the Democrat party's transformation into a center-right party with the rise of the Clinton family in the 1990s.

We wrap up part 1 of the conversation by circling back to the topic of movement conservative's degeneration and dive into the right's current obsession with immigration and the Trump Administration's promises to "Build the Wall".

If you enjoyed part one of this conversation...

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Pt. 2:
"The State of the Democratic Party Heading Into the 2020 Election"

w/ Albert Lanier

 

In pt. 2, available exclusively to Parallax Views patrons, Albert and I discuss the state of the Democratic Party as we move towards the 2020 Presidential Election. Among the topics covered are:

- Potential and announced Democratic Party candidates in the upcoming Presidential election

- An in-depth discussion of controversial 2020 Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard ft. Albert's insights as a Hawaiian citizen on Gabbard's track record as a congressional representative of Hawaii.

- The growing momentum of the progressive movement, specifically the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and what it means for the future of the Democratic Party

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Ep. 55: The REAL Alternative Media ft. Project Censored’s Mickey Huff & Current Affairs’ Nathan J. Robinson

January 25, 2019
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Parallax Views returns from a holiday vacation with a special on REAL alternative media. First up, a conversation with Mickey Huff, director of Project Censored. Then a discussion with Nathan J. Robinson, founder and editor-in-chief of Current Affairs.
Before presenting these two stimulating conversations, however, I open the show with a special musical intro and an op-ed by yours truly on the state of alternative media today. In this segment I discuss how a new, real alternative media is rising up to counteract the phony, false opposition that has tried to claim the alternative media mantle while wholly supporting the status quo and railing against any attempts at truly substantive social change. In particular, I give what I hope is an amusing burial to Infowars' Alex Jones and disgraced ex-hipster Gavin McInnes in light of their spectacular downfall late last year. As these pretenders to the thrown fall down truly alternative voices continue to blossom.

Alex "THEY'RE TURNING THE FRIGGIN' FROGS GAY!" Jones and "Mr. Boo-Hoo the Hipsters Kicked Me Out of Their Club" Gavin McInnes of the ̶I̶n̶f̶o̶w̶a̶r̶s̶ DorkWars Squad

DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR...

Project Censored is an organization aimed at promoting media literacy, exposing news censorship, and championing independent, investigative journalism since 1976. Project Censored's Mickey Huff joins the show to discuss this organization's rich history and it's continued work in the 21st century. Mickey helps us unpack how the problems of media so prevalent to public discourse today, such as fake news and junk food news, actually has a storied history long predating the rise of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. In addition we discuss the new Project Censored anthology Censored 2019, which covers what the organization considers to be the top 25 underreported stories of the past year. Mickey explains why this anthology is subtitled "Fighting the Fake News Invasion" and how the infamous 1938 Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast, alleged to have created a mass hysteria in its time, provides an insight into today's predicament. What is the "black smoke" of fake news and how can it be fought? Mickey Huff and Project Censored are here to provide the answers.

Mickey Huff

CHECK OUT CENSORED 2019, AVAILABLE NOW FROM SEVEN STORIES PRESS!

Current Affairs is a magazine of politics and culture providing a left-wing perspective on the news of the day for both the seasoned politico and the casual layperson. Nathan J. Robinson, the magazine's founder and editor-in-chief, brings his youthful exuberance and sharp mind to Parallax Views for a rousing discussion of what sets the political left apart from the political right as well how the left can build a successful movement for the future. The conversation begins with Nathan explaining what he believes are the defining features that define the left, particularly a basic empathy for one's fellow man and a belief in equality and fairness as vital social values. He then goes on to explain how he sees the conservative mindset, in contrast, as being driven primarily by a pessimistic worldview (a point that some right-wing thinkers have actually made themselves) which leads us to a conversation about the right's conception of "human nature" and the contradictions inherent to the libertarian-flavored mythology of American individualism.

Nathan J. Robinson

This brings us to the topic of the conservative movement's current media darling Jordan Peterson, whom Nathan incurred the wrath of last year after penning a critique of him entitled "The Intellectual We Deserve" (see also: "Dear Lobsters, There is a Better Way").

During this portion of the conversation we discuss what led Nathan, after an initial reluctance, to tackle Peterson's ideology and arguments. He explains that while he felt that Peterson's thinking was less than stellar, the Canadian psychologist's skyrocketing online popularity required a response. From there we dissect some of Peterson's specific (and often peculiar) obsessions starting with his now infamous invocation of lobster hierarchies as a justification for social Darwinism. Nathan and I mention the philosopher Peter Kropotkin and his concept of mutual aid as the counterweight to this kind of argument as well as discussing the immanent pitfalls of applying animal hierarchies to human social relations. We then move onto Peterson's hand-wringing over "equality of opportunity vs equality of outcome". Nathan and I pick apart this false dichotomy and strawman against the left with a little help from the late, great literary icon Kurt Vonnegut and his often misunderstood short story "Harrison Bergeron".

A theme that looms over the whole of the conversation with Nathan that particularly asserts itself during this portion of the discussion discussion is the idea of freedom. The left-right divide is often situated as a fundamental debate over equality (left) vs freedom (right), but Nathan argues that the left's goals, contrary to the right's image of the left, are as much about liberatory emancipation as equality and fairness. In this regard Nathan and I discuss how our current consumer society and the problems of inequality it creates actually harms people from all strata of society, top to bottom.

From there Nathan and I delve into the right's concentrated and ever-increasing attacks on academia, specifically the humanities and social sciences. Nathan provides his nuanced take on these attacks noting their kernel of legitimate criticism while pointing out the important research the social sciences have contributed and continue to contribute to society. We begin wrapping up the conversation by discussing how factual, logical, and sound arguments are not the only tools the left needs to be successful. In this sense we consider how narratives and the stories we tell ourselves about the world and each other are an additional necessity to the building of a viable left-wing movement. I then briefly allow Nathan to address last month's Democrat Party war of words between supporters of Beto O'Rourke and those hoping for another Presidential run from Bernie Sanders. Finally, Nathan and I close out the conversation with some positive thoughts, something the cheerful editor-in-chief of Current Affairs has become known for, including mention of Nathan's "Thirty Years Hence" (Pt. 1 & Pt. 2) essays that rang in the new year.

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Ep. 54: A Very Gothy Xmas Special w/ David Ian McKendry & Ramsey Campbell

December 22, 2018
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Ho ho ho! It's a very gothy Christmas at Parallax Views and we're celebrating the holidays in spooky-style with not one but two guests known for their work in the horror genre. So crack out the eggnog, cobwebs, and gingerdead men because the slay bells are ringing at Parallax Views!

First up, filmmaker David Ian McKendry joins us to discuss holiday horror movies and All the Creatures Were Stirring, a new yuletide horror anthology directed by David and his wife Rebekah McKendry that stars Crazy Rich Asian's Constance Wu and House of the Devil's Jocelin Donahue among others. If you're looking for an unconventional way to cinematically celebrate the holidays this year look no further than All the Creatures Were Stirring. It's a collection of seasonal terror tales that turns such mundane horrors as last minute, holiday office parties, and awkward Christmas dinners into the stuff nightmares are made of! All the Creatures Were Stirring is cult classic in the making that'll be required viewing for horror aficionados during the holiday season.

David Ian McKendry

Constance Wu and Morgan Peter Brown in All the Creatures Were Stirring

Jonathan Kite in All the Creatures Were Stirring

Jocelin Donahue in All the Creatures Were Stirring

Check out All the Creatures Were Stirring, streaming now on Shudder, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu

And be sure to listen to David's podcast, Fear Initiative

As well as Rebekah McKendry's podcast, Shock Waves

Then, in the second half of the show, Parallax Views is joined by the legendary British horror author Ramsey Campbell, the mind behind such nightmarish masterpieces as The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome TenantsThe Nameless, Demons by DaylightAlone with the Horrors, The Last Revelation of Gla'aki, and many other goosebumps-inducing classics.

Ramsey Campbell

The conversation takes a turn into Christmas territory right off the bat as Ramsey explain how a holiday-themed children's tale served as a key inspiration for his explorations of supernatural horror and the uncanny. Moreover Ramsey also discusses how M.R. James, whose strange ghost stories have become a staple of the Christmas season in Britain, has served as a chief influence on his work.

From there it's off to the races as we discuss Ramsey's early work going back to Ghostly Tales, which Ramsey wrote at the tender age of 11 years old. We then delve into how H.P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror stories were a pivotal discovery for Ramsey in his youth, Lovecraft's use of psychological realism, how that has influenced his own writings, and the encouragement he received from various parties to pursue his passion for writing in those formative years.

We then move into discussing how Ramsey went from writing Lovecraftian pastiches during his early years to finding his own unique voice. This opens us up for a discussion about the how literature not traditionally considered part of the horror genre has impacted Ramsey's writing. In this regard Ramsey goes on to explains the revelation that reading the Russian author Vladimir Nabakov, specifically Lolita, was for him. Additionally we discuss how horror often arises in places many would not initially recognize in film and literature such as Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener and Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.

From there we delve into the themes of urban decay, alienation, distorted perceptions, and psychologically disturbance that pervades many of his stories. During this portion of the discussion Ramsey details how his personal experiences of living in post-war Britain with his mother informed these preoccupations. We then dive into Ramsey's explorations of sex and death in his erotic horror anthology Scared Stiff, which tackled the relationship between the two taboo themes head on.

We begin to wrap up the conversation by returning to H.P. Lovecraft in the form of the Gla'aki mythos, which is Ramsey's personal contribution to the Lovecraftian universe. Then Ramsey takes some time to tell listeners about his latest work including By the Light of My SkullWay of the WormThink Yourself Lucky, and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. Then Ramsey gives his advice to young writers and gives his take on the enduring appeal of the horror genre.

KEEP UP WITH RAMSEY CAMPBELL'S LATEST WORK AT HIS WEBSITE

Parallax Views hopes you enjoy this episode as a special treat during the holidays. Shout outs to Black Banner Magic, The Antifada, Pod Damn America, and The Horror Vanguard for being fellow soldiers in the lefty goth army. And, most importantly, have a very gothy Christmas!

Ep. 53: Shane Burley on The Alt Right Since Charlottesville & The James Fields Conviction

December 19, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views, journalist Shane Burley, author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It, joins the show to discuss the trajectory of the alt right since the Charlottesville "Unite That Right Rally" and the recent conviction of alt right activist James Fields for the death of protester Heather Heyer at that event.

The conversation begins with a discussion of the aforementioned August 2017 rally and it's aftermath. We dive into who James Fields is and why people like him become involved in white nationalist and far-right populist movements. Additionally, we discuss the ways in which the far-right recruit and target alienated young men.

 

From there Shane assesses the threat the alt right poses in the present especially in relation to lone wolf violence. This leads to a discussion of the "alt lite" and there role in the broader ecosystem of the populist right. Specifically, we delve into the personality of Gavin McInnes and the group he founded, the Proud Boys, and how they've courted white nationalists through their rhetoric. Shane then lays out what the tactics of deception that are utilized by the alt right with special reference to the idea, often promoted in alt right circles, of "hiding your power level".

We then move onto the question of what fascism is and how it takes on different forms. Shane talks about how fascism manifests in other ways than the popular image of Nazi Germany's Third Reich. This leads us into a conversation about former Breitbart head honcho Steve Bannon and his brand of right-wing populism. During this portion of the conversation Shane and I talk about the Republican Party and its relation to Bannon's right-wing populist platform. And, of course, we discuss the recent Bannon/Frum debate and Shane's take on the question of de-platforming.

We then move onto the alt right's rhetoric about "Social Justice Warriors" (SJWs) before delving into the role misogyny plays in the alt right ecosystem. This opens us up for a brief conversation on the phenomenon of women in the alt right. Shane and I then discuss the topic of entryism and the concept of the "Third Position", which Shane describes as the anti-capitalist "left-wing" of fascist ideology. Richard Spencer's advocating for the alt right to "move left" gets special mention during this segment. This leads into an important discussion about the right's attempts to create an anti-capitalist critique of immigration put forth by media personalities like Tucker Carlson in an attempt to appeal to the left.

We then take a look at the alt right's obsession with war and the almost death cult-like mentality of their movement before wrapping up on the topic of antifascism's importance today.

CHECK OUT SHANE BURLEY'S FASCISM TODAY: WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO END IT, AVAILABLE NOW FROM AK PRESS

Ep. 52: Dr. Harold Schechter on True Crime, Violence in Culture, Moral Panics, the Art of Joe Coleman, & More

December 5, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views, Dr. Harold Schechter, one of America's most prolific and voluminous true crime authors, joins the show for a wide-ranging conversation on history's real-life monsters from Ed Gein to H.H Holmes that attempts elucidate why society is fascinated by serial killers, violent art, murder, and mayhem.

The conversation begins with Dr. Schechter explaining how he became interested in true crime through his teaching literature, specifically of the gothic horror genre, as a professor at Queens College, CUNY. This leads us into a discussion of his first book, Deviant: The Shocking True Story of the Original "Psycho", about the ghoulish exploits of the murderous graverobber "The Butcher of Plainfield" Ed Gein. We delve into how Gein served as a source of inspiration for PsychoTexas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Silence of the Lambs as well as a brief rundown of Gein's case that attempts to separate fact from fiction.

From there we delve a bit into why we, as a society, are so fascinated by serial killers. Dr. Schechter makes a connection between the gruesomeness of folklore and the mythic status that killers take on in our culture. He argues that their are probably psychological reasons that we tell ourselves stories real-life murderers and madmen.

We then dive into one of Dr. Schechter's most famous works, Depraved: The Shocking True Story of America's First Serial, which chronicles the life and crimes of serial killer H.H. Holmes. Holmes has re-captured the popular imagination in America thanks to Erik Larsons' The Devil in the White City and the hit TV series American Horror Story: Hotel, but Dr. Schechter was one of the first to revisit the case. The story of Holmes is one of insurance scams and murder combined that has taken on a legendary status since it first hit the headlines in the late 1800's.

Dr. Schechter discusses how he came to question a lot of the more sensationalistic aspects of the Holmes case, which have now become accepted uncritically as fact for many, that were popularized by the yellow journalism of Holmes day. This opens up a discussion about how Dr. Schechter goes about his research in a field that is often rife with misinformation and sensationalism. During this segment we make reference to Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes and the legend of Sawney Bean, Tobe Hooper's Eaten Alive and Joe Ball, "The Confessions Killer" Henry Lee Lucas, the ways in which folklore about murderers and other rogues becomes accepted as historical fact, and even Grimm's fairytales.

We then get into Harold Schechter's foray into cultural studies with Savage Pastimes: A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment. Dr. Schechter illuminates how violence has always existed in all forms of popular media and that each time moral panics arise around them from comic books to video games. At this point we also delve into how true crime books have existed longer than most people would think and the way the horrific and grotesque has always played a role in art. Dr. Schechter also expressed how man seems to have a violent nature but that there may be a silver lining in the way that we channel our aggressive tendencies into media.

In talking about violent art we eventually get to talking about one of Dr. Schechter's closest friends, the gifted artist Joe Coleman. Coleman makes mind-blowing artwork which contains painting within paintings dealing with historical figures, many of whom walked on the dark side of the human experience. After that we get back to the topic of true crime by discussing how Dr. Schechter's work deals primarily with murderers from before the popular serial killer boom of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. This leads us to one of Dr. Schechter's newer books, Man-Eater: The Saga of Alfred Packer, about the true story of an American cannibal in the frontier west as well as the unusual movie about him, made by South Park's Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Cannibal: The Musical.

We begin to wrap up by discussing the seeming transition that has taken place from the dominance of serial killers in culture to mass murders like school shooters. Dr. Schechter has some interesting takes on what may be behind this that provide some real food for thought. And finally, Dr. Schechter briefly talks about his newest book Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men and his Amazon Originals series Bloodlands. If you're a true crime fan this episode is one you won't want to miss!

CHECK OUT DR. HAROLD SCHECHTER'S AMAZON ORIGINALS SERIES
BLOODLANDS

Ep. 51: Cyber-Dominatrix Ceara Lynch on Kinks, MeToo, Incels, & ThotAudit

December 3, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views, cyber-dominatrix (or as she advertises herself, "humiliatrix extraordinaire") Ceara Lynch joins the show to discuss her career catering to men's most taboo kinks and fetishes, the MeToo movement, culture wars, incels, and the current social media brouhaha over ThotAudit. Ceara's stories views are bound to enlighten, amuse, and offend in equal measure, and her opinions on a number of these topics will surprise people from both the left and right wings of the culture wars.

We begin the conversation with Ceara explaining how her work as an online dominatrix differs from the popular conception of a dominatrix and why she uses the term "humiliatrix" to describe herself. From there we delve her journey into the world of kink through a chance experience she had in Japan. We then discuss some of the kinks and fetishes that Ceara caters to, how people react when they find out she is a dominatrix, what kind of men are into being sexually submissive, and more about what goes into her work.

Ceara Lynch's Appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience

As the conversation progresses we take a deeper dive into psycho-sexuality, ethics and related topics. What differentiates what Ceara does from the "female power fantasies" found in pop culture artifacts like Wonder Woman and Basic Instinct? Does Ceara's line of work constitute taking advantage of men? Are there ethical problems with certain kinks?

From there we discuss the boundaries that Ceara has set up for herself and a particularly boundary-pushing request from one of her clients that leads into a conversation of MeToo. This portion of the discussion is fascinating not only due to the unique perspective Ceara provides as a dominatrix but also because it gets into how objectification can manifest itself in ways we usually don't think about. Additionally, Ceara's views may well surprise both supporters and detractors of the MeToo movement as whole.

After that we go into a discussion of the concept of "aftercare" and a rare occurrence of it experienced by Ceara that leads into a conversation about the "hall of mirrors" nature of the dom-sub relationship. This allows us to delve into the almost video game-esque, virtual reality-like component of what Ceara does and one of the rare experiences she had with aftercare that highlights how the lines between fantasy and reality can blur for her clients.

We then dive into a discussion of how the kind of kinks Ceara specializes in have become mainstream in both culture wars discourse and mainstream culture. We speculate on what effect this mainstreaming will have on public attitudes towards kinks whether perversion is really a bad thing. Then we turn to the topic of incels, a subject for which Ceara has a very interesting take that's empathetic towards their loneliness without condoning incel violence. Ceara also gives her own Parallax View on incels' so-called "black pill".

We start to wind down by talking about whether kink culture will continue to become more acceptable and whether Ceara has ever had any of her clients' significant others have contacted. And finally we touch on the topic of the now infamous social media phenomenon of the ThotAudit, in which online trolls have targeted sex workers by threatening to report them to the IRS. To wrap up I ask Ceara what advice she'd give to men that are sexually frustrated or have taken the incel "black pill". Ceara also plugs her new podcast on current events and culture wars called Standard Deviation with her roommate Kevin as well as her upcoming feature film debut and starring turn in Julian Shaw's Use Me. Oh, and Ceara provides some words of wisdom for gals looking to get in on the female domination scene.

CHECK OUT CEARA'S NEW PODCAST STANDARD DEVIATION

CEARA ON THE SET OF JULIAN SHAW'S USE ME (FORMERLY RUIN ME)

Ep. 50: Vadge Moore on Punk Rockin’ with The Dwarves, Noise Music, & the Occult

November 30, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views punk rock legend Vadge Moore, former drummer for The Dwarves, joins the show to discuss his lifelong engagement with primality, taboo, and transgression through his time in the hardcore scene on through to his noise music and writings on occultism and philosophy.

We begins the conversation with Vadge's recollections of the hardcore punk scene and how he became involved with The Dwarves. This includes a discussion of the contrast between the violence of the scene and its brotherhood-esque comradery, the danger and excitement of going to live shows, and the legendary wildness of The Dwarves' live performances.

From there we delve into a number of Vadge's other pursuits and interests starting with transgressive writing. We discuss how Vadge became fascinated with the works of the Marquis de Sade, from whom the term sadism originates, while he was touring with The Dwarves. This leads us into a discussion of Vadge's general interest in extremity and how he became interested in the noise music scene through the work of industrial provocateurs Throbbing Gristle.

This portion of the conversation leads allows us to delve into Vadge's noise project, Chthonic Force. Vadge explains how Chthonic Force was influenced by the work of Carl Jung and how the project reflected Jung's exploration of "The Shadow" and the primordial Id. We discuss some of Chthonic Force's "greatest hits" and what many would consider an unlikely source of inspiration for the project: Vadge's studies of the Bible, specifically the Old Testament.

We then pivot towards Vadge's interest in philosophy, specifically the works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Vadge puts special emphasis on the Nietzsche's idea of "The New Man" and how it's played a role in his work. We also discuss the writings of occultist Aleister Crowley and comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell in relation to some of Nietzche's ideas.

We then backtrack a bit into the topic of transgressive fiction with a discussion of Peter Sotos, whose writings deal with sexual psychopathology, and whom Vadge collaborated with on the Chthonic Force track "Mouth Pigs". Vadge explains how he became interested in Sotos' writing and its raw power. After that we delve into Vadge's interest in the occult with special reference to the Gnostic Voudon of Michael Bertiaux, the Gnosticism of William Blake, the Thelemic ideas of Kenneth Grant, and a brief mention rocket science's (in)famous occultist Jack Parsons and the resurgence of interest in him due to the CBS TV series Strange Angel.

We wrap-up the show with Vadge talking about the new anthology The Servants of the Star and Snake: Essays in Honor of Kenneth & Steffi Grant, which Vadge is included in. The conversation ends with Vadge giving some words of wisdom to people who are just becoming interested in the occult.

CHECK OUT THE SERVANTS OF THE STAR AND SNAKE: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF KENNETH & STEFFI GRANT FEATURING A PIECE BY VADGE MOORE

Ep. 49: Mike Crumplar on The Weird End of Twitter & Fringe Online Politics

November 22, 2018
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On this Thanksgiving edition of Parallax Views we invite you to ditch watching the football game after trying not to kill your relative during that turkey dinner and instead listen to cultural commentator Mike Crumplar aka m.crumps discuss the weird end of twitter and the darkest fringe corners of online political discourse. Among the topics covered are the alt right, Kantbot, the homoerotic underpinnings of an oddball reactionary called Bronze Age Pervert, Mike's Lacanian psychoanalytic turn, incels and Eliot Rodger's, the tension between Mike's left politics and coverage of alt right weirdness, and much more.