Ep. 8: Jeffrey A. Tucker on Murray Rothbard & the Libertarian Critique of the Alt Right

June 22, 2018
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Murray N. Rothbard

On this edition of Parallax Views, I speak with libertarian activist Jeffrey A. Tucker of the American Institute for Economic Research about Austrian School economist Murray N. Rothbard and the libertarian critique of the alt right.

Murray Rothbard previously came up briefly on episode 2 of Parallax Views in my interview with Elizabeth Sandifer about the Neoreaction (NRx) movement and the alt right. Whereas Elizabeth takes a critical view of Rothbard, seeing him as a sort of sanitized predecessor to neoreactionaries like Mencius Moldbug, Jeffrey A. Tucker, a student of Rothbard in the 80's and 90's, takes a different view.

Although I myself am neither a libertarian or a devotee of Rothbard, I thought it would be interesting to delve into Murray Rothbard from the perspective of one of his champions. In addition, I wanted to give Jeffrey A. Tucker a chance to speak on this as the most prominent libertarian critic of the alt right.

We begin by discussing who Murray Rothbard was and his intellectual history. This leads to a discussion about Rothbard's opposition to the New Right during the Cold War and alliances with the New Left during the Vietnam War. From there we discuss Rothbard's formation of allainces with the populist Right after the end of the Cold War. Jeffrey then shares a very interesting story about working with Rothbard on forging alliances with the populist Right around this time in which Rothbard expresses doubt that libertarians can have anything more than a limited, tactical alliance with this proto-alt right element.

The second portion of our discussion focuses on Jeffrey's vocal opposition to the alt right as a libertarian. We begin this part of the conversation by getting into Jeffrey's public spat with alt right figurehead Richard Spencer. This leads to Jeffrey to explaining why some libertarians have been fooled by the alt right and why it is of vital importance for libertarians like himself to speak out and have a zero-tolerance policy for characters like Spencer. This opens us up for an exploration of the alt right's intellectual history, which Jeffrey cover's in his book Right Wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty and the essay "The Prehistory of the Alt Right", which Jeffrey describes as a "Right Hegelianism".

Right-Wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Finally we explore the possibility of limited tactical alliances between libertarians and the left in the age of Trump and what both can do to counter the alt right.

I invite listeners to make up their own minds about Murray Rothbard, libertarianism, and other subjects covered on this episode. I would also like to offer my sincerest thanks to Jeffrey A. Tucker for his willingness to dialogue with someone's whose political and economic views often come in conflict with his own. In an age where such dialogues are becoming increasingly rare I believe civil discussion like the one in this episode can prove fruitful.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Jeffrey A. Tucker about Murray Rothbard and the libertarian critique of the alt right.

Jeffrey A. Tucker

Ep. 7: The Dark Side of Rock ‘N’ Roll ft. Phoebe Dollar & Richard Syrett

June 19, 2018
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Modern Mythology Presents

On this edition of Parallax Views I take a "walk on the dark side" of rock 'n' roll as the late rock historian and journalist R. Gary Patterson would say (more on him later in the episode) with two exciting guests.

My first guest is actress and filmmaker Phoebe Dollar who will tell us about her rock 'n' roll Hollywood vampire movie Sunset Society, being released by on DVD, Blu-Ray, and video-on-demand through Cleopatra Entertainment on July 24th after a L.A. premiere on July 6th.

Sunset Society tells the story of a vampiric secret society living on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood whose existence is threatened by a meddling street walker whose captured their activities on camera. The twist is that the movie takes the perspective of the undead bloodsuckers as opposed to their mortal victims.

Sunset Society features an all-star cast of rock legends including the L.A. Guns' Tracii Guns, Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed, and, as the leader of the of the titular vampire society, the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead. In addition the movie also features appearances from cult Hollywood figure Randal Malone of MTV's Singled Out fame, Jackass's Steve-O, and Ron Jeremy.

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Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister on the set of Phoebe Dollar's Sunset Society

Ron Jeremy in Sunset Society

Lemmy has a Dracula moment in Sunset Society

Phoebe Dollar in Sunset Society

Phoebe Dollar

My second guest is veteran radio host Richard Syrett of The Conspiracy Show, Conspiracy Unlimited, and Coast to Coast AM who has a new podcast called Rock 'N Roll Twilight Zone on WWE superstar Chris Jericho's Talk is Jericho network through Westwood One.

We begin the conversation by talking about the late "Fox Mulder of Rock 'N' Roll Journalism" R. Gary Patterson and how his work helped inspire Rock 'N' Roll Twilight Zone. Richard tells a very interesting story about a possible paranormal experience he may have had involving Patterson that you'll not want to miss.

After that we delve into rock 'n' roll historical connection to the occult starting with the tale of blues musician Robert Johnson and the legend that he "sold his soul" to the devil for fame and fortune on the crossroads of Mississippi. From there we jump into Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin's obsession with the Thelemic occultist Aleister Crowley and how it may have led to a magical curse for Page and his circle of friends and associates.

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Robert Johnson

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Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page at Aleister Crowley's Boleskin House in Loch Ness

After that we move on to another topic that always seems to arise within rock 'n' roll lore: conspiracy theories. We tackle this through the legend that The Beatles were a British psyop designed to subvert American culture. This portion of the show features references to acclaimed media theorist Marshall McLuhan, Theodor Adorno and the Frankfort School of sociology, and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. While this conspiracy theory stretches credulty for both myself and Richard it's an entertaining and fascinating example of conspiracy theory in rock 'n' roll lore. And who knows, maybe, just maybe, there's a grain of truth to it all. I'll let you decide.

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The Beatles

Media theorist Marshall McLuhan

The Frankfurt School's Theodor Adorno

We wrap up the conversation discussing the documentary-style of the show and why myths and legends about rock's "dark side" still fascinate our culture to this day.

Richard Syrett

I hope you enjoy this special "walk on the dark side" of rock 'n roll with Phoebe Dollar and Richard Syrett!

Ep. 6: Joseph Green on Peace Activist John Judge

June 17, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views filmmaker, publisher, and author Joseph Green of the Hidden History Center and the Center for Deep Political Research helps me pay tribute to the late Washington, DC-based peace activist John Judge.

Some may find my description of John as a "peace activist" a bit odd given that he is most known for his involvement in the study of parapolitics, or what some would derisively call "conspiracy theory". While John was indeed interested in topics like alternative explanations of the JFK, MLK, and RFK assassination, he was first and foremost a humanist who protested against social injustice and rallied for solidarity against the 1%. He was also more hard-nosed in his approach to issues like clandestine operations and the military-industrial complex than sensationalists like Infowars' Alex Jones or the reptilian conspiracy theorist David Icke. As such, even though I consider myself a "conspiracy skeptic", I've always felt that it was worthwhile to lend John Judge an ear and consider his viewpoints.

We begin the interview with Joseph Green describing how he got to know John Judge and why he, alongside Dave Ratcliffe and Marilyn Tenenhoff, sought to maintain his memory through the Hidden History Center. From there we delve into the work of one of John's major inspirations, Mae Brussell.

Mae Brussell, who mentored John Judge

We then get into how John Judge was not simply a conspiracy theorist and some of the other work he was involved in like protesting psychiatric abuse, speaking out against war, and volunteering in his community. We then discuss his hard-nosed approach to parapolitics and desire to stick to the facts and what was plausible. This leads to a discussion of John Judge's take on the JFK assassination and how Judge differs from more sensationalistic figures in the JFK research community like James Fetzer and Roger Stone.

We also discuss how John Judge protested war through bringing counter-military recuitment to high schools in the D.C. area. This lead into  John Judge's involvement in the 9/11 Truth movement (which he STRONGLY criticized), how he differed from the no-planers and controlled demolition believers, and how he worked with the "Jersey Girl" widows. From there we get into what John Judge's research into the far-right and what Trump would have thought of the ascendancy of Donald J. Trump to the Presidency of the United States of America.

We begin wrapping up by taking a dive into John Judge's cult classic essay on the Jonestown massacre entitled "The Black Hole of Guyana" from Feral House's Secret and Suppressed anthology and getting at John's humanity and heart-of-gold personality.

Judge for Yourself: A Treasury of Writing by John Judge, published by Joseph Green's Say Something Real Press

The Hidden History Center

Say Something Real Press

John Judge, Dec. 14, 1947 - April 15, 2014

Music: "They Couldn't Stand By" and "Make the Planet Earth Great Again" by David Rovics

Parallax Views BONUS Ep.: The Alex Jonestown Massacre ft. Albert Lanier

June 13, 2018
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Modern Mythology Presents:
The Alex Jonestown Massacre

Conspiratorial radio host Alex Jones has recently been in the news over his harassment of Bernie Sanders at LAX and his exploitation of Anthony Bourdain's passing. I reached out to retired journalist Albert Lanier who wrote the piece "Info Whore: The Alex Jones Deception - Unfair and Unbalanced" to discuss these topics and dissect the narcissistic mind of this alleged "journalist".

Our discussion begins with Albert Lanier introducing himself and talking about his career as a journalist and movie critic. We then get into how Lanier became aware of Alex Jones and begin digging into his article "Info Whore". This leads to the side-subject of a primary Jones influence Gary Allen, author of None Dare Call It Conspiracy and a member of the far-right John Birch Society. This opens us up for a discussion of the right's clever tactic of claiming to be "beyond the Left/Right paradigm" and how they often whitewash their own history.

Lanier goes on to offer tha Alex Jones is not actually ideological at all, but rather a narcissitic carny huckster with a pro wrestling persona. This brings us to the many contradiction of Alex Jones such as his take on mainstream media, his "transformation" on Vladimir Putin, his feud with fellow conspiracy theorist Bill Cooper, his attacks on other conservatives, and his odd encounter with Bohemian Grove member and neocon political commentator David Gergen.

We then get into Alex Jones' exploitation of celebrity deaths like gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Dark Alliance journalist Gary Webb, and, most recently, Anthony Bourdain. From there we get into Jones's harassment of Bernie Sanders and Lanier's belief that Jones' isn't interested in the left or liberals but rather attacks them simply to keep himself relevant.

We wrap up the show by discussing journalists that are worth listening to, Lanier's upcoming piece on "The Lobster Man" Jordan Peterson, and his other writings at Medium.Com.

Albert Lanier, Real Journalist

Alex Jones, Clown Posing as a Journalist

Music for this episode provided by Alex Jonestown Massacre and DJ Parallax Views (Prod. by HUB)

Ep. 5: Michael Brooks on Leftism, Humor, the Intellectual Dork Web, and Illicit History

June 10, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views I speak with Michael Brooks of The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder and The Michael Brooks Show about leftist politics, the power of humor, and the Intellectual Dork Web... er... "Intellectual Dark Web", and his Illicit History podcast series.

We start the discussion by delving into how Michael Brooks got into leftist politics. Then we transition into how Michael's show follows in the long tradition of left-wing comedy. We talk a bit about the importance of humor in getting out a political message and building a viable social movement.

This leads into Michael's hilarious "Nation of Islam Obama" impersonations and a wider discussion of the Obama Presidency, Obama's likable personality, and having a measured left-wing critique of the Democratic Party.

From there we delve into the rise of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web, or, as I like to call it, the Intellectual Dork Web. We discuss all the usual players like Sam Harris, Charles Murray, and the lobster man himself, Jordan Peterson and following the money trail behind these characters while still debating their ideas. This opens us up for a discussion of the late great sociologist Zygmunt Bauman in contrast to Jordan Peterson.

We also take some time to discuss Michael's excellent Illicit History podcast series. This series deals with little dealt with history from perspectives that often go unconsidered. Interview subject for the series have included Dr. Christopher Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn, and Silicon Valley critic The Baffler's Corey Pein, author of Live Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley.

We wrap up by talking about Michael's love of rap and hip hop and why in the world he isn't a fan of political rap king Immortal Technique.

All this and more on this fun, thoughtful edition of Parallax Views.

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Ep. 4: Rolfe Kanefsky on The Art of Horror-Comedy, Bus Party to Hell, and Art of The Dead

June 8, 2018
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In this edition of Parallax Views I speak with filmmaker Rolfe Kanefsky in advance of the June 12th Blu-Ray release of his latest feature, the raucous horror-comedy romp Bus Party to Hell.

In our discussion we touch on how Rolfe developed a passion for melding horror with comedy, his pre-Scream meta-horror/comedy debut feature There's Nothing Out There, and The Hazing starring horror icon Brad Dourif (the voice of Chucky the killer doll in the Child's Play franchise) and scream queen (as well as Kanefsky regular) Tiffany Shepis (Victor CrowleyTales of Halloween). Then we move onto Rolfe's latest movie Bus Party to Hell, a gonzo terror tale featuring Tara Reid (The Big Lebowski, American Pie, Sharknado) about a a group of partiers whose trip to Burning Man goes awry when they're menaced by a Satanic cannibal cult and monsters in the desolate desert. From there we transition to Rolfe's upcoming projects. First, there's the vampire flick Sunset Society, which Rolfe guest directed a segment for and features Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Ron Jeremy. After that Rolfe fills us in on Art of the Dead featuring Tara Reid and Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street) which he just finished shooting! And finally Rolfe offers his advice to aspiring young filmmakers.

Be sure to check out Bus Party to Hell when it makes its Blu-Ray debut on June 12th!

 

Tara Reid getting ready to kick some monster butt in Bus Party to Hell

Satanic cult craziness abounds in Bus Party to Hell

Left to Right: Tara Reid, Rolfe Kanefsky, and Michael Forsch on the set of Bus Party to Hell

Outro Music - "Boogeyman" by The Zombie Dandies

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Ep. 3: Lethal Amount’s Danny Fuentes on Spiritual Cramp, the Rozz Williams Documentary

June 5, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views I speak with Danny Fuentes of the Lethal Amounts gallery about his pledge drive for Spiritual Cramp, an upcoming documentary on California goth/deathrock icon Rozz Williams and the band Christian Death.

In our discussion we cover Rozz and Christian Death's significance to the SoCal punk scene, the now legendary Only Theater of Pain album, the involvement of Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and others in the documentary, how Rozz's androgynous-style influenced later acts like Marilyn Manson, Rozz as an inspirational figure for LGBTQ+ and cultural outsiders, and why this particular project is so important to Danny among other topics related to Rozz Williams and Christian Death.

Audio Eningeering by Modern Mythology; Advising by Jeffrey Coleman

Ep. 2: Elizabeth Sandifer on Neoreaction: A Basilisk

May 28, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views, I speak with author Elizabeth Sandifer about her book Neoreaction: A Basilisk (Erudutorum Press, 2017).

In our discussion we do a deep dive into the title essay about Neoreaction or NRx, which Elizabeth describes as the "intellectual" (we use that word lightly) wing of the alt right. This leads down many bizarre rabbit holes about Thomas Ligotti's ideas about philosophy and horror, the kooky but adorable AI researcher Elizier Yudkowsky, the less adorable Mencius Moldbug, the alternately tragic, revolting, and bizarre figure of the apocalyptic ex-University of Warwick professor Nick Land, the Austrian School of Economics and libertarian thinker Murray Rothbard, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, a side journey into the world of TERFs (Trans Exlcusionary Radical Feminists), and the wild reptilian conspiracy theories of David Icke. It's an at times equal parts funny, morbid, and wild edition of Parallax Views.

Ep. 1: Douglas Lain on Bash Bash Revolution

May 15, 2018
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On this edition of Parallax Views, I speak with author Douglas Lain about his new novel Bash Bash Revolution (Night Shade Books, 2018).

Bash Bash Revolution is a coming-of-age tale about the alienated teenager Matthew Munson. A recent high school drop out who spends much of his free time playings the video game Bash Bash Revolution, Mathew struggles with an estranged relationship to his father, an eccentric NSA employee obsessed with perfecting the human race through technology, while watching the rest of his community become addicted to the augmeneted reality games created by his father's AI, Bucky. Things get especially weird for Mathew when his father randomly re-enters his life and Bucky's influence over the broader community becomes increasingly more pronounced in decidedly dystopian ways. Set against the backdrop of paranoias surrounding the Trump Presidency and the possibility of a new Cold War, Bash Bash Revolution is a madcap page-turner sure to please fans of video games, dystopian sci-fi, and even philosophy.

Douglas's previous works include the magical realist novel Billy Moon (Tor Books; 2013) and the Philip K. Dick award nominee After the Saucers Landed (Night Shade Books, 2015). In addition to his work as a writer, Douglas is also a publisher at Zero Books, where he also hosts the popular Zero Squared podcast, covering issues related to culture, society, and politics from critical perspectives.