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I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs, and Apocalypse Communism w/ A.M. Gittlitz

I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs, and Apocalypse Communism w/ A.M. Gittlitz

May 25, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, A.M. Gittlitz of the Antifada podcast joins us to discuss his new book I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs, and Apocalypse Communism (Pluto Press, 2020). For the uninitiated Posadamism is most popularly known as a strange online meme of a nihilistic and ironic bent that references communism, nuclear war, dolphins, and UFOs. If that sounds weird, well, the true story of J. Poasadas, the 20th century Argentinian communist from which the meme gets its name, is perhaps even more bizarre. It's a story of spies, lies, and, yes, communists UFO hunters that features appearances from historical figures from the controversial Argentian authoritarian leader Juan Perón to Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Even Leon Trotsky manages to show up in A.M.'s historical overview of J. Posadas' life and times!

But why has this unusual, marginal figure within communist thought become a popular meme with alienated youths with far left-wing tendencies? A.M. tries to answer that in I Want to Believe as well and the answer may surprise. We discuss all this as well as SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), Carl Sagan, futurism, and much, much more on this wild edition of Parallax Views!

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Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism w/ Wendy Liu

Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism w/ Wendy Liu

May 22, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, the tech world, as represented by Silicon Valley, is often portrayed as being full of visonary disruptors like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel who will, through the big-brained ingenuity, solve the greatest conundrums facing society in the 21st century. Software developer Wendy Liu went into the world of tech with rose-colored glasses as a self-described "STEMlord" who believe 110% in the Silicon Valley mindset. But as time went on she became disillusioned and eventually began questioning some of the biggest sacred cows related to tech world optimism. Recently Wendy outlined her story in the new book Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism. Wendy joins us to discuss how she went from wearing rose-colored glasses when it came to Silicon Valley's techno-optimist capitalism to questioning whether the tech world really is the 21st century's savior. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.

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Barbie and Kendra Save Parallax Views w/ Scream Queen Robin Sydney

Barbie and Kendra Save Parallax Views w/ Scream Queen Robin Sydney

May 20, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Robin Syndey has been acting since her childhood and has appeared in all kinds of media including the Nickelodeon kids TV series Drake & Josh, the long running soap opera ER, and the National Lampoon comedy Cattle Call, but she is perhaps best known for having achieved the relatively elusive status of horror movie known as the "Scream Queen". Scream Queens have been a pop culture trope since the early days of Hollywood when Fay Wray shrieked in terror as she was whisked away by the mighty King Kong (1993). From Janet Leigh in PSYCHO (1960) to her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis in John Carptner's Halloween (1978) and its sequels, the image of the Scream Queen has left a lasting impression on the popular culture landscape that carries on to this very day. Truth be told, however, the pantheon of Scream Queens is actually a somewhat exclusive club, but Robin Sydney has more than earned the moniker

Robin's status as a "Scream Queen" is no doubt in large part due to her longstanding relationship with Charles Band's Full Moon Features, an independent movie studio specializing in her horror, fantasy, and sci-fi romps. Since starring as the female lead opposite a maniacal killer cookie voiced by Gary Busey in the notorious horror/comedy romp THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005), Robin has appeared in a number of Full Moon efforts including THE HAUNTED CASINO, SKULLHEADS, and the outrageous, 8-movies-and-counting EVIL BONG franchise to name but a few. And outside of Full Moon Features Robin has appeared in such chillers as the the psychological serial killer thriller THE LOST (2006) and the cheeky witchcraft-themed splatter-punk feature WICKED LAKE (2008).

Most recently, Robin has resumed her work with Full Moon Features by way of her participation in a new series of mashed-up/remixed movies following the exploit of social distancing duo Barbie (Cody Renee Cameron) and Kendra (Robin Sydney) as they attempt to stave off boredom during the coronavirus pandemic. The first movie, Corona Zombies, was produced and released just weeks after coronavirus made lockdowns and social distancing the New Normal across the world. Yes, that's right, Full Moon Features, under the ever creative guidance of its head honcho Charles Band, found a way to continue making movies through the pandemic. And now Full Moon has followed up Corona Zombies with the timely Barbie and Kendra Save The Tiger King.

Robin joins us to discuss these two new movies that some have jokingly referred to as "Corona-sploitation" as well as various thought and stories from career as an actress. Ever wondered what it's like to work with Hollywood eccentrics like Gary Busey or Andy Dick? Or asked yourself, "What's it like filming a nude scene? Is it uncomfortable?" Scream Queen Robin Sydney tells all in this wide-ranging and fascinating conversation. Oh, and there's even a surprise cameo from a special guest courtesy of Robin a bit later on in the conversation. All that and much more on this edition of Parallax Views.

Note: Lengthy intro for the horror newbies. Interview starts at 10:44.

 

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Tara Reade and Other Current Affairs w/ Lyta Gold

Tara Reade and Other Current Affairs w/ Lyta Gold

May 18, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Lyta Gold, Amusements and Managing Editor of Current Affairs magazine, joins us to discuss her recent op-ed on the media reaction to Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden entitled "The Attacks on Tara Reade are Unbelievable Bullshit". Current Affairs was one of the early outlets to take Reade's allegations seriously, but Lyta's op-ed is not simply a defense of those who believe Reade. It is also a critique of some of the most prominent pushback against Reade's allegations. In this conversation Lyta expands on her case for why Reade should be taken seriously. And we also take a few detours along the way to discuss gender issues, feminism, masculinity, and other hot topics. All that and much more on this edition of Parallax Views.

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The Secrecy of the Spectacle w/ Douglas Valentine

The Secrecy of the Spectacle w/ Douglas Valentine

May 15, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Douglas Valentine, author of the groundbreaking book The Phoenix Program, joins us in light of the republication of his book TDY to discuss covert operations, the CIA, the Vietnam War, and more. In this conversation, however, we take a more philosophical turn as Douglas and I attempt to answer the question "How did we get here" in regards to living in an age where secrecy, surveillance, terror, and fear seem to reign supreme in our society. In doing so Douglas and I consult the work of the French theorist Guy Debord of the Situationist International and author of The Society of the Spectacle. In this regard, Douglas makes special reference to Debord's observation that, ""Secrecy dominates this world, and foremost as the secret of domination." All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views!

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Hanoi Jane and the Mythology of the Vietnam War w/ Dr. Jerry Lembcke

Hanoi Jane and the Mythology of the Vietnam War w/ Dr. Jerry Lembcke

May 13, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Academy Award winning actress Jane Fonda made news recently for endorsing endorsing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' bid for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination ahead of the 2020 Election. And with this news came a ghost that has been haunting Fonda for decades: the accusation that the Hollywood star betrayed American troops in the Vietnam War. In the waning years of that conflict Fonda became an outspoken antiwar activist whose efforts culminated in an infamous visit to Vietnam's capitol, Hanoi, that remains a point of heated controversy for many Americans. During this trip the actress cavorted with the Vietnamese, was granted a  tour of POW camps, and participated in broadcasts from Radio Hanoi pleading with U.S. servicemen to stop the bombings. As a result, Fonda gained the scorn-ridden nickname "Hanoi Jane" and the ire of many Americans, including Vietnam War veterans, who've come to see her as a traitor to the U.S. states military and its troops.

Dr. Jerry Lembcke, a retired professor of Sociology at Holy Cross College and a Vietnam War Veteran himself, however, controversially argues that there's a gap between Jane Fonda the human being and what he argues is the myth of Hanoi Jane is his book Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal (University of Massachusetts Press; 2010). Furthermore, Lembcke has made the case that the story of the traitorous Hanoi Jane is but one piece of a broader American mythology pertaining to the Vietnam War. Specifically, Lembcke persuasively questioned the popular notion that veterans returning from the war were spat upon by disrespectful antiwar protesters in his meticulously researched The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam (NYU Press; 1998). If Lembcke is correct, why do such myths arise and what purpose do they serve for America's collective psyche?

Jerry Lembecke joins us to on this edition of the program to answer those questions and lay out what he considers the myths of the Vietnam War in what is sure to be one of the most thought-provoking and controversial conversations featured on Parallax Views to date. Additionally, Jerry tells us about his experience in Vietnam and what drove him to investigate these matters. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.

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2020: A Surrealist Comedy Odyssey w/ Jake Flores

2020: A Surrealist Comedy Odyssey w/ Jake Flores

May 12, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, we chat with comedian Jake Flores of the Pod Damn America and Why You Mad podcasts about the surrealist comedy of our current political atmosphere in the era of Trump and Biden. Additionally, we talk about comedy, opening for Doug Stanhope, how comedy and horror are similar, comedy being written off as "low-brow" culture, and that one time Jake got a visit from Homeland Security after a joke about ICE on Twitter. We also tie in David Cronenberg's VIDEODROME and Adam Curtis' HYPERNORMALIZATION into the conversation as well. In other words we go all over the place. Hopefully this will be a nice pick me up for those of you who may be constantly saying to yourself, "Has the planet gone mad!?"

Oh yeah, and we even talk about what it's like to interview John McAfee. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views!

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FDR on Democracy (+ Biden) w/ Harvey J. Kaye

FDR on Democracy (+ Biden) w/ Harvey J. Kaye

May 9, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, author of Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again, joins us to discus his new book, FDR on Democracy: The Greatest Speeches and Writings of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as giving his thoughts on the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and the Democratic Party's de facot nominee Joe Biden. In this wide-ranging conversation Harvey explains why he believes American must dig back in history and remember the legacy of FDR. What did FDR, his fault aside, represent and why does his legacy still matter? And most importantly can be gleaned from the Roosevelt Legacy for use in the 21st century? In addition to discussing these matter, Harvey also gives his take on the 2020 U.S. Presidential election and how the Left should handle Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views!

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Are Elon Musk and the Autonomous Vehicles Industry Endangering the Public? w/ Michael DeKort, Lockheed Martin Whistleblower

Are Elon Musk and the Autonomous Vehicles Industry Endangering the Public? w/ Michael DeKort, Lockheed Martin Whistleblower

May 6, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Silicon Valley darling Elon Musk is back in the news as he welcomes his new born child into the world alongside his musician girlfriend Grimes. But what of Elon Musk's ventures in the tech world, specifically the push for autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars? Former Lockheed Martin whistleblower Michael DeKort joins us to discuss what he considers the major problems with the push for autonomous vehicles today and specifically his criticisms of Elon Musk, Tesla, and other companies looking to make autonomous vehicles a reality. Although Michael is not against the idea of autonomous vehicles he is pointedly critical of the approach taken by Musk and others to make them a reality and argues that such approaches are a danger to the public. In fact, DeKort says, the current approaches are reckless and could lead to great harm. In addition to discussing the push for autonomous vehicles and Michael's criticisms of Musk, et al. we also discuss whistleblowing and COVID-19 in this fascinating conversation.

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Richard Dawkins, Mental Health, and Eugenics w/ M.K. Anderson

Richard Dawkins, Mental Health, and Eugenics w/ M.K. Anderson

May 4, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, a previously unpublished conversation w/ writer M.K. Anderson on her Protean Magazine piece "On Eugenics, Richard Dawkins Offers Nothing But Sophistry". M.K. fills us in on how, just a few short months ago, Dawkins claimed that, while it was ok to oppose eugenics on "ideological, political, and moral grounds" that it would "work" for humans. M.K. says this is incorrect and that Dawkins ignores that historically eugenics has always been a  politically motivated and that the alleged science on it doesn't add up. In addition to this M.K. also discusses issues related to the mental health system in America and how it relates to these matters as well as sharing her personal thoughts on debates had amongst the political left today. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.

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