Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Ep. 48: Daniele Bolelli & Brian Shaughnessy on Masculinity & Gender Roles/Prof. David Detmer on Howard Zinn & His Critics

November 21, 2018



First up, a roundtable discussion on masculinity and gender relations with previous guest and visual artist Brian Shaughnessy and Daniele Bolelli, writer, martial artist, university professor, and host of the History on Fire and The Drunken Taoist podcasts. We discuss the masculinity identity in an age of changing gender roles, integrating masculine and feminine traits, self-improvement, Daniele Bolelli's critique of Jordan B. Peterson, and much more in this fascinating and relevant dialogue.

Daniele Bolelli

Brian Shaughnessy

After that Prof. David Detmer of Purdue University Northwest joins the show to discuss his book Zinnophobia: The Battle Over History in Education, Politics, and Scholarship (Zero Books, 2018) about the rabble-rousing American historian Howard Zinn and his critics. Perhaps most known for his book A People's History of the United States, which has been referenced in pop culture from The Simpsons to Goodwill Hunting, Zinn taught history from a bottom-up, as opposed to a top-down, perspective that emphasized the role of marginalized peoples in shaping America's past. Loved by many and reviled by others, Zinn was a lighting rod for controversy even after his passing when, as Prof. Detmer details in Zinnophobia, the President of Purdue University Mitch Daniels was accused of attempting to censor and prevent Zinn's work from being taught in the university curriculum. We discuss the Daniels controversy as well as the popular criticism leveled at Zinn, Prof. Detmer's personal experiences with him, and much more.

Howard Zinn

Prof. David Detmer