Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Arun Gupta on the No More Concentration Camps Movement/Remembering Investigative Satirist Paul Krassner w/ Joseph E. Green

August 7, 2019

Questioning Authority...




On this edition of Parallax Views, the them is questioning authority with two guests who highlight resistance in both the present and our historical past.

First up, investigative reporter Arun Gupta, founding editor of The Indypendent, joins us to talk about his work organizing the No More Concentration Camps movement. Firecracker congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caused a stir recently by referring to ICE detention centers for migrants and refuges as concentration camps. Some pundits have decried AOC's statements as a bridge to far and argue the concentration camp characterization is irresponsible. Arun Gupta, however, agrees with AOC's take and joins us to explain why in this pertinent conversation.

Paul Krassner
April 19, 1932 - July 21, 2019

Next up, Joseph E. Green, a contributing writer at Garrison: The Journal of History and Deep Politics, joins us to celebrate the life and times of investigative satirist, Yippie activist, and all-around counterculture icon Paul Krassner. A consummate rebel and subversive humorist who proved a thorn in the side of the establishment thanks in part to his groundbreaking underground press 'zine The Realist, Paul Krassner passed away at the age of 87 in late July of this year. Alongside Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, Krassner helped found the Youth International Party, or Yippies, who pranked on right-wing authoritarians throughout the turbulent times of the Vietnam war. Green, who currently publishes his own underground zines through Microcosm Publishing, was heavily influenced by Krassner's work and helps us celebrate the legacy he left behind. Be sure to check out two book reviews that Green mentioned on this episode here and here.

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