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Fear and Loathing in Coronavirus America w/ JP Sottile

Fear and Loathing in Coronavirus America w/ JP Sottile

March 16, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, as coronavirus grips the United States and the world Parallax Views regular guest JP Sottile aka the Newsvandal joins us to discuss all the latest in current events (and their historical connections to the past) during these fearful times. We begin the conversation by discussing COVID-19. JP is currently in self-quarantine after finding out his roomamte contracted the virus. Not only that, but JP is also in one of the epicenter of coronavirus in the USA.

We then go on to discuss the possible effect this pandemic may have on globalization, and how figures ranging from Foreing Policy in Focus's John Feffer to paleoconservative Pat Buchanan are considering the potential for coronavirus to deliver a death blow to the current neoliberal world order. From there we go on to discuss the resurgence of nationalism around the world coupled with the oncoming possibility of ecological crisis. This segues into a discussion of America's generational divide, the increasing anger directed at baby boomers by millennials and Gen Z, and how Generation X fits into it all. Additionally, we discuss the Democratic Primaries, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and where progressives should put their energies in a post-Bernie scenario. Moreover, we discuss the differences between the Trumpist right that has taken over the GOP from more moderate Republican and the progressive movement, embodied by the Bernie Sanders campaign, that have sought to take over the Democratic Party. And finally we come back to the coronavirus at the end of our conversation and the scary developments around it.

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Parallax Views Special (Audio): C. Derick Varn on Coronavirus, 2020 Election, and the Left

Parallax Views Special (Audio): C. Derick Varn on Coronavirus, 2020 Election, and the Left

March 16, 2020

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmGPDmD1s-Y

On this video edition of Parallax Views, C. Derick Varn of Zero Books and the Pop the Left podcast discusses coronavirus, the 2020 election, the Left, the resurgence of nationalism, neoliberalism and globalization, the EU, the possibility of a coming economic crash, and much more in a jam-packed nearly two hour conversation w/ host J.G. Michael.

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Distinguished But Vicious w/ T. of Champagne Sharks

Distinguished But Vicious w/ T. of Champagne Sharks

March 14, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, T. of Champagne Sharks, a podcast that describes itself as "distinguished but vicious" which explores issues related to race, racism, culture, and class from a left political perspective, joins us for a two hour conversation that goes in a multitude of different directions. We begin by discussing T.'s general mission with the Champagne Sharks podcast and the branch out into discussions about intersectionality vs class reductionism, internet culture war, and much, much more.

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Parallax Views Special (Video + Audio): Harvey Kaye on Bernie & What Comes Next for the Left

Parallax Views Special (Video + Audio): Harvey Kaye on Bernie & What Comes Next for the Left

March 14, 2020

On this special video edition of Parallax Views, Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, author of Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again, joins J.G. Michael and his co-host Casey to discuss Bernie Sanders, the need to reclaim America's radical tradition, and what comes next for progressive and left-wing activists if Biden gets the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Sidenote: Still getting used to this vidoe thing. Harvey breaks up at one point but this convo is good. Also, Casey is obscured like he's Blofeld in the James Bond movies, but I guess that adds to the suspense for the eventual face reveal.

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The Devil and Shane Bugbee, Round 2: Love, Hope, & Devil Horns w/ Shane Bugbee

The Devil and Shane Bugbee, Round 2: Love, Hope, & Devil Horns w/ Shane Bugbee

March 9, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, underground publisher entrepreneur extraordinaire Shane Bugbee of the Speak of the Devil podcast joins us to discuss love, hope, radicalism, philosophy, grace, aging, the struggles of being an artist, and trading in misanthropy for trust and hope in his fellow man. Oh, and we talk Bernie Sanders too!

In case you're unfamiliar, Shane is a a magnet from controversy. For example, he is the person who republished Ragnar Redbeard's Might Makes Right, effectively taking the screed out of obscurity (he's since taken it out of circulation after and expressed more than a bit of contempt for the racist neo-nazis who have touted the book). Additionally, he's been involved in the worlds of true crime, heavy metal, and even the subculture of Satanism from Anton LaVey's Church of Satan to Lucien Greaves' The Satanic Temple. It was these associations that led Shane to being ran out of the small-town of Ely, Minnesota. You may be thinking, "Ugh, an edgelord!" But, interestingly Shane isn't a misanthrope at this stage in his life. Specifically, after a cross-country tour of the U.S. for his documentary/book The Suffering and Celebration of Life in America, he says that he learned to trust people and that, for the most part, people aren't so bad.

This is a relatively free-form conversation with Shane and we cover a smorgasboard of topics like religion (Shane takes a dimmer view on the matter than I do), his unique experiences talking to people from both the tippy top and bottom rungs of the socioeconomic latter, and why altruism paradoxically helps yourself as well as others.

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The Election Fever Episode w/ Investigative Journalist Stephen Singular & Counterpunch Radio’s Eric Draitser

The Election Fever Episode w/ Investigative Journalist Stephen Singular & Counterpunch Radio’s Eric Draitser

March 7, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, while concerns about the global pandemic known as the coronavirus continue to mount in the United States, many folks are being hit by symptoms of another entirely different condition sweeping the nation. Namely, election fever.

The surprise comeback of former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic Party Primaries proved to be a dark day for progressive activists, specifically supporters of Bernie Sanders.. As we race toward the General Election in November that will pit the Democratic nominee against sitting President Donald Trump, the heat has been turned up a notch on the Democratic Party Primary race. Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Michale Bloomberg, and, now, Elizabeth Warren have dropped out of the running leaving us with a match-up between the centrist moderate Joe Biden and the progressive Bernie Sanders. Joining us later on this edition of the program to discuss the aftermath of Super Tuesday and where progressive movement and the left need to go from here is Eric Draitser of Counterpunch Radio.

But first...

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The 2000 Presidential Election, which pitted Republican George W. Bush against Democrat Al Gore, the latter fresh from a run as Vice President under Bill Clinton, was marred by controversy by the time it ended. For a brief period it appeared to many, including the news media, that Gore would win the election. However, reporting on Al Gore’s victory in Florida, where George W’s brother Jeb Bush was serving as Governor, suddenly proved incorrect at the 11th hour. Controversy arose when it was found that Votomatic machine punch card ballots appeared to have left sizable number of voters unaccounted for. Republicans claimed that this was because said voters were not sophisticated enough to use the Votomatic machien properly. Meanwhile, Democrats demanded recounts. The debacle eventually went all the way to the Supreme Court when it was decided that Bush would be declared the winner of the Presidential race. Nonetheless, public figures ranging from progressive radio host Thom Hartmann to famed attorney Vincent Bugliosi would go on to dissect the controversies and challenge Bush’s victory after the fact.

In 2018, noted true crime author and investigative journalist Stephen Singular sought to tell the story of his investigation into the matter by way of his book Stolen Future: The Untold Story of the 2000 Election. Singular was knee-deep in the story as it was happening, but only now. thanks to fellow journalist Russ Baker’s WhoWhatWhy media outlet, has he been able to tell the tale. And I must say its a tale straight out of a crime noir thriller. Regardless your take on the 2000 Presidential Election, Stephen Singular’s Stolen Future raises troubling questions about the state of election integrity in the United States. Whether one believes the result of the 2000 Presidential Election was due to malfeasance or the potential incompetence of the companies behind the Votomatic machines that haunted said election, Singular’s reporting, in my view, should make us all consider the age old question of whether or not money belongs in politics. Should something as important as a Presidential Election be left in the hands of the private interests who create our voting machines?

Stephen Singular joins us to recount his personal investigation of the Bush vs. Gore debacle and the issue of "hanging chads" as told in his book, Stolen Future: The Untold Story of the 2000 Election.

Then...

Eric Draitser of Counterpunch Radio returns to the program to share his commentary on the aftermath of of Super Tuesday, Joe Biden's big comeback, and what it means for not only the Bernie Sanders campaign but the progressive/left movement in America as a whole.

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Reporting on the Julian Assange Extradition Hearing w/ Journalist Kevin Gosztola of ShadowProof

Reporting on the Julian Assange Extradition Hearing w/ Journalist Kevin Gosztola of ShadowProof

March 4, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, the controversial founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, appeared in a London court late this past February for his extradition hearing. Investigative journalist Kevin Gosztola of ShadowProof and the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast w/ Rania Khalek, who was in attendance for the hearing, joins us to provide a firsthand report of the proceedings and give a primer on the case of Julian Assange. Additionaly, Kevin and I discuss what is at stake for press freedom in relation Assange's case, how the Spanish security firm Undercover Global (which has connections to billionaire Trump donor Sheldon Adelson) connects to the case, how Assange was held in a glass box during the hearing, Iraq War whistleblower Chelsea Manning's relevance to Assange's case, and much, much more.

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Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change w/ Brad Schreiber

Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change w/ Brad Schreiber

March 2, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, can music change the world? Joining us to tackle that question as well as outline the rich history of protest music is Brad Schreiber, author of Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change. As Schreiber shows in the fascinating new book, available now from Rutgers University Press, protest music, or as he prefers to call it "socially conscious music", goes far beyond the antiwar anthems and can even be traced back to the early 20th century with class conscious musicians like Joe Hill, a labor activist associated with the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World).

In this conversation we discuss artist ranging from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to artist you may not have ever considered as political before like bubble pop icon Lesley Gore and the founding fathers of heavy metal Black Sabbath. We also discuss such musicians as the obscure but talented satirist Tom Lehrer, counterculture legend Frank Zappa, "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown, R&B pioneer Curtis Mayfield, and the punk rock of the Sex Pistols as well as specific songs like Janis Ian's "Society's Children" and Peter Gabriel's "Biko". We even talk a little bit about Pink Floyd and their politically outspoken co-founder Roger Waters. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.

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The Hidden History of the War on Voting w/ Thom Hartmann

The Hidden History of the War on Voting w/ Thom Hartmann

February 28, 2020

On this special bonus edition of Parallax Views, legendary progressive radio host and New York Times bestselling author Thom Hartmann took a little bit of time out of his busy schedule for a half hour discussion of his fascinating and important new book, The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote And How to Get It Back. In this concise, and easily-digestible book, which follows from The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America and The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment, Thom lays out the Republican Party, backed by the ultra-wealthy, have waged a decades-long all out assault on voters, specifically women, people of color, and the working class through voter purges, gerrymandering, and other tactics. However, in addition to laying out this immensely under-discussed history, Thom also offers solutions that will re-empower voters and, in the process, aid in expanding our shared values of Democracy.

In this conversation we discuss some of the main points of Thom's book as well as recent debate about the Electoral College Vs. the Popular vote in light of the 2016 Presidential Election and Thom's thoughts on what another 4 years of a Trump Presidency would mean for the United States of America. It is my hope that this conversation proves timely and vital during this election season.

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Trump, Deutsche Bank, and David Enrich’s Dark Towers w/ Investigative Journalist Scott Stedman & Whistleblower Val Broeksmit

Trump, Deutsche Bank, and David Enrich’s Dark Towers w/ Investigative Journalist Scott Stedman & Whistleblower Val Broeksmit

February 26, 2020

On this edition of Parallax, New York Times reporter David Enrich's new book Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and an Epic Trail of Destruction has received much press lately for casting a light on the subject of the Trump family's relationship to the scandal-prone Deutsche Bank and potentially shady financial transactions involving Russian money. Although opinions vary on the matter of the purported relationship Trump and the Russian government, even on the left, the investigative news website Forensic News has recently published two pieces on the subject of Trump, Deutsche Bank, and the Russian-based VTB Bank and Gazprombank.

Joining us to discuss these recent articles, "Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI" and "Russian Government Bank Deposited $500 Million into Deutsche Bank Subsidiary as it Lent to Trump", and to discuss Enrich's book are investigative journalist Scott Stedman and whisteblower Val Broeksmit. Val, who is in large part the subject of Ernich's Dark Towers, is the son of William Broeksmit, a high-ranking Wall Street executive who committed suicide in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. After the suicide, Val came into possession of a treasure trove of his father's emails and documents related to Deutsche Bank. He has since taken those documents to the FBI is currently collaborating with Forensic News on the Trump/Deutsche Bank/VTB Bank/Gazprombank story.

In this conversation Val gives an unfiltered background on his life, how he came into possession of his father's documents, his rocky relationship with David Enrich, and much more. Scott discusses the documents Val has shared and why he believes they are relevant as well as summarizing the Trump/Deutsche Bank/VTB Bank/Gazprombank stories and why he and Forensic News believe they are worthy of consideration. Additionally, Scott explains why he defends the credibility of Val. Regardless of your take on the issue of Trump and Russia, I hope this is fascinating conversation. I can assure you that Val is definitely never boring and Scott is a fount of knowledge.

All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.

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