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A podcast where politics, history, and culture are examined from perspectives you may not have considered before. Call it a parallax view.

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael J.G.

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A podcast where politics, history, and culture are examined from perspectives you may not have considered before. Call it a parallax view.

    A Critical Look at Early U.S. History and the Founding Fathers w/ William Hogeland

    A Critical Look at Early U.S. History and the Founding Fathers w/ William Hogeland

    On this special 4th of July edition of Parallax Views, William Hogeland, author of the Wild Early Republic trilogy (The Whiskey Rebellion, Declaration, and Autumn of the Black Snake) and Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation, joins us to give a different perspective on the U.S. founding fathers and the early days of the Republic. But, perhaps even moreso, William also helps us examine this history from a "meta" by forcing us to ask: How do we interpret history? And is our popular understanding of the U.S. founding distorted by hagiography?
    In this conversation William touches upon:
    - How he became involved in writing popular history and how his approach differs from many others in the same milieu
    - His book The Whiskey Rebellion, how his work has appealed to both the left and the right over the years, and his response to being called a "left-wing critic" of the Founding Fathers
    - The liberal establishment's consensus view of history, the works of Charles Beard, how the Beardian Progressive School of history was systemically attacked by the reigning consensus, and the OSS (U.S. intelligence service prior to the founding of the CIA)
    - The Founding Fathers and slavery, the Founding Fathers and their complex relationship to democratic and liberal values, thoughts on Alexander Hamilton in light of the success of Lin Manuel Miranda's hip hop musical Hamilton (now experiencing even more success due to it's streaming release on Disney+), William's criticism of Brett Stephen's "unbrokeness" theory of the American political tradition, and the debate around pulling down Confederate statues.
    All that and much more on this special 4th of July edition of Parallax Views!

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X

    Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X

    On this very special edition of Parallax Views, Ilyasah Shabazz, the third daughter of Malcolm X, joins us to discuss the legacy of her father, the work she has done to keep her father's memory alive (including her children's book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Be Malcolm X), and her thoughts on the wave of protests that have followed the police killing of George Floyd.
    Ilyasah Shabazz on July 22nd, 1963 in Queens, New York. As the third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, Ilyasah has dedicated her life to leveraging the legacy of her family to empower the future. Although she was just a young girl when Malcolm X died, she, under the loving guidance of her mother Betty, grew up with the same strong sense of compassion and hunger for justice that drove her father's own life of human rights activism. In 2002, Ilyasah, with the help of Kim McLaren, wrote the critically praised Growing Up X: A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X. She followed that book up with the children's book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, X: A Novel, and Betty Before X. She has continued to keep the legacy of her father alive as well as correcting the record on who he was as a man beyond the media-manufactured of him as well as celebrating the life of her mother Betty Shabazz and seeking to uplift people, especially children, from all walks of life.

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    • 33 min
    A Sociological View on Žižek & the Role of the Public Intellectual w/ Eliran Bar-El

    A Sociological View on Žižek & the Role of the Public Intellectual w/ Eliran Bar-El

    On this edition of Parallax Views, Slovenian philosopher and academic Slavoj Žižek is one of the world's foremost public intellectuals known for his wide breadth of work on a variety of topics including pop culture, Lacanian psychoanalysis, capitalism, the thinking of George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Karl Marx, capitalism, left-wing politics, violence and Occupy Wall Street. Recently, however, he has come under fire for quickly writing a book tackling the current crisis of coroanvirus entitled Pandemic!: COVID-19 Shakes the World (OR Books; 2020). Some argued that Žižek's writing a book on the pandemic so quickly (the book was published in April) showed a lack of academic rigor while other's accused him of profiting off a crisis that he, as a philosopher rather than a scientist, had no business commenting on so soon.
    Our guest on this edition of the program, sociologist Eliran Bar-El, however, takes a different tact in approaching Žižek's attempt to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolds in real time. Although he does not seek a full-throated defense of the Slovenian philosopher, Bar-El does offer a different perspective on Žižek's intervention in his essay "Anti-Anti-Zizek: Public Intellectuals and Global Pan(dem)ic" for the Žižekian Analysis. In this piece, as well his research thesis "Positioning the Intellectual: Zizek as a Sociological Phenomenon", Bar-El attempts to understand Žižek and his often controversial philosophical interventions within a sociological context.
    In this regard Bar-El examines the role of the public intellectual in culture and how that role has changed with time. In fact, Bar-El argues that role of the public intellectual has been diminished over the years Žižek, he says, represents what calls "The Sacrificial Intellectual" who, through his uncompromising engagement with crises as they happen, seeks to reposition the role of the public intellectual while countering both hoaxers and charlatans as well as the narrow-focused expert promoted by an increasingly out-of-touch technocratic elite. In sacrificing his reputation with academia by way of philosophical interventions into currently unfolding events, Bar-El argues, Žižek reaffirms the role of the public intellectual in a way that is appealing to the masses outside of the Ivory Tower. In this way Žižek is able to combat figures of the post-truth era like Dr. Jordan Peterson to a broad audience rather than an academic milieu. We also discuss the philosopher as someone who seeks to ask the right questions rather than provide the answers, the infamous Jordan Peterson vs. Žižek, and related matters.
    All that and more on this very Žižekian edition of Parallax Views!

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Revisiting Jordan Peterson w/ Conrad Hamilton

    Revisiting Jordan Peterson w/ Conrad Hamilton

    On this edition of Parallax Views, just a few short years ago the controversial psychologist and academic Dr. Jordan Peterson became internationally known for his strident crusade against the campus politics, political correctness, and "Social Justice Warrior". After his fame fully blossomed the professor turned his sights towards a quasi-messianic mission to save alienated young men from the throes of nihilism. Many criticized Peterson as a conservative reactionary while defenders of the doctor claimed that he was helping lost male youths "clean their rooms" and get their acts together. The Canadian-born psychologist's stardom peaked with the release of his 2018 book 12 Rules for Life, a self-help book that quickly became a bestseller. Peterson's sudden, meteoric rise to prominence, however, came crashing down about just as quickly and unexpectedly as his initial skyrocketing success when it was discovered that the outspoken doctor was suffering from a benzo addiction.
    Given the nature of his self-help credo, it appeared that Peterson's own failure to "clean his room" would lead to his recession into the footnotes of history. Such a prediction, however, has proven immature as the outspoken academic has returned to stirring-the-pot of the societal discourse in his typically outspoken manner this with a recent piece published by The National Post admonishing activist culture as well as making appearing on his daughter's online show The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast. As such, it seems as good a time as any for Parallax Views to release a previously unpublished conversation with Conrad Hamilton, one of the co-authors of Myth and Mayhem: A Leftist Critique of Jordan Peterson (Zero Books; 2020), revisiting and critiquing the good doctor. In this conversation we get some hilarious Peterson impersonations from Conrad, an analysis of how Peterson's rise to fame was abetted by external forces like the media, the Slavoj Zizek Vs. Peterson debate, Peterson's "non-reading" of deconstructionist philosopher Jacques Derrida, Peterson's charisma, and much, much more.

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    On A MOVE w/ Mike Africa, Jr.

    On A MOVE w/ Mike Africa, Jr.

    On this edition of Parallax Views, Mike Africa, Jr. was born in prison. His parents, Debbie and Mike Africa, were one of 9 members of the Philadelphia-based radical liberation organization MOVE after a year long stand-off with police that ended in the death of an officer. MOVE stands by their claim that the police attacked them and that, in fact, they did not shoot the officer in question. Instead the officer was shot by his own colleagues in the chaos. Eyewitness accounts at the time as well as other evidence have since led credence to MOVE's claims in regards to this infamous 1978 stand-off. Nonetheless, the MOVE 9 were sent to prison and in 1985 the non-incarcerated members of MOVE had a bomb dropped on their home at the direction of Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Osgood. In prison Debbie and Mike gave birth to their son Mike Africa, Jr. who has continued to spread the liberationist message of MOVE while living by his inspirational motto "Never Give Up". For years, Mike Africa, Jr. campaigned for the release of the MOVE 9 and since that time all the members have been released. Unfortunately, one of the MOVE 9, Delbert Africa, recently passed away. As such Parallax Views thought it would be worthwhile to remember MOVE w/ Mike Africa, Jr.
    Mike Africa, Jr. joins us to discuss the story of MOVE as well as to elucidate for us what the MOVE organization believes. Life, Mike says, is at the center of MOVE founder John Africa's philosophy, or, as some have argued, religion. Mike also discusses how he was able to get through the difficult years in his youth separated from his imprisoned parents thanks to the support of his community. Additionally, Mike tells us a bit about the experience of being reunited with his parents Debbie and Mike Africa after they were released from prison. Moreover, we discuss the current protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the possibility that they are an "awakening point", the prison without bars that many gladly accept being trapped in, the need to take justice rather than expecting it to be given, what it takes for change to occur, "The System" as a mentality that has created global oppression, the caged animal (such as a tiger in the zoo or circus) as a metaphor for the oppression of humans, MOVE founder John Africa's adage that "the people are as sick as their government", the plight of children whose parents are incarcerated, and more.

    Mike Africa, Jr. reunited with his parents Debbie Africa and Mike Africa, Sr.

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    • 45 min
    The National Guard Killing of David McAtee + the U.S.-backed Saudi War in Yemen w/ Antiwar.Com's Dave DeCamp

    The National Guard Killing of David McAtee + the U.S.-backed Saudi War in Yemen w/ Antiwar.Com's Dave DeCamp

    On this edition of Parallax Views, as the Saudi bombs fall on Yemen with the full support of the United States, protests over the police killing of George Floyd rage across the America and new cases of government misconduct arise as the National Guard is called in to quell dissent. Dave DeCamp of Antiwar.Com joins us to discuss both topics and how they relate to what the late public intellectual Gore Vidal referred to as "The American Empire".
    First, Dave fills us in on the National Guard killing of the beloved Kentucky-based small-business owner David McAtee as outlined in his piece "The Danger of Sending in the Troops: The Killing of David McAtee". McAtee, a black man who owned YaYa's BBQ Shack restaraunt, was well-respected member of his community who went out of his way to have friendly relations with police officers. He even was known for feeding the boys in blue and refusing to charge them for it. Despite playing-by-all-the-rules, McAtee was killed in the confusion of National Guard being called in to institute curfews and quell protests arising from the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor protests. McAtee's death is made all the more shocking given that he was not involved in the protests. Dave tells us the story of McAtee's death and what it tells us about the dangers of sending in U.S. troops to institute curfews and control protests.
    Then Dave tells us about his piece "As Coronavirus Rips Through Yemen, Saudi Bombs Continue to Fall". Dave explains how Saudi Arabia has been dropping bombs on Yemen with the full support of the U.S. and how this has made Yemen struggle through the coronavirus pandemic, a cholera outbreak, and food shortages all the more desperate. In this regard we discuss how Yemen has become a shocking humanitarian crisis that had led to death and suffering due to the U.S.'s antagonistic attitudes towards the Houthi government. Additionally, Dave and I talk a little bit about the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. in contrast to the relationship to Iran and the U.S.

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    • 59 min

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