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I'm a writer and performer and I rant about art, culture, politics and everything that annoys me. Which is a lot.

Fear Of A Black Planet James Black

    • Performing Arts

I'm a writer and performer and I rant about art, culture, politics and everything that annoys me. Which is a lot.

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep155 - Freedom is not optional

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep155 - Freedom is not optional

    This week I talk about: 
    The dispiriting nature of the lockdown
    The disputed science around the Covid-19 threat
    Lord Sumption’s piece in the Mail On Sunday
    Why Liberty is not an optional extra
    Freedom, fulfilment and citizenship
    Will the lockdown change our views on the social contract? 
    Music and art during the lockdown
    Shutting down a string quartet
    Scepticism versus ‘truther’ conspiracies

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep154 - Red Pill and Propaganda

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep154 - Red Pill and Propaganda

    This week I talk about: 
    Liberty, citizenship and flourishing
    Owning my basic white guy-ness
    Humanism and civil liberties
    Nihilism and wokeness
    Human nature and grand statements
    My problems with the red pill movement
    Good Trump/Bad Trump reflections
    Propaganda everywhere

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep153 - Coronavirus and Aldous Huxley

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep153 - Coronavirus and Aldous Huxley

    This week I talk about:
    Why I have had a break in podcasts
    Watching the UK become a ‘command society’
    Democratic audit and hysteria
    How Fear Works by Frank Furedi (book)
    Hysteria and public consent
    Peter Hitchens contra mundum
    Aldous Huxley on propaganda and hysteria
    Vigilance in moments of social weakness
    The hatred of dissent
    Fake dissent and the mainstream media
    A wee song to end off on

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep130 - Bill Burr, Handmaid’s Tale and picking your battles

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep130 - Bill Burr, Handmaid’s Tale and picking your battles

    This week I talk about:
    Avoiding reactive Culture War clashes
    Presenting your own world view robustly
    Picking your battles
    Feminism and Handmaid’s Tale hysteria
    True gender oppression in Islamic dictatorships
    Bill Burr’s new special
    Political correctness and the woke blackout
    Passive aggressive woke tactics

    Fear of A Black Planet - Ep129 - Tulsi Gabbard, alarmist media and individuality

    Fear of A Black Planet - Ep129 - Tulsi Gabbard, alarmist media and individuality

    This week I talk about:
    My recent gig 
    Good songwriters vs showoff musos
    Some interesting songs
    Cultivating individuality
    Mill, Wilde and eccentricity
    Tulsi Gabbard (hot) and free speech
    Identity politics and alarmist media
    The real enemy is not Trump or Boris

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep128 - The beginning of the end for woke

    Fear Of A Black Planet - Ep128 - The beginning of the end for woke

    This week I talk about:

    Dave Chappelle’s new special
    Speaking truth to power
    How the woke types became a new aristocracy 
    The loss of religion
    Divided times and wokeness
    Douglas Murray on mob outrage
    The moral vacuum and ideology

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