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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.

    • Society & Culture

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

    TRUEANON!!!: Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and More w/ Brace Belden

    TRUEANON!!!: Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and More w/ Brace Belden

    In 2018 Parallax Views began delving into the sordid saga of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who had connections to various elite figures in high places included President Donald Trump, President Bill Clinton, former Victoria's Secrets CEO Leslie Wexner, and many others. This startling story ended up taking a new turn when Epstein was arrested and, shortly thereafter, found dead in his jail cell of an apparent suicide (although due to Epstein's ties to the elite strata of society conspiracy theories abound).  Since then a Netflix documentary, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, has been released and the sordid saga of this billionaire child sex offender and the mysteries of his life have garnered widespread attention. Now, Epstein's procurer, the elite socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, has been arrested by the FBI and the case is again commanding public attention.
    On this edition of the Parallax Views, J.G. Michael welcomes Brace Belden, co-host of the of the popular TrueAnon podcast alongside Liz Franczak, to the program to revisit the story of Jeffrey Epstein, the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, and the connections of Leslie Wexler and MC2 Model Management's Jean-Luc Brunel (himself accused of multiple acts of rape) to this sordid saga. Parallax Views' occasional French correspondent, Marlon Ettinger, who was at the New York trial of Epstein, pops up for a portion of the conversation as well. Brace also gives his thoughts on TrueAnon's dark humor, thoughts on the right-wing's obsession with Pizzagate and QAnon conspiracy theories (with comments on Roger Stone, Jack Posobiec, etc., his experience interviewing Epstein victim/survivor Maria Farmer, Epstein survivor Virginia Giuffre vs Epstein pal and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, whether Brace is CIA, Brace's personal story of being sent to a troubled teen boot camp (known as a CEDU program and related to WWASP behavior modifcation schools and the cult Synanon), and more.

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Holocaust Denial w/ Dr. Andrew Mathis and Marlon Ettinger

    Holocaust Denial w/ Dr. Andrew Mathis and Marlon Ettinger

    On this edition of Parallax Views, a roundtable discussion on Holocaust denial w/ Dr. Andrew E. Mathis (aka Thames Darwin) and our semi-regular correspondent Marlon Ettinger. Believe it or not, there are those who deny the Holocaust perpetrated against the Jewish people by Nazi Germany in the 20th century. Dr. Mathis, as an academic, has spent much time fighting against Holocaust denial. In fact, he has even gotten into the weeds and spoken to/debated the deniers themselves. In this roundtable conversation we discuss:- What Holocaust Denial is and the elements of it.- The early history of Holocaust denial from revisionist historians like Harry Elmer Barnes to the various operations of white supremacist move-and-shaker Willis Carto of the Liberty Lobby, Institute for Historical Review, the Barnes Review, and the American Free Press (we also touch upon Carto's connection to the mysterious post-war American Nazi Francis Parker Yockey aka Ulrike Varange)- The relationship between figures like Willis Carto and neo-nazis like William Luther Pierce and the way in which Holocaust denier target young men for recruitment.- The connection between the extremely conservative Regnery Publishing family and Holocaust; thoughts on historian like Ernest Nolte and whether they can be considered adjacent to Holocaust denier- British historian David Irving's infamous involvement in the world of Holocaust denial and his lawsuit against Deborah Lipstadt, who took issue with Irving's revisionism.- The Jewish holocaust denier Dr. Fred A. Leuchter, the strange Nazi UFO conspiracy theorist Ernst Zundel, and holocaust denier's claims about "Prussian Blue".- Why combating Holocaust denial matters, what the passage of Holocaust deniers in historical memory means for the future, and much, much more.

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    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 of Žižek & the Role of the Public Intellectual w/ Eliran Bar-El

    A Sociological View of 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

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