Joe Clement talks with Jason Read about psychoanalytic philosopher Slavoj Zizek and Sophie Fiennes philosophical documentary: The Pervert's Guide to Ideology. This is the second film Zizek and Fiennes have made together, the first being The Pervert's Guide to Cinema. Both films analyze dozens of films and uses films to illustrate concepts in psychoanalysis, the critique of ideology, and how we might recognize the subtle and difficult ways we are implicated in ideology.
Alan Wieder analyzes racism and crypto-apartheid in Israeli soccer as symptomatic of racism in Israeli society directed against Arabs. He takes as his starting point AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng recent gesture of disgust with Israeli fan's racist chants, reverberations of solidarity by Jerusalem and regional leaders, and goes on to consider the racist history of Israeli Soccer. He also raises the question of Israel's intensifying ethnocentrism.
Iven Hale hosts this President's Day episode. Please note that an unforseen glitch in the recording clipped the first 30 or so seconds from the beginning. Once it can be recovered it will be re-inserted. All that was lost was the intro-music and some of Iven's opening remarks. On the rest of the show, we hear:
Today words like "republican" or "independence" or "liberty" are likely to conjure ideas about the freedom of business, right to work laws, and the aggrandizement of owner-entrepreneurs. Joe Clement interviews Alex Gourevitch's about his recent article for Jacobin Magazine on "Wave Slavery and Republican Liberty", which argues against this grain.
Bill Resnick talks with Michael Fox, a freelance journalist and documentary film-maker, about the death of Hugo Chavez and the future of popular movements and socialism in Venezuela. They consider the charges of authoritarianism, on the one hand, and the vibrancy of Venezuelan democratic culture and controls, on the other.
Tom Becker reads excerpts from Alfred W. McCoy's op-ed, "Space Warfare and the Future of US Global Power," which he wrote for the Al-Jazeera. It exposes the Pentagon's project to re-militarize space with advanced drone technology in the name of national security.
Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker take a break from their usual Left and the Law MO and review a new drug-war action flick, "Snitch". It stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a John Matthews, a father who goes under cover for the DEA to exonerate his son, who was himself arrested in a drug-deal set up by federal agents. They consider the truth and lies of the drug war represented by Hollywood, and how it's conservative morality may contain some gems of radical provocation.
Joe talks with Dan Gross, co-author with Staughton Lynd of the book, "Labor Law for the Rank and Filer". They talk about labor law as an overall impediment to the labor movement, but how it can still figure into successful organizing today. They also talk about solidarity unionism and its advantageous differences from business unionism. There is extra content that did not air, but which still needs to be edited before posting.