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I'm ending my first full year of podcasting with a review of the current political climate, featuring none other than the passionate and hilarious Jimmy Dore. Jimmy is the host of the über-popular The Jimmy Dore Show, one of the most incisive political news shows of our time. Jimmy was also a member of The Young Turks (the second Young Turk on the show, after Hasan Piker on AEWCH 36), and his comedy special, Sentenced To Live, is available on iTunes and Amazon. Also, Jimmy is a fellow Patreon-er, and you can support his Patreon here.
Jimmy and I talk about his transition from comedy to new commenter to target of smear campaign. We also go into free speech and its pitfalls, the absence of foundational questions in the media, why Trump's America doesn't start with Trump and censorship doesn't start with Alex Jones, how post-Trump we'll still have all the same problems, how capitalism relies on war, and what we can do as individuals and a culture to change things ASAP.
• For more of Jimmy, you can check out his comedy; his book, Your Country Is Just Not That Into You: How the Media, Wall Street, and Both Political Parties Keep on Screwing You Even After You've Moved On. Here's AEWCH guest Abby Martin in conversation with Jimmy about empire.
• And if you're interested in CNN's attempts to lump Jimmy in with Nazis, here's his episode on it.
• I talked at length about the problems with the whole Russian collusion narrative way back on AEWCH 18 with Robbie Martin.
• I wrote about the opt-in adult content UK laws way back in 2013. And here's an OUT magazine article with a quote from me about the tumblr adult content ban. Oh, and here's a bit on Operation Chokepoint.
• "Many in Milwaukee Neighborhood Didn’t Vote — and Don’t Regret It" from the New York Times just after the election results in 2016.
• In one of the few moments of clarity on the mainstream news, on a pundit discussion about Palestinians killed by the Israeli military, Eddie Glaude broke down for a moment and talked about human beings instead of politics.
• Interested in seeing the well-made, morally bankrupt movie, Eye in the Sky? It's a piece of shit, but good to consider why these questions are not worthwhile questions.
• The "Nayirah testimony," in which a young Kuwaiti girl testified to Congress that babies were being killed in hospitals, was one of the key components that led us to the first Iraq War. It was a total fabrication.
• Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky is still relevant (unfortunately!), and worth a read.
• Interested in the anti-fascist redneck movement? Yes, it exists. Here's Redneck Revolt who are, in their words, "Putting the Red Back In Redneck"
• War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification by Jeff Halper is an excellent and complicated book about why foreign governments support Israel. It also has lots of great information in it like the civilian casualties quote I mentioned.