Moving Forward In A Time of Increased Far Right Violence, A Conversation With Author and Reporter Shane Burley.
Our guest today is Shane Burley. Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It (AK Press). His work as appeared in places such as Truthout, Jacobin, AlterNet, In These Times, Political Research Associates, Waging Nonviolence, Labor Notes, ThinkProgress, ROAR Magazine and Upping the Anti. Follow him on Twitter: @shane_burley1.
Luke Lafko is a social justice/anti-war activist currently residing in the state of Florida. He currently works as an employment counselor with people who are educationally and/or economically disadvantaged. Luke believes passionately that we must not forgot about those segments of our society that the greater whole of our intuitions either simply forgets or neglects. In Luke’s time working in social services and his time engaging in social justice movements, he feels strongly that there is a disconnect between public opinion and public policy. Luke’s is also about to graduate with his dual bachelor’s degree in Public policy & Criminal justice focusing his attention on bringing a voice to the otherwise voiceless and assisting those within his surrounding communities navigate the public policy arena.
Luke is also former US Marine who has been on two combat deployments to Iraq. It is important to remember, as Luke likes to say, that he did not join the military out of patriotism, nationalism or any other abstraction; Luke enlisted into the military because he was languishing in a rust belt town that offered little drive and excitement. In part, Luke didn’t take into account the gravity of his hasty decision to join the US Marine Corp and soon found himself in a far off desert land participating in one of the greatest immoral wars of the 21st century. Luke has since denounced the war on terror, the war in Afghanistan and of course the war in Iraq. While Luke has lived within the relationship between US Empire and the global war on terrorism, he understands that its relationship between the two that, more often than not, offers the world a reservoir of newly created terrorist organizations, among all others both organizationally and individually, who have suffered as a result of strong arming its foreign policy. For Luke, for every regional problem, both foreign and domestic, is viewed as a nail with the military being the hammer; and that is a problem he maintains his focus on. War is an economy. War is a racket; and with booming arms sales comes a series of events that are certainly unpredictable.
Anthony DiMaggio has a Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, with a focus on media, social movements, inequality, and politics at Lehigh University. He is the author of the books The Politics of Persuasion: Economic Policy and Media Bias in the Modern Era, and Selling War, Selling Hope: Presidential Rhetoric, the News Media and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11. You can find more of Anthony’s writings in CounterPunch, TruthOut and Salon.
Today we are going to be discussing Anthony’s upcoming book Rebellion in America: Citizen Uprisings, the News Media, and the Politics of Plutocracy.
Our guest today is Dr. Bones. Dr. Bones is a conjurer, gonzo reporter and egoist-communist. His narrative journalism, found at Gods and Radicals and his website 'The Conjure House,' combines sorcerous metaphysics with insurrectionary anarchism. He also has written a book titled 'Curse Your Boss, Hex the State, Take Back the World,' where he weaves these themes into a stirring critique of modern society with a call for occult rebellion. Bones is one half of 'The Guillotine,' a revolutionary news and call-in show co-hosted with Breht from Revolutionary Left Radio that is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing podcasts on the Left. He lives in Florida where he eats alligator, gets drunk in forgotten towns, and shits pure sunshine.
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