News From Nowhere Ep. 07

Adam Curtis And Reality Control

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I review the new Adam Curtis documentary, HyperNormalisation, about reasons for the breakdown of collective reality and the problems this has caused.

Notes And Links

News From Nowhere Ep. 06

The Carolina Cocktail

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I’m back in Bihar this week. I discuss why Donald Trump is a “big fan of Hindu” and why donating to the GOP after the North Carolina arson attack won’t save American democracy.

Notes And Links

News From Nowhere Ep. 05

The Paramilitary’s New Pants

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This week from Mumbai! Where the press sells magic conch sheels and covers fashion trends among right-wing street thugs.

Notes And Links

Some missing context on the story I read about the new RSS uniforms—a court ruled that the old uniforms made the paramilitaries look too much like real police officers

Rohit Chopra’s India Explained Twitter feed

Vastu Tips and just found! the $1,375 magic seashell

Wall Street Journal article on the Clinton/Blink 182 UFO connection

News From Nowhere Ep. 04

Nightmare Spelunking 2016

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The presidential candidates have infiltrated the collective unconscious. Corey interprets the great plague of political dreams.

Notes And Links

My Baffler column on political dreams and nightmares

Donald Trump promises to make every American dream come true

Hillary Clinton suggests young people are ungrateful

A Christian “prophet” sees Trump as a bulldozer tearing through the White House based on a woman’s dream

Latest Trump/Clinton dreams reported by Twitter users

News From Nowhere Ep. 03

When Nerds Get Flirty… With Fascism

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This episode contrasts one jock hero, Colin Kaepernick, and one recently outed-as-nefarious nerd, Palmer Luckey, a Facebook executive and founder of Oculus VR.

I noticed only after mixing and uploading the episode that I mistakenly said “pledge of allegiance” instead of “national anthem” when discussing Kaepernick’s protest. I do realize there’s a difference and if you nag me about it I may invite you to work for free as my sound editor and production intern.

Notes And Links

Daily Beast story exposing Palmer Luckey as a key funder of a pro-Donald Trump “shitposting” operation

A few links on the relevant Reddit board notoriously populated by neo-Nazis

Luckey’s official corporate non-apology

Bemused UK Telegraph profile of Luckey

Gizmodo item about Luckey and his Gamergater girlfriend

New York magazine post I quoted, with links to other sources

Luckey credits his success to home-schooling

One more crusty old asshole moans about Colin Kaepernick

News From Nowhere Ep. 02

What If Trump Wins?

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Apocalypse, coup d’etat or four more years of mulligans and ineptitude? The most likely outcomes of a Trump presidency considered.

Notes And Links

Ronald L. Feinman article, “The Constitutional Crisis We’d face If Donald Trump Actually Became President”

New York Times article that leads with Hillary Clinton’s “apocalypse” quip

Anne Applebaum’s nightmares come alive in the Washington Post

My blog post, “Trump Means It: Time To Make Plans For The American Nightmare Scenario”

Student video by Dustin Wynn and Peteros Mekonnen, “Forcing Muslims to Wear Badges,” and the write-up by AlterNet

Brookings fellow and Lawfare blogger Benjamin Wittes’ essay on “Trump as National Security Threat”

News From Nowhere Ep. 01

This Election Is Totally Rigged, Man

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Hi from Bihar! This inaugural episode considers the role of conspiracy theories in the 2016 US presidential elections, with special guest appearances by Alex Jones, Donald Trump, the John Birch Society and an assortment of Holocaust deniers and the politicians who pander to them, such as Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka.

Notes And Links

My Magical Thinking column in The Baffler on conspiracy theories in the 2016 US presidential elections

Previous Magical Thinking columns

Alex Jones profile by Alexander Zaitchik in Rolling Stone

None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen

Gary Allen obituary featuring Mike Allen in the Los Angeles Times

Mike Allen profile in The New York Times Magazine

John G. Schmitz’s obituary by his admirers in a Holocaust-denial outfit

The Blue Book of the John Birch Society by Robert Welch

Alex Cockburn column on how conspiracy theory filled the void of Marxist political economy in leftist politics