Spies in Academic Clothing 7

This week’s edition is excerpted from an almost two hour cross interview and discussion with Jan Irvin of Gnostic Media. His historical research addresses Western intelligence community’s longtime involvement in mind control research and the crafting of popular culture and belief.

Irvin’s unconventional project seeks to recover a history involving pivotal figures, including Dead Sea Scrolls researcher John Allegro and author Aldous Huxley, that has been long obscured by the intelligence community and attendant political forces.

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Theorizing Conspiracy Theory 21

On this week’s Real Politik our guest is New Zealand-based philosopher and conspiracy theory researcher Matthew R. X. Dentith. He is a self-described “conspiracy theory theorist” who wrote his doctoral dissertation on conspiracy theories.

In addition to teachdentithing courses in political philosophy and critical thinking, Matthew is the author of the book, The Philosophy of Conspiracy Theories (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). He also hosts his own podcast, The Podcaster’s Guide to the Conspiracy, and blogs at all-embracing.episto.org/

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Intellectual Freedom and Managed Dissent 25

SofEOn this week’s edition of Real Politik James speaks with University of California Davis Professor Darrell Hamamoto. The two discuss the UC’s recent persecution of Hamamoto for his outspokenness on controversial issues in the classroom, the “managed consent” and orthodox nature of academic ethnic studies and multicultural programs, and Hamamoto’s most recent book, Servitors of Empire: Studies in the Dark Side of Asian America (TrineDay 2014).

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Among the “Conspiracy Theory” Theorists 103

By James F. Tracy

The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and Political Science Department held what was likely the world’s first official academic Conference on Conspiracy Theories from March 12th to 14th. The event was attended by 45 social scientists, historians and philosophers, including this author, who was initially uncertain whether he had been invited as a colleague or specimen.

conspiracy-400x264The estrangement and doubt toward the conspiratorial by many attendees was evident in some paper titles, such as, “Anti-Science Conspiracy Theories of the Right and Left,” “Telling the Truth About Believing the Lies,” and “Conspiracy Beliefs and Personal Beliefs: Exploring the Linkage between a Person’s Value System and his/her Conspiratorial Ideas.” One overarching assumption in the social scientific research was evident in three conspiracy bugaboos: “climate change denial,” “vaccination denial,” and questioning President Obama’s genealogy. Other sources of what certain academic vernaculars term “conspiracy ideation” or “conspiracy belief” included 9/11, the JFK assassination, and the crash of TWA 800.

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9/11 in the Academic Community 39

Zuberi1“When it comes to academia, what does it mean to base an entire account on tortured testimony?”-Adnan Zuberi

Canadian filmmaker Adnan Zuberi is this week’s guest on Real Politik, where he discusses his award-winning 2013 documentary, 9/11 in the Academic Community: Academia’s Treatment of Critical Perspectives on 9/11. Zuberi also discuss his own experiences and interactions as a university student that contributed to his creation of the film, as well as more recent projects addressing geopolitics and the “war on terror.”

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Free Speech and Civil Rights in Academe 7

danseigel4Attorney Dan Siegel discusses his life’s work, from his early years as a civil rights and antiwar activist, to his legal career as a nationally-recognized labor law expert defending professors and athletic coaches under fire from university administrators.

A 1970 graduate of University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Siegel was initially denied entry to the California Bar because of his free speech and antiwar activism. After successfully contesting this decision before California’s Supreme Court, he helped establish the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Project in Southeast Asia. In 1973 Siegel returned to the Bay Area to begin a community law collective representing workers and labor unions in employment discrimination, labor law, and civil rights litigation.

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Anatomy of a Medical Hoax 56

Investigative journalist Jon Rappoport (jonrappoport.wordpress.com/) discusses his trailblazing research on the relationship between AIDS, mass media, and the medico-pharmaceutical complex, explaining how this project readily informs his most recent analysis and insights on the Ebola phenomenon presently sweeping the globe.

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The Case That Should Have Changed History 29

Joan_Mellen-226x300On this week’s edition of Real Politik, Temple University Professor Joan Mellen joins James to discuss Jim Garrison’s landmark investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission Report’s release.

Professor Mellen is a New York Times best-selling author of over twenty books on film studies, popular culture, and biography. She is a foremost authority on the Garrison 1967-69 investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency’s attempts to undermine the probe. Mellen’s most recent titles include Our Man in Haiti: George de Mohrenschildt and the CIA in the Nightmare Republic (2012), The Great Game in Cuba: How the CIA Sabotaged Its Own Plot to Unseat Fidel Castro (2013), and a second edition of A Farewell to Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK’s Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History (2005/2013).

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The Climategate Emails 46

climate-gate-imageBy John Costella

The most difficult thing for a scientist in the era of Climategate is trying to explain to family and friends why it is so distressing to scientists. Most people don’t know how science really works: there are no popular television shows, movies or books that really depict the everyday lives of real scientists; it just isn’t exciting enough. I’m not talking here about the major discoveries of science—which are well-described in documentaries, popular science series, and magazines—but rather how the week-by-week process of science (often called the “scientific method”) actually works.

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