On the Topic of Conspiracy (Theory) 12

TracyOn this episode New Zealand-based philosopher Matthew R. X. Dentith interviews James Tracy. The two discuss false flag terror and the uses and origins of the “conspiracy theory” term in modern public discourse.

Matthew is a self-described “conspiracy theory theorist” who wrote his doctoral dissertation on conspiracy theories. In that work and his new book he breaks from the commonplace disparagement of “conspiracy theorists,” arguing in part that engaging with and thinking seriously about political conspiracies would likely contribute to a much more vibrant political discourse than what is observable today.

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We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo 19

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This week’s guest on Real Politik is Islamic Studies scholar, journalist, and pioneer 9/11 Truth activist Kevin Barrett. Dr. Barrett discusses his most recent book, We Are Not Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11, an exciting new volume featuring contributions from Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Webster Tarpley, Barbara Honegger, Alain Soral, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and many more.

Barrett holds a doctorate in Arabic Studies from The University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a regular columnist at Iran’s PressTV, an editor at Veterans Today, and the host of his long-running interview program Truth Jihad Radio. Barrett is also the author of Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (Progressive 2006) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (Khadir, 2009).

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White Identity and the Limits of Free Speech 43

Today Sociology and African American Studies Professor Saida Grundy officially joins the faculty at Boston University. As someone attempting to come to terms with my own identity I am delighted to welcome such a courageous colleague to the academy.

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Boston U Prof. Saida Grundy [Image Credit: Twitter]

In May a controversy erupted when the vivacious incoming assistant professor “Tweeted” remarks construed as racist by some close-minded observers. For example, in January 2015 she wrote,

Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. and every year i find it nearly impossible.

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The Transnational Corporate “N—–ization” of America 74

On June 22 notable black scholar Cornel West remarked that President Obama’s inability to label the Charleston shooting an act of “white supremacism” effectively “Niggerized” the Commander in Chief. “I would say the first black president has become the first ‘Niggerized’ black president” West told CNN.

Why? A Niggarized black person is a person who is afraid and scared and intimidated when it comes to putting a spotlight on white supremacy and fighting against white supremacy.

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Toward a Parade of Irreverent Commentary 50

I am a new contributor at Memory Hole that seeks to frankly address a variety of issues in American academe from what will be an often ironic liberal perspective that this blog may from time-to-time lack. Being a generally open-minded chap, Dr. Tracy has offered me a platform and I am proceeding under a pseudonym of my own choosing.

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Professor Barclay Tweed

This is necessary because the academic community, perhaps surprisingly for some, is among the foremost holdouts to views and analyses that even modestly diverge from its own. In addition, contributing to a site like this using my real name could seriously torpedo my chances of ever receiving an NEH grant or obtaining weighty blurbs from established colleagues on future book projects.

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What’s Past is Prologue 9

mhuffJames is joined on this week’s Real Politik by Mickey Huff, director of the internationally-recognized media education and activist organization Project Censored,. Huff is professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay area. He is also co-host with former Project Censored director Dr. Peter Phillips of the Project Censored Show. The program airs weekly as part of The Morning Mix on Pacifica’s KPFA Free Speech Radio in Berkeley, CA. He is also on the steering committee of the Media Freedom Foundation, Banned Books Week, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and the National Coalition Against Censorship. More…

The Creation of ShadowRing 13

Free Mind Films’ New Feature-Length Documentary

Author James Perloff ashadowringnd Free Mind Films producer Chris Emery join James on this week’s Real Politik to discuss ShadowRing, Free Mind Films’ most ambitious project to date. The full-scale historical overview of the world’s power elite is scheduled for release June 6th on DVD and June 11th via pay-per-view. Perloff and Emery explain their roles and experience in the film financing, production and marketing.

Directed by Austin Green (A Noble Lie, State of Mind) ShadowRing provides a broad-ranging history charting the hidden influence of the transnational power elite on American foreign and economic policies over the past century. The film’s script was written by Perloff, based on his books, The Shadows of Power (1988) and Truth is a Lonely Warrior (2014), and narrated by Hollywood producer and actor Kevin Sorbo.

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Spies in Academic Clothing 9

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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