In this brief email an individual attending university observes faculty hypocrisy and student anger when attempting to discuss and understand the most significant event in recent world history.
(Received October 6, 2013)
To: James Tracy
(September 26, 2013)
Guest: Professor James Tracy of [censored] University and MemoryHoleBlog, who has been plagued by the mainstream media and by his own university administration for raising questions about the recent Navy Yard shooting, the Sandy Hook massacre, and other questionable events.
September 27, 2013
The DC Navy Yard shooting marks yet another disturbing and tragic event that illustrates the dangers of lax gun laws and limited access to mental healthcare. Irrational notions that gunman and former US serviceman Aaron Alexis may have been under government surveillance and one or more forms of electronic harassment have nonetheless arisen. These thought crimes are not helpful in this time of national mourning and point to the sheer lunacy of those who traffic in them.
Over ninety years ago political analyst Walter Lippmann noted how the masses overwhelmingly rely on subjective views–“the pictures in our heads,” or what he termed “stereotypes”–to make sense of the world. “The stereotype,” Edward Bernays elaborated, “is the basis of a large part of the work of the public relations counsel.”
These views mirror those of an elite class that Lippmann and Bernays were pleased to serve—an elite that, taken as a whole, now retains several thousand such minds throughout government and the private sector. As these social scientists and public relations technicians proceed under the broadly-held assumption that as more “qualified” parties are enfranchised to enact realpolitik, the public must necessarily be condemned to flounder in Plato’s cave.
The observations captured here emerged in preparation for a September 13 interview on Iran’s Press TV.
It is now becoming increasingly clear to the broader public that the so-called “War on Terror”–the latest chapter of which involves destabilization and proposed military action against Syria–constitutes a twelve-year-old effort to wage never-ending war abroad while maintaining a massive psychological warfare campaign on the citizenry back home.
The following brief address by James Tracy was originally intended for presentation via Skype to the No War with Syria Rally in Detroit Michigan on the evening of September 8.
The actual speech could not be delivered because of technical issues experienced by the event’s organizers.
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Coming this fall, 9/11 in the Academic Community, a Winner of the University of Toronto Film Festival, is a unique film that documents academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11 by exploring the taboo that shields the American government’s narrative from scholarly examination. Through a powerful reflection on intellectual courage and the purpose of academia, the film aims at changing intellectual discourse on 9/11 and the War on Terror.
This article was originally posted at Memory Hole Blog and Global Research.ca on June 2, 2012.-JFT
In 1964 Harper‘s magazine published the now famous essay, “The Paranoid Style of American Politics,” by historian and public intellectual Richard Hofstadter. Appearing in the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater’s Republican presidential nomination, the tract remains emblematic of liberal anxiety toward serious and in many cases unresolved questions regarding the forces behind American governance. “The Paranoid Style” overall helped establish the term “conspiracy theory” as likely the most powerful epithet in the American political lexicon. “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds,” Hofstadter wrote.
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Prof. James Tracy: The Sandy Hook School Massacre:
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Tonight we talk to Dr. James F. Tracy of MemoryHoleBlog.com, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University about the academy. What part do academics play in the current slide into tyranny in the developed world? What is the responsibility of intellectuals? What happened to the social activism that was once an integral part of campus culture? Tune in tonight as we explore these important issues.