Legendary iconoclast Tony Hendra joins Real Politik to discuss the history of postwar comedy and his role therein. Hendra is best-known for playing Ian Faith, manager of the mock heavy metal band Spinal Tap. He was also a pioneer in early British political satire, working with Monty Python founding members Graham Chapman and John Cleese, and was the first managing editor of the National Lampoon, America’s pioneer multimedia comedy powerhouse, where he worked alongside Lampoon founders Doug Kenney, Henry Beard and Rob Hoffman. While at Lampoon Hendra produced the Woodstock mockery Lemmings, discovering such figures as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest.
Are there Limits to Inquiry?
Should faculty be restrained from or even punished for investigating complex and controversial events of enormous political significance?
Jim Fetzer and Stephen Francis are very pleased to present:
Academic Freedom Conference (Taped Saturday, 27-28 August 2016)
AFC II: Introduction: James H. Fetzer
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
AFC II: Session 1: Francis A. Boyle, Ph.D.,
noted Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College
of Law, earned his A.B. in Political Science from Chicago, J.D. from
Harvard Law School and his A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science
also from Harvard University.
On this edition James is joined by lifelong New England resident and political activist Maureen Crowley, who over the past few years has investigated and publicly questioned the official narrative of the Sandy Hook massacre event. Maureen is perhaps best known for confronting the Newtown Public Safety and Security Commission in March 2015, where she demanded officials interrogate and explain the Sandy Hook shooting’s numerous anomalies. She has also confronted various individuals linked to the event and prodded journalists to truly investigate the official narrative’s numerous inconsistencies.
Maureen Crowley was born in New Britain Connecticut, attended local schools, and graduated from Central Connecticut State University. A community news reporter and piano teacher, around 2004 she began her first of 12 years of letters to the President, as she enclosed an article about children in Voluntown, Connecticut sending coffee to troops in Afghanistan.
Jim Fetzer joins the program this week to discuss current false flag terror events, the 2016 US Presidential Campaign, and new edited volumes he has recently edited on the Sandy Hook massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing, the 9/11 terror attacks, and academic freedom.
Fetzer is the Knight emeritus professor of philosophy at University of Minnesota Duluth. A founding member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, he has authored and edited over 30 books on the philosophy of science, artificial intelligence, and analyses of American political conspiracies, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the plane crash of Senator Paul Wellstone, and the events of September 11, 2001.
Robert David Steele joins the program to discuss the political and historical context of false flag terror in the post-9/11, Sandy Hook and now Orlando eras. From vast experience in public service as a CIA case officer he argues how the US government has been long-influenced by forces working decidedly against the American public.
Steele suggests how the efficacy of probable false flag events to influence public policy is aggravated by the American people’s conditioned apathy and often willful ignorance toward public life itself.
Citizen journalist Robin from Honr.info and YouTube channel HowISee the World joins James this week to discuss the Orlando mass shooting event and other related “terrorist” narratives now commonplace in the corporate media terrain.
Robin’s online research and analysis of such poorly-understood incidents suggest how easy it should be for journalists and news organizations to examine the storylines presented by government agencies and spokespersons. Over the past several years he has made dozens of recorded calls to the very official parties whose feet need to be held to the fire, including the FBI and medical personnel, yet who are rarely held to account in any meaningful way by salaried reporters.
Americans today have an almost identical recollection of World War Two as the “good war”, fought by their forebears against cartoonisly evil “Nazis” and “Japs”. Yet how much do we really know about that crucial event and the decades of complex European history preceding it? Why, and for whom, were the twentieth century’s worldwide wars actually waged?
M.S. “Mike” King joins James to discuss his 2015 book The Bad War: The Truth Never Taught About World War 2. Mike is a private investigative journalist, researcher, and political analyst based in the New York City area. A 1987 graduate of Rutgers University, he spent 30 years in marketing and advertising–areas of expertise that have equipped him with a unique perspective when it comes to understanding how “public opinion” on decisive issues and events has been scientifically manufactured for at least a century.
On this edition author, academic and journalist Joanna Williams joins James from the UK to discuss her new work, Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). The volume provides a carefully researched historical examination of the highly politicized anti-free speech movements that have developed at university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic.
Joanna Williams is the education editor of Spiked Online and was recently profiled in the Times Higher Education. She began her career teaching English in secondary schools and Further Education. For close to a decade she was a lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent. Joanna is also the author of Consuming Higher Education Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury, 2012).
Today there is considerable justified alarm concerning the dangers vaccines pose to human health. Yet there are few alternatives offered to the conventional vaccination schedule. On this episode Minnesota-based author and homeopathic physician Dr. Cilla Whatcott returns to speak with James on the contemporary wide scale international acceptance of homeoprophylaxis–or homeopathic vaccination–in countries including the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, and Cuba.
Homeoprophylaxis is a safe and natural alternative to conventional vaccination. As the recent controversy surrounding the feature-length documentary Vaxxed suggests, the broader public and even mainstream medical doctors are becoming increasingly alarmed at the probable dangers posed by conventional vaccination.
Cilla is also co-organizing the second annual Homeoprophylaxis Conference 2016, to take place in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 7-9. The event will include numerous noteworthy homeopathic researchers and practitioners.
Independent artist, author and journalist Bernie Suarez joins the program to discuss the history and modern dynamics of mass media and propaganda as they relate to government intrigue. James and Bernie also consider how corporate news media function as essentially public relations conduits to present unusual occurrences such as 9/11 and many recent mass shooting events absent any real journalistic
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On this week’s edition of Real Politik public intellectual and academic iconoclast Darrell Hamamoto joins James to address an array of issues including the foundation-funded identity politics movement characterizing US college campuses in 2016. Hamamoto’s incisive socio-political research and commentary revealing the machinations of the modern power elite and knowledge machine have made him a significant force for meaningful awareness and change. Such efforts have been met with major resistance by his university employer and the larger forces governing today’s philanthropic and federally-dependent academic institutions.
Tom Slater of Spiked UK joins James on this week’s Real Politik to discuss the war against free expression being waged on college campuses across the West by today’s self-appointed emissaries of political correctness. In stark contrast from the 1960s, when college students at UC Berkeley and elsewhere forged paths toward intellectual and personal autonomy while vigorously defending all forms of speech, many faculty and students today seek to be shielded from virtually anything they deem threatening or hurtful.
Stemming from the backdropof now common anti-Enlightenment precepts that characterize much of the humanities, the crusade for political correctness reaches from scholarly publications and the seminar room to government-mandated efforts policing behavior and intimate relations.