Air Date: 8-22-2017
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Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill
Ch. 2: Act 1: Keri Leigh Merritt on the underlying purposes of white supremacy - CounterSpin (@FAIRmediawatch) - Air Date 8-18-17
Ch. 3: Song 1: Out With the Old - Casa Di Mondo
Ch. 4: Act 2: The history of the raising of Civil War monuments - @offkiltershow - Air Date 8-18-17
Ch. 5: Song 2: RACIST MONUMENT SING-A-LONG - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-06-17
Ch. 6: Act 3: American racism during Jim Crow inspired and helped legitimize the Nazis - @RalphNader Radio Hour - Air Date 6-24-17
Ch. 7: Song 3: Nazi (Live) - Chumbawamba
Ch. 8: Act 4: The homegrown practice of honoring a history of white supremacy - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17
Ch. 9: Song 4: A Dose of White Supremacy - Neffe Odom Kragh-Muller
Ch. 12: Act 5: Descendant of Robert E. Lee Wants to Bring Down the Statues - @RedactedTonight w: @LeeCamp - Air Date 08-19-17
Ch. 13: Song 5: Trapped (Live) - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Ch. 14: Act 6: The white supremacist standard intimidation strategy - Frangela: The Final Word - Air Date 08-15-2017
Ch. 15: Song 6: Civil War - Guns N' Roses
Ch. 16: Act 7: The role of the Republican Party to embolden white supremacists - Code Switch - Air Date 8-16-17
Ch. 17: Song 7: Shame - Ophelia of the Spirits
Ch. 18: Act 8: WATCH: Trump And White Supremacist Parrot Same Talking Points - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 08-18-17
Ch. 19: Song 8: Where Do You Stand? - Willie Nelson
Ch. 19: Act 9: A view from the local synagogue - Backstory - Air Date 8-18-17
Ch. 19: Song 9: American Land - Bruce Springsteen
Ch. 20: Act 10: Send a Letter: It’s Time to Take Down Confederate Monuments via @splcenter- Best of the Left Activism
Ch. 19: Song 10: Activism - Shihan
Ch. 21: Act 11: On the need to restrict harmful speech and white identity politics - #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell and @harikondabolu - Air Date 8-17-17
Ch. 22: Do we know the motivations for the creation of white supremacy? - Kyle from Portland, WA
Ch. 23: Mighty Network feedback! - Alan from Connecticut
Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics
Ch. 24: Final comments on continuing a conversation about freedom of speech
Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone
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I'm a black Southerner. I had to go abroad to see a statue celebrating black liberation. (Vox)
Provocative ‘Free Speech’ Rally In Boston Railroaded By Counterprotesters (Huffington Post)
ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms (Wall Street Journal)
The Real Story Behind All Those Confederate Statues (Mother Jones)
Nazis Don’t Seem to Understand How Free Speech Works (GQ)
Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression. (Twitter thread by @JuliusGoat)
Trump goes off script, and white supremacists cheer (Politico)
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I was one of those people, criticizing the left for it’s obsession with identity politics, Clinton ran on a platform of identity politics and lost. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m coming to terms with the fact that I may have been a Marxist fundamentalist, believing that class is the only meaningful distinction in society. My thinking has been changing lately, in no small part due to the best of the left podcast. Recent developments have made the distinction of race more apparent than ever, and the nuanced and well articulated arguments made on the show have been making an impact.
Then when I got that “fuck you” that didn’t endear me to her side, it didn’t make me want to apologize and thank her for being so direct. It made me mad!
I find it a little disheartening that in all the episodes I’ve listened to, discussing everything from white nationalists to neoliberals to drug warriors, the most direct and contemptuous attack was reserved for me, a fellow leftist who just had a view that was different from hers. I don’t know. I just find that kind of talk divisive and not persuasive, and I wanted to get these thoughts out somewhere so here I am!
I get that. I get Skokie. I get defending human speech, and defending hateful human speech is mandatory, you can’t have yours without letting them have theirs. It really is that simple. The answer to violence is to make the police do their jobs. That’s another subject.
Where I don’t agree with them is Citizens United, and I quit the ACLU for a lot of years because of it. They supported extending speech rights to corporations because, they said, unions are corporations, and Citizens United also protects union speech. But they could have argued that a for-profit corporation is not the same as a non-profit organization that represents the will of its members through voting. One person, one vote, is completely different from 10 shares, 10 votes.
I see that bright line. But I don’t see a safe way to tell supremacists they can’t rally because the event might turn violent without endangering everybody’s right to rally. That’s just too important to fuck with.