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The Wandering Who
The Wandering Who
by Gilad Atzmon
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Atzmon and the far-right., February 13, 2016
This review is from: The Wandering Who (Paperback)
Beyond the repulsive effort Gilad Atzmon makes to sow suspicion and resentment towards Jews (which, predictably, has earned him the admiration and active support of David Duke), Atzmon also tries to smear various activists and organizations as being the "controlled left," or even a "hasbara merchant" (as in the case of Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions). If anyone deserves suspicion for possibly being an agent of the Israeli government, it is Atzmon. Atzmon works to discredit exactly the same people and organizations that the Israeli government and the American empire do. Noam Chomsky and Jewish Voice for Peace are among Gilad's favorite targets, but he also tries to undercut several other activists and organizations that work on peace and justice issues. When he's not trying to create divisions among activists, Atzmon puts a lot of energy into promoting himself, deflecting attention away from Western imperialism, minimizing the holocaust, admiring David Duke for his "humanism," defending neo-Nazis like Trevor LaBonte, and suggesting that Rabbi Alissa Wise of Jewish Voice for Peace should be "lynched on the spot" for a talk she gave at the conference of Friends of Sabeel, a vital human rights group.

There's so much deception in Atzmon's writings, I can't begin to cover it here; but Tony Greenstein has done it on his blog. "The Tragedy of Gilad Atzmon" and "Atzmon & Friends Declare War on the Palestine Solidarity Movement" are just two of many revealing pieces. Gabriel Ash deconstructs Atzmon's pseudo-intellectualism in his article, "Commentary on the 'Philosophical Thinking' of Gilad Atzmon. Meanwhile, former supporters of Atzmon's like Mary Rizzo have distanced themselves from him (see Greenstein's "Mary Rizzo & Gilad Atzmon - the Falling Out").

Atzmon has a couple of supporters here in Denver, so he's come through town a couple of times. As the open letters disavowing Atzmon (signed by Palestinans, Jews and others) circulated, people started to feel the sort of resentment towards Atzmon that Atzmon tries to cultivate against others. When a local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace published a letter of protest on Facebook, it was revealing to see a slew of far-right fanatics come out to defend Atzmon. It was quite the freak show, and a painful lesson to progressive people who had been duped by Atzmon's schtick.
One good thing that has come out of Atzmon's work is the opportunity it has provided for people to learn about how reactionary politics can infiltrate progressive communities. Fortunately, with a little research and critical thought, such efforts can be exposed and lose their power to persuade. And while Islamophobia remains the most pressing form of bigotry activists need to resist, it's important to keep in mind that Judeophobia remains a pernicious part of our world. For insight into right-wing populism, I'd recommend the work of Chip Berlet of Political Research Associates; and on the topic of Judeophobia, see April Rosenblum's article, "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere: Making Resistance to Antisemitism a Part of All of Our Movements."

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner
Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner
by Rush Limbaugh
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27 of 253 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jingoism for children., October 28, 2015
If you want your kids to grow up thinking Rush LImbaugh is a "patriot" while he daily cultivates bigotry and manipulates the population in the service of Big Business, then this a good book to subject them to. But if you want your kids to have a better understanding of the country they live in and the popular movements that made it better, the books of Howard Zinn (like, A People's History of American Empire (American Empire Project)) are much better. There are even books about how children helped improve the country such as, We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History.
Incidentally, Limbaugh and the Republicans are a threat to children all over the world due to their obstruction on issues like climate change, and their love of war.
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Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left
Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left
by David Horowitz
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Right-wing fanaticism., October 19, 2014
Decades ago, Horowitz realized that being a leftist usually doesn't pay very well; so, he switched sides and now serves the ruling class that is destroying the working class that Horowitz pretends to defend. His hatred for the left - those who have worked for some modicum of economic justice, environmental protection, reforming racist drug laws, questioning U.S. state terror in the world, etc. - appears to be a psychological projection of his hatred for himself. At some level, he (and his adoring readers) probably realizes he is doing nothing more than serving a corporate elite that is robbing American workers and devastating ecosystems around the world. People with integrity like Ralph Nader, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky and so many others put Horowitz to shame; and he probably does have authoritarian fantasies of "taking no prisoners" and wiping out the few progressive voices that do reach public consciousness. Goodman's radio program "Democracy Now!", and Chomsky's countless videos on YouTube, are exposing exactly the sort of injustice and state terror that Horowitz and other propagandists of the 1% ignore or rationalize. Thankfully, there are leftists in this sick society raising awareness. Maybe if/when the U.S. suffers more blowback, Horowitz will get his "no prisoners" wish fulfilled; but, until then, he'll just have to deal with progressive people who share truths that right-wing fanatics would like to conceal.
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9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out
9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak, not explosive, "evidence.", October 11, 2014
It would take a book to go through the deception of this film. "Truther" fundamentalists won't be interested in the many peer-reviewed papers explaining how the towers (including WTC 7) collapsed, but they can be found at sites like Debunking 9/11 and At the site (not to be confused with Richard Gage's site), they quote Architect Magazine which says, "What is more interesting than these bizarre and debunked conspiracy theories is the way that Gage places his AIA membership front and center in his presentations. He seems to be attempting to cloak his organization in the officialdom of the venerable 155-year-old professional institution, even as AIA wants nothing to do with his organization. At the start of his latest film, he explains that he is 'a licensed architect of over 20 years and member of the American Institute of Architects."
People should question official stories, but they should question unofficial stories as well, and the unofficial stories around 9/11 are endlessly misleading. In addition to book by "Popular Mechanics," there's an excellent video series on YouTube "9/11 Truth Movement: R.I.P." that gives short overviews of the "truther" nonsense.
Moveover, people should be aware of the paleo-libertarian and John Birch Society (Alex Jones supports the JBS) roots of this sort of conspiracism.
Chip Berlet has done a lot of work on how conspiracy oriented political analysis has long been a vehicle of mobilizing right-wing movements; and, people may have noticed how activists of this so-called "truth" movement spend a lot of time smearing actual truth-tellers like Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Matt Taibbi, and others who don't believe in unsubstantiated theories about an "inside job." In fact, I think the "inside job" movement is the actual "inside job," created by powerful interests to divert and divide popular discontent, and to attempt to discredit progressive authors and organizations like "Democracy Now!" for spending little time on this goose chase. It was funny though, when "Democracy Now!" did host a debate with the creators of "Loose Change" and journalists from "Popular Mechanics," the "Loose Change" guys got demolished.

People who are interested in the current and historical dynamics of conspiracy theories might want to check out books like Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 by Kathryn Olmstead, A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) by Michael Barkun, and Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfortby Chip Berlet.
Also see the work of Noam Chomsky, particularly What We Say Goes: Conversations on U.S. Power in a Changing World (American Empire Project), where he points out many issues with particular conspiracies and how institutional analysis is much more constructive. Webster Tarpley has been trying to smear Chomsky; but that should be expected from Tarpley, who comes out of the right-wing Lyndon LaRouche organization, where he was head of their media/psyops.
And, just for laughs, the satirical paper "The Onion" has done some great "stories" on the 9/11 "truth" movement, including one headlined: "9/11 Truther Convinced Government Destroyed Past 11 Years of His Life."
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The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic
The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic
by Mark R. Levin
Edition: Hardcover
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11 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Business is the issue., June 23, 2014
The right-wing is essentially a corporate PR firm masquerading as a political party.
As a radio host, Mark Levin is a servant of corporate power which seeks to further
weaken one of the few institutions, the federal government, that can challenge
transnational corporations. People may want to check out DVDs like "The Corporation"
and more honest radio hosts like Thom Hartmann (who has several books on Amazon)
before they jump on the "Big Government is bad" bandwagon. Otherwise, we the people
are going to continue to learn hard lessons about how corporate CEOs, think tanks,
and media personalities are not your friends.
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Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late
Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late
by Joseph Cirincione
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Iran may need a bomb, January 18, 2014
I appreciate much of what this author has to say about the existential threat of our nuclear weapons stockpile, the incredible cost ($55 billion a year for the U.S. to just maintain its current nukes), and the geopolitical concerns.
One of my criticisms is how how Cirincione, our administration, and the U.S. people in general, refuse to see why it is that Iran may need a nuclear weapon; that is, for defense from the U.S., which is been invading surrounding countries (Iraq and Afghanistan), has military bases and warships all around Iran, supports the nuclear armed state of Israel, and has caused Iran so much harm in the past with its overthrow of Mossadegh.
Similarly with North Korea, the U.S. utterly devastated that nation in the Korean war, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they would want WMDs to defend themselves from our military empire.

My feeling is that nations like Iran and North Korea, as well as groups like Al Quaeda, are reacting to the militarism of the U.S. around the world. Chalmers Johnson has written about the topic in his books "Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire." It's also worth noting that, in addition to being the only country to use nuclear bombs on civilian popoulations, the U.S. is currently waging a sort of nuclear war with its use of depleted uranium ordnance in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I think to make real progress on the very real threats of nuclear weapons and climate change, we need to look more critically at ourselves than at nations like Iran that we threaten, or nations like North Korea that we've traumatized.

Helen Caldicott and Noam Chomsky both have interesting books on the topic as well.
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Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets
by Peter Schweizer
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Corporatist attack on government., January 11, 2014
Yes, Schweizer is right that there are all sorts of problems with government; but, he overlooks that most of the corruption is the result of the corporate colonization of our society, and the minds of some.
It's remarkable to read his defense of the poor, put-upon corporate aristocracy that controls this country, and much of the rest of the world. The Corporation
Schweizer and others at Big Business think tanks like the Hoover Institute, Heritage, AEI and many others rail against government to deflect attention from the mafia-like extortion of the corporate world. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
While some people who gravitate to Schweizer's sort of analysis may not be interested in critical analysis of corporate power; there are plenty of informative resources for people who want to get beyond the PR of Big Business.
Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America
Ralph Nader's, The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future.
The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America--and What We Can Do to Stop It (Thom Hartmann also hosts a daily progressive radio show).
The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope (Amy Goodman also hosts a daily radio show, "Democracy Now!").
Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order (Chomsky has countless talks on YouTube that dismantle the rhetoric about "free markets").
And lastly, a defense of government, Government is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution.
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Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires
Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires
by David Folkenflik
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The corporate wizard of oz., January 11, 2014
Very interesting book on the propaganda mills that Murdoch has created.
On issues of war, climate change, labor, government, race & gender, and much else,
Fox "News" is a endlessly manipulative and deceitful The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine.
I recently heard Folkenflik discussing his book on C-SPAN2's BookTV, and was intrigued (but not surprised) to learn how Fox PR people use aliases and write on various message boards (no doubt on Amazon as well) to push their network, their books, and its political narratives.
Thankfully, more honest news sources like "Democracy Now!" are growing
through word of mouth, social media links, community radio, and viewer-sponsored tv channels like PBS, and satellite channels such as Link and Free Speech TV.
Murdoch's empire has concentrated wealth at its disposal, but independent media has the advantages of journalistic integrity and popular support.
On the issue of media empires, I'd recommend the work of Robert McChesney
The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century and Noam Chomsky Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media.

THRIVE Blu-ray Disc (Region 0)
THRIVE Blu-ray Disc (Region 0)
DVD ~ Kimberly Carter Gamble
Offered by THRIVE
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misguiding film with paleoconservative agenda., December 25, 2013
There are aspects of this film that many will find appealing,
like its support for organic farming and credit unions.
However, much of its agenda is that of paleoconservatives and the right-wing,
conspiratorial John Birch Society. Moreover, the Thrive website promotes
anarcho-capitalism and theories that climate change is a "hoax."
There is a lot about this film that is misleading and manipulative; so much so, that several
people (Amy Goodman, John Perkins, Vandana Shiva, Deepak Chopra, others) interviewed in
it wrote a public letter published in Yes! Magazine disassociating themselves from the final film.
Part of their letter, "Disaster by Design: What's Wrong with the 'Thrive' Movement" reads:
“We are a group of people who were interviewed for and appear in the movie Thrive, and who hereby publicly disassociate ourselves from the film. Thrive is a very different film from what we were led to expect when we agreed to be interviewed. We are dismayed that we were not given a chance to know its content until the time of its public release. We are equally dismayed that our participation is being used to give credibility to ideas and agendas that we see as dangerously misguided. We stand by what each of us said when we were interviewed. But we have grave disagreements with some of the film’s content and feel the need to make this public statement to avoid the appearance that our presence in the film constitutes any kind of endorsement.”

People interested in documentary film may want to check out:
"The Corporation", "Fresh," "Manufacturing Consent,"
"Precious Knowledge," and "Why We Fight."
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Why Government Is the Problem (Essays in Public Policy)
Why Government Is the Problem (Essays in Public Policy)
by Milton Friedman
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why corporate power is the problem., December 25, 2013
I think FDR put it well when he said,
"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power"
Roosevelt understood the tyrannical nature of Big Business running wild.
In fact, corporate executives to despised FDR, that they were plotting a coup to overthrow him, which is discussed in this documentary, which features Friedman,
The Corporation.
Fortunately, the coup was exposed by two-time Medal of Honor recipient, Smedley Butler who wrote the classic, War Is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier.

Friedman's disastrous economic theories and Reagan's corporate revolution that was animated by them have brought so much suffering and injustice to this country.
It's been over three decades of unrelenting class war.
If people want a critical look at Friedman's theories, Noam Chomsky has many incisive presentations on the internet, including a talk on so-called "free markets." Also, books like Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order, Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America, and 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism are helpful.
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