Category: BATTLE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: A hollow “defining moment” cloaked in identity politics

NICK BARRIMAN—News coverage in the lead-up to the film’s release, a key component of its multi-million-dollar marketing campaign, gave the impression that a viewing of the film would be enough to inspire impoverished black children to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps. Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, has joined in the general establishment promotion of the work, sending out tweets encouraging his followers to see the film. This carefully orchestrated and well-funded marketing scam is driving millions to see Black Panther, providing mega-profits for its distributor, Walt Disney Studios.

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Time, Postmodernism, Science and Capitalism

JIMMIE MOGLIA—just as the film industry is a top-down imposition of official ideology, masqueraded as popular taste, postmodernism is a top-down imposition of a culture exuding from academia, and rooted in the comparatively little known socio-philosophical movement called “Cultural Marxism.” In turn, Cultural Marxism traces its roots to the 1960s and the so-called Frankfurt schools of academics. In my view, “Cultural” and “classical” Marxism have little to do with each other. Yet, cultural Marxism at large has inspired the actual ongoing war against Western European people, nations, culture and values. A war using as weapons the tools of postmodernism, as per the list above.

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Iran protests: Reply to the WSWS response to my critique

RAMIN MAZAHERI—But supporting the democratic will when it takes a nationalist turn – i.e. Iran looking out for Iran – is not Trotskyism. This is one reason why I am not an apologist for Trotskyism. Nor will I apologise for openly defending the Iranian Islamic Revolution and trying to explain it to non-Iranians in my journalism: Iran has real, not theoretical, work to be done, and I hope my small contributions push that work forward a bit.

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Welcome to 2018: Be An Active Witness

ROWAN WOLF—I am not asking that each of you (and everyone else you can recruit) call out everything that is being twisted or denied, but the phenomenon is so broad, in so many areas of our social, political, and biological lives that you can “specialize”. You can be an expert witness. With enough of us involved and supporting each other we may be able to shift the wheel in a direction away from destruction.

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