EDITED BY PATRICE GREANVILLE
This Caleb Maupin episode is a tour de force, remarkable even by the superior standards that characerize Maupin's highly accessible historical analyses. In this chat besides addessing the GameStop kerfuffle and the inevitable excesses of "fictitious capital", Caleb covers the historical repercussions of the Holocaust, good and bad. From the rise (and fall) of McCarthyism barely 7 years after the Holocaust, to the emergence of the "New Left ("synthetic left" sponsored by the CIA), and its false political categories, such as the equating of Nazism with Communism (Hanna Arendt's "Totalitarianism"). This false equation continues to sow confusion among a heavily indoctrinated public. By the 1990s, Caleb notes, the ruling class had come up with a new set of variations on the subject, this time, milking the psychic wounds and revulsion toward the Holocaust, by pretending to be committed to the prevention of another Hitler, or the "duty" to intervene to prevent another human rights catastrophe, the empowering of a mass murderer, wherever he may threaten to appear. Our audience is well aware that candidates for regime change, as this foreign policy approach has become known in modern days, are only those whom the empire regards as international foes, or as obstacles to its hegemonist designs. This viciously excoriated group never includes a Washington ally, a roster that includes many of the greatest crooks and murderers of the last two centuries. As any moderately aware person can easily confirm, the US has never backed the coming to power of a genuine democrat, and its elites remain in bed with the world's most brutal and corrupt despots. The chat also presents a fine discussion of capitalism's casino culture, the shenanigans of "fictitious capital" (in recent days triggering the so-called GameStop scandal), and the perverse market logic of capitalism that insures periodical crises of "overproduction", with their attendant wholesale suffering. All this and much more. Be sure to watch!
Dispatch dateline: Jan 29, 2021
An informal chat with Caleb Maupin as your guide to the multitude of news, lies, distortions, rumors, idiocies, hypocrisies, and ideologies that shape our world.
Live #193 - Friday evening chat w/ Caleb, politics, world events
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