BRUCE LERRO—Unlike movie stars and musicians, it is possible not to be charismatic and be a professional baseball player. Charisma is not a major factor that draws fans to a particular player. In addition, the Frankfurt School theory about celebrities being a form of social control for capitalists definitely has truth in relation to sports. Noam Chomsky famously puzzled over the fact that so many people in the United States were ignorant about politics, social class, and economics. Yet these same people could make very sophisticated comments about their favorite teams’ strategies and tactics, in addition to knowing the player’s batting average, runs batted in and homeruns. Sports is definitely a diversion.
CULTURE & CRITICISM
AMERICAN BRAINWASHCAPITALIST SICKNESSCELEBRITIESCELEBS & ENTERTAINERSCULTURE & CRITICISM
CAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCIA / INTEL AGENCIESCITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDACORPORATE TELEVISIONCORPORATE WHORESCULTURE & CRITICISMMEDIA SCOUNDRELSMEDIA SCUM
PATRICK LAWRENCE—The Deep State — and at this point it is mere pretense to object to this term — long ago made it a priority to turn the mainstream press and broadcasters to its purposes — to make a free press unfree. This has gone on since the earliest Cold War decades and is well and responsibly documented.
AMERICAN BRAINWASHAMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISMAMERICAN STUDIESCAPITALIST SICKNESSCULTURE & CRITICISMMEDIA SCOUNDRELS
Jimmy Dore and Matt Orfalea show how the “synthetic left” media has been lying about the Rittenhouse trial
Jimmy Dore believes Rittenhouse will walk (FLASH: He was right), simply because the evidence is in his favor. Contrary to what most “synthetic leftists” think, and what te liberal punditocracy has been saying, Rittenhouse did not kill any Black Americans, his encounter was with white protesters who were rioting. And although he inserted himself in the middle of the chaotic protest, he was not the first one to point his weapon at anyone.
AMERICAN STUDIESCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST FRONTSCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCLASS STRUGGLECULTURE & CRITICISM
BRUCE LERRO—New Agers are greatly drawn to altered states of consciousness, either through mystical experience of through the use of hallucinogens. How will this go over with socialists? Not well. The leaders might think taking mind-altering drugs is a distraction from doing political work. Socialists will roll their eyes at New Age interest in ESP, clairvoyance, and telepathy and claim that a century’s worth of research has not found anything significant. They see this as more New Age escapism. Working-class recruits will find this interesting and would probably enjoy TV shows like The X-files. Some New Agers claim to believe in reincarnation. Some say individuals are working out karma based on past lives. What will this do to socialist organizing?
ANTI-LEARNING AND INTELLECTUALISMART & POETRYCULTURE & CRITICISM
EDWARD J CURTIN—Lorimer is one of a dying breed: a true intellectual with a soul, for his writing covers the waterfront, by which I mean the vast ocean of philosophy, science, theology, literature, psychology, spirituality, politics, etc. A Quest for Wisdom[isbn.nu] is precisely what its name implies. It is a compendium of wide-ranging essays written over the past forty years in pursuit of the meaning of life and the sagacity to realize one never arrives at wisdom since it is a process, not a product. Like living.