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This 'found footage' bollocks has gone too far!

This ‘found footage’ bollocks has gone too far, Hollywood!

Friends, remember after 9/11 when conservatives wanted to kill all Muslims and liberals said “that makes no sense, crazy person, please stop sitting next to me, this is my stop”?

As an extreme liberal I was, obviously, a part of this camp.

The liberal camp. Space Camp was closed.

Which is why it’s so galling for me to realise that since the invasion of Iraq liberalism has been infested by cryptoimperialists who never critique their own points of view because they take it for granted that they are the ones fighting for understanding and human rights.

And most recently it has occurred to me that one of the worst offenders is a supposed bastion of the liberal elite: Hollywood.

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Bill Maher defending racism. It must be opposite day, again.

Bill Maher defending racism. It must be opposite day, again.

Friends, I absolutely adore Bill Maher. Not just because he’s witty and entertaining but also because his commentary is almost always on point.

Go to YouTube and look for ‘Bill Maher New Rules’ and you’ll see what I mean.

Moreover he stood by his principles and opposed the invasion of Iraq at a time when most other cowardly media figures were falling into lockstep behind Buchey-Feld, and even though it got him fired.

But Maher has a massive blind spot that badly undermines his point of view and makes it difficult to take him seriously when it comes to the middle east.

And it’s the same problem as his buddy Sam Harris:
When it comes to Israel both men swallow Israeli government propaganda like it was their mother’s milk, and in doing so they both get indefensibly biased against anything related to Islam, including the plight of the Palestinians.

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what the foucault

Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky were two of the greatest minds of the 20th century.

(Chomsky is still one of the greatest minds of the 21st)

But they didn’t really get along. They disagreed on a number of issues that were key to their respective ideologies and had some pretty intense debates on these issues. In fact even today some supporters of Foucault tend to dislike Chomsky (whereas most supporters of Chomsky tend to not give a shit).

One of the major issues of disagreement related to power, its expression and its perpetuation.

Chomksy believes that power is directed from above (in western democracies this means via influence over institutions of power, particularly politics and the media).

Foucault believed that power arose from below, through the ways in which the things we say endlessly feed off and reinforce each other in the collective communication process that results in the arising of a Discourse.

So Chomsky believes that the powerful tell us what to think while Foucault believes that we all tell each other what to think.

Clearly these two approaches are different, but which is right? Both of these men are geniuses and both of these ideas are brilliant.

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