Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Why the CIA Loved French New Left Philosophy, and Why They Were Wrong

Why the CIA Loved French New Left Philosophy, and Why They Were Wrong

In 1985 the CIA produced an analysis of the French arm of the New Left - the early post-Marxist intellectual movement.  Somewhat bizarrely the Agency were broadly in favour of this new movement because it provided less resistance to US goals both in France specifically, and in the world more ...
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ClandesTime 112 - Billions

ClandesTime 112 – Billions

Pearse Redmond joins us to discuss the TV series Billions, which mixes elements of legal thrillers, human drama, sexual fetishes, 9/11 insider trading and deep politics. We examine the characters in the film and how they are metaphors for the philosophical conflict at the heart of American politics between individual ...
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Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek

Security Gone Bananas for the Filming of Star Trek

Code names, vehicle searches, non-disclosure agreements, escorts for foreign nationals - when the producers of Star Trek: Into Darkness wanted to film at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, they probably weren't expecting this.  Newly-released Dept. of Energy documents show the absurd level of security around the filming and how a ...
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Pseudo Revolutions etc. - Tom Secker on PPR

Pseudo Revolutions etc. – Tom Secker on PPR

I joined Pearse and Chuck Ochelli to talk about the upsurge of violent protests, fisticuffs and other quasi-revolutionary activity that has dominated headlines recently.  This was a completely unprepared, unscripted conversation but the theme that kept coming up was the devolution or debasement of radical thought and of important political ...
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Hyperreality in the Homeland - Operation Virtual Gladio

Hyperreality in the Homeland – Operation Virtual Gladio

A new report by Facebook's Threat Intelligence team says that the site is rife with fake accounts spreading fake news stories for political, social, cultural and economic reasons.  Viewers of the recent season of Homeland will be thinking 'no shit'.  Then they'll be thinking 'wait, Facebook produces intelligence assessments just ...
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Hollywood Hyperreality: Operation Gotham Shield Sends People Batshit

Hollywood Hyperreality: Operation Gotham Shield Sends People Batshit

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying Because The Avengers Accidentally Created a Conspiracy Theory.  Conspiracy theorists gone done it again.  Having learned abso-fucking-lutely nothing from the Jade Helm nonsense, the 2012 Olympics hype and the predictions of a New World Order false flag to stop Trump from winning the ...
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ClandesTime 096 - Unreal

ClandesTime 096 – Unreal

Unreal is a gripping and brutal satire of reality TV but it is much more than that. While this might sound like a drama about a trivial subject, the content of Unreal makes it one of the most serious and important TV series of recent years. It follows two female ...
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Carol For Another Christmas - Tom Secker on PPR

Carol For Another Christmas – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited me on his radio show to discuss the 1964 TV movie A Carol for Another Christmas.  This was the first in a series of TV films designed to promote the United Nations and sponsored by the Xerox corporation.  A Carol for Another Christmas is a remake of A ...
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Tom Secker on The Ripple Effect

Tom Secker on The Ripple Effect

I recently talked to Ricky Varandas for his podcast The Ripple Effect.  We were supposed to be discussing government involvement in entertainment but got distracted and ended up talking about: whether popularity matters; Trump and Brexit and why people voted for them; the differences and similarities between American and British ...
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Spirit Cooking Election Day Special - Tom Secker on PPR

Spirit Cooking Election Day Special – Tom Secker on PPR

Pearse invited Aaron and myself onto his show on the evening of the Presidential election.  I, for one, welcome our new Orange Overlord but when we taped this the result was not yet known.  This conversation got a bit abstract as we didn't discuss the candidates much at all, but ...
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