Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Resources for November 18, 2015

Federici, Sylvia and John Taylor Gatto. "Witch Hunters and True Believers (Ideology and Social Control)." Unwelcome Guests #327 (October 9, 2006) ["We hear in the first hour from Silvia Federici how the original witch hunts were based in struggles about power, profit and hierarchy as capitalism came into being. We'll follow that with another reading from chapter 5 of John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education, and its development by what he calls true believers as a method of social engineering modeled on European systems designed to preserve class stratification."]

Katz, Alyssa. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce." Against the Grain (November 16, 2015) ["Lobbying group, aggressive litigator, political power broker, and media campaigner: the US Chamber of Commerce is all that and more. Yet its tremendous influence does not get the attention it merits, promoting corporate interests on behalf of anonymous donor companies. Journalist Alyssa Katz reflects on the immense power of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- how it came to be what it is today, who it represents, and the human costs of its influence. Alyssa Katz, The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life Spiegel & Grau, 2015."]

Citizenfour (USA/Germany/UK: Laura Poitras, 2014: 114 mins) ["In January 2013, film-maker Laura Poitras received an encrypted e-mail from a stranger who called himself Citizen Four. In it, he offered her inside information about illegal wiretapping practices of the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Poitras had already been working for several years on a film about mass surveillance programs in the United States, and so in June 2013, she went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. She was met there by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian intelligence reporter Ewen MacAskill. Several other meetings followed. Citizenfour is based on the recordings from these meetings. What follows is the largest confirmations of mass surveillance using official documents themselves, the world has never seen…"]

"The Facts on Immigration Today." Center for American Progress (October 23, 2014)

Progressives for Immigration Reform Sourcewatch (Archive: last modified on September 13, 2010) ["PFIR has been called 'the latest front group of the anti-immigrant John Tanton Network. Before assuming her present assignment, [PFIR Executive Director Leah] Durant was a staff attorney for the Tanton Network’s Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). In 2007 FAIR was listed alongside klan and neo-Nazi organizations as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.'"]

"Astroturf." Sourcewatch (Last modified May 26, 2012) ["Astroturf refers to apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms."]

Front Groups Sourcewatch (Ongoing Archive) ["A front group is an organization that purports to represent one agenda while in reality it serves some other interest whose sponsorship is hidden or rarely mentioned -- typically, a corporate or government sponsor. The tobacco industry is notorious for using front groups to create confusion about the health risks associated with smoking, but other industries use similar tactics as well. The pharmaceutical and healthcare industries use front groups disguised as "patients rights" advocates to market their products and to lobby against government policies that might affect their profits. Food companies, corporate polluters, politicians -- anyone who has a message that they are trying to sell to a skeptical audience is tempted to set up a front group to deliver messages that they know the public will reject if the identity of the sponsor is known."]

Night of the Living Dead Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Alderman, Julie. "Governors Who Don't Want To Accept Syrian Refugees Are Recycling Debunked Right-Wing Media Myths." Media Matters (November 17, 2015)

Anderson, Melissa. "Watch and Learn: Out 1." Artforum (November 2, 2015)

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