Ethics and politics look at both how we should regard and accommodate each other and what kind of things make it possible to, for example, treat each other with respect and what kinds of things don't. That I might view you as "weird" or even "inhuman" (politics) may very much dictate how I then treat you (ethics). When we examine more closely how we think about the world, it turns out that ethics and politics are inseparable. (21) -- Veronique Pin-Fat "How Do We Begin to Think About the World." (2014)
Until the lion has his historian," the African proverb goes, "the hunter will always be a hero." (quoted in Fear of an Animal Planet, 2010)
Čapek, Karel. "From the Point of View of a Cat." (Originally published 1935: reposted on Tumblr, June 11, 2016)
"How do images affect our hearts and minds? How do images influence our everyday lives, our techno-scientific practices, our connections and disconnections, our conscious and unconscious desires and fears? How do images show up in the clothes we wear, in the ways we walk, and the objects we want? How do images influence the foods we eat or don’t eat and the ideas and feelings we have about our selves and others? How do some images enter our flesh, captivate us, fascinate us, or arouse our senses? How is it that other images put us to sleep? How do images inform our habits and fantasies, pleasures and doubts, worries and joys, rituals and rebellions? How do images shape our personal, political, cultural, moral, and religious beliefs about nature and about justice? How do images influence what we imagine to be possible and what’s not? Visual images are today everywhere entangled within a complex and contradictory web of global electronic flows of information. Images are typically racialized, gendered, territorialized, eroticized, militarized, and class-driven. Some of the most powerful images are hooked-up to hi-tech machineries of war, surveillance, and the economic marketplace. Images also lie at the core of global corporate technologies of profit, control and advantage. How might such images be best understood? How might they be critically subverted, transformed, or remade?" -- Stephen Pfohl, "Images and Power" (2011)
Cinderella is a horrific story about a rich girl whose evil stepmother forced her to live as though she were a member of the working class. - Existential Comics (posted on Facebook)]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"2017 International Women's Day Strike." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)
"Anarchist Monopoly." Existential Comics (March 2017)
"Appeals Court Affirms Order to Remove Confederate Monuments." Southern Poverty Law Center (March 7, 2017)
Botton, Alain De. "The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships." On Being (February 9, 2017) ["What if the first question we asked on a date were, “How are you crazy? I’m crazy like this”? Philosopher and writer Alain de Botton’s essay “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” was, amazingly, the most-read article in The New York Times in the news-drenched year of 2016. As people and as a culture, he says, we would be much saner and happier if we reexamined our very limited view of love. How might our relationships be different — and better — if we understood that the real work of love is not in the falling, but in what comes after?"]
Brooks, Jon. "What Is Propaganda? Noam Chomsky on Media, Manipulation, and Democracy." High Existence (July 2016)
Costs of War [Website: "The Costs of War Project is a team of 35 scholars, legal experts, human rights practitioners, and physicians, which began its work in 2011. We use research and a public website to facilitate debate about the costs of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the related violence in Pakistan and Syria. There are many hidden or unacknowledged costs of the United States’ decision to respond to the 9/11 attacks with military force. We aim to foster democratic discussion of these wars by providing the fullest possible account of their human, economic, and political costs, and to foster better informed public policies. Project Goals: To account for and illustrate the wars’ costs in human lives among all categories of person affected by them, both in the US and in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan; To tell as accessible as possible a story of the wars’ costs in US federal and local dollars, including the long-term financial legacy of the wars in the US; To assess the public health consequences of the wars, including for the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan and for US veterans living with war injuries and illnesses; To describe how these wars have changed the political landscape of the US and the countries where the wars have been waged, including the status of women in the war zones, the degree to which Iraq and Afghanistan’s fledgling democracies are inclusive and transparent, and the state of civil liberties and human rights in the US;
To identify less costly and more effective ways to prevent further terror attacks."]
Crabapple, Molly, et al. "A Borderless World?" To the Best of Our Knowledge (January 29, 2017) ["There are nearly 250 million migrants across the world right now. Some will be escaping war or oppression, others will be seeking out freedom or economic prosperity, but whatever the reason, the kind of life they're looking for lies across a border that's policed and restricted. What if it didn't have to be that way? This hour, we explore a world without borders."]
Crawford, Neta. "As Trump Pushes for Historic $54B Military Spending Hike, Which Programs Will He Cut to Pay for War?" Democracy Now (February 28, 2017)
Einstein, Albert. "Why Socialism." Monthly Review (May 1949)
Elmi, Rooney. "Women in Revolt: An International Women's Day Film Syllabus." Notebook (March 8, 2017)
Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. (1952) Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. Pluto Press, 2008.
"Ferguson Protests/Black Lives Matter/Baltimore Protests 2014 - 2016: Peace and Conflict Studies Archive (Ongoing)." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)
Gelernt, Lee and Luis Gutierrez. "In Stinging Blow to President, Hawaii & Maryland Judges Block Trump's Second Muslim Ban." Democracy Now (March 16. 2017)
Greenhouse, Linda. "The Bittersweet Victories of Women." The New York Review of Books (May 26, 2016)
Greenwald, Glenn. "Trump’s Use of Navy SEAL’s Wife Highlights All the Key Ingredients of U.S. War Propaganda." The Intercept (March 1, 2017)
Guriel, Jason. "Quieter Than 1984, but No Less Disquieting: Kingsley Amis’s 1976 alternate-history masterpiece The Alteration is an overlooked—but timely—novel about the dangers of authoritarianism." The Atlantic (March 5, 2017)
Gutierrez, Luis. "Rep. Gutiérrez Speaks Out After Being Handcuffed for Demanding Answers on ICE Raids & Deportations." Democracy Now (March 16, 2017)
Hearts and Minds (USA: Peter Davis, 1974: 112 mins)
Hedges, Chris. "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning." Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies. 2nd edition. ed. David P. Barash. NY: Oxford UP, 2010: 24-26.
Helmore, Edward. "US retires Predator drones after 15 years that changed the 'war on terror': Retirement gives military analysts a chance to review mixed history of weapon that has been associated with low-cost war, disembodiment and civilian deaths." The Guardian (March 13, 2017)
I Am Not Your Negro (France/USA: Raoul Peck, 2016: 95 mins)
"I Don't Think I Have the Option to Remain Silent." ACA-Media (March 9, 2017)
Koerner, Claudia and Ema O'Connor. "The Military's Nude Photo Scandal Goes Beyond Just the Marines." BuzzFeed (March 10, 2017) ["The Defense Department is investigating after members of the military allegedly shared nude photos of their female colleagues online without their permission or knowledge."]
Kolk, Bessel Van Der. "How Trauma Lodges in the Body." On Being (March 9, 2017) ["Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodness and safety. What he’s learning speaks to a resilience we can all cultivate in the face of the overwhelming events — which, after all, make up the drama of culture, of news, and of life."]
Koresky, Michael and Jeff Reichert. "This Means War! Introduction." Reverse Shot (June 23, 2003)
Krzych, Scott. "Beyond bias: Stock imagery and paradigmatic politics in Citizens United documentaries." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)
Lee, Esther Yu Hsi. "Trump lied. Right-wing extremists — not foreigners — commit more terror attacks in the U.S." Think Progress (March 1, 2017)
Marshall, Colin. "Fritz Lang Tells the Riveting Story of the Day He Met Joseph Goebbels and Then High-Tailed It Out of Germany." Open Culture (April 28, 2015)
Marvin, Carolyn and David W. Ingle. "Introduction." Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag. Cambridge University Press, 1999: 1-10.
Nancy, Jean-Luc. Listening. Fordham University Press, 2007.
Occupy Movement Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)
Olson, Dan. "Triumph of the Will and the Cinematic Language of Propaganda." Folding Ideas (Posted on Youtube: February 10, 2017)
Parijs, Philippe Van and Yannick Vanderborght. Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy. Harvard University Press, 2017.
Parramore, Lynn. "Kanth: A 400 Year Program of Modernist Thinking is Exploding." Institute for New Economic Thinking (March 9, 2017)
Peper, Elliot. "What Does the Future of Democracy Look Like? An Incoming Transmission from Malka Older, author of Infomocracy." Scout (March 1, 2017)
Race: The Power of an Illusion (3 part documentary series)
Ramirez-Berg, Charles. "Categorizing the Other: Stereotypes and Stereotyping." Latino Images in Film: Stereotypes, Subversion, Resistance. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2002. pgs. 13-37.
"Raoul Peck." WTF #789 (February 27, 2017) ["Filmmaker Raoul Peck spent more than a decade putting together the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, a powerful film illuminating the words and life of writer and social critic James Baldwin. But as Marc learns in this conversation, Raoul’s own backstory of living under dictatorships, studying across four continents, and learning how to engage activism through art is just as important in understanding how to respond to the world today."]
Sarmiento, Jose. "Scopophile's Redemption: On Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's Riddles of the Sphinx." Keyframe (March 16, 2017)
Secrets, Politics and Torture (PBS Documentary: May 19, 2015) ["From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk (United States of Secrets, Losing Iraq, Bush’s War, The Torture Question) comes the dramatic story of the fight over the CIA’s controversial interrogation methods, widely criticized as torture. Based on recently declassified documents and interviews with key political leaders and CIA insiders, the film investigates what the CIA did — and whether it worked."]
"The Top 25 Censored News Stories of 2015 - 2016." Project Censored (2016) [Earlier annual archives of Top 25 Censored News Stories listed here.]
Waldman, Ayelet, et al. Could Psychedelic Drugs Save Your Life? To the Best of Our Knowledge (March 5, 2017) ["Back in the sixties, LSD was all the rage — not just in the counterculture but also in psychiatric clinics. Then psychedelics were outlawed and decades of research vanished. Now, psychedelic science is back — and the early results are extraordinary. A single dose of psilocybin can help people with addictions, PTSD and end-of-life anxiety. We’ll examine this revolution in medicine, and explore the connections between psychedelics and mystical experience."]
The Yes Men Fix the World (France/UK/USA: Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno and Kurt Engfehr, 2009: 87 mins)
Zero Dark Thirty (USA: Kathryn Bigelow, 2012: 157 mins)
Zimring, Franklin M. When Police Kill. Harvard University Press, 2017.
Zinn, Howard. Audio version of Zinn reading his Introduction to A People's History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century (Posted on Soundcloud: 2015) ["Since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools–with its emphasis on great men in high places–to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace."]
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Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Mask of Anarchy" (1819)