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First hour: Binoy Kampmark, a lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne, is a prolific commentator (almost 1,000 articles posted at Counterpunch). I find much to agree with in his articles. But his take on “conspiracy theories” looks – at least at first glance – a lot like Noam Chomsky’s. In his recent article “When Conspiracies Meet: Donald Trump and the JFK Files” Binoy writes:
“Trump has himself been, as he continues to be, an inspiration for the conspiracy aficionados. These tend to come in all political shades in a country where the paranoid strain, as Richard Hofstadter identified with forensic accuracy, nags and convinces.” Well, I agree that it convinces. But…Hofstadter?! Forensic accuracy?!!
In this interview, Binoy Kampmark clarifies his stance on “conspiracy” issues. As it turns out, he and I are not so far apart in our views. (For an introduction to my views, see my recent article “Weaponized Psychiatry: The War on Dissidents as ‘Conspiracy Theorists.’“)
|The first issue of Penn Magazine features Jim Fetzer on the cover|
Second hour: The first half hour features novelist Mike Palecek, who pretty much buys into all the “conspiracy theories” (not just the obviously true ones, which is most of them). Mike is the ultimate anti-Hofstadter and then some. His new magazine Penn honors Penn Jones, the small town newspaperman who took on the Deep State creeps who murdered JFK.
Then philosophy professor and conspiracy expert Jim Fetzer comes on for the final half hour to discuss the Trump-Russia investigation, the “terror” incidents in Las Vegas and New York City, and the newly-released JFK assassination documents.
2 Thoughts to “Binoy Kampmark, Mike Palecek, and Jim Fetzer discuss “conspiracy theories””
I listened to your interview of Binoy Kampmark the other day &, as usual, it was a good one.
You were on the mark as always in highlighting the unambiguous preponderance of evidence that JFK's demise was a coup d'etat involving multiple shooters.
You displayed an extraordinary grasp (for a Yank) of Australian political tribulations of the early 1970's (esp. in relation to then Prime Minister – Gough Whitlam).
I must correct you though, on one minor point ( which I had noticed you repeating on one or two previous occasions in recent months ).
You pronounced Gough Whitlam's first name as if it was Geoff or Jeff.
In fact ' Gough' is pronounced like ' Goff ' , with the hard 'G' as in 'golf '. ( Also rhymes with ' cough ' ) .
Yes, an unusual sounding / spelling for a name – I've never personally encountered or even heard of another individual called Gough in all my years.
Thank you for the kind words and correction.
I don’t quite speak Aussie yet, but adding “Goff” to my vocabulary is a step in the right direction.