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NYGBC: Break Glass in Case of Episode

NYGBC: Break Glass in Case of Episode

June 29, 2022
This Week, with Benedict away on vacation we have another pre-recorded show for you. While the subject matter this week is famously unfunny, we hope it helps distract you from the death spiral of the fascist nation from which Benedict and I send our dispatches.
 
I would write more this week but I would prefer you check out the links below than read my words.
 
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National Network of Abortion Funds: https://abortionfunds.org/
 
National Lawyer's Guild Know Your Rights Guide: https://www.nlg.org/know-your-rights/
 
NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 5 Part 2

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 5 Part 2

June 22, 2022

This week, we return to Mark Levin’s Magnum Doofus, American Marxism, to finish off the second half of Chapter 5 “Climate Change Fanaticism.” In this half of the chapter, nearly 30 pages in, Mark decides to finally make the lame attempt at denying climate science by presenting fake experts funded by stacks on stacks on stacks of oil and gas money who conveniently support his position while not having to present any evidence of their own against the consensus. Mark’s lazy response to climate change could be summed up essentially as, “Climate change is fake, but if its real it’s a good thing, and AOC is a Marxist so environmentalism is bad.” Against such magnificent logic as Mark’s what hopedo we truly have?

Whenever it comes to climate change chapters in our reviews I like to recommend any interested listeners check out DesmogBlog, a site that has been tracking disinformation about environment and climate since the early 2000s. With the many bad actors Mark brings up in this chapter as well as innocuous sounding front-groups pushing bunk arguments against the science of climate change, I relied heavily on Desmog in looking into all of them.

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Margarita Declaration on Climate Change – Social Pre-CoP

How Much Would the Green New Deal Cost – Factcheck.org

Cost of new power plant production – National Resource Defense Council

Letter signed by “500 scientists” relies on inaccurate claims about climate science – Real Scientists Review Claims of pseudo-science group – ClimateFeedback.org

That ’70s myth—did climate science really call for a “coming ice age?” – Ars Technica – Scott K. Johnson

The real cause of Texas’ Power Grid Failure - Reuters

This week’s Levin Clip: Fox News host Mark Levin calls on Republicans to launch an investigation of the January 6 committee – Media Matters

NYGBC: Poisoning The Well, The Conspiracy Right’s Deep Roots in Antisemitism

NYGBC: Poisoning The Well, The Conspiracy Right’s Deep Roots in Antisemitism

June 15, 2022
This week we return to our “Lunatic Fringe” series covering the core of the modern American Right, the hard right extremist base. This time we begin what will be at least a three-episode series covering conspiracy theories among the right. This week we focus on the “Classical” conspiracy theories of the pre-Alex Jones era. In this time period, no matter what the conspiracy was, or who was pushing it, you could be pretty sure that the evildoers supposedly behind it were “The Jews.” In more recent times, while antisemitism still makes up the core of conspiracism, and open white supremacists often play a more active role in crafting and spreading conspiracies, these forces have gone away from explicitly naming the Jews as the perpetrators of their conspiracies, opting instead to posit more vague villains to allow the believer to insert their own boogeyman.
 
Many of the conspiracy theories you hear today, if not their roots or components of them can be traced back directly to antisemitic conspiracy theories of yore, and today we talk about the grandpappy of most of them, the Russian Antisemitic Hoax Document, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. This document is not necessarily an origination point, but an amalgamation of many of the long-running anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that have run through Christian societies since the Dark Ages. The main difference with the protocols is that they were seized upon and distributed widely, even being re-printed in the U.S. by Henry Ford, and being taught in school to children living under the Nazi regime in Germany.
 
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The Paranoid Style in American Politics – Richard Hofstadter – Harpers Magazine
 
Protocols of the Elders of Zion – HOAX DOCUMENT
 
NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 5 Part 1

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 5 Part 1

June 8, 2022

This week, we dive back into Mark Levin’s hasty copy/paste of a book “American Marxism” with the first half of chapter 5, “Climate Change Fanaticism.” In this chapter, or at least in the portion we read for this week’s episode, Mark completely ignores climate change, pollution, environmentalism, and anything having to do with the concept he’s supposed to be discussing in favor of whining about all attempts to preserve our natural environment being Marxism. As we learned from Glenn Beck recently, of course, all “green movements” are really watermelons, green on the outside, and not as refreshing as you expected?

For the majority of the chapter we read, Levin pretends that the environmentalist movement, climate activism, and of course, mainstream democratic discourse, can best be epitomized by the “de-growth movement” a fringe movement calling for a reduction of the global population along with according reductions in consumption and production. Mark fails to find any substantial movement actually pushing this idea, so when all else fails he goes back to his old standby, just claim that this fringe idea is actually widespread and pervasive. Of course, despite the fact that Mark block quotes an author acknowledging that the de-growth movement began in the 21st century, he also implies that large block quotes of Ayn Rand lying about the environmentalist movement of the 70s is her addressing this insignificant fringe movement he wants his readers to believe are the reason why they got a paper straw at starbucks.

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You can hear this week’s Mark Levin clip where he lies about Peter Navarro from Media Matters.

For some government achievements these morons pretend don’t exist, check out this Brookings Institution Piece from 2000.

The South Will Step on Its Own D*ck Again: The Myth of the Lost Cause and the Neo-Confederates

The South Will Step on Its Own D*ck Again: The Myth of the Lost Cause and the Neo-Confederates

June 1, 2022

This week we take a look at another persistent myth of American society the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy, which like “American Exceptionalism” “meritocracy” and the “protestant work ethic” remain strong cultural beliefs despite all evidence directly to the contrary. Indeed, this week we take a deep dive into one of the primary GOP platform positions, that of the glory of the south and the desperate struggler to maintain the mythical white supremacy so many of these people hearken back to.

To be clear, the U.S. Civil war was instigated and started because of slavery, and if you believe otherwise you are either an idiot or a white supremacist. The lost cause narrative, however, exists not only to lie about and cloud the reasons for the war, the treatment of slaves, and the reasons why the South lost the war, but also to re-write the ensuing hundred-plus years of racial segregation and terror aimed at African Americans. However, as anyone with a brain could tell you, “Heritage not Hate” doesn’t mean much when your heritage IS hate.

This week we look at some of the arguments pushed by the peddlers of the lost cause, as well as some of the modern figures most closely associated with the movement, particularly the “League of the South” a white supremacist hate group founded in the 90s which exists for the purpose of accomplishing the secession of the Southern United states and the establishment of a white supremacist theocratic nation.

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You can catch video of the Burkman/Wohl con-attempt from a journalist who was on the scene Ford Fischer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1528770106565840897?s=20&t=hGBIQ3F6KNsqexk9waIUBQ

South Carolina Declaration of Secession 1860

Article 8 of the Texas Constitution of 1866

Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy – Southern Poverty Law Center

Article on the Slave Renting system in the Old South – Proquest – Courtney Suciu

Misconceptions about race, slavery and the civil war – Rex Springston – Virginia Mercury

“Did Black People Own Slaves?” Henry Louis Gates Jr. – The Root

SPLC Extremist File Michael Tubbs

SPLC “Neo-Confederate”

SPLC Extremist Profile “League of the South” SPLC designated hate group.

SPLC List of other Neo-Confederate groups

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 4 Part 2

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 4 Part 2

May 25, 2022

This week we jump into second half of chapter 4 of American Marxism by Mark Levin which continues the crazy we have come to know and love from this small shouty man. This week we pick back up with Mark telling us how the 1619 project is CRT, and of course CRT, is Marxism, so the 1619 project is Marxism. He follows that up by complaining that the media talks about issues of race and white supremacy too much, probably because it makes Mark feel sad. Along the way we get such gems as “collecting data on race and gender by the government is the same as that communist social credit score” and “Chuck Todd is a CRT?”

Of course, in what is probably the least surprising thing about this book, we find Mark Levin promoting white supremacist great replacement conspiracy theory. Least surprising because of course, not only did Mark already double down on pushing this racist conspiracy after the recent massacre, but also because we know Mark Levin is a white supremacist.

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Show Notes:

The Rise of the White Nationalist Hispanics – Axios

America’s Enduring Caste System – Isabel Wilkerson – NYT Magazine

Read the joke that is the 1776 report

Donate to the Human Rights Campaign HRC.Org

NYGBC: This Episode Does not Consent to Contract: Tax Protesters and Sovereign Citizens

NYGBC: This Episode Does not Consent to Contract: Tax Protesters and Sovereign Citizens

May 18, 2022

This Week! We take a look at a group responsible for hours upon hours of CourtTV programming if nothing else of value, Sovereign Citizens, as well as their progenitors, the tax protester movement. These groups emerge from a common core of anger at taxes and hatred of government. If you’ve heard of sovereign citizens its probably from sarcastic “gold fringe on the flag” jokes or mentions of admiralty law, but we hope that with this episode we can teach you a little more about one of the most dangerous ideologies of the right wing, in which the law is all made up and the underlying beliefs don’t really matter.

The tax protest movement has its roots in, well, taxes, with the earliest people to argue against the income tax being the contemporaries who were around at the time it was enacted. As their many failures added up, eventually tax protesters went to wilder and wilder ends in their attempt to avoid paying taxes, sometimes to ends so extreme that they ended up creating an entirely new conspiracy theory, sovereign citizenry, in hopes of holding on to those few extra dollars.

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Irwin Schiff Website Paynoincometax.com

Republican state representative introduces sovereign citizen bill – Daily Beast

Insane Legal filing of Pauline Bauer

Daily Beast Article on Neely Petrie Blanchard

Sovereign Citizens - SPLC

Hate Thy Neighbor Episode on Sovereign Citizens – Youtube

ADL Report on the Tax Protest Movement

Music: "Say You Will" by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 4 Part 1

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 4 Part 1

May 11, 2022

This Week! We break down the first half of chapter 4 of Mark Levin’s book American Marxism, titled “Racism, Genderism, and Marxism. In this chapter, other than continuing his trend of block quoting people more intelligent and well thought than him and following it by screaming “communism” into the void. In this chapter he attempts, ad fails, to lead the reader through Critical Theory, a philosophical mode of thought developed by thinkers in the “Frankfurt School” or “Franklin School” if you’re Levin, to Critical Race Theory, which does not stem directly from Critical Theory as he suggests, and of course, to every other remotely left wing area of discourse that doesn’t slobber at the thought of America’s greatness.

This week Mark finally gets to talking about that evil communist menace, “CRT” otherwise known as everything, everywhere all at once. In Mark, and the rest of the right’s conception, CRT is both everything and nothing, present in all schools, colleges, government agencies and antifa super-soldier training camps. Levin also, of course falsely claims that Critical race theory seeks a violent Marxist revolution, fails to address any of the points made by CRT scholars, and resorts to petty name-calling. In other words, he’s at the top of his game.

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Show Notes:

“Repressive Tolerance” by Herbert Marcuse PDF

Op-Ed by Steve Klinsky and Wyatt Tee Walker in Real Clear Politics

Critical Race Theory is White History – The Nation by Kali Holloway

NAACP Legal Defense Fund FAQ on Critical Race Theory

NYGBC: A Brief History of Hate Part 1

NYGBC: A Brief History of Hate Part 1

May 4, 2022

This week!

We begin our deep dive into the fetid waters of the fringe center of the republican party with the first episode proper of our “Lunatic Fringe” series. The thesis of this series which will take the coming months if not the majority of the year, is that there is little if any true daylight between the “far right” as we would term them. Part of getting to this point was a concerted strategy by leaders of the right to use hate as a weapon. In their callous disregard they selfishly and wantonly employed the politics of hate, not caring necessarily what the particular target of their followers was, it was enough for them that they hated in the correct direction, but using the appeal to hatred to inspire a mass of voters in a way that policy platforms and inspirational speech never could. It also brought into their fold a new coalition of hate, of types that a more respectable right wing in the pas might have pretended to abhor, but who now was so crucial they now have to be directly appealed to.

 

So to start we begin with a brief history of American hate, starting with the Ku Klux Klan in its several incarnations, the American Nazi movement, White supremacist media mogul Willis Carto, Pioneer Publisher of holocaust denial, William Regnery II and America's most prominent White Supremacist Tucker Carlson. By no means are these people inclusive of every hatemonger from the time period, nor do their stories cover the entirety of the spectrum that is American hate. For every open racist screaming at a young girl going to school accompanied by U.S. Marshalls, there are a dozen or more at home silently approving of the intent, if not the method.

We are excited for this new project we are undertaking here on the show, and its part of our personal commitment to always improving and trying to make a better show that provides more for all of our listeners.

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Show Links:

The Ron Paul Song Music Video By Aimee Allen (On a sketchy Slovakian Website YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)

Please give the amazing and incredibly sexy listener who found the video for us a follow on twitter @main_guess

Birth of a Nation on YouTube

Southern Poverty Law Center History of the Klan

Behind the bastards episode on the grifting multilevel marketing period of the Klan.

Part 1 of the New York Times Series on White Supremacist Tucker Carlson

Atlantic Article regarding white supremacist support for Ron Paul after his newsletters were released

Tucker Carlson Racist Great Replacement Rant Video – Media Matters

 

Music: "Say You Will" by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 3 Part 2

NYGBC: American Marxism Chapter 3 Part 2

April 27, 2022

This week we finally return to our review of American Marxism by Mark Levin, a man we can only assume is still angry he was never given a pony to kill.

In this second half of chapter three we learn mostly how staggeringly and completely lazy Levin was in writing this book. In all absolute honesty, and with complete disclosure that I do not have the time to sit and count words, Levin appears to have filled this chapter (and probably the book) with more words that come from block quotes written by the people he hates than his own original writing. Sincerely, this book is a snarky quote-tweet of a 2000 word deeply researched and detailed article, in other words, the same thing as Levin’s Radio and TV shows. Because as we all know, when you don’t have the facts, scream that your enemies are commies.

We also saw Levin engage in some of the most blatant bullshitting of the book thus far (while we’re sure there is plenty more to come) in deliberately attempting to deceive his audience into believing that somewhat hacky scholarly work about “Millenialists” actually applies to “Millenials.” I can assure you the two terms have almost nothing to do with one another.

If you want more of us you can find us and this episode at our website NYGBCpod.com

You can also find all of the episodes at nygbc.podbean.com

If you want bonus episodes, early releases and more, consider becoming a patron for as little as $1 an episode at patreon.com/nygbc

You can listen to every chapter of this review starting with episode 1 of this series.

You can also listen to our introduction to Mark Levin, the man, the myth, the shouty little ball of anger.

Thanks as always for listening and enjoy the show.

Show Notes:

Video Clip: Sam Hoadley-Brill Clip of Levin’s Response to His Franklin School Error on YouTube

Salon Article covering Levin Wrongly calling the Franklin School the Frankfurt School

Jacobin Article Criticizing Levin’s Bad Writing and Intellectual Laziness

Piece of Shit Richard Landes explaining his “Pallywood” conspiracy – The Jerusalem Post

Jean Anyon’s Academic Article “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” Journal of Education, Vol 162, no. 1, Fall 1980. Available on the internet archive through this link.

Michael Hout Study on Occupational Status and Social Mobility, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Available through this link.

Opinion Piece on NBC News about social mobility by Evan Horowitz.

Economic Policy Institute Report on The Erosion of Private Sector Unions and Causes

Study on the political leanings of college professors by Neil Gross and Solon Simmons

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