Daily Archives: December 4, 2021

Noam Chomsky doesn’t hold back… | with Fatima Bhutto

How To Academy Mindset

Nov 26, 2021

“Thatcher was either lying or stupid”. “Our economy is public subsidy, private profit”. “The Republican party is not a party, it’s an organisation”. Noam Chomsky certainly does not pull his punches – and in Part 1 of his exclusive How To Academy conversation with Fatima Bhutto, he comes out fighting against the “40 years of neoliberal assault”, and offers his analysis as to why it all went so wrong…
Part 2

The war in Afghanistan and the mafia-like global order; Modhi and the collapse of Indian democracy; the “China Threat” and the “pivot to Asia; Joe Manchin and climate change. The world seems like a dark place, and in Part 2 of his exclusive How To Academy conversation with Fatima Bhutto, Noam Chomsky attempts to make sense of the chaos.

Noam Chomsky is the bestselling author of over 100 influential political books. He is Institute Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. His videos with MSNBC (on Biden and the GOP), World Science Festival (Mind Your Language), Jacobin (Where the left goes after Trump), Gulf News (on Afghanistan), David Pakman (on the Modern Day Trump-Republican Party), Harvard Law School, The Stoa (with Natalie Wynn on the future of the left), The Origins Podcast (on Afghanistan) and Owen Jones (on Palestine and capitalism).

Fatima Bhutto is a Pakistani writer. She is the author of the novels The Runaways, and The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, longlisted for Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her most recent nonfiction book is New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop (which argues that the West’s cultural influence is diminishing across the globe. Her first book is Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir which deals with her father, Mir Murtaza Bhutto’s assassination at the hands of the Pakistani state.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow with Yuval Noah Harari

University of California Television (UCTV) – Apr 24, 2017

(6:09 – Main Presentation) Historian Yuval Noah Harari has taken the world on a tour through the span of humanity, from apes to rulers of the world. Harari became an international sensation when he argued in his best-selling book Sapiens that humans conquered the world through our ability to believe in collective myths about gods, money and freedom. In the highly-anticipated sequel Homo Deus, Harari looks to the future, exploring how godlike technologies such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering will define what we become. Recorded on 02/27/2017. [6/2017] [Show ID: 32146] SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind (https://www.uctv.tv/SAGE)

The New Global Order

RT America– Dec 4, 2021
On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the decline of the American empire and the new global order with Professor Alfred McCoy, who holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Alfred McCoy, the chair of the history department at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, looks at past empires and how they disintegrated in his book ‘To Govern the Globe.’ The familiar patterns of decline allow him to speculate about what lies ahead as the global dominance of the United States crumbles under the weight of disastrous military adventurism, the collapse of public institutions, a rapacious and greedy oligarchic elite and inept political and military leadership. The new world order, McCoy argues, will see China ascendant. “While Washington was spilling its blood and treasure into desert sands,” writes McCoy, “Beijing had been investing much of its accumulated trade surplus in the integration of the ‘world island’ of Africa, Asia, and Europe into an economic powerhouse.” The key to Chinese dominance, he argues, is its far-sighted strategic focus on control of the world’s energy and raw materials, increasingly in short supply, and its investment in a technologically advanced infrastructure. “Each transition to a new world order has occurred when a massively destructive cataclysm has coincided with major social change,” he notes, arguing that the climate crisis will be the trigger for a new configuration of world dominance.

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Bill Gates and the man who blew up the moon

Bill Gates – Jul 8, 2016

Author Neal Stephenson met up with Bill Gates in Seattle to talk about his book “Seveneves”. Learn more at https://www.gatesnotes.com

The Jesus of History versus the Christ of Faith

The Aspen Institute– Jul 14, 2015

Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic figures by examining Jesus within the context of the times in which he lived: the age of zealotry. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical sources, Aslan describes a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity secret; and the seditious “King of the Jews,” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his lifetime. Aslan explores why the early Church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary and grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself. Speaker: Reza Aslan

Christopher Hitchens on the History of the 20th Century: U.K. and America (1995)

The Film Archives– Jul 14, 2014

Hitchens’ father, Eric Hitchens, was a Commander in the British Royal Navy. Hitchens often referred to his father as simply the ‘Commander’.

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On 26 December 1943, Hitchens’s father was deployed onboard HMS Jamaica when it sank the German warship, the Scharnhorst. Christopher Hitchens would refer to his father’s contribution to the war: ‘Sending a Nazi convoy raider to the bottom is a better day’s work than any I have ever done.’ He also stated that ‘the remark that most summed him [his father] up was the flat statement that the war of 1939 to 1945 had been “the only time when I really felt I knew what I was doing.”‘

Hitchens’ mother, Yvonne, died in Athens in 1973 when, despite first reports in The Times that she had been murdered, it was later concluded that her death had been the result of an apparent suicide pact with her boyfriend, Reverend Timothy Bryan. Hitchens travelled to Athens to identify his mother’s body. On the subject Hitchens later said: ‘She probably thought things were getting sordid — he [Bryan] wasn’t able to hold a job down, she couldn’t go back, she was probably about the age I am now and perhaps there was that — she’d been very pretty — and things were never going to get any better, so why go through with it? She might not have been that hard to persuade, but I know that she did try to save herself because I have the photographs still. So that was sort of the end of family life really.’

In reference to writing about his mother in his memoir, Hitch-22, he said, ‘It was painful to write about my mother, but not very because long ago I internally managed all that. ‘I even went back to Greece and I went to the graveyard while I was writing the book and decided not to write about it. I thought that would be sentimental.’

Hitchens’ younger brother by two-and-a-half years, Peter Hitchens, is a Christian and socially conservative journalist in London, although, like his brother, he had been a Trotskyist in the 1970s. The brothers had a protracted falling-out after Peter wrote that Christopher had once joked that he “didn’t care if the Red Army watered its horses at Hendon” (a suburb of London). Christopher denied having said this and broke off contact with his brother. He then referred to his brother as “an idiot” in a letter to Commentary, and the dispute spilled into other publications as well. Christopher eventually expressed a willingness to reconcile and to meet his new nephew (born in 1999); shortly thereafter the brothers gave several interviews together in which they said that their personal disagreements had been resolved. They appeared together on 21 June 2007 edition of the BBC current affairs discussion show Question Time. The pair engaged in a formal televised debate for the first time on 3 April 2008, at Grand Valley State University, and at the Pew Forum on 12 October 2010.


A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism – Jeffrey Sachs

Cornell CSES– Nov 18, 2021

Jeffrey D. Sachs (Columbia University) joins the Center for the Study of Economy & Society (CSES) at Cornell University on November 15, 2021 for the third lecture in “The American State in a Multipolar World” series. The series features distinguished scholars and public intellectuals, including Francis Fukuyama, Joseph Nye, Jeffrey D. Sachs, and Andrew J. Bacevich, discussing the issues and choices facing the American state in a multipolar global economy and shifting world system. Complete details for the series available at economyandsociety.org. A transcript for this event is available here: https://www.economyandsociety.org/wp-…

How Ocean Shipping Works (And Why It’s Broken)

Wendover Productions
Nov 17, 2021

1177 B.C.: When Civilization Collapsed | Eric Cline

Long Now Foundation – Apr 19, 2020

Consider this, optimists. All the societies in the world can collapse simultaneously. It has happened before.

In the 12th century BCE the great Bronze Age civilizations of the Mediterranean—all of them—suddenly fell apart. Their empires evaporated, their cities emptied out, their technologies disappeared, and famine ruled. Mycenae, Minos, Assyria, Hittites, Canaan, Cyprus—all gone. Even Egypt fell into a steep decline. The Bronze Age was over.

The event should live in history as one of the great cautionary tales, but it hasn’t because its causes were considered a mystery. How can we know what to be cautious of? Eric Cline has taken on on the mystery. An archaeologist-historian at George Washington University, he is the author of “1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed.” The failure, he suggests, was systemic. The highly complex, richly interconnected system of the world tipped all at once into chaos.

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Ticknor Society Collectors’ Roundtable: The World of Edward Gorey

Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America

Nov 22, 2021

The ABAA Virtual Book Fair: Boston Edition and The Ticknor Society present a panel discussion focused on Cape Cod-based artist, illustrator, author, and publisher Edward Gorey.

This year’s participants are Edward Gorey House Curator Gregory Hischak, Gorey collector and book artist Patrice Miller, and Christine von der Linn, Director of Illustration Art at Swann Auction Galleries, New York.

Gregory Hischak is a writer, performer, and book artist, who also serves as the Director and Curator of the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, MA. He has been gathering Gorey-related materials and creating new exhibits for the House since 2014. The current exhibition is titled “Hapless Children: Drawings from Mr. Gorey’s Neighborhood” and is on view through December 31st. Learn more at edwardgoreyhouse.org.

Patrice Miller is Proprietrix of Aredian Press, a bookbinder and Gorey collector. Introduced to his work in high school, Patrice Miller was immediately taken with Edward Gorey’s humor and his skill. Gorey’s work struck her as both honest and irreverent – a perfect match for a teenager’s sensibilities. Nearly fifty years later, her family’s Gorey collection reflects her continued fascination. After retirement from federal service, Patrice took up bookbinding and created her own imprint, Aredian Press, in 2016. With authorization from the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, she has published two Gorey first editions: The Mourning Fan and the Worsted Monster. She plans to bind or rebind every one of Gorey’s primary works. Patrice serves on the board of the Edward Gorey House, promoting his legacy and his animal welfare causes.

Christine von der Linn is the Director of Illustration Art and a 25-year veteran of the Book Department at Swann Auction Galleries, New York, the largest specialist auctioneer of Works on Paper in the world. She is also proud to be a head specialist for Swann’s groundbreaking sales celebrating the cultural contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. Christine has written about, lectured, and moderated panel discussions on rare books, illustration, and cartoons, but especially loves discussing her favorite area of expertise, Edward Gorey. In addition to handling several private collections of Gorey books and ephemera, her department has offered more original artwork of his than any other auction house.

Images: Copyright Christopher Miller. All rights reserved.