The Shabogans are the invisible underclass on Gallifrey. The plebs. The nobodies. The skivvies. They're not the posh drop-outs. They're not the soup-making rustics. They're the unseen guttersnipes trapped inside the Capitol. They always leave the room just before you enter it. They're the vandals who shoot stasers at the Seal of Rassilon. And maybe, sometimes, they do more than that. Maybe they riot. Maybe they erect barricades. Maybe they throw stones. Maybe they daub things like "GALLIFREY WILL NEVER BE HAPPY UNTIL THE LAST CASTELLAN HAS BEEN HANGED WITH THE GUTS OF THE LAST CARDINAL" on the walls of the Time Toilets. Because if there is hope, it lies in the Shabogans.
I'm Jack Graham. Gothic Marxist. Advocate of the struggle in terms of the strange. Shakespearean villain. Doctor Who fan. Less an organic intellectual than a one-man morbid symptom.
And I did this:
The second part of our discussion about the 'Crying Nazi'
Warnings apply, as always.
Reminder: we're on iTunes and YouTube
See last episode's notes
Erik Striker on Gab
Cantwell posts Bowlcut meme
Cantwell trying to get into selling cryptocurrency?
Cantwell dating website prank calls
Tucker Carlson: "The American Dream is Dying"
Audio from 13 year old who called RA
Cantwell plays Tucker than reads from Mein Kampf
In this episode, we make our first assault on the mountain of bullshit, bile, and batshittery that is Christopher 'the Crying Nazi' Cantwell, take a swing at the 'libertarian-to-fascist' pipeline, and rampant transphobia / transmisogyny.
As ever, warnings apply.
Reminder: we're on iTunes and YouTube
Random Cantwell audio clips
Cantwell stuff from A Voice For Men
Cantwell's warning to Kricket Slick's future boyfriends
Cantwell OkCupid profile, circa 2015
Ethan Glover on Cantwell's long history
The Free State Project
Daily Beast on the Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline
Reason repudiates the libertarian to alt-right pipeline
Jack's article on libertarianism as the 'gateway drug' to the alt-right
Jack's article on the Koch Brothers and their funding of right-wing academia
Cantwell on "Free-er Talk Live, Jan 17 2019."
Charlottesville Race and Terror
Vice checks in on Cantwell a year later
Cantwell drunk in public
Elmer Woodard, lawyer to Cantwell and the alt-right
Chris Cantwell pulls his gun, May 2015
Crying Nazi Raw Video
"The Free Keene Squad" on the Colbert Report
"Looking for Trouble With Strangers"
Local news story on the above
Right Wing ...
In this episode, Daniel tells me about the aftermath of the disastrous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville 2017 (which we talked about last time). We also get a tad more theoretical about some of the reasons for some of the behaviour of the so-called 'alt-right', and chat about some related issues such as the recent controversy concerning the Covington MAGA kids.
Assault of Deandre Harris
League of the South signs consent decree, will not return to Charlottesville. March 2018.
"The decree specifically names the League of the South, its directors, officers, members and agents, national League of the South chairman Michael Tubbs and Kentucky chapter chairman Spencer Borum. These parties are blocked from “returning to Charlottesville, Virginia, as part of a unit of two or more persons acting in concert while armed with a firearm, weapon, shield ...
In this episode, which runs a bit longer than the first two, and which goes to some very dark places, Daniel tells me all about the infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, 2017.
The episode features discussions of violence, and we try to signpost when we're getting into the painful details. But warnings definitely apply from the start. We're discussing virulent racism and bigotry.
Please feel free to signal boost us.
(Also, we're on iTunes and YouTube now.)
Of necessity, we're only glancing at this incredibly big and complex subject, so we're going to be coming back to many of the issues, organisations, and persons mentioned.
And here are some notes, sources, and references.
(Oh, P.S. Fun fact... Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped into Hbomberguy's Donkey Kong charity Twitch stream as we recorded this.)
Firstly, everyone interested in this should follow and support Emily Gorcenski and Molly (Socialist Dog Mom) on Twitter.
Here's Emily's livestream of the tiki torch rally
Here's Molly's podcast The Trial of James Alex Fields
First Vigil - tracking fascist violence
Texts between ...
Nearly forgot I now have wednesdays to post whatever subsidiary stuff I have.
In our second episode, Daniel tells me all about former KKK Grand Wizard, "king of the angry Facebook grampas", and man who wrote an autobiography it took 42 hours for him to record himself reading, 'Dr' David Duke.
Download or listen here.
As ever, we're discussing fascism, racism and bigotry generally, so warnings apply.
As many of you will know, our very own Daniel Harper has been researching the so-called 'alt-right' (really the far-right) for more tha two years now, listening to their podcasts and YouTube shows, documenting what they say to each other in their own spaces.
This new podcast series - entitled (very cleverly, I think) I Don't Speak German - will be me in conversation with Daniel, giving him an opportunity to tell us what he heard.
We're discussing fascism and racism, so this podcast comes with big warnings.
Here's the first episode, on perhaps the best-known representative of the 'alt-right', Richard Spencer, his career, style, and ideology. The episode also touches on the origins of the term 'alt-right', the infamous 'heilgate' occurance after Trump's election, etc.
Our episodes will cover one 'topic' per show. We plan to keep the episodes as short as possible, and crank them out regularly (in direct defiance of our usual operating methods).
The next episode will be on a more old-school fascist, David Duke, former Klan 'Grand Wizard' who spoke at Charlottesville.
Please consider spreading the news about this new show.
In other news, I'm going to be taking a bit ...
I don't have anything for you today, though I am currently tinkering with a couple of things that might end up being postable.
But neither of those are ready yet, so or today I'll have to just point you towards a new episode of Consider the Ray Gun, the strand of WWA in which Daniel chats with someone about a book.
This week it's Kit rejoining Daniel for a conversation about the early Richard Bachman (Stephen King) novel The Long Walk. Listen/download here.
It's every bit as good as their recent episode on Ender's Game.
CtRG started as part of Oi! Spaceman, so previous episodes can be found here.
Happy New Year all.
Thoughts on Series 1 of Legion
(NB - I haven't seen Series 2 yet, and was distressed to see El saying it had become disqualifyingly "rapey". Why do they ruin everything?)
Legion might be the first show since Hannibal to genuinely achieve substance through style. Of course, I haven’t seen every show since Hannibal, but I know Westworld didn’t manage it.
Legion takes place in a corner of the X-Men universe, in which (as per the concept) some humans are being born as ‘mutants’ with special powers. In line with how these things usually go, the most powerful mutant so far discovered turns out to be David, a mediocre white guy with a Harry Potter-esque backstory. He and his fellow mutants are, naturally, being hunted by a sinister government agency.
So far, so clichéd. But Legion does some genuinely interesting things with these concepts.
It is deeply divergent from almost all TV/movie genre SF/Fantasy now, especially the Marvelverse, with which it is obviously most likely to be compared. Its style is light years away from the Marvel shows (Daredevil, etc) and from the movies. The nearest Marvel movie to Legion in terms of style ...