This week political cartoonist Ben Garrison returns to the program to discuss the revival of his political commentary in the midst of the most tumultuous presidential campaign in recent history. Garrison also discusses his struggle with online trolls over the past several years, the broader war on free speech and political dissent, and how such phenomena are illustrated in the defamatory campaign against Canadian Professor Anthony Hall leading to the academic’s suspension from his university post earlier this month.
In a sea of homogeneity Ben Garrison’s trailblazing work offers a truly unique perspective on political and economic concerns. Presently a freelance graphic artist, his first cartoons appeared in The San Angelo Standard Times in the early 1980s. Garrison has since been a graphic artist at the The San Antonio Express News and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
James is joined by North American deep state whistleblower Matthew Pauly. For Pauly the personal truly is political. In 2005 the Canadian citizen underwent interrogation and mind control training by joint US and Canadian military intelligence forces. After intense psychiatric therapy and utilizing his own unusual recall abilities, Pauly explains how he was subconsciously programmed to kill, act as a crazed Islamic terrorist, and most importantly forget his own conditioning.
Mr. Pauly is the author of The Murder of Time: Making and Unmasking a Sleeper. His account resounds with particular clarity in the post-9/11 era, where agencies such as the FBI and Royal Canadian Mounted Police have repeatedly been found manufacturing terrorists, bombers, and active shooter patsies to perpetuate the state of siege zeitgeist and so-called “war on terror.”
On this edition James speaks with Colorado-based filmmaker, educator and activist Danny Ledonne. Mr. Ledonne is a former media arts professor at Adams State University in Alamosa Colorado whose investigation and online exposés of Adams State’s managerial and personnel practices put him in the crosshairs of the school’s top administrators.
When the highly-credentialed filmmaker was glossed over for a tenure-track teaching position in the university’s modest communications department and subsequently terminated from his adjunct instructor position there he made public records requests that revealed a number of administrative problems and efforts at non-transparency. Leone began a blog to publish these, WatchingAdams.org, and a lá Julian Assange invited other faculty to leak information that might aid in keeping Adams State’s pooh-bahs fair and above-the-board.
Legendary iconoclast Tony Hendra joins Real Politik to discuss the history of postwar comedy and his role therein. Hendra is best-known for playing Ian Faith, manager of the mock heavy metal band Spinal Tap. He was also a pioneer in early British political satire, working with Monty Python founding members Graham Chapman and John Cleese, and was the first managing editor of the National Lampoon, America’s pioneer multimedia comedy powerhouse, where he worked alongside Lampoon founders Doug Kenney, Henry Beard and Rob Hoffman. While at Lampoon Hendra produced the Woodstock mockery Lemmings, discovering such figures as John Belushi, Chevy Chase, and Christopher Guest.