This is the first of a two-part edition featuring Canadian Professor Anthony Hall, Dr. Kevin Barrett, and Jeremy Rothe-Kushel. The discussion focuses on Hall’s October 2016 suspension from his senior academic post at the University of Lethbridge, where he has been on faculty since the early 1990s.
Dr. Hall is an accomplished scholar in political economy and globalization studies whose work centers on the history of indigenous North Americans. He has taken courageous public stances on geopolitical issues including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 9/11 and the US-led “war on terror.” Beginning in 2015 Hall was targeted by the Israeli lobbying organization B’nai Brith. In 2016 this entity joined forces with mainstream Canadian news outlets including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to pressure University of Lethbridge administrators to suspend Hall without pay. The faculty union at Lethbridge is presently contesting the suspension on Hall’s behalf.
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.
On this week’s edition James covers the police state and war on terror at home over the past week as “active shooter drills” turn deadly with live rounds fired in Florida and Tennessee. We also examine the war on free thought and speech throughout the US as exemplified by Oberlin College’s new investigation of Prof. Joy Karega for social media postings.
State and federal officials continue to collect urine samples as Miami sprays local neighborhoods with a deadly insecticide in an effort to control the Zika virus. We listen to an excerpt from an important previously-recorded interview with investigative journalist Jon Rappoport to recontemplate the dubious nature and origins of the so-called Zika outbreak.
Tom Slater of Spiked UK joins James to discuss the war against free expression being waged on college campuses across the West by today’s self-appointed emissaries of political correctness. In stark contrast from the 1960s, when college students at UC Berkeley and elsewhere forged paths toward intellectual and personal autonomy while vigorously defending all forms of speech, many faculty and students today seek to be shielded from virtually anything they deem threatening or hurtful.
Stemming from the backdrop of now common anti-Enlightenment precepts that characterize much of the humanities, the crusade for political correctness reaches from scholarly publications and the seminar room to government-mandated efforts policing behavior and intimate relations. For example, in what Tom refers to as “mood-breaking” legislation, recently-passed laws in New York and California require college students to obtain the “affirmative consent” of their partner before partaking in any sexual act.