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.
On this encore episode from October 2014 eJames speaks with Barbara Loe Fisher, president and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit charity established in 1982. For the past three decades, Barbara has led a national, grassroots movement and public information campaign to institute vaccine safety reforms and informed consent protections in the public health system.
James is joined by political cartoonist Ben Garrison in this encore broadcast from February 2015. In a sea of homogeneity Garrison’s 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.
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.
Renowned artist Doug Auld joins James on this edition to discuss the social and political dimensions of his life’s work. Auld’s most recent and controversial collection, Those Who Blew the Whistle(2016), consists of 50 unique portraits of “people willing to bring upon themselves enormous controversy and upheaval for seemingly little to no reward.”
Auld’s creations often focus on human forms and subject matter that have been overlooked or shunned by the broader society. Perhaps most notable among these is the acclaimed three-year project culminating in State of Grace(2005), which consists of ten large scale portraits of adolescent burn survivors. The collection received international recognition in the New York Times and Washington Post, and was also featured in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.