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“To Leave Error Unrefuted is to Encourage Intellectual Immorality”: A Critique by Fazal Rahman

Brief, partial, and necessary critical reviews of some of the stars of American Left: Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Richard Wolff, Stephen Resnick, Noam Chomsky, and Chris Hedges

Fazal Rahman, Dandelion Salad 

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6166/6205749044_7366066871.jpgAugust 18, 2015 | After the Grand Betrayals of socialism in the USSR, Eastern Europe, and China, all types of opportunists, charlatans, speculators, and slanderers have been trying to jump to the center of the leftist political arena, masquerading as “Marxists”, “socialists”, “anti-capitalists”, and “revolutionaries” etc. Many of them have academic backgrounds and are using their academic, oratorical, and demagogic skills to concoct all types of distortions, corruptions, and perversions of Marxian and Leninian political economy, philosophy, and thought. In doing so, they are taking the utmost advantage of the prevalent ignorance of Marxism, Socialism, Communism, and Politico-economic Revolutions, not only in the general society, but also in most of the academics, intellectuals, and leftists. Some of them are wearing the personae of Marxism, while others are anarchists and anti-communists. They are getting away with astounding slanders, ignorance, falsehoods, and distortions in such an environment.

This necessary and brief criticism is targeted at some of the essential and central slanders, errors, and distortions of a few selected Pseudo-Marxists, Anti-Communists, and Anarchists (PMACA). Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Richard Wolff, Stephen Resnick, Noam Chomsky, and Chris Hedges are the PMACA included in this review. This partial critical review is based upon a partial review of the voluminous books, articles, and videos they have produced. I am doing even that out of a sense of duty, as it is an extremely time consuming and boring, but necessary, task. Hopefully, someone will have a greater sense of duty and go through thousands of pages of their writings and innumerable videos to write a more comprehensive review. In fact, some have already done that, in case of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s voluminous books, “Empire”, “Multitude”, and “Commonwealth”. However, I did not find such comprehensive and effective critical reviews of other PMACA.

Fazal Rahman, Writer, Dandelion Salad  

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How American Pop Culture Dumbs Down America

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  • Fighting the Culture of Political Bullshit OR Karl Rove, the architect of Bush's career, privately said 'Fuck the truth; all that matters is the reality that we make people swallow.'
  • Part 1: How Popular Music’s Lyrics Perpetuate American Idiocy
  • Part 2: Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
  • Bill Moyers | Susan Jacoby on American Ignorance

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: How Popular Music’s Lyrics Perpetuate American Idiocy

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  • The author of aptly titled Idiot America, journalist Charles Pierce, thoroughly summed up the issue this way: “The rise of idiot America today represents–for profit mainly, but also and more cynically, for political advantage in the pursuit of power–the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good.”
  • Unfortunately, if the lyrics study is a prognostic omen, the epidemic of idiocy will only get worse.

Claire Bernish, Anti-Media

May 20, 2015 | A recent study served to confirm the patently obvious: song lyrics for the most popular genres of music are ridiculously obtuse — and getting worse over time. Though this might not be a revelation, the figures are distressing indicators of both an intellectually vapid societal and cultural future as well as its apparent inevitability.

If you’ve already moved away from Billboard music, congratulations, you refuse to be insulted. But if you haven’t, or if you’re concerned about pop culture trends acting as portents of systemic dysfunction, you should probably pay attention. Andrew Powell-Morse of SeatSmart studied the “Lyric Intelligence” of 225 Billboard songs in the Pop, Country, Hip-hop, and Rock genres that spent three or more weeks parked at the top of the charts to analyze any changes over the course of ten years. And change there was.

Claire Bernish: Journalist with @theantimedia1 http://theantimedia.org; Editor with @PontiacTribune http://pontiactribune.com; Activist; Stereotype-smasher

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Part 2: Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

A veteran journalist's acidically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

Described in goodreads

6017788.jpgIn the midst of a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, Charles Pierce had a defining moment at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, where he observed a dinosaur. Wearing a saddle.... But worse than this was when the proprietor exclaimed to a cheering crowd, “We are taking the dinosaurs back from the evolutionists!” He knew then and there it was time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed.

With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States, and how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has somehow deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate.

Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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Related:

Bill Moyers | Susan Jacoby on American Ignorance, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company

  • The author and free thinker discusses the rise of ignorance in our classrooms, our culture and our politics.
  • An Absolutely Shocking Statistic about America's Education System

 

"Shut Up, Bigot!": The Intolerance of Tolerance

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So what will the future of American society and culture be? Will it be a place for true tolerance, where competing ideas and visions of human flourishing are openly and respectfully debated in the public square? Or will the new tolerance create a totalitarian regime that controls both private thought and public engagement through accusations of bigotry while masquerading as enlightenment and progress?

Ben Crenshaw, Intellectual Takeout

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August 26, 2015 | America is in the midst of a raging national debate on issues surrounding sexuality and gender. If you dare to suggest that gender is determined by sex and is immutable, that same-sex sex acts are immoral, or that marriage is a permanent, exclusive union of husband and wife, then you will be called an intolerant bigot, hater, and homophobe.

Where does the charge of bigotry come from? Is it just a passing fad, a political and social tool for power and control, or do its roots go deeper?

Ben R. Crenshaw is pursuing a double MA at Denver Seminary and is a teaching fellow at the Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture.

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8 Frightening Characteristics of Propaganda

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  • Does this sound like anyone’s playbook today?
  • CBS News Investigative Journalist Explains How Mainstream Media Brainwashes The Masses

Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

Politics-%20Truth%20vs.%20Propaganda.jpgAugust 21, 2015 | Jacques Ellul’s Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes (1965) has been called “a far more frightening work than any of the nightmare novels of George Orwell.” In it, the French philosopher and sociologist dispels some of the popular notions about propaganda and exposes how it really operates in the modern world.

In the first chapter of the book, Ellul describes some of the characteristics of modern propaganda. Eight of them appear (here).

Daniel Lattier is the Vice President of Better Ed. In his role, he oversees the daily operations of Better Ed, production of content for the website, and messaging on social media. 

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CBS News Investigative Journalist Explains How Mainstream Media Brainwashes The Masses, Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

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Filled with clever marketing tactics designed to tell us what to think and what to buy, mainstream media manufactures public opinion and popular trends. It’s time to really take a look at what’s going on here and consider the type of information we’re being bombarded with.

 

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