Friday, September 10, 2010

If There's A Hell, It Would Be Attending This Conference, For Eternity.

Our Lives After 9-11: Troofers, John Birchers, Khomeinists, "Anti-War" Activists, Racists, Big Pharma fetishists, "Climategate" crazies, Banking-cartel alarmists, Cynthia McKinney, Cindy Sheehan, George Galloway, Pamela Geller. Plus an Oklahoma Bombing panel, artwork, music, and street actions at Ground Zero.

If you are sane, but you have been bad, that is where you are going to go when you die, and that is where you will stay, for the rest of time.

Ben Cohen has something insightful to say about all this: "You cannot - to transpose this theme to the motley crew of misfits gathering with their slogans in Lower Manhattan - be Pamela Geller and George Galloway. Or can you? Here is where Debord comes in. The spectacle may, on one level, appear divided. On another, it is united, more so than the average angry protestor may realize. . ."

United by the batshit craziness, I would have thought. But there' s more, Ben notices, and it 's about "the paranoid style" in Anglo-American politics, as Adam Holland demonstrates here. The classic work on the subject, Richard Hofstadter's 1964 essay in Harper's Magazine, is online, here.


Blogger vildechaye said...

History channel (44) has been running a great 9/11 conspiracy show that debunks each and every claim made by the troofers systematically and definitively. Not that anything will ever convince a true believer, but anybody sane will be well convinced.

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Blogger dmurrell said...

Yes, I caught it yesterday (September 11), except for the first 15 minutes. And excellent two hour show -- that portrays the "truthers" as pimply, wide-eyed college kids, good at producing internet videos, but poor at actually presenting theories and evidence properly. My view is that the main motivation is that of vile anti-Americanism: they hate analogously as far-rightists (and Islamists) hate Jews through Holocaust denial.

Here is the IMDB page on the film:

Unfortunately, the only two reviewers so far are "truthers".

Btw, in Canada we have two main truthers, Barry Zwicker and Michel Chussodovsky (a former prof of mine). Nutty and far-left, they have thankfully been ignored by the media. Less fortunately, the CBC's Fifth Estate did a sympathetic portrayal of Trither ideas.

5:11 AM  

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