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The Business Plot Part IV: Credulity Unlimited

The Business Plot Part IV: Credulity Unlimited

April 30, 2021

In the conclusion to the Business Plot, the McCormack Dickstein Committee hears testimony from Butler and MacGuire, but some fish appear to be too big to fry. The newspapers paint Butler as a publicity hound and a fool, but what are the true motivations at play? And what did the committee chairs make of the plot? 
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The Business Plot Part III: A Bad Penny

The Business Plot Part III: A Bad Penny

April 23, 2021

Like gum on the bottom of a shoe, Smedley Butler just can’t seem to get rid of Jerry MacGuire. His incessant requests for Smedley to write the gold standard into his speeches are one thing, but when MacGuire comes back from Europe with a plan for organizing veterans in America, Butler decides that something has to be done. 

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The Business Plot Part II: Un-American Activities

The Business Plot Part II: Un-American Activities

April 16, 2021

It’s the 1930s. Everyone is broke. A lot of them are angry. Fascism is in the air. For some, President Roosevelt represents hope for a better tomorrow. For others, he is an existential threat to their way of life (and their bank ledgers). A Congressional inquest into American Nazi propaganda yields a very alarming discovery. 
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The Business Plot Part I: Old Gimlet Eye

The Business Plot Part I: Old Gimlet Eye

April 10, 2021

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is a hero to rank-and-file soldiers and a menace to the top brass. Disgusted by his past service as a "racketeer for capitalism,” he has devoted his retirement to speaking out against the misuse of the American military to further business interests. But when he is approached by two veterans who want him to speak at the upcoming American Legion convention, he finds himself staring down a rabbit hole that goes deeper than he can imagine.

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Terror on Screen Part IV: On the Ground

Terror on Screen Part IV: On the Ground

February 17, 2021

In the final installment of Terror on Screen I look at two films about operations in the Middle East. Zero Dark Thirty follows the story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, with the writer claiming it is "based on actual events" and has no political agenda. American Sniper is a biopic about the deadliest marksman in US military history who grapples with the trauma of his service. But neither film tells the whole story.

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Terror on Screen Part III: Trauma

Terror on Screen Part III: Trauma

February 7, 2021

The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatizing event, and fear became a normal part of American life afterward. Two films, Reign Over Me and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, offer a compelling glimpse into the post-9/11 trauma frame. But what has that trauma given us permission to do? And how has our response to it made the world less just, and less safe?

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Terror on Screen Part II: Everybody Breaks

Terror on Screen Part II: Everybody Breaks

January 15, 2021

Counter Terrorism Agent Jack Bauer is a man above men, the kind of guy who will get the job done, whatever the cost. Season one of Fox's television drama 24 was released just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, and was hugely popular throughout its nine seasons. But despite claims that it was "just a TV show," 24 had a direct impact on military operations in the Middle East, and was written by people with explicit political motives. 

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Terror on Screen Part I: Introduction

Terror on Screen Part I: Introduction

January 9, 2021

This is the first in a four-part series on post-9/11 depictions of terrorism and the War on Terror. Here I introduce the topic and give an overview of the content of the rest of the series. 

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The Turner Diaries Part II: The New Era

The Turner Diaries Part II: The New Era

November 2, 2020

With their newly seized territory in southern California, the Organization plans an all-out assault on the System. Forty years after its publication, The Turner Diaries continues to have a lasting effect on the far right, inspiring the murders of more than 200 people and living on in corners of the internet. 

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The Turner Diaries Part I: Earl’s War

The Turner Diaries Part I: Earl’s War

October 24, 2020

William Luther Pierce's white supremacist novel The Turner Diaries has been called the Bible of the racist right. The protagonist Earl Turner lives in a cartoonishly "equal" world, and joins a violent underground resistance movement that seeks to overthrow "The System." 

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