Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stephen Miller is the Architect of Trump's Evil Child Separation Policy. Stephen Miller is also a White Supremacist...and the New York Times Won't Admit this Fact

When the news media provides facts without context it does the public a disservice. This is one of the core principles captured by the dictate of the five W's -- who, what, when, how and why -- taught in every high school-level journalism class. It would seem that the New York Times has neglected that basic rule.

Last Saturday, the flagship newspaper of establishment journalism focused on White House senior adviser Stephen Miller's role in the Trump administration's decision to hold thousands of refugee and immigrant children as de facto political hostages in prison camps and warehouses.

Nowhere in the New York Times story was there any explanation or discussion of Stephen Miller's background, his values or what other motivations could drive him to be so enthusiastically cruel toward nonwhite children and their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

This information is readily available: The Times made a choice not to include it.

Stephen Miller -- like other Trump advisers such as Michael Anton, Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon -- is a white supremacist. Like other members of the so-called alt-right (a collection of far-right extremists that includes neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other racists) Miller hides behind Trumpian slogans about making America great again and neutral-sounding terms such as "nationalism" and "populism" to advance a policy agenda where nonwhites are treated as second-class citizens and white people are empowered above all other groups.

Miller is also the principal architect of the Trump administration's proposed immigration "reforms," which would effectively turn the clock back to the 1920s and 1930s, a time when nonwhites were effectively not allowed to immigrate to the United States.

Ultimately, Donald Trump's administration -- with white supremacists like Miller serving as a type of racial id -- is making clear what has some level always been understood in America: To be a "real" American is first and foremost to be "white" and "Christian." (Miller is personally of Jewish heritage. Reportedly his maternal grandparents immigrated to America to escape anti-Semitic pogroms in the Russian Empire. This only heightens the irony and his moral malfeasance.)

What else do we know about Stephen Miller?

While in college he was friends with and mentored by the notorious white supremacist Richard Spencer. Together, Miller and Spencer collaborated on bringing right-wing ideologues to Duke University where Miller was a student.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson About Trump's Rise to Power, America's Moral Rot, and the Persistence of the Color Line

Michael Eric Dyson is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and the author of many books including What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America as well as Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.

Dr. Dyson is also a frequent guest on Real Time with Bill Maher as well CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Dyson and Chauncey discuss the crisis in moral leadership and values which birthed Donald Trump's presidency, how right-wing Christians helped to conceive this wholesale abandonment of democracy and dignity, and how whiteness and white privilege have (again) undermined the common good--and yes, how such values also hurt white people. Professor Dyson and Chauncey also discuss the burden that black and brown people have to save American democracy from white racism and those individuals and forces such as Donald Trump and his white rage-filled supporters.

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega ponders the alpha male bromance between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Trump's Fox News madness and threats against Americans who are not sufficiently "loyal". Chauncey is also enraged by the wicked evil that is how Trump's regime is breaking up families at the Mexican-U.S. border and explains the reckoning that is coming to America.

This episode with Professor Michael Eric Dyson can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Do Not Give Aid and Comfort to the Trump Supporters in Your Life: The Personal is Political. Stop Communicating With Them

The United States Constitution grants President Donald Trump many powers. They include being the Chief Executive, Chief Legislator and Commander-in-Chief of the military. Not to be content with such powers, Donald Trump has also taken on other roles as well. Donald Trump is the Sadist-in-Chief of the United States of America. Cruelty and meanness are his modus operandi.

In his role as Sadist-in-Chief he has been quite busy. As the leader of the Republican Party he has decided to take health insurance away from the at least 150 million Americans — including children and the elderly — who have preexisting health conditions. He also mocked and insulted the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico which is estimated to have killed at least 4,600 people.

Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have made it official United States government policy to break up and attempt to destroy the families of refugees, undocumented residents, and those others seeking to make a life in the country.

In this nefarious plan, children are to be separated from their families. These children are then to be sent to warehouses on military bases. It has even been proposed that thousands of children are to be put in prison camps — which have been dishonestly and benignly described by the Trump administration as "tent cities." It would seem that Trump's pardoning of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio — a man who bragged about running a "concentration camp" — was a signal of bigger plans. MSNBC reports that migrant children separated from their parents are currently "effectively being incarcerated" in a detention center in a former Walmart in Texas.

Trump and Sessions' and the Republican Party's assault on the human rights and dignity of nonwhite immigrants and refugees has already turned lethal. Marco Antonio Munoz, a Honduran man seeking sanctuary, killed himself after having his child taken away from him. A 19-year-old named Manuel Antonio Cano-Pacheco was killed in Mexico after being deported by ICE enforcers.

This is part of a larger strategy of "soft" ethnic cleansing where the ultimate goal is to prevent the United States from becoming a "majority minority" country.

Of course, separating children from their parents is not new in America. It was a horror afflicted on black people who were owned for centuries as human property. Native American children and young adults were also taken from their families and sent away to schools such as Dartmouth in order to be "whitened" as a means of committing cultural genocide.

Knowing Trump's policy of separating children from families is not unprecedented does nothing to temper what should be outrage and moral abomination. On this I agree with Esquire magazine's Charles Pierce. In response to a stomach churning and enraging report about the stress and trauma being experienced by children who have been torn from their families by the United States government, he wrote:
The New York Times had a story on Friday that should’ve brought shame and derision upon anyone who voted for the racist monster in the White House, and upon the racist monster that the other racist monster installed at the head of the Department of Justice. The United States government is now committing human rights atrocities within its own borders and against the most vulnerable people it can find. I don’t need to “understand,” much less take seriously, anyone who still supports this president* and his administration* because, if you do, you’ve taken the idea of America and run battery acid through its veins.... 
So, thanks to this president* and his 63 million enablers, and his acolytes in the media, and all the people who didn’t care enough to stop him in 2016, and all the people who don’t care enough to stop him now, we have our own American variations on the Tuam babies and the Magdalene Laundries. 
Children are being punished, cruelly and mindlessly, for the perceived sins of their parents and, because we are a secular republic, it is not being done in the name of God but, rather, on the behalf of everybody in this country. That does not make this better. Not by a longshot.
I would go one step further.

Politics begins in the home with how children are taught lessons about right and wrong, obedience and freedom, and their responsibilities to other people usually first in the most immediate sense (parents and family) and then broadening out to neighbors and community, and finally to humankind, other animals and the natural world more broadly.

Who we choose to include among our friends and associates — and yes, even kin — is a political statement because it reflects our values and beliefs. The personal is political in ways both obvious and subtle. This includes the quotidian as well as grand gestures and acts.

And so, a proposal.

Monday, June 11, 2018

A Conversation with Historian Edgar Feuchtwanger About What it was Like to be a Jewish Child Who Lived Across the Street From Hitler

This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show features two guests.

Professor Edgar Feuchtwanger is a Jewish historian who grew up across the street from Adolph Hitler and witnessed the rise of the Nazism and its evil firsthand. Professor Feuchtwanger shares the memories of that dark time from a child's perspective and with a historian's insight in his new book Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1938.

On this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Edgar Feuchtwanger recounts what it was like to, literally, see Hitler on a regular basis, how his father was sent to Dachau, his memories of Kristallnacht, and the ways that the German people so quickly embraced Hitler and the Nazis. Professor Feuchtwanger also offers a chilling warning for the American people (and the world) in the Age of Trump and the rise of right-wing fascists and authoritarians around the world: Wake up!

Psychiatrist Dr. David Reiss also stops by the virtual bar and salon this week to discuss the suicide of Anthony Bourdain and to help Chauncey process his anger towards someone whose work he admired and that he viewed as one cool white soul brother.

During this week's podcast, Dr. Reiss explains why a rich and successful person who is beloved around the world would kill themselves and how suicide is a type of extreme mental state that is different from "depression". Dr. Reiss also shares how he tries to help his own patients who are thinking of taking their own lives.

At the end of this week's installment of the podcast Chauncey shares some of Anthony Bourdain's best quotes and life wisdom.

This week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show with Edgar Feuchtwanger and David Reiss can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Conversation with Professor Ted Thornhill About How He Dared to Teach a Course Called "White Racism" and Then the Right-wing Mob Threatened His Life

Ted Thornhill is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a Professor of Sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University who received national attention because he dared to teach a course in January 2018 called "White Racism". Like many other educators in the Age of Trump, Professor Thornhill was targeted by a coordinated campaign of harassment--including death threats that necessitated his needing armed guards outside of his classroom--by the right-wing mob including Fox News.  

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Professor Thornhill and Chauncey discuss how the classroom is a political space, the right-wing campaign against him, and how he did not yield or surrender to the threats of the Fox News-driven thuggery and harassment. Professor Thornhill and Chauncey also highlight common misconceptions about racism in "colorblind America", the myth that is "reverse racism", and of course how Donald Trump was able to win the White House.

In this week's episode, Chauncey DeVega again sounds the alarm about the American fascist Donald Trump. This week's warning: Donald Trump's attorneys recently told special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump is above the law and is a de facto king or emperor. And to make matters even worse, Rudy Giuliani actually told the Huffington Post that Donald Trump could kill James Comey and there would be no immediate consequences because Trump is president.

During this week's podcast Chauncey DeVega also makes a realization: Donald Trump is a pimp and American democracy is his prostitute.

This episode with Professor Ted Thornhill can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Is He a Genius? Deconstructing the Politics and Aesthetics of Childish Gambino's "This is America"

Stephen Casmier is the guest on this week's Childish Gambino "This is America" themed episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a professor of English at Saint Louis University and the author of the great essay Donald Glover and Richard Pryor, or the Chokehold of the Minstrel Show which can be read at Medium.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Stephen and Chauncey have a wide ranging conversation about black art and black genius, the problems with how concepts such as "intersectionality", "representation" and "identity politics" have been overused and misunderstood, the uprising in Ferguson, and America's almost pornographic relationship to black suffering. Dr. Casmier and Chauncey also deconstruct the politics and aesthetics of Childish Gambino's amazingly popular new song and video "This is America".

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega intervenes against the horrible cruelty and evil that is the Trump administration's war on the children and families of undocumented residents, immigrants, and refugees. Chauncey also reflects on the right-wing "patriotic" anthem "I'm Proud to be an American" and how it tells some unintentional truths about the culture of cruelty and the horrible wrongs in the country. At the end of this week's podcast, Chauncey has a good laugh about the lawsuit by the people behind the iconic children's TV series "Sesame Street" against the new adult comedy "The Happytime Murders".

This episode with Stephen Casmier can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

The Chauncey DeVega Show is available on Itunes, Spotify and at Stitcher.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Conversation with Psychiatrist Mark Goulston about Maintaining Our Emotional Health and Being Better Communicators in Troubled Times

Mark Goulston is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is a psychiatrist and author of several best-selling self-help books including Just Listen, Get Out of Your Own Way, and Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life.

Dr. Goulston has either been a guest on or his work featured by the CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, BBC News, Oprah, Today, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily and the Los Angeles Times. He also hosts the podcast Prison Letters with Dr. Mark Goulston.

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Dr. Goulston and Chauncey discuss how to overcome self-sabotage, becoming better communicators, managing negative influences in our lives, and fighting back against depression and other mental health challenges. Dr. Goulston also reflects on the 2016 presidential race and offers some suggestions as to how the Democratic Party can better fight back against Donald Trump's alpha male bullying behavior.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega honors brother Malcolm X's birthday by sharing a New York Times editorial about his assassination. Unfortunately, Chauncey is also forced in the aftermath of the Sante Fe massacre by gun, to again, discuss how ammosexuals and other conservative gun fetishists are feeding America's children to the Gun God Moloch. On this week's show, Chauncey also peers into the right-wing hate sewer and its pit of defective women-hating "incels" who are debating if the Sante Fe mass murderer Dimitrios Pagourtzis was "too handsome" to be counted among their breed.

Of course, Trump University is always is session. This week's topic? The newest revelations about how Trump's cabal was willing to take assistance from Saudi Arabia and the UAE as coordinated by a child molester to steal the 2016 presidential election and by doing so to undermine American democracy.

This episode with Mark Goulston can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

The Chauncey DeVega Show
 is available on Itunes, Spotify and at Stitcher.

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Conversation with Timothy Snyder About "Sadopopulism" and How Donald Trump and the Republican Party are Hurting White Voters in Order to Stay in Power

There are two guests on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. 

Yale University historian and New York Times-bestselling author Timothy Snyder returns to The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of "On Tyranny" and the new book "The Road to Unfreedom". This is Professor Snyder's fourth appearance on The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Professor Snyder and Chauncey discuss how America's democratic institutions are under siege by Donald Trump and the Republican Party's fascist campaign, the ways that Trump and his allies are hurting white voters in order to stay in power by redirecting their rage at nonwhites and other groups, and the concept known as "sadopopulism". Professor Snyder also explains how both liberals and conservatives are weakening America's democratic project.

Jared Yates Sexton is the second guest on this week's example of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage. On this week's show, Jared and Chauncey discuss on the American news media continues to fail the public by not telling the truth about the threat posed by Donald Trump and how comedienne Michelle Wolff dared to expose the too cozy relationship between the so-called liberal news media and their right-wing propagandist "frenemies".

Jared also explains how Donald Trump is a political mafia boss who is running the White House like a criminal enterprise and personal protection racket.

Of course, as is their habit, Jared and Chauncey have to talk about the former's trip to this year's Wrestlemania, booking Roman Reigns, the Andre the Giant documentary on HBO, and how logical storytelling can help to salvage so many of the problems plaguing the WWE.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega explains the hidden history of Mother's Day and its radical progressive roots in the women's rights and pacifist movements. Chauncey also offers an update in the Republican Party's continual effort to punish and hurt the most weak and vulnerable members of American society. This week's target? The elderly, differently-abled, and other people who will be thrown out of nursing homes and into the streets because of cuts to Medicare. Chauncey also gives a "You Big Dummy Award" to one of Trump's human deplorables whose business is going bankrupt because of the Great Leader's "soft ethnic cleansing" campaign against nonwhite immigrants.

This episode with Timothy Snyder and Jared Yates Sexton can be 
downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

The Chauncey DeVega Show is available on Itunes, Spotify and at Stitcher.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Conversation with Reed Tucker About the Secret History of the Rivalry Between Marvel and DC Comics

There are two guests on this week's Avengers: Infinity War and the secret history of Marvel vs. DC comics themed episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Writer and Hugo-award nominated podcaster Alasdair Stuart is the first guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Alasdair and Chauncey discuss their thoughts on Avengers: Infinity War and what it reveals about the future of the Marvel film universe, the pathos and menace of Josh Brolin as Thanos, and all that Infinity War does so very right in terms of emotion and relationships. Alasdair also tries to convince Chauncey that Star Trek: Discovery is not that horrible and offers some positive energy about why the new Han Solo Star Wars movie may actually be much better than expected.

Reed Tucker is the second guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. His work has been featured in the New York Post, Esquire, Fortune, and USA Today. Reed is also the author of the new book Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC.

During this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Reed explains the secret history of Marvel and DC comics, the bust and boom era of comic books in the late 1980s through to the 1990s, great forgotten and obscure characters, tales of espionage, the trials and tribulations of Superman, and if this great era of superhero movies will end well--or terribly.

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega tries to make sense of a Donald Trumpian dystopian moment that feels like it is torn out of the pages of a poorly written science fiction novel or comic book. To wit: During this wild and wacky last week Trump and Kanye West united, Alex Jones claimed that Trump is part of a secret alliance which is fighting a sentient computer program like in the Terminator movies, and The New York Times pondered if so-called "incel" terrorists should have access to sex robots, human sex workers, and other unfortunates who will be receptacles for male sexual rage. Chauncey connects the dots so that you can stay (relatively) sane.

This episode with Alasdair Stuart and Reed Tucker can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

The Chauncey DeVega Show is available on Itunes, Spotify and at Stitcher.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Conversation with Reza Aslan About How Donald Trump has Turned White Christian Evangelicals Into His Own Personal Cult

Reza Aslan is the guest on this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of numerous books including the New York Times-bestseller "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" as well as "No god but God". Reza was also the host of the CNN documentary TV series "Believer".

During this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show, Reza and Chauncey discuss Donald Trump's hold over white right-wing evangelical Christians and how they are acting like a religious-political cult in the service of Trump and the Republican Party. Reza also explains the role of racism and greed in how white right-wing Christian evangelicals came to be so corrupt and hypocritical in their overwhelmingly loyalty to Donald Trump.

Ed Simon also stops by the virtual bar and salon this week. He is a contributing writer for such publications as Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Jacobin. Ed explains how white right-wing Christian evangelicals misread the Bible, warns about being dismissive of white right-wing evangelicals as just being "stupid" and "hypocrites" and sounds the alarm about the threat posed to America's secular democracy by Christian Nationalists.  

In this week's episode Chauncey DeVega reflects on the passing of the great James Cone and how his amazing scholarship resonates as a warning against the culture of cruelty, racism, and hatred of the poor as manifest in how white right-wing Christians support Donald Trump and want to destroy the social safety net as well as any vestiges of a humane society. Chauncey also shares his thoughts on the new Avengers: Infinity War movie.

And at the end of this week podcast Chauncey channels the late great Art Bell and shares some new information about the United States government's secret "psycho-electric" mind control weapons.

This episode with Reza Aslan and Ed Simon can be downloaded from Libsyn and also listened to here.

The Chauncey DeVega Show
 is available on Itunes, Spotify and at Stitcher.