Friday, March 15, 2013

Professional Left Podcast #171

"The main Islamist group in Algeria, the GIA, ended up being led by a Mr. Zouabri, a chicken farmer, who killed everyone who disagreed with him. He issued a final communique, declaring that the whole of Algerian society should be killed, with the exception of his tiny remaining band of Islamists. They were the only ones who understood the truth."
-- The Power of Nightmares


Da' money goes here:


jim said...

As self-indulgence goes, is this podcast more Atom Heart Mother or more Ummagumma?

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Mr. Glass.

Just finished the podcast, so two things...

First, thanks for answering my question. Gives me a few items to Google after I do my usual, SECOND listen to your podcast. The "Leto the Tyrant", immortal rich people thing was an interesting counter to what for me felt like a done deal.

Second, if Ms. Gal is going to get into Pratchett, "Small Gods" is a religious one, and doesn't really require you to have read anything before it to understand. It concerns a god who loses all his power because Discworld gods get their power from worshippers, and his church has so twisted its vision of him that the followers might as well be worshipping someone else.

So whether Ms. Gal starts there or not, I'd recommend that book.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kevin Holsinger

Roger McCarthy said...

re Mr Zouabri, Himmler was also a chicken farmer - which is clearly an ideal training for a fascist mass-murderer.

Cliff said...

Personally I love the constant science fiction references in the podcast.

Sam Baker said...

Regarding the letter-writer's complaint that Driftglass repeats too much:
Paul Krugman finishes
with, "Sometimes I get comments from people accusing me of repeating myself in the column; no doubt I do make the same arguments multiple times. But that’s because people keep forgetting!" When Paul Ryan stops repeating his fakery, and when David Gregory stops repeating his bad choices of guests, then you, Driftglass, can stop repeating your critique.