New Media We Recommend
Below is a list of new materials that we have read/watched in recent weeks. The comments are not a “review” of the material, instead sort of an endorsement of ideas and investigations that can provide solid analysis and even inspiration in the struggle for change. All these items are available at The Bloom Collective, so check them out and stimulate your mind.
The Nazis, Capitalism, and the Working Class, by Donny Gluckstein – This new book by Donny Gluckstein will challenge your perceptions about what were the primary ideological factors that drove the Nazi Party in Germany. Gluckstein’s thesis is that in addition to their hatred for Jews, the Nazi Party was motivated by their hatred of socialism, Marxism and organized labor. Hitler and the Nazi Party saw the German defeat in WWI, the Russian Revolution and the weakening of the country the fault of working class revolutionaries. The author tracks this ideological dynamic from WWI through the end of WWII, using numerous source materials, historical records, the German Press, Nazi Propaganda and other investigations to make a convincing argument that the Nazi belief in Capitalism was equal to their belief in anti-Semitism. An important contribution for the ongoing deconstruction of Nazi ideology and the growing collection of new anti-capitalist literature.
The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues, by Angela Davis – Few activist/scholars have the ability to bring an intersectional analysis to current freedom struggles the way Angela Davis can. This new collection of speeches from 1994 – 2009 offers a powerful display of intersectional analysis and a passionate plea for people to engage in the most pressing freedom struggles of our day. Davis addresses war, imperialism, neoliberal capitalism, the prison industrial complex, institutional racism, sexism, homophobia and heterosexism through this collection of essays. Whether she is talking about the US prison population, sexual assault, racial discrimination or poverty, Davis never hesitates to challenge our tendencies to look at issues through a single lens. Each speech is a weapon against privilege and together this collection of truth telling can help us dismantle power however it has manifest.
Partisanas: Women in the Armed Resistance to Fascism and German Occupation (1936 – 1945), by Ingrid Strobl – Common stereotypes of women during wartime relegate them to the sidelines of history—to supporting roles like dutiful munitions factory workers or devoted wives waiting for their men to return home. The truth is that much of the armed resistance to fascism, before and during World War II, can be chalked up to women about whom official accounts have little or nothing to say. Through years of intrepid research and numerous interviews with the participants themselves, Ingrid Strobl excavates the history of the women who shouldered guns, planned assassinations, planted bombs, and were among the era’s most active antifascist fighters. Strobl’s commitment to and respect for her subjects has resulted in a work of both scholarly rigor and emotional depth. Weaving moving personal narratives into the broader history of the European resistance, Partisanas is both a detailed historical account and an investigation into what compelled women to reject their traditional roles to take up arms in a fight for a better world.
A Burning Question: Propaganda & the Denial of Climate Change (DVD) – This fascinating and clarifying look at the debate surrounding global warming explores the striking disconnect between the relatively clear-cut concerns of the world’s most prominent scientists and the maze of speculation, rhetorical posturing, and outright misinformation that attaches to this issue whenever it’s taken up by politicians, PR specialists, and political pundits. Mixing a localized focus on Ireland with insights from scientists and leaders from around the world, the film serves as both a primer on climate science and a penetrating analysis of media framing and the science of perception management.