Daily Archives: February 10, 2021

One Pill, Two Pill, Red Pill, Blue Pill: Herbert Marcuse and the Administered Society…

Date: February 10, 2021

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“The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 18
Repressive Tolerance Series, Part 2 of 4

In this second part of his annotated reading of Marcuse’s “Repressive Tolerance,” James Lindsay reads and explains the portion of the essay where Marcuse defines the “administered society” that he claims we live in. The listener will find striking parallels to today’s world, which certainly qualifies as the type of “administered society” far more accurately than the world that Marcuse inhabited in the 1960s when he wrote the essay, but paradoxically, or ironically, because it adopts the logic of this very essay as justification for its administration! This part of the series, then, raises particularly interesting questions about whether or not Marcuse would support the fruits of his own work and thus sheds interesting light on the problem we currently find ourselves in. It sets the stage for answering at the end of the series how we might go about solving this problem while avoiding the mistake Marcuse plainly made.

Part 1


Lou Dobbs Off Air After Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuit, CNN Calls For More Firings…

Date: February 10, 2021

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“Fox Business has abruptly canceled Lou Dobbs Tonight, its highest-rated show and a prominent platform for one of the staunchest pro-Trump voices on cable news.

The cancellation, reported by the LA Times on Friday, comes just one day after voting software company Smartmatic filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox Corporation, Fox News, and three Fox anchors — including Lou Dobbs — over false claims that Smartmatic technology was used to commit voter fraud.

It’s not exactly clear why Dobbs’s show was canceled. Some media analysts, including CNN’s Brian Stelter, say that despite his ratings, Dobbs was causing trouble for Fox Business even before his lawsuit, reporting that his insistence on repeating Trump’s false claims about election fraud scared off major advertisers. Fox had previously announced that it had been considering changes to its lineups after the presidential election, and said Friday that the cancellation was part of its planned changes.



Know Your Enemy: Panic! In America (w/ the You’re Wrong About podcast)…


Date: February 10, 2021

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“Episode Summary

Matt and Sam discuss the role of moral panics in America’s right turn with Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes, the hosts of the You’re Wrong About podcast.
Episode Notes

Matt and Sam are joined by special guests Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes of the You’re Wrong About podcast to discuss moral panics—from tales of rampant Satanism in the late 1970s to the Stranger Danger wave in the 1980s and beyond—and their role in the rise of rightwing politics in America. What do such “Save the Children” stories tell us about the way the conservative mind conceives of morality and power? What do they tell us about American culture and politics? It all builds to a discussion of QAnon and both the promise and problems with empathy.


Sarah Marshall, “Remote Control: Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and the Spectacles of Female Power and Pain,” The Believer, January 1, 2014

Michael Hobbes, “Everything You Know about Obesity is Wrong,” Huffington Post, September 19, 2018

John Paul Rollert, “Going to Extremes: What Acting Taught Me about the Limits of Empathy,” Commonweal, January 27, 2021

Rebecca Jennings, “What we can learn about QAnon from the Satanic Panic: An Interview with Sarah Marshall,” Vox, Sept 25, 2020

Paul M. Renfro, Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State, (Oxford University Press), June 2020.

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