Killing the Pseudoscience of Race

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In this segment of our second joint interview, Rob Seimetz and I speak with Shane Burley​ — journalist and author of ‘Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It.’ Our discussion with Shane covers numerous topics, including the “Intellectual Dark Web” (or as Shane says “the academics that circle around Joe Rogan​ for some reason”), the pseudoscience of race theory and IQ, and the examination of the patterns within the far right insurgency, as examined in Shane’s recent piece in Commune Magazine ‘A History of Violence,’ which examines the case of James Alex Fields — found guilty for the murder of Heather Heyer at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in 2017 when Fields drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heyer and the injuring 28. In this segment of our discussion, we ask Shane to examine the narratives that thrive within right-wing media spaces, including an examination of the pseudoscience of “race theory” and IQ, and the media personalities that use these racist, sexist, and chauvinist narratives to cultivate a base of followers, regardless of the wide range of scientific research on the matter.

Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon, who regularly reports on far-right movements in the US, as well as anti-fascist resistance, workers’ rights, and class struggle. He is the author of ‘Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It’ from AK Press, and his work has appeared in places such as Jacobin, AlterNet, In These Times, Political Research Associates, Waging Nonviolence, Salon, ThinkProgress, ROAR Magazine and Upping the Anti. Read Shane’s recent piece in Commune Magazine ‘A History of Violence’: http://bit.ly/BurleyCM

This is the second joint interview I did with Rob Seimetz, host of Moving Forward on The Progressive Radio Network, when I visited Portland last month. As with our first interview with journalist and author of ‘The End of Ice’ Dahr Jamail, this episode with Shane has been released in audio and video form on both of our respective platforms. Follow Rob’s work here: https://movingforwardprn.podbean.com

This is a segment of episode #145 of Last Born In The Wilderness“Behind Every Lone Wolf: An Examination Of A Far-Right Insurgency w/ Shane Burley.”

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