I have a short essay on Hooded Utilitarian about Red Dawn — the original and the remake. In it, I argue that the politics of the films are more complicated than they first appear, and I ask how it is that we come to interpret political propaganda.
Meanwhile, I’ve written a more straightforward review of the recent World War 3 Illustrated collection. It appeared in the Progressive Populist last month.
And I’ve written a couple short news notices for DCSC.ws. One provides an overview of the July-August Monthly Review, on “surveillance capitalism.” The other points to the Edge City Collective‘s analysis of the geography of repression in Ferguson.
In These Times recently hosted a discussion on police brutality, the Ferguson riots, and the possibilities — and limits — of police reform. I took part, alongside Frank Chapman, an organizer with the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression, Frederick Collins, a Chicago cop and mayoral candidate, and Jessica Stites, ITT‘s web editor and facilitator for the conversation.
The ITT piece follows a similar discussion I was part of on the Marc Steiner Show, and an interview I did with KBOO, both last month.