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Porkins Policy Radio episode 137 Sirhan or The Hallucinatory Vanguard with Joseph Flatley

Journalist and filmmaker Joseph L Flatley joins me this week to discuss his novel Sirhan or The Hallucinatory Vanguard. We start off by talking about the sort of work that Joseph focuses on and why he decided to write his first novel. Joseph and I begin by discussing the books unique structure that periodically jumps 30 into the future and features a general at a conspiracy conference talking about the events depicted in the book. We then dive into the book which features Stu (our hero) working for a Breitbart/Buzz Feed outlet as a professional troll, and his strange journey that leads him to joining a Maoist cult intent on violent revolution. We focus on Stu as a person and how he encapsulates the age of Trump 2018 generation. Joseph and I discuss Stu’s apolitical ideology and how this drags him into a large complex conspiracy. We also discuss Stu’s brainwashing into Sirhan by the leader of the cult Demein. We talk about the dangers of extremist politics and how they can manipulate us into doing things such as political assassinations. We juxtapose this against the classics MK Ultra hypnosis theories of the real life Sirhan Sirhan. Joseph and I also talk about the the conspiracy that the book presents us with. We explore the fact that we as the reader never solve the conspiracy the book lays out.

In the second hour Joseph and I expand the conversation out to the current world that we live in. We discuss the decay of conspiracy culture; using Rosanne Barr’s promotion of Qanaon as an example. We look at how this subculture was been politicized and rendered almost meaningless. Joseph and I also touch on one of the real life inspirations for his novel the SLA. We discuss the dangers of living in a world that defines everyone and everything as good and evil. Joseph and I talk about how all extreme political groups be they left of right ultimately devolve into a shell of what they stood for. We also touch on our dislike of Adam Sandler and the strange relationship between Hollywood and China.

Download PPR episode 137

Show Notes:

LennyFlatley.net

@LennyFlatley

Sirhan: or, The Hallucinatory Vanguard

The Healing church

Paranoid delusions in the police state

Laura Johnston Kohl and the Politics of Peoples Temple

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Porkins Policy Radio ep. 31 Seven Days in May

On this week’s episode we spoke with our good friend Tom Secker the host of ClandesTime.  Tom and I discussed John Frankenheimer’s  1964 classic, Seven Days in May.  Made at the behest of John F. Kennedy, this incredible film follows a Marine Colonel’s efforts to stop a military coup from being implemented by a right-wing cabal led by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General William Matoon Scott.  Set amidst  Cold War paranoia, Seven Days in May is in many ways one of the original truther films.  Tom and I discuss  several themes within the film that mimicked real life events:  the fact that this film makes explicit mention of the parallel structure known as “Continuity of Government;”   the fact that this movie mentions, in quite specific detail, the Mount Weather FEMA facility nearly fifteen years before its existence would ever be know to the American people.  We move onto some of the real life coup d’etats within American history and how they relate to Seven Days in May.  We focus on the alleged “Business Plot” against FDR and how it was ultimately foiled by General Smedley Butler.  We also speak about the attempted Reagan assassination and how this really represented a coup by militarist neocons such as George Bush and Alexander Haig.  We explore the real-life inspiration for the antagonist in Seven Days in May, right-winger General Edwin Walker, and his connection  not only with the JFK assassination, but also with his role in supporting the narrative that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.  Tom and I also get into the reality of who Kennedy was, and give our takes on why in fact he was murdered in Dealy Plaza.   Later we move onto the numerous bizarre connections between director John Frankenheimer and the Kennedy family.  Lastly we focus on Frankenheimer’s relationship with the RFK assassination, as well as Seven Days in May producer Edward Lewis’ foray into conspiracy culture.  Let me just add that Seven Days in May is truly a spectacular, one-of-a-kind movie.  There is nothing I can think of that really comes close to it in terms of bravery and substance.  So please do watch the film before listening to this podcast.

Download PPR episode 31

Show notes:

Seven Days in May

Civil Defense Doomsday Hideaway

Is This Bush’s Secret Bunker

The White House Coup 1933 (BBC)


The Facist Plot to Overthrow FDR

McCormack-Dickstein Committee Hearings on “The Business Plot”

Mae Brussell: “Alexander Haig is angry.  Time for a shoot out at the White House” (3/28/1981)


Mae Brussell: “Ronald Regan Assassination Attempt part 1” (4/5/81)


Mae Brussell: “Ronald Regan Assassination Attempt part 2” (4/12/81)

Mae Brussell: “Ronald Regan Assassination Attempt part 3” (4/19/81)

Edwin Walker

US House of Reps. Select Committee on Assassinations: George De Mohrenschildt

John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate Plays to a Full House After 26 Years

Music:

Jerry Goldsmith – “Seven Days in May”

Lou Reed – “The Day John Kennedy Died”

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