Scott Horton Interviews Max Blumenthal

Scott Horton, August 10, 2011

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Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, discusses his article “Meet the Right-Wing Hatemongers Who Inspired the Norway Killer” at alternet.org; the Islamophobes, including Pamela Geller, advocating for state terrorism and the wholesale killing of Muslims and Leftists; Republican campaign gimmicks that include loyalty oaths for Muslim government employees (e.g. mail carriers); changing the law in order to successfully prosecute Muslim charities with no ties to terrorism; Blumenthal’s previous piece “The Great Fear” at tomdispatch.com; how Islamophobia remained benign during the Bush administration and began to flourish once “secret Muslim” Obama was elected; the moral connection between the US military using white phosphorus in Fallujah and the IDF using it in Gaza during “Cast Lead;” and how all the energy and outrage is on the Right, while the progressive movement remains timid and ineffective.

MP3 here. (27:41)

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

11 Responses to “Max Blumenthal”

  1. Great to have Max on the show again! He is such a good resource for info.

  2. There is no antiwar movement in America today because there is no draft. The antiwar movement in the Vietnam era was mainly about Americans being forced to fight in a war while now people who participate in the war are all volunteers. They have signed the dotted line. People in America simply don't care that some dude from some god forsaken place in Montana gets there limps or genetals blown off. If they reintroduce the draft and people in colleges is to expect to hunt for Taleban in the mountains of Afghanistan after there graduation rather than hunt for a six figure som paying job there will be protest in most if not all of the US college campusses and there families on the streets.

  3. That may be part of it. But another large factor is the lack of media coverage of the horrors that are taking place every day in all the arab and muslim nations the Zionist controlled US empire is committing its crimes

  4. To be fair, Breivik cited a whole range of people from across the world, a vast majority of whom would be absolutely disgusted by such terrorist actions, and some of them would not even have agreed with any of his anti muslim/anti immigration views violence aside. I believe he even cited a few enlightenment era liberal thinkers, so being cited by this maniac should not, in and of itself, be a condemnation of that person or their idea.

    But obviously he did cite and was inspired by some people who DID have disgusting views themselvs

  5. You are right. If the neocons themselves had to be deployed to AF- PAK or other battle fields, the warmongering would surely lessen.

  6. No one has reported as well about Christian Zionists and the hatemonger right winger Israeli connection better than Max Bluenthal. Those hatemonger right wing Israelis now come close to controling the government of Israel, and CBS news says nearly one in five members of the House in Representatives are going payed for by AIPAC. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20089313-5

  7. "Crusade." Heh. This is where I never cease to point out that the Xtians lost the crusades….

  8. The dehumanizing of Muslims falls on rich soil. About a decade ago, I sent out something on my email list, subject: 3:1, and the body of the email said that was to ratio of of innocent Palestinians that Israel killed to those that Palestinians killed (current ratio is something more like 100:1 or 1000:1). My son's APUS history teacher, prestigious private school, NYC, late-60s of age, born & raised in U.S., otherwise sensible, responded: "What innocent Palestinians?" That ended our relationship.

  9. Actually, not all of the soldiers on the Western Front were Christian. Many were non-religious, there were Jews on both sides, and the troops of the British Empire included Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and so on.

  10. Geller is a hack pseudo-Zionist [as most Z's are very intellectual, while Geller is a Paris Hilton-asqe].
    Max is the paragon of journalism. He is what journalism is all about. I have been listening to him for a like a year, and have been dutifully enlightened by his excellent thoughts…"reversal of antisemitism" .

    Far as Sharia Maria is concerned, me thinks Hesham Tillawi put it right: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tOY7AyJ94M

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