@ASoulAFire @JaniceOCG Enjoy this interview of @jysexton by @PeteDominick & watch premiere of “If America Fails?,” Thurs., Jan. 13, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when Jared Yates Sexton joins us for a discussion on Democracy & @HandmaidsOnHulu.
In this episode of Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, with “author, writer, historian, podcaster, YouTuber and Professor Jared Yates Sexton,” the two men go deep into several important topics related to the unfolding dystopia some of us are witnessing in the U.S. today. As Sexton generously shares results of his research and family experience, they discuss things like:
- Robocop, capitalism and sexlessness in western society;
- IFS (Internal Family System) trauma therapy;
- Fun facts about Christopher Columbus;
- Female vs. Male Leadership;
- Climate Change and Democracy;
- Conspiracy theories, evangelical white paranoia, and the Satanic Panic;
- The January 6th coup attempt and diseased parts of American society;
- Critical Race Theory; and
- The need to actively engage in politics.
I’ll share a couple of tantalizing quotes, but really recommend you listen to the entire interview between 33:25 and 1:16:20. Then, watch the premiere of “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” on Thursday, January 13, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when Jared Yates Sexton joins us for a discussion on Democracy and The Handmaid’s Tale.
“We even see some people who aren’t even engaging in certain relationships based on what their economic need is or economic precarity. I actually think that technology and capitalism have just absolutely…submerged us in an artificial life at this point. I think that is one of the larger problems…that we feel alienated from one another. . .”— Jared Yates Sexton
From the discussion on Robocop, capitalism and sexlessness in western society:
“I actually think the idea of apps, both in terms of…hookup culture, dating apps, you can even talk about the proliferation of pornography – all of these things are sort of the market and technology being brought into human relationships and human interactions…you actually take a look at some of these dating apps and people are actually, through algorithms, matched whether or not they look on the same level as each other, whether or not their business or their careers match up…a lot of people are necessarily living solitary lives at this point. We even see some people who aren’t even engaging in certain relationships based on what their economic need is or economic precarity. I actually think that technology and capitalism have just absolutely…submerged us in an artificial life at this point. I think that is one of the larger problems…that we feel alienated from one another, we feel at a distance from one another. We’ve been told by everything from the internet to the media…starting with the beginnings, I would say, of Reality TV in the 1990s, basically the egg got cracked open and we looked inside and we saw that we were all competitors, we’re all lying to one another, we’re all trying to get one over on each other, we’re all just waiting to stab the knife in each other’s backs. We’ve basically been told over the past few decades – going back if you want to make the marker Robocop in 1987 – for decades now, starting with Reaganism and hypercapitalism, we’ve been told not to trust anybody, and I mean that’s by design. I think that that has ripples throughout politics, economics, labor, the whole kit and caboodle.” — 38:13 to 40:01 – Jared Yates Sexton
From their chat on Climate Change and Democracy:
“We have a really daunting thing ahead of us, which is we have these democratic problems that are just absolutely pressing. We have a Right who…they’re openly talking about coups. They’re talking about reinstating hierarchical power and moving beyond liberal democracy. On top of that, their main scapegoat are People of Color and immigrants; and what we’ve already seen in terms of forced sterilizations here in my state of Florida – how they treated people at the border – the moment that our borders start shrinking because of floods and fires and scarcity of resources, what we’ve seen so far, and what we’ve experienced so far, it’s only going to escalate in accordance with that.” — 52:35 to 53:21 – Jared Yates Sexton
Sexton never fails to deliver thoughtful, stimulating and eloquent commentary, and his frequent appearances on Stand Up! with Pete Dominick demonstrate this host has what it takes to bring out his best. When we listen to Jared Yates Sexton, we benefit. — LMO
“Jared Yates Sexton is the author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be and The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore. His political writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, and Salon.com. Sexton is also the author of [four] collections of fiction and is an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University.
“From writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton comes a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation’s founding to the twenty-first century, which examines and debunks the American myths we’ve always told ourselves.
“In recent years, Americans have faced a deluge of horrifying developments in politics and culture: stolen elections, fascist rallies, families torn apart and locked away. A common refrain erupts at each new atrocity: This isn’t who we are.
“In American Rule, Jared Yates Sexton upends those convenient fictions by laying bare the foundational myths at the heart of our collective American imagination. From the very origins of this nation, Americans in power have abused and subjugated others; enabling that corruption are the many myths of American exceptionalism and steadfast values, which are fed to the public and repeated across generations. Working through each era of American growth and change, Sexton weaves together the origins and perpetuation of these narratives still in the public memory, and the acts we have chosen to forget.
“Stirring, deeply researched, and disturbingly familiar, American Rule is a call to examine our own misconceptions of what it means, and has always meant, to be an American.
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LISTEN from 33:25 to 1:16:20. | Author, Writer, Historian, Podcaster, YouTuber and Professor Jared Yates Sexton – Episode 404 | Stand Up! with Pete Dominick, a podcast | 8/3/2021