BTS 4/09/07: False Consciousness; The Postmodern Prince; Mideast Democracy

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Suzi Weissman is out of town this week. Tonight we bring you three interviews that Suzi has done over the past few years, featuring analysis that is extraordinarily deep, insightful, and that continues to be relevant today.

We begin with an interview with Richard Lichtman, professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, and author of several books on critical theory. This interview was recorded in August 2005, on the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Then, we will play part 2 of an interview with John Sanbonmatsu, author of The Postmodern Prince. Suzi and John are joined by Carl Boggs, an expert on the cultural theories of Antonio Gramsci, and the three of them have a fascinating and revealing talk about the state of, and possibilities for, a grand Left strategy in a time of social fragmentation.

Finally, we will feature part of Suzi’s interview with renowned journalist Robert Fisk that took place last year at the time of the Danish cartoon scandal. In this interview, Fisk speaks about the realities of so-called “democracy” in the Middle East.

Read More for info on tonight's guests:

1. Richard Lichtman is a professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, author of books on critical theory, (The Production of Desire), psychoanalysis and Marxist theory, and Dying in America. He is a founder of the journal Socialist Revolution. He is the Director of a new graduate degree program in critical theory at the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento .

2. John Sanbonmatsu is assistant professor of Philosophy and Religion at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.

1. Robert Fisk, a world renowned Middle East correspondent for London's Independent, currently resides in Beirut. Mr. Fisk received a Ph.D in Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin in 1985 and an Honorary Doctorate of Literature and Journalism from the University of Lancaster, England. He was The Times Belfast correspondent from 1971 to 1975, and its Middle East correspondent from 1976 to 1987. Fisk has covered the recent conflict in Northern Ireland, Israeli invasions of Lebanon, the Iranian Revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Gulf War, wars in Bosnia and Algeria, NATO war with Yugoslavia, and the Palestinian uprisings. Fisk is the author of four books: The Point of No Return: The Strike which Broke the British in Ulster (1975), In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster, and the Price of Neutrality (1982, 1983), Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (1990, 1992), and most recently, The Conquest of the Middle East (2005).