This week on Act Out!, making bank off of death is as American a pastime as baseball – and just as media friendly. Yes, Trump is trigger-happy and in the money, but isn’t it curious that he wasn’t deemed presidential until he launched an airstrike on an already battered and beaten nation? The media was so quick to fall in line behind our dumbass-in-chief that they practically tripped over each other on the way to kissing his pale arse.
In this episode we’ll take a look at the media’s affinity for manufacturing consent when they should be manufacturing dissent. We go back to the second Gulf War and see how desperately the media wanted us to invade Iraq – despite the now-common knowledge that we had no business doing so. Meanwhile, the Trump dynasty continues to run a kleptocracy from the confines of the White House. But as long as the bombs keep flying, the media will keep smiling.
Next up, as James Baldwin so eloquently put it: "The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets.” In light of that, we talk to activist artist Mohammad Hamza about his work that highlights the ongoing struggle for freedom and justice and the men and women in that fight.
Finally, we take a look at the March for Science – not so much the march itself but the goals and ideas it set forth, and why it’s far from enough. With help from the Zapatistas, we offer a critique and a demand of the scientific community as we face gross stupidity and injustice in this country.