Robert Stark and Matt Pegas talk to Gio Pennacchietti about aesthetic, cultural, and social trends. Gio Pennacchietti is a social impressionist painter and writer from the “first post-national country” (Canada), Gonzo Philosopher, and failed academic. Check out his YouTube channel GiantArt Productions, Instagram, writings at Substack and WordPress, and Twitter.
Robert Stark and Matthew Pegas discuss their recent trip to Downtown LA, Matthew’s experience as a newcomer to the city, observations on the regions cultural dynamics, and solutions to social and urban problems.
Skid Row, “ruin porn” and the Creepy History of the Cecil Hotel
Gentrification of the Historic Core
Broadway, neon signs and historic theatre marquees, and plans to revitalize and light up Broadway’s signs
Historic landmarks including the European style Spring Arcade and Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building
The Arts District, art bros, and the chadification of the hipster scene
The South Park highrise boom and new tallest skyscraper the Wilshire Grand
80’s Art Deco revival and new highrises influenced by Mid-Century aesthetics
John C. Portman’s Retro Futuristic Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Interior Urbanism, and Fredric Jameson’s Postmodernist review
The pros and cons of diversity and issues of social cohesion
The appeal of enjoying diversity from exclusive enclaves
The LA County Jail, Donny the Punk, and Jail as a metaphor for the problems of American society
The extreme social, economic, and aesthetic inequality in LA
Social problems caused by mass immigration, Neoliberal economics, and sprawl oriented development
Robert’s article Building a Based Urban Middle Class SWPL Utopia
Sane urbanist solutions to right wing grievances such as White flight
The political ironies of gentrification as re-colonization of urban areas
Family formation and reasons for declining demographics such as housing and education
How these social problems are now impacting the upper middle class demographically
An Alt-Center must offer solutions that cater to urban needs
Building a political movement based on aesthetics with visions for new urban communities
The hypocrisy of pro-immigration liberal elite NIMBY’s
How combining YIMBY policies with immigration restriction will gradually rebuild the urban middle class
Robert Stark, Rabbit, and Alex von Goldstein talk to JIM GOAD
Jim’s upcoming book “The New Church Ladies”
Jim’s early exposure to politically correct censorship, including his magazine ANSWER Me!’s obscenity case, and his purging from Vice
The corporate collusion with political correctness, and Jim’s observation that Vice became more liberal as it became more corporate
How political correctness functions as a hyper moralistic religious structure
The corruption and tabloid nature of modern journalism
Jim ponders the questions “Am I A Racist? Depends On What You Mean By “Racist”
Why Jim rejects moralistic arguments
The Nietzschean concept of slave morality
Jim’s article Mr. Trump’s Economic Nationalism
Jim’s book The Redneck Manifesto Jim’s appearance on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect
Jim’s zine magazine ANSWER Me!
Answer ME!”s Suicide Issue, an interview with Jack Kevorkian, Kurt Cobain’s reading of the series before his suicide, a story of a girl who corresponded with Jim, and how the media shamelessly exploited her suicide
Answer ME!’s Rape issue, including interviews with serial killer Richard Ramirez, and prison rape survivor Donnie the Punk
Jim’s interview with pornographer Al Goldstein, and Al Goldstein’s interview with David Allan Coe
T.J. Parsell is an author, filmmaker, and human rights activist, dedicated to ending sexual violence in prison, and ending the practice of sending juveniles to adult jails and prisons. His passion stems from the years he spent in prison as a teenager and young adult.
This interview discusses T.J. Parsell’s experience in prison, the U.S. prison system and its defects, racial realities inside prison, and his current film project.