Good Old Boys

Good Old Boys

Update: 2019-07-1167
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If you disagree with someone — if you find what they think appalling — is there any value in talking to them? In the early 1970s, the talk show host Dick Cavett, the governor of Georgia Lester Maddox, and the singer Randy Newman tried to answer this question.

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John Clifford

It's a bit tendentious to equate Steve Bannon with Lester Maddox; Maddox was a bigot who grew up in an environment where overt bigotry was the norm. 'Rednecks` pointed out that overt, proud-in-its-ignorance bigot mindset, and also the hypocrisy of the concealed bigotry of the North. Bannon is highly-educated, intelligent, conservative, but not any more of a bigot than Dick Cavett, and to casually label him thus is to lazily dismiss his arguments. Randy Newman's talent was in letting us see how these characters thought, whether it's the shady slave trade, the ignorant Alabama steelworker who just knew he was better than the blacks around him and so did what he could to make their lives miserable so he could feel better about himself... and saw the same motivation for the condescending racism of his Northern critics... or the desperate Louisiana sharecroppers, white and black, who voted for Huey Long because he was corrupt but they hoped he would throw them a morsel. I thought it was a good podcast as it did tie everything together.

Sep 19th
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Doug Havens

I write little notes on my hand from your show so I can talk to my best friend with a subject tone

Jul 19th
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Paul Bradley

what I got from this episode was how biased we all are. we are all biased through are own perspective. my thoughts are if the liberal educated don't start recognizing this then we will continuously having uprisings of elected leaders that get elected on the message of fear and hate. this fear and hate is not so much in the liberal perception but it is in a conservative mind. liberals need to learn how to appeal to there's perceptions before 2020 elections or we'll be f*#%d!

Jul 18th
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Jeremy Herriff

This episode felt unfinished to me.. like it didn't have an overall point, or conclusion.

Jul 17th
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Josh Montgomery

Though I love Malcolm I'm not sure to parallel a bigots appearance on a 70's talk show is the apples to apples with the modern media consumption. The point is taken but I think parts miss the mark. Maddox was effectively on the decline at this point and Bannon is an active viable threat.

Jul 11th
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Good Old Boys

Good Old Boys

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