Blind acceptance of authority has always been one of my biggest pet peeves. The well-worn phrase, “Power corrupts…Absolute power corrupts absolutely”, still rings true and will continue to ring true until we get it in our heads that authority figures/authoritarian systems are to be continuously critiqued and ultimately taken down.
The life of the intellectual freedom fighter has always been a liberating and creative force of nature. Musically, Bob Marley & Peter Tosh were the foundation of my quest to unmask “truth” for myself. As I matured, other agents from various spheres entered the mix–Frantz Fanon, Aime Cesaire, C.L.R James, Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, bell hooks, Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, Michael Parenti, Tariq Ali, Michael Eric Dyson, Edward Herman, Howard Zinn, Ivan Van Sertima, John Henrik Clarke, Paulo Friere, Paul Street, Tim Wise, Vandana Shiva, Barbara Ehrenreich, Susan Taylor, Arundhati Roy, Michael Klare, Adrienne Rich, Haki Madhubuti, Audre Lorde, David Edwards, Normon Solomon, Gore Vidal and a whole host of other luminaries and not-so-well-known, but equally powerful intellects/poets/writers/performers/politicians/activists/journalists, helped in the shaping of my world-view. I share with you a few thinkers who have made it their vocation to re-awaken one and all to the power that bubbles beneath the illusions…
Stuart Hall on Representation & The Media
Tim Wise on The Creation of Whiteness
Cornel West on Barack, Race, HipHop & Prophetic/Socratic Approaches
Sut Jhally on Advertising & The End Of The World
Gore Vidal on Bush, Democracy and The State of The U.S Media