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Interesting YouTube Channel: David Hoffman

A few months ago, I came across an interesting YouTube channel containing many interview clips from the late 1980s. Here is a link to the channel- David Hoffman. They are interesting because the interviewer allows the interviewees to speak without interruption and touch on many of the issues which still haunt american society today. Topics range from race relations in the 1950s and 60s to how the mainstream media promotes fake news and propaganda.

Clip #1: He Saw The Media Manipulate The Story In 1968 Chicago

Some people act as if democratic establishment and mainstream media stealing the presidential nomination from Bernie Sanders in 2016 was something new. Well.. it wasn’t. And the way things are going, we may see something similar in 2020. How little some things change..

Clip #2: Magnificent Storyteller Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam

This clip is interesting because what he says about his initial opinion about, and later experience in, 1960s-era Vietnam are not that dissimilar from those who ended up in Afghanistan and Iraq after 2002-2003. As I have long maintained, people do not learn until they suffer consequences for their actions. Also, USA lost the wars of Occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan just like it lost in Vietnam. Guess somebody made tons of money selling weapons for all those conflicts..

What do you think? Comments?

  1. Conscience Constituent
    May 18, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Can you make a series talking about the genocide of native american population at the hands of french and anglos and detailing in what capacity they have managed to survive?

  2. Matthew
    May 19, 2019 at 10:10 am

    The Vietnam clip was interesting.

    The obvious conclusion is that the only wars worth fighting are wars of frank conquest or frank self defense. This way there is no gap between reality and self perception. You know exactly what you are doing.

    These moralistic ideological wars are bullshit.

    What’s more, even if America would have been helping the Vietnamese genuinely, and American soldiers would have acted with restraint, they still would have been hated. Possibly, they would have been hated more for being weak and incomprehensibly moral.

    People instinctively hate those who are superior to them. And people hate those that help them because it reminds them of their impotence, unless their helpers are approximate equals and they themselves are in a position to repay the debt one day.

    Europeans and South East Asians do not mix well. The quality gap between them is simply too huge, and the presence of a tall, white skinned, wealthy, European on SEA soil is enough to generate intense envy, resentment, and hate in a substantial proportion of the population.

    I see this dynamic at play in Thailand as well. A substantial proportion of the population seethes with hatred for Europeans. All sorts of explanations have been offered – sex tourism or bad behavior by tourists. But in fact the Thai sex industry is actually dominated by Japanese and Koreans, who are not hated. And the vast majority of European tourists treat working class Thais far more politely than their own rich classes.

    But then you see the disparity between Thais and Europeans, especially the young ones – tall, white skinned, good looking, and by local standards wealthy, and the Thais, short, scrawny, dumpy, dark skinned, poor, and you realise this is the perfect recipe for racial resentments to develop.

    Ironically, Vietnamese people today do not hate Europeans. And the reasons are equally obvious – they recovered their self respect by winning the war, so they don’t have an inferiority complex towards Europeans like the other countries in SEA. They feel they can relate to Europeans as equals.

    And self-respect is the basis for positive relations with foreigners. If you feel inferior to them, you will hate them.

    For this reason, Japanese and Koreans tend to get along with Europeans better than Chinese, who still have an inferiority complex – although this is changing as China develops, and I notice more Chinese people who have the self-confidence to be friendly towards Europeans on equal terms.

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