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Pink Floyd's The Wall and the Rise of the Alt-Right

Literate Machine

Release Date: 07/12/2020

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How the worms ate into my brain, what I did and did not understand about The Wall, and what it tells us about the rise of the Alt-Right.

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Bibliography and Further Reading

* The Libertarian-to-Fascist Pipeline: http://[https://medium.com/@thomas.perrett97/from-hayek-to-hitler-an-analysis-of-the-libertarian-to-fascist-pipeline-dcd219fba473]

* How Trump supporting figures like Peter Thiel and Steve Bannon literally don’t believe in Democracy: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/11/donald-trump-steve-bannon-peter-thiel-214490

* Study about how whites backed Trump because of the perceived threat to their dominance: https://www.prri.org/research/white-working-class-attitudes-economy-trade-immigration-election-donald-trump/

* Interview with Michael Kimmel about how people get swept up in Neo-Nazi movements: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/27/michael-kimmel-masculinity-far-right-angry-white-men

* Film Critics Hulk’s essay on the problems with Joker: https://www.patreon.com/posts/33213577

* And finally, Sean Skull’s essential deep dive into how The Bell Curve is based on sand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBc7qBS1Ujo