Friday, September 08, 2006

In the Beginning, Axis of Babylon

As the inaugural post on this blog I would just like to give you, dear reader, a quick introduction to my perspective on we are and where we are coming from.

Steve and I share a long history, going back to the great Bradley Learning Community (or Liquor Cabinet) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, fall of 2001. Stranded at the point furthest from human contact on the campus, we began discussing, debating, and occasionally arguing about contemporary politics, culture, and the big picture ideas of our contemporary world.

I have generally been the "Democrat/left" member of the conversation, best exemplified by the events surrounding the 2005 Bush inaugural. I took a bus to DC to protest, Steve organized the counter-protest that gave a "friendly" send off to myself and the other protestors. The night before, he stored the placards in our apartment, (we were roommates at the time) and, after exchanging a couple of looks, and breaking open some cold PBR, we had a couple of laughs and started figuring out better slogans.

We have our differences, and we don't talk past them like Brooks and Shields, but we've learned over time that we work best as a team, taking on the pompous, the overwrought, and the inane on both sides of the ideological spectrum. Equally important we share a love of music, movies, and other pop artifacts, ranging from the highbrow to junk. Hopefully we'll have a chance to share that with you as well.

On that note, check out the Axis of Justice radio archive and podcasts, a left-wing community radio show hosted by System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian and guitarist Tom Morello of Audioslave and Rage. They have managed to get most of the big names on the Left at one point or another (Noam, Naomi, Zinn etc). Equally important they have impeccable taste in protest music of all genres and eras. For those of you that like the music, but not the politics, they have a bunch of shows sans guests.

Also check out my YouTube video for the day: The Richest Man in Babylon from Thievery Corporation.


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