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Jan 15, 2019

Jack commemorates the 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg with a reading of her final piece of writing.

Jan 3, 2019

Kit and Daniel team up to discuss the 1979 Richard Bachman novel The Long Walk, one of the first novels Stephen King ever wrote.

Dec 21, 2018

Owing to a decided lack of enthusiasm for the project from any of the other WWAers, Jack embarked on a solo commentary on the 1984 movie version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, starring George C. Scott as Scrooge.  Luckily, Jack can easily witter on for 90 minutes all by himself.

Dec 7, 2018

Daniel.  Jack.  Commentary track.  Orson.  Oja.  Gloriousness.

Dec 3, 2018

Wrong With Authority resurrects 'Consider the Ray Gun', the strand of Oi! Spaceman in which Daniel chatted with a guest about a book, usually classic SF. 

Here are the previous episodes, by the way.

And this is the triumphant return, featuring Daniel in conversation with Kit about Ender's Game, which they manage to find fresh angles on despite it being one of the most discussed books on the internet.

Nov 12, 2018

The next bit.  It's three hours long.  Kit is very drunk.

Show notes: Institutional forces against fascism. "Violent extremism." Climate refugees. Jack Graham has radicalized Daniel. The British Empire and 9/11. The neoliberalism to fascism pipeline. Alex Jones joins the 'cast. The deep state. Dumbest online political pundit. Chrissy Tiegen dunks on Jacob Wohl. Jack's Ben Shapiro impersonation. The appeal of Jordan Peterson. Interrupted by the dog. Sargon Sargon Sargon. Right wing safe space. Nine-eleven. Gore conterfactuals. Catalysts. Neoconservatives and paleoconservatives. Libertarianism as blind alley. Hayek versus Rothbard. Precarity and capitalism and intersectionality. Ideological incoherence in voting. Hashtag Resistance Twitter and Jeff Sessions. Sarah Palin. Misogyny is fundamental. Do we have hate-listeners? The alterea Acosta video. Rescuing "doublethink." Ideologically convenient hallucination. Sarah Huckabee Sanders retweets Infowars. Conspiracy theorists. Preparing for climate change. Nationalist Trump. The alt-right and the word "racist." Bell Curve Cliff Notes. Intellectual honesty among Nazis. "Pioneer something." Ideologically acceptable propaganda. Shoving a dildo up one's ass to own the libs. "Peak Daniel achieved." Electoral minority. Ballot initiatives and direct action. "Do we want to talk about Bernie?" Doughnut theory. The need for a robust liberal press. The media doesn't understand the internet. Not real capitalism. Capitalism and environmentalism. The Luxury of Cynicism. Satire is useless. Worker's movements with long-term perspective. Adorable little Nazis. PJW and the Lee Harvey Oswald metaphor. Robert Bowers. UK versus US fascism. Reaction. The need for left theory. Jack and Kit talk British political history. The problematic Daily Show. An abrupt ending.

Christine Tiegen owns Jacob Wohl:

Vic Berger IV threatened by Proud Boy:

Nov 11, 2018

Daniel, Kit, James, and Jack unite for a third in their sporadic 'Trumpism' series, in which the hellish alternate reality we seem to be living in is the main point of discussion. 

This is but Part One of a huge sprawling talkfest notionally focused on the recent mid-term elections.  We hope you find it as cathartic as we did.

Show notes: Introductions. Recounts. Results. Democratic Establishment. Hope a difficult word. Generational divide. Speaker Pelosi? Middle ground. Existential threat. The utility of subpoena power. Pushing against norms. The Senate will kill us all. Popular votes. Electoral reform. Constantly counting votes in Florida. Voting rights for felons. Obstructionism. Daniel the Radical Centrist. Hating Hillary Clinton for the wrong reasons. Suburban voters. Voting and yelling. Queues as voter suppression. Ronald McDonald, ballot official. A podcast dedication. Tucker Carlson terror attack. Disappearing Caravan. Tucker Carlson drinking game. Hannity versus Carlson. Wernher Von Braun. Talking points as apologetics. Beto versus Raphael. Disorienting media. Beto's name. James O'Keefe or George Soros? Gish galloping the news. Difference and continuity. Tonnage in Afghanistan. Obama and deportation. Mollie Tibbets. Polling categories. A cliffhanger on the Jim Acosta "assault."

Oct 26, 2018

Yet another strand of WWA launches.  This time it's Carter Before the Horse.  It's basically just Consider the Reagan but earlier. 

In this inaugural edition, James, Kit, and Jack watch Kubrick's The Shining, and say things about it.

Beware Triggers, because we talk about the film's themes, and they're not pretty.

Oct 19, 2018

Jack and Daniel.  'The Lodger' and 'Closing Time'.  Commentaries.  Deal with it.

Jul 4, 2018

Making good on Jack's many threats, the WWA Team tackle Roland Emmerich's infamous and fatuous 'Anonymous' (2011).

Jun 3, 2018

The top men of Wrong With Authority (James, Kit, and Daniel) consider the classic Spielberg/Lucas/Ford Reagan-era pastiche/adventurefest which introduced the iconic, failure-prone, whip-wielding, treasure-hunting, snake-hating, Nazi-slaughtering, ambivalent-about-Arabs, and possibly-guilty-of-statutary-rape Dr Indiana Jones, rollicking around in a universe in which all myths seem to be simultaneously true.  Close your eyes and let the wrath of Yahweh engulf your enemies as you enter the Podcast of Souls...  And I'm bored now.  But you won't be if you listen to this episode.

May 28, 2018

Daniel the barefoot American must battle a team of evil eurotrash inside a gigantic phallic symbol.  Don'tcha just hate it when that happens?

Mar 11, 2018

Time to listen to us get medieval on Braveheart's ass.


Feb 28, 2018

Kit, Daniel, and Jack get fired from their cushy academic jobs and have to try to make it in the private sector with a bold new business concept, but end up having a spot of bother with the EPA.

Feb 14, 2018

Wrong With Authority returns, with a James-hosted episode about Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002).  This is a good one.

Feb 12, 2018

Daniel and Jack do a commentary on original Blade Runner (1982) and then chat a bit about the recent sequel.

Show notes: Main Topic: Blade Runner. With Jack Graham and Daniel Harper. Introductions and the obligatory Trump reference. Our histories with the film. Commentary begins at 10:23. Distinctive logo. Ridley Scott: complete bastard. Odd names. Daniel makes an Asimov reference. The plusses and minuses of opening crawls. Industrial sublime. Skipping the Voight-Kampf. Not the brightest Nexus-6, not the brightest Blade Runner. Dick joke. William Gibson. Japanification. 80s special effects. Racial slur. Noir voiceover. The Six Deadly Words. Tortured fan. Non-developed characters. Replicant personalities. Chemistry. A no-Deckard Blade Runner. Novel vs film and ethical philosophy vs cardboard characterization. Visually influential. Retro-futurism. Kipple. Freezing. Delicate Rutger. Frank Lloyd Wright? Impenetrable apartment. "These must be people!" Leaning into cliches. Daryl Hannah. Pris and JF. Deckard's photos. Huge in university. Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. Ethnic stereotypes. Phone booths and phone calls. Implied sex show. Biblical metaphor. An actual detective. Diana Cassidy's performance. Streetwear. Outmatched in combat. Quiet. Used future in Our World. Jupiter orbit. Fashion choices. Gaff. Limp-wristed slap. Booze and relationships. Ford's star power turned on low. Assault. Reverse Mirror. Broken biology. Another more interesting story. Human images. Oversignified chess. Owls. Tyrell the CEO. Father fucker. Science is real. Gore. Bradbury. Pointless sequences. Ineffective police. Clever Pris. Shoe leather. Worse ways to die. Life force leaving the body. Twenty-three minutes of climax. Why is Deckard doing this? Psychopathic Roy. Human or boogeyman? Growth at the end. Leonine. Sky. Watch him die. Is Gaff a replicant? What are the stakes? Critical. Broken aesthetics. Happy endings. Wrapping Up, and moving on to 2049 at 2:07:50. Some ambition. Clever Force Awakens. Describing the plot. Evil Blind Genius Things. Relations between replicants and holograms. Interrupted by a dog. Narrative. Joi/K/Mariette love scene. Sexualized subservient images. Heuristic. Open relationship problems. Iron Man moment. Bond villain Jared Leto. Old Deckard. Lived history. Off-topic onto JJ Abrams. Underwhelming. A second Asimov reference. Wrapping Up.

Jan 3, 2018

The Wrong with Authority boys discuss Stanley Kramer's 1960 drama loosely based on the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.

Dec 9, 2017

Daniel and Jack get together for a chat about various right-wing shitbags, and the process of writing about them.

Dec 3, 2017

A year (or so) ago, the unthinkable happened.  So, of course, we podcasted about it.

That was this.  This is now.

Now, Daniel has called Kit and Jack back to the WWA recording bunker, joined by James too this time, to talk about what it's like to have lived a full year since Trump 'won' the 2016 US Presidential 'election'.  

This is what happened...


Show notes: Main Topic: Trumpism At One Year. Introducing the band. Non-productive news obsession. Alabama and purity. James praises his co-hosts. Corbyn and the soft left. . Misplaced catastrophism. The first few weeks. John McCain. The roles of the two parties. Kit's personal and political issues. Don't watch the news. Obligatory Batman reference. Bush and some weird shit. The Republicans and Obama. Activists. Discipline. Factionalism and the ACA. High floor in polls. "This is fine." Easy versus hard. New normal in global capitalism. The bumbling chessmaster. Scarmucci. Pizza-eating billionaire. Republican Dave. Mocking the empty suit. Form and content. Natural charisma. "No-drama Obama." The 2016 primary bullshit. Homeopathic socialism. "Gary Hart Would Have Won." Women's march. Drifting left on social issues. Obama was Republican enough. Back to Roy Moore. Hating pedophiles or women more. Mendacious media and epistemic closure. Elephant. C-span typography problems. Daniel's guess for 2020. Intermission: turd-miners. What has Donald Trump done well? American imperialism and nascent fascism. Trump and Charlottesville. Twitter as a direct connection to the base. Trump and the media. The spectacle of wealth. Impossible to ignore. A plurality, not a majority. Foreign policy and American politics. Never anti-war. Non-ideological. "Lot of killers." Trump as comedy. Adam Sandler billionaire. Steak and classism and tiny hands. Trump and mental illness. Trump versus previous presidents. Crisis? Sorkin. Bullet. Lucky. Conniving versus reckless. Empire. Russia. Predictions. Wrapping Up. "Old Man Trump."


Oh... Jack is sorry for his mic problems by the way. His generous patrons just paid for a Blue Yeti, so hopefully the situation will soon be resolved.

Dec 2, 2017

The first in a new strand of 'Wrong With Authority', in which the gang record commentaries on the movies that shaped and misshaped them, movies released between the first inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush the Elder.

This is 80s pop culture we're talking about pilgrim, so expect sickness.

This time, we mcfly backwards and forwards through time in a shitty car to discover that the deep psychological structure of America's understanding of its own history is best viewed through the prism of the oedipus complex. 

Who'd have motherfucking thought it?

Sep 11, 2017

Welcome to Wrong With Authority Footnote 3: Watching Frankenstein with James Murphy and Kit Power! James and Kit were lucky enough to find themselves in the same room at the same time recently, and decided to just do what came naturally - i.e. break out the recording equipment and record a podcast (mind out of the gutter, you). So we sat and watched 1931’s Frankenstein, and recorded the resulting conversation, which we present here, warts and all, for your listening enjoyment. It’s probably best to treat this as auxiliary material to accompany WWA3, where we discussed Gods And Monsters, though this should stand alone as a fun discussion of the movie.

Enjoy :)

Sep 8, 2017

Does what it says on the tin.

Aug 31, 2017

Another WWA 'Footnote' episode, this time featuring Daniel and Kit talking about George Romero, acclaimed horror director.


Main Topic: George Romero, specifically The Crazies (1973) and Martin (1977). Imposter syndrome. Critical distance. Ground Zero artist. Chutzpah. Often great without being good. Actors. Casting. Race in Night of the Living Dead. The Shield. Changing dialogue. Moving on to The Crazies. First the 2010 version. Justified. Crazies as a thematic sequel. Gun control. Vietnam in Pennsylvania. Survivalist Armageddon. Representations of the military. Hero entrance. Spark of genius. Ableist title. Oversignification. Adaptation of an art film. Irrationalism as overarching theme. Immune survivor. The love triange. Father/daughter rape scene. Cozy horror iconography. Incestuous. Parallel narratives. Gas masks. Back to the Future. Trapped in a gym. Bleak George. Nuclear cynicism. Personal malice. The poison isn't the bacterium. Subversive art. Romero the hippie. Romero and the moneychangers. Moving on to Martin. One long rape scene. Censorship. Kit's history with Martin. Toxic masculinity. Sympathetic murderer/rapist. "Involuntary celibates." Amplas and vulnerability. Ducking syndrome. Romantic vampire myth. "The Moffat Effect." Unreliable. Are the murders real? Dreamlike. Fantasy seduction. Misogynist men. Dehumanization. Butchery. Adult material on developing brains. Porn and existentialism. "How bad can human nature get?" Intimate. Black and white sequences. Innocent versus good. Coming to adulthood. Understanding the ending. The one he didn't do. Sleeping teenagers. Virtuoso middle. Stumbling Daniel. Walkie-talkie. Guillotine. "Fuck the New Atheists." Ambiguity. The priest portrayed by George Romero. Impurity and the mark of the outsider. Reinforcing stereotypes and The Bad Seed. Monsters as postmodern construct. Wrapping Up.

Jul 27, 2017

Wrong With Authority, the podcast where four white guys talk about movies based on real historical events, returns... and this time we're talking about Mississippi Burning (1988), a travesty of the story of three civil rights workers - Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman - who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964 by the Klan/cops/state government (all essentially the same thing at that point). 

Beware triggers.  We're talking about vicious racism, hate-motivated violence and murder.  At one point in the episode, one of us reads out part of a historical document which contains the n-word.  We believe the context justifies its inclusion, but please be aware that it's there.  Jack made the decision to not bleep it out, and takes responsibility.  Also, we mention rape a couple of times - because it was an integral part of both Jim Crow and slavery.

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