Underreported: The New York Independence Party and Its Benefactors

Thursday, July 16, 2009

On today's first Underreported segment, we take a look at the long and twisted history of the New York Independence Party and how they’ve become intertwined both with Mayor Bloomberg’s reelection campaign and Judge Sotomayor's confirmation process, with Errol Louis, New York Daily News columnist.


Errol Louis

Comments [6]

Tara Lambert from New York, NY

This was fascinating! Thanks for the coverage. I had never heard any of this information before. This is why I love WNYC!

Jul. 16 2009 07:31 PM
Tony G. Rocco from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

This "report" was nothing more than a reiteration of the usual half-truths, distortions and outright falsehoods promulgated for years by enemies of Fulani, Newman and the community they and others have created. I am shocked that WNYC would stoop to this kind of vendetta journalism. There wasn't even a pretense of impartiality here, with the host adamantly agreeing with the guest rather than casting a skeptical eye on his biased claims. The parties maligned in this ridiculous hit piece were not present to refute or respond to the slanderous accusations made against them. This is the kind of shoddy work I expect from an operation like Fox News, not from a public radio station claiming to be a reliable source of information. You should ashamed of yourselves for doing something like this.

Jul. 16 2009 06:12 PM
kevin from Chelsea

IN RESPONSE TO FREUD AND MARXISM=true but not limitted to the left

though seemingly more often resulting in benefit to some of its' members, never-the-less Tony Robbins and off-shoots of EST and also Scientology have all produced equivalent mass vulnerabilities with plenty of furious ex-students involved with right wing endeavors and elections.

religion is the opium of the masses and politicans rarely resist the "easy profit" found in becoming a dealer or pusher.

Guru [Royles Royce]Rashnish got really heavy handed in local politics in that South western town his "camp" located, (though those kids were predominantly lefties).

Jul. 16 2009 02:04 PM

Just an addendum: Kristeva, and also the very well known Deleuze and Guattari (Capitalism and Schitzophrenia) were practicing psyhco-therapists of international repute.

I am more and more beginning to believe Errol Lewis is an outright charlatan!

Jul. 16 2009 01:48 PM

I don't know about the group referred to, but I would just like to point out that the "cross pollination" of psycho-therapy and Marxism is as old as Freud; certainly, "Civilizations and It's Discontents" is a very political book often cited by Marxists, to whom Freud was sympathetic. I believe the premise is that contemporary psychological problems cannot be understood outside of their socio-political context, and the "bourgeousie" is thus a significant concept from Marx, in Freud.

No doubt this has become watered down, but it is not freakish or unusual; Fredric Jameson and the Frankfort School were a prominent feature of late 20th century intellectualism, many of whom were/are practicing "Marxist psycho-therapists".

In fact, the founders of French Post-Modernism (Derrida, Kristeva, et. al.) are relatives of this and were actively involved with the Situationists in late sixties Paris, which the Situationists I think would have great sympathies with a "Marxist pscho-therapeutic" philosophy, as did Derrida. Explicitly.

The guest MUST be aware of all this and is clearly trying to sweep a lot of things under the rug and trying to take advantage of other people's ignorance as an "authority". That's hypocrisy my man!

Jul. 16 2009 01:44 PM
Tom from UWS

I've found it impossible to support socalled "third party" candidates, as they only seem to be promoted for top jobs, like Mayor and President.
I wonder why such parties don't identify districts where they could score a win and get an influential toe hold - such as City council or Congress.
A third party Senator in Albany today, for instance, would be in the cat bird seat. But the runs for president are futile exercises until they gain credibility.

Jul. 16 2009 01:31 PM

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