Gunpower (w/ Patrick Blanchfield)


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Matt and Sam's first ever guest, Patrick Blanchfield, is an Associate Faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and author of the forthcoming book Gunpower from Verso books, which you can and should pre-order here. In the wake of the massacres in El Paso and Dayton, we turn to Patrick—a truly brillant writer and thinker—to help us understand how these traumatic reptitions of spectacular violence are rooted in American history and ideology.

Patrick's work:

  • "The Market Can't Solve a Massacre" (Splinter)
  • "Recoil Operation" (New Inquiry)
  • "Ghosts of 2012" (N+1)
  • "The Gun Control We Deserve" (N+1)
  • "Thoughts and Prayers" (N+1)
  • "'They're Coming for the Ones You Love': My Weekend of Gun Training in the Desert" (The Nation)
  • Declaration of War: The Violent Rise of White Supremacy after Vietnam (The Nation)

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