Move over Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo and Chico — meet Marto and Robbo.
The producer and director of “Merchants of Doubt,” the new documentary smearing climate skeptics, has an interesting brother. Director Robert Kenner is the little brother of 1960s radical leftist Martin Kenner.
In 1969, Martin Kenner co-edited a book of Fidel Castro’s speeches called “Fidel Speaks.”
Lest you think this is some innocent academic compendium of Fidel Castro rants, consider the book’s dedication to Communist Cuba and North Vietnam helping bring communist revolution to North America:
In the preface to the book, we learn that Martin Kenner belonged to the pro-Communist Cuba group Fair Play for Cuba Committee.
But wait, there’s more.
According to ex-leftist David Horowitz’s autobiography “Radical Son“, Martin Kenner worked in the “inner sanctum” of the communist Black Panther Party in the 1960s.
Below is a 1960s-era photo of Martin Kenner at a press conference with fellow radical Jennifer Dohrn (the sister-in-law of Barack Obama pal and former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayres).
By the 1980s, though, Kenner seems to have given up his radical activities. According to Horowitz, Martin became a commodity speculator — making “a handsome profit on an earthquake in Peru that killed several thousand people as it drove the price of coffee to new highs.”
None of this, of course, means that Robert Kenner has followed his big brother’s footsteps in trying to bring about global revolution. But it should be noted that Robert’s last documentary “Food Inc.” is anti-food industry. Robert also directed a PBS film on the Vietnam war, “Two Days in October“, which is touted as spotlighting the day American public opinion began to turn on the Vietnam War.
This all ties directly into “Merchants of Doubt” in the scene where “Merchants of Doubt” author Naomi Oreskes sneers at skeptics for thinking that global warming is all about advancing the radical left’s political agenda. (Transcript below).
There’s a bit of a mystery. What do all of these things have in common? All of these issues are issues that involve the need for government action. That’s when the penny dropped. Because I began to realize none of this is about the science. All of this is a political debate about the role of government. So in a number of places, we actually found these people saying they see environmentalists as creeping communists. They see them as reds under the bed. They call them watermelons — you know, green on the outside, red on the inside. And they worry that environmental regulation will be the slippery slope to socialism.
Finally, there is this recent exchange on Twitter with Oreskes endorsing the agenda of anti-capitalist global warming hysteritrix Naomi Klein (see e.g., “This Changes Everything“):
For the comrades, this is all just Another Night at the Opera.