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Noam Chomsky - Threats to Peace & the Planet, Part One
18 Nov, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Why are so many people all over the world out in the streets demanding change? What are the root causes of revolt? What about U.S. Syria policy and the betrayal of the Kurds? And BDS and Palestine? How do we overcome sectarian differences? Why are Americans so afraid? Eco-disaster and nuclear war threaten human existence. The former garners some attention...
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - The Power of Social Movements
11 Nov, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

One of the techniques of ruling class control is to isolate people from one another. “Look out for yourself,” is the constant drumbeat. We are reduced to self-centered consumers not engaged citizens. Saul Alinsky suggests a different path. In his Rules for Radicals he said, “Change comes from power, and power comes from organization. In order to act, people must...
David Cole – Guardians of Liberty
04 Nov, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The wheels of justice turn slowly. How long before Jim Crow laws were overturned? How long for the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize gay marriage equality? How long the wait times in immigration courts? And even when someone, or some cause, has its proverbial day in court, the courts have an uneven record in dispensing justice. The legal field recognizes...
Cornel West - The Socratic/Prophetic Traditions
28 Oct, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

“How do you straighten your back up? How do you tell the truth? How do you bear witness? How do you organize? How do you mobilize? How do you generate forms of resistance and resiliency in the face of some very, very ugly forms of terror and trauma and stigma?” Activist/Scholar Cornel West asks these fundamental questions. And he takes...
Vijay Prashad – History & Politics: Zigs & Zags (Part Two)
21 Oct, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

History and politics are replete with zigs and zags into all kinds of unexpected directions. Take for example, the Shah of Iran. He looked impregnable on his throne until he was toppled by massive street demonstrations. Who could have predicted that the suicide of a street vendor in a small town in Tunisia would lead to the overthrow of an...
Vijay Prashad – History & Politics: Zigs & Zags (Part One)
14 Oct, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

History and politics is replete with zigs and zags into all kinds of unexpected directions. Take for example, the Shah of Iran. He looked impregnable on his throne until he was toppled by massive street demonstrations. Who could have predicted that the suicide of a street vendor in a small town in Tunisia would lead to the overthrow of an...
Russell Means – For the World to Live Columbus Must Die
07 Oct, 2019 | 0:57:02 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The dynamic Russell Means presents a moving and eloquent talk on Native America. He recounts how consciousness has changed among indigenous people but among the white European settler descendants many of the old prejudices remain. For example, he says, “The Pope is going to canonize Father Serra an Indian murderer and Indian slave owner.” In North and South America Indian...
Michael Chertoff & David Gibbs – Debate on Humanitarian Intervention
30 Sep, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Humanitarian intervention is always cloaked in altruism. Noted author Noam Chomsky says, “Almost every aggressive act by any great power is justified on humanitarian grounds.” Helping people who are suffering is laudable but injecting military force can lead to even worse outcomes. Libya is a perfect example of what can go wrong. The specter of atrocities was raised. A U.S.,...
David Harvey – The State/Finance Nexus
23 Sep, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The contemporary capitalist economic system has an extraordinary component to it. That is the connection between the government, and the financial sector, the big banks. What banks? The Big 5 are JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. Their assets are in the trillions of dollars. The economic and political implications of capital resources of that...
David Korten - Beyond Money
16 Sep, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Money, you know, is the root of all evil. The pursuit of it no matter the consequences has led to us, as the New York Times describes it, “speeding toward environmental catastrophe.” Unregulated predatory capitalism and its obsession with generating profits no matter the cost to Nature is endangering civilization as we know it. Globally people, young people in particular,...
Caroline Frederickson – Fixing Democracy
09 Sep, 2019 | 0:56:59 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Around the world democracy is in trouble. Autocrats have come to power. In the U.S. democracy is compromised by a political system awash in money, gerrymandering, voter suppression and that absurd relic, the electoral college. One of the principal designers of the U.S. system of governance was James Madison. He said the main task of government is “to protect the...
Joe Allen - Pushing Back at Amazon
02 Sep, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Amazon, the retail behemoth, is named after the giant river in South America. The company began in the Seattle area in 1994. Since then it has not just grown and expanded but has transformed marketing. Consumers are attracted to lower prices, but overwhelmingly it’s the sheer convenience of online shopping and home delivery. But all is not rosy for Amazon’s...
Michael Yates - The Working Class
26 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Warren Buffett, the much-admired genius investor and one of the world’s richest men said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” And who are the losers? The working class, people who work for an hourly wage or are salaried. The ruling class has driven down wages and benefits, smashed...
Howard Zinn - Second Thoughts on the First Amendment
19 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

“Congress shall make no law…abridging freedom of speech.” There it is. Plain and simple. The First Amendment to the Constitution. But since 9/11 that amendment has been under sustained attack. Whistleblowers John Kiriakou, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and others are hounded, threatened and imprisoned by the U.S. government. A fascinating and compelling account of past and present efforts...
Nancy MacLean - Origins of Radical Right-Wing Power
12 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The history of the anti-government and anti-democratic politics that have transformed the U.S. in recent years is largely obscured from view. The radical right’s agenda includes: suppression of voting rights, privatization of everything from schools to Medicare to Social Security to public lands, elimination of unions and limiting majority rule. Core beliefs also include: there is no problem tax cuts...
Dahr Jamail – Climate Disruption
05 Aug, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Ralph Nader points out the term climate change is a vast understatement and does not convey the gravity of what we are facing. He says, climate disruption is more accurate. Study after study, report after report make it clear that human activity is transforming our planet. With heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, melting ice sheets and rising sea levels, millions...
Benjamin Hett - How Hitler Happened
29 Jul, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The post-WW1 Weimar Republic in Germany was the height of European civilization. Its scientists and scholars led the world. Its Bauhaus architecture was the rage. Its arts featured such luminaries as Fritz Lang, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Thomas Mann. Yet, out of this modern democracy sprang Nazism, German fascism, and one of the most barbaric regimes ever. How did...
Shoshana Zuboff – Surveillance Capitalism
22 Jul, 2019 | 0:56:48 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Surveillance Capitalism is a global architecture of behavior modification which poses profound threats to society. It was invented at Google, duplicated at Facebook, and has moved almost seamlessly into virtually every economic sector. Vast wealth is accumulated in an ominous new economic order where predictions of our behavior are bought and sold. Surveillance Capitalism has ominous consequences for democracy and...
Stephen Bezruchka – Economic Inequality Kills
15 Jul, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Given that people in the U.S. spend more money on health care than the rest of the world combined, then logic would dictate that we have the best health outcomes. Well, we don’t. Why? Increasing evidence from epidemiologists— the scientists who study the health of populations — indicates that everything from life expectancy to infant mortality to obesity, can be...
Lawrence Wilkerson – U.S. Empire & Latin America
08 Jul, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The list of U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and sanctions in Latin America is a mile long. It is after all, “our little region over here,” and our “backyard” according to policymakers in Washington. Starting with the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 the continent and its people have been a laboratory for U.S. intervention, a kind of piñata, a punching bag. As...
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