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Michael Yates - The Working Class
22 Apr, 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...
L.A. Kauffman & Aneelah Afzali – The Enduring Power of Protest
15 Apr, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Are marches and demonstrations just feel good affairs? You vent some spleen then go home satisfied as if you’ve done something worthwhile and before you know it the glow wears off? Or does the power of collective action, solidarity and mass mobilizations have a deeper effect? The key to resistance is organization leading to sustained efforts. The danger of demonstrations...
Leilani Farha – The Financialization of Housing
08 Apr, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

From Seattle to Toronto, the cost of owning a home is soaring. Rents are no better. Accelerated by neoliberal economic doctrine a paradigm shift in housing has occurred in recent years. There is a growing disconnect between housing as a human right and housing as a financial vehicle for investment. We’ve come a long way from FDR’s remarkable 1944 State...
Dahr Jamail – Climate Disruption
01 Apr, 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...
Shoshana Zuboff – Surveillance Capitalism
25 Mar, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
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...
Ilan Pappé - Palestine: The Pendulum is Shifting
18 Mar, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

For decades Palestine and Palestinians were associated with terror and terrorism. In political discourse and popular culture Palestinians were often typecast as blood thirsty killers. As the great Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said once ruefully observed, “Palestine is a thankless cause, one in which if you truly serve, you get nothing back but opprobrium, abuse, and ostracism. How many friends avoid...
Dana Frank – Honduras: Coups, Crises, & Caravans
04 Mar, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has one of the world's highest murder rates. More than half of its population of about ten million live in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region. Since the June 2009 coup overthrowing the government of President Manuel Zelaya the country has been...
Three half-hour audios from Ottawa events after Bolsonaro's election
28 Feb, 2019 | 1:26:15 |
EN | Greg Macdougall -EquitableEducation.ca |

Two Brazilian legal activists speak about far-right Jair Bolonsaro being elected and what it might mean (track 1), while two academics (tracks 2 and 3, respectively) give their perspective, also including looks at what fascism is in theory and a critique of the Brazilian left - but still focused on the dangers posed with Bolsonaro taking the presidency. Background info...
Sheldon Wolin - Inversion of Totalitarianism
25 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Traditional totalitarianism conjures images of jack-booted storm troopers, death camps and Stalin-like regimes. In recent years a new variety of totalitarianism has emerged departing from the norm. Noted political theorist Sheldon Wolin calls it “the inversion of totalitarianism” and that it “represents the political coming of age of corporate power and political demobilization of the citizenry. Unlike classical totalitarian systems...
David Swanson - The Abolition of War
18 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The famous words: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war no more” are attributed to Isaiah in 700 B.C. Abolition of war. An age-old dream? Idealistic? Yes. But as the planet moves closer to destruction, we must abolish war. War and...
Ralph Nader – Land of the Lawless
11 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Politicians and pundits love to go on and on about "the rule of law." The concept that no one is above the law is laudatory and central to a functioning democracy. But we can easily see the grotesque disparities in the application of law and the prosecution of those who commit crimes in the streets vs. those who commit crimes...
Malcolm X - The Ballot or the Bullet
04 Feb, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Malcolm X is singular figure in African-American history. He led an extraordinary life. He was born in an impoverished family in Omaha, NE on May 19, 1925. He recalled being “dizzy” with hunger. He said, “My whole life has been a chronology of changes.” Indeed it was. He went through a remarkable series of transformations from being a street hustler...
Nathan Schneider – Co-ops: Economic Democracy
28 Jan, 2019 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

One day, a few years ago, I was walking in San Francisco’s Mission district and looked up and saw a sign that said: “Arizmendi Bakery. Worker owned and operated.” This piqued my curiosity. I went inside to find out more. I learned that Arizmendi was the name of the priest who, in the 1950s, help launch the Mondragon cooperative in...
Steve Ellner - The Open Veins of Venezuela
21 Jan, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Historically, Venezuela has been an ATM machine for U.S. corporations. Located on the northern coast of South America with a population of 32 million, Venezuela is rich in natural resources: diamonds, bauxite, gold, iron ore, natural gas and oil, especially oil. The election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 heralded in what he called the Bolivarian Revolution. It was a challenge...
Robin Kelley - The Dream of Revolution
14 Jan, 2019 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In some ways Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered twice. First by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis and then by killing his revolutionary message. Today, King is largely remembered with special holiday sales. His vision of radical revolution muted. He posed a special threat to the power structure. It was one thing to demand desegregation of lunch counters and...
Jason Stanley – How Fascism Works
31 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What is fascism? Michael Parenti, author and historian says, “Fascism historically has been used to secure the interests of large capitalist interests against the demands of popular democracy. Then and now, fascism has made irrational mass appeals in order to secure the rational ends of class domination.” Fascism flourishes in times of economic insecurity and cultural backlash. Opportunistic politicians offer...
Chris Hedges - Root Causes of a Failed System
24 Dec, 2018 | 0:59:04 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

We live in an era of where the 1% is raking it in. We have dog whistle politics, bullying and disdain for science and facts. Some coming. For example, Neil Postman is his classic work Amusing Ourselves to Death nailed it when he wrote, “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round...
Michael Pollan – Notes from the Psychedelic Underground
17 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The legalization of marijuana across the U.S. and Canada is making headline news. The study of the medical uses of psilocybin (and other psychedelics) does not. Academic study of psilocybin found in hallucinogenic mushrooms, lysergic acid, and ecstasy is ongoing at major universities around the world. There are peer-reviewed articles on the uses of LSD for alcoholism, micro-dosing of LSD...
Arjun Singh Sethi – The Politics of Hate
10 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

There is a stench in the air. Hate is out in the open. The number of hate crimes has dramatically escalated in the last couple of years. Recall Dylann Roof who killed nine in an African-American church in South Carolina or Gregory Bush who murdered two black shoppers in a grocery store in Kentucky. The vitriol is spreading. The Anti-Defamation...
DR JOHN LUTZ - Victoria in the Steps of the Transformers - Indigenous and Settler Spaces
08 Dec, 2018 | 1:28:44 |
EN | John Carricitos |

Victoria is a storied place with many layers. For example, few are aware that Xehals, the great transformers of the Coast Salish world stopped here as they “made the world right” -- creating parts of Victoria’s landscape still visible today. In this UVic Café Historique talk, historian John Lutz takes us on a tour of some the places where Indigenous...
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