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Henry Giroux - Orwell, Huxley & the New Authoritarianism
16 Oct, 2017 | 0:00:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley are two of the great figures of the 20th century. Their novels, 1984 and Brave New World focus on authoritarianism. Both draw grim pictures of totalitarian rule but in each book the dictatorship to effect control deploys different techniques. For Orwell it’s straight out force. His dark image is brutal state oppression—“a boot stamping on...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - Native America: From Genocide to Resistance
09 Oct, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The centuries-long genocidal policies of the U.S. settler-colonial regime has largely been omitted from history. The ferocity and savagery of the U.S. attack on Native Americans is usually turned on its head. The colonists were the victims. They had to defend themselves against the heathens. The sheer hatred for indigenous people manifested in genocide. George Washington called them “beasts.” Jefferson...
Todd Chretien - Red October: The Russian Revolution
02 Oct, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The upheaval and regime change in Russia in 1917 “shook the world” in the words of journalist John Reed. In place of the feudal czarist monarchy came radical revolutionaries. A civil war ensued pitting former regime elements against the communists. In addition, a number of countries, including the U.S., Britain and France didn’t like what they saw and heard from...
Stephen Bezruchka – Making America Healthy Again
25 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The U.S. pays more for health care than any other country yet has shamefully poor results. People are paying through the nose for their hospital stays, surgeries and prescription drugs. An MRI in the U.S. costs five times what it costs in Australia. Instead of quality affordable health care we are building absurdly expensive F-35s, submarines and aircraft carriers. And...
Cynthia Kaufman – Capitalism: Getting Past It
18 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The present phase of capitalism is a great success story for the uber rich. Torrents of wealth flow overwhelmingly to a sliver of the population. Millennials in large numbers are seriously questioning the existing economic order. They are even willing to, hold your breath, consider a socialist alternative. The Bernie Sanders campaign made a huge impact on many young people...
Richard Wolff - Capitalism vs. Socialism
11 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The great radical historian Howard Zinn once told me, half in jest, that one of the greatest disasters to befall socialism was when the Soviet Union put it in the official name of the country: The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. I asked him to explain and he said, The USSR, which had little to do with socialism, it was...
Jonothan Kozol - Humanizing Public Education
04 Sep, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Austrian-born economist Friedrich von Hayek may be intellectual godfather of neoliberalism: present-day right-wing economics. His book, The Road to Serfdom, is considered to be the bible of anti-government, free market ideas and the privatization of just about everything. From war to prisons, a core goal of neoliberalism is: Let the private sector do it. And there are few bigger...
David Korten –Toward an Ecological Civilization
21 Aug, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Will Rogers, a famous U.S. humorist once said, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Good advice. Wish that it were heeded when it comes to climate change. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says, “there's tremendous disagreement” about climate change. Is there? The scientific consensus is close to 100%. The fox is in charge...
Michael Eric Dyson - White Privilege
14 Aug, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

White privilege. What’s that? Some people have choices and advantages simply because of the color of their skin. Many whites are unaware of it or if they are are quick to say, Hey, I’m cool and beyond that. Yeah, right. Peggy McIntosh, a noted women’s studies scholar in her classic essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack” wrote: “I was...
at Denman Island Readers & Writers Festival 2017
12 Aug, 2017 | 0:49:01 |
EN | Frieda Werden | Denman Readers and Writers Festival

Goto reads from her award-winning book A Chorus of Mushrooms, and from her youth fantasy fiction, and answers audience questions.
Chip Berlet - Mobilizing Resentment
07 Aug, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Us-versus-them politics, pitting one group against another, is as old as the hills. Vulnerable groups are targeted. Language is weaponized. And resentment is mobilized along race, class and gender lines. Unbridled nationalism with lots of flag waving is the soundtrack. The rise of the right in the U.S. did not occur overnight. It didn't happen because millions of people suddenly...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortíz - An Indigenous Economic Model
24 Jul, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The existing economic system in most countries is a kind of state capitalism. It produces enormous inequalities. Its extraction practices are environmentally destructive. Perhaps indigenous models provide a viable alternative. Chief Seattle was a Susquamish chief in what is now Washington State. He reportedly made these observations in an 1854 letter to U.S. President Pierce: “How can you buy or...
Cornel West - The Radical Democratic Tradition
10 Jul, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Throughout history there have been individuals who have challenged conventional wisdom and have stretched societal limits. Collectively they constitute the radical democratic tradition. A sterling example of this lineage is Rosa Parks. Segregation was entrenched throughout the South. Montgomery, Alabama was one of its bastions. But on December 1st 1955, this 43-year old activist transformed history. She refused to sit...
Chris Hedges – Stopping Fascism
03 Jul, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

One dictionary defines fascism as, “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.” The first fascist party was founded by Mussolini in Italy in 1915. Its etymology is traced to the Latin word meaning a bundle of rods tied around an axe, an...
Robert Hackett - Climate Change & the Media
26 Jun, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Climate change poses a long-term threat to humanity and the Earth. Sixty percent of people get their news from TV. How are the networks reporting on the crisis? This is from a study from Media Matters, a non-profit media watchdog organization: “In 2016, evening newscasts and Sunday shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, collectively decreased their total coverage of...
Noam Chomsky - Neoliberalism: An Accounting
19 Jun, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Neoliberalism is an odd term when you think about it. It is hardly new and it is not particularly liberal. It has been a great economic success story-for the 1%. The detritus of neoliberalism litters the landscape from smashed unions to shredded safety nets, and deregulation of everything from airlines to banking to telecommunications. And how does one measure the...
Thomas Frank - The Country that Voted for Trump
12 Jun, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The election of Donald Trump was a stunning political upset. His victory defied the predictions of almost every pundit and pollster. Though he received about 3 million fewer votes than his opponent, the antiquarian Electoral College system in the U.S. gave him the presidency. The New York real estate mogul, TV celebrity and billionaire ran as a self-proclaimed outsider against...
Max Blumenthal – Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation
05 Jun, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Fifty Years have passed since Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War resulting in the longest military occupation in modern times. On the ground there has been a radical shift in demographics because of the settlements. What began as a few scattered outposts has now mushroomed into vast sub-divisions and cities with Jewish only road networks connecting them make it difficult...
Camille Paglia – Free Women! Free Men!
29 May, 2017 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The feminist movement, in its various forms, posed a genuine challenge to patriarchy, male domination. Privilege among most men was seen as a right, the way things were. Within the feminist movement there were different currents and tendencies. Its accomplishments were myriad but there is still much work to be done. Misogyny, hostility, sexual commodification, harassment and violence against women...
Madawi Al-Rasheed - Saudi Arabia: History & Politics
22 May, 2017 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Saudi Arabia is a quixotic ally of the U.S., to say the least. Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were from the desert kingdom. In the wake of the attack, the U.S. flew Saudi elites out of the country and then proceeded to invade Afghanistan, though no Afghans were involved in 9/11. You figure it out. Saudi Arabia has supported...
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