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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...
Arturo Vargas -Why the 2020 Census Matters
03 Dec, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

How important is the 2020 census? Very. Its repercussions are profound. It’s about power and money. In theory the census should be neutral, an objective collection of data. But like almost everything else these days it is politically charged. The numbers determine representation in Congress and allocation of federal funds. The Census Bureau is part of the Department of Commerce....
Stephen Bezruchka – Economic Inequality Kills
26 Nov, 2018 | 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...
DR JAN GRABOWSKI - Removing Memory one Statue at a Time
19 Nov, 2018 | 1:21:46 |
EN | John Carricitos |

Removing Memory one Statue at a Time: Comparing Eastern Europe and Canada, a special lecture contributing to the debate triggered by the recent removal of the statue of John A. Macdonald by Victoria City Council. The removal, itself contentious, was followed by reassessments of other “controversial characters” in local history whose statues may or may not deserve relocation. Meanwhile, interest...
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortíz – Guns & the White Republic
19 Nov, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The founding of the United States was based on the ideology of white supremacy, the practice of slavery, land theft and genocide. The mass murder of indigenous people by Euro-colonizers was fueled by white nationalism. From the settler colonialists down to the present, the U.S. has had a long love affair with guns. Violence is driven by racism, patriarchy, misogyny...
DR JULIA BAUM - Corals and Climate Change
17 Nov, 2018 | 0:59:01 |
EN | John Carricitos |

A UVic Café Scientifique series talk given at Hermann's Jazz Club, Victoria BC, on Tuesday evening, November 13th, 2018 by Dr. Julia Baum, Associate Professor of Biology, UVic, and leader of the Baum Lab. The talk is entitled: Corals and Climate Change - Glimmers of Hope from an Ecological Crisis
Edward Said - U.S. Interventions in the Middle East
05 Nov, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The current occupant of the White House has said, “The Middle East is a troubled place. There are a lot of bad things happening in that part of the world.” Indeed. But why is it troubled place and why are bad things happening there? There is no mention of Washington’s role. Actions have consequences. U.S. invasions, occupations, coups and economic...
Haley Pessin - The Radical Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer
29 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Fannie Lou Hamer was a fighter for equality and justice who said, “If I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom.” Going against entrenched racism she was able to accomplish much in gaining voting rights for African Americans. She died in 1977 at the age of 59. Voting rights remain under attack. In the...
Chris Hedges - Root Causes of a Failed System
22 Oct, 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...
Eric Holt-Giménez - Pushing Back the Corporate Food Regime
15 Oct, 2018 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Food is the basis of life. We need it to live. It is as simple as that. The UN declares, “the right to adequate food is a long-standing international human right.” But the aim of 21st century capitalism is not primarily to promote our well-being and health, it is to control markets and maximize profits. The production of food is...
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