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Marc Lamont Hill & Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - Dismantling the System
29 Jun, 2020 | 0:57:02 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Is it starry-eyed to think system change? The calamitous fissures that the current crisis has exposed raises the question of the efficacy of reform, half-measures and tinkering around the edges. Often, even under duress, the system is agile enough to make some concessions while crucially leaving the fundamental structures of power intact. From the outside systems can look invincible and...
Robert Larson – Technopolies
22 Jun, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The five biggest corporations in the world by market value are Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook. Their head honchos the Zuckerbergs, Gates and Bezos make the Vanderbilts, Morgans and Carnegies of the Gilded Age look like pikers. They want absolute domination and control. Monopoly is not a board game for them, it is the essence of their very being....
Naomi Klein & Arundhati Roy - Surviving the Future
15 Jun, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What will tomorrow bring in the age of COVID-19? There is so much uncertainty. Arundhati Roy sees an opportunity. She writes, “Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves....
Sonia Shah – Outbreaks: From Epidemics to Pandemics
01 Jun, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Can you believe it? A hundred thousand U.S. dead and counting. The real number according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert, is “almost certainly higher.” A World Health Organization official warns that the coronavirus may become endemic, i.e., like HIV, “it may never go away.” Science writer and author Sonia Shah states, “Over the past fifty years,...
David McNally – The Pandemic & the Economy: A Radical View
25 May, 2020 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The standard narrative about the current crisis is that the coronavirus pathogen triggered an economic collapse. But what is crucially ignored is that neoliberal capitalism was already weak and stressed out, a pre-existing condition, if you will. That systemic weakness went into freefall when the pandemic hit. In its long history, capitalism has produced many booms and busts but this...
Adam Winkler - Corporate Constitutional Rights
11 May, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The term corporation is not in the Constitution, yet this entity has emerged over the years as the most dominant force in society. Although never oppressed like women and minorities, corporations have fought to win equal rights under the Constitution. Today, they have nearly all the same rights as ordinary people. Corporations have waged a persistent campaign to expand their...
Dr. Stephen Bezruchka on Consequences of COVID-19
04 May, 2020 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What kind of bizarre twilight zone world are we in? The coronavirus pandemic is a global altering moment. It has exposed huge fissures of vulnerability. The dead from COVID-19 in the U.S. now exceeds Vietnam War levels. The health crisis has triggered an economic crisis. Tens of millions have lost their jobs in the largest mass unemployment since the Great...
Rashid Khalidi - Palestine: A Case of Settler Colonialism
27 Apr, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The conflict over Palestine is a century-long war involving a settler colonial movement-Zionism–which succeeded in forming a national entity–The State of Israel. The term settler colonialism may not be well known but it accurately describes what has happened to multiple regions of the world from Ireland to Canada and from New Zealand to Palestine where indigenous populations have been subjugated...
Nader Hashemi - Pandemics, Democracies & Dictatorships
20 Apr, 2020 | 0:57:02 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

Today, fear stalks the globe. The grim reaper is taking a heavy toll. The coronavirus pandemic has led to many thousands of deaths and tremendous economic dislocation. In this climate of fear, authoritarian regimes from Saudi Arabia to Hungary, from Russia to Turkey, from Iran to the Philippines use the crisis as a pretext to curtail civil liberties, expand police...
Stephen Kinzer - The CIA Search for Mind Control
13 Apr, 2020 | 0:57:01 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

CIA skullduggery is legendary from overthrowing governments to germ warfare to assassinations, but its MK-Ultra program may be at the top of the list. MK-Ultra was the code name for the top-secret CIA project in which the Agency conducted hundreds of clandestine experiments, often on unwitting people, to assess the potential use of LSD and other drugs for mind control...
Dr Stephen Bezruchka - COVID-19 & Capitalism
06 Apr, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic has cast in deadly high relief that the United States, the richest country on Earth has a dysfunctional health care system. One should not even call it a system. “It’s unimaginable,” a CNN anchor commented upon seeing footage of hospital tents in New York’s Central Park and a refrigerator truck loading up corpses in Brooklyn....
Joseph Stiglitz - A New Social Contract
30 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

After 40 years the economic doctrine of neoliberalism has reached a dead end. But not for everyone. The 500 richest people in the world, all of whom are billionaires, gained a combined $1.2 trillion in wealth in 2019. Advocates of neoliberalism preach a kind of economic fundamentalism, i.e., markets rule, tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, privatization and austerity. As...
Stephen Bezruchka - The Coronavirus Pandemic
23 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The coronavirus pandemic has sent waves of fear across the globe. It is a dangerous moment. We are benumbed by the dizzying statistics of new cases and the number of deaths popping up all over the world. What is it? It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. It can infect both animals...
Eric Foner – The Legacy of Reconstruction
16 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The Declaration of Independence declared equality as an American ideal, but it took a century to even partially realize that goal. One of the key periods of U.S. history is Reconstruction. They were the years following the Civil War. The era began with promises of egalitarianism. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution were revolutionary. They abolished slavery,...
Jenny Brown – Women: Labor Pains
09 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

In 2018, the birth rate in the United States reached its lowest level in decades. This alarmed the patriarchal class who want to control women’s bodies. Reproductive rights and access to abortion are under sustained political attack. Roe v. Wade is under threat. What role does misogyny play in gender relations? Feminist activists assert that declining birth rates represent a...
Jim Hightower – It’s Up To You
02 Mar, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

From hanging chads in Florida, to purged voter rolls in Ohio to the Iowa caucus debacle, democracy is in trouble. The venerable system is in the ICU. There is still a pulse, but the long-term prognosis is not good. There are serious structural problems. Can anyone say electoral college or why elections are held on a workday? And then of...
Michael Lerner – Faith, Politics & the Left, part one
17 Feb, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

These are times of deceit, rage and fear. Well, you might say, it’s always been like that. But it seems the intensity of this moment is more acute. The coarseness of discourse is sharper. The rancor is deeper. Maybe the pervasiveness of social media accounts for some of it. How can we navigate the treacherous currents that are running through...
Robert Fisk – Chaos in the Middle East
10 Feb, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 is one of the great crimes in modern history. No one has been held to account. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died, many more wounded and millions became refugees. Washington’s insane action unleashed a cascade of disasters across the Middle East from Syria to Libya and sparked the rise of jihadi groups....
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor - The Power of Social Movements
03 Feb, 2020 | 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...
William Barber – Why Iowa Matters
27 Jan, 2020 | 0:57:00 |
EN | Shawna Sprowls |

What’s the matter with Iowa is what’s the matter with large portions of the U.S. economy: extreme poverty in the presence of extreme wealth. In 1962, Michael Harrington wrote about it in his book The Other America. That America has not gone away. President Johnson’s war on poverty was not won. It was abandoned in the battlefields of Indochina. Today,...
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