Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth gap, and internet issues. Including such issues and movements as the Occupy Movement, Citizens United, safe energy, Jewish Voice for Peace, Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Spiritual Progressives, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Studies, Wealth for the Common Good, Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, BDS, Campaign for America’s Future, TransPacific Partnership, NORML and MPP, the OffNow Coalition, The World Bank and IMF, The Birch Society, and many more. We talk with authors of important new history books for insight into current dilemmas. The idea is to empower listeners with facts behind current problems and with specific opportunities for them to make positive change to revitalize democracy
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New President: New Better Mideast Policy?
No one likes an outside power coming in and having control over them. But that’s exactly what has pervaded the Middle East for over a hundred years. Some of the effects of America’s recent wars there include epidemics of birth defects and cancer in children in Fallujah, Iraq perhaps from mercury, lead, and uranium in the ground. Not the best way to make friends. On this show Mandy Terc, executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP.org) sheds light on realities in the various countries in the huge region. She argues America could gain much from a new policy where we listen to citizens and not just give carte blanche to the Saudis and other dictatorial oil-based regimes. For example we could work with them as allies to resolve the disastrous effects of climate change.
The UK’s Jeremy Corbyn: What Now?
Smeared and driven from leadership of the British Labour Party. Relentlessly attacked by the uniquely powerful British tabloid media, our guest today Matt Sarb-Cousin argues there’s never been a leader like Jeremy Corbyn. Except perhaps America’s own Bernie Sanders. Trump friend Conservative Boris Johnson defeated him in the 2019 election based on their exploitation of economic anxieties. Support for and against Brexit broke down on non-traditional lines. Corbyn supported Brexit to ease harsh austerity measures and now supports a re-vote. Today’s Labour Party is taken over by the Blairite Wing, with the appeal of being more competent managers of the status quo. Though the charge of anti-semitism was painted onto Corbyn, he spoke out against the one percent of Labourites whom it fit. Corbyn continues to stand for transformation to a more equitable, non-imperialist England. He’s not done yet.
Brothers from Another Mother: Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II
The similarities are uncanny and deeply disturbing: Kaiser Wilhelm II and Donald Trump share an amazing number of attributes. Such as fascination with and envy of more powerful people, the need to belittle other heads of state, believing themselves physically irresistible, desperately needing flattery, living in fantasy worlds, and dismissing reality. According to our guest author of 2010’s The Three Emperors: George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm, both men were basically illiterate. Her recent article asks “What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire.” One important unanswered question is what happens to truth telling and democracy itself after Trump?
2020 Not the Worst Election; 1876 Was
It was either another civil war or ratify a backroom deal to choose the next president. In that deal, the rights of newly emancipated people were sacrificed. Moving on from abolition, white northerners figured locking in white supremacy and the power of big banks was an acceptable price to avoid war. The mob of January 6th 2021 was one thing, but in 1876 white southerners were still a disciplined armed force. The secretive resolution enabled the rebirth of the Confederacy. On this show, Historian William Hogeland explains how racist paramilitary violence was given a green light. Oh, and the person with the most votes did not win.
Why Democrats Should Listen to Deep Red Nebraska
Why should population density continue to determine Democrat or Republican wins? How is it that the Democratic Party seems to have given up on what used to be our working class farm/labor base? In his new book Rural Rebellion, our guest Ross Benes, who is from a Nebraska town of 300, reveals what drives this important key constituency and how they became so solid Republican. The home state of populist WJ Bryan, Nebraskans today see smug elitism coming from the Democrats. But progressive, caring issues bring Midwest rural people together. For example Nebraska welcomes more refugees per capita than any other state. Utilities are municipally owned. Democrats would do better there taking on the big corporations. We can either give up or listen to their voices.
Trump and Pompeo Dictate New Map on Africa//Franco Still Dead
The world is as they say it is. Never mind the people who actually live there, Trump and Pompeo decided and imposed new boundaries between Morocco and Algeria. It may start a war between them but at least it gets Morocco to recognize Israel, pleasing the right wing evangelical base in America. International journalist Stephen Kinzer provides the details of what they did in this increasingly important continent. And on part two the status of the body of former Spanish dictator Franco brings tension and possibly justice to his victims.