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Naked Capitalism has a Fig Leaf (Repost)
Today we take a look at the ways that extreme inequality and many of the worst instincts and repercussions of capitalism are being upheld and perpetuated by our culture of philanthropy. It turns out that what we see as the rich giving back is really more of a purchase on their part, a purchase of our acceptance of inequality and the right of the wealthy to rule.
Fighting Neoliberalism from the Fields of India to the Fight for 15
Today we take a look at the fight to create and maintain workable and humane economic and social floors, beneath which people are not allowed to fall. The fetishization of market forces embraced by decades of neoliberals and weaponized by authoritarians have left millions desperate for basic standards. To draw the connection, we look at the protests by Indian farmers against proposed deregulation and the fight for $15 in the US.
Myths are written by the victors, history by the scholars
Today we take a look at the competing histories fighting for dominance in the minds of Americans; the mythologized and romanticized history as represented by the "patriotic" framing of history from the 1776 Commission report and the much more fact-based approach that doesn't skirt the issue of race from the 1619 Project.
The Road to Justice Runs Through Accountability
Today we take a look at the fallout from the January 6th insurrection, the case for impeachment and/or punishment for every single person involved and discussions for why this process is so important to the stability of the country.
Vaccine Rollout Once Again Exposes the Divide in Our Global Medical Apartheid
Today we take a look at the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the US and around the world. Between White and Black in the US, Israeli and Palestinian in Israel and the Global North and Global South broadly, the legacies of colonialism and racism predictably play themselves out.
The Platforms of Our Discontent (Social Media, Social Destruction)
Today we take a look at the role that social media plays in the radicalization of discontented communities and engage in the debate over content moderation and de-platforming of individuals.
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As a disabled septuagenarian, I listen to your show and have done so since about 2004 when I was desperate to find someone who thought our attack of Iraq is criminal.
I’m also a church-involved Episcopalian.
So, I’m not one you seem to assume is an avid fan. But I am and I recommend you to friends. I don’t bother trying that for relatives, most of whom are significantly younger than I.
I do try to send portions of the show on. And I incorporate your facts and info into my discussions.
Sadly, I don’t contribute. As an assisted living dweller, I have $85 per month disposable income. Almost half of that goes to newspaper subscriptions (online). But, were I working, BOTL would be among my regular subscriptions.
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I have been listening to this podcast for years. Excellent information.