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Welcome to Coming From Left Field, a conversation about politics, books, and current events.

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    Salon Investigates “The War on Public Schools” with Kathryn Joyce

    Salon Investigates “The War on Public Schools” with Kathryn Joyce

    Our guest today is Kathryn Joyce, an investigative reporter at Salon. She recently authored a three-part series: ‘The war on public schools is being fought from Hillsdale College,” which focuses on a private Christian school playing an outsized role in nearly all our current fights about education.

    Hillsdale is a “feeder school” for the Trump administration, its leadership directed Trump’s “patriotic education” 1776 Commission. Their lecture series and related magazine are the place where right-wing politicians and thinkers go to pilot their most ambitious ideas.

    Links:

    “The war on public schools is being fought from Hillsdale College”:
    https://www.salon.com/2022/03/16/salon-investigates-the-on-public-schools-is-being-fought-from-hillsdale-college/

    Kathryn Joyce website (articles and books):
    http://kathrynjoyce.com/

    Political Research Associates Articles – Ben Lorber Research Analyst: https://politicalresearch.org/bio/ben-lorber

    Greg's ZZs Blog:
    http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/

     

    KathrynJoyce#WarPublicSchools#Education#Christian#HillsdaleCollege#CriticalRaceTheory#CRT#ChristopherRufo#RightWingCollegeLies#Salon#PeninsulaSchoolDistrict#InformedParentsofWashington#Imprimis#charterschools#GregGodels#zzblog#PatCummings#ComingFromLeft Field#Podcast

    • 54 min
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    “Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class” with Dan Canon

    “Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class” with Dan Canon

    Our guest today is Dan Canon, a civil rights lawyer, teacher, and author of "Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class."  His book is a searing analysis of America’s assembly-line approach to criminal justice and the shameful practice at its core: the plea bargain.

    Canon is also known as counsel for Kentucky and Indiana plaintiffs in the landmark cases successfully supporting changes in marriage equality laws.

    Links:

    Dan’s book:

    “Pleading Out: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class”:
    https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/dan-canon/pleading-out/9781541674684/

     

    Greg's ZZs Blog:
    http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/

     

    #DanConan #PleadingOut# civilrights#lawyer#criminaljustice #marriageequality #Plea Bargaing#Attorney# #polticalanalysis #greggodels #zzblog #zzsblog #patcummings #ComingFromLeftField #podcast #laborhistory #unionbusting

    • 55 min
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    The “Pink Tide” discussion of Latin America’s political turn left with Dan Kovalik

    The “Pink Tide” discussion of Latin America’s political turn left with Dan Kovalik

    Our guest today is Dan Kovalik, a prolific author of many books on Latin America.  He sheds light on the “pink tide,” the trend of numerous self-proclaimed socialist democracies moving away from neoliberal authoritarian regimes.

    Links:

    Dan Kovalik Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Kovalik
    Preorder Dan’s book: Nicaragua: A History of US Intervention & Resistance– January 1, 2023: https://www.amazon.com/Nicaragua-History-US-Intervention-Resistance/dp/1949762602
    Greg's ZZs Blog: http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/

     

    #DanKovalik #pinktide #Columbia #Venezuela# Nicaragua #GustavPetro#NicolasMaduro#Marxist-Leninist#polticalanalysis #greggodels #zzblog #zzsblog #patcummings #ComingFromLeftField #podcast #operationcondor #politicaleconomy #capitalism #latinarmerica

    • 1 hr 1 min
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    Blackshirts & Reds” book discussion with Eddie Smith (Midwestern Marx Podcast)

    Blackshirts & Reds” book discussion with Eddie Smith (Midwestern Marx Podcast)

    Our guest today, Eddie Smith, is a political scientist with expertise in anti-imperialism and socialist projects. He is co-host of the popular podcast, Midwestern Marx, which has over 24,000 subscribers. Today we discuss Michael Parenti’s classic, Blackshirts & Reds, and other topics regarding class, capitalism, and contemporary Marxism.

    Links:

    Midwestern Marx YouTube: (https://www.youtube.com/c/MidwesternMarx/ )
    Midwestern Marx Tik Tok: (https://www.tiktok.com/discover/midwestern-marx )
    Eddie’s July 3, 2021 article: American Slavery and Global Capitalism (https://www.midwesternmarx.com/articles/american-slavery-and-global-capitalism-by-edward-liger-smith/ )
    Website WTF Happened in 1971 (https://wtfhappenedin1971.com/ )
    Link to Greg's blog: ZZs Blog (http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/)

     

    #EddieSmith #EdwardLigerSmith #midwesternmarx #marxism #parenti #michaelparenti #blackshirtsandreds #polticalanalysis #greggodels #zzblog #zzsblog #patcummings #ComingFromLeftField #podcast #racism #politicaleconomy #slavery #capitalism #KyleKulinski

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    The Political Economy of Mental Health Systems with Joanna Moncrieff

    The Political Economy of Mental Health Systems with Joanna Moncrieff

    Our guest today, psychiatrist Dr. Joanna Moncrieff, has created quite a buzz with her recent journal article that capsized the brain chemistry imbalance hypothesis of depression. The article is scientifically sound and well respected by her peers; however, it is a threat to the big pharma industry and other narratives regarding the individual defect theory of mental health.

    Marx, Spinoza, and the Political Implications of Contemporary Psychiatry | CounterPunch by Bruce Levine | June 7, 2022
    The Political Economy of the Mental Health System: A Marxist Analysis | Frontiers in Sociology by Joanna Moncrieff | Jan 17, 2022
    The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence | Molecular Psychiatry by Joanna Moncrieff | June 21, 2022

    #JoannaMoncrieff #UniversityCollegeLondon #seritonin #depressioin #mentalhealth #molecularpsychiatry #politicaleconomy #Frontierssociology #brainchemisrty #bigpharma #counterpunch #greggodels #zzblog #zzsblog #patcummings #ComingFromLeftField #podcast 

    • 49 min
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    “Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music” with Gerald Horne

    “Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music” with Gerald Horne

    One of our favorite guests, Dr. Gerald Horne, joins us today to discuss his book, “Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music.” A remarkable scholar discusses the history of jazz, “the story of a beautiful lotus, growing from the filth of the crassest form of human immiseration.”

     

    Order the book: https://www.kingsbookstore.com/book/9781583677858

    Link to Greg's blog (ZZs Blog): http://zzs-blg.blogspot.com/

    Spotify Playlists Jazz Musicians by Location
    New Orleans: https://spoti.fi/3Is9AXs

    Kansas City: https://spoti.fi/3uA7jn4

    St. Louis: https://spoti.fi/3yOAaqu

    New Jersey: https://spoti.fi/3OS8xm0

    Chicago: https://spoti.fi/3yqGcvX

    Pittsburgh: https://spoti.fi/3OUHSoA

    Cuba: https://spoti.fi/3ynYm1r

    New York: https://spoti.fi/3NW6N9Q

    Memphis: https://spoti.fi/3Rde87Q

    #geraldhorne #marvinhorne #jazzhistory #jazz activism #anti-fascism #charlesmingus #archieshepp #jazzjustice #greggodels #zzblog #zzsblog #patcummings #ComingFromLeftField #podcast #racism #politicaleconomy #music #jimcrow

     

    • 1 hr 4 min

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