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Welcome to our scrappy podcast. Bob Buzzanco and Scott Parkin co-host a regular podcast to discuss radical environmental and anti-capitalist politics with organizers, academics, artists and more.

Bob Buzzanco is a professor of history at the University of Houston. He specializes in, writes about and talks on the Vietnam War era, foreign policy, Vietnam, radical social movements, economics, and other stuff.

Scott Parkin is climate organizer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has organized campaigns against Wall Street banks, mountaintop removal coal mining and the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Welcome to our scrappy podcast. Bob Buzzanco and Scott Parkin co-host a regular podcast to discuss radical environmental and anti-capitalist politics with organizers, academics, artists and more.

Bob Buzzanco is a professor of history at the University of Houston. He specializes in, writes about and talks on the Vietnam War era, foreign policy, Vietnam, radical social movements, economics, and other stuff.

Scott Parkin is climate organizer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has organized campaigns against Wall Street banks, mountaintop removal coal mining and the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Noam Chomsky on Why the Democrats Suck (G&R 183)

    Noam Chomsky on Why the Democrats Suck (G&R 183)

    Republicans go to war . . . Democrats go to brunch!

    The past 50 years have seen a dramatic shift to the far-right in American politics.  On the heels of the 1972 McGovern debacle, the Democrats all but abandoned their New Deal heritage and moved swiftly to a stronger pro-business position and embraced Neo-Liberalism.  They abandoned class politics and giving priority to workers and the poor and instead have embraced ID politics and wokeness.  As the Republicans stole elections and Supreme Court seats, gerrymandered congressional districts, packed the courts, and ran scorched-earth campaigns at every level, the Democrats have offered a timid resistance at best.

    In this fantastic interview, Noam Chomsky gives us a history and analysis of the evolution of the Democrats from the party of FDR to a party that's Republican-Lite.  We discussed the Carter campaign, the Trilateral Commission, the DLC and the Clintons, Obama, Democratic hawkishness, and other factors in the Democratic retreat from progressive ideas, all while the GOP waged an open and ruthless war on workers, non-whites, women, and others.

    Don't miss this important interview with the world's greatest living intellectual. 

    About Noam Chomsky//

    Professor Chomsky is an American linguist, political philosopher, social critic and political activist. He is Institute Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT and Laureate Professor of Linguistics and Haury Chair in the Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona. 

    At 93, he is still active; writing and giving interviews to media all over the world. He is the author of scores of books, including American Power and the New Mandarins, Towards a New Cold War, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Requiem for the American Dream. His most recent book is “The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power,” co-authored with Vijay Prashad. 

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    Links//


    The Withdrawal:Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power (https://bit.ly/3DPoAOI)
    G&R: Noam Chomsky on Oliver Stone's "JFK Revisited" (https://apple.co/3FepBwT)
    **G&R: Noam Chomsky on the 1960s (https://bit.ly/ChomskyGandR)



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    This is a Green and Red Podcast (@PodcastGreenRed) production. Produced by Bob (@bobbuzzanco) and Scott (@sparki1969).  “Green and Red  Blues" by Moody.  Editing by Isaac.

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    Dousing the BBC's Fake News Before It Can "Burn Wild" w/ Former ELF Member Daniel McGowan (G&R 182)

    Dousing the BBC's Fake News Before It Can "Burn Wild" w/ Former ELF Member Daniel McGowan (G&R 182)

    The BBC has released a new podcast series called "Burn Wild."  It tells the story of radical environmental movements 20 years ago, the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and the subsequent "Green Scare."  There is much flawed analysis in the series to say the least. Other critiques include the juxtaposition of right-wing extremists and left-wing "extremism," the imbalance of law enforcement and industry voices in the series and platforming ELF member turned snitch Chelsea Gerlach (without discussing her cooperation with the feds). 

    In our latest, we discuss the BBC's series (or at least the first two episodes) with former ELF member, and return G&R guest, Daniel McGowan (@support_daniel).  We discuss the series, how liberals make heroes of the FBI, the current media discuss around "climate sabotage and more. 

    About Daniel//

    Daniel is an environmental and social justice activist from Queens, NY. 

    He was part of two ELF actions in 2001. And arrested as part of Operation Backfire. He was charged in 2005 with 15 counts of arson, property destruction and conspiracy, all related to two actions in Oregon in 2000, claimed by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).  On June 4, 2007, McGowan was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution. He served part of his time in a super secret prison unit called Communication Management Unit, or CMU.

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    Outro- "Give the Anarchist a Cigarette" by Chumbawamba  



    Links//


    BBC: Burn Wild (https://bbc.in/3dkP0wW)
    Crimethinc: Green Scared (https://bit.ly/3BnVHpM0
    G&R Episodes Related to this Episode//
    Leslie James Pickering on the ELF, the Green Scare and “Burning Books” (https://bit.ly/3PX4Pb0)
    From Environmentalist to “Domestic Terrorist” with former Earth Liberation member Daniel McGowan https://bit.ly/3uKPlha



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    Don't Mess with the Archivists! Donald Trump's Documents Troubles. And R.I.P. Barbara Ehrenreich (G&R 181)

    Don't Mess with the Archivists! Donald Trump's Documents Troubles. And R.I.P. Barbara Ehrenreich (G&R 181)

    Donald Trump might finally be in real trouble, because of . . .  archivists?  

    Green and Red shows the love to archivists and librarians!  

    We had a good discussion in this episode about the way national security  documents are classified, who can see them, how they're de-classified,  and Trump's theft of vital top secret documents that prompted the FBI to search Mar-a-Largo.     

    With the Cold War, the government, the National Security State, created a  new system of classification, official secrets and surveillance. It was  done to prevent spies and foreign governments from gaining access to  high-level secrets and it was always used against the Left--the Rosenbergs, Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, Reality Winner, etc.  It's impossible to imagine that the Americans who created this system thought that a former  U.S. president would be the target of an official investigation for taking and possibly sharing such secrets with a foreign government, but  here we are.  

    We also discussed the way that even significant segments of the GOP and  conservative media--such as Bill Barr and Fox News--have been  emphasizing this story and Trump's misdeeds.   

    And at the end we paid tribute to a legend of the Left, the late Barbara Ehrenreich.  

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    Links// 


    Can Trump Just Declare Nuclear Secrets Unclassified?  (https://bit.ly/3RE0Jpj) 
    America’s secrets: Trump’s unprecedented disregard of norms (https://bit.ly/3LbP7aK)  

    G&R Links// 


    G&R:The Military vs. Donald J. Trump  (https://apple.co/3cDUso8) 
    G&R: The Coup That Wasn't (https://bit.ly/RulingClassGandR) 
    G&R: The Capitol Hill Riots and the Ruling Class (https://bit.ly/RiotsRulingClassGandR)
    G&R: Baseball and Bosses vs. the Georgia GOP (https://bit.ly/CorpResistGandR)   

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    Best of G&R: Remembering 911 (G&R 180)

    Best of G&R: Remembering 911 (G&R 180)

    The last of our "Best of's" for a minute.  We'll be back with new episodes next week.  In the meantime, here's our 2020 "Remembering 911" episode for the anniversary of September 11th. 
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    9/11 changed our world.  Scott  (@sparki1969) and Bob (@bobbuzzanco) had a spirited discussion on the  impact of the events of September 11, 2001.  We offered personal  recollections, talked about the larger historical context in which it  occurred, considered the consequences of the attacks--prolonged Mid-East  wars and heightened repression at home, discussed the way the attacks  and wars were manipulated for "patriotic" reasons, and talked about how  it effects the U.S. today, in the era of Trump.
    Read More:

    U.S. State Department Memo, May 1, 1950 (NSA Archive): https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEBB78/propaganda%20003.pdf
    Excerpts From Iraqi Document on Meeting with U.S. Envoy (NY Times): https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/glaspie.html
    Presidential Daily Briefing Memo of August, 2001 (NSA Archive): https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEBB116/pdb8-6-2001.pdf
    Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’ (The Atlantic): https://bit.ly/2GP4FUE
    VIDEO: Zbigniew Brzezinski Taliban Pakistan Afghanistan pep talk 1979: https://bit.ly/3hqquXn

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    Best of G&R: Populism and the New Deal . . . Do Those Words Mean What You Think They Mean? (G&R 179)

    Best of G&R: Populism and the New Deal . . . Do Those Words Mean What You Think They Mean? (G&R 179)

    Not unlike our (not so) esteemed leadership in Congress, Green and Red is out on a little summer recess.  We will be back with new episodes soon. In the meantime here's a "Best of Green and Red" episode from March 2020 on populism and the New Deal.

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    From March 2020:

    "The world is in full blown panic around the COVID19 pandemic. The global economy is shaking.  Today, the stock market took its biggest dip since September 1987. Panic about the virus and jobs and business is kicking in.

    During previous economic crashes, most notably the Panic of 1893 and the 1929 crash that launched the Great Depression, we saw moments emerge that initially challenged the ruling class. Both the populist movement of the 1890s, and social justice and labor movements of the 1930s led to a "thunder on the left" that terrified the ruling class. From William Jennings Bryan to Sinclair Lewis and Huey Long to Bernie Sanders, populist figures on the left are much more of a threat to Wall Street and the uber-rich than billionaire reality TV stars.

    As a result, the rich always know how to turn bottom-up led movements into top-down reform that actually benefits the wealthy with social stability and new consumer markets  So, in this episode, Bob and Scott talk about the real meaning of Populism and the New Deal."

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    Best of G&R: May Day vs Labor Day. How the ruling class stops radical organizing. (G&R 178)

    Best of G&R: May Day vs Labor Day. How the ruling class stops radical organizing. (G&R 178)

    Happy Labor Day tender ones!

    Here is a repost of our May Day episode from 2021. In it, Bob and  Scott talk about the history of May Day from pagan rituals to the Haymarket Affair to International Workers' Day to Labor Day and Loyalty Day.  And we discuss how the ruling class's "war on the left" fits into  the politics of May Day vs. Labor Day.

    Spend an hour of your Labor Day weekend hearing about its history. You won't regret it.

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    Outro// "Which Side Are You On" by Florence Reece

    Links//


    IWW: The Brief Origins of May Day (https://bit.ly/2QLtO7Q)
    G&R: How Union Organizing Fights the Boss with Daisy Pitkin (https://apple.co/3y35txO)
    G&R: Collin College strikes again! Dr. Michael Phillips, award-winning scholar, fired! (https://apple.co/34ItAFq)

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Customer Reviews

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479 Ratings

479 Ratings

Claudius 7 ,

First timer from old timer

Bob and Scott, listened to your podcast for first time today re: Iraq, Middle East intermingled with a number of other historical hallmarks. I found it engaging and certainly a relief from the oversimplification of the “bipartisan” info war of words. I shall listen to it again, and follow along to see if I can broaden my own ( probably partially ossified) views on history. I read broadly and count myself a pseudo scholar. Scott, I am looking forward to hearing your takes on things; perhaps tomorrow! Melville

Jack Howard93 ,

Outstanding Show

Excellent show, straight to the point, show all sides of the topic, they invite great guests, experts. The podcast provides good information about current events in order to stay up to date in happenings of the world. I love your discussion guyz.

Paul H. Geter ,

Love it

I really love this podcast so much. I will hear your all episodes.

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