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News and views about the world for those who want to change it. Socialist commentary and education episodes every week: Tues: In the News | Wed: Capitalism in Crisis | Thurs: The Real Story

The Socialist Program with Brian Becker The Socialist Program

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News and views about the world for those who want to change it. Socialist commentary and education episodes every week: Tues: In the News | Wed: Capitalism in Crisis | Thurs: The Real Story

    Ukraine War Escalates—And Nuclear War Threats Grow

    Ukraine War Escalates—And Nuclear War Threats Grow

    The Ukraine war is escalating—dramatically. Russian President Putin & U.S. President Biden both made major and dramatic speeches in the last day, after a successful and U.S.-backed Ukrainian counter-offensive earlier in the week. What did Putin and Biden reveal in their addresses and where is this headed?

    Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, the host of the BreakThrough News podcast The Punch Out, co-host of the BT live video show The Freedom Side, and a writer, including the article “Should we really blame NATO for the Ukraine war?”

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Inflation Crisis & the March Towards Recession

    Inflation Crisis & the March Towards Recession

    On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how fears of an all-out economic crisis are deepening as FedEx announces that it expects a global recession based on a sharp decline in world shipping activity, and a higher-than expected inflation report deepens the federal reserve’s determination to raise interest rates. The capitalist class remains determined to drive the economy off a cliff to eviscerate workers’ living standards and bargaining power.

    Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com.

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    • 34 min
    How the Ultra-Right Intends to Take & Consolidate Political Power

    How the Ultra-Right Intends to Take & Consolidate Political Power

    The assault on our democratic rights within the United States is growing. The right wing of the U.S. ruling class, using the Supreme Court and other undemocratic institutions, has begun eviscerating hard-fought economic, social, and political rights that have been achieved in past decades. This will be an epic struggle. Producer Nicole Roussell and Brian discuss how we got here and what's next.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 55 min
    Vijay Prashad and Noam Chomsky on Afghanistan War & the Fragility of US Empire

    Vijay Prashad and Noam Chomsky on Afghanistan War & the Fragility of US Empire

    The U.S. government has destroyed cities, countries, and towns around the world, through bombs and air raids, military ground invasions, naval attacks, economic sanctions and strangulation, coups, and more. Some say U.S. force is never ending, others say it’s on a fast decline, almost gone forever. Vijay Prashad and Noam Chomsky argue in their new book, “The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power,” that U.S. military might is somewhere in the middle: it’s fragile.

    Brian is joined by Vijay Prashad, the Executive Director of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, and author of a new book with Noam Chomsky called “The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power.”

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 48 min
    Queens, Kings and Capitalism

    Queens, Kings and Capitalism

    On today's episode Walter Smolarek  and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the corporate-owned media has been  consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of the death of the Queen, fawning  over the British monarchy. But the lifestyle that’s being celebrated is one based on plunder and empire. While their “subjects” live in  poverty, the royals live a life of total luxury – all because they were  lucky enough to be born into the right family.

    Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 27 min
    The Deepening Assault on Core Democratic Rights in the USA

    The Deepening Assault on Core Democratic Rights in the USA

    The United States is in the midst of a political upheaval right  now, after the 2020 uprising, the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, and  the Dobbs decision that overturned one of the Supreme Court's biggest  decisions -- access to abortion under Roe v. Wade. The right wing is on  the move and the left needs a clear understanding of just where they're  headed and how to be able to effectively fight back. What does Dobbs  indicate for other democratic rights that we thought were guaranteed?

    Producer Nicole Roussell and Brian discuss the very significant  political changes in the domestic policy situation in the United States,  and the Attica prison uprising and massacre 51 years ago today.

    Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.

    • 44 min

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