Keeping Democracy Alive With Burt Cohen

Sinopse

Keeping democracy alive 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 Americas 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 Guests of note Gore Vidal, George McGovern, Claire Conner, Medea Benjamin, Adam Hochschild, Ben Cohen, Bernie Sanders, Anna Gyorgy, Marjorie Cohn, Elias Isquith, Zaid Jilani, Merle Ratner, Peter Van Buren, Brian Kahn, Allen Brownfeld, Michael Hill, Joyce Horman, Debra Sweet, Ken Gloss, Zephyr Teachout, Rev. Bruce Shipman, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Steven Jonas, Alex Pareene, Michael Kazin, Richard Eskow, Patrick Smith, Jules Feffer, Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, Eric Zuesse, Guy Saperstein, Richard Rothstein, Chuck Collins, Astra Taylor, Bryan Stephenson, Margaret Flowqers, Kevin Zeese, Roger Hickey, Bob Borosage, Bruce Dancis, Philip Smith, Sean McElwee, Amanda Marcotte, Shane Trejo, Noam Chomsky, MJ Rosenberg, Hedrick Smith, Ellen Brown

Episódios

  • Unsafe to Protest? Realities Behind the Portland Picture

    Unsafe to Protest? Realities Behind the Portland Picture

    11/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    We’ve seen it on the nightly news: the police, the tear gas, the fires, and the wall of moms. Our guest today, David Rovics is there in Portland Oregon and he explains that the city’s police protected the far right The post Unsafe to Protest? Realities Behind the Portland Picture appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • The Pandemic is Boosting Unions in the South

    The Pandemic is Boosting Unions in the South

    09/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    The standard picture we northerners have of The South may no longer be accurate. Average working people are starting to see that the anti-union governments there are really just serving the rich. The long-thought-dormant left populist tradition of people like The post The Pandemic is Boosting Unions in the South appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Racism in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

    Racism in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

    03/09/2020 Duração: 58min

    There’s a brand new Central Park monument of feminist leaders Stanton, Anthony, and Sojourner Truth. It was a hundred years ago that the 19th Amendment became law: women won the right to vote. But what kind of compromises did the The post Racism in the Women’s Suffrage Movement appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Why is Sexual Freedom So Frightening?

    Why is Sexual Freedom So Frightening?

    01/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    The nuclear family, white hetero male dominance and control is not the only way it can be. Why can we can have firearms freedom but not sexual freedom? On this show, Janet Jakobsen professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies The post Why is Sexual Freedom So Frightening? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Armed Poll Watchers: To Protect or Intimidate?

    Armed Poll Watchers: To Protect or Intimidate?

    25/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    Blurring the lines between law enforcement and vigilantism, why are off duty police at the polling stations mainly in black and brown neighborhoods? New Jersey in 1981 is a case study in what has happened and most likely will happen The post Armed Poll Watchers: To Protect or Intimidate? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Black and Indian, Kamala Harris: A New Mandate?

    Black and Indian, Kamala Harris: A New Mandate?

    20/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    She is exactly what Trumpists hate: a strong woman who is both black and Indian. Both groups were the subjects of white male dominance and control. American slavery and British rule over India both had their peak at the same The post Black and Indian, Kamala Harris: A New Mandate? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Crowds Win in Waves Over Time

    Crowds Win in Waves Over Time

    18/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    Many of us were taught to be wary of “mob psychology.” But according to history professor Peter Stearns who has studied the effects of crowds on political change, emotion is not necessarily in conflict with rationality. The protests of the The post Crowds Win in Waves Over Time appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • “Homeland Security:” Ideal Authoritarian Tool

    “Homeland Security:” Ideal Authoritarian Tool

    13/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    Other countries, like those we defeated, use the paramilitary domestically, not America. Or so it was before the Department of Homeland Security was transformed into the ideal authoritarian tool. Former CIA analyst and professor of government at Johns Hopkins University The post “Homeland Security:” Ideal Authoritarian Tool appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • What If Trump Loses? A Future for the Republican Party?

    What If Trump Loses? A Future for the Republican Party?

    11/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    Donald Trump IS the Republican Party of 2020. So what of the future of the party; is there one? According to David Smith, Washington Bureau chief for The Guardian, some party members quietly hope for a Democratic landslide so they The post What If Trump Loses? A Future for the Republican Party? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • The Jewish Tradition of Anti-Zionism

    The Jewish Tradition of Anti-Zionism

    07/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    How is it that Jewish liberals felt the State of Israel was exempt from criticism applied elsewhere? Our guest today Benjamin Balthaser, who teaches multi-ethnic literature at Indiana University, talks about a little known history: Most liberal and left Jewish The post The Jewish Tradition of Anti-Zionism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Lessons from Portland: Notice What Our Power Is

    Lessons from Portland: Notice What Our Power Is

    04/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    Trump’s experiment failed. His TV ads trying to gin up fear of protesters backfired. According to George Lakey, long time activist, retired Swarthmore professor, and author of many books, the center is now even more likely to defend against invasions The post Lessons from Portland: Notice What Our Power Is appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Covid 19 and Authoritarianism

    Covid 19 and Authoritarianism

    29/07/2020 Duração: 58min

    The Covid 19 crisis is being used to bolster authoritarianism around the world: Trump, Orban, Bolsonaro, the list goes on. John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies explains how the coronavirus is being The post Covid 19 and Authoritarianism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Joe McCarthy: Prelude to Trumpism

    Joe McCarthy: Prelude to Trumpism

    27/07/2020 Duração: 59min

    As John Kerry said: “To understand Donald Trump, you have to understand Joe McCarthy first.” Though his name is only mentioned at the start and end of his new book, Larry Tye says Trump is there on every page of The post Joe McCarthy: Prelude to Trumpism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Defund Police? How Dangerous is That?!

    Defund Police? How Dangerous is That?!

    24/07/2020 Duração: 56min

    Chaos and anarchy engulfing America. Won’t that be the result of “defunding the police?” A Trump ad (audio included herein) gins up that fear. But using war-fighting methods and equipment demonstrably feeds and exacerbates violence. Fighting crime after the fact The post Defund Police? How Dangerous is That?! appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • “Prison Reform” We Can Do Lots Better. Now.

    “Prison Reform” We Can Do Lots Better. Now.

    22/07/2020 Duração: 59min

    The current system clearly tends to worsen already bad situations. Forcing people to see who they are as “bad,” not just they they did bad things. Did you ever think about how we came up with the prison system in The post “Prison Reform” We Can Do Lots Better. Now. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • We’re all Historians Now!

    We’re all Historians Now!

    17/07/2020 Duração: 59min

    With the killing of George Floyd and the resulting rage in the streets, this is a year like none other. Old reassuring myths are falling away. Statues are being ripped down. What is still worth preserving?  Can we use today’s The post We’re all Historians Now! appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Supreme Court Brings Back Legal Discrimination

    Supreme Court Brings Back Legal Discrimination

    16/07/2020 Duração: 59min

    By intentionally eroding the traditional wall of separation between church and state, the current Supreme Court is essentially overturning anti-discrimination laws. Under new rulings in the name of “religious liberty,” the right wing dominated court allows institutions receiving public money The post Supreme Court Brings Back Legal Discrimination appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Deeper Than You Thought: White Christian Privilege

    Deeper Than You Thought: White Christian Privilege

    10/07/2020 Duração: 58min

    It goes back to the 1300s actually and not just non-Christian people are affected; we all are. Often in subtle but meaningful ways. The understanding of the meaning of “patriotism” is involved. When one has this privilege, less exertion is The post Deeper Than You Thought: White Christian Privilege appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Reagan’s Dog Whistles Worked Trump Missed That Lesson

    Reagan’s Dog Whistles Worked; Trump Missed That Lesson

    08/07/2020 Duração: 01h01s

    In 1980, candidate Ronald Reagan had the advisors and discipline to be subtle enough about racist messages. Southern white fundamentalists and the NAACP’s Ralph Abernathy all endorsed him for president. As our guest author Rick Perlstein says, Trump turned a The post Reagan’s Dog Whistles Worked; Trump Missed That Lesson appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Worshiping Waste As Long as It’s Military Waste

    Worshiping Waste As Long as It’s Military Waste

    02/07/2020 Duração: 59min

    If the word conservative means anything, it means conserving and not wasting money. Especially public money. How long can politicians claim to be conservative when they studiously avoid looking at obvious waste? Billions, hundreds of billions, trillions. On the first The post Worshiping Waste As Long as It’s Military Waste appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

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