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

  • Europe Going Its Own Way: Good for America Too?

    Europe Going Its Own Way: Good for America Too?

    15/10/2020 Duração: 59min

    The European nations don’t need enemies like the US does. Since geography is destiny, they see a bizarre American President and have their own economic interests beyond dependence on weapons systems. On this show international journalist Patrick Lawrence describes what The post Europe Going Its Own Way: Good for America Too? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Voting in Indian Country, A View from the Trenches

    Voting in Indian Country, A View from the Trenches

    13/10/2020 Duração: 59min

    We know about voter suppression against African Americans but what about Indigenous Americans, Indians? The effort to disenfranchise the 2% of the national population is not a secret, yet nearly unknown. On this show author Jean Schroedel shares disturbing findings The post Voting in Indian Country, A View from the Trenches appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Trump: Mobster in Chief

    Trump: Mobster in Chief

    08/10/2020 Duração: 59min

    The often successful tactics and techniques of America’s crime syndicate have not gone unnoticed by Trump and his gangs. In his new article: “The Mobster in Chief: Will the November Election be Decided in the Streets?” returning guest John Feffer The post Trump: Mobster in Chief appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Restoring Democracy: It’s a Tough But Do-Able Fight

    Restoring Democracy: It’s a Tough But Do-Able Fight

    07/10/2020 Duração: 59min

    The right wing Republicans outsmarted Democrats. Starting in 2008, they understood the path to grabbing and holding power goes through state legislatures. They could see that their white older male base is eroding and that they don’t need to compete The post Restoring Democracy: It’s a Tough But Do-Able Fight appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • How Trump’s “Patriotic Education” is Anti-American

    How Trump’s “Patriotic Education” is Anti-American

    02/10/2020 Duração: 59min

    He called our current history education in our schools “a form of child abuse.” Teaching critical thinking and the real history of America would be shut down in Trump’s “Patriotic Education.” The popular 1619 Project and Zinn’s Education Project which The post How Trump’s “Patriotic Education” is Anti-American appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Can Democrats Address What Fuels Angry Populism?

    Can Democrats Address What Fuels Angry Populism?

    01/10/2020 Duração: 59min

    Populism is a legitimate form of anger at perceived elites dismissing everyday people. There are indeed real reasons for today’s populist anger. On this show Rutgers Law School professor Dennis M.Patterson explains why we need to take populism seriously. It The post Can Democrats Address What Fuels Angry Populism? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Could the Military Save Us From Civil War?

    Could the Military Save Us From Civil War?

    28/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    In normal times, it’s the the military making war elsewhere in the world, allegedly to protect our peace at home. But with armed white gangs afraid their dominance of America may be slipping away, and with a president egging them The post Could the Military Save Us From Civil War? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Anti-Racist Feminism Key To Covid, Environmental Solutions

    Anti-Racist Feminism Key To Covid, Environmental Solutions

    23/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    How did we get in this mess in the first place? Will little tweaks allow America to effectively address climate change, racism, and the deadly pandemic? Author Northeastern University professor Jennie C. Stephens argues that there is a “polluter elite” The post Anti-Racist Feminism Key To Covid, Environmental Solutions appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Women Lead March to Health Coverage

    Women Lead March to Health Coverage

    20/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    Significant historic change it seems is often led by women. The movement for universal health care is not exception. Women telling their stories, leading from where they are is the key ingredient. In her new book Marching Toward Coverage, author The post Women Lead March to Health Coverage appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • Trump and Netanyahu’s “Peace Deal”

    Trump and Netanyahu’s “Peace Deal”

    16/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    The president calls it a “previously unthinkable regional transformation.” But perhaps it both solidifies the power of medieval monarchies masquerading as modern states, as it ramps up sales of US weapons systems to them. Retired US Army Major Danny Sjursen The post Trump and Netanyahu’s “Peace Deal” appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • A New CCC to Save the Planet?

    A New CCC to Save the Planet?

    14/09/2020 Duração: 59min

    FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps achieved remarkable success in so many areas: Creating meaningful work for young men in a time of mass unemployment, planting forests, conserving our natural resources. It ended with the start of World War II. Perhaps now The post A New CCC to Save the Planet? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.

  • 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.

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