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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 ...
 
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The earth itself is today paying the price for the 20th century fossil fuel bonanza. Now instead of continuing to have all humanity in service to that powerful sector, it’s time to pay the climate and colonization debt. When George The post There Is Enough to Go Around. But Not the Way We’ve Been Doing It appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Philanthropies came into being to launder a plutocrat’s reputation. It’s become an industry today whose goal is preserving great wealth and maintaining dominance and control. According to our guest Edgar Villanueva, philanthropy has to be more than a wealth building The post Decolonize Philanthropy: What Does That Mean? appeared first on Keeping De…
 
Have we learned that the military is not necessarily the best tool for the job? On this show New Republic journalist Jordan Michael Smith talks about the self imposed failures, squandering America’s power. Right after the attack, the world was The post 20 Years after 9/11: Are We Any Smarter? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The assault on science and reason:we’ve seen it before. In the plagues of the 1300s and in 1918, as well as Covid-19, fear and uncertainty combine to draw out extremism. On this show professor of history at Messiah University (an The post Plagues and Extremism: The Perfect Storm appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The dehumanized Amazon warehouse as pictured in the movie Nomadland is more benign than reality. There is an “existential bleakness” where every instant is being watched, humans serve robots, and one can be fired by algorithm. In his powerful new The post The Biggest, Most Inhuman Power in America: Amazon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
With the pandemic throwing everything up in the air, there are new opportunities for us to shape the way it all lands. Going back to the old “normal” is not the only option. On this show Joe Ryle a leader The post A Benefit From Covid? 4 Day Work Week appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.By Burt Cohen
 
Anything but monolithic, the newly victorious Taliban have internal divisions and are desperately seeking stability. Many confuse the Taliban with Al Qaeda and even ISIS, but the truth is ISIS was the Taliban’s enemy, and the country of Afghanistan is The post Now They Must Govern: Prospects for the Taliban appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Here we are well into the 21st century and we’re stuck on imperialism, a 19th century western idea. Meanwhile a new non-western, non-American, nonaligned world is emerging. And perhaps it’s a very good thing. On this show international journalist Patrick The post The Emerging Post-American Non-West Order appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
You may not have heard of Rich Trumka who passed away suddenly August 5th. From working in the mines of Pennsylvania he served as president of the AFL-CIO from 2009 to 2021. Our guest today is once and future president The post After Rich Trumka: Now What for Labor? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
They come to us as they were from millions of years ago and today they are vital to fighting Covid and other diseases. On part one, Author William Sargent talks about his new book Crab Wars. The demand is outstripping The post Horseshoe Crabs and Covid//Biden’s Options for China Policy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Great stone monuments to the glory of war serve to silence the pain. Currently four times as many troops and veterans die by suicide as in combat. Our guest on today’s show is Moravian University professor of religion Kelly Denton-Borhaug. The post Veterans and Suicide: The “Moral Injury” We Don’t Want to See appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
It’s the ideal fear generator; there’s nothing more awful than child abuse. Intentionally whipping up such fear is a tried and true tool for crushing democracy. Cosmopolitan globalism, the prospect of losing white male hetero dominance has been effectively played The post The Global Right’s Bizarre Obsession with Pedophilia appeared first on Keepin…
 
Regime change in Iraq was on Bush’s agenda since 1998, September 11 merely enabled it. On this show is historian Larry Hartenian whose new book is titled George W Bush Administration Propaganda for an Invasion of Iraq, subtitled Absence of The post 9/11 At 20: So, Why Did We Attack Iraq? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Everyone knows the tax code is there to serve the richest Americans. But when it was created, the tax code was actually intended to tax only the richest. The Progressive era was a way out of the last Gilded Age The post America Will Be Lots Richer With No Billionaires appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We hold their debt, they hold ours. Yet both countries are openly preparing for all out high intensity war. Flashpoints in the South China Sea. Nationalism here and in China. But as US Foreign Policy historian Lawrence Wittner explains, though The post Does it Have to be Militaristic Competition With China? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Fear leads to actions people often later regret. Why are people who’ve been against guns now buying them up? The pandemic isolation and fear of shortages is part of the explanation for the current surge. Feeling safer beats actually being The post Anti-Gun Americans Become a Wave of New Gun Owners: What? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The most dangerous thing to be in Central America is a water defender. The transnational mining interests frighten regional governments with massive lawsuits if they don’t get their way. And they have killed. But as the new book The Water The post David Beats Goliath: Water Over Gold appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Remember Nixon’s “law and order?” It was a clever way to get whites to buy into racist repression. On this show author historian Alfred McCoy (who revealed government heroin distribution to GIs in Vietnam) says the continuing “war on drugs” The post The Intent of the Drug War: Repress Black People appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
President Biden is doing what presidents rarely do: seeing reality and making a change. At no small political risk. Are we abandoning the women to Taliban brutality? Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the conservative Cato Institute, former assistant to President The post Afghanistan: We’re Outta There, Now What? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Aliv…
 
While there are major challenges, there is much to celebrate. We are the only country with the same form of government since our founding in 1787. But in light of Trumpism, religious nationalists, and January 6th, how strong is our The post Fourth of July 2021: Are We Keeping a Republic? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When VP Kamala Harris went to Central America, Honduras was not on the list of stops. She has reason to not want to appear with their right wing president. He is supported by the powerful global extractive industries, but there’s The post Berta Caceres Trial Will Test Biden’s Central America Policy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
There are signs of serious splits emerging in the very conservative Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest Protestant denomination in America. Fifteen thousand of them just completed their annual gathering to elect a new president. The least hard liner The post Split Among Right Wing Evangelicals appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
In the Scopes Trial of 1925, William Jennings Bryan spoke against teaching evolution, saying “I have all the information I need to live and die by.” Today’s intense fight against teaching Critical Race Theory is more of the same. To The post Critical Race Theory: Scopes Trial Redux? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Like many professionals, doctors and medical providers are uncomfortable with plowing new ground. But that’s what trans medicine is, and there is growing need for best treatment practices. There is very little research or precedent but the needs of trans The post Trans Medicine: Brave New World? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s a rich country full of poor people. With his teaching pencil as a symbol, from the countryside Pedro Castillo is the winner of the very tight but certified free and fair June 6th presidential election. The candidate of the The post Rural Teacher Elected President in Peru While the Right Claims Fraud. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Michael Winship writes: “Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being in the White House, we remain in existential peril.” A big step toward tyranny is Senator Joe Manchin who announced he will not support an end to the filibuster which The post Manchin: Ego Rules Over Patriotism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Women in the military know they are more likely to be attacked by men of their own company than by an enemy. It’s been a long tradition that reports of sexual abuse are crushed. Commanders protecting their own reputation takes The post Sexual Assault in the Military: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Is it the revenge of the “deplorables?” We’ve seen how a culture of resentment affected Germany in the early 30s, and it has brought us dangerous Trumpism today. On this show, professor of history emeritus Walter Moss looks at the The post The Power of Resentment and The Threat to Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When Roe v Wade was decided in 1973, many thought the matter was settled. Nearly 50 years later, the new Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could overturn that landmark decision. On this show abortion law historian professor The post Supreme Court Case Threatens Roe, But It’s Not Over appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The world sees the “flare up” but not the ongoing banal policies that are at cause. The State of Israel is copying the successful “settling” of the American west, so what options for resistance are open to Palestinians being evicted, The post People Refusing to be Erased appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
What explains the worship of guns in America? It’s long been a mystery to many. Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz says guns have always been central to the insistent belief that God gave America to white Christian males. America’s first industry was The post America’s Altar of Guns Explained appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Grades 1 through 12 education may have been adequate to the 20th century. But not anymore. With emerging technology and a global economy, at least a two year community college degree is essential for America’s common good. On this show The post Free College: We Are Getting There. Really. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
So many awful 20th century roads lead back to the First World War. And despite conventional wisdom, there could have been peace two years before it came to an official (but not really) end. Through a process of detective work, The post Peace Was On The Floor in 1916-17, but Wilson Failed to Pick It Up appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
“Crisis at the Border.” The truth is: unless we get to the root of how bad it has to be to force people to leave home, the refugees will keep coming. On this show political anthropology professor David Vine reveals The post To Stop Northward Migration, Address the Causes appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Traditional liberals argued we’d alienate some by civil disobedience in the streets of Washington. The idea was to stop the center of the war machine to stop the war, which went on an on despite marches and speeches and everyone The post The Remarkable Success of MayDay 1971 appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The dehumanized Amazon warehouse as pictured in the movie Nomadland is more benign than reality. There is an “existential bleakness” where every instant is being watched, humans serve robots, and one can be fired by algorithm. In his powerful new The post The Biggest, Least Human Power in America: Amazon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Self-professed “patriots” stormed the US Capitol Building January 6th, but it was Vietnam Veterans Against the War in late April 1971 who were the real patriots. They came for what they considered another tour of duty, after serving in the The post In Military Gear, Patriots Invade the Capital: 50 Years Ago appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
You may have read recently about a flare up of rioting in Belfast. It’s all a result of Boris Johnson’s Brexit. Scholar Kenneth Surin, a British citizen teaching in the US, explains what’s going on in Northern Ireland. Though it’s The post Troubles in Northern Ireland: Unforeseen Brexit Blues appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
As our guest Chuck Collins explains, it’s like one person orders expensive wine for a dinner crowd and sneaks out without paying. His new book is titled The Wealth Hoarders; How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions. What he calls The post How the Wealth Defense Industry Poisons Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The monuments to Confederate leaders are all about altering the realities of history to empower and enforce old mythic beliefs. They are there on courthouse lawns to remind black southerners of their place. One this show, Southern historian Karen Cox The post No Common Ground for Confederate Monuments appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The message of his calm kneeling and centuries of racist violence is: you could be next, black person. Chauvin knew only 1% of police killing black people are even prosecuted. There have been others caught on film in broad daylight The post Hands in His Pockets as He Kills George Floyd appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Americans talk about the surge at the border, but the real point is everyone has a right to stay home. Today’s guest Avi Chomsky says that under Biden, Trump’s cement wall is instead outsourced to a militarized high-tech barrier. Do The post Border Crisis? How About A Right to Stay Home appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
He came in as a macho Cold War president but after the reality of near nuclear war, John Kennedy became a changed man. He gave an important speech about peace in June 1963. Now the Cold War is back and The post Can Biden Complete JFK’s Start at Peace? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.By Burt Cohen
 
Fierce nationalism and the insistence that the US is indispensable to organize the world has played itself out. With awareness of climate change, worldwide opposition to racism, and the avoidable persistence of great poverty, could this be the time once The post Stronger than Ever : The One World Idea is Back appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
Fossil fueled fascism is not limited to the west. The roots of India’s ruling party go back to Mussolini and Nazis. Repressing minorities as they increase wealth and power of the autocratic rulers. The US is tight with Prime Minister The post The Rise of Fascism: It’s India’s Turn appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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