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Meditations and Molotovs – 09.25.17

 On today’s program, Vince speaks with Paul Street about Capitalism, Eco-Socialism, Structural Racism, Political Organizing, the NFL and Vietnam. Paul is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 09.11.17

 On today’s program, Vince speaks with Charles Derber, who is a professor of sociology at Boston College. Derber is a prolific writer. Derber’s work falls into three major categories. One is a critique of individualism and American culture. In 2000, Oxford University Press printed a 20th year commemorative edition of ‘The Pursuit of Attention’, marking its status as a classic …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 08.28.17

Show Description – Monday, August 28th: On today’s program, Vince finishes the series “Racism: A History -A Savage Legacy” In the name of civilising ‘the African,’ 90% of Africa was divided among the European powers. Leopold II of Belgium set out to become personally wealthy through his seizure of the Congo, where extreme violence, mutilation and other coercive methods forced the …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 08.21.17

 On today’s program, Vince plays Part Two of “Racism: A History” – ‘Fatal Impacts. Part Two examines the controversial theories of Social Darwinism and Scientific Racism, concepts invented during the 19th century. Both ideologies that drew on now discredited practices such as phrenology and provided an ideological justification for racism, slavery and the violence of colonization. These theories ultimately led …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.31.17

 On today’s program, Vince airs Wendy Brown’s lecture, “In the Account of Neoliberalism.” Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley. Her research interests include the history of political and social theory, Continental philosophy, and critical theory, together with the examination of contemporary capitalism. In her research into the problems that plague contemporary capitalism and …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.24.17

On today’s program, Vince quickly runs through some current events, shares his reflections on what turned out to be a really useful gathering of progressive activists and organizers over the weekend, and mentions about some of the upcoming events taking place at PARC – Politics Art Roots Culture during the month of August. He also shares some of his first impressions of …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.17.17

On today’s program, Vince plays Part 3 of Adam Curtis’ documentary series, “The Trap.” The final program of Curtis’ 2007 series focuses on the concepts of positive and negative liberty introduced in the 1950s by Isaiah Berlin. Curtis briefly explains how negative liberty could be defined as freedom from coercion and positive liberty as the opportunity to strive to fulfill …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.10.17

On today’s program, Vince plays Part 2 of Adam Curtis’ documentary film, “The Trap: The Lonely Robot.” Part two reiterated many of the ideas of the first part, but developed the theme that drugs such as Prozac and lists of psychological symptoms which might indicate anxiety or depression were being used to normalize behavior and make humans behave more predictably, …

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Meditations and Molotovs – 07.03.17

 On today’s program, Vince features Part 1 of Adam Curtis’ documentary series, “The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom?” Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It’s what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose freedom around the world. But if you …