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The Gary Null Show – 01.10.18

A look at the environmentalm, agricultural and social transformation legacy of the Austrian visionary Rudolf Steiner Professor Daniel McKanan is the Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, where he specializes in the American history of religious and spiritual movements for social transformation, with a special emphasis on environmental activism and intentional communities. Before coming to …

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A Just Cause – Shining A Spotlight on Capitol Hill & Congressman Emanuel Cleaver – 11.27.16

The host Cliff Stewart, Lisa Stewart and Lamont Banks will be Shining a Spotlight on Capitol Hill and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, who is serving his sixth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, the home district of President Harry Truman. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.

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Andrew J. Bacevich – The Decay of American Politics

My earliest recollection of national politics dates back exactly 60 years to the moment, in the summer of 1956, when I watched the political conventions in the company of that wondrous new addition to our family, television.  My parents were supporting President Dwight D. Eisenhower for a second term and that was good enough for me.  Even as a youngster, …

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MANUEL E. YEPE – Think Tanks and the US Power Elite

The US power elite is involved in many ways in the dispute over global domination, its exercise and defense. The precarious balance of forces in the bipolar world in which we lived after World War II prevented US imperialism from imposing its absolute hegemony world-wide. That was based on the nuclear blackmail it threatened after its genocidal bombing of Hiroshima …

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William Dunkerley – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Are You Nuts?

An October 5 headline in Politico screamed out, “Brzezinski: Obama should retaliate if Russia doesn’t stop attacking US assets.” Think about that: it sounds like Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor in the Carter administration, is advocating a direct confrontation between the world’s two nuclear superpowers. Either country has the resources to wipe the other off the face of the earth. …

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Marjorie Cohen – From Japan to Vietnam, Radiation and Agent Orange Survivors Deserve Justice From the US

We have just marked anniversaries of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the US government against the people of Japan and Vietnam. Seventy years ago, on August 6, 1945, the US military unleashed an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing at least 140,000 people. Three days later, the United States dropped a second bomb, on Nagasaki, which killed …

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Alternative Visions – Social Security’s 80th Birthday And Still Under Attack – 08.15.15

Jack Rasmus and guest, Eric Laursen, discuss the current condition of social security programs in the US today, on this month’s 80th anniversary of the passage of the social security law. A program which has immense popular support by Americans of all political persuasions is nonetheless still under attack, with plans by business and conservative forces to somehow privatize it and let Wall St. get their hands on the money to charge fees and interest. Jack explains how the privatization of defined benefit pension plans in the US since the 1980s and the ongoing privatization of health insurance have led to dual crises that will eventually explode in costs, loss of income, and great hardships. Social Security privatization would lead to the same. Jack and Eric discuss the different conditions of the various funds within social security—the retirement and disability funds, Medicare hospital and doctor coverage, and the prescription drug plan. Both explain how minor changes can ensure funding for all funds to the end of the century. Initiatives to expand social security to provide more benefits are also discussed.

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Gary G. Kohls – Confronting a Very Dark Chapter

August 6, 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a civilian city that had minimal military value despite the claims of President Harry Truman when he announced the event to the American people. An estimated 80,000 innocent civilians plus 20,000 weaponless young Japanese conscripts died instantly in the Hiroshima bombing raid. Hundreds of thousands more …

Donald Trump did not happen overnight. He’s the product of a dangerous, cynical GOP strategy that dates back years – Heather Cox Richardson

How did America get to such a place that someone like Donald Trump can command a lead in the Republican primaries? Trump is the product of a deliberate Republican strategy, adopted by Richard Nixon’s people in 1968, to attract voters with an apocalyptic redemption story rather than reasoned argument.  It has taken almost 50 years, but we have finally arrived at …