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Freethought Radio
The Flag and the Cross

Freethought Radio

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 49:26


Guest: Samuel L. Perry. We announce two victories in federal lawsuits this week stopping city council prayer and religious instruction in West Virginia schools. We talk about Alito's leaked abortion decision. The popular actor Jon Huertas tells us why he is a nontheist. In light of the tragic massacre in Buffalo, we speak with Professor Samuel L. Perry about his new book (with co-author Philip Gorski), The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy.

KERA's Think
Has the digital world broken American democracy?

KERA's Think

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 33:02


It's pretty clear at this point that social media connects us and also divides us. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt joins host Krys Boyd to discuss how tech companies have sowed rifts and how he says the communication breakdown means we are now being ruled by mob dynamics. His article in The Atlantic is called “After Babel.”

Tipping Point With Zach Yentzer
Monday Morning News Hour | National security analyst and former FBI Chief Inspector Frank Figliuzzi ; The Suns' historic collapse in Game 7; where's the love, Tucson?!

Tipping Point With Zach Yentzer

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 51:10


Zach talks with National security analyst and former FBI Chief Inspector Frank Figliuzzi about Buffalo and challenges to American Democracy; Zach discusses the Suns' historic collapse in Game 7 the night before; and, with Tucson in the national news last week, where was the local love?

Conversations with Bill Kristol
Michael Luttig: January 6 and the Ongoing Threat to American Democracy

Conversations with Bill Kristol

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 67:55


In a recent article, Judge J. Michael Luttig warns that the last presidential election was a dry run for the next. As he explains, since 2020, our political leaders have yet to do what is necessary to protect against future efforts to overturn elections. In this Conversation, Luttig, a former United States Circuit judge, discusses the role that he played in January 2021, when he advised Vice President Pence on the Constitutional arguments for resisting President Trump's pressure to overturn the election results. As Luttig wrote and posted on Twitter on January 5,  and Vice President Pence cited in his letter on January 6, The only responsibility and power of the Vice President under the Constitution is to faithfully count the electoral college votes as they have been cast... and The Constitution does not empower the Vice President to alter in any way the votes have been cast, either by rejecting certain votes or otherwise. But Luttig stresses that serious dangers and threats remain. Given potential loopholes that might be exploited in the Constitution and the Electoral Count Act of 1887, it is possible or even likely that future candidates will engage in efforts to subvert elections. Luttig calls for a national effort to protect the integrity of our electoral system, and explains the urgent need to reform the Electoral Count Act to make efforts to overturn elections less likely to succeed.

The Michael Steele Podcast
The Craft of Defending American Democracy: With Reed Galen

The Michael Steele Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 65:01


Michael Steele is joined by Lincoln Project Co-Founder Reed Galen to discuss the impact that overturning Roe v. Wade would have on Americans–Democrats and Republicans alike. The pair discuss the surge of people running for office who don't care about governing, the Lincoln Project's strategies for 2022 and how today's billionaires are often helping themselves more than helping others.

The Chris Voss Show
The Chris Voss Show Podcast – The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy by Philip S. Gorski, Samuel L. Perry

The Chris Voss Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 39:07


The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy by Philip S. Gorski, Samuel L. Perry A bracing examination of a force that imperils American democracy Most Americans were shocked by the violence they witnessed at the nation's Capital on January 6th, 2021. And many were bewildered by the images displayed by the insurrectionists: a wooden cross and wooden gallows; "Jesus saves" and "Don't Tread on Me;" Christian flags and Confederate Flags; even a prayer in Jesus' name after storming the Senate chamber. Where some saw a confusing jumble, Philip S. Gorski and Samuel L. Perry saw a familiar ideology: white Christian nationalism. In this short primer, Gorski and Perry explain what white Christian nationalism is and is not; when it first emerged and how it has changed; where it's headed and why it threatens democracy. Tracing the development of this ideology over the course of three centuries―and especially its influence over the last three decades―they show how, throughout American history, white Christian nationalism has animated the oppression, exclusion, and even extermination of minority groups while securing privilege for white Protestants. It enables white Christian Americans to demand "sacrifice" from others in the name of religion and nation, while defending their "rights" in the names of "liberty" and "property." White Christian nationalism motivates the anti-democratic, authoritarian, and violent impulses on display in our current political moment. The future of American democracy, Gorski and Perry argue, will depend on whether a broad spectrum of Americans―stretching from democratic socialists to classical liberals―can unite in a popular front to combat the threat to liberal democracy posed by white Christian nationalism.

All In with Chris Hayes
Defense Secretary Esper: Trump threatened American democracy

All In with Chris Hayes

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 42:19


Guests: Defense Secretary Esper: Trump threatened American democracy , Rep. Ruben Gallego, Barbara McQuade, Sen. Tim Kaine, Josh Kaul, Dana NesselTonight: The people trying to stop Trump doing dangerous things—and the people outright encouraging it. Harrowing details on the final days of the last administration. Plus, are we getting any closer to an actual Trump indictment from the Justice Department? Then, the threat to reproductive freedom in dozens of states—and the local Democrats trying to hold it at bay. And as Putin celebrates his invasion of Ukraine, what is the U.S. trying to do about it?

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
Wall Street, the Supermob, and the CIA w/ Jonathan Marshall

Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 71:45


On this edition of Parallax Views, Jonahtan Marshal, author of Dark Quadrant: Organized Crime, Big Business, and the Corruption of American Democracy and (with Peter Dale Scott) Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, joins me to discuss his Lobster Magazine piece "Wall Street, the Supermob, and the CIA" examining the strange web of connections between organize crime, tax-exempt foundations, Hollywood, and U.S. intelligence in the 20th century. Among the topics discussed: - New York stockbroker David G. Baird, the Russian Orthodox Church, Serge Semenenko of First National Bank of Boston, the investigation of Baird's tax-exempt foundations for illegal activities, and the Central Intelligence Agency - The "Supermob", a name taken from the Gus Russo book of the same name, that represents figures who were involved both heavily in organized crime as well as the aboveground white-collar business world - The Chicago Outfit, Sam Giancana, and the Hollywood mob-affiliated lawyer and "fixer" Sidney Korshak - Meyer Lansky vs. the Las Vegas-based gangster Morris "Moe" Dalitz and gangsters that become successful as businessmen beyond the criminal underworld - Organized crime, anti-communism, the "foreign entity within our midst" narrative, and the myth of American purity - The entertainment industry, the hotel industry, and organized crime - The development of American capitalism and American organized crime - And much, much more!

Roots of Reality
#66 Nuclear War Prevention with Dr. Scott Silverstone

Roots of Reality

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 42:27


In this Roots of Reality Experiences episode, historian Ben Baumann talks with Dr. Scott Silverstone about the risk of nuclear war, what to make of authoritarian nations with nuclear weapons, and how to prevent the use of nuclear weapons in modern warfare. (Dr. Scott Silverstone is a Professor of International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences, where he has served on the faculty since 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University and New America and a Senior Fellow with the Center on the Study of Statesmanship at Catholic University. He is the author of three books - From Hitler's Germany to Saddam's Iraq: The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War (2018), Preventive War and American Democracy (2007), and Divided Union: The Politics of War in the Early American Republic (2004) – and numerous articles and book chapters. Earlier in his career Dr. Silverstone was a U.S. naval officer. He served as a Naval Flight Officer with a P-3 Orion squadron based at Naval Air Station Barbers Point in Hawaii from 1987 to 1990, deploying extensively throughout the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf and East Africa conducting anti-submarine operations and maritime reconnaissance. From 1990 to 1993 Dr. Silverstone served as a crisis management officer and planner on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations in the Pentagon. In this position Dr. Silverstone managed the Navy's portion of the White House-directed nuclear attack survivability program and directed all Navy participation in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored global crisis management exercise program and the NATO crisis exercise program. In September 1992 he was appointed Director of the Navy Staff's Crisis Action Center to focus on Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, the naval embargo against Yugoslavia, and the Navy's role in hurricane Andrew relief in southern Florida. He also served as the Navy representative with the inter-agency team that planned Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. After leaving active duty Dr. Silverstone served as a Naval Reservist in support of the Navy Command Center in the Pentagon from 1994 to 2000. ) Westpoint Bio- westpoint.edu/social-sciences/profile/scott_silverstone Books- www.amazon.com/Scott-A-Silverstone/e/B001H6OY8A/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 (The memories, comments, and viewpoints shared by guests in the interviews do not represent the viewpoints of, or speak for Roots of Reality)

On Point
Social scientist Yascha Mounk on American democracy and how we can find common ground

On Point

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 47:15


Politics feels like a centrifugal force, pushing, tearing American democracy apart. So what glue can hold us together?

The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega
Ep. 114: The Battle to Save American Democracy From the Republican-Fascists Will Be Long and Difficult -- And Quitting Is Not an Option

The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 35:04


Don Winslow is a bestselling crime fiction author, political activist, a hope warrior, and one of our premiere truth-tellers. His videos about the dangers to democracy embodied by Donald Trump and the Republican Party have been viewed online more than 250 million times. Don Winslow is the author of many bestselling novels, including "Savages" (2010), "The Cartel" (2015), "The Force" (2017), and "The Border" (2019). His work has also been adapted for major Hollywood movies and TV series. His new book, the first in a trilogy, is "City on Fire." He explains that the struggle to save American democracy will be a very long one and that exhaustion, quitting, and surrender are not options. Winslow also warns that Donald Trump and his cabal will escape serious punishment for their crimes and why naïve optimism is the enemy of democracy and the long struggle against the global right. Don Winslow also offers advice on writing and his vocation, and the lessons about life and being a good father, husband, man, and citizen that he learned from his role-models and mentors. WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE TRUTH REPORT? Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TheTruthReportPodcast Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Music at the end of this week's episode of The Truth Report is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

The Chauncey DeVega Show
Ep. 359: The Battle to Save American Democracy From the Republican-Fascists Will Be Long and Difficult -- And Quitting Is Not an Option

The Chauncey DeVega Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 122:20


Don Winslow is a bestselling crime fiction author, political activist, a hope warrior, and one of our premiere truth-tellers. His videos about the dangers to democracy embodied by Donald Trump and the Republican Party have been viewed online more than 250 million times. Don Winslow is the author of many bestselling novels, including "Savages" (2010), "The Cartel" (2015), "The Force" (2017), and "The Border" (2019). His work has also been adapted for major Hollywood movies and TV series. His new book, the first in a trilogy, is "City on Fire." He explains that the struggle to save American democracy will be a very long one and that exhaustion, quitting, and surrender are not options. Winslow also warns that Donald Trump and his cabal will escape serious punishment for their crimes and why naïve optimism is the enemy of democracy and the long struggle against the global right. Don Winslow also offers advice on writing and his vocation, and the lessons about life and being a good father, husband, man, and citizen that he learned from his role-models and mentors. In this bountiful episode of the podcast, Chauncey DeVega prepares the American people for the great anti-climax that will be the “revelations” soon to be made fully public by the House Jan. 6 committee about Donald Trump's coup attempt and the attack on the Capitol. Chauncey also shares a story about the importance of being kind to ourselves. And Chauncey DeVega goes to the movies and shares his reviews of Everything Everywhere All at Once, Ambulance, The Contractor (which was a very, very special screening), and The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent. Friend of the podcast Mr. Bill also stops by for a special discussion of the amazing new film, The Northman. Quick Episode Summary 15:56 The Great Anticlimax 20:17 Story Time: The Importance of Being Kind to Yourself 38:31 Movie Reviews 01:06:00 The Northman 01:26:00 Don Winslow on America's democracy crisis SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Author Don Winslow on why he's retiring from writing and turning his attention to activism Is Donald Trump finally getting weaker? Don't believe the hype Do the Democrats know how to fight? Jan. 6 committee signals it's still scared of Trump Trump's latest hate rally: A master class in cult mind control WHERE CAN YOU FIND ME? On Twitter: https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chauncey.devega My email: chaunceydevega@gmail.com HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW? Via Paypal at ChaunceyDeVega.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thechaunceydevegashow Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.

Liberation Audio
Toward a third Reconstruction: Lessons from the past for a socialist future

Liberation Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 60:32


Karl Marx wrote to Lincoln in 1864 that he was sure that the “American anti-slavery war” would initiate a “new era of ascendancy” for the working classes for the “rescue…and reconstruction of a social world”. The Black historian Lerone Bennett, writing 100 years later, called Reconstruction, “the most improbable social revolution in American history”. Clothed in the rhetoric and incubated within the structure of “American Democracy,” it was nonetheless crushed, drowned in blood, for being far too radical for the actual “American democracy.” While allowing for profit to be made, Reconstruction governments made a claim on the proceeds of commerce for the general welfare. While not shunning wage labor, they demanded fairness in compensation and contracts. Reconstruction demanded the posse and the lynch mob be replaced with juries and the rule of law. This all occurred during a time when the newly minted “great fortunes” brooked no social contract, sought only to degrade labor, and were determined to meet popular discontent with the rope and the gun where the courts or the stuffed ballot box wouldn't suffice. The defeat of Reconstruction was the precondition for the ascension of U.S. imperialism. The relevant democratic Reconstruction legislation was seen by elites as “class legislation” and as antithetical to the elites' needs. The proletarian base of Reconstruction made it into a dangerous potential base for communism, especially as ruling-class fears flared in the wake of the Paris Commune, where the workers of Paris briefly seized power in 1871. The distinguished service of Blacks at all levels of government undermined the gradations of bigotry essential to class construction in the United States. Read the full article here: https://www.liberationschool.org/reconstruction-in-america/

Burn the Boats
David Pepper: The Impact of Corrupt State Houses

Burn the Boats

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 51:02


David Pepper is an author and the former Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. In his new book, Laboratories of Autocracy, David argues that the greatest threat to American Democracy is not the alt-right, January 6th, or even Donald Trump, but rather, the corrupt politicians in state houses across the country.  You can find David on Twitter @DavidPepper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport: The Case for Universal Voting

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 70:03


Voting has been a hot topic of discussion in election years, as have been the barriers many Americans face when trying to participate in elections. According to E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport, it is time for the United States to take a major leap forward and recognize voting as both a fundamental civil right and a solemn civic duty required of every eligible U.S. citizen. Americans are required to pay taxes, serve on juries, get their kids vaccinated, get driver's licenses, and sometimes go to war for their country. So why not ask—or require—every American to vote? In 100% Democracy, E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport argue that universal participation in our elections should be a cornerstone of our system. It would be the surest way to protect against voter suppression and the active disenfranchisement of a large share of our citizens. And it would create a system true to the Declaration of Independence's aspirations by calling for a government based on the consent of all of the governed. Join us as E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport discuss their 100% Democracy along with offering their insight on all things voting in the United States. SPEAKERS E.J. Dionne, Jr. Columnist, The Washington Post; Co-Author, 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting Miles Rapoport Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School; Co-Author, 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting In Conversation with Melissa Caen Political Analyst; Attorney In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded live in San Francisco on April 5th, 2022 at the Commonwealth Club of California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Extra - ABC RN
Can Australia save American democracy and the rise in online games

Extra - ABC RN

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 54:07


And what do Indonesians think of Australia and its near neighbours

Saturday Extra - Separate stories podcast
Could Australia save American Democracy?

Saturday Extra - Separate stories podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 22:19


As Australian heads into a federal election US academic E.J. Dionne from the Brookings Institution argues why American democracy would thrive if it embraced the system of compulsory voting introduced in Australia nearly a century ago.

Saturday Extra - Separate stories podcast
Could Australia save American Democracy?

Saturday Extra - Separate stories podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 22:19


As Australian heads into a federal election US academic E.J. Dionne from the Brookings Institution argues why American democracy would thrive if it embraced the system of compulsory voting introduced in Australia nearly a century ago.

La ContraHistoria
La CIA, historia de una agencia

La ContraHistoria

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 84:48


Tras el ataque a traición a Pearl Harbour en 1941 por parte del imperio japonés, en la Casa Blanca empezaron a plantearse crear una agencia de inteligencia que, mediante la obtención y manejo de buena información, se encargase de prevenir algo similar. Otras potencias de la época como la Alemania nazi ya contaban con organismos de ese tipo como el Abwehr, fundada poco después de la derrota en la primera guerra mundial. En Estados Unidos el ejército y la marina contaban con servicios de inteligencia, pero no estaban coordinados entre sí, algo que los británicos habían hecho a principios de siglo con el Servicio Secreto, más conocido como MI6, para proteger los intereses del imperio y vigilar las posibles amenazas. Pero en Estados Unidos no era tan fácil. La estructura federal del Estado, las mayorías cambiantes en el Congreso y la competencia entre la secretaria de Estado y la de Guerra habían impedido que se crease una agencia de inteligencia única. En 1942, seis meses después del ataque a Pearl Harbour, se creó la Oficina de Servicios Estratégicos u OSS, que fue el primer servicio de inteligencia unificado. Su función era unificar las actividades de espionaje de todas las armas del ejército mientras durase la guerra. Cuando esta se acercaba a su final en noviembre de 1944, el general William Donovan, jefe de la Oficina de Servicios Estratégicos, escribió al presidente Franklin Delano Roosevelt indicando la necesidad de un servicio central de inteligencia que recopilase toda la información proveniente de las distintas agencias y determinase los objetivos a seguir. Este servicio dispondría de agentes y estructura propia y podría realizar operaciones encubiertas en el extranjero, pero no dentro del país. A Roosevelt le pareció una buena idea, más aún cuando se preveía cerrar la OSS en cuanto se firmase la paz. Todos sabían que quedaban sólo unos meses de guerra y el asunto se fue aplazando porque eran demasiados los frentes que el presidente tenía que cubrir en ese momento. Para colmo de males Franklin Delano Roosevelt murió en abril de 1945, sólo un mes antes de la victoria en Europa y cinco meses antes de la victoria en el Pacífico. Las negociaciones de paz absorbieron todo el tiempo de su sucesor, Harry Truman, que tenía la intención de dar una continuidad a la OSS con una agencia mucho más grande e influyente, aunque pensada para tiempos de paz. Dos años después de concluir la guerra, en septiembre de 1947, el presidente Truman promulgó la Ley de Seguridad Nacional en virtud de la cual se creaba la Agencia Central de Inteligencia o CIA por sus siglas en inglés. A diferencia de la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones o FBI, que es un servicio de investigación policial de ámbito nacional, la CIA no tiene competencias dentro de Estados Unidos. Eso hizo de ella los ojos y oídos de Estados Unidos en el extranjero. Durante sus 75 años de historia ha cosechado grandes éxitos, pero también sonoros fracasos. De ambos ha dado cuenta el cine, que desde los inicios de la agencia convirtió sus siglas en todo un reclamo para la audiencia. Hoy en La ContraHistoria vamos a dar un repaso a la historia de esta mítica agencia cuyas siglas son legendarias. En El ContraSello: - Las prioridades estratégicas de EEUU en la Segunda Guerra Mundial - Golpes de Estado y revoluciones - La invasiones vikingas Bibliografía: - "The CIA: The History and Legacy of the Central Intelligence Agency" de Charles Rivers - https://amzn.to/35QT04t - "The Modern CIA: The History of America’s Central Intelligence Agency from the Cold War to Today" de Charles Rivers - https://amzn.to/3NSpixb - "The CIA & American Democracy" de Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones - https://amzn.to/3NSpqwF - "The Devil’S Chessboard. Allen Dulles The Cia And The Rise of America's Secret Government" de David Talbot - https://amzn.to/3JeQ6Ed >>> “La ContraHistoria de España. Auge, caída y vuelta a empezar de un país en 28 episodios”… https://amzn.to/3kXcZ6i Apoya La Contra en: · Patreon... https://www.patreon.com/diazvillanueva · iVoox... https://www.ivoox.com/podcast-contracronica_sq_f1267769_1.html · Paypal... https://www.paypal.me/diazvillanueva Sígueme en: · Web... https://diazvillanueva.com · Twitter... https://twitter.com/diazvillanueva · Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/fernandodiazvillanueva1/ · Instagram... https://www.instagram.com/diazvillanueva · Linkedin… https://www.linkedin.com/in/fernando-d%C3%ADaz-villanueva-7303865/ · Flickr... https://www.flickr.com/photos/147276463@N05/?/ · Pinterest... https://www.pinterest.com/fernandodiazvillanueva Encuentra mis libros en: · Amazon... https://www.amazon.es/Fernando-Diaz-Villanueva/e/B00J2ASBXM Escucha el episodio completo en la app de iVoox, o descubre todo el catálogo de iVoox Originals

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
2810 - How Presidents Lie Us Into War w/ John Schuessler

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 72:42


Sam and Emma host John M. Schuessler, Associate Professor of Government and Public Service at Texas A & M University, to discuss his book Deceit On The Road To War: Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy, and how the blueprint to manufactured consent for US intervention developed over the last century. Professor Schuessler begins by situating his work coming out of graduate research on FDR and the leadup to WW2 in the early aughts, right as the debate around the Iraq war was peaking, and the inspiration he found in the parallels between how President Roosevelt and President Bush saw a window to get into war, and took it. Jumping back to 1941, Sam, Emma, and John look to FDR's perspective as the Second World War escalated, understanding that if the Nazis took control over the USSR or Europe our time at the top of the global stage would be over, while having to balance that with an anti-interventionist public that wanted no more than economic and military aid to the allies. They distill his plan into the sphere of the Atlantic, where FDR hoped to isolate any action, and the Pacific, where he wanted to avoid any military engagement. However, unable to find any excuses in the Atlantic to garner support for action against Germany, FDR's policy began to shift as he used an oil embargo to push Japan over the brink, expecting light retaliation and instead getting the Pearl Harbor attacks. Next, they walk through the state of the foreign policy elite at the time, who, much like the leaders of the Military-Industrial Complex today, were concerned with the downfall of the Liberal order above all, with much more invested in America's role as a global superpower than they have to lose in going to war. Jumping forwards, they contrast this with the tools George W. Bush had at his disposal, between a fully developed relationship between government, business, and the military, an incredibly homogenized media industry, and an ethos of “the end of history” in the air, all serving to bolster his choice to ride complete misinformation into decades of disaster and bloodshed in the Middle East. They wrap up by shifting to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as they unpack Biden's maneuvers to avoid joining the warfare compared with the complete lack of subtlety on Putin's end, as leak after leak reveals false flag plans and other clamors for justification, before they unpack the relationship between deceptions for war and deceptions for peace, and the similarities that intelligence disclosure plays among the two. Sam and Emma also touch on the updates to KBJ's nomination to the Supreme Court, the House's weed bill, and CNBC's unintelligible squawking about the Staten Island Amazon union win. And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma take a call with Jeremy from Indiana on the IBEW strike in Chicago, Mel from TX-3 calls in with some juicy RINO drama, and Dick Durbin talks overnight specials in LA (not innuendo). Sen. Roy Blunt discusses why, despite KBJ meeting all standards, he won't vote to confirm her, Sen. Graham rallies against electing her to the high court, and Tulsi Gabbard says “keep the government out of our children's beds, that's where I belong!” Amir from Northern Virginia showers the crew with front-handed insults, Sam and Emma get some Space Force revelations, and Katie Porter calls in following Nerd Cheetah's whistleblowing on MR's dark money slush fund, plus, your calls and IMs!   Check out John's book here: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9780801453595/deceit-on-the-road-to-war/#bookTabs=1   Purchase tickets for the live show in Boston on May 15th HERE:   https://majorityreportradio.com/live-show-schedule Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here:  https://madmimi.com/signups/170390/join Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Check out today's sponsors: Tushy: Hello Tushy cleans your butt with a precise stream of fresh water for just $79. 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Keen On Democracy
Donald Cohen: How the Looting of Public Goods Is Destroying American Democracy

Keen On Democracy

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 42:21


On today's episode, Andrew is joined by Donald Cohen, the author of “The Privatization of Everything: How the Plunder of Public Goods Transformed America and How We Can Fight Back.”. Donald Cohen is the founder and executive director of the research and policy center In the Public Interest and the co-author (with Allen Mikaelian) of The Privatization of Everything and (with Nick Hanauer, Joan Walsh, and Zachary Roth) of It's Never Our Fault (And Other Shameless Excuses) (both from The New Press). He lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

America at a Crossroads
E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport with Larry Mantle - 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting

America at a Crossroads

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 52:08


The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country, and Miles Rapoport, former Secretary of the State of Connecticut, spoke with KPCC's Larry Mantle about the state of American democracy and what universal voting in the United States might look like. 

New Books in Intellectual History
Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath, "The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy" (Harvard UP, 2022)

New Books in Intellectual History

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 91:25


Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the constitution as if it had almost nothing to say about this threat. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2022) is a bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. In this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, Dr. Joseph Fishkin and Dr. William Forbath show that a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath argue that “The constitutional order does rest and depend on a political-economic order. That political-economic order does not maintain itself. It requires action (as well as forbearance from action) from each part of the government. The content of what is required changes radically over time in a dynamic way in response to changes in the economy and in politics. But we believe the basic principles of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition remain affirmative constitutional obligations of government today: to prevent an oligarchy from emerging and amassing too much power; to preserve a broad and open middle class as a counterweight against oligarchy and a bulwark of democratic life; and to include everyone, not just those privileged by race or sex, in a democracy of op- portunity that is broad enough to unite us all.” Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy-of-opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of the Slave Power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” The book argues that our current understanding of what counts as a constitutional argument is anachronistic and limiting. In fact, the authors argue that “advocates of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition and their opponents throughout the long period from the founding through the New Deal disagreed about many things, but they agreed that part of arguing about the Constitution is making claims about what it requires of our political economy. “ This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/intellectual-history

New Books in Finance
Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath, "The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy" (Harvard UP, 2022)

New Books in Finance

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 91:25


Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the constitution as if it had almost nothing to say about this threat. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2022) is a bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. In this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, Dr. Joseph Fishkin and Dr. William Forbath show that a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath argue that “The constitutional order does rest and depend on a political-economic order. That political-economic order does not maintain itself. It requires action (as well as forbearance from action) from each part of the government. The content of what is required changes radically over time in a dynamic way in response to changes in the economy and in politics. But we believe the basic principles of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition remain affirmative constitutional obligations of government today: to prevent an oligarchy from emerging and amassing too much power; to preserve a broad and open middle class as a counterweight against oligarchy and a bulwark of democratic life; and to include everyone, not just those privileged by race or sex, in a democracy of op- portunity that is broad enough to unite us all.” Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy-of-opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of the Slave Power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” The book argues that our current understanding of what counts as a constitutional argument is anachronistic and limiting. In fact, the authors argue that “advocates of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition and their opponents throughout the long period from the founding through the New Deal disagreed about many things, but they agreed that part of arguing about the Constitution is making claims about what it requires of our political economy. “ This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/finance

New Books Network
Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath, "The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy" (Harvard UP, 2022)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 91:25


Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the constitution as if it had almost nothing to say about this threat. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2022) is a bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. In this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, Dr. Joseph Fishkin and Dr. William Forbath show that a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath argue that “The constitutional order does rest and depend on a political-economic order. That political-economic order does not maintain itself. It requires action (as well as forbearance from action) from each part of the government. The content of what is required changes radically over time in a dynamic way in response to changes in the economy and in politics. But we believe the basic principles of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition remain affirmative constitutional obligations of government today: to prevent an oligarchy from emerging and amassing too much power; to preserve a broad and open middle class as a counterweight against oligarchy and a bulwark of democratic life; and to include everyone, not just those privileged by race or sex, in a democracy of op- portunity that is broad enough to unite us all.” Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy-of-opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of the Slave Power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” The book argues that our current understanding of what counts as a constitutional argument is anachronistic and limiting. In fact, the authors argue that “advocates of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition and their opponents throughout the long period from the founding through the New Deal disagreed about many things, but they agreed that part of arguing about the Constitution is making claims about what it requires of our political economy. “ This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

New Books in Political Science
Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath, "The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy" (Harvard UP, 2022)

New Books in Political Science

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 91:25


Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the constitution as if it had almost nothing to say about this threat. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2022) is a bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. In this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, Dr. Joseph Fishkin and Dr. William Forbath show that a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath argue that “The constitutional order does rest and depend on a political-economic order. That political-economic order does not maintain itself. It requires action (as well as forbearance from action) from each part of the government. The content of what is required changes radically over time in a dynamic way in response to changes in the economy and in politics. But we believe the basic principles of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition remain affirmative constitutional obligations of government today: to prevent an oligarchy from emerging and amassing too much power; to preserve a broad and open middle class as a counterweight against oligarchy and a bulwark of democratic life; and to include everyone, not just those privileged by race or sex, in a democracy of op- portunity that is broad enough to unite us all.” Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy-of-opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of the Slave Power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” The book argues that our current understanding of what counts as a constitutional argument is anachronistic and limiting. In fact, the authors argue that “advocates of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition and their opponents throughout the long period from the founding through the New Deal disagreed about many things, but they agreed that part of arguing about the Constitution is making claims about what it requires of our political economy. “ This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/political-science

New Books in American Studies
Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath, "The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy" (Harvard UP, 2022)

New Books in American Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 91:25


Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the constitution as if it had almost nothing to say about this threat. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2022) is a bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. In this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, Dr. Joseph Fishkin and Dr. William Forbath show that a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath argue that “The constitutional order does rest and depend on a political-economic order. That political-economic order does not maintain itself. It requires action (as well as forbearance from action) from each part of the government. The content of what is required changes radically over time in a dynamic way in response to changes in the economy and in politics. But we believe the basic principles of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition remain affirmative constitutional obligations of government today: to prevent an oligarchy from emerging and amassing too much power; to preserve a broad and open middle class as a counterweight against oligarchy and a bulwark of democratic life; and to include everyone, not just those privileged by race or sex, in a democracy of op- portunity that is broad enough to unite us all.” Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy-of-opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of the Slave Power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” The book argues that our current understanding of what counts as a constitutional argument is anachronistic and limiting. In fact, the authors argue that “advocates of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition and their opponents throughout the long period from the founding through the New Deal disagreed about many things, but they agreed that part of arguing about the Constitution is making claims about what it requires of our political economy. “ This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/american-studies

New Books in Economic and Business History
Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath, "The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy" (Harvard UP, 2022)

New Books in Economic and Business History

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 91:25


Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the constitution as if it had almost nothing to say about this threat. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2022) is a bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. In this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, Dr. Joseph Fishkin and Dr. William Forbath show that a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath argue that “The constitutional order does rest and depend on a political-economic order. That political-economic order does not maintain itself. It requires action (as well as forbearance from action) from each part of the government. The content of what is required changes radically over time in a dynamic way in response to changes in the economy and in politics. But we believe the basic principles of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition remain affirmative constitutional obligations of government today: to prevent an oligarchy from emerging and amassing too much power; to preserve a broad and open middle class as a counterweight against oligarchy and a bulwark of democratic life; and to include everyone, not just those privileged by race or sex, in a democracy of op- portunity that is broad enough to unite us all.” Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy-of-opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of the Slave Power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” The book argues that our current understanding of what counts as a constitutional argument is anachronistic and limiting. In fact, the authors argue that “advocates of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition and their opponents throughout the long period from the founding through the New Deal disagreed about many things, but they agreed that part of arguing about the Constitution is making claims about what it requires of our political economy. “ This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

New Books in History
Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath, "The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy" (Harvard UP, 2022)

New Books in History

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 91:25


Oligarchy is a threat to the American republic. When too much economic and political power is concentrated in too few hands, we risk losing the “republican form of government” the Constitution requires. Today, courts enforce the constitution as if it had almost nothing to say about this threat. The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2022) is a bold call to reclaim an American tradition that argues the constitution imposes a duty on government to fight oligarchy and ensure broadly shared wealth. In this revolutionary retelling of constitutional history, Dr. Joseph Fishkin and Dr. William Forbath show that a commitment to prevent oligarchy once stood at the center of a robust tradition in American political and constitutional thought. Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath argue that “The constitutional order does rest and depend on a political-economic order. That political-economic order does not maintain itself. It requires action (as well as forbearance from action) from each part of the government. The content of what is required changes radically over time in a dynamic way in response to changes in the economy and in politics. But we believe the basic principles of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition remain affirmative constitutional obligations of government today: to prevent an oligarchy from emerging and amassing too much power; to preserve a broad and open middle class as a counterweight against oligarchy and a bulwark of democratic life; and to include everyone, not just those privileged by race or sex, in a democracy of op- portunity that is broad enough to unite us all.” Dr. Fishkin and Dr. Forbath demonstrate that reformers, legislators, and even judges working in this “democracy-of-opportunity” tradition understood that the Constitution imposes a duty on legislatures to thwart oligarchy and promote a broad distribution of wealth and political power. These ideas led Jacksonians to fight special economic privileges for the few, Populists to try to break up monopoly power, and Progressives to fight for the constitutional right to form a union. During Reconstruction, Radical Republicans argued in this tradition that racial equality required breaking up the oligarchy of the Slave Power and distributing wealth and opportunity to former slaves and their descendants. President Franklin Roosevelt and the New Dealers built their politics around this tradition, winning the fight against the “economic royalists” and “industrial despots.” The book argues that our current understanding of what counts as a constitutional argument is anachronistic and limiting. In fact, the authors argue that “advocates of the democracy-of-opportunity tradition and their opponents throughout the long period from the founding through the New Deal disagreed about many things, but they agreed that part of arguing about the Constitution is making claims about what it requires of our political economy. “ This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

Keen On Democracy
Lawrence R. Jacobs: Why Trump is More of a Symptom Than a Cause of Today's Crisis of American Democracy

Keen On Democracy

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 43:37


Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Lawrence R. Jacobs the the author of Democracy Under Fire: Donald Trump and the Breaking of American History. Lawrence R. Jacobs is founder and director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance (CSPG) and holds the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Visit our website: https://lnkd.in/gZNKTyc7 Email Andrew: a.keen@me.com Watch the show live on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajkeen Watch the show live on LinkedIn: https://lnkd.in/gatW6J8v Watch the show live on Facebook: https://lnkd.in/gjzVnTkY Watch the show on YouTube: https://lnkd.in/gDwPgesS Subscribe to Andrew's newsletter: https://lnkd.in/gzwFsxPV Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Midday
E.J. Dionne on '100% Democracy': Why voting should be mandatory

Midday

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 49:42


Primary elections in Maryland have been delayed until July 19. Last week, a judge in Anne Arundel County Circuit court rejected the lines for new Congressional districts drawn by Democrats in the MD General Assembly. This morning, Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson introduced a new map to a joint hearing of the Senate and House of Delegates. Judge Lynne Battaglia, whose ruling last week called the original map “an extreme partisan gerrymander,” has scheduled a hearing for Friday morning to consider the new district boundaries. There is an assumption that whenever the primaries are held, and in the general election in November, turnout will be light. The turnout in midterm elections tend to hover around 41%, less than in Presidential contests, and this year, the effects of new voting laws may also serve to suppress turnout. In response to Donald Trump's fabrications about his not losing the 2020 election, 19 states have passed laws that make it harder to cast a ballot. But what happens to the foundations of democracy when political leaders are elected by only a fraction of the citizens they serve? Tom's guest today is E.J. Dionne. He has co-authored a persuasive and compelling book that makes the argument for mandatory participation in elections. It's been the law for years in Australia and about two dozen other countries, and it's an idea that has garnered support from many people, including President Barack Obama. E.J. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post,a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a professor at Georgetown University and the author of several books. He's also been a wonderful friend of this show over the years. His co-author is Miles Rapaport, the Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. He's also a former secretary of state of Connecticut. Their book is called 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting.E.J. Dionne joins us on Zoom from Bethesda, Maryland. You are welcome to join us as well…call us at 410.662.8780. email: midday@wypr.org. Tweet us: @MiddayWYPR Co-authors E.J. Dionne and Miles Rapoport will be appearing at an event sponsored by the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University this afternoon at 4:30pm, and again at an event at Greedy Reads in Remington tonight at 7:00pm. Click the "event" links for more information. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Democracy Paradox
Miles Rapoport on How We Can Achieve Universal Voting

Democracy Paradox

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 45:48


I have worked on voting issues for 35 years, for same-day registration and for opening up the process to younger people and preregistration, and, you know, nevertheless 35 years later we're still at 60 and 65%. 2020 was the highest turnout election ever and it was at 66%. So, I started to think what is it that could really, really move the needle and change the game.Miles RapoportA full transcript is available at www.democracyparadox.com or a short review of 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting  here.Miles Rapoport is also the Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. He formerly served as secretary of the state of Connecticut.  He is the coauthor of the book 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting with E.J. Dionne.Support Democracy Paradox on Patreon for bonus episodes and exclusive updates and information. Key HighlightsWhat is Civic Duty Voting?Why Should We Require Citizens to Vote?Is Voting a Right or a Duty?Australia's System of Civic Duty VotingHow Would it Change How Citizens Think About Themselves?Key Links100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting by Miles Rapoport and E.J. DionneLearn about Miles Rapoport at Harvard UniversityLift Every Voice: The Urgency of Universal Civic Duty Voting Democracy Paradox PodcastShari Davis Elevates Participatory BudgetingLee Drutman Makes the Case for Multiparty Democracy in AmericaMore Episodes from the PodcastMore InformationDemocracy GroupApes of the State created all MusicEmail the show at jkempf@democracyparadox.comFollow on Twitter @DemParadox100 Books on DemocracySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/demparadox)

This is Democracy
This is Democracy – Episode 189: Reforming American Democracy

This is Democracy

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022


This week, Jeremi and Zachary are joined by Will Hurd to discuss his new book and his insights into our democracy today. Zachary sets the scene with his poem: "Aren't We Hollow Enough" Will Hurd is a former CIA officer, cybersecurity executive, and elected member of Congress. From 2015 to 2021 he represented the 23rd Congressional District in Texas, a region stretching from San Antonio to El Paso, along the US-Mexico border. Will Hurd recently published a new book, American Reboot: An Idealist's Guide to Getting Big Things Done. This Episode was Mixed and Mastered by Amanda Willis

Richard Skipper Celebrates
Richard Skipper's Friday Wrap Up! 3/25/2022

Richard Skipper Celebrates

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 63:00


For Video Edition, Please Click and Subscribe Here: https://youtu.be/7qpj7yIjUZc International Waffle Day Plug in your waffle maker and tuck into some mouth-watering treats. It's also the National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy! OK, Greek friends...reach out! You could find yourself on the show on Friday! It's No Homework Day! So Drop your Homework and join me here! It's also Old New Year's Day. Also follow me on Instagram at @richard.skipper.celebrates. Look for my daily LIVE video around 1PM announcing my WORD OF THE DAY. Send me questions based on the word of the day and we will pick a winner at the end of the week to appear on our Richard is joined by Lisa Dascoli, Christine Talbott Sutton, and David Zimmerman. JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION  

The Takeaway
Where Does Democracy Go From Here?

The Takeaway

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 14:29


This conversation around the state of American democracy extends beyond the Trump years because there has been a slow breakdown of our political institutions that facilitate and support our Democracy.  We spoke with Charles Homans, writer for The New York Times Magazine, and Dr. Lilliana Mason, an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and the SNF Agora Institute, and author of “Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity”  a discussion on the state of American Democracy and its future.

Simon Marks Reporting
March 25, 2022 - "American Week": Biden vows to defend Ukrainian democracy, while American democracy continues to atrophy

Simon Marks Reporting

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 15:48


Simon's live edition of "American Week" for Eddie Mair's show on the UK's LBC.  Listen live every Friday at 4:45pm or find it here on-demand afterwards.

The Takeaway
Where Does Democracy Go From Here?

The Takeaway

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 14:29


This conversation around the state of American democracy extends beyond the Trump years because there has been a slow breakdown of our political institutions that facilitate and support our Democracy.  We spoke with Charles Homans, writer for The New York Times Magazine, and Dr. Lilliana Mason, an associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and the SNF Agora Institute, and author of “Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity”  a discussion on the state of American Democracy and its future.

Trump Watch
Biden's Tasks Now: Harold Meyerson; Confirmation Hearings: Fishkin & Forbath; Jan. 6: Jamie Raskin

Trump Watch

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 58:24


Since the demise of Biden's Build Back Better bill, the Democrats need other achievements to run on in the midterm campaigns. That means Biden should start using executive action. Harold Meyerson talks about the most politically important possibilities: student debt cancellation and action on prescription drug prices. Also: the Senate confirmation hearings for Biden's Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson follow a familiar script. Progressives instead should be arguing--inside and outside the hearings--that the Constitution requires protecting our “republican form of government” from becoming a “moneyed aristocracy” or “oligarchy.” Joseph Fishkin and William E. Forbath explain; their new book is The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy. Plus: Congressman Jamie Raskin, member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, talked about the committee's evidence against Trump–-and the committee's future if Republicans prevail in the midterms. He was manager of Trump's second impeachment trial.

Background Briefing with Ian Masters
March 23, 2022 - Erwin Chemerinsky | Robert Mackey | Richard Hasen

Background Briefing with Ian Masters

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 63:18


A Second Day of Sleaze and Slime From Republican Senators | Putin's Totally Orwellian State and the Bioweapons Lie Fox News Echoes | The Undermining of American Democracy by "Cheap Speech" backgroundbriefing.org/donate twitter.com/ianmastersmedia facebook.com/ianmastersmedia

Coffee and a Mike
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty #390

Coffee and a Mike

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 68:30


Aaron Kheriaty, MD is the Chief of Psychiatry & Ethics at Doc1Health and Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project. He is a Fellow and Director of the Program in Bioethics and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On the podcast we discuss a letter of Support from a UCLA Professor, how he is doing since being fired from his university, the psychological toll the pandemic has had on children, and more. PLEASE LIKE SHARE AND SUBSCRIBE this podcast  SUBSTACK  https://substack.com/profile/12064054-aaron-kheriaty-md WEBSITE https://www.aaronkheriaty.com SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER https://twitter.com/akheriaty  

Straight White American Jesus
The Flag and the Cross Part II with Sam Perry and Phil Gorski

Straight White American Jesus

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 33:16


In Part 2 of a two-part interview, Brad speaks with Philip Gorski (Yale) and Sam Perry (Oklahoma University) about their new book, the Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-flag-and-the-cross-9780197618684?cc=us&lang=en&#. Gorski and Perry explain what white Christian nationalism is and is not; when it first emerged and how it has changed; where it's headed and why it threatens democracy. Tracing the development of this ideology over the course of three centuries—and especially its influence over the last three decades—they show how, throughout American history, white Christian nationalism has animated the oppression, exclusion, and even extermination of minority groups while securing privilege for white Protestants. It enables white Christian Americans to demand "sacrifice" from others in the name of religion and nation, while defending their "rights" in the names of "liberty" and "property."To Donate: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/BradleyOnishi For an ad-free experience and to support SWAJ: https://irreverent.supportingcast.fm/straight-white-american-jesus-premium To become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/straightwhiteamericanjesus Produced by Brad Onishi Edited by Shannon Sassone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://swaj.supportingcast.fm

Straight White American Jesus
The Flag and the Cross with Sam Perry and Phil Gorski

Straight White American Jesus

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 38:22


In Part 1 of a two-part interview, Brad speaks with Philip Gorski (Yale) and Sam Perry (Oklahoma University) about their new book, the Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-flag-and-the-cross-9780197618684?cc=us&lang=en&#. Gorski and Perry explain what white Christian nationalism is and is not; when it first emerged and how it has changed; where it's headed and why it threatens democracy. Tracing the development of this ideology over the course of three centuries—and especially its influence over the last three decades—they show how, throughout American history, white Christian nationalism has animated the oppression, exclusion, and even extermination of minority groups while securing privilege for white Protestants. It enables white Christian Americans to demand "sacrifice" from others in the name of religion and nation, while defending their "rights" in the names of "liberty" and "property." To Donate: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/BradleyOnishi For an ad-free experience and to support SWAJ: https://irreverent.supportingcast.fm/straight-white-american-jesus-premium To become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/straightwhiteamericanjesus Produced by Brad Onishi Edited by Shannon Sassone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://swaj.supportingcast.fm

Hart2Heart with Dr. Mike Hart
#55: Dr. Mike Hart and Dr. Aaron Kheriaty

Hart2Heart with Dr. Mike Hart

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 58:22


Aaron Kheriaty, M.D is the Chief of Psychiatry & Ethics at Doc1 Health and Chief of Medical Ethics at The Unity Project. He is a Fellow and Director of the Bioethics and American Democracy program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Health and Human Flourishing Program at the Zephyr Institute. Dr. Kheriaty holds the positions of Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute, Senior Scholar at the Brownstone Institute, Fellow at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and he serves on the advisory board at the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy. ​ Dr. Kheriaty was recently fired by The University of California Irvine (UCI) for refusing to comply with the University system's COVID-19 vaccine mandate citing that he already had natural (acquired) immunity. This podcast discusses masking, Ivermectin, early treatment, public health policies and everything related to COVID.

Religica
Rick Rouse -- The World is About to Turn- Frailties of American Democracy

Religica

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 42:49


Rick Rouse discusses the importance of people working together regardless of their political party for the common good.The Religica Theolab is now at home at The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle UniversityMore from The Religica Theolab at https://religica.orgMore from The Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle University at https://www.seattleu.edu/thecenter/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Religica.org/Twitter: https://twitter.com/religicaYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPuwufds6gAu2u6xmm8SBuwSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-religicaSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3CZwIO4uGP1voqiVpYdMas?si=0k2-TSmwTkuTQC2rgdGObQApple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/religica/id1448005061?mt=2The Religica Theolab is a comprehensive online platform at the axis of religion and society that provides non-sectarian, coherent, integrated and accessible awareness about the role of religion in society, with a focus on strengthening local communities.

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast
Rep. Jamie Raskin: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 69:54


The January 6 attack on Congress as it met to certify Joe Biden's presidential victory is a day that will live on in infamy, yet for Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin, this was just the next in a sequence of tragic events that changed his life forever. Having lost his son to suicide only days before, and days later leading the ensuing impeachment effort against Trump, Rep. Raskin's 45-day journey at the start of 2021 is an inspiring epic of strength, tragedy and determination. In his new memoir, Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy, Raskin recounts that after the tragic loss of his son Tommy, it was Tommy's values and vision for the country that provided him inspiration to not only weather the challenges of January 6 but to lead the ensuing impeachment trial of Donald Trump for inciting insurrection. Facing division and the tremors of a nation rocked to its core, Rep. Raskin and his nine-member team were able to lead the most bipartisan impeachment trial ever conducted. Rep. Raskin has served as an elected official in Maryland since 2007 and represented its 8th Congressional District since 2017. A professor of constitutional law at American University Washington College of Law, chair of the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, Raskin has been a leading voice in Congress for executive accountability and electoral integrity. Please join us as congressman Raskin recounts his moving story of balancing tragic personal loss and appalling political violence simultaneously, and how he found hope to press on in his darkest moment to continue fighting for American democracy. NOTES This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation SPEAKERS Jamie Raskin U.S. Representative (D-MD, 8th District); Author, Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trails of American Democracy; Twitter @RepRaskin Welcome by: Jim Steyer Founder, Common Sense Media Marisa Lagos Correspondent for California Politics and Government, KQED; Twitter @mlagos—Moderator This program was recorded live in San Francisco on March 13th, 2022 at the Commonwealth Club of California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

This is Democracy
This is Democracy – Episode 187: Anti-Oligarchy Constitution

This is Democracy

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022


This week, Jeremi and Zachary are joined by Professors Joesph Fishkin and William Forbath, authors of The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution, to discuss the role of equality and the law. Zachary sets the scene with his poem: "Of Oligarchs and Idealists" Joseph Fishkin is a Professor of Law at UCLA, where he teaches and writes about employment discrimination law, election law, constitutional law, education law, fair housing law, poverty and inequality, and distributive justice. Before joining the UCLA faculty he taught for a decade at the University of Texas School of Law. His first book, Bottlenecks: A New Theory of Equal Opportunity, winner of the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award, was published by Oxford University Press. He is the coauthor with Willy Forbath of The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (Harvard University Press 2022). William Forbath holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair and is Associate Dean of Research at UT Austin School of Law. He is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement, The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution: Reconstructing the Economic Foundations of American Democracy (with Joseph Fishkin), and dozens of articles, book chapters, and essays on legal and constitutional history and theory and comparative constitutional law. He is completing a trans-national history of Jewish lawyers and Jewish politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In addition to UT, he has taught at UCLA, Sciences Po, Tel Aviv, Columbia, and Harvard.

Damn the Absolute!
S2E02 Fear of Breakdown in American Democracy w/ Noëlle McAfee

Damn the Absolute!

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 53:16


Democratic deliberation can be viewed in a few different ways. It can be approached as a means of competing interests coming together to bargain between groups until they come to some kind of political agreement.     From an epistemological sense, deliberation is what we do in the absence of certainty, and where uncertainty exists so does the political. This requires us to practice as the political philosopher Hannah Arendt says, "thinking without banisters." Deliberation takes place as members of a community discuss and determine answers to perennial questions: What is real? What is moral? What do we value? How can we best address our political or economic problems?     There's a third form of democratic deliberation, one often overlooked or under-utilized: deliberation as a way of working through emotional trauma. Rather than debate the significance of certain political events and which legislative actions should be taken, this more therapeutic view considers deliberation a tool for helping communities process emotional cataclysms or psychological maladies, especially past ones left unacknowledged or repressed.     This can happen on a personal level, or collectively, for a community. Think of it like political activism as a massive group therapy session.     This third form is advocated for by Noëlle McAfee, a professor of philosophy at Emory University with a secondary appointment as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. She is also the director of Emory's Psychoanalytic Studies Program. In her 2019 book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, which won the American Psychoanalytic Association's 2020 Courage to Dream Book, McAfee applies a psychoanalytic lens to some of the most pressing political issues faced by American democracy today, such as racism, inequality, alienation, and globalism.     In this conversation, we reflect on a few things.     What is the fear of breakdown and how does this anxiety make democracy more difficult to practice? What are some psychoanalytic explanations for the rise of nativism and authoritarianism in the United States? What are some of these political ghosts and wounds that remain submerged or repressed? And what does it look like to use democratic deliberation as a form of collective therapy? Show Notes: Cornelius Castoriadis   Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis by Noëlle McAfee (2017)   "Remembering, Repeating, and Workting Through" by Sigmund Freud (1914)   D.W. Winnicott   Feminist Perspectives on Autonomy   "American Democracy and Its Broken Bargaining Tables"  by Daniel Layman (2021)   "Who Cares About Democracy?" by Walter Horn (2021)   S1E09 Trust in a Polarized Age w/ Kevin Vallier (2021)   "We're Overdoing Democracy. But Why?" by Kevin Vallier (2019)   S1E14 A Tool for a Pluralistic Society w/ Justin Marshall (2021)   S1E05 An Expansive and Democratic View of Physical Education w/ Nate Babcock (2020)

The Brian Lehrer Show
From the Archives: Justice Breyer on American Democracy

The Brian Lehrer Show

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 36:37


As Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer prepares for retirement, The Brian Lehrer Show is reaching back to the archives and re-playing an interview from 2011 where he offers his view of interpreting the Constitution.

Inclusive Life with Nicole Lee
S2EP1: The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict from an Antiracist, Progressive Perspective: a Conversation with Dr. Clarence Lusane

Inclusive Life with Nicole Lee

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 33:37


For many people alarmed at the very visible anti-Black racism at the outset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago, it's important to understand more about the history of Afro Ukrainians and Africans in Ukraine. This conversation between Dr. Clarence Lusane and Nicole Lee sheds some light. We'll learn that it is not a new history.   Dr. Lusane, who has traveled and taught in Ukraine and all over the world, shared that after Ghana became independent from British colonial rule in 1957, and in 1960 when 17 other African countries gained their independence from colonial rule, thousands of students arrived in both Russia and Ukraine to study from countries all over Africa, including South Africa, Morocco and Tanzania. Thousands.   African students over the years have been drawn to Ukraine for studies including in STEM and medicine because it was relatively welcoming, inexpensive and easy to study there.   In 2014, after Russia invaded Crimea, pro-Russian, fascist, nationalistic militias rose up in eastern Ukraine, taking over the Donetsk and Luhansk republics. It was here in the east that African students were kidnapped and violently abused by these pro-right insurgents.    Now, in addition to these Africans having arrived to study 60-65 years ago, there are second and third generation Afro-Ukrainians in Ukraine, as well as other diasporic Africans.   When Putin refers to neo-Nazism in Ukraine he is, not surprisingly, twisting facts and history. As is true most everywhere in the world, there are neo-Nazis in Ukraine, even serving in the Ukrainian government. Despite that, neo-Nazism does not drive Ukrainian public policy.   This conversation gets to the important nuance missed in reporting and social media.    There is an important challenge toward the end responding to the question “What is the way forward for progressives?”    We hope you'll listen in.   About Dr. Clarence Lusane:   Dr. Clarence Lusane is a full Professor and former Chairman of Howard University's Department of Political Science.  He is an author, activist, scholar, lecturer, and journalist.    He has been in the fight for national and international human rights and justice for well over 40 years. He is a pioneer in anti-racism politics. He has written about and been active in U.S. foreign policy, democracy building, and social justice issues such as education, criminal justice, and drug policy.  His research focuses on the intersection of race and politics in the US and globally ranging from human rights and social equity to social movements and public policy.   As a scholar, researcher, policy-advocate, and activist, he has traveled to over 70 nations. He has lectured on U.S. race relations and human rights in Brazil, Colombia, China, Cuba, Germany, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Korea, Pakistan, Panama, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine among others.  He has taught and been on the faculty at Medgar Evers College, Columbia University and American University, and been a visiting professor and lecturer in the UK, Ukraine, France, Russia, South Korea, New Zealand and Japan.   In addition to his forthcoming book,Twenty Dollars and Change: Harriet Tubman vs. Andrew Jackson, and the Future of American Democracy, he is also the author of The Black History of the White House, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice: Foreign Policy, Race, and the New American Century; Hitler's Black Victims: The Experiences of Afro-Germans, Africans, Afro-Europeans and African Americans During the Nazi Era; Race in the Global Era: African Americans at the Millennium; and Pipe Dream Blues:  Racism and the War on Drugs among others.