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The Truthzilla Podcast
Truthzilla #094 - Charlie Robinson - HYPOCRAZY

The Truthzilla Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 69:23


Welcome to another episode of Truthzilla! This week we sat down with Charlie Robinson; author, podcaster and one of the most knowledgable people on Earth when it comes to the agendas, madness and hypocrisy that we are seeing all around us. Charlie recently released his newest book "HYPOCRAZY: Surviving in a World of Cultural Double Standards", which is a scathing and unapologetic dismantling of the HYPOCRISY and INSANITY that pervades our culture. From politics and religion to corporations and banks, Charlie uses his unique humor and facts, with over 480 citations, to bury the clowns with their own ridiculous behavior. I learned so much from this book, you all have to go check it out for yourselves. This is a great conversation too, enjoy! Get a copy of "Hypocrazy" today at: https://www.amazon.com/Hypocrazy-Surviving-Cultural-Double-Standards/dp/B09GXDD5M8/ Get a PDF version of the book with a $10 or more donation and check out Charlie's other books here (The Octopus of Global Control and The Controlled Demolition of the American Empire): https://theoctopusofglobalcontrol.com   Twitter: https://twitter.com/macroaggressio3 _____________________________________ How to Follow and Support the Truthzilla Podcast: WEBSITE: https://Truthzilla.org VALUE-FOR-VALUE: https://Truthzilla.org/Donate CROWDFUNDING: https://GiveSendGo.com/NoVaxx MONTHLY RE-OCCURING DONATION https://BuyMeACoffee.com/Truthzilla PAYPAL: https://PayPal.me/Truthzilla CASHAPP: $Truthzilla VENMO: $Truthzilla  ORIGINAL SHIRTS: https://Truthzilla.org/shirts ROKFIN: https://Rokfin.com/Truthzilla PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/Truthzilla TELEGRAM: @Truthzillapod https://t.me/truthzillapod DISCORD: https://discord.gg/WQTstB4YbB **************** This Episode Brought To You By Our Sponsors https://TruthTRS.com - Start your Heavy Metal Detox Journey today!   @Codys_Crystals on Instagram - Your source for the COOLEST crystals ever, you gotta go check it out! **************** Join our {Patreon} for ]PREMIUM] Audio episodes: https://www.patreon.com/Truthzilla   https://Rokfin.com/Truthzilla Create a FREE account and watch all our videos on Rokfin.com. We get crypto just for your clicks! Become a subscriber and you get exclusive PREMIUM content from Truthzilla and EVERY other content creator on the site!  https://Rokfin.com/Truthzilla   Support Truthzilla and your personal health by shopping with our friends, Chemical Free Body:  https://chemicalfreebody.com/?ref=Truthzilla Lose Weight, Transform your Health and take Your Fitness to the Next Level!    

Moderate Rebels
Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire with Michael Hudson

Moderate Rebels

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 86:37


Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with economist Michael Hudson about his book "Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire." Professor Hudson just published a 3rd edition that updates his analysis for the 21st century, discussing the new cold war on China and Russia and the ongoing transition from a US dollar-dominated financialized system to a "multipolar de-dollarized economy." VIDEO: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Uiz934HVZjY Michael Hudson's website: michael-hudson.com

New Books in American Studies
Jessica M. Kim, "Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941" (UNC Press, 2019)

New Books in American Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 60:16


Between 1865 and 1900, the population of Los Angeles grew from around 5,000 people to over 100,000. With population growth that explosive came the opportunity for vast riches to be made. In  Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941 (UNC Press, 2019), Dr. Jessica Kim, an associate professor of history at the University of Southern California, traces that wealth southward, arguing that the growth of Los Angeles from a hamlet to the second largest city in the nation is rooted in imperialist acquisition of capital from Mexico. Kim builds on recent borderlands histories to show that not only did people regularly cross borders in the late 19th and early 20th century American West, but so too did wealth and capital. So great was the draining of Mexican wealth to fuel Los Angeles, that when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, Americans, many of them Los Angelinos, owned over 1/3 of all Mexican land. That kind of wealth disparity was a feature, not a bug, of Los Angeles' position as a borderland metropolis and outpost of empire.  Dr. Stephen R. Hausmann is an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. 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 History
Jessica M. Kim, "Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941" (UNC Press, 2019)

New Books in History

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 60:16


Between 1865 and 1900, the population of Los Angeles grew from around 5,000 people to over 100,000. With population growth that explosive came the opportunity for vast riches to be made. In  Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941 (UNC Press, 2019), Dr. Jessica Kim, an associate professor of history at the University of Southern California, traces that wealth southward, arguing that the growth of Los Angeles from a hamlet to the second largest city in the nation is rooted in imperialist acquisition of capital from Mexico. Kim builds on recent borderlands histories to show that not only did people regularly cross borders in the late 19th and early 20th century American West, but so too did wealth and capital. So great was the draining of Mexican wealth to fuel Los Angeles, that when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, Americans, many of them Los Angelinos, owned over 1/3 of all Mexican land. That kind of wealth disparity was a feature, not a bug, of Los Angeles' position as a borderland metropolis and outpost of empire.  Dr. Stephen R. Hausmann is an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

New Books Network
Jessica M. Kim, "Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941" (UNC Press, 2019)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 60:16


Between 1865 and 1900, the population of Los Angeles grew from around 5,000 people to over 100,000. With population growth that explosive came the opportunity for vast riches to be made. In  Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941 (UNC Press, 2019), Dr. Jessica Kim, an associate professor of history at the University of Southern California, traces that wealth southward, arguing that the growth of Los Angeles from a hamlet to the second largest city in the nation is rooted in imperialist acquisition of capital from Mexico. Kim builds on recent borderlands histories to show that not only did people regularly cross borders in the late 19th and early 20th century American West, but so too did wealth and capital. So great was the draining of Mexican wealth to fuel Los Angeles, that when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, Americans, many of them Los Angelinos, owned over 1/3 of all Mexican land. That kind of wealth disparity was a feature, not a bug, of Los Angeles' position as a borderland metropolis and outpost of empire.  Dr. Stephen R. Hausmann is an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. 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 Latin American Studies
Jessica M. Kim, "Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941" (UNC Press, 2019)

New Books in Latin American Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 60:16


Between 1865 and 1900, the population of Los Angeles grew from around 5,000 people to over 100,000. With population growth that explosive came the opportunity for vast riches to be made. In  Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941 (UNC Press, 2019), Dr. Jessica Kim, an associate professor of history at the University of Southern California, traces that wealth southward, arguing that the growth of Los Angeles from a hamlet to the second largest city in the nation is rooted in imperialist acquisition of capital from Mexico. Kim builds on recent borderlands histories to show that not only did people regularly cross borders in the late 19th and early 20th century American West, but so too did wealth and capital. So great was the draining of Mexican wealth to fuel Los Angeles, that when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, Americans, many of them Los Angelinos, owned over 1/3 of all Mexican land. That kind of wealth disparity was a feature, not a bug, of Los Angeles' position as a borderland metropolis and outpost of empire.  Dr. Stephen R. Hausmann is an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/latin-american-studies

New Books in Latino Studies
Jessica M. Kim, "Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941" (UNC Press, 2019)

New Books in Latino Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 60:16


Between 1865 and 1900, the population of Los Angeles grew from around 5,000 people to over 100,000. With population growth that explosive came the opportunity for vast riches to be made. In  Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941 (UNC Press, 2019), Dr. Jessica Kim, an associate professor of history at the University of Southern California, traces that wealth southward, arguing that the growth of Los Angeles from a hamlet to the second largest city in the nation is rooted in imperialist acquisition of capital from Mexico. Kim builds on recent borderlands histories to show that not only did people regularly cross borders in the late 19th and early 20th century American West, but so too did wealth and capital. So great was the draining of Mexican wealth to fuel Los Angeles, that when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, Americans, many of them Los Angelinos, owned over 1/3 of all Mexican land. That kind of wealth disparity was a feature, not a bug, of Los Angeles' position as a borderland metropolis and outpost of empire.  Dr. Stephen R. Hausmann is an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/latino-studies

New Books in the American West
Jessica M. Kim, "Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941" (UNC Press, 2019)

New Books in the American West

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 60:16


Between 1865 and 1900, the population of Los Angeles grew from around 5,000 people to over 100,000. With population growth that explosive came the opportunity for vast riches to be made. In  Imperial Metropolis: Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Borderlands of American Empire, 1865–1941 (UNC Press, 2019), Dr. Jessica Kim, an associate professor of history at the University of Southern California, traces that wealth southward, arguing that the growth of Los Angeles from a hamlet to the second largest city in the nation is rooted in imperialist acquisition of capital from Mexico. Kim builds on recent borderlands histories to show that not only did people regularly cross borders in the late 19th and early 20th century American West, but so too did wealth and capital. So great was the draining of Mexican wealth to fuel Los Angeles, that when the Mexican Revolution began in 1910, Americans, many of them Los Angelinos, owned over 1/3 of all Mexican land. That kind of wealth disparity was a feature, not a bug, of Los Angeles' position as a borderland metropolis and outpost of empire.  Dr. Stephen R. Hausmann is an assistant professor of history at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/american-west

Savage Minds Podcast
Michael Hudson

Savage Minds Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 64:18


Michael Hudson, American economist and author of Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1972) discusses the rentier economy that accounts for the growing disparity in wealth due to finance capitalism. Giving a history of the the polarisation of the US economy since the 1960s through the present, Hudson discusses how the high costs of education and housing have led to a growing problem of student debt, higher costs of living and increasing austerity. Noting how 80% of bank loans are made for real estate in the US, Hudson expounds upon how loans and exponentially growing debts outstrip profits from the economy proving disastrous for both the government and the people who are paying increasing amounts on housing with little to no money left to spend on goods and services. Hudson contends that finance capitalism is a “self-terminating” oligarchical system leaving workers traumatised, afraid to strike or react to working conditions, while they are pushed towards serfdom as US and Europe are heading towards a debt crisis on par with that of Argentina and Greece.TranscriptIntroduction: Welcome to Savage Minds. I'm your host, Julian Vigo. Today's show marks the launch of our second season with a very special guest: Michael Hudson. Michael Hudson is a financial analyst and president of the Institute for the Study of long term economic trends. He is a distinguished research professor of economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and the professor at the School of Marx studies, Peking University in China. He's also a research fellow at the Levy Institute of Bard College, and he has served as an economic adviser to the US Canadian, Mexican, and Latvian governments. He's also been a consultant to UNITAR, the Institute for Research on Public Policy and the Canadian Science Council, among other organisations. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in economics from New York University. Professor Hudson is the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy (2015), and most recently, J is for junk economics, a guide to reality in an age of deception. His super imperialism, the economic strategy of the American Empire has just been translated into German after its appearance in Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. He sits on the editorial board of lap times quarterly and has written for the Journal of International Affairs, Commonweal, International Economy, Financial Times, and Harper's, and he's a regular contributor to CounterPunch. I welcome Michael Hudson, to Savage Minds.Julian Vigo: Class analysis in the United States is rather subterfuge amidst all these other narratives of the American dream as it's framed—that being the right to own one's home. In the UK, that became part of the Trojan horse, that Thatcher built to win her election. It was a very smart move. She won that election—she won her elections—by the reforms in the “right to buy” scheme as I'm sure you know. I t was really clever and disastrous for human rights in the country. I've spent quite a bit of my life in the UK and to see that in 1979 was, I believe, 49% of all residential housing was council housing. And when I wrote a piece on this for the Morning Star about eight, nine years ago, that rate was reduced to under 11%. So we're seeing the haves- and have-nots. And this is where your work really struck a chord for me. And let's kick into the show at this point. I have written over the years, about rentier capitalism, a term that is increasingly used to describe economies dominated by rentier, rents and rent-generating assets. And you discuss this quite a bit in your work, more recently, your article from July, “Finance Capitalism versus Industrial Capitalism: The Rentier Resurgence and Takeover.” And in this article, you discuss how today the finance, insurance and real estate sectors have regained control of government creating a “neo-rentier” economy as you put it, while you note—and I quote you: “The aim of this postindustrial finance capitalism is the opposite of industrial capitalism as known to nineteenth-century economists: it seeks wealth primarily through the extraction of economic rent, not industrial capital formation.” Unquote. I was wondering if we might begin our talk by branching out from this piece you wrote in July. And if you could explain for our listeners why discerning rentier capitalism is essential for understanding the global push to privatise and financialise those sectors that formerly existed in the public domain such as—and we see this everywhere, including in the EU—transportation, health care, prisons, policing, education, the post office, etc.Michael Hudson: Well, most textbooks depict a sort of happy world that almost seems to exist in the 1950s. And this “happy world” is when wealthy people get money, they build factories and buy machinery and hire workers to produce more goods and services. But that's not what the credits created for today, it's the textbooks that pick the banks that take in people's deposits and lend them out to people who build industrial production, and you'll have a picture of workers with lunchboxes working in. But actually, banks only lend money against assets. And the main assets do not make a profit by employing people to produce things there. They simply are opportunities to extract rent, like real estate 80% of bank loans are made for real estate. And that means they're made against primarily buildings that are in land that are already there. And the effective more and more bank credit is to raise the price of real estate. And in the United States, in the last year, housing prices have gone up 20%. And typically, in America, if you go to a bank and take out a loan, the government is going to guarantee the bank that you will pay the loan up to the point where it absorbs 43% of your income.So here's a big chunk of American income going to pay simply for housing, those price increases, not because there's more housing, or better housing. But in fact, the housing is built worse and worse every year, by lowering the standards, but simply inflation. There are other forms of rent, other people pay, for instance, 18% of America's GDP is healthcare, much higher than the percentage in any other country for much lower quality of service. So you know, that's sort of taken out of people's budgets. If you're a worker in the United States, right away, you get your paycheque 15%—a little more, maybe 16% now—is deducted for Social Security and medical care for when you're older. They also need up to maybe 30%, for income tax, federal, state and local income tax before you have anything to spend. And then you have to spend for housing, you have to pay for transportation, you have to pay for your own medical insurance contributions, your own pension contributions. So there's very, very little that is left over in people's budgets to buy goods and services. Not only have real wages in the United States, gone down now for three decades, but the disposable income that people and families get after they meet their sort of monthly “nut,” what they can spend on goods and services is shrunk even more. So while they're getting squeezed, all this money is paid to rentiers as at the top. And because of the miracle of compound interest, the amount that the 1% of the economy has grows exponentially. Any rate of interest is a doubling time. And even though people know that there's only a 0.1% rate of interest, now for the banks, and for large wall firms, it's about 3% if you want to buy a mortgage. and so this, the 0.1% is lent out to large companies like Blackstone that are now buying up almost all of the housing that comes onto the market in the United States. So in 2008, 69% of homeowners of Americans own their own homes. Now it's fallen by more than 10%. It's fallen to about 51%. All this difference has been basically the financial sector funding a transformation away from home ownership into landlordship—into absentee ownership. And so the if you're part of the 1%, the way that you make money is by buying stocks or bonds, or corporate takeovers, or buying real estate and not building factories. And that's why the factories and the industry have been shifting outside of the United States over to China, and other countries. So, what we're having is a kind of…I won’t say its post-industrial capitalism, because people thought that the what was going to follow industrial capitalism was going to be socialism. They thought that there will be more and more government spending on providing basic needs that people had. And instead of socialism, and a more, egalitarian distribution of wealth and income, you've had a polarization of wealth and income, you've had the wealthy people making money financially, and by real estate, and by rent seeking, and by creating monopolies, but not by building factories, not by producing goods and services. And that is why the economy's polarizing, and so many people are unhappy with their conditions. Now, they're going further and further into debt and their student debt. Instead of education here being a public utility that's provided freely, it's become privatised at NYU, it's now $50,000 or $60,000 a year. There is no way in which the United States can compete industrially with other countries when they've loaded down new entrants into the labor force with huge housing costs, student debt, huge taxes have been shifted off the 1% onto the 99%. So in the United States, finance capitalism basically is self-terminating. It leads to a polarised economy, it leads to austerity. And it leaves countries looking like Greece looked after 2015, after its debt crisis, it looks like Argentina is trying to struggle to pay its foreign debts. And that seems to be the future in which the US and Europe are moving towards.Julian Vigo: I posted on my Facebook wall about this about maybe five weeks ago, that the rentier class, I'm not just including the likes of Blackstone, but the middle class that are multiple home dwellers. I noted that during the lockdown, I was reading through accounts on social media of people who were being threatened by landlords, landlords, who actually had no mortgage to pay. And I had to wonder at that point, what is the input of the rentier class by the landowning class who are not necessarily part of the 1%. These are people who, as some of these people came on my wall and said, “I worked hard to buy my second and third houses!” And I thought, “Well, let me pull out my violins.” One thing that really alerted me during lockdown was the lack of sympathy for renters. And I don't just mean in the US, in fact, I think the US had a kinder response to renting in some sectors such as New York state where there has been—and still—is a massive pushback against any form of relaxation of rent forgiveness, since lockdown in the EU and Italy and France. It's appalling the kind of treatment that renters received here. I spoke to people in Bologna, who were doing a rent strike, but fearful of having their name mentioned. I ended up not being able to run the piece because of that. And there are so many people who don't have money to pay their rent in the EU, in the UK, and yet, we're somehow focusing oftentimes on these meta-critical analyses of the bigger corporations, the 1%. But where does the middle class fit into this, Michael, because I do have to wonder if maybe we should be heading towards the model I hold in my mind and heart is St. Ives in Cornwall, which about eight years ago set a moratorium saying no second homes in this city. Now, they didn't do it because of any allegiance to Marxism or socialism. They did it in part because of that, and because of a left-leaning politics, but mostly because they didn't want to have a ghost town that when the summer was over, you had very few people living in town. What are the answers to the rentier class that is also composed of people who consider themselves hard-working people who just want someone else to pay for their house, as one person on Twitter, put it.Michael Hudson: This is exactly the problem that is plaguing left wing politics, from Europe to America in the last fifty years.Julian Vigo: Exactly. It's astounding because there was a lot of debate on Twitter around last summer, when one woman wrote, I just did the math, I'm almost 29 years old, and I paid and she listed the amount in rent, I have just bought my landlord a second house. And people are adding it up that we are back to understanding. And I think in terms of the medieval period, remember in high school in the US when you study history, and you learn about feudalism, and the serfs coming in from far afield having to tend to the Masters terrain. And I think, are we heading back to a kind of feudalism under a new name? Because what's dividing those who can afford rents and those who can, it's not only your eligibility to receive a bank loan in this climate, which is quite toxic in London. I know many architects, lawyers, physicians who cannot get bank loans. Ironically, the bar is being raised so high that more and more people in London are moving on to the canal system—they're renting or buying narrowboats. The same is happening in other parts of the world where people are being barred out of home ownership for one reason or another and at the same time, there's a class of people often who got loans in a period when it was quite easy in the 80s and early 90s, let's say and they hold a certain control over who's paying—43% of income of Americans goes on housing. And as you know, in New York City that can be even higher. How can we arrive at a society where there's more equality between these haves and have-nots? Because it seems that the middle class is playing a role in this. They're trying to come off as being the hard-working schmoes, who have just earned their right to own their second or third homes, and then the others who will never have a foot on that ladder, especially given the crash?Michael Hudson: Well, I think you've put your finger on it. Most people think of economies being all about industry. But as you've just pointed out, for most people, the economy is real estate. And if you want to understand how modern economies work, you really should begin by looking at real estate, which is symbiotic with with banking, because as you pointed out that in a house is worth whatever a bank will lend. And in order to buy a house, unless you have an enormous amount of savings, which hardly anyone has, you'll borrow from a bank and buy the house. And the idea is to use the rent to pay the interest to the bank. And then you end up hoping late hoping with a capital gain, which is really land price gain. You borrow from the bank hoping that the Federal Reserve and the central bank or the Bank of England is going to inflate the economy and inflate asset prices and bank credit is going to push prices further and further up. As the rich get richer, they recycle the money in the banks and banks lend it to real estate. So, the more the economy is polarised between the 1% and the 99%, the more expensive houses get the more absentee landlords are able to buy the houses and outbid the homebuyers, who as you pointed out, can't get loans because they're already loaned up. If they can't get loans in England to buy a house, it's because they already owe so much money for other things. In America, it would be because they own student debt or because they own other bank loans, and they're all loaned up. So the key is people are being squeezed more than anywhere else on housing. In America, it rents care too and on related sort of monopoly goods that yield rent. Now the problem is why isn't this at the centre of politics?Is it because— and it's ironic that although most people in every country, Europe and America are still homeowners, or so they only own their own home—they would like to be rocky as a miniature? They would like to live like the billionaires live off the rents. They would like to be able to have enough money without working to get a free lunch and the economy of getting a free lunch. And so somehow, they don't vote for what's good for the wage earners. They vote for well, if I were to get richer, then I would want to own a house and I would want to get rent. So I'm going to vote in favour of the landlord class. I'm going to vote in favour of banks lending money to increase housing prices. Because I'd like to borrow money from a bank to get on this treadmill, that's going to be an automatic free lunch. Now, I not only get rent, but I'll get the rising price of the houses that prices continue to rise. So somehow, the idea of class interest, they don't think of themselves as wave generators, they think of themselves as somehow wouldn't be rentiers in miniature without reaising that you can't do it in miniature. You really have to have an enormous amount of money to be successful rentier.So no class consciousness means that the large real estate owners, the big corporations like Blackstone, that own huge amounts can sort of trot out a strapped, homeowner and individual, and they will sort of hide behind it and say, “Look at this, poor family, they use their money to buy a house, the sort of rise in the world, and now the tenants have COVID, and they can't pay the rent. Let's not bail out these, these landlords.” So even though they're not getting rent, we have to aid them. And think of them as little people, but they're not little people. They're a trillion dollar, money managers. They're huge companies that are taking over. And people somehow personify the billionaires and the trillion dollar real estate management companies as being small people just like themselves. There's a confusion about the economic identity.Julian Vigo: Well, certainly in the United States, we are known to have what's called the “American dream.” And it's, it's quite interesting when you start to analyse what that dream has morphed into, from the 1960s to the present, and I even think through popular culture. Remember Alexis, in Dynasty, this was the go-to model for success. So we've got this idea that the super rich are Dallas and Dynasty in the 80s. But 20 years after that, we were facing economic downfalls. We had American graduates having to go to graduate school because they couldn't get a job as anything but a barista. And the model of getting scholarships or fellowships, any kind of bursary to do the Masters and PhD. When I was doing my graduate work, I was lucky enough to have this, but that was quickly disappearing. A lot of my colleagues didn't have it. And I imagine when you went to school, most of your colleagues had it. And today, and in recent years, when I was teaching in academia, most of my students doing advanced degrees had zero funding. So, we've got on the one hand, the student debt, hamster wheel rolling, we have what is, to me one of the biggest human rights issues of the domestic sphere in countries like the US or Great Britain, frankly, everywhere is the ability to live without having to be exploited for the payment of rent. And then we have this class of people, whether they're Blackstone, and huge corporations, making billions, or the middle class saying, “But I'm just living out the American dream.” How do we square the “American dream,” and an era where class consciousness is more invisible than ever has it been?Michael Hudson: I think the only way you can explain that is to show how different life was back in the 1960s, 1950s. When I went to school, and the college, NYU cost $500 a semester, instead of 50,000, that the price of college has gone up 100 times since I went to college—100 times. I rented a house in a block from NYU at $35 a month on Sullivan Street. And now that same small apartment would go for 100 times that much, $3,500 a month, which is a little below the average rent in Manhattan these days. So, you've had these enormous increases in the cost of getting an education, they cost of rent, and in a society where housing was a public utility, and education was a public utility, education would be provided freely. If the economy wanted to keep down housing prices, as they do in China for instance, then you would be able to work if the kind of wages that Americans are paid today and be able to save. The ideal of China or countries that want to compete industrially is to lower the cost of living so that you don't have to pay a very high wages to cover the inflated cost of housing, the cost of education.If you privatise education in America, and if you increase the housing prices, then either you're going to have to pay labor, much higher rates that will price it out of world markets, at least for industrial goods, or you'll have to squeeze budgets. So yes, people can pay for housing, and education, but they're not going to buy the goods and services they produce. And so and that's one of the reasons why America is not producing industrial manufacturers. It's importing it all abroad. So the result of this finance capitalism that we have the result of the rent squeeze, that you depict, and the result of voters not realising that this is economic suicide for them is that the economy is shrinking and leaving people basically out in the street. And of course, all of this is exacerbated by the COVID crisis right now. Where, right now you have, especially in New York City, many people are laid off, as in Europe, they're not getting an income. Well, if your job has been closed down as a result of COVID, in Germany, for instance, you're still given something like 80% of your normal salary, because they realise that they have to keep you solvent and living. In the United States, there's been a moratorium on rents, they realise that, well, if you've lost your job, you can't pay the rent. There's a moratorium on evictions, there's a moratorium on bank foreclosures on landlords that can't pay their mortgage to the bank, because their tenants are not paying rent. All of that is going to expire in February, that’s just in a few months.  So they're saying, “OK, in New York City, 50,000 tenants are going to be thrown out onto the street, thousands of homes are going to be foreclosed on.” All over the country, millions of Americans are going to be subject now to be evicted. You can see all of the Wall Street companies are raising private capital funds to say, “We're going to be waiting for all this housing to come onto the market. We're going to be waiting for all of these renovations to take place. We're going to swoop in and pick it up.” This is going to be the big grab bag that is going to shape the whole coming generation and do to America really what Margaret Thatcher did to England when she got rid of—when she shifted from housing, the council housing that you mentioned, was about half the population now dow to about 1/10 of the population today.Julian Vigo: This is what I wonder is not being circulated within the media more frequently. We know that major media is not...[laughts] They like to call themselves left-of-centre but they're neoliberal which I don't look at anything in the liberal, the neoliberal sphere, as “left.” I look at it as a sort of strain of conservatism, frankly. But when you were speaking about paying $35 a month for an apartment on Sullivan Street, get me a time machine! What year was that? Michael?Michael Hudson: That was 1962.Julian Vigo: 1962 And roughly, the minimum wage in New York was just over $1 an hour if I'm not mistaken.Michael Hudson: I don't remember. I was making I think my first job on Wall Street was 50 to $100. A year $100 a week.Julian Vigo: So yes, I looked it up because I was curious when you said 100 times certainly we see that. If the tuition at New York when and New York University when I left was $50,000 a year you were paying $500 a semester. This is incredible inflation.Michael Hudson: And I took out a student loan from the state because I wanted to buy economic books. I was studying the history of economic thought and so I borrowed, you know, I was able to take out a loan that I repaid in three years as I sort of moved up the ladder and got better paying jobs. But that was the Golden Age, the 1960s because in that generation there was the baby boom that just came online. There were jobs for everybody. There was a labor shortage. And everybody was trying to hire—anyone could get a job. I got to New York and I had $15 in my pocket in 1960. I'd shared a ride with someone, [I] didn't know what to do. We stayed in a sort of fleabag hotel on Bleecker Street that was torn down by the time you got there. But I,  took a walk around and who should I run into that Gerde's Folk City, but a friend of mine had stayed at my house in Chicago once and he let me stay at his apartment for a few weeks till I can look around, find a place to live and got the place for $35 a month,Julian Vigo: When there was that debate on Twitter—there were many debates actually about renting on Twitter—and there were a few landlords who took to Twitter angry that they learned that their renters had received subsidies in various countries to pay their rent. And instead of paying their rent, the people use this to up and buy a downpayment on a home. And they got very upset. And there was a bit of shadow on Friday there with people saying, “Well, it's exactly what you've done.” And I find this quite fascinating, because I've always said that the age of COVID has made a huge Xray of our society economically speaking. And it's also telling to me that in countries that I would assume to be more socialist leaning, if not socialist absolutely, in the EU, we saw very few movements against rent. Very few people or groups were calling for a moratorium on rent. It's ironic, but it was in the US where we saw more moratoria happen. What is happening where—and this reaches to larger issues, even outside of your specialty of economics and finance—but why on earth has it come to be that the left is looking a lot more like the right? And, don't shoot me, but you know, I've been watching some of Tucker Carlson over the past few years, someone who I could not stand after 9/11. And he has had more concern and more investigations of the poor and the working class than MSBC or Rachel Maddow in the biggest of hissy fits. What is going on politically that the valences of economic concern are shifting—and radically so?Michael Hudson: Well, the political situation in America is very different from every other country. In the Democratic Party, in order to run for a position, you have to spend most of your time raising money, and the party will support whatever candidates can raise the most money. And whoever raises the largest amount of money gets to be head of a congressional committee dealing with whatever it is their campaign donors give. So basically, the nomination of candidates in the United States, certainly in the Democratic Party, is based on how much money you can raise to finance your election campaign, because you're supposed to turn half of what you raised over to the party apparatus. Well, if you have to run for an office, and someone explained to me in in the sixties, if I wanted to go into politics, I had to find someone to back up my campaign. And they said, “Well, you have to go to the oil industry or the tobacco industry.”And you go to these people and say, “Will you back my campaign?” And they say, Well, sure, what's your position going to be on on smoking on oil and the the tax position on oil, go to the real estate interest, because all local politics and basically real estate promotion projects run by the local landlords and you go to the real estate people and you say, “Okay, I'm going to make sure that we have public improvements that will make your land more valuable, but you won't have to pay taxes on them.” So, if you have people running for office, proportional to the money they can make by the special interests, that means that all the politicians here are representing the special interests that pay them and their job as politicians is to deliver a constituency to their campaign contributors. And so the campaign contributors are going to say, “Well, here's somebody who could make it appear as if they're supporting their particular constituency.” And so ever since the 60s, certainly in America, the parties divided Americans into Irish Americans, Italian Americans, black Americans, Hispanic Americans. They will have all sorts of identity politics that they will run politicians on. But there's one identity that they don't have—and that's the identity of being a wage earner. That's the common identity that all these hyphenated Americans have in common. They all have to work for a living and get wages, they're all subject to, they have to get housing, they have to get more and more bank credit, if they want to buy housing so that all of the added income they get is paid to the banks as mortgage interest to get a home that used to be much less expensive for them. So basically, all of the increase in national income ends up being paid to the campaign contributors, the real estate contributors, the oil industry, the tobacco industry, the pharmaceuticals industry, that back the politicians. And essentially, you have politics for sale in the United States. So we're really not in a democracy anymore—we're in an oligarchy. And people don't realise that without changing this, this consciousness, you're not going to have anything like the left-wing party.And so you have most Americans out wanting to be friendly with other Americans, you know, why can't everybody just compromise and be in the centre? Well, there's no such thing as a centrist. Because you'll have an economy that's polarising, you have the 1% getting richer and richer and richer by getting the 99% further and further in debt. So the 99% are getting poorer and poor after paying their debts. And to be in the centre to say, and to be say, only changes should be marginal, that means—a centrist is someone who lets this continue. With that we're not going to make a structural change, that's radical, we're not going to change the dynamic that is polarising the economy, between creditors at the top and debtors is at the bottom, between landlords at the top and renters at the bottom between monopolists and the top and the consumers who have to pay monopoly prices for pharmaceuticals, for cable TV, for almost everything they get. And none of this is taught in the economics courses. Because you take an  economics course, they say, “There's no such thing as unearned income. Everybody earns whatever they can get.” And the American consciousness is shaped by this failure to distinguish between earned income and unearned income and a failure to see that dynamic is impoverishing them. It's like the proverbial frog that's been boiled slowly in water. So, with this false consciousness people have—if only they can save enough and borrow from a bank—they can become a rentier in Miniature. They're just tricked into a false dream.Intermission: You're listening to savage minds, and we hope you're enjoying the show. Please consider subscribing. We don't accept any money from corporate or commercial sponsors. And we depend upon listeners and readers just like you. Now back to our show.Julian Vigo: I don't know if you saw the movie called Queen of Versailles. It was about this very bizarre effort to construct a very ugly Las Vegas-style type of Versailles by a couple that was economically failing. And it spoke to me a lot about the failings of the quote unquote, “American dream.” And I don't mean that dream, per se. I mean, the aspiration to have the dream, because that is, as you just pointed out, unearned income, that is the elephant in the room. And it almost seems to be the elephant maybe to keep using that metaphor, that the blind Sufi tale: everyone's feeling a different part of it, but no one is naming it. And I find this really shocking, that we can't speak of unearned income and look at the differences as to which country's tax inheritance and which do not—this idea that one is entitled to wealth. Meanwhile, a lot of US institutions are academically, now formally, being captured by the identity lobbies and there are many lobbies out there—it's a gift to them. They don't have to work on the minimum wage, they don't have to work on public housing, they don't have to work on housing.They can just worry about, “Do we have enough pronoun badges printed out?” And I find this really daunting as someone who is firmly of the left and who has seen some kind of recognition have this problem bizarrely, from the right. We seem to have a blind spot where we're more caught up in how people see us, rather than the material reality upon which unearned and earned income is based. Why is it that today people are living far worse than their grandparents and parents especially?Michael Hudson: Well, I think we've been talking about that, because they have to pay expenses as their parents and grandparents didn't have to pay, they have to pay much higher rent. Everybody used to be able to afford to buy a house, that was the definition of “middle class” in America was to be a homeowner. And when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s, everybody on the salary they were getting could afford to buy their house. And that's why so many people bought the houses with working class sell rates. As I told you, I was getting $100 a week. At least if you were quiet you could do it. If you were black, you couldn't do it. The blacks were redlined. But the white people could buy the houses. And that's why today, the white population has so much more wealth than the black population, because the white families would leave the house to the children and housing prices have gone up 100 times. And because they've gone up 100 times, this is endowed with a whole white hereditary class of kids whose family own their own homes, send them to schools. But America was redlined. Now Chicago was redlined, blacks were redlined. In New York City, the banks would not lend money to black neighbourhoods or to black borrowers. I was at Chase Manhattan and they made it very clear: they will not make a loan to a mortgage if they're black people living in my block. And they told me that when I was on Second Street and Avenue B. I won't repeat the epithet racist epithets they used. But what has caused the racial disparity today is what we've been talking about: the fact that whites could buy their own homes, blacks could not.And the reason I'm bringing this up is that if—we're working toward a society where white people are now going to be reduced to the position that black people are in today: of not having their own homes, of not being able to get bank credit. One friend of mine at the Hudson Institute, a black economist, wanted to—we were thinking of cowriting a book, The Blackening of America. The state of, well, the future of the whites, is to become blacks if you don't solve this situation. And I've been unable to convince many black leaders about reparations—that the reparations, very hard to get reparations for slavery, which was to their grandparents, their reparations are due to the blacks today who do not have housing, their own homes, because of the redlining that they have been experiencing right down to today.So, you have this, you do have a separation in this country. But this is not the kind of hyphenated politics that the politicians talk about. Not even the black politicians, the fact that if you're going to hyphenated American, how did this hyphenisation affect the real opportunities for real estate, for homeownership, for education, and all of these other things. I think maybe if people begin to think as to how there is a convergence of what was diverging before—now you're having the middle class pushed down into its real identity which was a dependent wage-earning class all along—you're going to have a change of consciousness. But we're still not to that. People don't realise this difference.And at the top of the pyramid, at New York University, for instance, where we both went to school, I have professor friends there and there was recently an argument about getting more salaries for professors, because they're hiring adjunct professors at very low prices instead of appointing them full time. And one professor turned to my friend and said, “They’re treating us like wage earners.” And my friend said, “Yes, you are a wage earner. You’re dependent on the wage you get from New York University.” And he said, “But I’m a professor,” as if somehow being a professor doesn't mean that you're not a wage earner, you're not dependent on salary, you're not being exploited by your employer who's in it to make money at your expense.Julian Vigo: Oh, absolutely. We've got the push from NYU in the 1990s by adjunct professors to get health insurance, and to have a certain modicum of earnings that would allow them to pay rent in an extremely expensive city. I find it amazing how many of my students at the time had no idea how much I was being exploited at the time, I was at lunch after the graduation of two of my students, they invited me to lunch, and they were having a discussion about how well we must be paid. And I laughed. I didn't go into the details of my salary. But later in later years, they came to understand from other sources, how exploitation functions within the university where they were paying almost quarter of a million to go to school, and graduate school, and so forth. So it's quite shocking that even though we have the internet and all the information is there, anyone can see precisely how much NYU or Columbia cost today, or how much the cost of living is, as opposed to 1961, for instance, that people are still not putting together that when you have housing, that is like income. For most of us, if housing is affordable, the way one lives, the efficiency to live, the ease, the mental health, and physical health improves. And it's fascinating to me that during lockdown, people were told, just to bite the bullet, stay inside, and how many publications, how much of the media went out to discover the many people being locked down in extremely small hovels? Multiple families living in three bedroom houses, even smaller. And I just kept thinking throughout these past 20 months or so that the media has become complicit in everything you've discussed, we've seen an extra tack added on where the media is another arm of industry and the 1% they are able sell lockdown stories: stars singing, Spaniards singing, accordionists from Neapolitan balconies, everyone's happy. But that was a lie. And that was a lie being sold conveniently.I regularly post stories from CNN, where their recent yacht story—they love yachts—their recent yacht story from about five or six days ago was how the super-rich are “saving” the world's ecology. And it was a paid advertisement of a very expensive yacht that uses nuclear power, what you and I hope: that all the rich people are running around with little mini nuclear reactors on the seas. And I keep thinking: what has happened that you mentioned campaign financing? Remember what happened to Hillary Clinton when she suggested campaign finance reform? That went over like a lead balloon. And then we've got CNN, Forbes, all these major publications that run paid sponsored news articles as news. It's all paid for, they legally have to see it as but you have to find the fine print. And we're being sold the 1% as the class that's going to save the planet with this very bizarre looking yacht with a big ball on it. And another another CNN article about yacht owners was about how it's hard for them to pay for maintenance or something and  we're pulling out our tiny violins.And I keep wondering, why is the media pushing on this? We can see where MSNBC and CNN and USA today are heading in a lot of their coverage over class issues. They would much rather cover Felicity Huffman, and all those other stars’ children's cheating to get into a California University scandal which is itself its own scandal, of course. That gets so covered, but you rarely see class issues in any of these publications unless it refers to the favelas of Brazil or the shanty towns of Delhi. So, we're sold: poverty isn't here, it's over there. And over here, mask mandates, lock up, shut your doors stay inside do your part clap for the cares and class has been cleared. Cut out. Even in the UK, where class consciousness has a much more deeply ingrained fermentation, let's say within the culture, it's gone. Now the BBC. Similarly, nightly videos at the initial part of lockdown with people clapping for the cares. Little was said about the salaries that some of these carriers were getting, I don't mean just junior doctors there, but the people who are cleaning the hallways. So, our attention has been pushed by the media away from class, not just the politicians doing the dirty work, or not just the nasty finance campaign funding that is well known in the US. What are some of the responses to this, Michael, that we might advance some solutions here? Because my worry, as a person living on this planet is enough is enough: Why can't we just try a new system? Is it that the fall of the Berlin Wall left a permanent divide in terms of what we can experiment with? Or is there something else at play?Michael Hudson: Well, recently, Ukraine passed a law about oligarchs, and they define an oligarchy as not only owning a big company, but also owning one of the big media outlets. And the oligarchy in every country owns the media. So, of course, CNN, and The New York Times and The Washington Post, are owned by the billionaire class representing the real estate interests and the rentier interests. They're essentially the indoctrination agencies. And so of course, in the media, what you get is a combination of a fantasy world and Schadenfreude—Schadenfreude, when something goes wrong with people you don't like, like the scandal. But apart from that, it's promoting a fantasy, about a kind of parallel universe about how a nice world would work, if everybody earned the money that they had, and the wealth they had by being productive and helping society. All of a sudden, that's reversed and [they] say, “Well, they made a lot of fortune, they must have made it by being productive and helping society.” So, everybody deserves the celebrity, deserves the wealth they have. And if you don't have wealth, you're undeserving and you haven't made a productivity contribution. And all you need is to be more educated, managerial and intelligent, and you can do it. And it doesn't have anything to do with intelligence. As soon as you inherit a lot of money, your intelligence, your IQ drops 10%. As soon as you don't have to work for a living and just clip coupons, you write us down another 30%. The stupidest people I've met in my life are millionaires who don't want to think about how they get their money. They just, they're just greedy. And I was told 50 years ago, “You don't need to go to business school to learn how to do business. All you need is greed.” So what are all these business schools for? All they're doing is saying greed is good and giving you a patter talk to say, “Well, yeah, sure, I'm greedy. But that's why I'm productive.” And somehow they conflate all of these ideas.So, you have the media, and the educational system, all sort of combined into a fantasy, a fantasy world that is to displace your own consciousness about what's happening right around you. The idea of the media is that you don't look at your own position, you imagine other people's position in another world and see that you're somehow left out. So, you can say that the working class in America are very much like the teenage girls using Facebook, who use it and they have a bad self image once they use Facebook and think everybody else is doing better. That's the story in Congress this week. Well, you can say that the whole wage earning class once they actually see how awful the situation is they think, “Well, gee, other people are getting rich. Other people have yard spots, why don't I have my own house? Why am I struggling?” And they think that they're only struggling alone, and that everybody else is somehow surviving when other people are struggling just the way they are. That's what we call losing class consciousness.Julian Vigo: Yes, well, we're back to Crystal and Alexis wrestling and Dynasty’s fountain. Everyone wants to be like them. Everyone wants a car. You know, I'll never forget when I lived in Mexico City. One of the first things I learned when you jumped into one of those taxis were Volkswagen beetles,  Mexicans would call their driver “Jaime.” And I said to them, why are you guys calling the taxi drivers here “Jaime”? And they said, “We get it from you.” And I said, “What do you mean you get it from us? We don't call our taxi drivers Jaime.”And then I thought and I paused, I said,  “James!” Remember the Grey Poupon commercials? That's what we do—we have James as the driver in a lot of these films that we produced in the 1970s and 80s. And the idea became co-opted within Mexico as if everyone has a British driver named James.Now, what we have turned into from this serialised, filmic version of ourselves to the present is dystopic. Again, you talked about the percentage of rent that people are paying in the US, the way in which people are living quite worse than their parents. And this is related to student debt, bank debt, credit card debt, we've had scandals directly related to the housing market. We saw that when there were people to be bailed out, they had to be of the wealthy class and companies to be bailed out. There was no bailout for the poor, of course. I was in London during the Occupy Wall Street. In London, it was “occupy the London Stock Exchange” (Occupy LSX) right outside of not even the London Stock Exchange. It was outside of St. Paul's Cathedral. And there was a tent city, and people were fighting ideological warfare from within their tents. There wasn't much organising on the ground. It was disassembled months later. But I wonder why Americans, even with what is called Obamacare, are still not pushing for further measures, why Hillary Clinton's push for or suggestion merely of finance reform within the campaigning system, all of this has sort of been pushed aside.Are there actors who are able to advance these issues within our current political system in the United States? Or will it take people getting on the streets protesting, to get housing lowered to maybe have national rent controls, not just of the form that we have in New York, which, before I got to New York in the late 80s, everyone was telling me how great rent control was. Now it's all but disappeared? What is the answer? Is it the expropriation of houses? Is it the Cornwall style, no owning more than one house type of moratorium on homeownership? What are the solutions to this, Michael?Michael Hudson: There is no practical solution that I can suggest. Because the, you're not going to have universal medical care, as long as you have the pharmaceuticals. funding the campaign's of the leading politicians, as long as you have a political system that is funded by campaign contributors, you're going to have the wealthiest classes, and decide who gets nominated and who gets promoted. So, I don't see any line of reform, given the dysfunctional political system that the United States is in. If this were Europe, we could have a third party. And if we had an actual third party, the democratic party would sort of be like the social democratic parties in Europe, it would fall about 8% of the electorate, and a third party would completely take over. But in America, it's a two-party system, which is really one party with different constituencies for each wing of that party, and that one party, the same campaign contributors funds, both the Republicans and the Democrats. So it's possible that you can think of America as a failed state, as a failed economy. I don't see any means of practical going forward, just as you're seeing in the Congress today, when they're unwilling to pass an infrastructure act, there's a paralysis of change. I don't see any way in which a structural change can take place. And if you're having the dynamics that are polarising, only a structural change can reverse this trend. And nobody that I know, no politician that I know, sees any way of the trends being reversed.Julian Vigo: The funny thing is that scandal, quote-unquote, scandal over Ocasio Cortez's dress at the Met Gala was quite performative to me. It's typical that the media does. “Tax the rich,” as she sits at a function that I believe cost $35,000 to enter. And she socialised the entire night even if she allegedly did not pay either for her dress nor for the entrance. And I'm thinking, isn't this part of the problem: that we have so much of our socio-cultural discourse wrapped up in politics in the same way that Clinton's suggestion that campaign finance reform disappeared quite quickly? Is there any hope of getting campaign finance reform passed in the States?Michael Hudson: No. Because if you had campaign finance reform, that's how the wealthy people control politics. If you didn't, if you didn't have the wealthy, wealthy people deciding who gets nominated, you would have people get nominated by who wanted to do what the public ones, Bernie Sanders says, “Look, most of them are all the polls show that what democracy, if this were a democracy, we would have socialised medicine, we'd have public health care, we would have free education, we would have progressive taxation.” And yet no party is representing what the bulk of people have. So by definition, we're not a democracy. We're an oligarchy, and the oligarchy controls. I mean, you could say that the media play the role today that the church and religion played in the past to divert attention away from worldly issues towards other worldly issues. That's part of the problem.But not only the pharmaceutical industries are against public health care, but the whole corporate sector, the employer sector, are against socialised medicine, because right now workers are dependent for their health insurance on their employers. That means Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve Chairman said, this is causing a traumatised workers syndrome, the workers are afraid to quit, they're afraid to go on strike. They're afraid of getting fired because if they get fired, first of all, if they're a homeowner they lose their home because they can't pay their mortgage, but most importantly, they lose their health care. And if they get sick, it wipes them out. And they go broke and they lose their home and all the assets.Making workers depend on the employer, instead of on the government means you're locked into their job. They have to work for a living for an employer, just in order to survive in terms of health care alone. So the idea of the system is to degrade a dependent, wage-earning class and keeping privatising health care, privatising education, and moving towards absentee landlordship is the way to traumatise and keep a population on the road to serfdom. Get full access to Savage Minds at savageminds.substack.com/subscribe

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In the Shadow of American Empire- Interview w/ David Klion

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Fan of the show? https://www.patreon.com/newleftradio (Support us on Patreon)! We're joined by the Brooklyn Bad Boy himself, journalist David Klion for a wide ranging conversation on his path to left politics from his childhood in the Washington, DC suburbs, Israel/Palestine and the cognitive dissonance of Liberal Zionism, left foreign policy in a technocratic system, and American Empire with Canada in its shadow. Links https://jewishcurrents.org/ (Jewish Currents) https://jewishcurrents.org/category/from-the-newsletter (Jewish Currents Newsletter) https://muckrack.com/david-klion (Articles by David) https://twitter.com/davidklion?s=21 (Follow David on Twitter) About David Klion David Klion is an editor at Jewish Currents and has written for The Nation, The New York Times, The New Republic, and other publications. He has a master's degree in Soviet history from the University of Chicago and has lived and worked in Russia. About Jewish Currents As an award-winning magazine of politics, culture, and ideas, Jewish Currents publish quarterly in print and daily online. Currents has received acclaim for it's in-depth reporting, trenchant analysis, and rigorous cultural criticism, and for it's attention to literary quality and style.  Issues Jewish Currents covers include the uses and misuses of antisemitism, the inner workings of Jewish communal organizations, Israel/Palestine politics on the ground and internationally, race and racialization, strategies and horizons of American left movements, the global rise of the far right, diasporic cultural expression, labor, climate, incarceration, immigration, and feminism. Since relaunching in 2018 with an all-new staff and design, the magazine has quickly established itself as an essential voice in the contemporary conversation. Stay connected with the latest from New Left Radio by https://newleft.us6.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8227a4372fe8dc22bdbf0e3db&id=e99d6c70b4 (joining our mailing list) today! _________ Support this podcast

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Bloggingheads.tv: The Glenn Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 60:00


Daniel's new podcast. American Prestige ... Did the US needlessly prolong the Cold War? ... Daniel: The Cold War actually limited political liberty within the US ... The cultural logic of American empire ... Global inequities and existential threats ... The spiritual challenges of climate change ... Glenn: Capitalism is “the natural order of things” ... What Covid reveals about the modern American university ...

ex.haust
Episode 56: This Film Is Dedicated to the Brave Mujahideen Fighters of Afghanistan ft. Phil Cunliffe

ex.haust

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 58:48


Emmet talks with author and cohost of Aufhebunga Bunga (https://aufhebungabunga.podbean.com/) Phil Cunliffe (https://twitter.com/thephilippics) about the bungled evac of Kabul, the Afghanistan War's aimlessness, historical amnesia, and more! The Fall of an American Empire (https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/08/20/the-fall-of-an-american-empire/) by Phill Cunliffe Whatever Happened to the Good War? (https://www.spiked-online.com/2006/09/26/what-ever-happened-to-the-good-war/) by Phil Cunliffe Subscribe to our Patreon for 2 exclusive episodes a month! Closing Song: Dig It A Hole by The U-Men (https://umen.bandcamp.com/album/u-men)

Culture Wars Podcast
E. Michael Jones on UNWASHED: The Falling Empire

Culture Wars Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021


Dr. E. Michael Jones joins Nick on UNWASHED to discuss the falling American Empire, Covid, white Identitarianism and much more!! Original video: https://odysee.com/@UNWAShED:8/E-Michael-Jones:0 ____________ Dr. E. Michael Jones is a prolific Catholic writer, lecturer, journalist, and Editor of Culture Wars Magazine who seeks to defend traditional Catholic teachings and values from those seeking to undermine them. NEW: Jewish Revolutionary Spirit 2nd ed. BUY NOW----> fidelitypress.org/jewish-revolutionary-spirit Buy Dr. Jones books: https://www.fidelitypress.org/ Subscribe to Culture Wars Magazine: Culturewars.com Donate: https://culturewars.com/donate Follow Dr. E. Michael Jones on all our various platforms: https://linktr.ee/EMichaelJones

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
2673 - How American Efforts to Humanize War Dehumanize It Even Further w/ Samuel Moyn

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 70:56


Sam and Emma host Samuel Moyn, Professor of History at Yale University, to discuss his recent book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War, on how the evolving face of the American Empire has changed the way we perceive war, and what we can do to get the conversation back on track. Starting all the way back in the mid-19th Century, Professor Moyn dives into the first Geneva Convention and the attempt by the Swiss to make war more humane, as well as the response by some like Leo Tolstoy who worried that it might, in fact, further legitimize war. He, Sam, and Emma then situate the role of America in all of this, jumping off of the massacres of the Vietnam War and the changes both in Geneva law – focused around civilians and collateral damage – and in the perspective of the US military, that it inspired, before moving back to how the two World Wars and transatlantic combat put the US at the warfront of the western empires, locking them into brutal wars to “keep the peace” ever since. Next, they look into why the backlash to the brutalities of Vietnam was so much more severe than that of the war on terror, situating the former within a pre-existing anti-war movement, and then jump into the role of Barack Obama in really cementing the ideology of the “humane” war through public declarations of both the need for constant warfare, and the need for humane warfare. They wrap up the interview with a conversation on the role of technology in bolstering the Rumsfeldian light warfare, and summarize the evolution of, and what we could see next from, the American empire. Emma and Sam also touch on Manchin's mumbling maneuvers to avoid getting too into the numbers of the Infrastructure Package, despite his recent complaints about the numbers. And in the Fun Half: Gabe from Ontario calls in to get out the vote for the NDP in the upcoming Canadian election, Sandy from Ontario boosts that message before getting a warm thank you for her incredible gift to the MR studio, and Nicholas from St. Louis converses with Sam and Emma on the differences in pushing for individual lifestyle changes (veganism) and pushing for actual policy change. The MR crew also explores the social (rather than immune) boost Joe Rogan got from ivermectin, discusses the recent and growing legitimization of George W. Bush and his administration's war crimes, and reflects on the disasters of Rudy Giuliani past, present, and future. They wrap up the fun half with Tucker Carlson finally speaking on a topic he has expertise in (lying and using your power to protect the powerful) and the progression of recent anti-Mask Mandates, plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here. Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ (Merch issues and concerns can be addressed here: majorityreportstore@mirrorimage.com) You can now watch the livestream on Twitch Check out today's sponsors: LiquidIV: The hot summer months are here and we need to be proactive to keep our body fueled up & hydrated. Liquid I.V. contains 5 essential vitamins—more Vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a banana. 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If you don't already have Honey, you could be straight up missing out on free savings. It's literally FREE and installs in a few seconds. Get Honey for FREE at joinhoney.com/MAJORITY. That's joinhoney.com/MAJORITY. Support the St. Vincent Nurses today as they continue to strike for a fair contract! https://action.massnurses.org/we-stand-with-st-vincents-nurses/ Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Subscribe to AM Quickie writer Corey Pein's podcast News from Nowhere, at https://www.patreon.com/newsfromnowhere Check out The Letterhack's upcoming Kickstarter project for his new graphic novel! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/milagrocomic/milagro-heroe-de-las-calles Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel! 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Jacobin Radio
Jacobin Show: American Empire After 9/11 w/ Noam Chomsky

Jacobin Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 116:56


Noam Chomsky joins the Jacobin Show to discuss the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, the War on Terror, and the future of American imperialism after the disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.The Jacobin Show offers socialist perspectives on class and capitalism in the twenty-first century, the failures of liberalism, and the prospects of rebuilding a left labor movement in the US. This is the podcast version of the show from September 7, 2021 with Paul Prescod, Cale Brooks, Ariella Thornhill, and Jen Pan hosting.Subscribe to Jacobin for just $10: https://jacobinmag.com/subscribe/?code=JACOBINYTMusic provided by Zonkey: https://linktr.ee/zonkeyPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/jacobinmag

Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar
9/7/21: Biden Jobs Report, 9/11 Docs Unsealed, Trump 2024, Texas Abortion Backlash, Men Abandoning College, MSM Fake News, End of 9/11 Era, American Empire in Retreat, and More!

Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 85:11


To become a Breaking Points Premium Member and watch/listen to the show uncut and 1 hour early visit: https://breakingpoints.supercast.tech/To listen to Breaking Points as a podcast, check them out on Apple and SpotifyApple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-points-with-krystal-and-saagar/id1570045623Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Kbsy61zJSzPxNZZ3PKbXlMerch: https://breaking-points.myshopify.com/The Realignment: https://www.therealignment.fm/Ross Douthat's Book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/646761/the-deep-places-by-ross-douthat/Ross Douthat's Column: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/04/opinion/afghanistan-withdrawal-america.htmlWSJ College: https://www.wsj.com/articles/college-university-fall-higher-education-men-women-enrollment-admissions-back-to-school-11630948233?st=wpyovgt14frfwux&reflink=desktopwebshare_twitter

The John Batchelor Show
1654: ClassicGaius&Germanicus: August 29, 2021: #Londinium90AD. Three American empire defeats and the recoveries: 1948, 1953, 1963. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 16:47


Photo:  2RAR withdraw to DMZ Korea 1953 ClassicGaius&Germanicus: August 29, 2021: #Londinium90AD.  Three American empire defeats and the recoveries: 1948, 1953, 1963.   Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis https://audioboom.com/posts/7932429-londinium90ad-three-american-empire-defeats-and-the-recoveries-1948-1953-1963-michael-vlahos

The John Batchelor Show
1654: #ClassicGaius&Germanicus: August 21, 2021: #Londinium90AD. Gaius and Germanicus reflect upon the humiliation of the American empire at Kabul. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 14:43


Photo: #ClassicGaius&Germanicus: August 21, 2021: #Londinium90AD.  Gaius and Germanicus reflect upon the humiliation of the American empire at Kabul. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis https://audioboom.com/posts/7928147-londinium90ad-gaius-and-germanicus-reflect-upon-the-humiliation-of-the-american-empire-at-kabul

Geopolitics & Empire
Alex Krainer: Afghanistan Signals End of US Empire as China Turns on Elites & Great Reset

Geopolitics & Empire

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 51:55


Alex Krainer discusses how Afghanistan signals the American Empire's loss of hegemony over Mackinder's “World Island” and everywhere else (e.g. Ukraine, Syria, Iraq), the game is up. He believes that Beijing had initially been propped up by Western elites, but given the recent turn against China by George Soros and Co., the CCP mislead and […]

Israel News Talk Radio
The Fall of The American Empire! - Political Hitman

Israel News Talk Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 43:06


America has fallen! Howie looks at the end of the American Empire. Political Hitman 01SEP2021 - PODCAST

The John Batchelor Show
1638: #Londinium90AD: Three American Empire defeats and the recoveries, 1948, 1953, 1963. Michael Vlahos.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 16:46


Photo: A U-2 reconnaissance photograph of Cuba, showing Soviet nuclear missiles, their transports and tents for fueling and maintenance.. @Batchelorshow #Londinium90AD: Three American Empire defeats and the recoveries, 1948, 1953, 1963. Michael Vlahos. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Blockade

Straight White American Jesus
Weekly Roundup: God's Empire

Straight White American Jesus

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 56:30


For an ad-free premium feed, click here. Use code SWAJ for 60% off the monthly rate! Use cod SWAJyear for $12 off the annual membership! Brad and Dan discuss the dangerous rhetoric coming from the right that frames the COVID outbreaks as the result of "infestations" of undocumented immigrants. It is not founded in data. And it is dangerously dehumanizing. They then discuss Madison Cawthorn's suggestion that masks for children = abuse. This is rich in a country where kids practice active shooter drills regularly. They also discuss Tucker Carlson's framing of Ashil Babbitt as an unarmed protester who was executed. The episode finishes with criticism of Joe Biden's American Empire discourse and Christian nationalism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://swaj.supportingcast.fm

The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega
Ep. 101: "War Made Easy" and the Pitfalls and Lies of American Empire and its Forever Wars

The Truth Report with Chauncey DeVega

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 23:06


Norman Solomon is the author of several books including "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death". He is also the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. Solomon explains how the United States is actually a global empire. He also details how propaganda is used to convince the American people to support war, the country's military industrial complex, and war profiteering. Solomon also reflects on the myth of American Exceptionalism and its role in sustaining the American Empire and its forever wars.

Entitled Millennials
More Propaganda: Sesame Street and Sec. of State Blinken | Thinking Out Loud

Entitled Millennials

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 8:08


"More Propaganda: Sesame Street and Sec. of State Blinken | Thinking Out Loud"In this episode of his "Thinking Out Loud" series, Double D rolls a video of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken appearing on Sesame Street to discuss the global refugee crisis.Double D explains how this video is yet another example of the pro-military, pro-imperialist propaganda which paints the U.S. military as a benevolent force of hegemony in the world.Double D goes on to examine how this sort of pro U.S. propaganda is the definition of hypocrisy, as U.S. foreign policy is one of the main causes of the refugee crisis, with people around the world fleeing U.S. backed wars and CIA engineered coup-de-tats.Double D rounds off the video by ruminating on the two faces of American Empire; one being the smiling face of Hollywood plastic which is shown to its citizens, the other being the blood smeared face of war which is shown to the global south.Don't forget to join the YouTube fam!youtube.com/entitledmillennialsPlease help us produce more content and grow our channel by becoming a Patron!patreon.com/entitledmillennialsSupport the show and independent media!paypal.me/entitledmillennials

The Chauncey DeVega Show
Ep. 340: "War Made Easy" and the Pitfalls and Lies of American Empire and its Forever Wars

The Chauncey DeVega Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 77:09


Norman Solomon is the author of several books including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death". He is also the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. Solomon explains how the United States is actually a global empire. He also details how propaganda is used to convince the American people to support war, the country's military industrial complex, and war profiteering. Solomon also reflects on the myth of American Exceptionalism and its role in sustaining the American Empire and its forever wars. And Chauncey DeVega returns from a several-week hiatus during which he went home to visit his mother who he had not seen for almost 2 years because of the coronavirus pandemic. SELECTED LINKS OF INTEREST FOR THIS EPISODE OF THE CHAUNCEY DEVEGA SHOW Exclusive: FBI finds scant evidence U.S. Capitol attack was coordinated - sources DHS Memo: Capitol Attackers Plotted in Advance Follow the money: Understanding the deep roots of Donald Trump's coup attempt Afghanistan War 'Largely a Wealth Transfer' to Military Contractors, Says 'Black Swan' Author Taliban Didn't Win in Afghanistan, the Defense Contractors Did | Opinion Randall Beach: Thumbs down for robots, thumbs up for Ben 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.

Playoffs & Politics
American Empire Falls in Afghanistan

Playoffs & Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 53:36


On today's episode of the Playoffs and politics podcast, we discuss the American withdrawal of Afghanistan after 20 years of war. We'll talk about the failed execution of the withdrawal, the takeover of the Taliban, and debate who deserves the most blame for the failed, two-decade long, military occupation. Listen here: https://linktr.ee/playoffsandpolitics Follow Our Podcast: Twitter: @PlayoffPolitics Instagram: @playoffsandpolitics Facebook: @playoffsandpolitics --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/playoffsandpolitics/message

The John Batchelor Show
1615: #Londinium90AD: Gaius and Germanicus observe that the Roman Empire recovered from defeats like Boudica's Iceni, like the Taliban, and so will the American Empire. Michael Vlahos.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 18:46


Photo: Nature from "[The Celt, the Roman, and the Saxon: a history of the early inhabitants of Britain, down to the Conversion of the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. Illustrated by the ancient remains brought to light by recent research.]" . @Batchelorshow #Londinium90AD: Gaius and Germanicus observe that the Roman Empire recovered from defeats like Boudica's Iceni, like the Taliban, and so will the American Empire. Michael Vlahos. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudica

The John Batchelor Show
1615: #Londinium90AD: Gaius and Germanicus reflect upon the humiliation of the American Empire at Kabul. Michael Vlahos.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 14:44


Photo: Kabul International Airport in 2014. @Batchelorshow #Londinium90AD: Gaius and Germanicus reflect upon the humiliation of the American Empire at Kabul.  Michael Vlahos. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/08/21/tony-blair-slams-joe-bidens-imbecilic-afghan-retreat/

Straight White American Jesus
Weekly Roundup: Bombing for God and Country

Straight White American Jesus

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 59:03


Brad and Dan discuss the vehement support for the Iraq War and the invasion of Afghanistan during the Bush years and comment briefly on the ills of American Empire. They then discuss the dangers and implications of the alliance between anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers with the Proud Boys and how cultural melding leads to strange--and in this case, scary--bedfellows. This leads to a reflection on the Christian nationalism of the Capitol Bomber. He blames immigrants for his family's ills. He spout conspiracies. He says he is acting for God and Country. He repeats lies about the election. He was radicalized. The episode finishes with reflection on the dynamic between blue cities and red state governments and what this portends for the future of the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Castle Report
Afghanistan Graveyard — Claims Another Victim

The Castle Report

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 14:47


Darrell Castle talks about Afghanistan, and how the 20-year long effort of the United States to bring gender identity and social justice to a medieval society ends in failure in about 72 hours. Transcription / Notes AFGHANISTAN GRAVEYARD—CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM Hello this is Darrell Castle with today's Castle Report. This is Friday the 20th day of August in the year 2021 and I will be talking about Afghanistan as the 20-year long effort of the United States to bring gender identity and social justice to a medieval society with a strange religion, strange culture, and where the word gender does not appear in any of the many languages ends in failure in about 72 hours. The Castle Family is doing well this week as the kids are back in school and the summer winds toward a close. We get up each day and go to work where we work hard and then we return home for a night's rest and work around the daily chores of living. That is life in America today for the fortunate ones like us. I'm sure the family daughter is enjoying many of the same things safe in the golden land of Los Angeles, California. Why is Afghanistan sometimes referred to as the Graveyard of Empires? For the answer I turn to writer and economist Bill Bonner. “The British Empire concluded 80 years of warfare in Afghanistan in 1919. Their empire survived approximately 20 years after that when it faltered, declined, and was replaced by the United States as the new emperor of the world. The Soviet Empire fought there for 10 years and left in 1989. One year from the Afghanistan retreat the Soviet Empire was gone from the earth. Now the United States is withdrawing after 20 years of fighting, killing, and dying there so the future will tell us what happens to the American Empire as a result.” We do know for sure that the struggle cost the lives of some 2500 American military and a couple of thousand civilian contractors plus approximately $2.26 trillion dollars. Why do I say that the U.S. mission was a 20-year effort to teach gender identity and social justice to that medieval land? Because according to U.S. Government Reports, $787 million was spent directly on gender programs but the final amount was much larger because almost every program had gender education included. The effort apparently had mostly negative effects on a land and people who were unable to comprehend what would eventually happen. The programs included childcare for working mothers who were prevented by law and culture from working. Gender goals were required for the Afghan army which needed training in combat and esprit de corps. The primary result appears to have been rebellion and instability. In the end all the girls' schools had to tell their kids to run for their lives. The Afghan women's soccer team were told to burn their uniforms. People relied on the word of those in control whom they thought were honorable but, they were less than honorable plus very stupid. Often, at the moment something is happening we are told it is not happening and will never happen. This is manifestly no Saigon Secretary of State Blinken told us, but in the end that's exactly what it was. The Afghan troops the U.S. trained and equipped for 20 years just laid down their American weapons and joined the other side. President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken were briefed by the 17 different U.S. intelligence agencies about what was going to happen. The agencies all have billion-dollar budgets, and their leadership all went to all the right schools so how could they be incompetent. The Pentagon says that for many years it had been reporting to various presidents that the Afghan army, which outnumbered the Taliban 4-1, was unreliable and incompetent. It is interesting, however, what you can miss no matter how obvious it is when you are paid not to see. Afghanistan includes dozens of tribes each with its own religion culture and language. It is preposterous to think that a western style democracy with all the current woke id...

The Tip Touch Podcast
#069 | Eduardo and Brett | Insert Jab, Pullout Afghanistan

The Tip Touch Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 94:51


If you're reading this, we somehow by some miraculous reason managed to slip a very controversial episode past the Big Tech censors. Eddie decided to get his vaccination shot, feels great about doing it and wanted to share his experience. Brett, never shy about his skepticism shares an article in The Blaze that focuses on Natural Immunity and he questions why MSM, the CDC, and world governments refuse to acknowledge that element. For the record: Neither Eddie nor Brett are encouraging their listeners to get inoculated or refuse the jab. We feel it is a personal decision that you and only you (not the government, not the media, not society) can decide. We recorded this episode in the midst of President Biden's impulse decision to pull the military out of Afghanistan without any real exit strategy. It was a topic that was sensitive to Brett and he laid his feelings out there for the world to hear. 20 years and a trillion dollars later – for what? Eddie wants to know where in the F our tax money is going and why don't they make an app for that? It's a question so many tax payers are asking as well. Brett thinks America has already seen it's best days and is now on a full fledges decline. He stumbled across a book that captures so many things that our elites are doing to destroy this country and invites Tip Touch listeners to check it out. It's called Controlled Demolition of the American Empire by Jeff Berwick. If you would like to see where America is headed you can buy the book here. Socials: [The Tip Touch Podcast] Brett Otto & Eduardo Osorio (@thetiptouchpodcast) • Instagram photos and videos [Brett] Brett Otto (@the_notorious_b.r.e.t.t) • Instagram photos and videos [Eduardo] Eduardo Osorio Garcia (@edu_ardoe) • Instagram photos and videos Be sure to follow Eduardo on twitch.tv/maggpack and Brett's blog @K1Experience.com. For more exclusive updates and future content of the world's newest best podcast ever you can follow on Instagram @thetiptouchpodcast. Help us grow by subscribing to the podcast on platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn. 5-star reviews are greatly appreciated. As always, thank you for your support.

Matrix Breakers
Afghanistan Explained: Geo-political Ramifications, Chinese Influence, Death of The Globalist American Empire

Matrix Breakers

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 81:02


This episode will cover the details you're not hearing about on media or social media. A deep dive into what is really happening and how it effects our lives! The entire episodes details several key elements that most people on both political sides aren't talking about. This geo-political analysis is unique and is well documented. Enjoy! Chinese Communist Party Newspaper

The John Batchelor Show
1596: #Londinium90AD: Gaius and Germanicus weigh how the Roman empire deals with rebel armies like Boudica's in 60 A.D; how the American empire deals with rebellions like the Taliban's, 2021 A.D. Michael Vlahos.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 18:02


Photo:  he letter and initial I with a British queen in the background, probably Boudica, who commits suicide in defiance of the Romans. At the bottom an explanatory text line in French. @Batchelorshow #Londinium90AD: Gaius and Germanicus weigh how the Roman empire deals with rebel armies like Boudica's in 60 A.D; how the American empire deals with rebellions like the Taliban's, 2021 A.D.  Michael Vlahos. https://www.wsj.com/articles/afghan-president-ashraf-ghani-says-he-wants-to-avoid-bloodshed-as-taliban-encircle-kabul-11628939781

Very Ape Podcast
Ep 245: It's All A Process, It's All Progress

Very Ape Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 79:19


Talking about our lysergic summer thusfar, cosmic cheat codes, partying with celebs in LA, spewing some recreational bitterness about the American Empire and how we've been coping with this goddamn pandemic. Part 2 of this conversation is on www.patreon.com/churchofchill Church of Chill shirts available on www.etsy.com/shop/ChurchofChill Support our patreon to get exclusive access to bonus podcasts, our radio show Church of Chill and our incredibly dope discord community - www.patreon.com/churchofchill Follow us @veryapetv on Insta and Twitter www.veryape.tv If you dig what we do and want to send us some resources to continue the adventures venmo cassgreener. The support is much appreciated.

THIS IS REVOLUTION >podcast
THIS IS REVOLUTION>podcast Ep. 166: Imperialist Realism w/ Daniel Bessner and the Foreign Policy Crüe

THIS IS REVOLUTION >podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 81:12


In recent years, American Empire has increasingly faced criticism from across the political spectrum. Even as the Biden administration moves to terminate a generation-long war in Afghanistan, at least officially, the United States continues to maintain a vast overseas military presence. At the same time, it continues to intervene both directly and indirectly across a host of different theaters, from East Asia and Latin America to Africa and the Middle East. Although American political elites might disagree on specific aspects of imperial strategy, the notion that the United States has the moral right to exercise power overseas remains hegemonic. What explains this uniformity of opinion amongst political elites?   What is “imperialist realism”?   And what are the prospects for ending the empire?   About Daniel (from http://danielbessner.com/): Daniel Bessner currently holds the Joff Hanauer Honors Professorship in Western Civilization at the University of Washington. He is a member of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and was previously the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Associate Professor in American Foreign Policy. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and a Contributing Editor at Jacobin. Daniel is an intellectual historian of U.S. foreign relations. He is the author of Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual (Cornell, 2018), which you may order here. http://danielbessner.com/book/   He is also co-editor, with Nicolas Guilhot, of The Decisionist Imagination: Sovereignty, Social Science, and Democracy in the Twentieth Century (Berghahn, 2019). Daniel has published scholarly articles in several journals and has also published pieces in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, n+1, and other venues.     Thank you, guys, again for taking the time to check this out. We appreciate each and every one of you. If you have the means, and you feel so inclined, BECOME A PATRON! We're creating patron only programing, you'll get bonus content from many of the episodes, and you get MERCH!   Become a patron now https://www.patreon.com/join/BitterLakePresents? Please also like, subscribe, and follow us on these platforms as well, (specially YouTube!)   THANKS Y'ALL YouTube: www.youtube.com/thisisrevolutionpodcast Twitch: www.twitch.tv/thisisrevolutionpodcast www.twitch.tv/leftflankvets   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thisisrevolutionpodcast/ Twitter: @TIRShowOakland Instagram: @thisisrevolutionoakland   The Dispatch on Zero Books (video essay series): https://youtu.be/nSTpCvIoRgw   Medium: https://jasonmyles.medium.com/kill-the-poor-f9d8c10bc33d   Pascal Robert's Black Agenda Report: https://www.blackagendareport.com/author/Pascal Robert   Get TIR>podcast Merch here: www.thisisrevolutionpodcast.com

The Nomad Capitalist Audio Experience
Doug Casey: Leaving the Falling American Empire

The Nomad Capitalist Audio Experience

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 16:23


What should you do when taxes are raised in your country? In this video, Andrew interviews Doug Casey, The International Man. Watch as they discuss stimulus checks, where to invest, international business, educating yourself, and opportunities in Africa. https://nomadcapitalist.com/ Andrew Henderson and the Nomad Capitalist team are the world's most sought-after experts on legal offshore tax strategies, investment immigration, and global citizenship. We work exclusively with seven- and eight-figure entrepreneurs and investors who want to "go where they're treated best". Work with Andrew: https://nomadcapitalist.com/apply/ Andrew has started offshore companies, opened dozens of offshore bank accounts, obtained multiple second passports, and purchased real estate on four continents. He has spent the last 12 years studying and personally implementing the Nomad Capitalist lifestyle. Our growing team of researchers, strategies, and implementers add to our ever-growing knowledge base of the best options available. In addition, we've spent years studying the behavior of hundreds of clients in order to help people get the results they want faster and with less effort. About Andrew: https://nomadcapitalist.com/about/ Our Website: http://www.nomadcapitalist.com Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=nomadcapitalist Buy Andrew's Book: https://amzn.to/2QKQqR0 DISCLAIMER: The information in this video should not be considered tax, financial, investment, or any kind of professional advice. Only a professional diagnosis of your specific situation can determine which strategies are appropriate for your needs. Nomad Capitalist can and does not provide advice unless/until engaged by you.

WEALTHTRACK
Investment Risks Warranting Protective Strategies

WEALTHTRACK

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 26:13


Part 2 of 2 What does history have to teach us about the current geopolitical, economic, and investment environment? A great deal according to renowned historian Niall Ferguson. His thesis is that applying the lessons of history to contemporary events can result in better investment outcomes. One of the biggest, most consequential debates among economists, investors, and policymakers is over inflation. Is the recent global surge in prices a temporary blip from economies reopening from pandemic shutdowns, or is it a more lasting development with serious consequences? In this week's program we pick up on that point - I asked Ferguson about the opposite view, that the pandemic shock and burden of record amounts of debt could actually impede growth and be disinflationary. Ferguson shares his views on this, along with his thoughts on China, cryptocurrencies, and the new world of decentralized finance. WEALTHTRACK # 1804 broadcast on July 23, 2021 More Info: https://wealthtrack.com/renowned-historian-niall-ferguson-outlines-the-investment-risks-warranting-protective-strategies/ Bookshelf: Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe - https://amzn.to/2Ujtdw3 Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire - https://amzn.to/2VL2HvP The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West - https://amzn.to/3epbI48 The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World - https://amzn.to/3z8p0u6 The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook - https://amzn.to/3B9jKrH --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wealthtrack/support

KPFA - Letters and Politics
The Birth of the American Empire

KPFA - Letters and Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 59:58


WEALTHTRACK
Inflation: Understand the History

WEALTHTRACK

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 25:57


If there is one adjective we have heard repeatedly in the last year and a half it is “unprecedented”. It has been applied to describe the amount of monetary and fiscal stimulus that's been poured into the economy. It has been used in relation to the pandemic lockdowns and reopenings, and the record-breaking runs in stock, bonds, real estate, and commodity markets. Is there no historical precedent for these events? Who better to ask than this week's WEALTHTRACK guest, Niall Ferguson? Ferguson has studied booms, busts, the rise and fall of empires, the power of social networks, and catastrophes of all sorts including plagues and pandemics? He is one of the world's leading historians and an influential commentator on contemporary politics and economics. Ferguson is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, along with being the author of numerous articles, and a regular columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. His most recent book is Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, which analyzes how societies have reacted to crises from the Roman response to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to how various governments have handled Covid-19. According to Ferguson, experience has taught him that understanding history does help make us better investors. In this week's interview, he explains why. WEALTHTRACK #1803 broadcast on 07-16-21 More info: https://wealthtrack.com/using-history-to-predict-the-markets-with-renowned-historian-niall-ferguson/ Bookshelf: Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe - https://amzn.to/2Ujtdw3 Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire - https://amzn.to/2VL2HvP The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West - https://amzn.to/3epbI48 The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World - https://amzn.to/3z8p0u6 The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook - https://amzn.to/3B9jKrH --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wealthtrack/support

The Regrettable Century
Let America be America Again... For Once

The Regrettable Century

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 63:28


This week we continue our series on republicanism and Marxism by discussing the complicated legacy of the American Revolution. Like the bourgeois project as a whole, the historical consequences of the American Revolution have had mixed results. Simultaneously spurring on the cause of human freedom and stifling it, the American Revolution was pregnant with a creative and destructive spirit. As the American Empire appears to be in decline, we ask whether or not things cold have gone, or could still go, in another direction. Check out Matthew and Jason's Podcast: A Fine Old Conflict https://afineoldconflict.buzzsprout.com/War and Revolution: Rethinking the 20th Centuryhttps://thecharnelhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/domenico-losurdo-war-and-revolution-rethinking-the-twentieth-century.pdf Historical Revisionism and Delegitimation of the Revolutionary and Anticolonial Tradition—A Review of War and Revolutionhttps://sci-hub.se/https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21598282.2016.1172752 Liberals and Reactionarieshttp://www.leninology.co.uk/2011/10/liberals-and-reactionaries.html From Karl Marx to the Fourth of Julyhttps://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2010/07/inde-j03.htmlTHE MYTH OF THE “CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION”https://socialistworker.org/2011/12/14/myth-of-the-conservative-revolution Communist and Neo-Babouvist readings of the Enlightenment and the French Revolutionhttps://www.academia.edu/38110441/_Communist_and_Neo_Babouvist_readings_of_the_Enlightenment_and_the_French_Revolution_in_E_Vallance_ed_Remembering_Early_Modern_Revolutions_London_Routledge_2018 Support the show (http://patreon.com/theregrettablecentury)

Stop Me Project
Airey Bros. Radio / Episode 116 / Charlie Robinson

Stop Me Project

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 115:44


Charlie Robinson joins us again for another episode of ABR. Charlie joins us as the first 3x guest and we are stoked to bring you this information. Charlie Robinson is the author of 'The Octopus of Global Control' and the host of the 'Macroaggressions' & Union of the Unwanted Podcasts. Charlie along with Jeff Berwick wrote the Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Controlled Demolition of the American Empire. Stay Connected!!! http://theoctopusofglobalcontrol.com/?fbclid=IwAR192bJKcBluGN_kvip5zLNaCGLtxVCskTPr4UwYUsha--hqWv-LrH0LFhM https://twitter.com/macroaggressio3 https://www.facebook.com/theoctopusofglobalcontrol/ https://www.teepublic.com/stores/macroaggressions?ref_id=22530&utm_campaign=22530&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Macroaggressions The Airey Bros. IG @aireybros / https://www.instagram.com/aireybros/ https://www.blacksheependurance.com/podcast Premium Content : AB/DC Programming / B-Role & Mix Tapes / Accountability Coaching https://www.patreon.com/AireyBros Value for Value https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=BHCAKFGH6TNF2

Born to Win Podcast - with Ronald L. Dart

Years ago, in watching the three memorial services for Ronald Reagan, and all the formality that went with them, I found myself strangely touched. There were several moments when I had a lump in my throat. I thought it was altogether fitting and right to have such a memorial for one of the great presidents of the greatest and most powerful nations the world has ever seen.People will argue about Reagan’s place in history. Frankly, I think it is folly to try to rank all the presidents. Washington and Lincoln had to face utterly unique situations, and so they were utterly unique presidents. But what I’m talking about in my message today is not about the presidents. It is about the greatest, wealthiest, and most powerful nation in history. I know, in their own days, Greece and Rome were great and powerful. And the British Empire at its peak was indeed a great empire on which the sun never set. These were nations that created empires.There is no American Empire, however, because Americans have never wanted one. In our history, Americans have mainly wanted to be left alone. Left alone to build families and businesses. Left alone to live and enjoy life. Fortunately (or unfortunately) history has not left us alone. And, as I watched the greatest nation bury one of her greatest presidents, I was overwhelmed with an awareness of how great and powerful this nation has become. And some questions grew in my mind: To what do we owe our greatness as a people? Are there any obligations that go with that greatness, that power?

The John Batchelor Show
1446: #CivilWar?: The swift rise of the Church of Woke in the Later American Empire. Michael (Germanicus) Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisis

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 16:25


Photo: No known restrictions on publication. Roman Empire from Gibbon@Batchelorshow#CivilWar?: The swift rise of the Church of Woke in the Later American Empire.  Michael (Germanicus) Vlahos Johns Hopkins @JHUWorldCrisishttps://philosophyandletters.org/2021-conference/

Part Of The Problem
The Libertarian Take On China

Part Of The Problem

Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 54:24


Dave Smith and Robbie The Fire Bernstein bring you the latest in politics! On this episode of Part Of The Problem Dave and Robbie give their take on John Cena apologizing to China over calling Taiwan a nation, the folly of speaking about war with China, and Dave gives us his take on how the American Empire should move forward.5.28.21Support Our Sponsorshttps://sheathunderwear.com use promo code PROBLEM20https://www.fumessential.com use code problem 10 for 10% offhttps://yodelta.comuse promo code Gas for 25% offPart Of The Problem Airs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6pm ET on the GaS Digital Network! The newest 20 episodes are always free, but if you want access to all the archives, watch live, chat live, access to the forums, and get the show five days before it comes out everywhere else - you can subscribe now at gasdigitalnetwork.com and use the code POTP to save 15% on the entire network. Follow the show on social media:Twitter: https://twitter.com/ComicDaveSmithhttps://twitter.com/RobbieTheFirehttps://www.instagram.com/bmackayisrightInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theproblemdavesmith/https://www.instagram.com/robbiethefire/https://www.instagram.com/bmackayisrightSubscribe On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DSmithcomicBuy Daves Album : Dave Smith Libertas - https://bit.ly/2Nq5seMDave Smith and Robbie The Fire Bernstein bring you the latest in Politics three times a week, with the promise of bonus episodes! Libertarian Philosophy mixed with a sense of humor, POTP is one of the leading voices in libertarianism.Dave Smith is a New York based stand-up comedian, radio personality, and political commentator. Dave can be seen regularly on “The Greg Gutfeld Show” and “Red Eye” on Fox News, as well as “Kennedy” on Fox Business Network. In 2013 Dave was featured as one of the New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He was also a featured performer on the New York Comedy Festival’s “New York’s Funniest” showcase in 2014 and 2015. Dave's outlet for his social commentary is his podcast, “Part of the Problem,” which is available on iTunes. Dave is also co-host of “The Legion of Skanks” podcast, available on the GaS Digital Network.