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Listen in on revealing and thoughtful conversations with fascinating men and women who took an oath to support and defend our Constitution and our nation – leaders in law enforcement, the military, the intelligence community, and many more. What inspired these people? What drew them to this work? How did they overcome adversity and failure? And what are the lessons for our country and our democracy as we move forward? These captivating stories exemplify what is best about our nation: integri ...
 
Keeping democracy alive Democracy is not a spectator sport, it requires informed participating citizens. On Keeping Democracy Alive, we delve into dynamics that both inhibit democracy and reinvigorate it. looking into issues from: domestic economic issues to foreign, labor, trade, and education policy, NSA spying, the drug war, prison, police, and judicial issues, electoral and protest politics, middle east realities, right and left wing populism, environmental and energy issues, the wealth ...
 
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There used to be a long held American tradition of opposition to colonialism and that government served the common good. FDR’s vice president Henry A Wallace was an outstanding visionary. Then a corrupt political machine performed a bloodless coup at The post A Successful Coup in 1944 America appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
A consumers republic was born at the end of the second world war. And though it was genuinely intended to be a tide lifting all boats, it has increased economic inequality and created isolation where public space once was central. The post Why Americans Buy So Much Stuff. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
He voted against one thing that can actually address what he says is the problem. Where once men felt pride in what they contributed to family and community as sole breadwinners, that is gone. The anxiety is real. In her The post Josh Hawley And The Republican Obsession with Manliness appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The words seem so obviously neutral and just technical. In her new book “Does Skill Make US Human?” author Natasha Iskander reveals that the language of skill versus unskilled is being used to justify dehumanizing workers in Qatar, much the The post “Skilled/Unskilled” New Political Categories appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We barely pulled democracy back from the ledge. Now there’s work to be done to make democracy work even better. On this show Kristen Eberhard talks about steps described in her new book “Becoming a Democracy: How We Can Fix The post Now’s the Time to Make Democracy Better appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Here we are well into the 21st century and we’re stuck on imperialism, a 19th century western idea. Meanwhile a new non-western, non-American, nonaligned world is emerging. And perhaps it’s a very good thing. On this show international journalist Patrick The post The Emerging Post-American Non-West Order appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Distrust of the press is hardly a new phenomenon. In the 1920s two American literary luminaries shared a concern about bias in the press. But they offered widely divergent reasons and ways to correct the unfairness. Upton Sinclair insisted the The post News Media: Commodity or Public Good? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
You’ve heard of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 between the trenches of the British and German soldiers. These were indeed brave men. But that was not the only such event: there were desertions, mutinies, and fraternizations. Today it seems The post The 1914 Christmas Truce: Powerful, Brave, and Not So Isolated appeared first on Keeping Democrac…
 
You’ve heard of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 between the trenches of the British and German soldiers. These were indeed brave men. But that was not the only such event: there were desertions, mutinies, and fraternizations. Today it seems The post The Christmas Truce of 1914: Powerful, Brave, Not So Isolated appeared first on Keeping Democracy…
 
In the name of advancing the public good, protecting Americans from dangerous diseases, in the mid twentieth century, certain humans became guinea pigs. It used largely marginalized groups like people in mental institutions, often times children, who became subjects of The post What Are the Rights of Human Subjects of Science Experiments? appeared …
 
It was “the best and the brightest” who brought us the disaster of Vietnam. And such elitists in Democratic Party still bring avoidable disaster. From northern Iowa, Professor Wallace Hettle sees how the power of big money over the Democratic The post How To Win Working People Back from the Republicans appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
One hears a cry for “unity” today, but though America is one country, we have always been actually many nations. On this show, author Louis Salome talks about places like Afghanistan, the other “stans,” Iraq, and other countries whose borders The post Don’t Fight Tribalism, Embrace It appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The original “banana republic,” Honduras is the second poorest country in the Caribbean region. A few wealthy and many poor. You know the story. It’s had a right wing government since a US supported coup in 2009, but on November The post Political Earthquake: Honduras Elects Leftist Woman appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
In his new book, The Privatization of Everything, author Donald Cohen directly takes on the myths which have led to intense concentration of power a an wealth and offers ways to reassert what America’s founders had in mind. Despite the The post Why Privatization is the Wrong Tool for the Common Good appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Unless it’s a spectacle, we don’t see it on screens. But as our guest author Andrea Press spells out in her new co-authored book Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism, everyday sexism is just accepted. The Me Too movement originated in The post How TV, Movies, and Social Media Maintain Invisible Sexism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
“‘Opposite sex’ is a phantom concept—nobody lives it.” So says our guest author Kathryn Bond Stockton. Her new book Gender(s) argues that what seem like obvious genital distinctions are in reality incomplete. When children are born, it’s like parents “lower The post Simplistic Binary Genders is Cultural Fortification and Wrong appeared first on Kee…
 
Pat Buchanan was ahead of his time. He used the KKK’s David Duke to breed a new nativist religious nationalism, based on fear of liberalization. On this show political science professor Joseph Lowndes sheds light on how the Republican Party The post Violent Authoritarianism: How Did This Become the GOP? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
How can one have optimum performance at your job when you have to hide your identity? There was fear of disruption by having openly trans troops in our military. But the truth is the only disruption was from people in The post Why the Fear of Trans Troops in the Military? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s easy to be all for cutting “waste” in the Pentagon budget but that enables continuing plans to spend 7.5 trillion over ten years. And on what? Could shoveling money to the military make us less secure? On this show The post Slice A Trillion From Defense: Bring Greater Security? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
They’ve save countless human lives in many wars. Military working dogs have a new monument at the Navy Memorial in Washington DC and it’s about time. Dogs are an essential asset deserving recognition. On this show first up is 20 The post Remembering the Dogs on Veterans Day appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Claiming the election was stolen, “angry loyalists storming the building while overwhelmed security guards gave way. The slavishly loyal vice-president who would, the president hoped, restore him to power.” Sound familiar? This was 1986 in Manila. Author and history professor The post He Knows a Coup When He Sees One appeared first on Keeping Democ…
 
For decades the majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans have supported taxing the rich but politicians in both parties have turned a deaf ear. But the grudging acceptance that everyone but the richest pays their taxes may be ending. On The post Tax The Rich to Boost the Economy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s been normalized. Americans who are neither Christian nor white may not necessarily feel open discrimination, but privilege underlies everyday life. The starting point is not neutral, as we’d prefer to believe. On this show Dr. Kyati Y Joshi talks The post Pervasive Yet Invisible White Christian Privilege appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
It was called the Gilded Age. In the late 19th and early 20th century, there was extreme wealth and everybody else (remind you of another time?). Wall Street bankers back then were getting robbed, someone had to protect them. In The post Making the World Safe for Plutocracy: The History of American Policing appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
It’s not about education reform; Republicans like Florida’s DeSantis and others are actually out to end public education. On this show, New Republic editor Kathryn Joyce looks behind such appealing phrases as Parents Bill of Rights to reveal a long The post Republican Goal: End Public Education, End Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
Precapitalist indigenous cultures have a lot to offer us today for a better, greener future. And socialism is not how its pictured. Neglected by the Great Men study of history, Rosa Luxemburg, a 4′ 11″ disabled young woman from what’s The post The Prescience And Vision of Rosa Luxemburg. Who? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When she came onto the civil rights stage, the men assumed she’d sing, not speak. But Fannie Lou Hamer was a force. As author Kate Clifford Larson tells the amazing story in her new book Walk With Me, she stood The post For Inspiration Today: Fannie Lou Hamer In the Early 60s appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s not like displaying a large red cross protects doctors from attack anymore. Yesterday’s Covid heroes are today vilified by some. Across the globe, health care workers have become routinely targeted. For example in Myanmar, since it is not an The post From Heroes to Targets: Medical Workers Under Attack appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
With violence so deeply embedded into America’s foreign policy, it’s become invisible. But who does it harm more; us of them? On this show global religion teacher and author Kelly Denton-Borhaug says it is time to grow up and face The post The Harmful Naivete of A Foreign Policy of Violence appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
They’re doing it again. Remember the Peace Dividend after Vietnam? Right, it never happened. Now with another war finally ended, here we are again. On this show, retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel William Astore says the amount of money shoveled to The post Even When It Loses, the Pentagon Wins appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The earth itself is today paying the price for the 20th century fossil fuel bonanza. Now instead of continuing to have all humanity in service to that powerful sector, it’s time to pay the climate and colonization debt. When George The post There Is Enough to Go Around. But Not the Way We’ve Been Doing It appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Philanthropies came into being to launder a plutocrat’s reputation. It’s become an industry today whose goal is preserving great wealth and maintaining dominance and control. According to our guest Edgar Villanueva, philanthropy has to be more than a wealth building The post Decolonize Philanthropy: What Does That Mean? appeared first on Keeping De…
 
Have we learned that the military is not necessarily the best tool for the job? On this show New Republic journalist Jordan Michael Smith talks about the self imposed failures, squandering America’s power. Right after the attack, the world was The post 20 Years after 9/11: Are We Any Smarter? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The assault on science and reason:we’ve seen it before. In the plagues of the 1300s and in 1918, as well as Covid-19, fear and uncertainty combine to draw out extremism. On this show professor of history at Messiah University (an The post Plagues and Extremism: The Perfect Storm appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The dehumanized Amazon warehouse as pictured in the movie Nomadland is more benign than reality. There is an “existential bleakness” where every instant is being watched, humans serve robots, and one can be fired by algorithm. In his powerful new The post The Biggest, Most Inhuman Power in America: Amazon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Anything but monolithic, the newly victorious Taliban have internal divisions and are desperately seeking stability. Many confuse the Taliban with Al Qaeda and even ISIS, but the truth is ISIS was the Taliban’s enemy, and the country of Afghanistan is The post Now They Must Govern: Prospects for the Taliban appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
You may not have heard of Rich Trumka who passed away suddenly August 5th. From working in the mines of Pennsylvania he served as president of the AFL-CIO from 2009 to 2021. Our guest today is once and future president The post After Rich Trumka: Now What for Labor? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
They come to us as they were from millions of years ago and today they are vital to fighting Covid and other diseases. On part one, Author William Sargent talks about his new book Crab Wars. The demand is outstripping The post Horseshoe Crabs and Covid//Biden’s Options for China Policy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Great stone monuments to the glory of war serve to silence the pain. Currently four times as many troops and veterans die by suicide as in combat. Our guest on today’s show is Moravian University professor of religion Kelly Denton-Borhaug. The post Veterans and Suicide: The “Moral Injury” We Don’t Want to See appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
It’s the ideal fear generator; there’s nothing more awful than child abuse. Intentionally whipping up such fear is a tried and true tool for crushing democracy. Cosmopolitan globalism, the prospect of losing white male hetero dominance has been effectively played The post The Global Right’s Bizarre Obsession with Pedophilia appeared first on Keepin…
 
Regime change in Iraq was on Bush’s agenda since 1998, September 11 merely enabled it. On this show is historian Larry Hartenian whose new book is titled George W Bush Administration Propaganda for an Invasion of Iraq, subtitled Absence of The post 9/11 At 20: So, Why Did We Attack Iraq? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Robert S. Mueller III – Bob Mueller – is an American hero. Though best known as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and as the Special Counsel that led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the story of Bob’s public service starts half a century earlier. As recounted in the first episode, Bob was bo…
 
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