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Updated December 2019
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It's time to admit it: when we argue online, we’re not actually trying to persuade anyone. We’re not even trying to ‘win’ a debate. We’re trying to “dunk” on our rivals, “own” our political enemies. We’re just performing for our followers, who are usually people who share our politics, our attitudes, and our biases.That kind of discourse might be entertaining, but it doesn’t get us anywhere. We don’t learn from each other or about each other. We don’t sharpen the arguments we make for our fa ...
 
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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Consumed with Brexit, the old upper and lower class divisions are themselves divided. According to professor Kenneth Surin, a Brit teaching at Duke, the decision made by voters in the upcoming general election will be of major importance. On one The post The Crucial December 12th British Election Explained appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We all know that, thanks to Trump giving them a green light, Erdogan’s Turkish military is now aggressively slaughtering the stateless Kurdish people. Kurdish women warriors were exceptionally effective in their fight against our common enemy ISIS. Yet Trump abandoned The post The Kurds are a Nation; Why Don’t They Have a State? appeared first ...…
 
Bolivia’s first indigenous president Evo Morales brought better lives to many of the dispossessed, yet he was recently overthrown. What of the role of the US and Brazil’s right wing leader Bolsonaro? On part one Bolivia scholar Nicole Fabricant explains The post The Truth On Bolivia//Believing Trumps Lies appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We were all startled by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant frenzy launched in 2015. But there is solid precedent. In an article in The New Yorker, acclaimed author of many history books, Adam Hochschild tells the tale: When America Tried to Deport The post Deport the Immigrants and Radicals: Trump’s Precedent 100 Years ago appeared first on Keeping ...…
 
Why did so many Obama voters go for Trump in 2016? What happens when party elites don’t know how to react to changes of popular opinion at the ground level? While they may try to do both: keep the elite The post When Political Parties Lose the Consent of the Governed: The Civil War and Donald Trump appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The New Deal aspect of the Green New Deal often gets forgotten. The goal now as in the 1930s is to make the state the instrument of the popular will. Democratizing the economy, making it work for the common good, The post A New Deal That’s Also Green appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.By Burt Cohen
 
All too often, schools function as a pipeline to prison for troubled kids. Kicking out troublemakers, punishing for bad attitudes leaves kids feeling they are disposable. Authoritarian models too often make schools feel like locations for punishment, when they can The post The Blues: Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls appeare ...…
 
The public is way ahead of politicians on this. Frightened of looking “soft on defense,” elected members of both parties duck and cover when polls show wide support for giving a serious haircut to the wild and woolly lands of The post “How Ya Gonna Pay for Medicare for All?” Here’s How appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We traditional Americans are doing what we can to take on oligarchy, plutocracy, and patriarchy.But our effectiveness is limited if we do not figure out the whys and hows of what our guest Melanie Joy calls “powerarchy.” Her new book The post The Psychological Base of “Powerarchy” appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Conventional Democratic Party wisdom is that McGovern lost to Nixon because he was too liberal, and as a result of that belief, ever since that loss party insiders have trended steadily to the right. But if today’s measuring tools had The post Democrats Took The Wrong Lessons from McGovern 1972 appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s not only Trump who is pushing cruelty. Since right wing Republicans have very successfully gained control over the third branch of government, the judicial branch, we should expect to see many examples of cruelty dictating decisions by the Supreme The post Cruelty Steers the New Supreme Court Docket appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
No question: today’s biggest unsolved problems came at the hands of the so-called centrists of both parties. Historian and author Professor Andrew Bacevich argues that while of course Trump must be removed, the constant focus of impeachment is a way The post Impeachment: Restore Entitled “Centrist” Ds and Rs to Power? appeared first on Keeping ...…
 
Across Europe tens of millions of refugees are living in horrible conditions, as countries erect razor wire to keep them out. Our guest today Tim Horgan of the World Affairs Council argues it is best to keep people where they The post A Real Solution To Refugee Crisis appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
“Cancel culture” is the less-than-perfect name for the tendency of extremely online people to form mobs and publicly shame others in response to perceived cultural and political transgressions, from sending racist tweets to selling food of a culture that’s not your own. Sometimes it’s celebrities who are cancelled for choosing a “problematic” r ...…
 
Pure individualism is not conservatism, much as though people who call themselves conservatives like to think it is. They’ll tell you the American Dream is individuals becoming super rich. But the more traditional definition is one of equal opportunity and The post “Conservatives” Not At All Conservative appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s become “a nearly despotic branch of government.” But wasn’t the Supreme Court created to be a check on the powers of the executive and legislative, making certain they adhere to the Constitution? Author Thom Hartmann is a progressive national The post Thom Hartmann: Hidden History of Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America appeared first ...…
 
Did Trump mean to be anti-Semitic with his insistence that Jewish Americans who vote Democratic are disloyal? According to our first guest, civil justice advocate and attorney Mark Bello, without question yes, Trump is anti-Semitic. And he says Trump is The post Trump and “Disloyal Jews”//The Corpse of Franco and Democracy in Spain appeared fir ...…
 
We’re living through an era of enormous transition, most significantly from a world governed by free market fundamentalism to something new — something we can’t yet quite discern and which could take radically different forms depending on the political decisions we make as a society. Two of the founding scholars of sociology, Karl Marx and Max ...…
 
We take democracy for granted, but as author Richard C.Lyons tells it, democracy is a recessive gene. Tyranny is much more able to dominate. Tyranny? What does that ancient word even mean? In his new book: The DNA of Democracy, The post The DNA of Democracy: It’s A Recessive Gene appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Could Trump get something right? Retired US Army officer and prolific writer of military policy analysis Danny Sjursen compares how the brass In Washington sees Afghanistan versus the empirical knowledge from people on the ground. The commanders see Afghanistan as The post Trump and the ‘Gated Communities’ of Afghanistan appeared first on Keepi ...…
 
What keeps Trump was his false version of “Roses.” An uplift from everyday dullness. Looking at the upcoming election, our guest today Professor Ed Simon argues that “those that will be the most successful will be those that speak of The post Not Just “Bread,” To Win Democrats Must Offer “Roses Too,” A Sense of Meaning appeared first on Keeping ...…
 
He’s often said to be England’s Trump. And many hope his reign as Prime Minister of the UK will be the shortest in British history. How much damage will Boris Johnson do to formerly great Britain? The chaos is astounding. The post BoJo’s Brexit Helter Skelter appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Health care in America remains one of the most important issues for partisans on every side, as costs continue to rise with no end in sight. Adam Gaffney, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, believes that the best way to tackle this problem is through a single-payer health care system, in which everybody receives health insur ...…
 
Melting polar ice caps is great for the rapacious oil and gas industry. Trump denying climate change and wanting to buy Greenland is actually part of the logic of what drives our military policy. Our guest on this show journalist The post Climate Change Serves Oil and the Pentagon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When Nixon lied, it was an earthquake. Now Trump lies many times a day. Does it matter? Why is it that evangelicals remain solid with Trump? How is it that evangelicals no longer care about his personal immorality? Do Christian The post Evangelicals Quit Nixon: Why Do They Stick With Trump? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Did you ever imagine we would have actual concentration camps in America? What would you have done in Germany in the 1930s? Never Again means never again. On the first half, Sara Caplan talks about the new grassroots movement called The post Concentration Camps-Never Again!//Red Summer 100 Years Ago appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Trump is not the first. Author of many history books Adam Hochschild writes: “The last time we had anything similar from Washington was almost exactly 100 years ago and it, too, involved a flood of angry rhetoric and a fear The post Woodrow Wilson And Trump: Fanning the Flames of Hate appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
On the first half of the podcast, from Barcelona Spain, professor of political philosophy and journalist Santiago Zabala reports on the rise of the new European nationalistic fascism. He answers these questions: What is it? Why is it happening? How The post The New EuroFascism//Slavery Ended Had Brits Won 1776? appeared first on Keeping Democra ...…
 
It’s not perfect. Much as we’d prefer to see the 1787 Constitution as a rock solid always-dependable foundation, our guests argue there are fault lines that we can not see but are always there. In their new book Fault Lines The post Fault Lines In the Constitution: Unseen Until Too Late? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
July's Democratic primary debates were an opportunity for the progressive and more establishment factions of the party to hash out their differences and present voters with different visions going into the 2020 presidential elections. Bill Scher is a veteran of liberal politics who has been involved in left-of-center organizing since the early ...…
 
If America’s founders saw where we are today,thy might have thought King George won the war. Instead of democratic control over the common good, a government of by and for the people, today it’s an 18th century style oligarchy. In The post Recreating a Democratic Economy: Our Founders Vision appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
There's no one who knows the mood of voters who attend presidential campaign events more than the political reporters who are on the trail. While pundits in DC and New York opine on what voters are supposed to care about, these reporters are actually on the ground taking the temperature of the electorate in realtime. Daniel Marans, a reporter a ...…
 
It’s a long and oscillating history: America welcoming immigrants and telling them to go home. As Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher explains, it didn’t start with Trump: “there’s a long history of rejecting “different” Americans:” Eastern European, Irish, German, The post “Go Home” Rhetoric is as American as Immigration Itself appeared ...…
 
If we criticize Trump, we don’t love America. If we learn history, we are disloyal. You know that’s what a lot of people on the right (in larger numbers than we’d imagined) are claiming. But what is Patriotism? Does the The post Are Most Americans Unpatriotic? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Safe comfortable myth is so soothing, but art, by its nature, is often about challenging the viewer. You may have heard of the controversy about large Depression-era murals on the walls of San Francisco’s George Washington High School. After 80 The post Erasing Unsettling Truth: The San Francisco Mural Controversy appeared first on Keeping Demo ...…
 
Gleefully ferreting out deception and laughing at it. An overall spirit of irreverence arising out of the rigid white-bread conformity of the 1950s, Mad Magazine has published its last all-new edition. Today we talk with national affairs correspondent for The The post The Brave Freedom of Satire: Mad Magazine’s Crucial Legacy appeared first on ...…
 
President Reagan’s former solicitor general and Harvard law professor Charles Fried calls it a “Day of Sorrow for American Democracy:” the day the US Supreme Court issued its 5 to 4 decision abandoning protection of one person one vote. In The post Supreme Court Whittles Away Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Of course Iran shot down a US spy drone. Any country would do the same. And Trump’s intention for greater tension is achieved. On this segment, legal scholar Marjorie Cohn argues that Iran had a legal right to shoot down The post Reactions from Iran and Honduras: What Do You Expect? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We’ve all seen it in recent years: the leadership of the DNC and the DCCC dictating policy and acceptable “centrist” positions for their chosen candidates. And how well has that worked out? Toward correcting that hierarchy’s grip on the party The post Making The Democratic Party Democratic appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
With much of state and federal government in their pockets, the interface between the tech trusts and the infrastructure enables concentration and nearly unimaginable control by the tech giants. As a result they are able to over-charge customers between $40 The post 21st Century Tech Trusts: 1984 on Steroids appeared first on Keeping Democracy ...…
 
(Please note: this is a corrected audio version) The force behind Trump, the real power in the Republican led senate is Mitch McConnell, who calls himself the grim reaper for killing good bills. Our guest in this discussion, Michael Winship, The post Nixon Could Have Used a Mitch McConnell appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
One of the most influential novelists in the United States is the late Ayn Rand. The Russian-born author's works inspired generations of right-leaning intellectuals, from former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan to former Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Rand's popularity stems from her simple creed that selfishness is a virtue. ...…
 
Well into the 21st century, everything has changed except our way of thinking, which remains rooted in 19th century values which unnecessarily hold us back. Millions of people hate their jobs and are relegated to living as passive consumers when The post An Optimistic/Realistic 21st Century Vision appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Many Iranians are more west-friendly than others in the Middle East, yet we demonize them the most. Retired US Army Major Danny Sjursen has the inside scoop on American military policy toward Iran and here talks about those realities: The The post Why Is Trump Provoking Iran? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
What do the new anti-choice laws and the old Fugitive Slave Laws have in common? They both strengthen the power of the state and white male rule over people deemed less-than. In the 1850s, northerners who thought slavery was not The post New Anti-Abortion and Old Fugitive Slave Laws appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
“For the first time in the history of our country, the government has brought criminal charges against a publisher for the publication of truthful information.” The ACLU clearly recognizes the serious new threat to our First Amendment in the form The post Crackdown on Press Freedom Has Begun appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We take democracy for granted, but as author Richard C.Lyons tells it, democracy is a recessive gene. Tyranny is much more able to dominate. Tyranny? What does that ancient word even mean? In his new book: The DNA of Democracy, The post DNA of Democracy: It’s a Recessive Gene appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
With more and more Americans going to college every year, there are increasing demands that the federal government step in and make higher education more affordable and tackle burgeoning student debt. But some on the conservative side argue that increasing federal aid will only make the problem worse by contributing to runaway inflation of tuit ...…
 
America is known in the rest of the world as much more faith oriented than other countries. In the late sixties, the left let the right own the flag. Now the mistake is letting the right own the “values voter.” The post Marianne Williamson: Righteous Candidate appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Sure there’s the $750 billion Pentagon budget for FY 2020. But real military spending is nearly twice that. There are many opaque agencies which are secretive in their use of other taxpayer money, according to our guest William Hartung Director The post Boondoggle, Inc: Military Industrial Complex on Autopilot appeared first on Keeping Democrac ...…
 
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