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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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Of all the motivations for war, nostalgia is at the top. Longing for an imagined glorious past. We see it not only in Ukraine but in many former empires, like France. And this nostalgia plays itself out in racist nationalist The post The Murderous Power of Imperial Nostalgia appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The attack on traditional rights is at the vanguard of the culture war, reproductive rights are the floor not the ceiling. Religious nationalists cherry pick what they mean by liberty. We can wish Samuel Alito was an outlier but he’s The post The Real Intent of Alito’s Assault on Privacy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
There are concentric circles: innermost being the destruction of Ukraine. But the increased insecurity of so many essential factors as a result of the war is starting to disrupt and bring increased misery to the poor of the world. On The post The Worldwide Effects of the Ukraine War appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Why does it have to be us or them? Bush II tried to use Iraq to force nonaligned nations to choose; it failed. And it’s not working today on Ukraine. Why do so many nations still insist on not choosing The post Ukraine War: Trying to Bifurcate a Non-Aligned World 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 Oppressive Cultural Fortification appeared first on Ke…
 
One generation held the book and the author in reverence. And with Tom Roston’s new book The Writer’s Crusade and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse Five a new generation is discovering the unique importance of Vonnegut’s vision or war and The post Horror and Absurdity: Revisiting Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five appeared first on Keeping Democrac…
 
They decided the remedies of the 30s no longer fit the 90s. They talked about expanding opportunities not government. The economy was strong that decade and so they did not worry about inequality. In her new book: Left Behind, The The post The Price Democrats Pay for the Clinton/DLC Years appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s the bedrock of who we are today. But to believe there was agreement among the “Founding Fathers” to replace plutocracy with democracy is just wrong. A lot of the answers as to where we find ourselves today, good and The post Behind the Neat Myth of the American Revolution appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
They hide under the cover of academia. They claim to be local grassroots. But behind the faces we see on the news, there is an interconnected network of fossil fuel and evangelical interests in a very efficient soup-to-nuts approach to The post Organized to Destroy Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Since Plato’s allegory of the cave, tyrants have successfully manipulated the projected images the public sees. On January 6th, Trump told the insurrectionists they were being patriots. And they believe him. On this show, philosophy professor Andrew Fiala talks about The post How We Passively Enable Tyranny appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
What had been a strong established left in France has seen much of its support move to the right. People who feel left out and looked down on see a kindred spirit in the far right candidacy of Marine LePen. The post Will the French Republic (and the EU) Survive? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Shock Therapy. That was the US policy toward Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. That brought economic anarchy, a real depression, and the clamoring for a strongman government. And today we see the results. According to our guest The post We Missed it: An Opportunity For a Stable Russia appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Taxes. Working people have been subsidizing the rich for far too long. All polls show that support for finally taxing the richest is hugely popular. Of course the Republicans openly serve that top The post Biden’s Billionaire Tax: The Image and the Reality appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Do you buy into American Exceptionalism? Politicians of both parties do. But what does it mean to the planet? On this show professor Aviva Chomsky sheds light on the aspects of exceptionalism we don’t want to see. Technical tweaks alone The post The High Price of American Exceptionalism on the Earth appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It was not intended to be this supreme. But since Brown v Board of Education desegregating schools, even Democrats have been complacent and yielded too much authority to the court. America’s founders focused on freeing our government from oligarchs. But The post Supreme Court Too Supreme appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Clearly not his intention, but with his assault on Ukraine might Putin actually be decapitating his worldwide far right? Guest John Feffer director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies in an article titled “Will Ukraine The post Is Putin Writing the Far Right’s Epitaph? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
America today is not the America of the past. But in his new book What it Took to Win, author and history professor Michael Kazin, there is a thread that still works. Among the varied demographics, people want the government The post What it Took For Democrats to Win; Maybe it Still Does appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The break in the supply chain feels sudden but it’s been building for some 50 years. And our guest American Prospect Executive Editor David Dayen explains in an special edition of the magazine: “None of the private players involved have The post The Supply Chain Debacle Explained appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
As with many success stories, an impoverished, unknown yet powerful woman made it happen. In his new book, The First Kennedys, The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty author Neal Thompson tells us about the Ireland they fled and the The post How The Kennedys Came to Be Dynasty appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Breaking the mold of powerlessness happens, in the US Senate and in our neighborhoods. On the first segment Political Science professor and author Ron Feinman points to six little known US Senators who courageously stood up against war and injustice. The post Courageous Movement for Change That Works appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When Iraq invaded Kuwait, we went to war. With Russia massing at the Ukraine border, we threaten war. But when the repressive kingdom of Morocco claims possession of another distinct nation, silence from the US. The rest of the world The post The Last Colony: Western Sahara appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
One might think it was purely an honor, but it can be brutal. Especially for women. Sexism may generally be more subtle now, but not always. In this discussion of her new book, Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the The post Shortlisted for Supreme Court: Like Police Interrogation appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Both establishment parties are competing to be toughest on the Ukraine crisis. But the fact is America’s founders were solidly non-interventionist. Our constant search for new monsters to destroy; where has that gotten us? More peace and justice? Our republic The post Ukraine: A Conservative Take appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
A dangerous addiction to war is a result of what our guest retired Lt Col. William Astore calls victory disease. He actually served at the nuclear trigger under 2000 feet of granite. Reagan fired up the desire for conquest, but The post New Cold War Same as the Old One appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
In walling out Palestinians, the State of Israel has walled in themselves. Former Zionist Israeli Defense Forces paratrooper Sylvain Cypel speaks to us from Paris about his evolution. As a Jewish Frenchman, he says how that country’s experience with Algeria The post The State of Israel vs The Jews appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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.…
 
If it can’t be seen, it can’t be measured, and it doesn’t count. But a lot of the best results of public education can’t be seen. Quantifying was put there to assure command and control from the top down bureaucrats The post How Measuring Education Fails appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.Por Burt Cohen
 
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