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1% vs. 99%

1% vs. 99%Election 2018PodcastPopulismSocialism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/SocialismNewDeal2018.mp3When big gets too big, free market capitalism is stifled. The increased concentration of power and wealth undercuts economic freedom. The socialism of FDR’s New Deal very much helped capitalism become more competitive. A big, though lesser known, aspect of

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1% vs. 99%PodcastProtests & ResistanceWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Debs_LaFollette.mp3Is it treasonous to urge resistance to a war once America is in it? Most Americans opposed our entry into the First World War but once Wilson sent our men, some argued it was no longer OK to urge resistance.

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1% vs. 99%CulturePodcastPopulismRacismTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/MeanNess.mp3It may be out in the open now, and it is disconcerting to see and feel the blatant racism and hatred across America now. But maybe the ugly spirit of white supremacy may have been hidden from white people before 

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1% vs. 99%AbortionElection 2018PodcastPopulismTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/DCCCBorosage2.mp3The party establishment doesn’t understand that chasing the “centrist” rabbit down the rabbit hole makes no sense anymore. The rabbit isn’t there. That according to Robert Borosage who created the Campaign for America’s Future among other organizations. The focus of

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1% vs. 99%EconomyEnvironmentPodcastWomen

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Screwnomics.mp3What kind of economics leaves out essential factors? One that is not sustainable. So says Rickey Gard Diamond, author of the new book Screwnomics: How The Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change. She points out

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1% vs. 99%Freedom & RIghtsHidden HistoryMilitarism & PolicePodcastProtests & ResistanceSocialism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/MayDay2018.mp3It’s celebrated all over the world, except here in America where it all started. It is clear that for unjust power, history has to be erased–otherwise we might assert our democracy. On this special program, the real history of May

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1% vs. 99%EconomyInternational AffairsPodcastSocialismSyriaTrumpWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Macron.mp3The mainstream left of Europe has largely collapsed. Their national economies are trapped by the European Union. The eloquent English speaking Emmanuel Macron, president of France for just a year, on his April trip to Washington, displayed a public “bromance”

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1% vs. 99%Election 2018PodcastTaxesTrumpWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TrumpTax.mp3It’s the same only worse. Much worse. While the Trump/Ryan tax law won’t really hit until next April, there is no question the beneficiaries are those at the very top of the wealth pyramid. Regular income earners will be subsidizing

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1% vs. 99%EconomyPodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/01_YangUBI.mp3How radical can you get? Well, Nixon was on board with the idea in 1971. Entrepreneur and author Andrew Yang’s new book is titled The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income

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1% vs. 99%CultureElection 2018PodcastProtests & ResistanceTake ActionTrump

Resistance is great but it’s not enough. Since 1971, there has been a very effective anti-democracy movement aimed at replacing it with plutocracy. Trump is but a symptom of this problem so solutions have to be much more than merely

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1% vs. 99%PodcastTake ActionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/StandUp_GordonW.mp3Americas founders intended us to enjoy real power. Yet powers that be have convinced many of us that we are powerless.  From many years of community organizing Gordon Whitman’s new book shares what he’s learned can work to empower average

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1% vs. 99%AbortionClintonElection 2018PodcastTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Hodes.mp3Democrats have gone from a state of shock to one of denial. It’s time to face up to what needs to be done to win in 2018. On this show, former Congressman Paul Hodes discusses how we blew it and

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1% vs. 99%CultureIsrael & PalestinePodcastReligion

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/LernerHannukah_17_.mp3It’s more than the similar time of year. According to guest Rabbi Michael Lerner, of Tikkun Magazine and chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, both holidays mark times in which people without power successfully took on the powers of

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1% vs. 99%Freedom & RIghtsPodcastPopulismTake ActionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/OpenDemocracyLisa.mp3Democracy in 18th century America worked fairly easily. Nearly 250 years later, we are the least democratic of all the world’s republics. Right, left, or independent: nearly all Americans feel frustrated that the ability for average citizens to have power

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1% vs. 99%Hidden HistoryJusticePodcastTake ActionWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/ConA_CU_Vietnam_50.mp3Millennials may think of democracy as something we older people remember. The infamous Supreme Court “Citizens United” decision took legitimate power from the average American and shifted it to big concentrated money. Some Americans have not given up. On the

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1% vs. 99%EconomyPodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/KochanWorkBook.mp3FDR’s fixes of the 1930s were great for the time: bolstering unions, unemployment insurance, social security, and creation of new jobs rebuilding our infrastructure. Eighty years later, it’s time to adapt the New Deal to the 21st century and create

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1% vs. 99%EconomyFiscal PolicyPodcastTaxesTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Lapham_2.mp3The only reason for the Trump “tax reform” bill is that a handful of donors demand it; after all, they invested heavily in Trump and congress expecting a healthy return. But not all in the top five and one percent

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1% vs. 99%ClintonElection 2018PodcastPopulism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/WallStDemsBorosage10_31_17.mp3When big easy money is involved, it’s hard to push back. But that’s exactly what Democrats must do to win future elections. Robert Borosage talks about his current article “Wall Street Has Some Advice for the Democratic party…And Democrats Need

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1% vs. 99%EducationPodcastRacism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/CuttingSchool.mp3Both parties in recent decades have bought into the idea that letting private business needs dictate the direction of public schools will help education. According to Noliwe Rooks, director of American Studies at Cornell University, de facto segregation in public

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1% vs. 99%International AffairsJusticePodcastWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/PharmaIraqDebt2.mp3A group of families of  Americans killed in Iraq have filed a lawsuit against many big pharmaceutical companies who allegedly paid bribes to Mahdi forces who killed family members. USA Today correspondent Aamer Madhani investigated and reports  that the Iraqi

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1% vs. 99%CultureElection 2018PodcastProtests & Resistance

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/2018-20_CarpeDiem.mp3“Based on everything, it appears Democrats will most likely make gains in congress in 2018.” Do you think most likely is good enough? Being risk-averse weakens our chances. Author of The Great Divide: Story of the 2016 US Presidential Race

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1% vs. 99%International AffairsPodcastSocialismWar

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/NoKorea_Marx.mp3Fire and fury. Crazy Kim Jong Un. Crazy Trump. Mutual threats of mass destruction. Is there a way out? Of course. Korea scholar Tim Shorrock writes in The Nation that not only did Obama make the situation worse, but that

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1% vs. 99%Drug WarEconomyElection 2018PodcastTaxes

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/01_Marchand8_19_17mp3.mp3All the focus seems to be on the Trump presidency, meanwhile the vast majority of  governors in the 50 states are Republican. States have been called the laboratories of democracy. Here’s where we can make a big difference, not just

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1% vs. 99%CultureEconomyFreedom & RIghtsHidden HistoryPodcastProtests & ResistanceSocialism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/KazinLeft10_27_15.mp3While the left has had very few actual electoral victories, author Michael Kazin argues it has very effectively changed the nation. The author of “A Godly Hero: William Jennings Bryan,” talks about his book “American Dreamers.” What’s gone right and

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1% vs. 99%Election 2018ObamaPodcastPopulism

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TFrankDems18.mp3Author of the acclaimed “What’s The Matter with Kansas?” Thomas C Frank discusses the outlook for Democrats in 2018. he says that clearly some in the elite would rather lose than change. On one hand he points out that establishment

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1% vs. 99%ClintonElection 2018EnvironmentPodcastPopulismTake ActionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/NAFTA_South.mp3And you thought the first NAFTA was bad. Trump’s new version puts the globalist corporations squarely in the drivers seat, never mind local or state laws. Food labeling? Forget about it. The crucial work that bees perform? Again forget about

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1% vs. 99%CultureEconomyPodcastTake ActionTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HumilityNewSmart.mp3Millions of jobs will be eliminated because artificial intelligence is smarter than we are in many ways. We humans therefore face a serious and historic new challenge. What must we do to endure? According to our guest, author Edward Hess,

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1% vs. 99%ClintonElection 2018Electoral OpportunitiesObamaPodcast

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/DemocratsDeadEnd_.mp3The Democratic Party has been compared to a doomsday cult: no matter how thoroughly their assumptions are refuted by reality, they just dig in deeper, with devastating consequences for America and the world. They rejected the most powerful candidate in

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1% vs. 99%Freedom & RIghtsHidden HistoryPodcastTea Party

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Fourth_ofJuly2016_1.mp3Independence day: It’s not just about choice of things to buy and consume.  Recovering corporate CEO and Huffington Post columnist Richard Eskow on this show shines a light on just how far we’ve veered from what the founders meant by

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1% vs. 99%CultureFreedom & RIghtsJusticeObamaPodcastRacismTrump

http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Juneteenth_2.mp3Celebrated in 45 states, a lot of people don’t know about Juneteenth. It was the day in 1865 when formerly enslaved people learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. But what kind of freedom was it then and where is it today?

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