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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/McCoyDecline.mp3Announced with boundless optimism in 1941, “the American Century” is nearing its end. Since WWII, America has taken over from Britain as the leading empire.  So what caused this decline, what must we learn, and what about America may survive

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/SanctionsPatrick.mp3Our most reliable allies in Western Europe are the ones most hurt by the new sanctions passed by congress and supported by the president. Europe depends on pipelines from Russia for their energy. Under the new law, any company doing

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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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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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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Secesh17.mp3No one in their right mind would ever think the Soviet Union would suddenly break down into its component parts. Then it did. Clearly America is more divided now than since the 1861 war against Southern independence. Many would argue

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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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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TakingDParty_WaronISIS.mp3Millennials would make a big mistake to give up on the Democratic Party. There is proof that liberals are successfully taking it back from the corrupt corporate wing. On the first half, In These Times staff writer Theo Anderson specifies

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/AstoreSovietUSA.mp3As we are bombarded by endless news about Russian hacking, interfering with our democracy, a more subtle yet equally serious concern is how much we have become like our former enemy. What we value most of all about The United

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/KillItToSaveIt.mp3The forces currently in power may actually believe that by killing democracy they are saving America. Or they may just be driven by simple greed. In his new book: Kill It to Save It; An Autopsy of Capitalism’s Triumph Over

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Krassner2017.mp3He published The Realist from 1958-2001. A magazine of satire that afflicted the powers that were. Paul Krassner along with Abbie Hoffman launched the Yippies to inspire young people in the late 60s, mixing rock and roll with politics. And

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/1984Gordon.mp3How dangerous is it that Americans are adjusting to truths changing by the hour? What is official truth now may not be so tomorrow. It’s all up to Trump’s White House. We mere citizens must accept and believe the dictate

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/MexicoGuns.mp3In the American war on drugs, the Mexican drug cartels work hand in glove with the  federal, state, and local police. Most of the guns used in the tens of thousands of killings in recent years come from (guess where)

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TrumpRussia_NetNeut.mp3Imagine being an intelligence professional. At great personal risk, you gather information crucial to America’s security. Then you have to share that information with the president. How would you feel when he blithely give those secrets to the Russians, of

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Sjursen5_17.mp3Who better than a military person to talk about the dangers of what he sees as a worship of all things military? Major Danny Sjursen commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and here talks about his deep concern about military,

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Frenchelection5_17.mp3How much did the election of Trump turn French voters away from the right wing populist Marine LePen in the May 7th election? To what degree is her party, the National Front, still racist? What is the danger of normalizing

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/CapGains_WarCrimes.mp3Tax breaks for capital gains are a form of class privilege. So says history of US capitalism professor Julia Ott. It’s better public relations for Southern senators than outright Jim Crow, but taxing capital gains less than ordinary income was

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/ImmigrantRealities.mp3Imagine your very existence being seen as proof of guilt. The blatantly racist anti-immigrant policies Trump is known for did not originate with him. In fact, as our guest Avi Chomsky, professor of history and coordinator of Latin American, Latino,

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/TaxDay2017.mp3As Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, “Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.” But today’s greed-driven super-rich are determined to destroy America’s traditional valuing of the common good. If regular people hate taxes, then the top one tenth of one

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Syria4_17.mp3On the one hand, somebody had to do something. Using Sarin gas to kill babies must not go unchallenged. On the other hand, what did the Tomahawk missile attack accomplish? What about the thousands of innocents already killed by all

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/McCoyPopism_BCWWI.mp3The Democratic nominee was the very antithesis of populism; with her hand out to big money interests seeming to ignore everyday people. So we got Trump. In an article written by internationally recognized historian Alfred McCoy has written about The

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/DirectActionKauffman.mp3Direct action is successful when it creates a crisis for those in power. It baffles the powers that be because it is truly democratic, merely a movement of movements. So says L.A. Kauffman, organizer of many direct action events, and

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Bookstore_GorsuchCohn.mp3The right wing depends for its power on people not reading. Books have always been subversive. They lead to critical thinking. On the first part of this show, Ken Gloss,  proprietor of the internationally renowned Brattle Book Shop talks about

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/BlackBlocWeather.mp3Violence at anti-Trump protests is a gift to the powers being protested. Just as the Weathermen in the late sixties were greatly appreciated by Nixon, so too the Bannon/Trump Right loves to label protestors as violent thugs. A veteran of

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48358971/LowerEd.mp3At for-profit universities, they’re not admission offices, they’re sales forces. It’s no accident that today for-profit colleges and universities are proliferating. They exist to turn a profit for investors, and that means maintaining a class of low income people. Instead

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Buckley.mp3“Voting third party helps those you despise.” So argues Raymond Buckley, who recently ran for chair of the Democratic National Committee. The fact that the race was high in the news demonstrates the beginning success for necessary changes in the

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/HouseofTruth.mp3Liberals were shocked by the outcome of the 2016 election. As they were in 1920 when Republicans put up Warren Harding, a big business Republican who campaigned and won on an America First message, stoking the public’s fear of immigrants

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/VanBuren_TurseTruth.mp3Telling the truth to power shouldn’t take courage, but it certainly does. On part one, Peter VanBuren, whistle-blower and author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, describes

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/SjursenWars.mp3Imagine being a proud part of the military for decades, serving as strategist and then it lands on you: our policy is a failure. Major Danny Sjursen in his inaugural Tom Dispatch post writes from a unique perspective on what

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/CarbonTaxGOP.mp3Never motivated by serving the common good, powerful old-school Republican leaders such as James Baker, George Schultz, and Henry Paulson have put forward a proposal for a carbon emissions tax to fight climate change. You ask: why would they do

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http://media.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/p/content.blubrry.com/keeping_democracy_alive/Churchwell.mp3” They didn’t call it fascism. They painted it red, white, and blue, and called it Americanism.” That’s from a 1942 movie with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy called Keeper of the Flame, which imagines a full fledged homegrown American

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