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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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“Crisis at the Border.” The truth is: unless we get to the root of how bad it has to be to force people to leave home, the refugees will keep coming. On this show political anthropology professor David Vine reveals The post To Stop Northward Migration, Address the Causes appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Traditional liberals argued we’d alienate some by civil disobedience in the streets of Washington. The idea was to stop the center of the war machine to stop the war, which went on an on despite marches and speeches and everyone The post The Remarkable Success of MayDay 1971 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, Least Human Power in America: Amazon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Self-professed “patriots” stormed the US Capitol Building January 6th, but it was Vietnam Veterans Against the War in late April 1971 who were the real patriots. They came for what they considered another tour of duty, after serving in the The post In Military Gear, Patriots Invade the Capital: 50 Years Ago appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
You may have read recently about a flare up of rioting in Belfast. It’s all a result of Boris Johnson’s Brexit. Scholar Kenneth Surin, a British citizen teaching in the US, explains what’s going on in Northern Ireland. Though it’s The post Troubles in Northern Ireland: Unforeseen Brexit Blues appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
As our guest Chuck Collins explains, it’s like one person orders expensive wine for a dinner crowd and sneaks out without paying. His new book is titled The Wealth Hoarders; How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions. What he calls The post How the Wealth Defense Industry Poisons Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Thanks to January 6th, the word sedition is in our consciousness again. Trump is more likely guilty of treason than of mere sedition according to the former director of the CIA and our guest, history teacher and essayist William Pruden The post Sedition and Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The monuments to Confederate leaders are all about altering the realities of history to empower and enforce old mythic beliefs. They are there on courthouse lawns to remind black southerners of their place. One this show, Southern historian Karen Cox The post No Common Ground for Confederate Monuments appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The message of his calm kneeling and centuries of racist violence is: you could be next, black person. Chauvin knew only 1% of police killing black people are even prosecuted. There have been others caught on film in broad daylight The post Hands in His Pockets as He Kills George Floyd appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Americans talk about the surge at the border, but the real point is everyone has a right to stay home. Today’s guest Avi Chomsky says that under Biden, Trump’s cement wall is instead outsourced to a militarized high-tech barrier. Do The post Border Crisis? How About A Right to Stay Home appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
He came in as a macho Cold War president but after the reality of near nuclear war, John Kennedy became a changed man. He gave an important speech about peace in June 1963. Now the Cold War is back and The post Can Biden Complete JFK’s Start at Peace? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.저자 Burt Cohen
 
Fierce nationalism and the insistence that the US is indispensable to organize the world has played itself out. With awareness of climate change, worldwide opposition to racism, and the avoidable persistence of great poverty, could this be the time once The post Stronger than Ever : The One World Idea is Back appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
Fossil fueled fascism is not limited to the west. The roots of India’s ruling party go back to Mussolini and Nazis. Repressing minorities as they increase wealth and power of the autocratic rulers. The US is tight with Prime Minister The post The Rise of Fascism: It’s India’s Turn appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
I cannot believe that I am saying this, BUT but this is the final guest episode for season one of this podcast! This episode is the celebration of this whole season. So today we will be bringing all those intersections and levels and layers that make us, that we have been dissecting and digging deep into throughout the season, together. 2020 has be…
 
It’s so easy for the national security state to just paint the same old picture for Americans: Russia and China are military threats. But in truth they are not. They are rising economically in large part because we have wasted The post The Cold War Again? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.저자 Burt Cohen
 
Even if it never makes it on TV, progressive action does make a difference. There’s a place for all activists, forcing hidden problems and opportunities to the fore. Our guest Dinah Yessne has a new book called Politically Defined. There’s The post Unknown Activist: Challenges, Successes, and Rewards appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Thank you so much for tuning in! On today's episode I am joined by two guests from both sides of the Atlantic - Lily Fothergill from the UK and Pranam Lipinski from the US. Both are Gen-Z experts in their own right and ways. Through conducting research, working with organisations, universities and Digital Natives themselves. In this conversation we…
 
Pounding on windows, yelling Stop the Count; the tactics of physical intimidation (led by the president’s men) succeeded in crushing democracy in the US election of 2000. On part one, our guest historian Robert Toplin tells the story where fear The post Democracy Lost to Powerful Men in 2000, but Women Saved it in 1937 appeared first on Keeping Dem…
 
Interviewed in Israel, Jewish author Larry Derfner says Israel has never been held accountable and argues the International Criminal Court is right to investigate Israel for war crimes. Boycott, Divest,and Sanction has been ineffective and that the right has used The post Jewish Israeli: Time to Hold Israel Accountable at The Hague appeared first o…
 
Thank you so much for tuning in for this special episode as part of Women's History Month. On this episode I am joined by Sally Mousa an international speaker, moderator and a global media presenter. Sally has lived in the Middle East for over a decade now, where she has been a presenter and producer on some of the region’s top platforms. As an Ara…
 
So much we have to learn from January 6th. On the first part of today’s show History Professor Robert Schneider calls it a “Populist Transgression,” without a legitimate grievance. Other uprisings and disruptions are purposeful. He likens Trump to Mao: The post A Carnival of Breaking Stuff and Lynching: January 6th appeared first on Keeping Democra…
 
The greedy hyper-wealthy cheer on their Republican advocates as they fight to crush democracy. But a lot of American millionaires are also patriots and recognize that more democracy is needed to build the common good. On this show, Morris Pearl, The post Patriotic Millionaires Boosting Democracy through HR 1 And More appeared first on Keeping Democ…
 
Thank you so much for tuning in for the second half of my conversation with Celia Daniels, a trans gender woman, an entrepreneur, speaker and a global human and trans rights activist. This is a special episode as part of the LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK and the upcoming International Women's Day. **WARNING: some of the content covered some people…
 
American presidents have assumed that our place is at the head of the table with our European counterparts. In his first (virtual) meeting as president with German and French leaders, Biden was met by, what KDA’s most popular guest Patrick The post We’re Not at the Head of the Table Anymore appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Jefferson saw America as sovereign independent states, only unified for defensive foreign policy. But today both left and right recognize the costs of empire are too high. And we are really too big to govern. Splitting into more natural bio-regions The post What Happens to the Nukes if The US Splits Up? 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: A Perfect Storm appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Thank you so much for tuning in! On today's episode I speak to Celia Daniels, a trans gender woman, an entrepreneur, speaker and a global human and trans rights activist. This is a special episode as part of the LGBTQ+ History Month in the UK and the upcoming International Women's Day. **WARNING: some of the content covered some people might find u…
 
They are often pictured as competitive opponents, but Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were “The Sword and the Shield” leading the same revolution with the shared goal of human dignity. On this show, Dr Peniel Joseph talks about his The post A Surprising Team for Justice: Malcolm X and Martin Luther King appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Thank you so much for tuning in! On today's episode I speak to Dr Suzanne Wertheim on everything language, and specifically in terms we use it in our day to day as well as professional settings. I thought it was a very timely conversation to have, as we are starting to debate and pay more attention to the words and language we use, and the emotiona…
 
Are America’s perpetual wars having the desired effect of enhancing national security? As USAF retired lieutenant colonel William Astore says “Terrorist acts are mostly the recourse of the weak when taking on the strong. The United States isn’t going to The post Can it Happen Now: Real National Security, an End to Endless Wars? appeared first on Ke…
 
The former president embodied what our guest calls confined masculinity: old cages locking men into highly limited macho roles. January 6th was a prime example of this. In the new book he co-authored Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion The post After the Winter of Trump: A Masculine Spring? appeared first on Keeping Democrac…
 
Thank you for joining yet another episode of The Change Agent podcast. Today I have a very juicy conversation for you on the future of artificial intelligence or AI. I invited Maria Axente, a Transylvanian AI Ethicist, who is currently part of the PwC UK team working on Responsible AI and AI for Good to join me in ironing out everything AI and Mach…
 
Despite the myths, there is less opportunity to climb the ladder out of poverty in America than in other modern nations. Did you know a majority of Americans will experience poverty in their lifetimes? And that childhood poverty costs us The post Poverty: Change the Structure of the Game appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Unlike other industrialized nations, America values celebrity over governing well. FDR was a rare exception,he became a celebrity because he served America so well. Then there was Reagan, who did great lasting damage to our country yet remains revered as The post The Price of Mythologizing Former Presidents appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Welcome to the first episode of February 2021! For this episode I got together with Cephas Howard, who has spent the past 12 years at LEGO developing physical and digital games, under the most recent title of Head of Innovation and Digital Play. Cephas is now a Chief Play Officer at The Play Institute where he furthers the development of products, …
 
What is this powerful hold the Pentagon has over our “civilian” government? Since Clinton’s presidency both parties have felt a need to look tough on defense; Biden and Trump competed for military support. That may be changing as America sees The post Demilitarizing Our Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The Trumpian mob attack on the Capitol shocked America. We thought “this is not who we are.” But maybe it actually is, more than we’d thought. If we dare to look at our history, it was not such an exception. The post January 6th: Not Who We Are? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.저자 Burt Cohen
 
Welcome to an episode #11! For this episode I got together with Michael Ray, author, speaker and a fatherhood advocate to talk understand: What is the mould of a modern dad? What is the blueprint that men should be following and modelling today? And ultimately, how much has the role of fathers truly advanced over the past half-century? Fatherhood i…
 
On part one: By strict legal standards, Donald Trump is obviously guilty. But the impeachment trial is a political not a legal proceeding, the Republican majority senate is the jury. And according to Marjorie Cohn, former president of the National The post Two-fer: Senate Trial Realities and Biden’s China Conundrum appeared first on Keeping Democra…
 
Welcome to The 21st Century Change Agent podcast! Here your host Baiba Žiga will be taking you on a lockdown journey across the world and speaking with change agents. These are ordinary everyday people doing extraordinary work. They are pushing the needle and already rewriting the narrative for a better future. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion topic…
 
When one thinks of people in poverty, what judgements come up? Did you know that the vast majority are working often two or three jobs? When you go to a bank or a mortgage, do they ask you how much The post Broke In America: Policies Not People Are To Blame appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.저자 Burt Cohen
 
Welcome to the second of this two part episode. On this episode I will continue my conversation with an author, blogger and story-teller Hannah Drake on the role of ally and how to be and do better as an ally. Please note: some of the material we cover on this episode, in relation to racism and slavery, some people might find upsetting. Make an act…
 
The Electoral College was born in a hasty compromise in the 18th century. Could it finally be about to change and enable more democracy? Though you probably haven’t heard of it, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is moving steadily The post We Can Make the Popular Vote Rule appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Sure, the south was defeated militarily, but their attitudes remained, as we saw in the January 6th insurrection. What we saw is not a fringe, in fact it has deep roots. Disunity is traditional in American history. People in the The post One Nation Indivisible: Really? Forever? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
From its birth in one block in New York City to more than a thousand town squares, the conversation began ten years ago. It was the first social media driven movement and as Heather McKee Hurwitz writes in her new The post Occupy Wall St. 2011 Was Just The Start appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
No one likes an outside power coming in and having control over them. But that’s exactly what has pervaded the Middle East for over a hundred years. Some of the effects of America’s recent wars there include epidemics of birth The post New President: New Better Mideast Policy? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Welcome to an episode #3 of 2021! For this episode I got together with the amazing author, blogger and story-teller Hannah Drake to talk about, what is the role of an ally and how to be and do better as an ally. Please note: some of the material we cover on this episode, in relation to racism and slavery, some people might find upsetting. In most p…
 
Smeared and driven from leadership of the British Labour Party. Relentlessly attacked by the uniquely powerful British tabloid media, our guest today Matt Sarb-Cousin argues there’s never been a leader like Jeremy Corbyn. Except perhaps America’s own Bernie Sanders. Trump The post The UK’s Jeremy Corbyn: What Now? appeared first on Keeping Democrac…
 
The similarities are uncanny and deeply disturbing: Kaiser Wilhelm II and Donald Trump share an amazing number of attributes. Such as fascination with and envy of more powerful people, the need to belittle other heads of state, believing themselves physically The post Brothers from Another Mother: Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II appeared first on Keepi…
 
Welcome to an episode #2 of 2021! I didn't lie when I told you that I have an extra special line up for you this year! For today's episode I got together with Matteo Bergamini, the Founder and CEO of ShoutOut UK, which is an award winning education brand, which providing world class training and programmes on Media & Political literacy. Matteo is a…
 
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