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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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“‘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…
 
Everyone who supported him projected what they wanted to see on him in 2008. In his new book He Was Our Man In Washington, A History of the Obama Years, author Owen Symes reveals such little known facts as Obama’s The post What Was the Obama Presidency Really? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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.저자 Burt Cohen
 
It’s been normalized. Americans who are neither Christian nor white may not necessarily feel open discrimination, but privilege underlies everyday life. The starting point is not neutral, as we’d prefer to believe. On this show Dr. Kyati Y Joshi talks The post Pervasive Yet Invisible White Christian Privilege appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
It was called the Gilded Age. In the late 19th and early 20th century, there was extreme wealth and everybody else (remind you of another time?). Wall Street bankers back then were getting robbed, someone had to protect them. In The post Making the World Safe for Plutocracy: The History of American Policing appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
It’s not about education reform; Republicans like Florida’s DeSantis and others are actually out to end public education. On this show, New Republic editor Kathryn Joyce looks behind such appealing phrases as Parents Bill of Rights to reveal a long The post Republican Goal: End Public Education, End Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
Precapitalist indigenous cultures have a lot to offer us today for a better, greener future. And socialism is not how its pictured. Neglected by the Great Men study of history, Rosa Luxemburg, a 4′ 11″ disabled young woman from what’s The post The Prescience And Vision of Rosa Luxemburg. Who? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When she came onto the civil rights stage, the men assumed she’d sing, not speak. But Fannie Lou Hamer was a force. As author Kate Clifford Larson tells the amazing story in her new book Walk With Me, she stood The post For Inspiration Today: Fannie Lou Hamer In the Early 60s appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s not like displaying a large red cross protects doctors from attack anymore. Yesterday’s Covid heroes are today vilified by some. Across the globe, health care workers have become routinely targeted. For example in Myanmar, since it is not an The post From Heroes to Targets: Medical Workers Under Attack appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
With violence so deeply embedded into America’s foreign policy, it’s become invisible. But who does it harm more; us of them? On this show global religion teacher and author Kelly Denton-Borhaug says it is time to grow up and face The post The Harmful Naivete of A Foreign Policy of Violence appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
They’re doing it again. Remember the Peace Dividend after Vietnam? Right, it never happened. Now with another war finally ended, here we are again. On this show, retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel William Astore says the amount of money shoveled to The post Even When It Loses, the Pentagon Wins appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The earth itself is today paying the price for the 20th century fossil fuel bonanza. Now instead of continuing to have all humanity in service to that powerful sector, it’s time to pay the climate and colonization debt. When George The post There Is Enough to Go Around. But Not the Way We’ve Been Doing It appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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 Must We Do the Cold War Again? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Philanthropies came into being to launder a plutocrat’s reputation. It’s become an industry today whose goal is preserving great wealth and maintaining dominance and control. According to our guest Edgar Villanueva, philanthropy has to be more than a wealth building The post Decolonize Philanthropy: What Does That Mean? appeared first on Keeping De…
 
The prospect of losing the power of empire brings out fear which can lead to police states. Or it can be seen as an opportunity for significant improvement. On this show, Matt Wehmeier, who spent recent years in the former The post Are We There? How Empires Fall appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Have we learned that the military is not necessarily the best tool for the job? On this show New Republic journalist Jordan Michael Smith talks about the self imposed failures, squandering America’s power. Right after the attack, the world was The post 20 Years after 9/11: Are We Any Smarter? 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: The Perfect Storm 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, Most Inhuman Power in America: Amazon appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
With the pandemic throwing everything up in the air, there are new opportunities for us to shape the way it all lands. Going back to the old “normal” is not the only option. On this show Joe Ryle a leader The post A Benefit From Covid? 4 Day Work Week appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.저자 Burt Cohen
 
Anything but monolithic, the newly victorious Taliban have internal divisions and are desperately seeking stability. Many confuse the Taliban with Al Qaeda and even ISIS, but the truth is ISIS was the Taliban’s enemy, and the country of Afghanistan is The post Now They Must Govern: Prospects for the Taliban 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.…
 
You may not have heard of Rich Trumka who passed away suddenly August 5th. From working in the mines of Pennsylvania he served as president of the AFL-CIO from 2009 to 2021. Our guest today is once and future president The post After Rich Trumka: Now What for Labor? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
They come to us as they were from millions of years ago and today they are vital to fighting Covid and other diseases. On part one, Author William Sargent talks about his new book Crab Wars. The demand is outstripping The post Horseshoe Crabs and Covid//Biden’s Options for China Policy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Great stone monuments to the glory of war serve to silence the pain. Currently four times as many troops and veterans die by suicide as in combat. Our guest on today’s show is Moravian University professor of religion Kelly Denton-Borhaug. The post Veterans and Suicide: The “Moral Injury” We Don’t Want to See appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
It’s the ideal fear generator; there’s nothing more awful than child abuse. Intentionally whipping up such fear is a tried and true tool for crushing democracy. Cosmopolitan globalism, the prospect of losing white male hetero dominance has been effectively played The post The Global Right’s Bizarre Obsession with Pedophilia appeared first on Keepin…
 
Regime change in Iraq was on Bush’s agenda since 1998, September 11 merely enabled it. On this show is historian Larry Hartenian whose new book is titled George W Bush Administration Propaganda for an Invasion of Iraq, subtitled Absence of The post 9/11 At 20: So, Why Did We Attack Iraq? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Everyone knows the tax code is there to serve the richest Americans. But when it was created, the tax code was actually intended to tax only the richest. The Progressive era was a way out of the last Gilded Age The post America Will Be Lots Richer With No Billionaires appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
We hold their debt, they hold ours. Yet both countries are openly preparing for all out high intensity war. Flashpoints in the South China Sea. Nationalism here and in China. But as US Foreign Policy historian Lawrence Wittner explains, though The post Does it Have to be Militaristic Competition With China? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
Fear leads to actions people often later regret. Why are people who’ve been against guns now buying them up? The pandemic isolation and fear of shortages is part of the explanation for the current surge. Feeling safer beats actually being The post Anti-Gun Americans Become a Wave of New Gun Owners: What? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The most dangerous thing to be in Central America is a water defender. The transnational mining interests frighten regional governments with massive lawsuits if they don’t get their way. And they have killed. But as the new book The Water The post David Beats Goliath: Water Over Gold appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Remember Nixon’s “law and order?” It was a clever way to get whites to buy into racist repression. On this show author historian Alfred McCoy (who revealed government heroin distribution to GIs in Vietnam) says the continuing “war on drugs” The post The Intent of the Drug War: Repress Black People appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
President Biden is doing what presidents rarely do: seeing reality and making a change. At no small political risk. Are we abandoning the women to Taliban brutality? Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the conservative Cato Institute, former assistant to President The post Afghanistan: We’re Outta There, Now What? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Aliv…
 
While there are major challenges, there is much to celebrate. We are the only country with the same form of government since our founding in 1787. But in light of Trumpism, religious nationalists, and January 6th, how strong is our The post Fourth of July 2021: Are We Keeping a Republic? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When VP Kamala Harris went to Central America, Honduras was not on the list of stops. She has reason to not want to appear with their right wing president. He is supported by the powerful global extractive industries, but there’s The post Berta Caceres Trial Will Test Biden’s Central America Policy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
There are signs of serious splits emerging in the very conservative Southern Baptist Convention, which is the largest Protestant denomination in America. Fifteen thousand of them just completed their annual gathering to elect a new president. The least hard liner The post Split Among Right Wing Evangelicals appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
In the Scopes Trial of 1925, William Jennings Bryan spoke against teaching evolution, saying “I have all the information I need to live and die by.” Today’s intense fight against teaching Critical Race Theory is more of the same. To The post Critical Race Theory: Scopes Trial Redux? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Like many professionals, doctors and medical providers are uncomfortable with plowing new ground. But that’s what trans medicine is, and there is growing need for best treatment practices. There is very little research or precedent but the needs of trans The post Trans Medicine: Brave New World? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s a rich country full of poor people. With his teaching pencil as a symbol, from the countryside Pedro Castillo is the winner of the very tight but certified free and fair June 6th presidential election. The candidate of the The post Rural Teacher Elected President in Peru While the Right Claims Fraud. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Michael Winship writes: “Despite Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being in the White House, we remain in existential peril.” A big step toward tyranny is Senator Joe Manchin who announced he will not support an end to the filibuster which The post Manchin: Ego Rules Over Patriotism appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Women in the military know they are more likely to be attacked by men of their own company than by an enemy. It’s been a long tradition that reports of sexual abuse are crushed. Commanders protecting their own reputation takes The post Sexual Assault in the Military: Foxes Guarding the Henhouse appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Is it the revenge of the “deplorables?” We’ve seen how a culture of resentment affected Germany in the early 30s, and it has brought us dangerous Trumpism today. On this show, professor of history emeritus Walter Moss looks at the The post The Power of Resentment and The Threat to Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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