Thursday, December 18, 2014

America's Path to Permanent War

The U.S. spends more on the military than the entire rest of the world combined and maintains 300,000 troops abroad in an “empire of bases.” Andrew Bacevich says now is the time to examine the Washington consensus on national security. He argues that national priorities must shift from fixing Afghanistan to fixing Detroit.

With incisive analysis, Bacevich exposes the preconceptions, biases, and habits that underlie this pervasive faith in military might, especially the notion that overwhelming superiority will oblige others to accommodate America's needs and desires, including cheap oil, cheap credit, or cheap consumer goods. Bacevich argues that we must reconsider the principles which shape American policy in the world and acknowledge that fixing Afghanistan should not take precedence over fixing Detroit. As we enter a period when our militarism has become both unaffordable and increasingly dangerous, replacing this Washington consensus is crucial to America's future.

Source: YouTube: Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Bankers' New Clothes

Anat Admati argues that we can have a safer and healthier banking system without sacrificing any of its benefits, and at essentially no cost to society. Anat seeks to engage the broader public in the debate by cutting through the jargon of banking, clearing the fog of confusion, and presenting the issues in simple and accessible terms.

Anat Admati
Anat Admati is a professor of finance and economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Anat serves on the FDIC Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee. Anat was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of the 100 global thinkers in 2014.
Source: Book TV at Stanford University: Anat Admati, "The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It"

"Do the Math" with Bill McKibben and Chris Mooney

From protests against the Keystone XL pipeline to his "Do the Math" tour, to rallying of college students to call for their universities to divest from fossil fuel companies, McKibben now speaks for a mass movement of concerned people.

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book "The End of Nature" is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. Bill is founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. Bill was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize. Foreign Policy named Bill to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said Bill was "probably America's most important environmentalist." Bill lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.
Source:  Point Of Inquiry: Bill McKibben - Do the Math

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Music includes David Rovics - Election, Roy Zimmerman - Socialist!, Craymo & Brandon Jarrett - One Love One World, Capitol Steps - Super Zealous Radicals, Howard Beale(Network movie) - Mad as Hell, No War, Capitol Steps - What Does the Middle Class Do, Tracy Grammer - Hey Ho, Stephen Longfellow Fiske - Earth Anthem, THE METEORS - Strange Times Are Coming, Stiff Little Fingers - Wasted Life, Dala Girls - Anywhere, Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Teach Your Children, Joan Baez - One Tin Soldier, Janis Joplin - Me And Bobby McGee, Henry Mancini - Peter Gunn, Snowboy & the Latin Section - Mambo Rage

Thursday, December 4, 2014

United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Species Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert explores with Steve Curwood the many ways humans are helping to cause the largest extinction event since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.
Source: living on earth: The Sixth Extinction

Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

“When it comes to moral judgments," Jonathan Haidt says, "we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” Jonathan explains “liberal” and “conservative” not as political affiliations, but as personality types. His own self-described views as “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies. Jonathan talks with Krista Tippett.

Jonathan Haidt
Jonathan Haidt is the author of "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion." Jonathan is Professor of Ethical Leadership at The Stern School of Business at New York University.
Source: On Being with Krista Tippett: Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology Behind Morality

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Music includes The Overstatists - Hello NSA, David Rovics - Waiting For The Fall, Roy Zimmerman - Cliven Bundy's Cattle, Capitol Steps - Monster Cash, David Rovics - Terror In The Skies, Tom Lehrer - Who's Next, George H.W. Bush - Commencement of Iraq Bombing, Big Bill Broonzy - Black Brown And White, U2 - Peace On Earth (Tribute to Heros), Young Nash - War Song, Capitol Steps - Look Away, Lars Larson - I Blame Everyone, Hair - Where Do I Go, Annette Hanshaw - Happy Days Are Here Again, Hair - Good Morning Starshine, Mason Williams - Classical Gas

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Can a country change its economic system?

The War Against The Bees

On average, 30 percent of all the honeybee colonies in the U.S. died off over the winter. Some beekeepers and environmentalists are calling for tighter restrictions on the use of a pesticide called neonicotinoids. Europe has ban some uses of these pesticides. But many U.S. farmers and pesticide companies are opposed to any such move here, and the Environmental Protection Agency says it's not yet convinced that this would help bees very much. Reported by Dan Charles.
Source: npr: Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

Changing Capitalism

Can a country switch between different types of capitalism? The Economist's Britain politics correspondent, Jeremy Cliffe, explores whether the proposals to transform the U.K.'s economy into one more like Germany, Denmark and Sweden is remotely possible?
Source: BBC Radio 4 Analysis: Varieties of Capitalism

Jeremy Cliffe
Martin Miller
Modern Terrorism

Martin Miller is interview by Peter Slen of C-Span about modern terrorism. Martin starts with the French Revolution. Terrorism is part of a violent contest over control of the country between government officials and insurgents. Martin Miller is a professor at Duke University.
Source: C-Span: Book Discussion on The Foundations of Modern Terrorism

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Meet The Underground Economy

Alice Goffman
The underground economy is where drug wars and police lockdowns meet urban America. America’s underground economy includes an estimated $2 trillion in off-the-books work and trade. Much of it is in tough neighborhoods where the formal economy is very thin and the hand of the law is very heavy.

Alice Goffman finds an urban economy and culture so shadowed by police and incarceration that it lives “on the run.” Alice Goffman spent six years living in Philadelphia, and her close observations and often harrowing stories reveal the pernicious effects of drug wars and police lockdowns.

"A dramatic record of how race is still a key predictor of whether or not some young Americans will have a chance at a 'pursuit of happiness.'" ~ Los Angeles Review of Books

Alice Goffman, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison talks to Tom Ashbrook. Alice is the author of “On The Run: Fugitive Life In An American City”.
Source: On Point: Life ‘On The Run’ In America's Big Cities

Elizabeth Kolbert on Species Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Sasha Weiss about the species extinction that is apparently caused by humanity's activities.
Source: New Yorker's Out Loud: Elizabeth Kolbert on extinction

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Andrew Bacevich on Decades of War

Andrew J. Bacevich(l) and his son(r)
After more than six decades of war, Andrew Bacevich evaluates the U.S.' military effort in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. When and how will these wars end? Andy takes us thru the various stages of these wars.

Western crusaders attacking Muslims from a fourteenth-century
manuscript (Bibliothèque Boulogne-s-Mer).
The two sides can be distinguished by their swords and shields.
The bending of rules of war has become the current strategy. Assassination and spying on Americans or others are part of this strategy. Andy claims that the current war is mostly hidden from view. Andy criticizes Washington for wasting resources on unnecessary wars, of being unaware of the problems facing the nation and being unable to respond to these problems.

Andrew J. Bacevich
Andrew J. Bacevich is an American expert on international relations, security studies, American foreign policy, and American diplomatic and military history. Andy graduated from West Point in 1969 and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Andy retired from the service with the rank of Colonel in the early 1990s. Andy holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University, and taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University before joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998.
Source: YouTube: Andrew Bacevich: "A Decade of War"
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Does State Surveillance Protect Our Freedoms?

Glenn Greenwald (left) and Michael Hayden (right)
Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz argued that, “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.” Journalist Glenn Greenwald and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian argued against.

“It is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril.” ~ Michael Hayden
“Surveillance equals power. The more you know about someone, the more you can control and manipulate them in all sorts of ways. That is one reason a Surveillance State is so menacing to basic political liberties.” ~ Glenn Greenwald
“The state now is moving much more from reacting to violence to a proactive, preemptive, preventive mode of intelligence gathering.” ~ Alan Dershowitz
“Every other country in the world looked at us as a role model for privacy and freedom. And we dropped the ball.” ~ Alexis Ohanian
The pre-debate results was 33% pro, 46% con, 21% undecided. The post-debate results was 41% pro, 59% con. The team opposed to the resolution won with a 13% vote gain. “Be it resolved state surveillance is a legitimate defence of our freedoms.”

More at Munk Debates: State Surveillance

Source: C-Span: Munk Debate on State Surveillance

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