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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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So many mass shootings; how did the gun culture become so powerful? Look to the Civil War. Militarily devastated, the Confederate culture transformed guns into a totem. In this revealing discussion, U of Wisconsin-Madison professor Nick Buttrick reveals the roots The post Slave States and Today’s Gun Culture appeared first on Keeping Democracy Aliv…
 
At this time of year, we all think about giving. But what are philanthropists all about? To launder a plutocrat’s reputation, preserving great wealth and maintaining dominance and control. Our guest Edgar Villanueva has a new book, a second edition The post The Self-Serving Purpose of Philanthropy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Democracy and oligarchy: since our founding it’s been a long balancing act. In his new book Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy, author historian Timothy Shenk tells of how very diverse people like Mark The post The Struggle to Rule American Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
At the World Cup and other global sporting events, all kinds of workers are exploited. And under the guise of rescue and saving souls involved in the sex trade, evangelical, business interests, politicians, and police make out quite well. Harm The post Profitable Panic: Busting Sex Workers at Qatar World Cup appeared first on Keeping Democracy Aliv…
 
Though the angry white supremacist right grabs today’s news, the truth is the Christian Left has much deeper roots in American history. According to the Reverend Quardricos Bernard Driskell, the religious left has always been part of the fabric of The post An American Tradition of Christian Left appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
With renewed interest in the first world war, November 11 is celebrated as the end of “the war to end all wars.” But in reality it was a peace that ended peace. The German negotiators at that famous train car The post 11/11 Armistice? Germans Ambushed, A Peace That Ended Peace appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s echoing everywhere: Trump was the biggest loser of the 2022 elections. Recorded two days after the votes, our guest today, veteran political news person John Kosinski sees what so unexpectedly happened as a wake up call. Could it be The post Instead of a Red Wave, One of Common Sense? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Thinking with history; on this show political broadcast veteran John Kosinski demonstrates how so many people running just want to be showmen on TeeVee. He explains why so many are drawn to Trumpism: a desire to be heard and respected. The post This is the Best Analysis of the Coming Election appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The pressure to prevent active curiosity is a curious thing in a democracy. Our guests today are authors Perry Zurin and Dani Bassett whose new book is Curious Minds, The Power of Connection. As they say, acquiring information is insufficient, The post Why Do They Fear Curiosity? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
America today is not the America of the past. But in his new book What it Took to Win, author and history professor Michael Kazin, it’s clear what has and still works. Today’s right plays on a sense that it The post Wake Up Now Democrats! Do What History Shows Works! appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Like all bad habits, war is a tough one to break. On this show, Professor Emeritus Lawrence Wittner explains that respecting, listening, and helping people in other countries is a lot more economically conservative and accomplishes security much more effectively. The post Are Alternatives to War Really Realistic? appeared first on Keeping Democracy…
 
We’ve won the abortion debate, and had the vote been a few weeks ago… But it’s not until November 8th. Neil Oxman is co-founder of The Campaign Group and on this show he shares his uniquely valuable vantage point. Oxman The post Should Democrats Be Worried? View from a Pro appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Authoritarianism. Anti-Immigrant. White men fearful of losing control. Books banned, free press shut down. Widespread domestic spying. Dissent criminalized and many jailed tortured and killed. In his new book, American Midnight: The Great War, A Violent Peace, and Democracy’s The post American Midnight: Trumpism Before Trump appeared first on Keepi…
 
We can’t do it by talking down to middle Americans. If Democrats don’t get that rural Americans have fear that what little they have may be taken away, we stand to lose yet again. Victory comes when we listen, respect The post Do Democrats Want to Win? Ignoring Voiceless Rural People Is a Sure Way to Lose. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The right wing depends on fear and hatred of others. As we approach elections, their TV ads seek to scare us about a surge at the border. Why don’t they stay home? What if they were white? Today’s guest Avi The post Border Crisis? How About A Right to Stay Home appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It took a mere ten days before the UK’s new prime minister blew it big time. Liz Truss’s budget was instantly panned; pretending to be trickle down, it gushes money upwards to those who need it least. On this show The post The Beloved Queen is Gone, Now the Class War Resumes appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Elitists in Democratic Party bring avoidable disasters. From northern Iowa, Professor Wallace Hettle sees how the power of big money over the Democratic Party pushes away working people, farmers, and others in the hollowed-out heartland. Terry McAullife’s loss in Virginia The post How Democrats Can Win Back Working People from the GOP appeared firs…
 
Author Kathryn Bond Stockton argues in her new book Gender(s) that obvious genital distinctions are in reality incomplete. When children are born, it’s like parents “lower a cone over the baby,” imposing an identity without consent and even ignoring other The post The Right Fears and Hates the Reality of Non-Binary Gender ID appeared first on Keepi…
 
A crippling rail strike seems to have been averted. Barely. You and I may think of the railroads as ways to move freight, but as our guest today observes: “The railroad companies have been Wall Street’s plaything throughout their half-century The post Nationalize Railroads While There are Still Assets appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
In our 300 year old system of an adversarial combative system of justice, there is no mechanism to prove and protect the innocent. In his soon to be published book, The Plea of Innocence, author Tim Bakken argues that prosecution The post Restoring Truth to the American Justice System appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Reporters used to report, now there’s virtually no line between media and the national security state. Veteran international journalist Patrick Lawrence on this show notes the big change occurred 9/11; since then we have been subject to an information monoculture. The post The Collapse of Journalism and the Threat to Democracy appeared first on Kee…
 
We all know there are powers determined to destroy democracy. The ubiquity of hand held video cameras has the unique power to disrupt the narrative of power. On this show author Phil Allen talks about his new book The Prophetic The post The Cellphone Camera: The Power of Truth That Can’t Be Stopped appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It may appear to be a rogue court today but the truth is the Supreme Court has long led the fight against democracy. Our guest today historian Steve Fraser points out that the liberal Warren Court was the real aberration. The post The Tyranny of the Supreme Court is Nothing New, It’s Tradition appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The new book is Imagining the Heartland; White Supremacy and the American Midwest and it’s about the powerful roots of today’s angry violence against The Others. On this show anthropologist authors Britt Halvorson and Joshua Reno look at the use The post White Supremacy And A Place You’ve Never Been appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Politicians of both parties buy into American Exceptionalism. But what does it mean to the planet? On this show professor Aviva Chomsky sheds light on the aspects of exceptionalism we don’t want to see. Instead of a good life just The post The High Price of American Exceptionalism on the Earth appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
As another school year kicks off, skepticism about quantifying is appropriate. That measure is command and control from the top down bureaucrats. But much of the best results of public education can’t be seen but come from democratizing schools, welcoming The post The Folly of Quantifying Education appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Even in safe spaces for gay men, there is subtle racism and stratification if one is not white. On this show, Professor Anthony Ocampo talks about his new book Brown and Gay in LA, including pressures from Mexican and Filipino The post Being Gay, Brown, and Immigrant appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
It’s almost time for the start of schools. Of course all parents want to protect their children from inappropriate material. But when “parental rights” mean teachers are forbidden from mentioning homosexuality or racism because that means teachers are “grooming” kids The post As Schools Open Again: The Moms for Liberty Nightmare appeared first on K…
 
Why do America’s veterans have to beg for help on TV ads? How is it that our government refuses to pay the true costs of war? On this show, senior veterans policy analyst Suzanne Gordon talks about the new book The post Veterans are Poorly Treated Pentagon Employees appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The same old same old foreign policy of military first does not enhance our national security. On this show historian Leon Fink, author of Undoing the Liberal World Order, sees that the causes of terrorism are untouched by our reliance The post Militaristic Foreign Policy Fails; There are Other Options appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
You may have thought it began after 9/11. But it really all started in 1947, as National Security Archive Scoville Fellow Rachel Santarsiero explains. The focus of our huge arsenal then quickly shifted from Germany and Japan to the perceived The post 75 Years of National Security State: America? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
America today is not the America of the past. The Republican Party is unrecognizable. But in his new book What it Took to Win, author and history professor Michael Kazin, discerns a theme that still works as we head into The post What It Took–and Still Does–For Democrats to Win appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
The comfort of colonial powers relied on them not seeing the damage to exploited nations. So it is with mining and milling the uranium for nuclear power. Victims then as now are people without power, indigenous populations which are health The post Nuclear Power is Racist, Sexist, and Ageist: You Gotta Listen appeared first on Keeping Democracy Ali…
 
The Missouri Senator voted against one thing that can actually address what he says is the problem. Where once men felt pride in what they contributed to family and community as sole breadwinners, that is gone. The anxiety is real. The post Josh Hawley and the Republican Push for Toxic Masculinity appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Do liberal women feel that their culture is superior? Among women who feel liberated, what is it about the sight of Muslim women in traditional hijabs that so bothers many? In her new book Unruly Women; Race, Neocolonialism, and the The post Feminist Prejudice Against Women in Hijabs? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Private Security Firms; just part of doing business, right? Blackwater was America’s version in Iraq; The Wagner Group is Russia’s today in Ukraine and Africa. Atrocities in the Donbass region of Ukraine? Russia cynically said, that’s not us, it’s “little The post Outsourcing War: Making Atrocities Invisible appeared first on Keeping Democracy Aliv…
 
The opposite of conservatism is a police state. Yet public figures who call themselves conservative are crushing many of our traditional civil liberties and our legal rights. This according to Jacob Hornberger founder and president of the Future of Freedom The post “Conservatives” Are Disastrous to Civil Liberties appeared first on Keeping Democrac…
 
The intent is humiliation, eating away at one’s humanity. How can that make one a better person? Former figure skater Keri Blakinger’s new book Corrections In Ink tells the story from the inside and asks: does locking up groups of The post “As If We Were Trash.” A Woman’s Memoir of Prison appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Justice Scalia claimed to be an Originalist: did he mean only propertied white Christian men have rights? Perhaps the actual intent is still consent of all the governed. In the 21st century, are we not all entitled to participate in The post Today’s Supreme Court: Not All May Participate in Democracy appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
In theory, the state in a republic serves its citizens. Traditional conservatives insist they want government out of such things as sex. Our guest today Professor Paisley Currah in his new book Sex is as Sex Does, Governing Transgender Identity The post Sex Classifications Are There to Serve The State appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
America’s suburbs came into being as a way to keep white school kids at the top. But what’s happening with Asian-Americans in upscale places like the sample “Woodcrest” High School? Asian American kids are catapulting to the top. Should teachers The post Suburban High Schools Race At the Top; Between White and Asian Kids appeared first on Keeping D…
 
Though the angry white supremacist right grabs today’s news, the truth is the Christian Left has much deeper roots in American history. According to the Reverend Quadricos Bernard Driskell, the religious left has always been part of the fabric of The post We Know the Religious Right: Where is the Christian Left? appeared first on Keeping Democracy …
 
Pre-capitalist 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.…
 
A glorious celebration of a great state symbol: the Queen, who’s been through so much in her 70 year reign. Nostalgia for an imperial glorious past only goes so far. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was booed by his own party The post The Queen and BoJo: The UK From Here appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Of course all parents want to protect their children from inappropriate material. But when “parental rights” mean teachers are forbidden from mentioning homosexuality or racism because that means teachers are “grooming” kids for pedophilia or Chinese communism, liberty is under The post The “Moms For Liberty” Nightmare for American Schools appeared…
 
Rather than just keeping one’s head down and staying safe, addressing that which is uncomfortable can bring new insight and a more complete sense of being. The often rigid structure of colleges is not enough, mentoring: listening, respecting is a The post Sister Resisters appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
When national Democrats acted as if “we” need to educate “them,” someone who at least pretends to listen and respect wins. They have fear that what little they have may be taken away. The real change comes not from mere The post To Win: Listen to and Respect Voiceless Rural People 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 Like it or Not:The Emerging Post-American, Non-West Order appeared first on Keeping De…
 
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