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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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Is the US is merely a procedural, but not a substantive democracy? On part one, Franklin and Marshall history professor Van Gosse asks: what are the factors why we lack more actual democracy? And on part two, The Nation’s national The post Two Topics: 1) How Real Our Democracy? 2) Who is This Ruben Gallego 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 By The Wagner Group appeared first on Ke…
 
All refugees lives are threatened equally, so why are Ukrainians handed the welcome mat as it is denied to most others? On this show, Columbia University Professor and co-author Helen Benedict shares what she’s found in the new book Map The post Only Refugees Who Look Like Us Are Welcomed. appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Despite the obvious divides, both sides in today’s fierce split may actually share a lot in common and can be pulled together for a better America by something traditional called Civic Republicanism. On this show, Washington Monthly Editor in Chief The post America’s Old Tradition of “Civic Republicanism” Is New Again appeared first on Keeping Demo…
 
Suddenly in 2023, the aspiration of being the only democracy in the middle east is unraveling itself from within. With its turn to the far right, antidemocratic political Zionism is overpowering traditional spiritual and cultural Zionism. On this show, The The post The Israeli Far Right 2023: The Mask is Off appeared first on Keeping Democracy Aliv…
 
In her CounterPunch essay, Medea Benjamin co-founder of CodePink writes of surprisingly good things that happened in 2022. On this show, she cites many genuinely positive developments and some hopeful wake-up calls. Give a listen! The post Perspectives on 2022: Some Impressively Positive appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
How did so many blue collar regions go from Obama 2012 to Trump 2016? Our guest today Robin Johnson, himself of the mid-west, says Thomas Franks was wrong judging and dismissing this demographic; Democrats can win them back if we The post Yes: Democrats Can Win Back the White Working Class appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
From mere crisis to real emergency, one big political change in Brazil offers realistic hope for saving the planet. No exaggeration. On this show global south veteran journalist James North explains that implementation of new priorities, with a new president The post Lula: New Hope for a Habitable Earth? appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Bradley Onishi is himself a “deconverted” Christian nationalist. His new book is titled Preparing for War; The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism–And What Comes Next. On this show, he answers the puzzling question of why so many who consider The post Christian Nationalism 2023: Power Not Piety appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive…
 
You’ve heard of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914 between the trenches of the British and German soldiers. These were indeed brave men. But that was not the only such event: there were desertions, mutinies, and fraternizations. Today it seems The post The Christmas Truce of 1914: Not So Isolated appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
No one likes to be ignored. We saw what happened when the 2016 Democratic nominee skipped those states. The truth is it was a liberal heartland: McGovern, Wellstone, Mondale, etc. Our guest is historian and author of the new book The post The High Price Paid for Ignoring the Midwest appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
Of all the motivations for war, nostalgia is at the top. Restoring lost glory. We see it not only in Putin’s Russia but in many former empires. Nostalgia is a factor in racist nationalist bloodletting everywhere. On this show History The post The Danger of Nostalgia appeared first on Keeping Democracy Alive.…
 
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…
 
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