Best of G&R: The Myth of California’s Climate Exceptionalism ft. Gary Graham Hughes w/ Biofuelwatch

Not unlike our (not so) esteemed leadership in Congress, Green and Red is out on a little summer recess.  We will be back with new episodes soon.

In the meantime here’s a “Best of Green and Red” episode from March 2022 on the energy sector’s false solutions agenda in California. Since false solutions like carbon capture and storage and nuclear are in the news so much lately (particularly hipster socialist Brooklyn media) and getting new life through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), we thought we’d share a little info on them.  But we’re now planning an episode on the IRA coming soon.

The Ruling Class v. Donald J. Trump Redux. The FBI “visits” Mar-A-Lago and Trump’s war with his Generals.

No more Panic Porn!

Many/most liberals and much of the left has been panicking and in fear over “fascism” and “coups” for the past couple years–we call it “panic porn”–but Green & Red has been analyzing the objective conditions set by the ruling class and have been pointing out that key elements of the elite who run America, especially in the military and Wall Street, opposed Trump and would stop him–which they did.

Listen in: https://apple.co/3zSfxcc

This week excerpts from a new book, “The Divider,” have confirmed what Bob and Scott were talking about since 2020 (see episodes below)–that the military was wary of Trump and making plans to thwart his efforts during the George Floyd uprisings and the election steal. At the same time the 1/6 Commission and FBI are closing in on Trump as well, and much of the GOP establishment will be happy to see him taken down.

Iraq, Oil, Capitalism and U.S. War w/ Prof. Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt

Bob had a great talk (Scott’s on assignment) with Professor Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt of Cal State-Stanislaus, author of “The Paranoid Style in American Diplomacy: Oil and Arab Nationalism in Iraq” about Iraqi history from the Ottoman Empire to the present, with an emphasis on the period from 1958 to the 1970s.

Listen in: https://apple.co/3dmOwpu

Before Iraq became the target of a massive U.S. intervention, it was a British colony, and then a kingdom, which achieved sovereignty in a 1958 revolution led by Karim Kasim. However, the U.S., especially President John Kennedy, began to oppose the Kasim regime and helped engineer a 1963 coup against him and then sending support to the new regime to isolate and kill Kasim backers and others, especially communists.

Leslie James Pickering on the ELF, the Green Scare and “Burning Books”

From the 1980s through the 2000s, there was a period of growth in militant environmental and animal rights movements. This movement had a radical anti-capitalist politic that went after corporations waging war on the earth, people and animals. It’s escalating tactics included property destruction and arson. In response, industry, government and the FBI worked to crack down on these radical movements.

Listen in: https://apple.co/3BCEs5X

This movement needed voices. Leslie James Pickering (@lesliejamespick) was one of a few that worked with the Earth Liberation Front Press (ELF) Office to communicate the message of the anonymous actors engaged in these strategies and tactics to the larger world.

Leave the Gun, Take the Podcast: “The Godfather at 50” and its political meaning

“The Godfather” movies are on the short list of the most consequential American films ever, not just for their cinematic quality but because they’ve become a textbook for politics as well. In this episode Scott and Bob celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the release of the movie with a discussion of the way the movie is a deep analysis of American capitalism and politics.

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We talk about the way Don Corleone wielded power, the relationship between the mob and “legitimate” businesses, the attempt to break into the Cuban market, the Corleone influence in Las Vegas, and so much more.

The George Floyd Uprisings Are Still Happening… For Those Doing Time.

In May 2020, we saw millions hit the streets over the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It’s been argued to be the largest protests in history. The government moved in immediately to repress those taking the streets against the police and racial violence.

Listen in here: https://apple.co/3RFdAb4

We saw intense protest, resistance, violent repression by police and other forces and media attention in Minneapolis, Louisville, Portland and Kenosha WI. But also in places less known like Grand Rapids Michigan and Champaign IL. More than 350 people were arrested on federal charges while city and state level arrests topped 14,000 between May-Nov 2020.

Woody Guthrie Turns 110! His Life and Politics w/ Prof. Mark Alan Jackson

Woody Guthrie is the most influential political singer and songwriter of the 20th Century. July 14th is Woody’s 110th birthday, so we had a fantastic discussion with Mark Alan Jackson, a scholar on popular culture and music. He’s author of “Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie” and editor of “The Honky Tonk on the Left: Progressive Thought in Country Music.”

Check it out: https://apple.co/3PpCni2

We discussed Woody’s political music and activism, especially on socialism, labor, civil rights, his songs about war and peace, and his larger meaning and legacy.