Scott Parkin is a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network and organizes with Rising Tide North America. He has worked on a variety of campaigns around climate change, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, labor issues and anti-corporate globalization. Originally from Texas, he now lives in San Francisco.
COVID-19 Rocks the White House! In our latest episode, we get into the news of the past week with journalist and author Paul Street (@Streetwriter17). And then we deep dive into how the vacuous neo-liberal politics of Barack Obama led to the rise of Donald J. Trump.
We discuss all of this with Paul’s new book, “Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement.”
Paul Street is an independent progressive policy researcher, award-winning journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date, including Hollow Resistance. He publishes regularly in CounterPunch and TruthDig.
The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco about the political turmoil of the 1930’s.
In this lecture, Professor Buzzanco discusses FDR and the New Deal–politics of hope. The 3 Rs; the First New Deal as conservative reform–NIRA, AAA (hog reduction and milk dumping) and the Securities Exchange Commission. The “Thunder on the Left”–political resistance–Woody Guthrie, Grapes of Wrath, Sinclair, Townsend, Lewis, Huey Long.
Second New Deal–Social Security, Wagner Act, WPA. Recovery? FDR balances budget
In our latest episode, we talk with author of Against the Fascist Creep Alexander Reid Ross (@areidross) about America’s history of political violence and the right wing creep in the United States.
From slave patrols to far right groups protesting COVID19 mask requirements and attacking Black Lives Matter protests today, America has a long history of political violence. Much of the deadliest has been carried out by forces of reaction and racism (i.e. right-wingers). We talk about the history of right wing violence, how it compares with movements on the left, current dynamics around militia groups, influences of Trump and the rise of eco-fascists.
We get into the climate politics of the western states, the hypocrisy of Democratic politicians preaching climate rhetoric while allowing fossil fuel companies to continue business as usual, the class impacts of the wildfires, and how climate change is exacerbating the wildfires and volatile political situations in places like Portland. Continue reading “The Ravages of Western Wildfires with Journalist Joshua Frank”
In his latest lecture,Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Dr. Bob Buzzanco talks about the causes of the Great Depression.
He discusses surplus capital, foreign economic crises (debts-reparations triangle, global trade plummets), the stock market, poverty, the lack of economic diversity and the credit crunch. And then gets into Herbert Hoover’s (failed ) responses: Balanced Budget, Tariffs, Government Spending.
Scott (@sparki1969) and Bob (@bobbuzzanco) had a spirited discussion on the impact of the events of September 11, 2001. We offered personal recollections, talked about the larger historical context in which it occurred, considered the consequences of the attacks–prolonged Mid-East wars and heightened repression at home, discussed the way the attacks and wars were manipulated for “patriotic” reasons, and talked about how it effects the U.S. today, in the era of Trump.
In this episode, we talk with climate and finance campaigner Pendle Marshall-Hallmark (@PendleTheWitch) of Amazon Watch (@amazonwatch) about the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.
Last year saw some of the worst fires in record for the region and this year’s fire season looks to be no better. The problem is made much worse by the Bolsanaro government’s deregulation of Brazilian environmental protections. increased industry efforts at deforestation and the financing of it all by U.S. asset managers and banks like Blackrock and JPMorgan Chase. We also share few words and thoughts remembering scholar, author and anarchist David Graeber who passed away suddenly on September 3rd. Continue reading “VIDEO: The Amazon is Burning with Pendle Marshall-Hallmark”