The Lessons of Aaron Sorkin’s “Trial of the Chicago 7”

In this episode, we give a film review of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Loosely based on the trial of the Chicago 7 and chairman of the Black Panther Party Bobby Seale, the film is a lightly fictionalized courtroom drama based on the six-month trial of eight men accused of conspiring to cross state lines and incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Listen: https://bit.ly/chicagotrialgandr

Saint or Subversive? Dorothy Day & the Politics of the Catholic Church with Prof. Jack Downey

In this episode, we talk with Professor Jack Downey of the University of Rochester about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement. We get into Day’s life and influence, liberation theology, the politics of the modern Catholic Church, the tactic of self-immolation as a form of resistance and more.

Jack Downey is the John Henry Newman Chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Rochester. He teaches courses on contemporary justice movements, liberation theologies, North American religious history, Christianity, Buddhism, and contemplative traditions. His current research projects examine self-immolation, forms of protest, violence, Roman Catholicism in Alaska and Québec, and asceticism.

Is Trump a Fascist? Will there be a Coup?

cross-Posted from Afflict the Comfortable

by Prof. Bob Buzzanco

Does it matter what we call Trump? Does the Left need to to chill out?

Some years ago, Randy Newman sang “the end of an empire . . . is messy at best,” and American society is now in a mess that Winston Wolfe couldn’t clean up.  No one has to ignore the long sordid corporate liberal record of Joe Biden or the Wall Street/Prosecutor career of Kamala Harris to understand that Donald Trump has to be deposed by whatever means necessary and if the tactic of voting does that, there’s no reason to knock it.

But it’s also a time for thinking rationally and coldly, not being hysterical and panicking, and there’s a lot of that on the Left these days.

Trump’s scary and dangerous, absolutely.  Though he’s not as abnormal as a lot of Leftists and especially Liberals insist  (think of Nixon and Reagan and Bush, not to mention Clinton and Obama), he’s openly, crudely, vulgarly, maniacally, and virulently presenting a challenge at home of a greater magnitude than we’ve seen probably since the 1960s.  While logically building on the neo-liberal and inhumane programs of his predecessors, he’s topped them off with a dismissal of a public health crisis that’s killed over 200,000 and is openly inciting white supremacist violence from Portland to Michigan.

The Cold War at Home: Conformity and Its Discontents

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture, he gets into The Cold War at Home. He talks about “Duck and Cover”; the Hollywood Ten; Levittown; End of McCarthyism; Margaret Chase Smith and Joseph Welch.

Plus, 1950s culture and economy; the military-industrial complex; Man in the Grey Flannel Suit; Conformity. The “other” 1950s, the counterculture; “Little Boxes,” Hep Cats, Jazz, Miles Davis.

Iran, Guatemala, Cuba and the Cold War at Home

The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

More Cold War in the Third World–Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile. Resources and trade, not democracy; America against nationalism and neutralism.

The Cold War at Home: McCarthyism, Who Lost China?, Labor and Taft-Hartley; Containing African Americans–Robeson and Dubois; The Cold War on Women–Baby Booms and June Cleaver.

Hot Takes on the Cold War in the Third World!

Hot Take! Buzzanco’s latest is on Cold War/Hot War in the “Third World”

He discusses the Cold War in Asia and covers Chinese Civil War: Mao Zedong [CCP] vs. Jiang Jieshi [Guomindang] Plus The “China Lobby” and the Korean War. And then the expansion of the American National Security State with NSC-68 and Military Keynesianism.

The Early Cold War Years with Prof. Bob Buzzanco

The latest and greatest from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture, Buzzanco talk about the The early days of the Cold War–Bretton Woods, Containment, Marshall Plan. United Nations.

And then “To maintain this position of disparity.” Truman Doctrine, Berlin Blockade, NATO, the National Security State.