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”
In this episode, we talk with muckraker journalist and Kenosha kid Steve Horn (@steveahorn) from the Real News Network (@TheRealNews) about Kenosha, WI and California climate politics.
We start with Kenoha’s history of deindustrialization and surburbanization since the auto giant Chrysler left the city in the late 1980s, and then get into the current politics around the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the eruption of protests in Kenosha and the subsequent shooting of unarmed protestors by teenage racist militia member Kyle Rittenhouse.We also discuss the trope of “outside agitators” Continue reading “VIDEO: The Road to Kenosha and California’s Wildfires with Muckraker Steve Horn”
This lecture talks about Corporate Liberalism, reform from the top down, the Federal Reserve Act, the Pure Food and Drug and Meat Inspection. And then the American entry into the Great War and the race for empire. He talks about the arms race and alliances, the Balkans crisis, political neutrality but economic relationships; International Law and Sub warfare. Continue reading “Buzzanco: Corporate Liberalism, the Great War and the Race for Empire”
Here’s the fourth lecture of the semester. It talks about Imperialism, Cuba, the Philippines & “The Open Door.” The Progressive Era, Reform & Muckraking; Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” Child Labor & Sweatshops; The “other” progressives, and Corporate Liberalism.