As Trump’s Attempts to Undo Election Fail, Fears of “Coup” Prove Unfounded
“Georgia and Michigan Deliver Blows to Trump’s Efforts to Undo the Election”
“Business and World Leaders Move On As Trump Fights to Reverse Election”
–New York Times online headline, 20 November 2020
Donald Trump’s plans to overturn the 2020 election results hit a huge barrier today as legislators in Georgia and Michigan affirmed that they would designate Joe Biden’s electors as the official representatives to the Electoral College.
We’re not ones to subscribe to popular world views, even those held on the left. So, in our latest episode, Green and Red dive deep into the history and politics of the American Ruling Class, coups at other points in history, and the great coup of 2020 (that wasn’t).
We start off with a conversation about what is a coup and not a coup. We talk about coups in places like Indonesia in 1965, Chile in 1973, and in other points of history; and how the end of the Trump regime has yet to constitute what is considered “coup.” Continue reading “Ruling Class 101 and the Coup That Wasn’t”
In part two, we get into the aftermath of the election and discuss where do we go from here when 70 million Americans voted for the racist and right-wing policies of Donald Trump, the Democrats’ “Misleadership Class” that continues to fail masses of people, the Coup That Wasn’t and how grassroots organizers saved the day.
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.
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.
In this special cross-podcast episode, Bob and Scott talk with Pearson, the host of the anarchist podcast Coffee with Comrades, about street organizing– the history of it, the current politics around it and the mechanics of how to do it.
In this episode, we speak with sports writer Dave Zirin (@edgeofsports) about the wildcat strikes that shook the NBA in late August; the role of sports activists like Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and Megan Rapinhoe; the increased resistance to the status quo in high school, college and professional sports; how sports are a medium to communicate with working class white and rural Americans; Lester “Red” Rodney (sports writer for the Daily Worker from the 30s-50s) and more.
Dave Zirin is The Nation’s sports editor and host of the Nation’s Edge of Sports podcast. He is the author of ten books on the politics of sports. He is also frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now!
In this episode, we get into the legacies of Columbus and America’s genocide of Indigenous people with Prof. Michael Oberg (@nativeamtext), the larger problems of the way Native American History is taught, and why a 1619 Project is needed for American Indians too.
We start off with a clip from the Sopranos highlighting the conflict in the Italian-American community over Columbus Day. And then we deep dive into Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the cultural impact of America’s genocide, the Indian Wars and violence in the U.S. historical narrative. We also talk about whether cultural gains (things like tearing down Columbus statues, changing sports team names, etc.) will result in material gains (economics, health care, etc) for Native Americans, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the epidemic of police murder of Indigenous people. Continue reading “Columbus’ Bloody Legacies w/ History Prof. Michael Oberg of SUNY-Geneseo”