This week, Eduardo and Andy discuss all the nonsense and drama behind the Brett Kavanaugh nomination for the Supreme Court and our thoughts and responses to the hearing on allegations of sexual abuse leveled against him.
We are getting this episode out a little early because some people who are important to us (and we love very much) insisted that we get it out early!
The Hidden Epidemic of Men who are Raped by Women
Fighting the Supreme Court in the Streets and in the Workplace
Meet Tarana Burke, Activist Who Started “Me Too” Campaign to Ignite Conversation on Sexual Assault
Activist Tarana Burke began "Me Too" as a grassroots movement to aid sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities, where rape crisis centers and sexual assault workers weren’t going. Tarana Burke is now a program director at Girls for Gender Equity.
In Janus Case, Court Issues Major Anti-Labor Ruling, Eviscerating Power of Public-Sector Unions
Sotomayor, a Trailblazer and a Dreamer
Sotomayor: 'Always Looking Over My Shoulder'
Cricket, Ivy League classmates startled student Sonia Sotomayor
Sotomayor’s Focus on Race Issues May Be Hurdle
Sotomayor Has Said Gender and Ethnicity 'Make a Difference' in Judging
Princeton key to knowing Sotomayor
Catholic Church Cover-up: 300 Priests Sexually Abused 1,000 Children in Pennsylvania
“This Church Is a Criminal Enterprise”: Former Priest & Survivor Speak Out on PA Catholic Sex Abuse
Eduardo and Andy discuss the politics around the climate change summit in California.
Jerry Brown takes Heat over Carbon-swapping
About Jim Steele
Debate on source of climate change
Interview of a Pro-capitalist Anarchist
Never Alone Trailer
Geo-Engineering in Viet Nam
Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent shoe/apparel deal struck between Nike and Colin Kaepernick. The ad campaign seems to lend support to Kaepernick's cause of fighting/highlighting racism and police brutality in the US with him featured prominently and a slogan saying "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." Who and what benefits most from this controversial association? Kaepernick or Nike? The Cause or Capitalism?
What's Left? Website: https://what-s-left.webnode.com/
History of "American Football"
Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent prison strike called by Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. We cover in detail each of the 10 demands of the strike, and talk about why they are important, and what they expose about the U.S prison system.
Interview of IWOC member on prison strike
Punishment Fails. Rehabilitation Works.
Brazil Museum Fires
Andy asks Eduardo about his trip to Mexico and what it means to him, then the discussion turns to politics in Mexico, the recent election and who is AMLO, Andrés Manuel López Obrador?
Sorry for the strange sound. We are Skyping between SF and Mexico.
AMLO Documentary “Estoy Soy”
Eduardo and Andy discuss recent decisions across the globe either restricting or expanding women's access to abortion rights. We explain our differing reasons for supporting a woman's right to choose.
Eduardo and Andy talk about the anniversary of the Charlottesville demonstrations and discuss whether fascism in on the rise in the U.S.. We also talk about the tactics and politics of Antifa.
Dr. Cornel West interview, "We would've been crushed like cockroaches"
Eduardo and Andy continue their discussion from last week debating the merits of independent media outlets like Democracy Now and what it means to be 'pragmatic' about making social change.
Reform or revolution:
“Facts” on immigration from the Right
Eduardo and Andy discuss what's behind the recent attack on immigrants by the Trump administration, the role of the Democratic Party and the possibility of open borders.
Statistic on immigration under Clinton, Bush and Obama
The Deportation Machine Built for President Trump
As Detention Centres Hit Capacity, Trump Eyes Tent Cities on Military Bases to Jail Migrant Children
Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children
“Hidden Horrors”: Reporter Debbie Nathan on Mass Trials & Kids Separated from Parents at the Border
Hidden Horrors of “Zero Tolerance” — Mass Trials and Children Taken From Their Parents
Border Patrol Continues to Exaggerate Danger to Agents to Justify Violence Against Immigrants
Lobbyists given draft document outlining House leaders' contentious immigration proposal
Hearings on DOJ bias in “Russia probe”
Do undocumented workers pay taxes?
Do undocumented workers ‘steal’ benefits?
Eduardo interviews Andy on what he means by "Socialism" and poses his own questions/doubts about it.
We know its long, but we think its worth a listen even if you have to break it up in parts.
Also, sorry for the sound quality. Still sorting out technical aspects of the channel.
LOTS of links on terms referred to in the video:
Where does profit come from?
Lenin on “Dictatorship of the Bourgeoisie”
Dictatorship of the Proletariat
State and Revolution
The Paris Commune of 1871
Role of workers councils
Introduction to State Capitalism
Democracy and the soviets
Workers Councils in Germany
The Russian Revolution and Russian Colonies
The Seattle General Strike of 1919
Separation of mental and manual labor
Role of the Vyborg Workers in Russian Rev
Rosa Luxembourg (Reform or Revolution)
Marx and definitions of Class
Enclosure Acts and the Industrial Revolution
Fredrick Douglas (reply of the colored delegation to the President)
Value of Women’s unpaid labor
Why we still want to strike!
Eduardo and Andy discuss the recent ban by Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify on InfoWars (and others). Should these actions be supported or opposed?
What’s Left?: On Independent Media
Obama’s use of Espionage Act
Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
Another point of view on Brest-Litovsk
The Smith Act (1940)
What’s Left? Socialism 101
Robert Mueller released his indictment alleging that 13 Russian nationals colluded to disrupt the 2016 elections. Who are these Russian nationals sowing discord? And who are these Americans that were manipulated??
•The Curious Case of the Russian Flash Mob at the West Palm Beach Cheesecake Factory
•Karl Popper: ”Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”
Popper, Karl, The Open Society and Its Enemies, volume 1, The Spell of Plato, 1945 (Routledge, United Kingdom)
•Correction: I stated Radio Lab had reported on the Alaskan immigration town debate. It was actually This American Life that had reported on it.
Episode 621/21 July 2017
Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville
Two towns where people got really upset about undocumented immigrants, even though in both places, that did not seem to be the most important thing happening at all. One of the towns, a small town in Alaska, has no undocumented immigrants at all, but the possibility of them arriving put the whole town at each other’s throats.
Eduardo and Andy's start of a new channel to discus politics and promote a more open environment for discussion on the Left.
Andy wrote an article about the gun control debate several years ago.
Eduardo provides some links for many of the things he said in the discussion below.
Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows:
Everytown for Gun Safety report of domestic/family violence link to mass shootings (2009-2016):
Democracy Now!'s domestic violence and mass shooting connection and related discussions:
San Bernardino elementary teacher and students shot by estranged husband:
In April of 1996, a gunman opened fire on tourists in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 and wounding 23 others. Within 12 days of the attack, Australia’s conservative government announced a bipartisan deal to enact gun control measures:
Armed violence and gun laws, country by country
In a sea of web sites offering unverified, polarised opinions on gun violence, GunPolicy.org provides evidence-based, country-by-country intelligence from a broad range of official and academic sources. This university site is for researchers, officials, journalists and advocates who need accurate citations and rapid access to credible sources.
Eduardo and Andy discuss racism. What is it? Where does it come from? Who benefits from it?
The New Jim Crow
The Roots of Racism
On Primitive Communism
US Civil War: the 2nd American Revolution
Reconstruction and the African-American Odyssey
Eduardo and Andy discuss the implications of the recent NY primary victory of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Is her candidacy a challenge to Democratic Party or a trap laid for workers and the Left?
Apologies for the Eduardo's audio breaking up. He is Skyping from Mexico.
Sane Progressive “Hillary Clinton Nomination a Coup”
Eduardo and Andy discuss the furor over President Trump's meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. We also ask what's really behind the Mueller investigation and claims of Russian meddling in the US elections?
Links to information in video:
2013 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Russia
Evidence that DNC e-mails were a leak not a hack
Corbett Report on Russia Hacking
Blog covering fraud during 2016 election
Homeland Security takes over US election
Evidence that Bernie WON the Dem. Party primary in 2016
What’s Left? On independent Media
2013 Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Russia
Lawmakers Push Anti-Protest Laws as Mass Resistance to Trump Sweeps U.S.
Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against Remaining #J20 Defendants
Dems refuse to “Abolish ICE”
Dems refuse to “Impeach Trump”
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