When we anthropomorphize nation-states and endow them with unmitigated self-expression we have a succinct definition of American exceptionalism, which is one part nationalism and another chauvanistic individualism. Tom Becker reads an article from Alter-Net that explores the history of national exceptionalism and how its American variant is, well, exceptional among them.
Robert Weissman points out it is still possible for government-owned companies like GM to be directed toward producing public goods, like mass-transit. Rob also suggests that there's no reason the government couldn't operate a publically-owned bank through Citi-group and not rip people off or use other predatory practices. If anything, this would, like unions, put pressure on the private sector to change. Then there is how the government could encourage sustainable development by investing in key industries for the public good (like green energy, high-speed rail and others). Rob points out how Texas is one of the leading producers of wind-power because of State-level investment.
Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey discuss the role of technology in modern society and the effect it has had on personal connections.
In light of the recent death of Gil Scott-Heron, Celeste Carey asks: Do we respond anymore to the meaningful exchange we had with protest singers when we heard their songs? Has Tweeting in the digital age replaced it and is it as effective?
Inspired by Arwyn Arising's blog 'Raising My Boychick' (http://www.raisingmyboychick.com/) Cecil Prescod discusses gender roles, the idea of gender assignment, and raising a child without an imposed gender.
Host Per Fagereng interviews Professor Zaher Wahab and journalist Gareth Porter about Afghanistan, Obama's announcement about troops there, and the future of the country.
Zaher Wahab is Professor of Education at Lewis and Clark College and a native of Afghanistan. Dr. Wahab served as senior advisor to the Minister of Higher Education in Afghanistan 2002-2006 and as a visiting researcher-professor in a masters degree program for teacher education faculty from Afghanistan’s 16 teacher training colleges 2007-2010. He has been spending about four months annually in that country since 2002. He just returned from three months in Afghanistan.
Host Carlos Chavez interviews social rights activist and co-founder of the Brown Berets in Los Angeles, Carlos Montes. His house was raided by the FBI on May 17th of this year and was the most recent in a string of raids and subpoenas on activists and labor union members throughout the country. They discuss these recent accounts of repression by the FBI as well as past experiences. Carlos Montes is facing firearm charges and is due for another court appearance on July 6th.
Mr. President: With Joe on leave, Abe looks at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.
It's been nearly 70 years since the U.S. Congress has declared war. The current administration has enshrined anddeepened the surveillance state first ushered in under the auspices of the Cold War and the War on Drugs, and then imposed under G.W. Bush's War on Terror. Once-inviolable rights to counsel, swift trial, due process, security from search and seizure, and habeas corpus have been rendered insubstantial.
Robert Jensen - The Anguish in the American Dream (lecture)
Robert Jensen is professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "Citizens of the Empire," "The Heart of Whiteness," and "All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice."