Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen

Keeping Democracy Alive with Burt Cohen

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The Psychological Base of “Powerarchy”
October 22, 2019

We traditional Americans are doing what we can to take on oligarchy, plutocracy, and patriarchy.But our effectiveness is limited if we do not figure out the whys and hows of what our guest Melanie Joy calls “powerarchy.” Her new book

Democrats Took The Wrong Lessons from McGovern 1972
October 17, 2019

Conventional Democratic Party wisdom is that McGovern lost to Nixon because he was too liberal, and as a result of that belief, ever since that loss party insiders have trended steadily to the right. But if today’s measuring tools had

Cruelty Steers the New Supreme Court Docket
October 15, 2019

It’s not only Trump who is pushing cruelty. Since right wing Republicans have very successfully gained control over the third branch of government, the judicial branch, we should expect to see many examples of cruelty dictating decisions by the Supreme

Impeachment: Restore Entitled “Centrist” Ds and Rs to Power?
October 10, 2019

No question: today’s biggest unsolved problems came at the hands of the so-called centrists of both parties. Historian and author Professor Andrew Bacevich argues that while of course Trump must be removed, the constant focus of impeachment is a way

A Real Solution To Refugee Crisis
October 08, 2019

Across Europe tens of millions of refugees are living in horrible conditions, as countries erect razor wire to keep them out. Our guest today Tim Horgan of the World Affairs Council argues it is best to keep people where they

“Conservatives” Not At All Conservative
October 03, 2019

Pure individualism is not conservatism, much as though people who call themselves conservatives like to think it is. They’ll tell you the American Dream is individuals becoming super rich. But the more traditional definition is one of equal opportunity...

Thom Hartmann: Hidden History of Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America
September 30, 2019

It’s become “a nearly despotic branch of government.” But wasn’t the Supreme Court created to be a check on the powers of the executive and legislative, making certain they adhere to the Constitution? Author Thom Hartmann is a progressive national

Trump and “Disloyal Jews”//The Corpse of Franco and Democracy in Spain
September 26, 2019

Did Trump mean to be anti-Semitic with his insistence that Jewish Americans who vote Democratic are disloyal? According to our first guest, civil justice advocate and attorney Mark Bello, without question yes, Trump is anti-Semitic. And he says Trump is

The DNA of Democracy: It’s A Recessive Gene
September 24, 2019

We take democracy for granted, but as author Richard C.Lyons tells it, democracy is a recessive gene. Tyranny is much more able to dominate. Tyranny? What does that ancient word even mean? In his new book: The DNA of Democracy,

Trump and the ‘Gated Communities’ of Afghanistan
September 10, 2019

Could Trump get something right? Retired US Army officer and prolific writer of military policy analysis Danny Sjursen compares how the brass In Washington sees Afghanistan versus the  empirical knowledge from people on the ground.