#1234 Neoliberalism and the fascism it breeds (Brazilian Election)
Today we take a look at the election of a true neofascist to be president of Brazil and some of the economic and political realities that lead us to this point
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#1228 Why men will be better off without the patriarchy
Today we take a look at the system of patriarchy from the perspective of how it negatively impacts men in our culture, thereby demonstrating the need for feminism to advocate for all those negatively impacted by patriarchy, regardless of gender
#1224 Fixing the underlying mechanism of our democracy (Election Integrity)
Today we take a look at some of the various ways our election system is vulnerable to tampering and hacking from within and without and how it poses a threat to our democracy by casting doubt on the system whether any tampering actually happens or not
#1222 A crisis of illegitimacy of our institutions
Today we take a look at the crumbling trust in the Supreme Court in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation, not to mention the undemocratic electoral college, undemocratic Senate and a whole slew of anti-democracy GOP dirty tricks that have been used to acquire and intrench power for a conservative minority
#1219 How the GOP became the most destructive force in the world
Today we take a look at the distant and recent history of conservatism in America and beyond and follow the steps that have led to their rejection of science at a moment in history when it has never been more critical to heed the warnings of scientists
#1218 Kavanaugh forced upon America (Supreme Court)
Today we take a look at the process and conclusion of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court and how the whole spectacle, top to bottom, was drenched in some of the worst aspects of patriarchy and toxic masculinity that our society has to offer.
#1214 The long history of racial voter disenfranchisement
Today we take a look at the long legacy of racially-based voter disenfranchisement from Reconstruction right up to today and the many, many forms it takes as those who strive to benefit from suppressing the vote employ an ever-evolving slate of strategies to keep themselves in power.
#1213 Ten Years On (The Financial Crisis and Disastrous Recovery)
Today we take a look at where we stand, now ten years on from the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008. Inequality has spiked, the banks are more profitable than ever and not a single banker went to jail for fraud. Now we must look ahead to how we can better manage the next inevitable crash.
#1208 Collective power through solidarity (Unions)
Today we take a look at several of the ways that average people benefit from collective action including unionization, class action lawsuits and politically attuned investing of pooled pension funds. Plus, making the obvious case for why the Democratic Party needs to get wholeheartedly on board with policies that unwaveringly support working people and empower collectivism.
#1203 The causes and dangers of the international rise of the right
Today we take a look at some of the reasons behind the rise of right-wing movements around the world but also at some of the various shapes they're taking, strategies they're following and emerging trends that may lend them additional momentum in the future
#1202 The threats against reproductive justice - past, present and future
Today we take a look at the threats to reproductive justice everywhere, from the newest Supreme Court nominee to the entire long and storied history of the structures of power clamoring to control the bodies of women with a particular focus on the destinies of communities of color
#1201 Dehumanizing and abusing the outsider for political gain (Immigration)
Today we take a look at some of the historical context that sheds light on our current immigration debate by showing that there is essentially nothing new about it, only the details are fresh. We'll also explore the evolution of criminalizing immigration, the abuse of separated children and the GOP need to build a demographic control machine.
#1200 The Democratic autopsy and the progressive path forward
Today we take a look at a few of the reasons the Democrats went from controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency 10 years ago to being completely out of power today and then lay out a series of steps the left can take to return to power
#1126 Explaining the concept you need to understand, Neoliberal Economics (Encore)
Today we look at the origins, underpinnings and effects of neoliberal economic thinking and policies. #1, it has nothing to do with who Americans think of as “liberals”. #2, both major US political parties are on board with it to varying degrees. #3, it’s pretty much what everyone in the world is pissed off about without necessarily knowing that there’s a name for it
#1199 Criticizing a society that breeds depression
Today we take a look at some causes of depression that our society tends to look away from. Instead of focusing only on chemical imbalances, it seems wise to look outside ourselves at the circumstances we find ourselves in and ask how much our surrounding effect what goes on inside
#1198.5 Decolonization, Reconciliation and The Sacred Mountain - Presenting: Offshore
Today I do something a little different and present to you (with permission) the entire first episode of the second season of the outstanding podcast, Offshore. Offshore is produced by Honolulu Civil Beat, a nonprofit and non-partisan investigative news site in Hawaii and I especially think the BotL audience will appreciate their telling of the story of the mountain protectors of Mouna Kea, The Sacred Mountain, on the big island of Hawaii.
#1198 All we have to fear is fear itself (Our Culture of Fear)
Today we take a look at our current moment in history and the two basic paths that lay before us, one dominated by fear that drives a willingness to give up power to authoritarian rulers and the other guided by hope for a better future and a willingness to work together toward that future
#1192 Fighting for Single Payer and against our neoliberal health system
Today we take a look at the misguided transformation of our thinking about health care that causes us to accept the idea of it being a market-based commodity, who continues to support this idea and why it continues to make suckers of us all