PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Prof. Richard Wolff – Is Capitalism on Life Support?” / act.tv ☮

Professor Richard D. Wolff explains how Capitalism is on life support… “I want to show you how dependent the economy today is on the government… what a total and complete mockery it makes of Libertarian, Right Wing, Pro-Capitalist notions, that the private sector is what makes the economy successful and the government is an inefficient, inappropriate, unwanted intervener.”

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Chris Hedges: American Empire Collapse: It is About to Get Exponentially Worse” / Julianna Forlano / act.tv ☮

Julianna welcomes back Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Chris Hedges, to discuss how in his current book, America: The Farewell Tour, Hedges takes a close look at the array of pathologies that have arisen out of a profound malaise of hopelessness as the society disintegrates due to the “slow moving [corporate] Coup d’état” instituted by the ruling classes in the ’70s in reaction to the activist movements and reforms of the ’60s. And how this disintegration has resulted in an epidemic of diseases, despair, and a civil society that has ceased to function. You may know Chris from reading one of his best-selling books including American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class. Or his weekly interview show On Contact where he interviews “dissident voices” currently missing from the mainstream media, the black sheep of the establishment, leading to discussions that are not easy to find. Chris is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His latest book is “America: The Farewell Tour” (2018).

INTELLECTUALISM: “Stephen Fry on Religion” / The Origins Podcast / Lawrence Krauss ☮

The Origins Podcast is now a part of the Origins Project Foundation. Consider supporting the podcast and the Origins Project Foundation at http://www.originsprojectfoundation.org. In this inaugural clip from the new partnership, Stephen and Lawrence discuss Religion from a variety of perspectives, touching on intellectual laziness, the feeling that we can and should be better people, and the how joy of discovering that learning more about how things actually work enhances, rather than detracts, from the awe and wonder of the Universe.

PROGRESSIVE POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Silence Reigns on the US-Backed Coup Against Evo Morales in Bolivia” / Common Dreams / Mark Weisbrot ☮

A man holds a flag with a picture of former Bolivian President Evo Morales during the first campaign event of MAS party ahead of presidential elections on September 9, 2020 in El Alto, Bolivia.  (Photo: Gaston Brito/Getty Images)

Bolivia has descended into a nightmare of political repression and racist state violence since the democratically elected government of Evo Morales was overthrown by the military on November 10th last year. That month was the second-deadliest in terms of civilian deaths caused by state forces since Bolivia became a democracy nearly 40 years ago, according to a study by Harvard Law School’s (HLS) International Human Rights Clinic and the University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) released a month ago.

Morales was the first indigenous president of Bolivia, which has the largest percentage of indigenous population of any country in the Americas. His government was able to reduce poverty by 42% and extreme poverty by 60%, which disproportionately benefited indigenous Bolivians. The November coup was led by a white and mestizo elite with a history of racism, seeking to revert state power to the people who had monopolized it before Morales’ election in 2005. The racist nature of the state violence is emphasized in the HLS/UNHR report, including eyewitness accounts of security forces using “racist and anti-indigenous language” as they attacked protesters; it is also clear from the fact that all of the victims of the two biggest massacres committed by state forces after the coup were indigenous.

What has received even less attention is the role of the Organization of American States in the destruction of Bolivia’s democracy last November.

As the New York Times reported on 7 June, the organization’s “flawed” analysis immediately following the October 20th election fuelled “a chain of events that changed the South American nation’s history.

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