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In the News: Julian Assange, Ukraine War [Brian Becker Seminar #21 - Preview]
In the News: Julian Assange, Ukraine War [Brian Becker Seminar #21 - Preview]
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses the importance of five  major international papers coming out against the ongoing prosecution of  Julian Assange, where the U.S. proxy war in Ukraine is headed, how we  can talk about these tough issues with friends and strangers, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest of this seminar, support the show, and access the highly valuable archive of years of socialist analysis.
18:12
November 29, 2022
Cryptocurrency Collapse: Money, Scams and Capitalism
Cryptocurrency Collapse: Money, Scams and Capitalism
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff  discuss how FTX, which was among the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in  the world, has collapsed in one of the most spectacular corporate  bankruptcies ever. In other tech-related industries too, mass layoffs  continue to gather pace. The boom-bust cycle of capitalism is once again  on full display. Professor Richard Wolff is an author &  co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
30:19
November 23, 2022
"Fighting for Peace as US Seeks Major Power Conflict:" Brian Becker's Speech on Nov. 19
"Fighting for Peace as US Seeks Major Power Conflict:" Brian Becker's Speech on Nov. 19
This weekend, Brian spoke at the "The Real Path to Peace in Ukraine" event in NYC, which inaugurated   a new, multi-national, grassroots movement    to advocate for the end to the current war in Ukraine. He spoke about the need for negotiations in Ukraine over escalation. To  see the whole program, including  Former Green Party Presidential Nominee  Jill Stein,  Tricontinental Institute for Social Research  Director Vijay Prashad, BreakThrough News Host Eugene Puryear, The  People's Forum Co-Director Claudia de la Cruz, and CODEPINK Founder  Medea Benjamin, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asndac1ETFk. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
37:24
November 22, 2022
Trump’s 2024 Announcement Speech Debunked — His Real Record Against Workers
Trump’s 2024 Announcement Speech Debunked — His Real Record Against Workers
Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he’s running for president again, despite only delivering a “red trickle” in the midterm elections and losing the presidency by seven million votes in 2020. What was his real record in office? Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, an author, activist, and co-host with Rania Khalek of The Freedom Side LIVE, a live video show every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on BreakThrough. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
58:27
November 17, 2022
Billionaires Order Mass Layoffs of Tech Workers
Billionaires Order Mass Layoffs of Tech Workers
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard  Wolff discuss the mass layoffs that billionaire CEOs at Meta (formerly  Facebook), Twitter, Amazon, and others have begun. More than one hundred  thousand workers are projected to lose their jobs this year just in the  tech industry. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder  of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at  rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
31:11
November 16, 2022
Why the Republican Red Wave Became a Trickle, Ukraine and the U.S. Antiwar Movement, China & Cuba [Brian Becker Seminar #20 - Preview]
Why the Republican Red Wave Became a Trickle, Ukraine and the U.S. Antiwar Movement, China & Cuba [Brian Becker Seminar #20 - Preview]
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses why the widely predicted Republican red wave became a trickle and what it means for  organizing and answers questions about the anti-war movement, the  Ukraine war, China's relationship with Cuba, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest!
11:56
November 15, 2022
Voter Suppression Behind Georgia’s Run-Off: GOP Blocked 149,000 Mail-In Ballots w/ Greg Palast
Voter Suppression Behind Georgia’s Run-Off: GOP Blocked 149,000 Mail-In Ballots w/ Greg Palast
Brian is joined by investigative reporter Greg Palast,  who wrote the film “Vigilantes: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitmen,”  available at gregpalast.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
32:28
November 10, 2022
Housing Market Whiplash Locks out Millions of Workers
Housing Market Whiplash Locks out Millions of Workers
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how huge numbers of people are being locked out of the housing market amid soaring interest rates and home prices, marking a dramatic reversal for millions of people who were hoping to buy their own home. With prices spiking for renters as well, the failure of the capitalist market to provide something as basic as affordable shelter is on display. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
27:40
November 09, 2022
From Poll Taxes to Election Police: Racist Voter Suppression in America
From Poll Taxes to Election Police: Racist Voter Suppression in America
The poll tax was eliminated within this lifetime, in 1966, but the  right-wing in America has been hard at work reconstructing it with ID  requirements, stripping people with convictions of the right to vote,  and even arresting people for voting. It's Election Day today and many  people are heading to the polls in what may be a significant election.  What are the most important elements for socialists to know about? Brian  is joined by Esther Iverem, journalist, producer and host of the show  ‘On the Ground: Voices of Resistance From the Nation’s Capital,’ which  comes out weekly on Fridays. Check it out at onthegroundshow.org and two dozen Pacifica stations nationwide. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
45:13
November 08, 2022
Supreme Court Plots to End ‘One Person, One Vote’ & the Hidden Hand of Big Oil
Supreme Court Plots to End ‘One Person, One Vote’ & the Hidden Hand of Big Oil
The right-wing loves yelling, “We’re a republic, not a democracy!” Now they have a Supreme Court that agrees with them. The Court is about to hear Moore v. Harper, a gerrymandering case that will also take up the Electors Clause of the Constitution. The Republican legal argument, made famous by Trump’s 2020 legal team, is that state legislatures can send their own choice of electors to the Electoral College, rather than abiding by the vote of the people. The implications of this are huge — the end of ‘one person, one vote.’ Brian is joined by Steven Donziger, an advocate, writer and public speaker on human rights and corporate accountability. His most recent piece is The most terrifying case of all is about to be heard by the US Supreme Court. He also filed a class-action lawsuit with others against Chevron for environmental damage – including dumping 17 million gallons of crude oil in the Ecuadorian rainforest – and won a historic $9.5 billion judgment. Chevon then fled Ecuador and launched a campaign against Donziger that resulted in him being disbarred, serving 45 days behind bars, and under home confinement for 993 days. For more on his story, watch his interview on The Freedom Side and Rania Khalek Dispatches here on BreakThrough. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
41:58
November 04, 2022
The Reign of King Elon Musk Begins at Twitter
The Reign of King Elon Musk Begins at Twitter
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard  Wolff discuss how Elon Musk became the new owner of Twitter. The  widely-hated billionaire immediately began to prepare layoffs,  reportedly starting with the mass firing of a quarter of all  employees at the company. Under the dictatorship of the rich, one of  the main ways that people in society communicate with each other can  become the private possession of a single ultra-wealthy capitalist. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
32:37
November 02, 2022
Lula Wins, Musk Takes Twitter, US Sends Nukes to Europe [Brian Becker Seminar #19 - Preview]
Lula Wins, Musk Takes Twitter, US Sends Nukes to Europe [Brian Becker Seminar #19 - Preview]
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses the win of left Workers  Party candidate & former president Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva over  far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and the huge impact it will have in  Brazil and in the region, Elon Musk ordering massive job cuts as he  takes over Twitter, the US sending nuclear weapons to Europe, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest!
15:14
November 01, 2022
Huge Protests in Korea As War Danger Grows
Huge Protests in Korea As War Danger Grows
Massive protests in South Korea are demanding the end of right-wing President Yoon Suk-yeol's tenure. At the same time, the US and Japan are promising a major military escalation against North Korea. Brian is joined by K.J. Noh, a peace activist, organizer with Pivot to Peace, scholar on the  geopolitics of Asia, and a frequent contributor to Counterpunch and Dissident Voice. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
01:16:41
October 27, 2022
U.S. steps up high-tech economic war with China
U.S. steps up high-tech economic war with China
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard  Wolff discuss how demonization of China has gone into overdrive as the  country chooses its new leadership, and how a key component of this has  been increasingly strident advocacy for so-called  “economic decoupling” from China. And in fact, just ahead of China’s  Communist Party congress, the U.S. government unveiled a harsh blow to a  critical sector of trade. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
28:54
October 26, 2022
Rent Hikes, Inflation, Mass Evictions: The Coming Rent Revolution
Rent Hikes, Inflation, Mass Evictions: The Coming Rent Revolution
As rents spike higher and higher, tent cities grow across the  country, and eviction protections wear out, tenants are fed up and  organizing. Nicole and Brian discuss the coming — and necessary — rent revolution. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
26:38
October 25, 2022
Xi Elevates China’s Socialist Goals, Prepares Country for Global ‘Storms’
Xi Elevates China’s Socialist Goals, Prepares Country for Global ‘Storms’
The Communist Party of China is in its 20th Congress, a week-long meeting of 2,296 elected delegates from around the country in a nominations and voting process in which 95 million CPC members participated. The delegates set the priorities for China for the next five years. Brian and Tings Chak, researcher at the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research & a member of Dongsheng News collective, discuss the biggest takeaways, China’s economy, Xi Jinping’s presidency, Biden’s recent singling out of China in his National Security Doctrine, and more. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
39:35
October 20, 2022
Socialism in the US Can Happen, and Here's What It Can Look Like
Socialism in the US Can Happen, and Here's What It Can Look Like
What would socialism look like in the United States—the richest  country ever known yet 38 million people are hungry? Socialism would use  that wealth and our development for the needs of the people, stop  endless wars, and crush racism, sexism, and all forms of bigotry. A new  book, "Socialist Reconstruction: A Better Future for the  United States," demonstrates what this could look like in detail,  starting in “the first decade of  socialism in the United States." Brian is joined by Dr. Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science at  Hobart and William Smith Colleges & author of several books. She and  Brian were part of the collective effort to produce the just-released book “Socialist Reconstruction: A Better Future for the United States." Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
35:55
October 18, 2022
Crimea Attack, Pipeline Sabotage, Kiev Bombing, Endless NATO Weapons: Ukraine War Widens
Crimea Attack, Pipeline Sabotage, Kiev Bombing, Endless NATO Weapons: Ukraine War Widens
Russia has been hit by multiple major attacks, including sabotage in their Nordstream energy pipelines and the explosion on the Crimean Bridge. The bridge is a vital supply route to and from the peninsula with military supplies. Russia responded with missiles hitting Kiev. As NATO and Europe send further weapons and technology, the war is quickly escalating. Where is it going? Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, the host of the BreakThrough News podcast The Punch Out and co-host of the BT live video show The Freedom Side, which you can watch on the BreakThrough News YouTube channel, Thursdays 3–5pm ET. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
52:37
October 13, 2022
Bankers & The Fed Push the Economy Toward a Recession—But It's Workers Who Will Feel the Pain
Bankers & The Fed Push the Economy Toward a Recession—But It's Workers Who Will Feel the Pain
On  today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the  International Monetary Fund predicting a worse economy in 2023 and  the illuminating comments from CEO  Jamie Dimon  of  JP Morgan Chase, the largest US investment bank. Bankers like Dimon and The Fed (made up of majority bankers) are  pushing the economy toward the brink, despite the crisis this will cause  for workers and families nationwide. Professor Richard Wolff is  an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You  can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed  contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community  at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of  our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All  Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly  Q&A seminar with Brian.
33:01
October 12, 2022
Ukraine War Gets Bigger: Russian Missile Strikes in Retaliation for Terrorist Attacks
Ukraine War Gets Bigger: Russian Missile Strikes in Retaliation for Terrorist Attacks
Russia hit Kyiv with missile strikes yesterday, in response to the  attack that damaged the bridge to Crimea. The war in Ukraine is  escalating—and the United States is cheering. Esther Iverem talks with Brian about the accelerating state of the war. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
38:23
October 11, 2022
251 Interventions in 30 Years: A System Addicted to War w/ Ben Norton
251 Interventions in 30 Years: A System Addicted to War w/ Ben Norton
The United States has acknowledged almost 500 military interventions, listed in detail in a report by congressional researchers. More than 200 were just in the last 31 years, since the fall of the Soviet Union, representing a significant increase over the hundreds of years prior. What does this explain about the nature of capitalism, war, and imperialism? Brian is joined by Ben Norton, an investigative journalist based in Latin America, and editor of the independent news website Multipolarista, which you can find at multipolarista.com. Ben’s article that Ben and Brian discuss is here on his website: https://multipolarista.com/2022/09/13/us-251-military-interventions-1991. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
49:03
October 06, 2022
Hurricane Ian exposes inhumanity of U.S. capitalism's disaster response
Hurricane Ian exposes inhumanity of U.S. capitalism's disaster response
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard  Wolff discuss how Hurricane Ian has caused historic devastation  throughout Florida, leaving over 100 dead and destroying homes and  critical infrastructure. All of the extreme inequalities of the  capitalist system are on display in the wake of this massive disaster. Professor  Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization  Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
29:15
October 05, 2022
Brazil’s Elections, Nordstream Explosion, Anti-War Movement, and More [Brian Becker Seminar #18 - Preview]
Brazil’s Elections, Nordstream Explosion, Anti-War Movement, and More [Brian Becker Seminar #18 - Preview]
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian analyzes Secretary  of State Blinken's gloating about the Nordstream pipeline explosion and  what this tells us, what is needed for a big anti-war mobilization, and  how to effectively provide mutual aid. He also talks about Brazil's  presidential election, with popular left candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da  Silva winning in the first round but headed to a runoff against  far-right Jair Bolsonaro, and the U.S. government's view on it, and  more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest!
10:56
October 04, 2022
The China-Russia Alliance: Will It Endure? Will It Grow?
The China-Russia Alliance: Will It Endure? Will It Grow?
Two of the biggest world powers, Russia and China, have formed an alliance based on common interest, despite a very complex history. Seven months into the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, what is the state of the relationship? Brian is joined by Marco Fernandes, researcher with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, member of Dongsheng News collective & organizer with the No Cold War campaign. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
01:10:49
September 29, 2022
Fed's Interest Rate Campaign Sends Shockwaves Through Global Economy
Fed's Interest Rate Campaign Sends Shockwaves Through Global Economy
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard  Wolff discuss how the Federal Reserve’s relentless campaign to raise  interest rates is having profound consequences not just in the United  States, but around the world. As rates rise in the United States, the  value of other currencies is plummeting, intensifying inflation and a  whole host of other economic and social issues. Professor Richard  Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at  Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
29:34
September 28, 2022
Behind the Scenes: How the Right Wing Is Quietly Planning to Seize Election Infrastructure
Behind the Scenes: How the Right Wing Is Quietly Planning to Seize Election Infrastructure
The far right is on the move, installing themselves in key places  throughout the election infrastructure of the country. States are  considering further attacks, like eliminating early voting, after  Republicans have spent decades filling the state legislatures. These  attacks are racist, undemocratic, and coming to a head this November. Brian is joined by Esther Iverem, a longtime journalist, producer and  host of the show ‘On the Ground: Voices of Resistance From the Nation’s  Capital,’ which comes out weekly on Fridays. Check it out at onthegroundshow.org and two dozen Pacifica stations nationwide. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
43:57
September 27, 2022
Ukraine War Escalates—And Nuclear War Threats Grow
Ukraine War Escalates—And Nuclear War Threats Grow
The Ukraine war is escalating—dramatically. Russian President Putin & U.S. President Biden both made major and dramatic speeches in the last day, after a successful and U.S.-backed Ukrainian counter-offensive earlier in the week. What did Putin and Biden reveal in their addresses and where is this headed? Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, the host of the BreakThrough News podcast The Punch Out, co-host of the BT live video show The Freedom Side, and a writer, including the article “Should we really blame NATO for the Ukraine war?” Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
01:04:32
September 22, 2022
Inflation Crisis & the March Towards Recession
Inflation Crisis & the March Towards Recession
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how fears of an all-out economic crisis are deepening as FedEx announces that it expects a global recession based on a sharp decline in world shipping activity, and a higher-than expected inflation report deepens the federal reserve’s determination to raise interest rates. The capitalist class remains determined to drive the economy off a cliff to eviscerate workers’ living standards and bargaining power. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
34:32
September 21, 2022
How the Ultra-Right Intends to Take & Consolidate Political Power
How the Ultra-Right Intends to Take & Consolidate Political Power
The assault on our democratic rights within the United States is growing. The right wing of the U.S. ruling class, using the Supreme Court and other undemocratic institutions, has begun eviscerating hard-fought economic, social, and political rights that have been achieved in past decades. This will be an epic struggle. Producer Nicole Roussell and Brian discuss how we got here and what's next. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
55:44
September 20, 2022
Vijay Prashad and Noam Chomsky on Afghanistan War & the Fragility of US Empire
Vijay Prashad and Noam Chomsky on Afghanistan War & the Fragility of US Empire
The U.S. government has destroyed cities, countries, and towns around the world, through bombs and air raids, military ground invasions, naval attacks, economic sanctions and strangulation, coups, and more. Some say U.S. force is never ending, others say it’s on a fast decline, almost gone forever. Vijay Prashad and Noam Chomsky argue in their new book, “The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power,” that U.S. military might is somewhere in the middle: it’s fragile. Brian is joined by Vijay Prashad, the Executive Director of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor of LeftWord Books, and author of a new book with Noam Chomsky called “The Withdrawal: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power.” Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
48:07
September 15, 2022
Queens, Kings and Capitalism
Queens, Kings and Capitalism
On today's episode Walter Smolarek  and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how the corporate-owned media has been  consumed with wall-to-wall coverage of the death of the Queen, fawning  over the British monarchy. But the lifestyle that’s being celebrated is one based on plunder and empire. While their “subjects” live in  poverty, the royals live a life of total luxury – all because they were  lucky enough to be born into the right family. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
27:20
September 14, 2022
The Deepening Assault on Core Democratic Rights in the USA
The Deepening Assault on Core Democratic Rights in the USA
The United States is in the midst of a political upheaval right  now, after the 2020 uprising, the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol, and  the Dobbs decision that overturned one of the Supreme Court's biggest  decisions -- access to abortion under Roe v. Wade. The right wing is on  the move and the left needs a clear understanding of just where they're  headed and how to be able to effectively fight back. What does Dobbs  indicate for other democratic rights that we thought were guaranteed? Producer Nicole Roussell and Brian discuss the very significant  political changes in the domestic policy situation in the United States,  and the Attica prison uprising and massacre 51 years ago today. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
44:55
September 13, 2022
Global Confrontation: The US, Russia, China, and a New Era
Global Confrontation: The US, Russia, China, and a New Era
The United States and South Korea put on the biggest military war  games in four years, while Russia and China also ran military drills.  Will the world become multipolar and is that enough to fully counter  U.S. imperialism? Is major power conflict on the horizon? Producer Nicole Roussell and Brian discuss what  multipolarity means for the international working class, what is needed  to end U.S. imperialism, and what geopolitics are evident in Ukraine. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
57:32
September 08, 2022