This episode looks at national debts as sneaky taxes, and why protectionism should be one of the most holy words in our vocabulary. Asks, if we owe on loans without our consent, are we really free? Referencing the radio series Wizards of Money by “Smithy,” does an in-depth analysis of FICA, the tax that pays for Social Security and Medicare.
Demonstrates how FICA made the income tax less progressive, and why those who can’t afford their own insurance are paying the most to extend the lives of seniors. Proposes an alternative that would provide free reproductive, pre-natal, and pre-school healthcare, so the right to life doesn’t end at birth.
Finally, compares the budget of the Roman Empire in 150 CE and the 21st century US Empire, including the most expensive provinces for each: Judea and Egypt. Updates the parable of the talents to the modern terminology of IMF loans and corporate kickbacks.
- “No More Cliches” by Octavio Paz
- “ The Tao of the Trial” by Marilyn Nelson
- “Everything Has an End, Even Sadness” by Kaki King
- “Money” by Monty Python
- “The Taxman” by the Beatles
- “The Money Programme” with Eric Idle of Monty Python
- “Journeys with George,” a video-montage by Monica Guerra using footage from Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary of the same name
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Writing the Wrongs: Closes out the first year of Third Paradigm by adding a retrospective of (mostly) unpublished writings by Tereza Coraggio to the website. A collection of sixteen poems is called Becoming Yeast: Poems of Transformation. Nine essays on the apocryphal gospel of Philip are called Revolutionary Mystics and How to Become One. Also includes responses to Jeffrey Sachs and to Peter Singer, and proof that Jesus was the code name for an imperialist Roman spy. Comments on Obama’s pre-conviction of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in the media. Suggests a trial for the “masterminds” of the controlled demolition on 9-11.
- Tereza Coraggio, “Celestial Effervescence”
- Tereza Coraggio, “The Holy Dark”
- Joy Harjo, “Morning Prayers”
- Tereza Coraggio, “Thoughts on the Afterlife,” dedicated to Isa Dempsey
Songs and/or Music Videos
- Kaki King, “Air and Kilometers”
- Robbie Robertson, “Cherokee Morning Song”
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, “Hey World” (Remote Control Version)
- “Cherokee Morning Song” with old and new photographs of North American natives
Zeitgeist Continued: Using the movie Zeitgeist as a springboard, examines the parallels between Old Testament patriarchs Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Makes the case for Josephus as the author of the New Testament, and for the Old Testament as a reverse-engineered invention of the Roman Empire. Asks if the God referred to in the Bible resembles Caesar. Reviews the cartoon autobiography of Marjane Satrapi called Persepolis. Uses audio clips from Zeitgeist, including Bill Hicks. Quotes research from Josephus scholars Steve Mason and G. J. Goldberg, and from Joe Atwill’s book, Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Plot to Invent Jesus.
- Joan Murray, “Her Head” by Joan Murray
- Tereza Coraggio, “Walking the Sierra”
Songs and/or Music Videos
- Julia Kent, “Idlewild”
- Bad Religion, “The Answer”
- Zeigeist, Part I: The Greatest Story Ever Sold
- Zeitgeist: Meaning of Life Quotes
What Would Judas Do?: Places Biblical characters in historical context and shows that the heroes may not be heroes and the villains may not be villains. Tells the stories of Judas the Galilean and Zadok the Sadducee, founders of the Fourth Philosophy and zealot revolution. Examines the central role of the priests and elite in supporting the revolution. Finds contradictions in the Biblical text on when and where Jesus was born, if he was a peasant, the revolutionary era he lived through, and which side he was on.
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Plant Radishes for Hope: Compares the early sprouting of radish seeds to the evidential hope in Frances Moore Lappe’s talk, The Work of Hope. Applies this to Obama’s Cairo talk and its implications for Palestine. Includes an interview with Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies fellow and author of several books on Empire and conflicts in the Middle East. Criticizes Uri Avnery’s comparison of Israel to the zealots as unfair… to the zealots, who defended the oppressed against Rome. Relates a conversation with teenage girls about Dr. George Tiller’s murder, and takes a different slant on the abortion question. Presents the Declaration of the Abya Yala – the indigenous populations of 22 countries. Reports on Friday’s massacre of indigenous Amazonians in Peru, with police firing live ammunition into a crowd of 5000 protestors.
- Pattiann Rogers, “The Greatest Grandeur”
Songs and/or Music Videos
- Bonobo, “Days to Come”
- David Rovic, “In the Name of God,” concert video
- Big Country, “Soldier of the Lord”
- XTC, “Dear God”
- Interview with Phyllis Bennis
Nasty Noah and the Patriarchs: Looks at the Biblical curse of Canaan that’s at the root of Israeli entitlement to Palestinian land. Discusses the book Palestine Inside-Out: An Everyday Occupation, and quotes from David Shulman’s book, Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine. Examines a video of a Tel Rumeida settler abusing a Palestinian woman and her daughter. Reads a poem by John O’Donahue called “A New Beginning” from To Bless the Space Between Us, over a Bruce Cockburn instrumental called Mistress of Storms. Plays “Little Bird,” a song from a Tucson compilation CD to raise donations for the Palestinian Farmer’s Union. Lyrics are written by James Jordan from the Campaign for Labor Rights. Music by Fair to Midlands, Caliche.
Josephus of the Multi-Colored Turncoat: Proposes a way to make millions from our illegal immigrant population. Sends a Valentine’s note to Firestone from their Liberian rubber tappers. Presents research that the Bible is a two-part propaganda piece written after the “fall” of Jerusalem by Hebrew collaborators with Rome. Includes a poem by Mary Oliver and a song about child slaves on cocoa plantations by Cassandra Coraggio. Music by Dashboard Confessional, John Buckleman, Julia Kent.
A People’s History of the Bible: An in-depth look at an alternative form of first-century Judaism that believed in sovereignty, equality, and freedom for all, plus the right of armed resistance against foreign rule. This episode ties the current massacre in Gaza to the Hebrew revolt against Roman rule 2000 years ago. It also takes a critical look at the person responsible for “preserving” the Jewish scriptures and his allegiance to the Roman Empire. Features a poem by the Sufi poet Hafiz.
Music:Explosions In The Sky, Bruce Cockburn, David Rovics and Snow Patrol
Kicking the Dogma: squares the concept of equality with the scriptures of organized religion. The 14th Dalai Lama writes about his one belief, and a Charter for Compassion is launched for the world’s religions. Instead of Black Friday, there are Post-Thanksgiving Eat-Ins, and StoryCorp recreates a day of spending into a day of listening. Last Sunday creates a forum for spiritual politics in Austin.
- The Doctrine is Compassion by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
- What Would Jesus Buy? by Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
- Post-Thanksgiving Eat-In from Slow Food Nation
- What Happy People Don’t Do by John Robinson from CharityFocus
- A Lifestyle for the 21st Century from The Center for Screen-Time Awareness
- A National Day of Listening from StoryCorp with a Do-It-Yourself Guide
- Beck Hansen on making up your own songs
- Robert Jensen on Last Sunday, a monthly gathering in Austin, Texas
- Bill Arnal on the pro-Imperial stance of the scriptures
- Lillian Howell, 89, on moving from Ohio to Virginia during the Depression
- A Charter for Compassion by Karen Armstrong
- Swati EPK
- The Great Correction by Eliza Gilkyson
- Small Gods by Swati Sharma
To read scripture through the lens of compassion is to take the perspective of any person who might feel diminished, hurt, or excluded by it. If we define scripture as the Word of God and it implies that some people are less valuable than others, we’re accepting a God of inequality. We might read compassion and others condemnation, but what matters is how those people feel who it refers to or leaves out. Equality needs to be our single dogma, and any scripture questioned that kicks the dogma…The scriptures create victims – there are people whose sanctity is violated by the demeaning and injurous way that they’re presented, which has led to the worst of physical injuries, land theft, enslavement, being stripped of human rights, torture and death…As justice comes before charity, so equality has to come before compassion.