Posts Tagged ‘IPS’

3P-060 The Bipolar Bipartisan

The Bipolar Bipartisan looks at bipartisanship as a compromise between two confusions. We examine critical thinking and how it’s been bred out, generation by generation. This leaves us vulnerable to being defeated through our own unexamined contradictions. We also look at that strange hybrid of capitalism and socialism, the consumer democracy. And we explore how Republicans and Democrats differ on a survey of happiness.

We also discuss Obama’s first-strike nuclear option towards Iran as a “spare the nuclear rod and spoil the colony” policy, and quote IPS and Diane Rehm on the topic. We puzzle over the apparent contradiction in the assassination order of the US-born Muslim cleric in Yemen. We compare the capitalist creed cited by pilot Joseph Stack to the socialist creed, both of which Ivan Illich would critique as part of the war on subsistence. We end with Bruce Gagnon and a clip from one of his lectures stating where both Republicans and Democrats agree.

Poems:

  • “Begin” by Rumi
  • “Half-Life” by Stephen Levine
  • “Love Letters” by Ikkyu
  • “Act Serious” by Tukaram

Songs and/or Music Videos:

  • “Up All Night” by The Grails
  • Peter Gabriel’s cover of Paul Simon’s “Boy in the Bubble”
  • Peter Gabriel’s cover of Talking Heads’ “Listening Wind”

Audio Clip and Chart

  • Ken Dowst’s New World Notes, “Bruce Gagnon on Endless War and the Economy”
  • Pew Research Center’s “Life Priorities by Party”

To listen or view the multimedia transcript, click here!

3P-030 Plant Radishes for Hope: Palestine

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.

Poem:

  • 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”

Audio Bonus

  • Interview with Phyllis Bennis