Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Oct 25th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 8:00 pm
SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest hosts the first in a series of "progressive conversations" on strategies for the upcoming 2012 presidential elections. Her guests, David Swanson and Joshua Frank, are two of the country's leading progressive thinkers. While they agree that "politics as usual" needs to be challenged in the interest of maintaining (what remains of) democracy, their ideas as to the most effective strategies for pushing a truly progressive agenda differ. Tonight's show, "Can Progressives Organize a Viable Alternative to President Obama in 2012?" features a first-of-a-kind conversation on progressive electoral strategies for 2012. This conversation involves not whether progressives need to challenge the dominant two-party paradigm, but how to do it in the most effective way.
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Oct 18th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Sandy LeonVest interviews visionary, teacher and author (of ten books), Richard Heinberg. They talk about his newly released book, "The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality," and why an economy based on "the growth imperative" and fossil fuel consumption is no longer sustainable. They also discuss the current global economic meltdown, the Ocuppy Wall Street protests and how the chaos brought about by IMF-imposed austerity measures in Greece, Poland, Spain Italy and other European countries could end up impacting the US in the very near future. They wrap up the program on a more hopeful note, as Richard Heinberg offers pro-active and positive ways that people and communities can make the transition to a sustainable future.

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Oct 11th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 7:08 pm

SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) engages in a profoundly trivial conversation with poet, lyricist, philosopher and political observer Phil Rockstroh about the Occupy Wall Street protests; (what Naomi Klein calls) the "capitalization of hope;" the ways in which we internalize corporate values, and how shame keeps us from embracing our rage at having been sucked in by the corporate PR machine. They also toy with the concepts of never having found "the swans," disaster capitalism, the nature of dissent and the importance of creativity in an increasingly dogmatic political climate.

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Oct 4th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

As Greece teeters on the edge of default and the European Union inches closer to financial meltdown, tens of thousands of people gather across Europe and the US to demand economic justice and an end to big bank-dominated politics. Tonight on Political Analysis, SolarTimes editor (www.solartimes.org) Sandy LeonVest brings PRN listeners up to date on the "Occupy Wall Street" protests, and offers an overview of the revolutionary mood that is currently gripping the US -- and the rest of the world.
During the second half of Political Analysis, author and renewable energy advocate Paul Gipe talks to Sandy LeonVest about why the US needs German-like feed-in tariffs to incorporate a simpler, more comprehensive renewable energy policy -- one that achieves greater renewable energy development at a lower cost than the current system -- and offers greater economic and social benefits (such as local ownership). That, says Paul Gipe, is why the debacle over solar firm Solyndra is only a sideshow to the central issue of implementing renewable energy at the scale needed if the US is to wean itself from fossil fuels and nuclear power.

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