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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May 29th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Is War Inevitable?

On this week's Political Analysis, one day after the nation took a minute to pay tribute to its war dead with parades, speeches and too much drinking, Sandy LeonVest hosts a different kind of tribute with guest John Horgan, author of The End of War.

An acclaimed science journalist, Horgan makes a research-based case that Americans' belief in the inevitability of war is based on false assumptions and in some cases outright lies. He argues that the ancient institution we call "war" is not an inevitable outcome of human nature -- and that killing one another is not embedded in our genes.

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May 22nd, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest opens the show with segments from the anti-NATO demo in Chicago on May 21, airing audio clips from veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, who, after throwing away their medals, reveal how they feel NOW about the wars they served in. Next, Sandy brings on ex-financial industry executive Richard (RJ) Eskow. They talk about RJ's recent piece in the Huffington Post, which critiques JP Morgan Chase's latest scandal -- a multi-billion dollar derivative transaction gone wildly awry, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars. RJ also talks about the imperative of putting an end to Big Banks, if Americans are ever to see an end to massive financial corruption and reclaim our democracy -- and the banking-war connection.

Richard Eskow is a Senior Fellow with the Campaign for America's Future and he hosts a radio program called “The Breakdown,” aired on We Act Radio in Washington DC. His work with Big Insurance company AIG and other insurance, risk management, and financial organizations makes him well-suited for the mission he pursues today – exposing corporate fraud and corruption – especially in the financial industry.

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May 15th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
In this "repeat performance," Sandy LeonVest hosts a groundbreaking conversation on how the 99 percent can create a sustainable (and livable) future – even as the nation’s disemboweled “” becomes less accessible to the “living majority.” Tonight’s guests, author and educator Gar Alperovitz and entrepreneur, organic farmer Bryan Welch have very different — but sometimes converging — ideas about how to create such a future.
Bryan Welch is the publisher of the highly successful Mother Earth News, Utne Reader and other publications, and one of the nation’s leading thinkers on what some have dubbed the “new .” His vision of a more just and sustainable world proposes a  that distributes value according to the durability, provenance and sustainability of products — by paying attention to every consequence of a company’s operation.

Gar Alperovitz is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative. Among his most recent books are America Beyond Capitalism and (with Lew Daly) Unjust Deserts: How the Rich Are Taking Our Common Inheritance and Why We Should Take It Back. He believes — as conveyed by the title of one of his books — that we need to move beyond capitalism, in order to pave the way to a vibrant democracy with a sustainable economy that can satisfy human needs — not least of which is the need to control one’s work and life.

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May 8th, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Guest: Al Weinrub, author of "Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California"
Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest in conversation with energy democracy advocate and author Al Weinrub, whose groundbreaking book, "Community Power: Decentralized Renewable Energy in California" lays out in a concise and accessible way, the ways in which communities can begin NOW to implement local generation of renewables. Al Weinrub's book is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to understand not only why, in an era of accelerated climate change, we need locally-generated renewable power, but exactly how we can begin building it.
Al and Sandy also discuss the need for a REAL clean energy movement, as opposed to one that tweaks the 20th century energy paradigm, rather than rebuilding a 21st century energy model from the ground up. To illustrate this, they discus the US "Community Choice Aggregation" (CCA) movement, which, for the most part, is pursuing what's known as the "procurement" (or corporate-owned) energy model. This model accomplishes its "clean energy goals" with "Renewable Energy Credits" and "clean power" generation far away from the point of use. They discuss how this approach to CCA serves only to greenwash the corporate agenda, while ignoring the needs of the communities CCA is supposed to serve. As an example, they talk about Marin County, California, where its new CCA (Marin Clean Energy) broke away from one mega-utility (PG&E) only to procure its energy from a subsidiary of mega-polluting multinational oil company Shell Oil (Shell Energy North America).
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May 1st, 2012 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

The third in a series of "Conversations for the 21st Century"

In recognition of May Day (International Workers Day) Sandy LeonVest pays tribute to workers all over the world during this third in a series of "Conversations for the 21st Century." The participants in this conversation, David Swanson and Joshua Frank, are two of the nation's most eloquent progressive advocates, as well as nationally acclaimed journalists, authors and activists.
This week's discussion takes place against the backdrop of deep social unrest -- in the US and across the world -- and as tens of thousands gather across the nation to demand decent jobs (with a living wage), human rights, healthcare for all, access to affordable education and the end of war. They discuss the significance of the Occupy movements' May Day demonstrations and General Strike, in the context of the upcoming 2012 presidential elections, including a look at 21st century progressive politics and the importance of pushing for a truly progressive agenda and exercising our constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights outside of the "corporate ballot box."
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