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