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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Sep 27th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes (www.solartimes.org) editor Sandy LeonVest talks to activist, writer and organizer Kevin Zeese about the "Occupy Wall Street" movement. They discuss, among other things: the global revolution and how, on the heels of the "Arab Spring," people across the world are rising up against economic injustice. They also discuss the ever-widening disparity in wages (and wealth), and the need for "we the people" to think "out of the corporate-owned box" (and rethink our role as "consumers") if we are to bring about a truly democratized system of governance.
Kevin is a core organizer of October2011.org, and an active participant in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Since graduating law school in 1980, he has been involved with a host of social, political and economic issues, including serving as Ralph Nader's spokesperson and press secretary in 2004. Kevin Zeese ran for the US Senate in 2006, after being nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Populist Parties of Maryland.

Sep 20th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

This week's "Political Analysis" features SolarTimes editor Sandy LeonVest (www.solartimes.org) in conversation with artist, activist, filmmaker and blogger Peter Sinclair (www.climatecrock.com). Among the issues they discuss: The phenomenon of "climate denial" and Sinclair's video blog, "Climate Denial Crock of the Week," a series of films through which he attempts to "debunk the deniers" with real science, education and information; the scientific discrediting of the so-called "Climate-Gate" scandal, in which a handful of emails from two IPCC scientists were exploited by the fossil fuel industry (and other climate-deniers) to create doubt in the public mind about the legitimacy of climate change and Sinclair's video, "Unwinding Hide the Decline,” which tells the story of how a group of leading climate scientists were essentially framed by so-called “climate deniers,” only to have their work vindicated time and time again by independent scientific investigations.

Sep 13th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes editor (www.solartimes.org) Sandy LeonVest in conversation with environmental journalist and author Joshua Frank. They discuss Obama's campaign rhetoric/promises versus political "reality," the American Jobs Act, the failure of the Obama administration to implement (anything resembling) a progressive agenda (including worker rights, clean energy and ending war). The also discuss the growing threat of corporate power, the "politics of submission," the ways in which consumerism "feeds the corporate beast" (even as we rail against it) and the imperative of organizing a courageous new progressive movement -- outside of the confines of the Democratic Party.

Joshua Frank is a prolific writer and frequent contributor to AlterNet (www.alternet.org), TruthOut (www.truthout.org) and CommonDreams (www.commondreams.org). His books include Left Out!: How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush and Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland, which he co-edited with Jeffrey St.Clair. Joshua Frank’s new book (also co-edited with Jeffrey St.Clair) is called “Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion.” That book comes out this spring.

Sep 6th, 2011 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

SolarTimes (www.solartimes.org) editor Sandy LeonVest in conversation with activist, writer and blogger Mike Kaulbars, who currently focuses his energy on chronicling and putting into perspective the propaganda campaign being waged by climate change deniers. They discuss climate change denial, the Keystone XL pipeline demonstrations that wrapped up this weekend in Washington DC (barely noticed by the mainstream media), the imperative of change and the political, spiritual, pragmatic and philosophical aspects of environmental activism.

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