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Episode 899


May 7 2016

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Steve Fraser

Why limousine liberalism is driving the presidential campaign - on the left and right.

Historian Steve Fraser examines the politics and power of the iconic "limousine liberal" - from the Democratic party's allegiance to the longterm health of capitalism at the expense of its voters, to the fuel for a right-wing populist wave sinking the Republican establishment - and explains why this election season, and the enduring success of outsiders Sanders and Trump signal a shift in how Americans view the intersection of capitalism and politics.

Steve is author of the new book The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America from Basic Books.



Flint Taylor

The Chicago police department won't fix the Chicago police department.

Civil rights attorney Flint Taylor reacts to our recent interview on Chicago's failed police reform with Simone Weichselbaum, and explains why Chicago's problems can't be fixed by nicer police interactions, but only by addressing the systematic classism and racism built into the core of American policing.

Flint's latest writing is Homan Square is Chicago's new 'House of Screams' for The Guardian.

[Flint's phone keeps hanging up throughout the interview, but stick with it because Flint makes great points here]



Sarah Jaffe

The republic we never had: Exploring the ideals of Ireland's unfinished revolution.

Writer Sarah Jaffe marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising with a trip to Ireland, finds the ideas and ideals of the failed revolution still powerful, and still under attack by external forces - this time EU-imposed austerity policies and elite-driven privatization, and sees hopeful signs of an Irish left building a movement based on solidarity and self-determination.

Sarah wrote the recent articles Getting Your Irish Up and Unexecuted Ideas of an Irish Republic and Irish Exceptionalism: The Nationalist Left for The Baffler.



Rebecca Gordon

The case for prosecuting the Bush administration for post 9/11 war crimes.

Author Rebecca Gordon surveys the crimes of the Bush administration after 9/11 - from the lies and political manipulations of American politicians eager for war in Iraq and beyond, to the global kidnapping and torture campaigns of the CIA - and explains why, without a public war crimes trial holding elected officials accountable for their actions, Americans are becoming more comfortable accepting crimes committed by their leaders.

Rebecca is author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes from Hot Books.



Rami Jarrah

Aleppo is burning: Why the world must aid the Syrian revolution.

Live from southern Turkey, Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah reports on the realities of life and death in the beseiged city of Aleppo, cuts through the false choice of Assad vs ISIS pushed by Western politicians, and explains both how there cannot be a peaceful Syria under a dictator, and why the US and Western governments  owe the Syrian people support for their revolution.

Rami has been in and out of Syria (and a Turkish jail) reporting on the Syrian civil war.

Interview Transcript via Antidote Zine



Jeff Dorchen

Future creep: On economy, society and our shiny new barbarism.

In a forward-looking Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen beholds the inequalities of the past, present, and he's pretty sure future, and finds them looking suspiciously similar, despite the assurances otherwise from today's crowd of billionaire tech creeps at their billionaire tech creep festival.