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Episode 989

Trigger Discipline

Feb 5 2018

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Paul Ortiz

Uncovering the power, and promise, of Black and Brown history in America.

Historian Paul Ortiz explores the transformative potential of African American and Latinx history - as a tool to understand the mechanisms of capitalism and racial empire in our past and present, and as a path for the future work of building solidarity and reclaiming working class gains eroded by the ruling class and their white-washed version of our history.

Paul is author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States from Beacon Press.



Lara Whyte

How women find a place - and power - on the far right.

Journalist Lara Whyte examines the presence and participation of women in far-right and nationalist movements across the world - as a venue to find empowerment and identity within local political bodies, and as part of a larger online backlash against against the perceived overreaches of political correctness and feminism.

Lara co-wrote the article Why are women joining far-right movements, and why are we so surprised? with Claire Provost for openDemocracy's ongoing series on women and the far right.



Bruce Dixon

Thoughts on the corporate capture of intersectionality.

Black Agenda Report managing editor Bruce Dixon makes a left case against intersectionality - as a bourgeois capture of left social movement energy funnelled back into the influence (and funding) of corporate philanthropy, and as a poor substitute for a solidarity that unites groups against the interests of capital and empire.

Bruce wrote the articles Intersectionality is a Hole. Afro-Pessimism is a Shovel. We Need to Stop Digging. and Looking Down That Deep Hole: Parasitic Intersectionality and Toxic Afro-Pessimism. for Black Agenda Report.



Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

A history of guns in America, from the other side of the barrel.

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz examines the gun as a political tool - from her experiences as a young armed radical organizer in the 1970s, to America's twin histories of gun rights and indigenous slaughter - and explains why gun control laws will never reduce violence, but challenging gun culture might.

Roxanne is author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment from City Lights Books.

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David Cay Johnston

How Donald Trump is finishing the job Ronald Reagan started.

Journalist David Cay Johnston explains why the Trump presidency is the logical endpoint of a Reagan-era shift of power and profits away from workers and towards owners of capital, and how the Trump administration, by a combination of malevolent design and ineptitude, is eroding the power of the state to provide anything beyond riches for the already rich.

David is author of It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America from Simon & Schuster.



Jeff Dorchen

Some notes on luxury from John Lennon's fancy piano.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen images in a world in which everyone gets a turn on John Lennon's fancy piano - the common man, the Jellyroll Morton, the incarcerated youth, the roadkill eater, the Salieri who has come to understand that true happiness comes from within and not the whims of the Viennese music scene. You know, everyone.

Read the transcript here