Israel: Trauma, Oppression, and the Politics of a Fascist State

April 24, 2017 at 2:19 PM

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Eric Draitser sits down with Israeli-American political commentator and doctor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience Yoav Litvin to discuss Israel and the pathology of its politics and self-image. Eric and Yoav examine the nature of trauma, and how the trauma of the Holocaust and historical oppression has been weaponized by Israel. The conversation probes into the psyche of Israeli society, and how its propaganda and foundation myths translate into brutality and dehumanization. Eric and Yoav also explore the fascist character of Israeli politics, the rise of Trump, and the potential for solutions to the seemingly intractable problem of Palestine. All this and much much more in this latest podcast. Don’t miss it!

Robert Hunziker on CounterPunch Radio!

April 4, 2017 at 2:53 PM

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This week Eric welcomes back to the show environmental journalist and CounterPunch contributor Robert Hunziker to talk about how the earth’s climate is going bonkers, and what this means for human civilization. The conversation begins with a discussion of many of the most dangerous indicators of climate instability, and what these signs tell us about the near-, medium-, and long-term future of the planet. Eric and Robert examine the role of humans in exacerbating ecological crises, and how the ongoing nightmare at Fukushima has disappeared down the memory hole. In the second half of the conversation, Eric and Robert explore the political issues at play, including the climate terrorist-in-chief and his reckless pro-energy policies. The conversation also touches on China as global leader, climate change denialism, and the creation of resilient, sustainable communities and independent economic infrastructure outside of capitalism. All this and more in this week’s CounterPunch Radio.

Music: Lee “Scratch” Perry & Errol Walker – “In These Times”

Trump, Fascism, and the American Psyche

March 31, 2017 at 12:45 PM

Eric Draitser of sits down with independent journalist Andrew Stewart to discuss his experience at a Trump rally, Trump as the inverse Obama (right wing Hope and Change), the cowardice of the Democrats, and the mentality of Americans on both sides of the partisan divide.

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A Crisis in Black Politics? – A Conversation with Pascal Robert

March 29, 2017 at 12:55 PM

Eric Draitser sits down with political commentator Pascal Robert to discuss what he describes as the crisis of Black politics in America. Eric and Pascal examine the legacy of Obama on Black politics, and how that legacy negatively impacts Black America in the Age of Trump. This and so much more in this in depth conversation.

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Dustin Beilke on CounterPunch Radio

March 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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This week Eric sits down with journalist Dustin Beilke to discuss the continued privatization of public education, and the forces behind it. The conversation begins by examining the latest push for school vouchers by President Trump and his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and what this means for the future of public schools. Eric and Dustin touch on the inefficacy of school vouchers in improving educaitonal outcomes, as well as the backdoor assault on teachers’ unions using everything from vouchers and charter schools to Teach for America and similar programs.The second half of the show explores the continuity of policy from Obama to Trump, pointing out that the Obama Administration was viciously anti-teacher and pro-privatization: more evidence of the single corporate agenda of both parties. Eric and Dustin also talk about some of the resistance from teachers and communities throughout the country, and what that means for the movement to defend public education going forward.