This week, Eric sits down with journalist and blogger Stephen Lendman to discuss some of the most pressing political and economic issues of the first part of 2013. Eric and Stephen provide their analysis of the legacy of Hugo Chavez and the elections in Venezuela which, at the time of the interview, had not yet taken place. They also examine the use of anti-Semitism as a weapon to marginalize critics of Western imperialism like Hugo Chavez. In addition, Eric and Stephen examine the global economic situation in terms of austerity and the role of the IMF in legitimizing and perpetuating the power of Western finance capital. They also critique the so-called “alternative” media for their unabashed servitude to corporate power and the imperial system. All of this and much more!
Stephen Lendman, BFP contributing author & analyst, was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. He received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. Since 2005, Mr. Lendman has been writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues. He hosts The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network. Visit Mr. Lendman’s blog site here. He can be reached at email@example.com
IN TODAY’S EPISODE:
This week, Eric sits down with hip hop group Rebel Diaz for a wide ranging discussion on a number of topics. Eric and the guys discuss the political and class nature of hip hop and why we should be wary of romanticizing the legacy of resistance in the genre. They also tell us about the Rebel Diaz Art Collective (RDAC) and the politically motivated assault against the space. Later, Eric and the guys explore the legacy of Hugo Chavez and the global impact he had. Specifically, they examine the importance of the Bolivarian Revolution both in the context of Latin America and poor people around the world.
Rebel Diaz (RodStarz & G1) is an independent hip hop group based in the Bronx, New York. They are activists and community organizers as well as respected performers with fans all over the world. Follow all their work at rebeldiaz.com. Donate to their IndieGoGo campaign here http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/i-am-rdac-bx.