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846: Confliction Shows
- Investigative journalist Michael Hudson measures a decade of World Bank damage to lives and land.
- Historian Andrew Hartman looks back a generation to America’s public fight over values and identity.
- Historian Ian Morris makes the case that warfare creates a more peaceful, prosperous world.
- The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris explores the post-sanctions Iranian economic landscape.
- Dan Litchfield explains why there’s no room in Ohio for a rational, evidence-based discussion of climate change.
- Jeff Dorchen peeks out of his hole to check if zombies are still all white. Yep. OK. Bye!
Michael Hudson: “Over the past decade, 3.4 million people have been physically or economically displaced – that could mean forced from their homes, it could mean they lost all or part of their land, or that their livelihoods have been damaged.”
Investigative journalist Michael Hudson surveys the damage done by World Bank funded projects, from destruction of ecosystems to displacement of indigenous people, and explains why increased competition within international development accelerated the problem and what happens when the organization is confronted with evidence of its own effects on the world.
Michael is part of the joint International Consortium of Investigative Journalists / Huffington Post project Evicted & Abandoned: How the World Bank Broke its Promise to Protect the Poor.
Michael Hudson is a senior editor at the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists.
Kevan Harris: “We’re really good at this type of economic warfare, but there’s no endgame. I think for many hawks, economic sanctions were a way to drive the country to some kind of revolution, and for a brief period of time, even Obama considered that. And that clearly was not going to work. That’s not in the dynamic of the internal politics of the country.”
The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris explains why future Middle East problems will be solved regionally and not internationally, then explores the many angles of the US/Iran sanctions story, from the revolution the US thought it could incite in Iran, to the complicated, diverse economy the West will find when it enters the Iranian marketplace.
Kevan’s newest writing is Iran’s Political Economy Under and After the Sanctions for the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post.
Kevan Harris is a sociologist, a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University and radical pessimist.
Andrew Hartman: “It was much easier for many white middle class Americans to be committed to the collective good – and this might have been signified in their willingness to pay higher taxes – when the collective good as they imagined it was a narrow, white, Christian America.”
Historian Andrew Hartman explores the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s as a battleground for ownership of a stake in the American identity, the splintering of the coercive illusion of a white, Christian “normative America,” and explains why values lost value in the neoliberal economic revolution.
Andrew’s new book is A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars.
Andrew Hartman is associate professor of history at Illinois State University
Dan Litchfield: “People say to me ‘if wind energy can’t compete in the free market, then it shouldn’t be around.’ What free market? That has to be a bigger part of the discussion. There is not a free market for energy because of all the subsidies and the regulated nature of the market.”
Dan Litchfield talks about his frustrations selling Ohio on wind energy, or even talking calmly about wind energy with people against it. He isn’t giving up, but explains that he’s going to spend more time doing something a bit more satisfying – starting up a tiny brewery of his own.
Dan also responds to this interview we did with psychologist Per Espen Stoknes on climate change psychology.
Dan Litchfield is a senior project developer for a major international renewable energy company, and the views represented on the show are Dan’s alone obviously.
Ian Morris: “One the one hand, our potential to kill has gone up and up and up, and yet the amount of times we use that potential keeps going down and down and down. It’s a very uneven process, some places become much safer than others, but this tension is always there.”
Historian Ian Morris makes the case that as humanity’s potential for violence grows, and government gain a monopoly on destructive force, we are actually safer and more prosperous than at any time in history.
Ian is the author of the new book War! What Is It Good For? – Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots.
Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center.
Jeff Dorchen: “Picture grade school aged multiracial Draculas, Frankensteins, mummies and werewolves, seated at school desks, drawing pictures with crayons. We see the pictures they’ve drawn. All the zombies are Caucasian, and voracious looking.”
Jeff Dorchen is sequestered in his filmmaking hole, and all he can do is imagine a world where Rick Santorum eases into a serape, Hillary Clinton helps black men move out of Harlem, and zombies reclaim their Afro-Caribbean roots from the cold, be-flanneled hands of white appropriators.
According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.