850: Fill in the Bank Shows


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Michael Gould-Wartofsky: “A few burned down buildings – although those are tragic – they’re used as props by right wing media and even many in the liberal establishment, to buttress the argument that we need more policing, more workfare, all kinds of neoliberal reforms.”

Sociologist Michael Gould-Wartofsky examines the politics of riot and repression in 21st century America, from the weapons of counter-terrorism now being used to silence political dissent, to the narratives used by both the right and liberals to excuse their failures to address systematic poverty.

Michael is author of the recent essays When Rioting Is Rational at Jacobin and The Wars Come Home: A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond for TomDispatch.

Michael Gould-Wartofsky is a writer and PhD Fellow in Sociology at New York University.



Alex de Waal: “Advocates of humanitarian intervention – of sending international troops to protect human rights, to provide humanitarian assistance, to prevent atrocities – have ended up merging their agenda with the neocon agenda of projecting US power around the world.”

Researcher Alex de Waal points out the blind spots in transnational activism, from uninformed celebrity patrons to misguided consumer-based solutions, and explains why well-meaning liberal outrage so often jumpstarts neoconservative military actions.

Alex edited and wrote for the essay collection Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism from Zed Books.

Alex de Waal is executive director of the World Peace Foundation and a research professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University.



Nomi Prins: “We think of them as being progressive – and there are social matters in which they are more progressive – but when it comes to money and big business, there tends to be more legislation passed on behalf of industry policies under Democrats than Republicans.”

Author Nomi Prins surveys the close relationship between banks and American presidents, from funding campaigns to influencing monetary policy long after elections, and links the Clinton and Bush dynasties to a past (and future) of financial deregulation.

Nomi is author of the book All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, which was just released in paperback.

Nomi Prins is a journalist, author and Senior Fellow at the non-partisan public policy think tank, Demos.



Brian Mier: “The Landless Peasants’ Movement has over a million members, and they’ve managed to take control of land for around 300,000 families to start their own farms on unproductive land. That’s something that is legal in Brazil because of the pressure they put on the government during the formation of the constitution.”

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier gives an update on the Koch Brothers-funded polarization of contemporary Brazilian politics, then looks back at the origins of Brazil’s powerful social movements, from their roots in Catholic liberation theology, to the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement’s victories securing land and laws for the people.

Brian just wrote the post A Brief Look at Brazilian Social Movements at CEPR’s The Americas blog.

Brian Mier is the social media director for the Brazilian National Urban Reform Forum, and a freelance writer and producer.



Ian Morris: “We’re living in an age where our energy sources are changing faster than ever before. And right with it, we should expect human values to change faster than ever before across the next hundred years.”

Historian Ian Morris makes the case that methods of resource extraction have shaped our notions of fairness and equality for thousands of years, and new sources of energy will force human values to keep evolving.

Ian is author of the new book Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve from Princeton University Press.

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: “Many Hindu temples were destroyed, and Hindus massacred across the Deccan plateau, and as far south as Hyderabad, where I now enjoy tea and chocolate mousse in the ladies’ gossip and whisper room.”

Jeff Dorchen sits poolside at the Falaknuma palace, eating his chocolate mousse and considering the dual effects of empire, terrorism, Islamic State violence, the Sunni-Shia divide, how many suits a rich man needs, Steven Pinker’s side jobs, secular totalitarianism, and a perfumed bath.

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.