856: Founder’s Fee Shows


 Full Broadcast:





Marc Flury: “From the perspective of China today, which only has undisputed claims to its coastal waters, you can look at the chain of islands in the South China sea and it really looks like the US, Japan and their allies are working together to restrict China from access to the world’s oceans. The recent claims over islands in the South China Sea are largely about China trying to secure trade routes.”

Live from Seoul, Marc Flury breaks down the modern factors and historical forces behind Asian island disputes, and explains how trade routes, resource rights and military power converge to create a potentially explosive international melodrama.

Marc also gives us an update on his upcoming rhythm violence videogame – THUMPER.

With limited Korean language ability, Marc Flury consistently out-scoops the US media by translating and re-reporting Korean headline news.



Dan Beeton: “When you’re talking about democracy promotion, as it’s defined in these cables, and generally talked about in Washington, you’re talking about supporting a very narrow form of democracy called polyarchy. So you have rule by a limited range of people.”

CEPR’s Dan Beeton examines US policies in Latin America through a cache of its own leaked diplomatic cables, and finds efforts to undermine democratically elected governments and isolate popular, leftist leaders for the sake of corporate profit and political advantage.

Dan is a contributor to The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire from Verso Books.

Dan Beeton is International Communications Director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.



Carmen Boullosa: “The word is very uncomfortable, one prefers not to mention it, but the truth is we are going through a war. And the war is against poor people, the war is against young people.”

Mike Wallace: “The problem started a hundred years ago with the development of a prohibition / incarceration regime – and the real answer is to reverse that.”

Writers Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace examine the causes and consequences of America’s century-long drug war in Mexico, from its roots in racial panic to an uncontrollable wave of violence unleashed across Mexican society.

Carmen and Mike are the authors of the new OR Books release A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico jointly created the “Mexican Drug War.”

Carmen Boullosa is a novelist and member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Creadores.

Mike Wallace is a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York


David Sehat: “We’re trying to live up to this pseudo-ideal we’ve inherited from the founding fathers of non-partisanship and rigid adherence to principle – we’re trying to live up to a phantom, because the founding fathers were not like that at all.”

Historian David Sehat explains how America’s current, fundamentally incoherent portrait of the founding fathers shuts down honest discussion of the nation’s past and present, and why history reveals America’s founders as divided, compromising, contradictory politicians.

David is author of The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible from Simon & Schuster.

David Sehat is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University.



Fanny Malinen: “Most of the bailouts from the IMF and EU actually went directly to the financial sector. It’s estimated that only 10 or 11% of the bailout money, that Greece is now supposed to pay back, ever went to the Greek people”

Debt activist Fanny Malinen examines the nature of Greece’s debt, and finds the public bearing costs of the financial sector, austerity policies crippling the national economy, and a complicit international news media pushing a morality play instead of reporting on the lives of Greeks under the creditors’ thumb.

Fanny wrote the Red Pepper article Breaking with creditors’ power: the importance of the Greek debt audit.

Fanny Malinen is an activist, freelance journalist and member of Debt Resistance UK.



Jeff Dorchen: “We are a proud nation of independent people. Let us stand together, for together we can never lose our independence, as long as we rely on each other.

Jeff Dorchen celebrates his independence by thanking all the people who helped him get that way – mom, dad, John McCain, libertarians, slaves, wombs, teats, crackpots, dreamers, commies, and racists.

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.