Podcast Show #106: The Speedy Ascent from Soft Tyranny to Hard Tyranny

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Charlie McGrath

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Charlie McGrath of WideAwakenews joins us to discuss our speedy ascent from soft tyranny to hard tyranny. We talk about the creeping police state practices at home, perpetual wars abroad, the divisive and destructive Right-Left paradigms, public apathy, and much more. Tune in to this full-hour show for some sobering and fired-up discussion. You can visit Charlie McGrath’s website for hard-hitting video reports, podcast shows and daily news here: http://www.wideawakenews.com/

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 60

A World of Unrest

EPPFrom labor unrest in South Africa, to war and crisis in Mali, Niger, increased resistance in Egypt, Bahrain, the threat of fascism in Greece, massive protests in Spain and Portugal, to Indigenous movements in North and South America, a world of unrest and resistance is rapidly emerging and evolving. To understand the potential for these movements in the future, we must place them in the global context of the present. What is needed is efforts aimed at building links between global social movements and activists, and what is urgently needed within the West itself (and especially the United States) is an international anti-imperial movement to challenge the empire from within the heart of its power.

The pre-requisite for the struggles of others against vassal states of the Western imperial system (such as in Bahrain and Egypt) is to take the struggle home to the United States. A world of unrest can lead to a world of progress and change.

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The EyeOpener- Argentina: In the Shadow of the IMF

BFP VideoIt's funny how quickly perceptions can change on the global stage. Just a few years ago, Argentina was being hailed as a remarkable tale of success snatched from the jaws of defeat. After suffering an economic crisis in 1999-2002 that saw widespread unemployment and riots, the fall of the government, and a national default on foreign debt, analysts in recent years have been pontificating on the re-stabilization of the Argentinian economy. But it appears they spoke too soon. As a result, on February 1st, Argentina became the first nation in history to be censured by the IMF.

The IMF has given the country until September to bring its statistics up to international standards or face expulsion from the world body. Ironically, this will be welcome news to Argentinians, who have long understood that it was the international financial elite at the IMF and in the so-called Washington consensus who put the country on this path of economic collapse in the first place. The roots of the current crisis go back at least as far as the US-backed military coup in the 1970s which “disappeared” an entire generation of political activists and instituted a bankster-friendly regime that paved the way for an era of neoliberal reforms and cooperation with the IMF.

In this episode James Corbett examines the rock-and-hard-place nature of Argentina's current collapse, the neoliberal policies imposed on the country in decades past, and the irrational, politically-motivated lies spun by the government in reaction to those policies.

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The EyeOpener- Land of the Setting Sun? Japan at the crossroads

BFP VideoOh what a difference three decades make. Back in the 1980s, as Japanese companies began buying up prime real estate in the US, and the supremacy of Japanese cars and electronics made it seem like the country's economic ascendancy was assured, sci-fi visions of the future imagined a United States dominated by Japanese culture, language and business.

Today, the economic stagnation that has gripped the Japanese economy for the past two decades make such visions of the future seem like the naive dreams of a bygone age, much like how futurists of the early 20th century extrapolated from their own time to imagine fleets of dirigibles carrying passengers across the Atlantic. Just as the trend-spotters of the early 20th century were caught off guard by the jet engine, so too were those predicting the rise of an unstoppable Japan caught off guard by the raising of interest rates and the popping of the bubble, the bailout of the banks, the life support of the zombie companies, and the lost decade…

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 33

A Hope in Hell: A Look at Greece

EPPIs the world, and what's taking place in it, purely depressing, simply bad, and totally negative? Hell no! In this episode, I look at the social devastation currently wreaking havoc on the population of Greece, a frightful, dehumanizing situation to be sure; but out of this 'hell' the Greeks have established for themselves glimmers of hope from which the world can learn a great deal. In particular, there is a wonderful, vibrant and creative civil disobedience movement known as the 'We won't pay' movement, as in, "We won't pay for your crisis." Their direct actions and revolutionary objectives should be an inspiration for us all, so, naturally, most people have never heard of them. This episode attempts to remedy that crime of omission.

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Capitalism in the Second Decade of the 21st Century

From the “Golden” to the Dark Ages of Capitalism

By Prof. James Petras

Introduction: The economic, political and social outlook for the second decade of the 21st century is profoundly negative. The almost universal consensus, even among mainstream orthodox economists, is pessimistic regarding the world economy.

cap1 Although, even here, their predictions understate the scope and depth of the crises, there are powerful reasons to believe that beginning in the second decade of this century, we are heading toward a steeper decline than what was experienced during the Great Recession of 2008 – 2009. With fewer resources, greater debt and increasing popular resistance to shouldering the burden of saving the capitalist system, the governments cannot revive the economic system.

Many of the major institutions and economic relations which were cause and consequence of world and regional capitalist expansion over the past three decades are in the process of disintegration and disarray. The previous economic engines of global expansion, the US and the European Union, have exhausted their potentialities and are in open decline. The new centers of growth, China, India, Brazil, Russia, which provided a new impetus for world growth during the first decade are de-accelerating rapidly and will continue to do so throughout the new decade. [Read more...]