Join Barb and John as they discuss some of the top stories from the past week, offering their own insights and opinions.
Joining the show during the second hour is bestselling author and nationally-recognized nuclear terrorism expert, Robert Gleason. Robert will be discussing his latest novel, The Evil That Men Do.
Income inequality and the offshore hoarding of illicit black funds have reached such extremes that the earth’s democracies are in peril. The oligarchs are taking over…
As Bob Gleason notes in his book, The Evil That Men Do, eventually “power and wealth concentrate in fewer and fewer hands,” and, as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
According to Gleason, “…the world’s ultra-rich hide one-third of the planet’s annual GDP in offshore black-money accounts and pay no taxes on it. One hundred plutocrats spend more money financing America’s dominant political party than all other contributors put together.” And in Russia, “Putin is arguably the biggest thief in world history. His critics maintain he and his oligarchs have stolen 100% of Russia’s GDP. Worth over $200 billion, Putin is easily the wealthiest man on Earth with two and one half times as much money as the planet’s second biggest billionaire, Jeff Bezos.”
The ultra-rich today, Gleason continues, “make their money exploiting people in ways that have no redeeming social value…and many of these billionaires are extremists. Some have had parents and grandparents who had trafficked with Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin.”
Bob Gleason will discuss current geo-political entanglements as well as how he believes an oligarchic takeover is happening in America today.
Robert Gleason is an Executive Editor at Macmillan Publishers in New York City. He has written seventeen books—six of them on nuclear terrorism. His current novel is The Evil That Men Do. Gleason starred in a History Channel two-hour special, which was devoted largely to nuclear terrorism, has discussed nuclear terrorism on PBS, NPR, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, the Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs TV Shows, on hundreds of other shows and has spoken on the subject four times at Harvard. Mr. Gleason has also worked with inmates in over 60 prisons, and New York has named a day after him for the work he’s done for prison literacy. He also recently succeeded in getting the anti-nuclear activist nun, Sister Megan Rice, to get released from prison.
For more information, visit https://robertgleasonbooks.com.
Joining the show during the third hour is Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, Dr. Harry C. Boyte. Dr. Boyte will be discussing his book, Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Colleges and Universities.
Americans feel powerless in the face of problems on every front. Such feelings are acute in higher education, where educators are experiencing an avalanche of changes such as cost cutting, new technologies, and demands that higher education be narrowly geared to the needs of today’s workplace. College graduates face mounting debt and uncertain job prospects, and worry about a coarsening of the mass culture and the erosion of authentic human relationships. Higher education is increasingly seen, and often portrays itself, as a ticket to individual success–a private good, not a public one.
Harry Boyte will delve into the idea that Americans feel powerless to address the mounting problems that face this country, while advising educators to claim and use their sometimes unappreciated power in the face of these problems. He challenges them to lead a movement in the rethinking of education, the meaning of citizenship, the state of the working world in today’s society, and the challenge of addressing public issues. Boyte believes education is “the anchoring institution of citizenship,” which shapes public identities and career paths of students and influences the methods and structures of many professions. Boyte coordinated an association, called the American Commonwealth Partnership, of several hundred colleges and universities, to strengthn higher education as a public good.
Dr. Harry C. Boyte is Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. He is the author of eight previous books, and his work has appeared in more than 150 publications including Huffington Post, New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Political Theory, and Change. His commentary has appeared on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, and National Public Radio.
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