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Mike Swanson on the Pandemic and the Future of the Economy (AUDIO VERSON)

Mike Swanson on the Pandemic and the Future of the Economy (AUDIO VERSON)

March 29, 2020

VIDEO VERSION:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFsEkQcKylE

On this video edition of Parallax Views, Mike Swanson of the Wall Street Window joins us to discuss the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the economy as wlell as related topics. This conversation is an almost two hour barn-burner, and Mike's takes may surprise you and are definitely food for thought.

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Open Source Warfare, Decentralized Networks, and the Pandemic w/ John Robb

Open Source Warfare, Decentralized Networks, and the Pandemic w/ John Robb

March 28, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, military analyst John Robb, author of the Global Guerrillas Report and Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization, joins us to discuss his maverick research into open source warfare as well as his more recent work on bottom-up networks and the coronavirus pandemic. We begin by discussing his work on asymmetric warfare during the heyday War on Terror and then discuss the rise of open source warfare domestically in the U.S. vis-a-vis Occupy Wall Street, Anonymous, and the Trumpist insurgency of the 2016 election. John talks about the nature of decentralized networks and their ability to form consensus as well as cause disruption and explain why he thinks some of the left-wing insurgencies have been less successful in recent years than their right-wing counterpart. Ultimately, this discussion of decentralized networks brings us to the topic of the COVID-19 pandemic and John's contention that such bottom-up, grassroots networks have played a major role, at least within the Western world, in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, John details how the widespread adoption of social distance measures came from such networks. Additionally John explains the missteps that were made in addressing coronavirus initially while offering some reasons for optimism when comparing the current pandemic to the Spanish Flu. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.

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A Tulsi Gabbard Surrogate Explains Why They Supported Her Campaign w/ Niko House

A Tulsi Gabbard Surrogate Explains Why They Supported Her Campaign w/ Niko House

March 26, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, long-shot 2020 Democratic Party Presidential hopeful has officially dropped out of the race and endorsed Joe Biden. For a certain segment of progressives Gabbard was seen as the most sufficiently antiwar candidate. Others, however, argued her campaign was riddle with America First reactionary nationalism in progressive clothing. Niko House, a surrogate for Tulsi Gabbard's 2020 Presidential Campaign, joins us to explain his support for Gabbard. Although I myself have voiced much skepticism toward Gabbard, I wanted to give Niko a chance to say his part about controversies surrounding Tulsi Gabbard without the discussion going into full debate mode. I feel that, even though I remain highly skeptical of Tulsi Gabbard, this was, at the very least, an interesting conversation and am hopeful that Niko may return for a more adversarial debate in the future.

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The Pandemic and Proposals for a Post-Coronavirus America w/ Doug Henwood

The Pandemic and Proposals for a Post-Coronavirus America w/ Doug Henwood

March 25, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Doug Henwood of the Left Business Observer and the Behind the News radio program joins us from ground zero of the pandemic, New York, to discuss his article "A few ambitious points on fighting the crisis". In this article Doug offers a number of proposals for policies to fight the crises created by the coronavirus now and in the future. We also discuss how Doug is doing in the beginning of the episode, some thoughts on the 2020 election, the effect neoliberalism has had on our ability to imagine another world being possible, and much, much more in the course of this conversation. What policies will we need to enact in a post-coronavirus world? I hope that this episode will provide some hints and guidance in the right direction.

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Dominic Cummings’ Super-Weirdos Vs. the British People in an Age of Pandemic w/ Sean Ledwith

Dominic Cummings’ Super-Weirdos Vs. the British People in an Age of Pandemic w/ Sean Ledwith

March 24, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, Sean Ledwith of Counterfire joins us to discuss his recent article "Coronavirus: the politics of Cummings’ cull" concerning Dominic Cummings, Chief Advisor to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and his "Super-Weirdos" vs the British people potentially resisting them in an age of pandemic. Why did Boris Johnson's administration initially support building "herd immunity" in response to coronavirus coming to the UK? What does "nudge theory" and a shadowy think-tank known as Behavioural Insights Team have to do with Downing Street's coronavirus response team? Find out on this edition of Parallax Views w/ guest Sean Ledwith of Counterfire.

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The Pandemic as an Economic Crisis + Election 2020 w/ Albert Lanier

The Pandemic as an Economic Crisis + Election 2020 w/ Albert Lanier

March 23, 2020

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On this edition of Parallax Views, J.G. and Casey speak w/ returning guest and veteran journalist Albert Lanier. In this conversation Lanier discusses the coronavirus pandemic in terms of it being an economic crisis as well as a health crisis. In addition we discuss reports of class warfare breaking out in the Hamptons, the 2020 election, and more.

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Globalization and the Pandemic w/ John Feffer

Globalization and the Pandemic w/ John Feffer

March 20, 2020

On this bonus edition of Parallax Views, John Feffer of Foreign Policy in Focus joins J.G. and his Parallax Views: The Week That Was co-host Casey to discuss his latest articles "Will the Coronavirus Kill Globalization" and "What the Coronavirus Says About Us". The vast majority of the covnersation is devoted to what COVID-19 means for the age of globalization. As we note in the beginning of the conversation, conservative commentator Pat Buchanan hopes that the virus will spell the end of globalization and a resurgence in nationalist sentiments. Feffer, although critical of aspects of the economic aspects of globalization in its current formation, is hoping for something else entirely and in fact sees COVID-19 as opening the doors for an opportunity. Namely, a new wave of globalization that would be more progressive in nature. In addition to discussing the relationship between globalization and COVID-19 as well as what it means for the future of globalization as a project, John also summarizes his latest article "What the Coronavirus Says About Us" detailing the responses of China, South Korea, Italy, and the United States to the pandemic crisis.

 

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Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents w/ Margaret Kimberley

Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents w/ Margaret Kimberley

March 20, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, much ink has been spent chronicling the history of the United States through the the political careers of its various presidents. But what of those Presidents relationship to Black America, a segment of the U.S. populace who have historically faced discrimination, prejudice, and racism from the earliest moment of arrival in the country? Margaret Kimberley, a New York-based activist and editor/columnist for Black Agenda Report, seeks to uncover that relationship in her new book Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents (Truth to Power; 2020).

Margaret Kimberley joins us to discuss this fascinating new book which sheds an often more unpleasant light on Presidential history than usually recognized. We begin by discussing the Black Agenda Report and what listeners can expect from its analysis. Then we pivot into the subject of her new book by looking at how the mythology of the United States prevents many from taking a critical look at our Presidents, including the Founding Fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Magaret relates how these Founding Father were slave owners and how even the ones who had conflicted feelings about slavery, like Thomas Jefferson, weren't willing to challenge the institution. We then move on to the Presidency of "The Great Emancipator" Abrahahm Lincoln, who Margaret argues we have, to some extent, romanticized as for ending slavery while forgetting the abolitionists, slaves, and former slaves who pushed for the end of that terrible institution. We also discuss the relationship between President Theodore Roosevelt and the African American community leader Booker T. Washington and the controversies surrounding their dinner at the White House. And, of course, we discuss Franklin Delano Roosevelt relationship to black America.

From there we fast-forward bit to more contemporary history. For example, we untangle the major changes the changed the relationship of the black community to Republicans and Democrats in the wake of the Civil Rights era into the Presidencies of Nixon, Carter, and Reagan. We also take a critical look at Bill Clinton, who was once referred to as "The First Black President". Then we discuss the Presidency of Barack H. Obama, Obama's controversial relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and the legacy of it all. Finally, we delve into the current Presidential race and the Democratic Primaries between Joe Biden and Bernie Sandets.

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Alley Valkyrie Reporting from Coronavirus Lockdown France (VIDEO + AUDIO)

Alley Valkyrie Reporting from Coronavirus Lockdown France (VIDEO + AUDIO)

March 20, 2020

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJDFh9cWvM

On this video edition of Parallax Views, Alley Valkyrie of Gods and Radicals Press joins J.G. and co-host Casey for a discussion about life in France under lockdown due to the coronavirus as well as a broader conversation about the "global experience" find ourselves in due to this pandemic.

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Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America w/ Gerald Posner

Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America w/ Gerald Posner

March 18, 2020

On this edition of Parallax Views, big pharma is likely to find itself under the microscope of public attention once again as concerns arise over it placing profits over people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Noted investigative journalist Gerald Posner, author of Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster; 2020), joins us to discuss the long, storied, and often shocking history of big pharma in the United States from its turn of the century roots to its much discussed role in the American opioid crisis.

This conversation covers a wide amount of ground beginning with the coronavirus. Then we take a brief detour to discuss the current state of investigative journalism and how challenges facing the field. During this portion of the conversation Gerald reveals that Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America was a years-in-the-making project that ambitiously set out to tell the story of big pharma in a single volume and took Gerald in unexpected directions. From there, however, we move into a conversation of pharma's early history and how some of it parallels to flim-flam men and snake-oils salesmen selling "miracle cures". We then delve into how pharma changed (and made massive profits) in the WWII era with the development of antibiotics. This leads us into a brief discussion of how a conflict arose betwen pharma's old guard and its new blood in the 1950s. In particular, Gerald and I discuss the figure of Pfizer chariman John McKeen and the young, ambitious advertising man he employed: Arthur M. Sackler.

For the unitiated, the Sackler family are the owners of Purdue Pharma, the privately-owned pharmaceutical company behind Oxycontin, that has come under intense scrutiny due to the American opioid epidemic. Gerald and I discuss the interesting life of Arthur M. Sackler Jewish kid from Brooklyn that faced antisemitism from his WASP neighbors to a political radical that staunchly opposed racism and became an FBI informant against a German company involved in money laundering to the Nazis. Gerald also reveals that Arthur, as well as his card-carrying Communist Party brother Raymond Sackler, were monitored by the FBI during the Red Scare. And finally, at least in regards to Arthur, we discuss how he went from a political radical to becoming comfortable with wealth. We then move onto a discussion of the Sacklers and some of the controversies surrounding them, including stories involving tax havens and the potentially shady ways that the family made millions of dollars off a vitamin-based product. Additionally, Gerald and I discuss how one lawyer referred to the Sacklers as "essentially a crime family". Moreover, Gerald reveals how New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani fits into the controversies around Purdue Pharma and how Purdue Pharma adopted and modified the NRA's maxim "Gun Don't Kill, People Kill People" to their own ends in relation to OxyContin. And finally Gerald briefly tells us about the courageous mother who took on the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma in light of her daughter's passing due to an Oxycontin overdose.

We wrap up the conversation by talking about the possibility for reforming big pharma and how Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America shows how a figure like "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli is only the tip of the iceberg in regards to the dark side of big pharma.

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