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Is Turkey Preparing for a Ground Operation in Syria? w/ Giorgio Cafiero

Is Turkey Preparing for a Ground Operation in Syria? w/ Giorgio Cafiero

December 6, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, Giorgio Cafiero, CEO of Gulf State Analytics, returns to discuss the rumblings about a potential Turkish ground operation in northern Syria. Is Turkey invading northeast Syria about to happen? Also how will the U.S. likely respond if it does? What should be made of U.S. response to the recent Turkish strikes in Syria and the possibility of a Turkish ground offensive there? Among the topics discussed in this conversation:

- The perspective from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, in relation to Syria

- Overview of the tumult in Syria since the 2011 uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Ba'athist government in Damascus; the Syrian Civil War; the rise of the Islamic State;

- Why did the overthrow of Assad not happen?; how has Assad managed to hold onto power?

- The Kurds, the YGP (People's Defense Units), and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party); the U.S. relationship with the YGP and operations against ISIS

- U.S. shifting focuses in regards to Syria over the years; U.S. military presence in Syria

- Turkish foreign policy concerns and interests; the ambitious nature of Turkey's foreign policy goals in regards to the Arab world; Turkey and geopolitics, Erdogan; the upcoming Turkish elections

- Russia and Iran in Syria and the effect of the Ukraine/Russia War on U.S. foreign policy concerns

- The effect of ISIS and jihadist terrorism on the region; allegations of different state actors supporting ISIS

- Iran and the protest movement there

- Risks for Turkey if a ground offensive happens

- Turkey as an ally to the U.S. and why this may keep the U.S. from taking strong action (beyond condemnatory statements from public officials) against Turkey's current posturing on Syria

- Turkey views YPG as linked with PKK and as a security threat

- No love lost between Erdogan and Assad; if there is a reconciliation it won't be rosy but rather pragmatic and interests-based

- Sunni Islamism, the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Tunisia, and shifts in Turkish foreign policy

- Turkey and relationship resets in the Arab world; Turkey and the economy; Turkish business and commercial ties in the Arab world and specifically the Gulf States

- U.S. says it's opposed to a Turkish invasion, but when push comes to shove Giorgio believes the U.S. won't do much against Turkey

- U.S.-Turkey tensions before the Ukraine conflict, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Turkey role in the Ukraine/Russia conflict

- What are Washington's concerns when it comes to a Turkish military campaign in northern Syria?; fear that ISIS could be a beneficiary of a ground offensive; the view from Moscow as also being afraid of the consequences of a Turkish ground operation

- Kurdish separatism and fears from Iraq, Iran, and Turkey of a Kurdish state forming

- Historic tensions between Turkey and the Kurds; repression of Kurds in Turkey

- Where is the Turkey/Syria situation headed from here?

- And much, much more

Railroad Workers Sound Off on Their Grievances, Biden, Sick Leave, and the Rail Carriers w/ Marilee Taylor, Jeff Kurtz, and Maximilian Alvarez

Railroad Workers Sound Off on Their Grievances, Biden, Sick Leave, and the Rail Carriers w/ Marilee Taylor, Jeff Kurtz, and Maximilian Alvarez

December 4, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, Maximillian Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief of the Real News Network, joins the show alongside Marilee Taylor and Jeff Kurtz of Railroad Workers United to discuss the recent struggle between railroad workers and rail carriers over paid sick leave. President Joe Biden and Congress recently struck down a rail workers strike over the issue. In this conversation we'll hear from Marilee and Jeff about the plight of the workers and their anger over what has transpired over the last few days with President Biden and Congress. Maximillian will give context to how this situation arose as a journalist that has been covering this developing issue since January 2022.

Among the topics covered:

- Comparing the events happening under Biden to President Ronald Reagan's shutting down of the air traffic controllers strike in 1981

- A potential mass exodus of railroad workers from their profession

- Pay isn't the only issue that exists for workers; sick leave and quality-of-life are issues too

- The ruling class and the alienation and isolation of rail workers

- Will this lead to a depoliticization of rail workers that could Democrats?

- Ted Cruz, Joshua Hawley, and Marco Rubio voting with Bernie Sanders on sick leave

- The corporate media's coverage of the railroad workers vs. the rail carriers in recent days

- Striking and democratic rights

- The oligopoly

- Biden's promise to be the most "pro-union President"

- Does their need to be a workers party? The bankruptcy of the two party system and the need for a strong labor movement in the U.S.

- Peter Buttigieg and the Department of Transporation

- Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

- Is there a possibility of wildcat strikes?

- Marilee argues that this is a backstabbing betrayal against working people and that they're not going to take this lying down; Marilee decries what she calls the "total treachery of the Democratic Party"

- The personalities, inner lives, hopes, and dreams of rail workers and how we are often not given that fully human portrayal of them in media

- What do rail workers do next?

- The rail bosses, supply chains, and damage to the economy

- And much, much more

U.S. Foreign Policy, Saudi Arabia, & the Arms Industry w/ Annelle Sheline & William Hartung/Geopolitics & U.S. Foreign Policy w/ Doug Bandow

U.S. Foreign Policy, Saudi Arabia, & the Arms Industry w/ Annelle Sheline & William Hartung/Geopolitics & U.S. Foreign Policy w/ Doug Bandow

December 2, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft's Dr. Annelle Sheline and William Hartung return to discuss their recent The Nation article "It’s Time to Cut Off Arms Sales to the Saudi Regime". Among the topics covered in this conversation:

- Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud granted legal immunity by the U.S. in lawsuit concerning the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

- The argument for suspension of arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

- OPEC+ cutting oil production

- The U.S.-Saudi relationship, oil production, and arms sales; Saudi Arabia is the largest customer of U.S. weapons; vested interests like the military-industrial complex and the U.S.-Saudi relationship

- The Yemen War; potential for Congress to pass a Yemen War Powers resolution; where the Yemen War has been since the truce struck up earlier in the year

- Statistics on arms sold to Saudi Arabia under the Obama, Trump, and Biden Presidencies

- Lobbying by companies like Raytheon

- Addressing the argument that the arms industry provides jobs to American citizens and thus the arms sales to Saudi Arabia are necessary

- The move of the world towards a multipolar order and how this effects our relationship with other countries; countries like Saudi Arabia don't feel the need to bend to U.S. demands/whims; the consequences of a multipolar world (ie: less stability); adjusting to the changing order (ie: relying more on diplomacy)

- America still has the best-funded military; how then is the U.S.'s dominance in question?

- The U.S. as overdeveloped in military force and underdeveloped in other areas vital to playing a role in a world where power is more diffuse

- What leverage does the U.S. have against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

- Decoupling the arms industry from U.S. foreign policy

- How the U.S. arms industry effects the broader Middle East

- Saudia Arabia, the UAE, Israel, Iran, and the Abraham Accords

- Weakening the power of the arms industry in the U.S.; alternatives to employment; investment in areas other than weapons; green technology and green investments vs. the arms industry

- The revolving door between the arms industry and policy-making institutions

- The American people's perceptions of U.S. arms sales

- What are the biggest misconceptions people have about Yemen and, more broadly, the Middle East in general

- And much, much more!


In the second segment of the show, Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, returns to the program to discuss current geopolitical happenings and the hubris of the foreign policy establishment aka the Blob.

Among the topics in this conversation:

- Why the Ukraine/Russia war is still the number foreign policy issue in the immediate term and how dangerous the situation is right now

- Discussing the Reagan Presidency and the Able Archer 83 NATO/military exercise that could've triggered a nuclear war; this historical incident is often underdiscussed or forgotten today and scared Reagan (for more information on the incident please check out Nate Jones's Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War)

- Hubris and sanctimony in the Washington foreign policy establishment

- The U.S., human rights, double standards, Saudi Arabia, and Iran

- North Korea's latest ICBM test and the failure of the U.S.'s current policy on the DPRK; negotiating with North Korea on arms-related issues using sanctions release as leverage

- The crisis in Haiti, the history of U.S. interventions in Haiti, and the calls for a new U.S. intervention in Haiti; Doug's recent American Conservative article "Stop Invading Haiti"

- Rising tensions between the U.S. and China; the issue of Taiwan; the Philippines; the South China Sea; the economic front of the U.S. tensions with China, especially in terms of China's hi-tech economy; Doug's recent CATO piece ""The Wages of Washington’s Economic War on China Are Not Cheap"

- The role of the Global South's relationship with the U.S. and the Global South's perspective on issues like the Ukraine/Russia war

- The importance of diplomacy and talks even with our adversaries

- The hangover of the U.S.'s time as the post-Cold War unipower

- And more!

Israel, Biden, and the FBI’s Shireen Abu Akleh Investigation w/ Mitchell Plitnick

Israel, Biden, and the FBI’s Shireen Abu Akleh Investigation w/ Mitchell Plitnick

December 1, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, ReThinking Foreign Policy's Mitchell Plitnick returns to the program to discuss the FBI's probe into the death of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh as well as his thoughts on the Biden administration's policy towards Israel, AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) launching of a super PAC and entrance into direct campaign spending, and the recent Israeli elections that have emboldened Israel's far-right.

Among the topics discussed in this conversation

- The death of Shireen Abu Akleh while she was covering as Israeli raid of a Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank; Abu Akleh was wearing full body armor when she was fatally shot; Israel's internal army investigation of Abu Akleh's death; Abu Akleh worked for Al Jazeera and her death reverberated throughout the Arab world

- The FBI's investigation into Abu Akleh's death and the Biden White house administration's response to it; the Israeli objection to the FBI investigation

- The investigation will go nowhere without Israeli cooperation

- Comparing/contrasting the death of activist Rachel Corrie, ran over by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003, to the death of Shireen Abu Akleh

- What approach should the U.S. foreign policy approach be when it comes to Israel?

- Military aid and arms sales to Israel

- The rise of the Israeli far-right; the Israeli elections; Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party; the Religious Zionism coalition; Bezaleel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir; Smotrich's homophobia and anti-LGBTQ stances; how did the rise of Israel's far-right happen?

- Human rights and foreign policy

- Noam, the far-right Orthodox Jewish political party in Israel that is part of the Religious Zionism coalition

- Smotrich and Israel's Finance Ministry; Ben-Gvir and the Ministry of National Security ; policing in Israel; the strong right-wing majority in the Knesset

- Combating antisemitism while also being critical of Israeli policies as a nation-state

- U.S. Christian Nationalist, the antisemitic right, and the Israeli far-right

- And much, much more!

The Iran Protests and The State of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Identity in Modern Iran w/ Assal Rad

The Iran Protests and The State of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Identity in Modern Iran w/ Assal Rad

November 29, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, Dr. Assal Rad, research director for NIAC (National Iranian-American Council) returns to the program to discuss the wave of "Death to the Dictator" protests that have swept through Iran in recent months. The protest began after the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini. Amini was arrested for wearing her hijab in a manner deemed the Guidance Patrol (or what's been called morality police) deemed improper. According to eyewitnesses Amini was beaten by the police. Protests began after Amini's death and the Islamic Republic has sought to crackdown on the dissent.

Dr. Rad discusses the nature of the protests, how they started, the involvement of women and youths in the protests, and much, much more. Additionally, we delve into the themes and ideas of Dr. Rad's new book The State of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Identity in Modern Iran. Said book investigates the history of Iranian national identity and nationalist sentiments from the Pahlavi dynasty to the Islamic Republic and the bottom-up Iranian people's resistance to having a narrowly-defined identity imposed upon them by either Iranian authorities or outside forces.

Among the topics covered:

- The Pahlavi dynasty's focus on pre-Islamic Persian culture as a national identity and the Islamic Republic's focus on Shi'ite Islam as a national identity

- Iran, oil, and the West

- The cinema and music of Iran and what it says about Iranian national identity

- Nationalism, the problems with nationalism, and liberation struggles

- The Iranian diaspora

- Human rights abuses in Iran

- The possibility of a broader, more inclusive, even cosmopolitan national identity for Iran

- The concept of vatan, a love of the homeland

- How those of us in the U.S. and other countries miss nuances of Iranian culture and politics that we otherwise would recognize in our own culture

- The Iranian protests and BLM (Black Lives Matter)

- Understanding Iran's elections, their significance, and the dual powers in Iran (the elected officials on one hand and the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei

- And much, much more!

The FTX/SBF Crypto Scandal & Elon’s Twitter Takeover w/ Mike Swanson/A Critique of Psychedelic Capitalism w/ Daniel Pinchbeck

The FTX/SBF Crypto Scandal & Elon’s Twitter Takeover w/ Mike Swanson/A Critique of Psychedelic Capitalism w/ Daniel Pinchbeck

November 25, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, in the first segment Wall Street Window's Mike Swanson returns to the program to discuss the FTX/Sam Bankman-Fried crypto scam scandal as well as Elon Musk's buy out of Twitter. Among the topics covered in the course of our conversation:

- Sam Bankman-Friedman, Alameda Research, Bankman-Fried's apology letter and his claim that what happened with FTX was a bank run, and whether what happened was a case of an inside job fraud or not

- The high-risks involved in the crypto exchange; how these crypto exchanges aren't banks and are not regulated in a meaningful way; the damage that the FTX scandal has done to people

- Relating past events like the Enron and WorldCom scandals and the the stock market's Dot-Com Bubble of the 1990s to the present day

- The influential American venture capitalist firm Sequioa Capital and the FTX scandal; Sequioa Capital's failure in relation to the FTX scandal is symptomatic of a bigger problem; firms not wanting to miss out on the hot new "Thing" or fads

- Reports that Sam Bankman-Fried ran FTX as his own personal fiefdom

- The political Left, the political Right, and the economy

- The divide in the Libertarian movement over crypto currency

- Karl Marx, Peter Thiel, and the possibility that the capitalist system itself is producing too much capital in ways that drive down interest rates; the issue as being more than the Fed just making mistake (ie: a problem with how the 21st century capitalist system itself operates currently); new money influxes as slowing down the bear market

- The lowering of interest rates and the creation of bubbles

- Jacob Silverman and Ben McKenzie's upcoming book Easy Money: Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud; elements of the libertarian world agreeing with leftist critiques of crypto currency arguing that it's just a bubble or scam

- Gold and silver, the stock market, Robin Hood, and "meme stocks"

- Younger people becoming wary of stock trading

- Elon Musk's buying of Twitter for $44 billion; Musk wasn't able to back out of the deal; Twitter losing money

- Meta, Facebook, the Metaverse, and Mark Zuckerberg losing money; the layoffs at Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon

- Casino capitalism, carny tricks, and social media misleading people on issues like crypto

- Social manias, the madness of crowds, financial bubbles, and not falling for hype


In the second segment of the program, Daniel Pinchbeck, author of a number of books on psychedelics including most recently (w/ Sophia Rokhlin) When Plants Dream: Ayahuasca, Amazonian Shamanism and the Global Psychedelic Renaissance, joins the show to discuss his recent WhoWhatWhy article "Why Psychedelic Capitalism Sucks". Among the topics we cover in this conversation:

- The rise of psychedelic corporations/psychedelic start-ups

- The demonization of psychedelics in the 1960s and the cultural thaw that's led to a psychedelic renaissance through groups like MAPS and the Beckley Foundation; the reconsideration of psychedelics by society today and contemporaries studies on psychedelics related to alleviating depression, etc.

- Festivals like Burning Man and how resource-rich elites and entrepreneurs became interested in psychedelics

- Predatory practices and the critique of patents in regards to psychedelics and psychedelic therapy

- Compass Pathways and patent laws

- Downsides of psychedelics and psychedelic use

- The ecological crisis, today's profound social inequality, and psychedelics as a way to inspire social and structural change

- The contemporary psychedelic movement's focus on medicalization that fits psychedelics

- Psychedelics, creativity, and pattern recognition

- Psychedelics, temporary bliss states, and a possible 1984/Brave New World scenario

- Pioneering psychedelic researchers Sasha and Ann Shulgin's approach to psychedelic research vs. the approach of psychedelic corporations

- Psychedelic use and messianic delusion

- The positives of psychedelics and psychedelic usage

- The question of consciousness

- The climate change crisis and transforming how we live our lives; the importance of storytelling

- Shifting away from industrial agriculture

- And much, much more!

The Russia-Ukraine War w/ Patrick Cockburn/The Kyrie Irving Controversy and Black Hebrew Israelites w/ Jacob S. Dorman

The Russia-Ukraine War w/ Patrick Cockburn/The Kyrie Irving Controversy and Black Hebrew Israelites w/ Jacob S. Dorman

November 23, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, long-time war reporter Patrick Cockburn, author of War in the Age of Trump, joins us in the first segment to discuss the latest in regards to the Putin's war in Ukraine as well as his thoughts on Netanyhu's political victory in the Israeli elections.

Among the topics covered in the conversation:

- Putin's war as a hubristic miscalculation and the evolution of the war; what is Russia's aim in Ukraine now?

- The problem of wars that don't end and why they escalate

- Ukraine's blowing up of the Kerch bridge and the Russian war against Ukrainian infrastructure such as electricity and water supplies

- The way modern warfare has changed in way that some don't realize; the U.S. no longer has a monopoly on precision weapons like they did in the 1990s

- Escalation and the question of nuclear weapons being used; why Patrick is skeptical that nuclear weapons will be launched

- Ukrainian victories not being decisive defeats of Russia

- U.S. Chief of Staff Mark Milley's call for diplomacy and the Biden administration's opposition to that; why Patrick doesn't see diplomacy as being acceptable right now to either Ukraine or Russia

- Parallels between the Middle East Forever Wars and the Russia-Ukraine War

- U.S. arms to Ukraine

- Ferreting out war propaganda and separating that propaganda from reality

- The economic war against Russia and the use of sanctions; sanctions, Iraq, the Kurds, and Saddam Hussein, the boomerang effect of sanctions

- Donald Trump, the foreign policy establishment, and the forever wars mess

- The natural tendency for wars to escalate and spread

- Prospect for diplomacy vs. escalation

- Putin and nuclear saber-rattling

- The problem with journalists covering wars today; coverage of war on the ground vs. war on infrastructure

- The electoral loss suffered of Bolsonaro in Brazil, Trump's civil war with the GOP, and the failed comeback of Boris Johnson in the UK

- Benjamin Netanyahu's electoral victory in Israel and the normalization of Israel's far-right

- The importance of remembering/thinking about the Afghanistan war, the Iraq War, the Saudi War in Yemen, and the death of Gaddafi in Libya

- And much, much more!


In the second segment of the show, Prof. Jacob Dorman joins us to discuss Black Israelite religions in light of the controversy over NBA basketball player Kyrie Irving tweeting about the Ronald Dalton Jr.'s documentary Hebrews 2 Negroes: Wake Up Black America. The tweet caused a backlash due to the documentary peddling not only Black Israelite beliefs in the documentary, but also antisemitic tropes and quotes from notorious antisemites like Henry Ford.

Among the topics covered in this conversation:

- The history of the Black Israelite movement including it's relationship to the 19th century Holiness movement, Freemasonry, the Anglo-Israelite movement, Rastafarianism, Judaism, and Black Nationalist/Black Power movements

- Harlem, Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew, and the Second Wave of Black Israelism; 

- William Sauders Crowdy and the Church of God and Saints of Christ

- Black Israelite thought as a theory of history rather than a religion

- The spread of Black Israelite thought or elements of it through the internet

- Understanding the Black Israelite movement in the context of anti-black racism historically including Jim Crow, lynchings, and anti-racism

- Dorman's take on Kyrie Irving, Kanye West as well as his take on on Hebrews to Negroes being a documentary "by and for stoned people"; Irving as being a different case from Kanye and Kanye as more truly peddling antisemitism; Irving's apology over his tweet; Kanye and mental illness; Kanye's "slavery was a choice" comments

- The concept of polyculturalism (as opposed to multiculturalism) in regards to Black Israelite religions; identity and Israeli scholar Shlomo Sand's The Invention of the Jewish People; genetics and the claim to being an Israelite

- Black Israelism as a powerful critique of anti-black racism

- Antisemitism as not being representative of all Black Israelite religions; Dorman's experiences with Black Israelites; sensationalism in reporting on Black Israelism; One West and the amplification of the most extreme elements of Black Israelism

- Black Israelites and cosmopolitanism

- Similarities between Black Israelites and Black Muslims

- Should Black Israelism be written off as historical revisionism?

- White supremacy, white Jews, black antisemitism, and James Baldwin

- A summary of Dorman's new book The Princess and the Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Moorish Muslims in America

- And much, much more!

The ADL and the FBI w/ Grant F. Smith

The ADL and the FBI w/ Grant F. Smith

November 21, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, Grant F. Smith of the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy returns to discuss his article "ADL files FBI 'Civil Rights Threat' conflating white nationalists with pro-Palestinian charities" as well the broader history of the ADL and its relationship with the FBI. Additionally, Grant gives his thoughts on the FBI probe into the death of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and briefly summarizes his October 2022 article "Virginia Rejects Israel’s Energix CdTe Solar Farm Panels".

Some of the points we touch on include:

- The ADL's infiltration of the Organization of Arab Students in the late 1960s

- THE FBI, the Jewish Defense League, and the assassination of Palestinian activist Alex Odeh in 1985

- The murder of Mary Phagan, the lynching of pencil factory superintendent Leo Frank, and the formation of the Anti-Defamation League by B'nai B'rith

- The ADL and Hollywood; Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and arms dealing

- The ADL's relationship with the FBI in 1940s Hollywood; the FBI and the Red Scare over communist infiltration of Hollywood

- The ADL, Dr. John Lechner, and the internment of West Coast Japanese Americans in WWII

- Arms smuggling, pressure campaigns, and spying scandals

- Israel affinity groups in America; the ADL and state/national law enforcement

- The ADL's attempt to conflate the pro-Palestinian Friends of Sabeel North America and the American Muslim Alliance with the neo-nazi group Vanguard America; the FBI's dismissal of the conflation

- The FBI's COINTELPRO program and J. Edgar Hoover

- Israeli intelligence operative Rafael Eitan

- The targeting of Jewish civil rights activist and University of Minnesota professor Matthew Stark

- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents obtained by IRmep

- The Friends of Sabeel's pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) stance and the anti-BDS movement

- And much, much more!

FIFA Uncovered and the Qatar World Cup w/ Miles Coleman/The World Cup & Qatar’s Soft Power Foreign Policy w/ James M. Dorsey

FIFA Uncovered and the Qatar World Cup w/ Miles Coleman/The World Cup & Qatar’s Soft Power Foreign Policy w/ James M. Dorsey

November 18, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, we have a double feature edition of Parallax Views on the 2022 FIFA World Cup being held in Qatar. First up, filmmaker Miles Coleman joins us to discuss the new Netflix docu-series that's sweeping the internet, FIFA Uncovered. Miles served as a producer for this sports-meets-politics-true-crime exploration of FIFA, international governing body of football/soccer. It's a dive into a world of schemes, bribes, scandals, and corruptions that even led U.S. federal prosecutors to take on FIFA in 2015. In this conversation we'll discuss the controversies surrounding the Qatar World Cup, the Citizen Kane-esque tale of former FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, the scandalous downfall of Qatari football administrator Mohammad bin Hamman, how the documentary came together, capitalism/money in sports and the problems it poses, how the real scandal is arguably more about FIFA than Qatar, sportswashing, the argument that cultural exchange will liberalize countries under the rule of authoritarian regimes, the Qatari perspective on the backlash against their hosting of the 2022 World Cup, the ambiguities and murkier elements of the scandalous history explored in FIFA Uncovered, smoking gun evidence of corruption vs. lack of smoking gun evidence for corruption in the world of FIFA, the cross-section between politics and sports, how the ambitious Sepp Blatter's hunger for power was arguably the cause of his undoing, Argentina and the World Cup scandal of 1978, Berlin and the scandal of the 1936 Olympics, South Africa and FIFA, and much, much more!


In the second segment of the show, Prof. James M. Dorsey, author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer and it's accompanying blog/podcast, joins us to discuss his take on the controversial Qatar World Cup. Prof. Dorsey argues that Qatar's interest in hosting the World Cup has to do with their soft power approach to foreign policy. Additionally we discuss covert information warfare by Gulf States like the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against Qatar, whether Qatar will follow through on reforms, the human/labor/LGBTQ+ allegations against Qatar, migrant labor and Qatar, the question of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and bribery, Qatar's reaction to the backlash against it's hosting the World Cup, the question Western racism against Qatar, the argument for there being double standards at play in the backlash against Qatar, human rights abuses in the  Gulf States more broadly, regional tensions and the World Cups (ie: Qatar, Israel,, Saudi Arabia, and Iran), understanding the Qatari perspective on the 2022 World Cup controversy, the multipolar world and the rise of China and India, and much, much more!

The Peaceful Transfer of Power w/ David Marchick/The Hidden History of Neoliberalism w/ Thom Hartmann

The Peaceful Transfer of Power w/ David Marchick/The Hidden History of Neoliberalism w/ Thom Hartmann

November 15, 2022


On this edition of Parallax Views, we're joined in the first segment of the program by David Marchick, co-author with Alexander Tippett (and A.J. Wilson), of The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America's Presidential Transitions. After the chaos of the Trump-Biden transition and the ugly insurrection on the Capitol that came with it many are more interested in how Presidential transitions work and how smooth, peaceful transitions are accomplished. Additionally, many would like to ensure that future transitions are not as chaotic and uncertain as the one that followed the 2020 election. How can that kind of transition be avoided in the future?

In addition to addressing these issues and questions, we will discuss what went wrong with the 2020 transition, the problems with the 2016 transition and the sacking Chris Christie from the Trump transition team, insight Marchick gained from actual participants of Presidential transitions, the smooth transition from Bush to Obama during the 2008 financial crisis, the transition from Gerald Ford to Jimmy Carter, the most turbulent Presidential transitions like the James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln transition and the Herbert Hoover to Franklin Delano Roosevelt transition (Hoover was not a fan of the New Deal), and much, much more!



In the second segment of the program, legendary progressive radio host and New York Times bestselling author Thom Hartmann returns to discuss his new book The Hidden History of Neoliberalism. Thom and I begin by discussing neoliberalism and its origins. We also discuss the free-market libertarian economists that in some way or another bear a connection, in varying degrees, to the ideology such as Milton Friedman, Ludwig Von Mises, and F.A. Hayek. Thom goes over the early neoliberal experiments in the world outside of the U.S., with a particular focus on Chile and the military dictatorship of General Pinochet that overthrew the government of Salvador Allende. Then we dive into how neoliberalism became dominant in the U.S. from the presidencies of Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton. We also look at the impact of neoliberalism on American workers, the crushing of unions in America, the labor movement, and the middle class? And finally, we talk about neoliberalism under Joe Biden, whether the Democratic Party is turning away from neoliberalism, changing views on unions in America and addressing union corruption from decades past (ie: Jimmy Hoffa), FDR and the New Deal era, the Starbucks union organizing wave and Thom's thoughts on the 2022 midterm elections.

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