If you think the collection and selling of personal data began in the last twenty years, think again. Consumer credit agencies like Equifax have been gathering information about people’s intimate details since they were created in the late 19th century. Scholar Josh Lauer discusses the history of credit agencies, their key role in capitalist consumer … Continued
Against the Grain
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Portions of two talks given by Alan Watts, the author, lecturer, and interpreter of Buddhist thought.
The history of the 20th century is the history of empire. But did it have to be? A documentary series by award-winning director Oliver Stone examines various episodes in U.S. war-making, from World War One to World War Two and the development of the atomic bomb, to Vietnam and the wars of Clinton, Bush, and … Continued
Charles Hood discusses his new book A Californian’s Guide to the Birds Among Us.
Frank Luntz thinks that Israel has a public relations problem in the United States, which may seem surprising given that a majority of Americans favor Israel’s actions against the Palestinians. The rightwing spin doctor, a longtime advisor to Israel on how to shape American public opinion, believes that such longstanding support is fraying. “The Occupation … Continued
Rare recordings of Fannie Lou Hamer, Molly Ivins, Bob Dylan, George Carlin, and John Lennon.
Is capitalism bad for your health? Gabor Maté thinks so. The acclaimed Canadian physician and Marxist discusses capitalism, stress, and chronic illness, inimitably combining profound humanism, dark wit, and extensive knowledge of science and social justice. He makes the compelling case that the psycho-social needs to be taken into account by both the medical establishment … Continued
Rare recordings of George Carlin, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Carlos Castaneda, and Kate Clinton.
In the wake of the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while wildfires continue to rage across the West, it would seem like the perils of global warming are self-evident. And in fact, there’s one part of the U.S. government that, unlike President Trump, sees climate change as an undeniable danger: the military and Homeland … Continued
According to David Theo Goldberg, society is becoming militarized in myriad, and sometimes subtle, ways. Race, as it’s perceived and deployed, is a key part of this process. Goldberg also asserts that race is the secularization of the religious; that today’s anti-Muslim fervor is not primarily religion-focused; and that many groups working to demilitarize society … Continued