“I Have the Tough People”
“Marxism and Scientific Socialism as they emerged, they came to understand the concept of revolution as human beings advancing to higher stages of civilization.” — Caleb Maupin
RT America on Feb 19, 2019
As US politicians are putting rhetoric against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro into high gear, US President Donald Trump gave a speech in Miami calling for Maduro to step down and for an end to socialism in Latin America. RT America’s Manila Chan interviews political analyst Jim Kavanagh to discuss why he considers the Trump administration’s attacks on Maduro as nothing more than “overt imperialism.”
RT America on Feb 18, 2019
Attorney and author Kevin Zeese joins News.Views.Hughes to argue that calls for regime-change in Venezuela constitute a US push to seize Venezuelans’ natural resources and that President Nicolas Maduro has the support of the Venezuelan people, that economic sanctions and a global drop in oil prices are behind the country’s economic problems and that “the people of Venezuela oppose US domination.”
Redacted Tonight on Feb 14, 2019
David Swanson visits VIP this week to discuss the upcoming ‘No to NATO, Yes to Peace Festival‘ in Washington DC this April 3-4. They discuss peace activism and the current state of international affairs.
Here’s the bullet-point version:
- It’s imperialism.
- It’s American imperialism, a bipartisan national project.
- American imperialism is the global management of capitalist class power.
- It’s a binary situation in which one side or the other will win via the use and threat of armed force.
- It’s trouble for Venezuela and for imperialism.
- There’s no such thing as Progressive Except Imperialism.
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding the Green New Deal. According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders advisor Prof. Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The real limit on spending is not an artificially imposed debt ceiling but a lack of labor and materials to do the work, leading to generalized price inflation. Only when that real ceiling is hit does the money need to be taxed back, and then not to fund government spending but to shrink the money supply in an economy that has run out of resources to put the extra money to work.
“Socialism is all about grit and struggle and sacrifice but it’s about building up, and building up your community, building up your world but doing it in a way that doesn’t come at the expense of somebody else!”
In Defence of Jeremy Corbyn
First off, let me get the ‘defending Corbyn’ bit out of the way. I do defend Corbyn’s defence of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, a rare quality in Britain’s despicable, dishonest and hypocritical political class. The attacks on him accusing him of anti-semitism are reprehensible and fundamentally originate with the Zionist entity, Israel, launched by Israel’s supporters inside the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and reinforced by that other supporter of Israel, the BBC (with the able assistance from the rest of the corporate media).
The Peace Report on Jan 29, 2019
Venezuela has been the recent target of U.S. imperialism with a U.S.-backed coup attempt on Jan 23rd where Juan Guaido self-proclaimed himself (with support from the U.S.) the new president of the country in order to unseat the current democratically-elected president Nicolas Maduro. Will Griffin discusses the history of U.S. imperialism in Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution that is ongoing, and the current situation in the country with journalist Paul Dobson from Venezuela Analysis.
goingundergroundRT on Jan 28, 2019
Afshin Rattansi speaks to Eva Golinger about the US’ ongoing attempts at regime change in Venezuela to replace President Nicolas Maduro with Juan Guaido. She discusses the history of US regime change in Veneuela and Latin America, the Maduro premiership and attitudes in Venezuela.
Venezuela coup attempt: Trump won’t rule out military response
RT on Jan 24, 2019
Donald Trump officially recognised the opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as Venezuela’s interim president. Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has severed diplomatic ties with the U.S., accusing it of trying to stage a coup in his country.