Talk Radio's Middle Class Champion: A Podcast Interview With Thom Hartmann

The diary below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal on Saturday, September 23rd when the interview took place.

Thom Hartmann is a dynamic voice for the aggrieved middle class. After one commercial break on a recent broadcast, the national radio host proudly declared,

"Welcome back to the Thom Hartman show where our talking points come from Jefferson and Madison, not some right wing think tank."

He then asks, "Will the next election be hacked?" as he promotes Bobby Kennedy, Jr.'s article in Rolling Stone magazine that examines fraudulent vote counting to the benefit of Republican candidates.

Talkers Magazine noted,

"There's a buzz growing around nationally syndicated talk show host Thom Hartmann, whose nationally syndicated daily program is drawing high marks by those who are on the lookout for talk radio's `Great Liberal Hope.'"
His syndicated radio show is carried on more than 80 radio stations daily from noon to 3 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Sunday mornings from 10 AM to 1 PM EST. It broadcasts 7 days a week on Sirius Satellite Radio, and is streamed live on the web from Radio Power, The White Rose Society, Air America Radio and CRN Digital into cable systems in 29 states.

Hartmann is also an award-winning, best selling author of fourteen books, an entrepreneur, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology and economics. The former executive director of a residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed and abused children, Hartmann has helped set up hospitals, schools, famine relief programs, and communities for orphaned or blind children in Africa, Australia, Europe, India, Israel, Russian, South America and the United States.

Most recently Hartman authored, Screwed: The Undeclared War On the Middle Class - And What We Can Do About It (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.). The theme of Hartmann's new book is captured in this paragraph from his introduction:

"When there is no American Dream, when there is no middle class, there cannot be real democracy. That's why when elections are brought to nations that are in crisis or that don't have a broad, stable, well-educated middle class - such as Egypt, Iraq, Iran and the Palestinian territories - the result is aristocrats, `strongmen,' or theocrats exploiting those elections as a way of gaining decidedly undemocratic power."

Hartmann graciously agreed to an interview with me about his new book and political philosophy.


Tags: Air America Radio, aristocracy, corporatocracy, founding fathers, free trade, George Washington, Intrepid Liberal Journal, Iraq, James Madison, labor movement, Marshall Plan, middle class, Radio Power, Sirious Satellite Radio, slavery, The White Rose Society, Thom Hartmann, Thomas Jefferson, Unions, vote tampering, voter fraud (all tags)


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Sunday Morning Tip Jar

As a teenager in the eighties I used to call right wing talk radio show host Bob Grant. I was naive enough to believe I could reason with him. Mr. Grant preferred to scream at me. Interviewing Thom Hartmann was definitely a step up!

by Intrepid Liberal Journal 2006-09-24 03:27AM | 0 recs


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