Replacing the Empire Culture: A Podcast Interview With Author David Korten

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as the Independent Bloggers Alliance, The Peace Tree and Worldwide Sawdust.


"There is a culture war in America, but it is not between liberals and conservatives, who in fact share a great many core values - including a commitment to children, family, community, personal responsibility and democracy. It is between the lower and higher orders of our human nature. It is between an imperial politics of individual greed and power and a democratic politics based on principle and the common good. It is between Power Seekers at the extreme political fringes who remain imprisoned in an Imperial Consciousness and the realists of the political mainstream who truly want to solve the problems that beset us all."


David Korten wrote those provocative words in his book, <u>The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community</u> published last year by Berrett-Kohler.

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Awakening Warrior: An Interview With Author Timothy Challans

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The topic below was originally posted yesterday, in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as The Peace Tree, The Independent Bloggers Alliance and Worldwide Sawdust.


Remember the pride Americans felt in its military following the first Gulf War in 1991? Prior to that conflict we had the "Vietnam Syndrome" tainting our military with the stench of defeat and shameful atrocities such as the My Lai massacre. Supposedly, a reformed military culture debunked the legacy of Vietnam, liberated Kuwait with honor while safeguarding America's interests in Saudi Arabia.

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History and Hezbollah: A Podcast Interview With Augustus Richard Norton

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as the Independent Bloggers Alliance and the Peace Tree.

Trying to make sense of tribal politics in the Middle East can't be done with simple bumper sticker slogans. The history, entangling relationships, religious dimension, shifting alliances, geography and multiple cultures are a Byzantine maze of complexity. Specifically, the Muslim world is often regarded by people in the west, especially Americans, as a large bowl of alphabet soup. As a result, policy makers who look for quick and easy fixes by force in the region overreach and miscalculate.


One tragic example of miscalculation and overreach is Lebanon. Once regarded as the "jewel" of the Middle East, Lebanon endured a brutal civil from 1975 to 1990. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Syria and Israel, this small country the size of Connecticut has flummoxed leaders in Jerusalem and Washington for two decades.

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Workers Have the Right To Remain Silent: A Podcast Interview With the ACLU's Bruce Barry

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as the Independent Bloggers Alliance, the Peace Tree and Worldwide Sawdust.


"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


So reads the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. However, the Constitution does not prevent employers from encroaching upon the free speech of their employees. Even so, most Americans assume their right to free speech is protected in all aspects of their life - including their jobs. The reality is quite different.

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An Unholy Triangle: George Bush, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and al Qaeda

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The topic below was originally posted on my blog the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as The Peace Tree, the Independent Bloggers Alliance and Worldwide Sawdust.

Foreign Affairs published a sobering article by Bruce Riedel in their May/June issue entitled, "al Qaeda Strikes Back."Riedel, a Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution retired last year after 29 years with the CIA.

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Making Amends In Iraq: A Podcast Interview With Marine Captain Jeremy Joseph

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog the Intrepid Liberal Journal, as well as the Independent Bloggers Alliance, The Peace Tree and Worldwide Sawdust.


Is there anything the American military can do at this point to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people? Personally, I, as well as many Americans and Iraqis don't believe any reservoir of good will remains. As far as I'm concerned, this war of choice was immoral and ill conceived from the start and I don't believe the current escalation in troops can accomplish any good.

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No More Honeymoon

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The topic below was originally posted on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal and crossposted at the Independent Bloggers Alliance and the Peace Tree.


Election night 2006 was a satisfying result after the calamity of one party reactionary rule. On a personal level, I juggled my day job and after hours phone banking to help in the effort. Many other activists did the same out of patriotism and desire to establish a bulwark against the corporate theocrats in Washington. It feels like another lifetime and as The Nation duly noted in their latest edition, "The Honeymoon Is Over":

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No More Honeymoon

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The topic below was originally posted on my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal and crossposted at the Independent Bloggers Alliance and the Peace Tree.


Election night 2006 was a satisfying result after the calamity of one party reactionary rule. On a personal level, I juggled my day job and after hours phone banking to help in the effort. Many other activists did the same out of patriotism and desire to establish a bulwark against the corporate theocrats in Washington. It feels like another lifetime and as The Nation duly noted in their latest edition, "The Honeymoon Is Over":

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Who Are the Real Gate Crashers?

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as The Independent Bloggers Alliance and The Peace Tree.


In 2006, Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos and Jerome Armstrong of MyDD published Crashing The Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics. Ostensibly, they advocated for taking over the Democratic Party from inside the beltway K-Street corporate elitists who perpetually sell out their constituents for the almighty dollar. To the extent that ordinary citizens through the blogosphere or progressive "netroots" are more plugged into politics and empowered to become activists is all to the good.

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Can Rudolph Giuliani Inspire A Secular Awakening In the GOP?

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The topic below was originally posted in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal and crossposted at the Independent Blogger's Alliance.


I don't like Rudolph Giuliani. In 1993, I was 24 and living in the East Village when Giuliani defeated incumbent David Dinkins to become mayor of New York City. I vividly recall watching the police intimidate black voters that day and telling my roommate about it in horrified wonder. I didn't like Dinkins either primarily because of how he handled racial tensions in Crown Heights. I thought New Yorkers were ill served with both men that year and cast my vote for a protest candidate instead.

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