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Opinions and conversations re American Politics & Society particularly about President Obama and his "movement of change." One {audio} podcast episode or one "opinion piece" is published per week. Subscribing to this channel means you will receive updates for PolitOpine content only.

PolitOpine Bidding Goodbye!

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PolitOpine is retiring ... all past shows will be available until further notice.

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Craig Barnes: Start Over

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Commentary by Craig Barnes:

 

On a Monday in early August, 2011, AIG (American International Group) filed claims in federal court against Bank of America alleging losses of $10 billion. The insurance giant claimed that the bank had intentionally disguised the risks of products to be insured. At the same time, Bank of America was already being sued for $82 billion in a multitude of other suits.  According to The New York Times, JP Morgan was also being sued for almost $40 billion, Wells Fargo was being sued for $35 billion, Citigroup for over $2 billion.  All were alleged to have marketed securities as solid investments when at the time of the sale they knew that these representations were untrue. In legal jargon, when a person makes a deal based upon a fact that he knows to be false and intentionally disguises the falsehood, that is fraud.  The giants of American capitalism were therefore this August in a hugely costly family quarrel, suing one another for throat-choking amounts of fraud.


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Craig Barnes: Heather Gerken

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Heather Gerken, Skelley Wright professor of constitutional law at Yale University, and who has appeared on PBS, testified to congress, written numerous articles, etc., here discusses campaign finance reform and the recent Supreme Court decision that strikes down an Arizona law that attempted to level the playing field in elections by public financing for candidates. She helps us understand the internal workings of doctrines of campaign contributions and independent expenditures and then leads on to Citizen’s United and a discussion of the Roberts Court’s unwillingness to regulate money in politics.

This dialog aired on KSFR (101.1FM) on July 9, 2011.

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Craig Barnes: Gary Hart (3rd)

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Former US Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart explores the complexities of US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the consequences of our longest military engagements in history, the need to investigate how we got into these wars, and the desperate dysfunction in the current US Congress.

This dialog aired on KSFR (101.1FM) on July 2, 2011.

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Craig Barnes: Andy Schmookler

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Andy Schmookler, author of The Parable of the Tribes and other examinations of American political thought, speculates on the nature of evil, or, to put it differently, the great force for lying, torture, and self interest that has taken possession of American politics. Andy is a candidate for Congress in the 6th District of Virginia and hopes to reawaken a conversation about politics, virtue, and the great spirit that can head us toward good or evil.

This dialog aired on KSFR (101.1FM) on June 11, 2011.

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Craig Barnes: Terry O'Neill

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Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, discusses the package of legislation that has passed the US House of Representatives during the first session of Congress this year.  From making abortions more expensive, or by slashing programs that disproportionately employ or benefit women such as Pell Grants, Headstart,  or Food Stamps, or pre-natal care, this Congress has systematically discriminated against women.  Why or how?  Because "we are invisible," says O'Neill.

This dialog aired on KSFR (101.1FM) on May 28, 2011.

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Craig Barnes: Ben Barber (3rd)

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Ben Barber, the author of 17 books on democracy and sometime advisor to a Libyan foundation to establish democracy, evaluates the American military role in Libya, the violations of international law that occur when Moamar Kaddafi himself is targeted, and the predictable difficulty of negotiating with him when we have tried to kill him.

This dialog aired on KSFR (101.1FM) on May 7, 2011.

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Craig Barnes: Gary Hart (2nd)

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Former US Senator Gary Hart discusses the origins of the American republic that at its origins meant public responsibility for citizenship and civic virtue.  “We must earn our rights by the performance of our duties,” quotes Hart, lamenting the loss of personal responsibility and public virtue in today’s politics.

This dialog aired on KSFR (101.1FM) on April 30, 2011.

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Jerome Bernstein, Jungian psychoanalyst, considers the Biblical and historical origins and the deep roots in story that produces the chaos we are in today.  The interplay between justice and equity or moral and ethics leads to a discussion of wisdom and what might be our innate human nature.

This dialog aired on KSFR on May 14, 2011.

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We Are People Here !

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Following is a transcript of Craig Barnes' opening remarks at the General Meeting of Democracy At The Crossroads in Santa Fe, NM on June 22, 2011.

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Welcome.  Welcome to you all.  Thank you for coming.

 

 

If the great corporate meat grinder has taken away your job, your home, your insurance or your vote, has ripped away from you your faith in democracy or drowned you with mind numbing aphorisms about the free market and insulted your intelligence, you are one of us.  We are all people here, and we are rising up to claim back our democratic story, our dignity, our right to work, our right to our homes, our ranches and our farms, our water and our air, and a government by the people.  These things are the birthright of every American, written indelibly on our foreheads, indivisible and inalienable.  Our right to jobs, homes and health are not for sale to China; they are not for sale to Saudi Arabia; they are not for sale to Canada, Burundi  or British Petroleum; they are a part of the American intellectual commons and belong to natural born, living persons and their grandchildren, for all time.

 

 

We are people here.  Our children are not subsidiaries; our labor is not a statistic, our future is not for sale on the great corporate commodities market.

 

 

If you are a person too, welcome; you are one of us.

 


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