Can Violence be Incited on a Society-wide Level?
Many of us think the shootings in Tucson, AZ were likely influenced by vitriolic speech. It's not too hard to imagine that out of three hundred million people in America one unstable individual might take the most extreme parts of the right wing noise machine literally, as in "Second Amendment alternative."
OK, so we see individuals acting out, including a bomb planted in Spokane, WA along the parade route of a recent Martin Luther King celebration. But, is that where it stops? We only gotta worry about a few nut cases? Maybe it doesn't stop there. Could the violent tendencies get to small groups of unstable, or unsavory, people? Could the violent tendencies infect mass portions of a society? We reflect on that question in Episode 41 of GDAE Podcast.
- Effect of Hate Speech on Society: "We know that hate speech can incite violence in unstable individuals, but can hate speech infect entire segments of our society?" A GDAE Podcast retrospective.
- Is the 1917 Espionage Act Constitutional? It depends on how you define the word "traitor."
- Use of the Espionage Act against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald on why Assange is the wrong man.
Recent Series: Can the Populist Left & Right Unite to Challenge the Establishment and Regain Control of Our Republic?
The answer is "yes," as history has proven. Check out the 9-part GDAE Podcast series that explores how common people across the political spectrum can come to the aid of our democracy.
GDAE Podcast Episode 29
- Motivation for reaching out to the conservatives, from a progressive perspective
GDAE Podcast Episode 30
- The Power of Ordinary People
GDAE Podcast Episode 31
- Left & Right Populists Working Together: to fix our flawed democracy
- What is a "principled" conservative: Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone magazine has some thoughts
- Audit the Fed: Bernie Sanders leads the Left & Right to push for Senate Unanimous vote on Amendment to "audit the Fed."
GDAE Podcast Episode 32
- Left & Right Populists: The American Populist movement of the 1800s with Jim Hightower (Bill Moyer's Journal).
- Left & Right United: The Tenth Amendment with Michael Boldin (Mother Jones Magazine).
GDAE Podcast Episode 33
- Principled and Unprincipled Conservatives: Will Bunch, Author of "The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama," on the Tea Party movement and the recent primary elections.
- Principled and Unprincipled Liberals: Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional and civil rights litigator now writer and blogger.
GDAE Podcast Episode 34
- Conversation with Vince Tola: Perspectives on the potential of principled people on the left and right to join forces and reassert the power of the people over our democratic institutions. Vince is a public school teacher and Maryland Green Party organizer.
GDAE Podcast Episode 35
- Case-study from Electoral Politics: David Sirota on Tea-party-backed candidate for US Senate in Colorado, Ken Buck.
- Shared Left/Right Populist Anger: CNN interview with David Sirota explains Bush & Obama failure on Financial Bailout.
GDAE Podcast Episode 36
- Motivation for Reaching out to the Political Right on Issues of Common Concern: Preventing the Drift toward "Barbarism".
- Right-Wing TV/Radio Incitement: The case of Byron Williams who attempted to murder eleven people in San Francisco after listening to Glenn Beck and others.
- Walden Bello: A historical perspective on the Drift toward "Barbarism" and its relation to the Moviation to reach out to genuine conservatives.
- 2006 Conservative Essay: "Now Is the Time for a Left-Right Alliance: A rebel alliance already exists that could stop Bush administration attacks on the Constitution."
GDAE Podcast Episode 37
- History: Demagogues take advantage of bad economic times for political gains including the use of government to enrich themselves.
- Three economists see three futures: Pretty Bad, Very Bad and Absolutely Catastrophic.
- Call for unity among principled conservatives and progressives: Unite to counter-act dangers of demagogues during the coming hard times.
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