Daily Archives: July 8, 2014

“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech

In this Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book, “Voices of a People’s History of the United States.” He was introduced by Zinn.

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The Kochs’ Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Docs Expose Charles Koch’s Ties to John Birch Society


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Published on Jul 8, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – The Progressive magazine and Center for Media and Democracy have released new documents that show billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its campaigns against the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Charles Koch was following in the footsteps of his father, Fred Koch, a leader of the John Birch Society from its founding. We speak with The Progressive’s Lisa Graves about her new article, “The Koch Cartel: Their Reach, Their Reactionary Agenda and Their Record.” Graves details how the reactionary ideas absorbed during Charles Koch’s youth continue to animate many of his actions decades later. Charles and his brother, David Koch, have used their wealth to push a similar agenda into the mainstream through the tea party and “dark money” political coalitions that allow donors to shield their identity while funding attack ads against Democrats.

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“Counter-Revolution of 1776”: Was U.S. Independence War a Conservative Revolt in Favor of Slavery?


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Published on Jun 27, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – As the United States prepares to celebrate Independence Day, we look at why July 4 is not a cause for celebration for all. For Native Americans, it may be a bitter reminder of colonialism, which brought fatal diseases, cultural hegemony and genocide. Neither did the new republic’s promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” extend to African Americans. The colonists who declared their freedom from England did not share their newly founded liberation with the millions of Africans they had captured and forced into slavery. We speak with historian Gerald Horne, who argues the so-called Revolutionary War was actually a conservative effort by American colonists to protect their system of slavery. He is the author of two new books: “The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America” and “Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow.” Horne is professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston.

This video is an excerpt of the segment. Watch the full interview on Democracy Now!:
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/27…

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The Long Emergency – James Kunstler

Dan Harayda

Published on May 6, 2012

Massachusetts School of Law Noted Author’s Books of Our Time Presents “The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the 21st Century” by James Howard Kunstler

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A Crude Awakening – The Oilcrash


Remarkable Encounters

Published on Oct 17, 2013

Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack’s ground-breaking film on Peak Oil.

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Matthew Simmons – Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Oil Shock


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Published on Aug 9, 2012

Oil industry analyst Matthew Simmons discusses his book, “Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy,” at Cambridge Forum. He argues that Saudi reserves could soon face a decline, and considers what the world will look like when petroleum reserves peak. http://forum-network.org

This talk was taped on June 12, 2006.

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Richard Heinberg on Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future

The Extraenvironmentalist

Published on Feb 26, 2014

Recorded February 25th, 2014 in Vancouver, BC

Richard Heinberg speaks on his newest book, covering the short-term nature of the recent North American oil boom and the financial bubble that supports it. Heinberg covers the implications of the 2016-2017 peak in unconventional output by providing essential information for any community facing the false promises of companies planning to extract reality

Event Partners Include: Village Vancouver, Post Carbon Institute and the UBC Sustainability Initiative

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