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From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much - Thomas Drake on RAI (5/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake says that in the name of national security we are eating out the very heart of democracy; what will be left will be a garrison state

From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much - Thomas Drake on RAI (4/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake tells Host Paul Jay that mass surveillance is not about protecting people, in the end it's about social control

The Man Who Knew Too Much, From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance - Thomas Drake on RAI (3/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake says the suspension of the Constitution that took place in secret after 9/11, for all intents and purposes, developed with executive orders, regulations, statutes, and oftentimes in cooperation with the Congress - since 1947

From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much - Thomas Drake on RAI (2/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, former NSA senior executive Mr. Drake and host Paul Jay talk about the "dark state" and how 9/11 opens up disturbing questions about power, who we are, who's in charge and the secret subversion of the U.S. constitution

From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much - Thomas Drake on RAI (1/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake, a former Senior Executive at the National Security Agency, says he was targeted by the NSA because he exposed that the agency had intel that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks and because he blew the whistle on a massive secret surveillance program aimed at Americans

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity - Catarina Principe on RAI (5/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe says that German workers, who have not yet felt the brunt of the crisis, are starting to realize that they must fight in solidarity with Greek workers.

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity - Catarina Principe on RAI (4/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe and Paul Jay talk about making decisions in a new kind of party

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity - Catarina Principe on RAI (3/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe and Paul Jay discuss building a movement and an electoral strategy, and what happened to the mass protests in Portugal

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity - Catarina Principe on RAI (2/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe discusses the rise of the anti-austerity movement in Portugal that culminated in a 2013 protest of more than a million people

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity - Catarina Principe on RAI (1/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe talks about growing up in Portugal expecting the promise of the social state to be fulfilled, and becoming an activist in the fight against forces dismantling the achievements of the Portuguese revolution

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the Bernie Sanders campaign and the role of violence in revolution

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss Ferguson, Baltimore and the need to build a movement with candidates that targets white supremacy and corporate capitalism

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt - Chris Hedges on RAI (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay. In part one, they focus on the revolutionary significance of the life of Tom Paine, a man who understood the moral imperative of revolt and was willing to pay the price.

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (10/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Robert Scheer says you get drunk on the power of this culture and its military, its wealth, and you can become incredibly destructive. And we have been incredibly destructive.

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (9/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer and Paul Jay discuss Scheer's book The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (8/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer and Paul Jay discuss the successes and failures of the "American Experiment"

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (7/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer and Paul Jay discuss American partisan politics - is there a real difference and the demonization of the other camp

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (6/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer and Paul Jay discuss and debate whether there is any rationality left amongst the ruling elites

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (5/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer discusses American partisan politics, is there a real difference and the demonization of the other camp

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (4/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer discusses his work on Ramparts magazine, covering the Vietnam War and the civil rights era

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (3/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Scheer talks about his father's thirst for freedom and how that influenced his life; Scheer says defense of the U.S. Constitution, in spite of its flaws, is critical in defending against the erosion of democracy

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (2/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Robert Scheer talks about democracy, journalism and his new book, "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy"

Plundering Our Freedom with Abandon - Robert Scheer on Reality Asserts Itself (1/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Robert Scheer talks about democracy, journalism and his new book, "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy"

Sixteen Proposals for Effective Solutions in '16 - Salvatore Babones on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Babones, author of "Sixteen for '16", proposes Ten Ten Ten - everybody should get ten paid sick days, ten paid holidays, and ten paid vacation days as a bare minimum

Sixteen Proposals for Effective Solutions in '16 - Salvatore Babones on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Babones, author of "Sixteen for '16", says fix the public school system by giving all kids the same education the wealthy give their children

Sixteen Proposals for Effective Solutions in '16 - Salvatore Babones on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Babones, author of "Sixteen for '16", argues for a 10 million public sector jobs program and higher taxes on the wealthy

Sixteen Proposals for Effective Solutions in '16 - Salvatore Babones on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Babones, author of "Sixteen for '16", says while he grew up in a right-wing, conservative working-class family, social science brought him to progressive public policy conclusions

The Vietnam Syndrome and the Project for a New American Century - Christian Appy on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy says that Israeli preemptive and punitive war became a model for US foreign policy

Vietnam: Body Counts and America as Victim - Christian Appy on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy says the Vietnam War killed millions of Vietnamese and tens of thousands of American workers - yet the mythology is America as a whole emerged as the victim

Vietnam Blood Bath to Prove America Had "Balls" - Christian Appy on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy says that presidents Kennedy and Johnson pursued the Vietnam war largely to prove the U.S., and themselves personally, had the "courage" to wage war

"America Does Bad Things for Good Reasons" - Christian Appy on RAI (2/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy, author of "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity", discusses how before direct American military involvement in Vietnam, the US financed almost 80 percent of the cost, so, in effect, France was serving almost as an American mercenary

"America Does Bad Things for Good Reasons": the Vietnam War and American Exceptionalism - Christian Appy on RAI (1/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Appy, author of "American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity", discusses growing up with a broad faith that America is always an indispensable and invincible force for good in the world - and the seeds of his disillusionment with Americanism

U.S. Might Support UN Resolution That Leaves Palestine with a "Garbage Dump" - Norman Finkelstein on RAI 2 (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Finkelstein says Netanyahu's slight of Obama was racist, but the U.S. will likely help sell a UN resolution that tries to corner the Palestinians into accepting a terrible deal

Israel's Iron Dome and Palestinian Armed Resistance - Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself 2 (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Finkelstein analyzes Hamas rocket attacks and Israel's claims of self-defense.

Israel's Descent into Barbarism - Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself 2 (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Finkelstein describes the "necessity" of Israel proving its destructive capabilities.

They Won't Shut Me Up - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (10/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, former CIA official John Kiriakou says: "if they thought this would shut me up, they don't know me at all, because now I've devoted my life to fighting them."

Why I Was Targeted by the CIA - John Kiriakou on RAI (9/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou explains how the CIA opened a criminal file on him when he was the first CIA official to publicly acknowledge torture was a policy; they stepped up their effort to charge him when he began investigating possible CIA complicity in war crimes in Afghanistan

A Tortured Truth - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (8/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Former CIA official John Kiriakou described his time as head of counter terrorism in Pakistan and the lie about the torture of Abu Zubaydah

Iraq War a War Crime - Pushed by Cheney Over Objections of Joint Chiefs and CIA - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (7/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, former CIA official Mr. Kiriakou says that VP Cheney chaired a morning phone call where the Joint Chiefs and CIA openly argued against the invasion of Iraq - a decision made in the summer of 2002

A Sea of Blood - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (6/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou and Paul Jay continue their discussion about 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq.

Why Didn't Bush/Cheney Prevent 9/11? - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (5/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou and Paul Jay discuss the role of the White House in ignoring the CIA's warning that "something terrible" was coming

The Iraqi Pissing Match - John Kiriakou on RAI (4/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, former CIA offical Mr. Kiriakou says that the Iraq War was motivated by the Bush administration wanting to send a message - no regime can defy U.S. power and survive

My Reports on 1995 Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain Ignored by State Department - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (3/10)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou tells Paul Jay that from Iraq to Bahrain, it was becoming clear to him that commercial interest, particularly arms sales, was driving U.S. policy in the Middle East

How I Joined the CIA - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (2/10)

Mr. Kiriakou tells Paul Jay about being recruited to join the CIA in university

I Believed America Could Do No Wrong - John Kiriakou, Former CIA Official, on Reality Asserts Itself (1/10)

Mr. Kiriakou was the first U.S. government official to confirm that waterboarding was official policy. He spent 23 months in prison after being convicted of passing classified information to a reporter. He speaks to Paul Jay while still under house arrest

The Pain Doesn't Go Away - Rachel Corrie's Parents on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Craig and Cindy Corrie tell Paul Jay that in ruling against their claim, the Israeli Supreme Court essentially said that Israel is beyond international law.

The Pain Doesn't Go Away - Rachel Corrie's Parents on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Craig and Cindy Corrie tell Paul Jay, "people find hope in the work that we're doing and in the fact that Rachel was there that day, and stood against what was happening to all of those families in the Gaza Strip"

The Pain Doesn't Go Away - Rachel Corrie's Parents on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist who was crushed to death in Gaza by an Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003. On Reality Asserts Itself, Craig and Cindy Corrie tell Paul Jay, "we inherited from our daughter a cause"; her experiences "completely changed our view of the whole situation."

Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People's Movement - Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin discusses the relationship between the mass movement and electoral politics

Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People's Movement - Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin says Malcolm believed the international order benefited Western capitalist interests over the masses of black, brown and oppressed white people

Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People's Movement - Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Malcolm X

Malcolm X, Self-Determination and the People's Movement - Kamau Franklin on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Franklin says that after growing up in the projects of Brooklyn, reading the autobiography of Malcolm X changed his life

What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? - Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America

What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? - Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America

What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? - Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America

Why Build the Green Party? - Jill Stein on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein tells Paul Jay that people need to prepare for a Syriza moment

Why Build the Green Party? - Jill Stein on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein tells Paul Jay that the Green Party will put the campaign in the service of social movements that deserve to be front-and-center in the political dialogue

Why Build the Green Party? - Jill Stein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein tells Paul Jay that as a doctor/activist, she realized that the two party political system will not tolerate reform from within

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs - Johann Hari on RAI (2/2)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Hari tells Paul Jay that the conventional understanding of drug addiction is wrong, and alternative drug policy in Portugal and Canada can lead the way

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs - Johann Hari on RAI (1/2)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Hari tells Paul Jay that from the 1914 legislation criminalizing drugs, to the targeting of singer Billie Holiday, to today's "War on Drugs", racism is at the heart of the policy

At the Center of a Storm - Irvin Jim on RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself: Workers must build a united front to implement the Freedom Charter, which includes participating in electoral politics; the workers movement can't just be about marching, says Mr. Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)

At the Center of a Storm - Irvin Jim on RAI (2/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself: Mr. Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa, explains why his union withdrew its support for the governing African National Congress

At the Center of a Storm - Irvin Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on RAI (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Jim tells host Paul Jay about his youth and radicalization in the fight against apartheid. Mr. Jim is now the leader of the largest union in South Africa with 340,000 members, which has recently broken with the ANC and is calling for a return to the principles of the Freedom Charter

The Making of Norman Finkelstein - Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)

Dr. Finkelstein says the BDS movement must take a position on Israel's right to exist as a state

The Making of Norman Finkelstein - Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)

Dr. Finkelstein discusses the "complicated question" of Israel's right to regulate the ethnic balance of the state and Palestinian's right of return

The Making of Norman Finkelstein - Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)

Dr. Finkelstein says there was no way that considerations of his livelihood ever entered into his calculus about whether or not to say something or not say something

The Making of Norman Finkelstein - Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

Dr. Finkelstein says writing the "Holocaust Industry" changed his life, isolating him academically and making him a target - but he felt he had to take on the subject to defend the legacy of his holocaust survivor parents

The Making of Norman Finkelstein - Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Dr. Finkelstein explains why he endures slings and arrows, being isolated and attacked for his critique of Israel

The Making of Norman Finkelstein - Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

Mr. Finkelstein on self-deception and the collapse of his identity

The Making of Norman Finkelstein - Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

Mr. Finkelstein talks about his Holocaust survivor parents and their influence in the formation of his early identity

Is Israel Unfairly Held to a Higher Standard? Norman Finkelstein on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

Norman Finkelstein and Paul Jay discuss a full-page ad in the NYT that says Israel is condemned by liberals for human rights violations while it defends gay rights, and less is said about the persecution of gays by Iran, Hamas and ISIS

Towards a Green Economy: Green Growth or No Growth? - Robert Pollin on RAI (5/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Pollin says no-GDP growth is unrealistic and unnecessary as the way to achieve carbon emission targets - green economists must be advocates of job creation

Towards a Green Economy: Is Clean Coal and Carbon Capture an Option? - Robert Pollin on RAI (4/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Pollin says there's no evidence technology will make fossil fuel clean, and it's more cost effective to achieve energy efficiency and produce alternative energy

Towards a Green Economy: Models That Are Working - Robert Pollin on RAI (3/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Pollin says Germany runs its economy at twice the energy efficiency as the U.S.

Towards a Green Economy: Proposal for a Sustainable Plan - Robert Pollin on RAI (2/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Pollin says a global 1.5% of GDP per year investment in energy efficiency is the first step towards achieving necessary targets - but the fossil fuel industry is against it

Towards a Green Economy: How Urgent is It? - Robert Pollin on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)

Mr. Pollin tells Paul Jay the most likely scenario is that the level of CO2 carbon dioxide emissions are going to be twice the level that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says is necessary to have a chance to stabilize the climate

Video: The Revolution Is Being Televised Pt. 2

by Paul Jay, Resistance is growing, but it's not enough

Video: The Revolution Is Being Televised Pt. 1

Paul Jay: The more you own, the more you are served and protected

Christmas, Charity, and the Revolutionary Jesus

Chris Hedges and Rev. David Bullock discuss the real meaning of Christmas with Paul Jay

Identity and Collective Denial - Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

Ms. Tarachansky says Israel is ripping itself apart and fascism is celebrating in the ruins

Identity and Collective Denial - Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

Ms. Tarachansky talks about her journey from growing up in a settlement to opposition to the Israeli occupation

Identity and Collective Denial - Lia Tarachansky on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

Ms. Tarachansky, TRNN Israel - Palestine correspondent and former Israeli settler, tells Paul Jay about her new documentary film, On the Side of the Road

We Dehumanize Those We Want to Exploit - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (9/10)

Mr. Conway says police are asked by society to control the poor as if they are fighting a war, so anything goes

Capitalism's Stunning Contradiction

Economist Richard Wolff says every capitalist tries to systematically reduce wages and then can't sell what wage workers have produced

Culture of the National Security State - Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)

Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that a culture of fear and obedience has developed so we give consent to Cold War policies, to hot wars, to the complete militarization of society

The Islamophobia of "Homeland" - Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that Muslim characters on Homeland are either terrorists, sympathizers of terrorists, or "good Muslims" which means pro-US

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire - Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)

Dr. Kumar says the roots of Islamophobia are to be found in a conflict between empires and economic interests, not a clash of civilizations

Fighting the Demonization of Muslims - Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)

Dr. Kumar says after 9/11, with the ratcheting up of anti-Muslim racism, she decided she had to do something about it

Islamophobia and a Challenge to Bill Maher - Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that what Bill Maher said is a perfect example of liberal Islamophobia

Gaza Under Siege - Eva Bartlett on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)

Eva Bartlett talks about her experiences living in Gaza

Gaza Under Siege - Eva Bartlett on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)

Eva Bartlett talks about her experiences living in Gaza

Whistle Blowers, Dissenters, and Progressives are the Patriots - Phil Donahue on RAI (3/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Donahue says we are a nation of laws, until we are scared

Corporate Media is Destroying Democracy - Phil Donahue on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

Mr. Donahue says that corporate media doesn't rock the boat, it is the boat

The Radicalization of Phil Donahue - Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

Mr. Donahue says he believed he was blessed, living in the greatest country on earth - but through hosting his show, speaking to people like Chomsky and the Black Panthers, he came to question what he had thought was true

I Refused to be Treated like an Animal - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (8/10)

Mr. Conway says after 44 years in prison, he considered people to be of value and to be respected, and refused to be dehumanized himself

Six Years in Solitary Confinement - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (7/10)

Mr. Conway says prisoners were treated like animals; and because he resisted and organized, he was in lockup twenty three and a half hours a day for six years

The Frame Up - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (6/10)

Mr. Conway tells the story of his arrest and trial, and being "represented" by a lawyer who spent 45 minutes with him before going to trial

An American Fascism - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (5/10)

Mr. Conway says, by targeting the Panthers, the FBI and other state and local agencies were functioning as a national secret police. That was COINTELPRO; it carries on under The Patriot Act.

"The State Targeted the Panthers Because We Were Socialists, Not Because We Were Armed" - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (4/10)

Mr. Conway says the Panthers were also a threat because they recognized the humanity of and worked with all ethnic groups

COINTELPRO, Attack on the Panthers - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (3/10)

Mr. Conway describes the campaign by police agencies to destroy the Black Panthers, and how he joined the Baltimore chapter which he later found out was founded by an agent of the NSA

Moments of Radicalization - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (2/10)

Former Black Panther Eddie Conway says, while serving in the military, it dawned on him that the same army that was aiming its guns at the black community was doing the same thing in Vietnam

44 Years in Prison, Still a Revolutionary - Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (1/10)

Mr. Conway, a former member of the Baltimore Black Panther chapter, says as a child he didn't understand politics, but he did understand oppression

Pillaging the Public Treasury - David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Mr. Johnston says to ordinary Americans: You elected these people, you chose these people who are destroying your families, destroying your life, who are making the lives of your future generations worse off

The Deep State and the Power of Billionaires - David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

Mr. Johnston, a leading investigative journalist, says everybody who gets to make a serious run for president is a Wall Street candidate; weakening the estate tax is one way billionaires defend their power and fortunes

LAPD Infiltrators and Agents Provocateurs Targeted Leftists and Panthers - David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Johnston says the LA Times shut down a major investigation into the widespread use of agents to undermine peaceful and legal opposition groups from the '60s to '80s

Taking from the Many to Give to the Few - David Cay Johnston on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

Mr. Johnston, a renowned investigative journalist, says he used to believe if you worked hard you would prosper, but now, there is a completely different environment

"I Can't Breathe" - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (6/6)

Mr. Horne says these words are this enormous metaphor for the black condition in North America stretching back centuries, the suffocation, the cry of despair, the cry of horror

Abolition of Slavery was Not a Fight Against Racism - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (5/6)

Mr. Horne says the Civil War liberated enslaved Africans, but then led directly into the construction of the Jim Crow apartheid regime

White Unity and American Propaganda History - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (4/6)

Mr. Horne says American slave owning settlers needed to create a bond between all white immigrants to create a force to suppress slave rebellions

The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (3/6)

On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Horne says that the defense of massive profits from the slave trade and fear of slave rebellions was an important impetus for the American Revolution

The Black Scare and the Democratic Party - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (2/6)

Mr. Horne says the Democrats are heavily dependent upon black votes, but afraid of defending their interests out of fear of alienating cross-class racism deeply entrenched in American history

The Price of NAACP Compromise Was Too High - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (1/6)

Mr. Horne, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776, says it was a turning point in the history of black America when the NAACP succumbed to the pressures of the Cold War - the effects of which are still felt today

Nixon Never Should Have Been President - Burt Wides on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)

Paul Jay and Burt Wides discuss how candidate Nixon illegally sabotaged peace talks with the North Vietnamese, but President Johnson, who considered him a traitor for doing so, covered it up - Burt Wides on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)

Systemic Corruption and 40 Years Since Nixon Resigned - Burt Wides on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)

Mr. Wides tells Paul Jay the Watergate scandal exposed a pattern of a White House above the law and paved the way to exposure of CIA assassinations plots and illegal actions

Can Geo-Engineering Save the Planet? - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

Mr. Williams asks if we can trust such an unpredictable massive change to the earth's ecosystem when the driving force is profit

Fracking Success Shut Down US Climate Change Policy - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)

Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that the fabulous profits made from fracking oil and gas took climate change off Obama agenda, and while coal emissions may be down in the US, coal exports have grown exponentially

Wall Street to Planet Earth - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)

Mr. Williams tells Paul Jay that to face up to the science of climate change, coal and oil conglomerates worth trillions of dollars have to keep their fossil fuels in the ground - something capitalism can't allow

Climate Change and Waiting for Bruce Willis - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

Mr. Williams says capitalism is not capable of facing up to the climate change crisis - and because there won't be a hero that appears to save the day, it's up to us to make the change

Capitalism Will Hit the Wall Again, Hard - Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (5/5)

Mr. Flassbeck says people must get politically engaged and find an alternative or we will face dictatorship because today's capitalism is out of answers

The Necessity for Higher Wages - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

Mr. Flassbeck, former head of UNCTAD, says we're going into the Japanese scenario, a stagnation with a kind of deflation because we have no purchasing power in the hands of the mass of the consumers

The US Dollar and the Search for a "Reasonable" Capitalist - Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (3/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Flassbeck says the stock market bubble can burst at any moment because everybody knows there is no real growth behind it; then we are really in trouble as the whole effect of stabilization will disappear in one moment

Racing to a Dead End - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)

Mr. Flassbeck, former head of UNCTAD, says current economic policy is heading back to the 1930s, a race to the bottom, they have no solution at all, we will end up again in trade wars or other wars

Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

Mr. Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, discusses growing up in a US dominated Germany and his opposition to the birth of neoliberal economics

'We the People' Force Confronts Democratic Party Leadership in '64 - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (9/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Moses recounts the story of challenging the racist Dixiecrats at the '64 Democratic Convention; says what's needed now is black and white workers to create a 'We the People' force to challenge the elites in both parties

An Occupier's Peace or a Just Peace - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Mr. Hever says the occupiers always want peace - a peace that strengthens the status quo

The Constitutional People and Slavery by Another Name - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (8/9)

Mr. Moses says mass incarceration helped build the American steel industry, and while there has been progress, there is still slavery by another name

Israel, World Capital of Homeland Security Industries - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

Mr. Hever says Israel sells weapons and equipment of repression to countries with extreme inequality

An Earned Insurgency - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (7/9)

Mr. Moses says the only way to earn the trust of the people was to get knocked down and get right back up

Fear and Loathing in Israel - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

Mr. Hever says in colonial conditions the master fears and hates the servants who might rise up and demand their rights

Growing Up Privileged in Apartheid, Colonial Israel - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

Mr. Hever says he became politically active after the Second Intifada was repressed with extreme violence by the Israeli military and police

Fannie Lou Hamer and the Racist Dixiecrats - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (6/9)

Mr. Moses describes how in 1874 the white racist Democratic Party violently overthrew the Governor of Mississippi (who had been elected by a mostly black Republican Party), and how these Dixiecrats became a wing of the national Democratic Party right up to 1964, when the Mississippi Freedom Democrats ended their reign

'We the People' Force Confronts Democratic Party Leadership in '64 - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (9/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Moses recounts the story of challenging the racist Dixiecrats at the '64 Democratic Convention; says what's needed now is black and white workers to create a 'We the People' force to challenge the elites in both parties

The Road to Freedom Summer - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/9)

Mr. Moses says one of the main ways we get to Freedom Summer is the assassination of Medgar Evers

Founding SNCC and Taking on Mississippi - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (4/9)

Mr. Moses traces the events that led him to take up a leading role in Freedom Summer

The Constitutional People and Slavery by Another Name - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (8/9)

Mr. Moses says mass incarceration helped build the American steel industry, and while there has been progress, there is still slavery by another name

The Respectable Face of Terror - Robert Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (3/9)

Mr. Moses says America from 1875 down to the civil rights movement, was slavery by another name

An Earned Insurgency - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (7/9)

Mr. Moses says the only way to earn the trust of the people was to get knocked down and get right back up

Patriotism and Lynching - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (2/9)

Mr. Moses describes growing up in post World War Two, cold war America

Fannie Lou Hamer and the Racist Dixiecrats - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (6/9)

Mr. Moses describes how in 1874 the white racist Democratic Party violently overthrew the Governor of Mississippi (who had been elected by a mostly black Republican Party), and how these Dixiecrats became a wing of the national Democratic Party right up to 1964, when the Mississippi Freedom Democrats ended their reign

The Mississippi Freedom Summer - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (1/9)

Mr. Moses, educator and civil rights leader, begins his story from growing up in Harlem to becoming a main organizer of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project that helped register black voters in the Deep South

The Road to Freedom Summer - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/9)

Mr. Moses says one of the main ways we get to Freedom Summer is the assassination of Medgar Evers

Founding SNCC and Taking on Mississippi - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (4/9)

Mr. Moses traces the events that led him to take up a leading role in Freedom Summer

An Occupier's Peace or a Just Peace - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Mr. Hever says the occupiers always want peace - a peace that strengthens the status quo

The Respectable Face of Terror - Robert Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (3/9)

Mr. Moses says America from 1875 down to the civil rights movement, was slavery by another name

Israel, World Capital of Homeland Security Industries - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

Mr. Hever says Israel sells weapons and equipment of repression to countries with extreme inequality

Patriotism and Lynching - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (2/9)

Mr. Moses describes growing up in post World War Two, cold war America

Fear and Loathing in Israel - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

Mr. Hever says in colonial conditions the master fears and hates the servants who might rise up and demand their rights

The Mississippi Freedom Summer - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (1/9)

Mr. Moses, educator and civil rights leader, begins his story from growing up in Harlem to becoming a main organizer of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project that helped register black voters in the Deep South

Growing Up Privileged in Apartheid, Colonial Israel - Shir Hever on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

Mr. Hever says he became politically active after the Second Intifada was repressed with extreme violence by the Israeli military and police

Ugly Money Politics - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)

Mr. Johnson says politicians dependent on campaign contributions from the wealthy are allowing finance to bankrupt Detroit and cities across the country

Has Capitalism Lost the Ability to Reform Itself? - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)

Capitalism is not rebalancing; the yearnings and desires of large portions of society are not being responded to

A Civilized Critic of Savage Behavior - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)

Mr. Johnson says the compulsive pressure of money in politics has led to an abandonment of rules other than rules which transfer risk onto the back of the public

Heads, Finance Wins, Tails, Society Loses - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

Mr. Johnson says TARP was an abomination; finance controls government and uses it to cover its losses

How We Broke the Bank of England - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)

Mr. Johnson says, "I used to tell my dad, if I'm fortunate enough to see St. Peter and get through the gate, I'm not going to get in because I helped knock off the British pound"

Finance Is Building the Architecture of Their Own Rules - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Johnson says the scale of the political investment of finance - six, seven hundred million dollars - is overwhelming. With the political power of finance, do we still have a democracy?

Reaganomics Was Crazy - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)

Mr. Johnson says the idea that you were going to cut taxes massively and this was going to lead to a growth in revenue and close the deficit was silly

Growing Up in the Cauldron of 1960's Detroit - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)

Mr. Johnson, who while working with George Soros "broke the Bank of England", talks about growing up in the turmoil of racial tension and the mass movement against the Vietnam War

Confronting Financialization on Steroids - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)

Mr. Lapavitsas says we must deeply reverse financialization and take on private ownership of banking and other critical sectors

Financialization and the Collapse of European Social Democracy - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says Greece will face the choice between socialism or fascism

40% of Profits Buys A Lot of Politicians - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)

Mr. Lapavitsas says that during the financial crisis the power of the state was mobilized to save finance

Is Financialization Necessary for a Modern Economy? - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says modern capitalism requires financialization, but productive growth in the interests of the majority of people does not

The Financialization of Big Business - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)

Mr. Lapavitsas says that capitalists have learned how to make huge profits without producing anything useful

The Rise of the Big Banks - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)

Mr. Lapavitsas says that large-scale industrialization created the need for massive amounts of capital and big banks, a process that developed an aggressive global capitalism

After the Fall of the Dictatorship, I Knew Political Economy was the Key - Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says his politics were further formed in the upsurge of the Greek Left after military rule fell, and it led him to the study of economics in London

Growing Up in the Greek Police State - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)

Mr. Lapavitsas, author of 'How Finance Exploits Us All', traces his own political development, coming of age during the Greek dictatorship

Justice Requires an End to Israeli Jewish Supremacy Over Palestinians - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Abunimah says that justice in Palestine does not require Israeli Jews giving up any legitimate rights, but they must give up the "right" to supremacy

Class Struggle in Palestine - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

Mr. Abunimah says there's conspicuous consumption in Palestine but the reality for the vast majority in the West Bank and Gaza is increasing poverty

Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State? - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)

Mr. Abunimah says no state exists as an absolute right, but there is a people's right to self-determination

Palestinians Can Learn from the African-American Struggle - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says that Palestinians need to know that even in a country with formal legal equality, the reality can mean mass incarceration, economic inequality and racism

Awakened by the Palestinian Intifada - Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

Mr. Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says after the Israeli 2006 invasion of Lebanon and the 2008 attack on Gaza, he knew what he had to do

If We Remain Predators, the Planet Will Cast Us Off - Lawrence Wilkerson on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

Col. Wilkerson says the United States and China must stop the arms buildup and solve the climate change crisis or humans may not have a future on this planet

Who Makes US Foreign Policy - Lawrence Wilkerson on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

Colonel Wilkerson says while an Iran deal is in US strategic interests, it could still be derailed by Congress, the neocons and Hillary Clinton

Who Makes US Foreign Policy? - Lawrence Wilkerson on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson says US foreign policy is made by the oligarchs

What to Do Next About Global Warming? - Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)

Mr. Robock says coal burning must end now and fracking is not a good transitional form of energy production

Nuclear Winter - Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

Mr. Robock says a full-scale nuclear war between the United States and Russia would produce so much smoke that temperatures would get below freezing even in the summertime, crops would die and there would be no food for the entire planet.

Answering Counter Climate Claims - Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)

Mr. Robock takes on many of the arguments against the thesis that CO2 produced by industrial society is the main contributor to global warming

No CO2 Eureka Moment, Just Years of Statistical Analysis -- Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Robock says his initial work led him to investigate the role of volcanoes in global warming, but years of reports convinced him that CO2 is the most likely cause

Global Warming Theory Based on Evidence, Not Belief - Alan Robock on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Robock tells Paul Jay he's a skeptic who tries to be critical and then makes conclusions based on the evidence

The Modern History of Venezuela and Popular Democracy - Edgardo Lander on RAI (9/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander assesses Chavez's attempt to establish a participatory democracy that changed the structure of power and decision making

The Modern History of Venezuela, The Protests and Democracy - Edgardo Lander on RAI (8/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander says while there are problems with the democratic process in Venezuela, the current protests are anti-democratic attempts to bring down an elected government

The Modern History of Venezuela, Why Still So Much Crime? - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (7/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander analyzes why the Chavez and Maduro governments have so far been unable to reduce the high rates of murder and violent crime

The Modern History of Venezuela and the Need for a Post-Oil Economy - Edgardo Lander on RAI (6/9)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lander says to strengthen democracy, develop food sovereignty and help save the planet, Venezuela must develop a plan to transition away from an extractive economy

The Modern History of Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (5/9)

Mr. Lander discusses the achievements and failures of the revolution led by President Hugo Chavez

The Beginning of the Chavez Era - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (4/9)

Mr. Lander, with host Paul Jay, traces the events that set the stage for the Bolivarian Revolution and the Chavez era of Venezuela

The Modern History of Venezuela from 1973 to the Caracazo Massacre - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (3/9)

Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from the rise of neo-liberal capitalism to the suppression and slaughter of protesters against it

The Modern History of Venezuela from 1908 to 1973 - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (2/9)

Mr. Lander traces the history of Venezuela from dictatorship to attempts at democratic governments and back

From Exile to Radicalization in Venezuela - Edgardo Lander on Reality Asserts Itself (1/9)

Mr. Lander tells Paul Jay that in '98, when he saw the whole of the establishment getting together to defeat Chavez, he voted for him even though he had a lot of reasons not to like him

We Need to Harness People Power - Andy Shallal on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Mr. Shallal says at the local level is where you can make a change. It's very hard to expect change on the national level.

DC School Test Scores Up, But Poor Black Kids Are Doing Worse - Andy Shallal on RAI (3/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Shallal says we went from No Child Left Behind under the Bush era to no kid left untested, then to no teacher left unstressed, and our schools are still doing very poorly

An American Should be One that Questions Their Government - Andy Shallal on RAI (2/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Shallal tells Paul Jay how speaking out against war led to his passion about schools

Being the "Other" in America - Andy Shallal on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

Mr. Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets restaurants and candidate for DC mayor, tells Paul Jay that after coming to America as a child, the shocking death of MLK led him to discover how much race permeates everything

Why Didn't Bush/Cheney Attack Iran and Can Obama Make and Sell a Deal? - Gareth Porter on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that the American security state was and is against war with Iran, but if Obama doesn't break with the false narrative about Iran's nuclear program, he may not be able to sell a deal

Manufacturing a Narrative for War - Gareth Porter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay about his new book "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare"

I Grew Up Believing in Time Magazine's Version of America - Gareth Porter on RAI (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Porter tells Paul Jay that by the end of the Vietnam War, he understood the US government and military could do terrible things

Moving Towards a Police State - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (7/7)

Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that he warned of a growing police state a month after 9/11, as constitutional rights continue to evaporate in the name of national security

Fighting Reagan's Secret, Illegal Wars - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (6/7)

Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that Reagan ushered in a period of murderous suppression of opposition to US hegemony in Latin and Central America

Puerto Rican Independence Movement and Cuba Further Radicalized Me - Michael Ratner on RAI (5/7)

Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that in the 70's, the thrust for a more radical movement in New York was led by the fight for Puerto Rican independence

The Butcher of Attica - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (4/7)

Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay that Gov. Rockefeller ordered the 1971 massacre of rebelling black prisoners to send a message throughout the US prison system

MLK and a Radicalizing Moment in American History - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (3/7)

Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay how the message and death of Dr. King, the army occupation of Baltimore and the police attack on the Colombia U. protest profoundly shaped the rest of his life

From a Zionist Youth to Outspoken Critic of a Jewish State - Michael Ratner on RAI (2/7)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Ratner tells Paul Jay of his journey - from seeing Israel as an extension of his Jewish identity to realizing Israel was a settler, colonial state

The Vietnam War was a Seminal Event for Me - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (1/7)

Mr. Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, tells Paul Jay that the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War transformed him from a "good liberal kid" into an activist questioning the role of America in the world

The Movement is in Silos - Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay that when it comes to integrating foreign policy issues in broad united fronts, Democratic Party allied unions try to block it

Obama Sucked the Steam Out of the Anti-War Movement - Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

Ms. Benjamin talks with Paul Jay about the founding of Code Pink and the need for a movement independent of the Democratic Party

An Apology From Fidel - Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay about her love/hate relationship with Cuba

I Was Born a Rebel - Code Pink Co-Founder Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay her story, from suburban Long Island to a life of activism

Danger of Global Recession After 30 Years of Neoliberal Counterrevolution - Flassbeck (3/3)

Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the pressure for even lower wages, the crisis in emerging markets and deflation in Europe means a slide into global recession is possible

Finance is Super Rational about Profits, Irrational about Global Economy - Flassbeck (2/3)

Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the "market" is good for making high profits from international exchange rates; the only rational solution for a healthy economy is take exchange rates away from the market

Krugman is Wrong About the Market and Hot Money - Flassbeck (1/3)

As "hot money" wreaks havoc around the globe, Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says economist Paul Krugman continues to have faith in the market to establish exchange rates

What Would You Do If You Had Political Power? - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay there are existing models that point to what a new economy and politics might look like

The Promise and Limitations of Worker Co-ops - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that the experience of Spain's Mondragon, the world's largest workers' co-op, shows that workers' ownership can go to scale, but on their own co-ops will not transform society or the economy

Capitalism in Long Term Stagnation and Decay - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that if you concentrate wealth at the top, there's not enough purchasing power to make the rest of the system work

Nuclear Attack on Japan was Opposed by American Military Leadership - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)

Mr. Alperovitz tells Paul Jay that President Truman used the A-bomb to make a "diplomatic" point to the Soviet Union, not out of military necessity

Understanding the Imperialist System Changed My Life - Gar Alperovitz on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)

Mr. Alperovitz tells TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay, that the Vietnam War made it clear there was no way to a more rational capitalism and there had to be fundamental change

MLK and Black Identity - Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

Baltimore activist Dayvon Love discusses King's concept of the importance a developing a black identity that people can use to organize independent institutions

King's Teachings on US Imperialism Opened My Eyes to Radical Thought - Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

Young Baltimore activist Dayvon Love tells Paul Jay how MLK's teaching that American blacks must be anti-imperialist, changed his life.

Are the Saudi's Fueling a Sunni-Shia War? - Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)

Toby Jones, a Prof. at Rutgers University specializing in Middle East history, tells Paul Jay the Saudis are committed to victory in their rivalry with Iran and use money and sectarian ideology to achieve their geo-political interests

Al Qaeda and the Saudi Agenda - Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)

Toby Jones tells Paul Jay that the Saudis use of terrorism is driven by a fear of democracy and a desire to be the regional and oil hegemon

Hedges and Binney on Obama NSA guidelines - Reality Asserts Itself Pt.1

Chris Hedges and NSA whistle-blower William Binney tell Paul Jay that there should be accountability, including the President himself, for the criminal practices used by the NSA against the American people

What Would You Do If You Ran Baltimore Housing Policy? - Marisela Gomez on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that redevelopment in Baltimore must start with revitalizing the community, not to gentrify and raise real-estate values, but for the benefit of people who historically lived there

Gentrification of Baltimore's Middle East - Marisela Gomez on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

Hopkins trained doctor Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that Johns Hopkins expansion plans are changing the class and racial character of the surrounding community

The Destruction of Baltimore's Middle East Community - Marisela Gomez on RAI (2/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that Johns Hopkins "broken windows" policy and Baltimore's use of eminent domain law helped destroy a once vibrant community

Hopkins Trained Doctor Fights Hopkins Expansion Plans in Baltimore - Marisela Gomez on RAI (1/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Marisela Gomez, a doctor and community activist, says one can't arrive in the Hopkins community and not see the huge disparity between this institution, and surrounding it a community that's been completely disinvested and abandoned

On Florida in 2000 and What to Do Next - Ralph Nader on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

Ralph Nader and Paul Jay discuss Ralph's decision to stay in the Florida race and what an electoral strategy could be now

Are Nader-Like Reforms Still Possible? - Ralph Nader on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

On RAI with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says the reforms of the 1960's and 70's are no longer possible as Congress is bought and sold by a small number of very rich people and commercial interests

McCarthyism Made Us Veer Away From a Systemic Doctrine for Change - Ralph Nader on RAI (1/3)

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says McCarthy's reign of terror made people seek empirical change, like seeking legislative reforms to make safer cars, to avoid being associated with socialism

Lies and War - David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)

On RAI with Paul Jay, David Swanson, author of "War is a Lie", talks about becoming a full time activist for peace

What Drives War? - David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)

On RAI, Paul Jay and David Swanson discuss the culture and economics of war

Are There Just Wars? - David Swanson on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)

On RAI with Paul Jay, David Swanson says that nonviolent campaigns have been more successful than campaigns of violence

One State or Two, Solution Must be Based on Palestinian Rights - Phyllis Bennis on RAI (4/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Phyllis Bennis examines proposals to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict

Syria's Six Wars and Humanitarian Catastrophe - Phyllis Bennis on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

On RAI with Paul Jay, Phyllis Bennis examines the coming Geneva conference on Syria and the unwillingness of the West to deal with the humanitarian crisis

Fmr. Israeli Intel. Chief Says Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Greater Risk than Nuclear Iran - Phyllis Bennis on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Phyllis Bennis examines the Israeli debate about Iran and Palestine, and the complex changes taking place in Middle East politics

Vietnam War Created Middle East Activist - Phyllis Bennis on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

On RAI with Paul Jay, Phyllis Bennis traces her development from active Zionist youth to whom Jewish identity meant support for Israel, to a leading American anti-Zionist writer and analyst

The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

On RAI with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms

The 9/11 Conspiracy: Did Bush/Cheney Create a Culture of Not Wanting to Know? - Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt4

On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says there was a pervasive pattern in police and intelligence agencies: "You don't have everybody moving in the same direction without there being a head coach somewhere who was giving them instructions as to where he wants them to move"

Why Would Saudi Arabia Support the 9/11 Conspirators, Why Would the US Gov. Cover it Up? - Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says the Saudis had a high certainty that the US government would not reveal their role and would take out its vengeance on some place else

Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance - Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

Paul Jay asks Senator Graham if a culture of "not wanting to know" was created to prevent the conspiracy from being uncovered and to protect the role of the Saudi government

Investigating the Saudi Government's 9/11 Connection and the Path to Disillusionment - Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt 1

On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham explains why he persists in making the case that facts directly connect the Saudi government with 9/11 conspirators

Vietnam and the Legacy of the JFK Presidency - Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)

On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and historian Peter Kuznick discuss whether or not JFK intended to withdraw from Vietnam before his assassination

Ford: "The Kennedy Brothers Thought the Civil Rights Movement Was a Nuisance at Best" pt1

On this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Glen Ford discusses the JFK presidency and its relative indifference towards the black freedom struggle

Will Cuban Reforms Create More Inequality? - James Early on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, James Early who has visited Cuba more than thirty times says what's needed is more citizen participation and less centralization but Cuba is not headed towards the Chinese capitalist model

Obama and the "Post Racial Society" - James Early on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, James Early says the economic indices of the black community are worse at the mass level than they were before Obama became president

"Liberty and Justice for Some People" James Early on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

In this series of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, James Early talks about American identity and growing up African-American facing the deep racism of the South

Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

On RAI with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says that while people are disgusted with the centers of power, unless there is a constructive alternative, any eruption will be nihilistic and could be fascist

Hegemony Abroad Requires a Security State at Home - Ray McGovern on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

In this segment of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discuss the relationship between seeking to be the world's single superpower and the resulting blowback and need to suppress dissent at home

Ex-CIA Analyst on Snowden and Calling Journalists Terrorists - Ray McGovern on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Ray McGovern comments on the British Gov. calling journalist Glen Greenwald's partner a terrorist and on awarding Edward Snowden the Sam Adams award

Racism, Occupier and the Occupied - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt5

In the final episode of this Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal responds to critics who say he has not dealt with the effect of terrorist attacks and anti-Jewish propaganda in the Arab world in strengthening racist and apartheid opinion in Israel

Architect of Apartheid in Israel: "If we don't kill, we will cease to exist" - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt4

In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal looks at Arnon Sofer, one of Israel's most important strategic thinkers, who developed plans to defend Jewish demographics

Netanyahu's Greater Israel Based on Expulsion and Annexation - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath - Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, looks at PM Netanyahu's strategy of ethnic cleansing and negotiations without end

Ethnic Cleansing and the Israeli "Center " - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal author of Goliath - Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, looks at Tzipi Livni who's support for expelling Israeli Palestinians even surprised Condoleezza Rice

Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, author Max Blumenthal discusses his new book and traces the rise of Avigdor Lieberman and current policies of ethnic cleansing in Israel

Black Nationalism and the Peoples' Movement - Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford addresses the question whether black Americans constitute a nation, and if so, what is their role in the movement of the whole people

Giving Grassroots Leaders a Voice - Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Exec. Editor of Black Agenda Report, talks about helping create black radio news. He says that news media creates leaders by deciding what events are important and who is authorized to speak on the importance of those events

Growing Up Black in American Apartheid - Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, tells his story as a red-diaper baby, growing up facing racism in the North living with his white activist mother, and living in the Deep South with his black deejay father

Does American Might Prevent Global Chaos? - Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

In the final episode of this series of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, historian Peter Kuznick analyzes the core idea of American exceptionalism, that US military power creates world order

American Exceptionalism: Doing Bad Things for "Good Reasons" - Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, historian Peter Kuznick says beneath the veneer of America's commitment to democracy is this hard-nose policy which says: how are we going to keep 50 percent of the world's wealth - and it's not by idealism

Obama Embraces American Exceptionalism - Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, historian Peter Kuznick analyzes Obama's claim of an enlightened US foreign policy

American Exceptionalism and US Imperialism - Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Prof. Peter Kuznick, historian and co-author with Oliver Stone of the Untold History of The United States, looks at the ideas that justify American conquest and empire

Why Autoworkers Care About Climate Change - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt4

In the final segment of this Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Frank Hammer says all workers should face up to the dangers of climate change and insist that we move toward a green economy

Young Autoworkers Ask Older Workers, "What Happened"- Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself Frank Hammer discusses the pressures on Detroit auto workers' wages that came from the American and global south.

The Fight Against UAW Leadership and GM - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

In this episode Frank Hammer tells Paul Jay about being inspired by the national liberation movements and the struggle against concessions as a response to the outsourcing of jobs

Why I Became a Working Class Organizer - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, retired UAW Local President Frank Hammer tells the story of his radicalization in the movement against the Vietnam War and turning his back on a professional career to take up working class activism

The Survival of the Palestinian People is Itself a Form of Resistance - Rania Masri on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

In this last segment of Reality Asserts Itself with Rania Masri, Paul Jay asks why she considers Israel the "enemy" state; the one state solution; and the possibility of a new political leadership amongst the Palestinians

Opposing Intervention in Syria Without Apologizing for a Dictatorship - Rania Masri on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

In part two of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Rania Masri discuss the charge that opposing foreign intervention is support for Assad; the idea that Assad is "anti-imperialist"; and the role of violence in fighting dictatorship

Rania Masri on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

Paul Jay talks to peace activist and environmentalist Rania Masri about her journey - from Bahrain to North Carolina, from scientist to global activist

Israel, Anti-Semitism, and Negotiations Without End - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt4

In Pt 4/4 of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Max Blumenthal discuss whether some criticism of Israel is racist and analyze the recent peace talks to nowhere

Something Snapped when Israel Attacked Gaza - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

In Pt 3 of 4 of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Max Blumenthal talks about the affect on him of Israel's attack on Gaza and his break with American liberalism

US Foreign Policy: Moral Hazards and Absolute Evil - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

In Pt 2 of 4 of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Max Blumenthal discuss US foreign policy from Bush to Obama and the concept that in "defense of civilization", every crime is acceptable

Why are Egyptian Liberals Celebrating a Massacre? - Max Blumenthal on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

Pt 1 of 4. In a new episode of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Max Blumenthal discuss how the Egyptian military has manipulated the revolution and the Muslim Brotherhood to reestablish a dictatorship by the generals

International Law and "The Responsibility to Protect" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)

In the final segment of Paul Jay's interview with Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself, the subject is the undermining of international law and military interventions in the name of human rights.

Chelsea Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)

In this segment of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the Chelsea Manning case in light of the 68th anniversary of signing the Nuremberg Charter which states it is illegal to follow orders to commit a war crime

Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is "Off the Table" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)

In part two of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss the limits imposed on questioning the roots of inequality and how those who own the majority of property set the terms for everyone else

Marx and Tolstoy Helped Me See the Limits of Liberalism - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)

On the first episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Vijay Prashad talks about growing up in India and coming to the realization that liberalism could never eliminate poverty

Marx and Tolstoy Helped Me See the Limits of Liberalism - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

On the second episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Vijay Prashad talks about growing up in India and coming to the realization that liberalism could never eliminate poverty

Chris Hedges Answers Questions from Viewers - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt7

Pt 7 of 7. On the final episode of Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges answers questions like: "Do you believe the US or Israel will attack Iran?" and "Is there any hope for Bradley Manning?"

As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in the Mainstream - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt6

Pt 6 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says an effective movement that defies power will have to be disciplined and articulate what a vision of socialism might look like

The Liberal Elite has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt5

Pt 5 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says The Democratic Party used to watch out for the interests of labor and even for the poor. But that all changed under Bill Clinton. Although Clinton, like Obama, continues to speak in that feel-your-pain language of traditional liberalism, they've completely betrayed the very people that they purport to represent and defend.

"America is a Tinderbox" - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt4

Pt 4 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the American Left bears responsibility for the weakness of the mass movement; Hedges says the gravest mistake of the left is not articulating a viable vision of socialism

We Must Grasp Reality to Build Effective Resistance - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt3

Pt 3 of 7. In the continuation of Paul Jay's Reality Asserts Itself interview with Chris Hedges, they discuss the fantasy that we can have everything we want and the reality of the grave dangers facing us

Journalism Should Be About Truth, Not Career - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt2

Pt 2 of 7. On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges tells Paul Jay about his criticism of the Iraq War and the events that led to him leaving the New York Times - "great reporters care about truth more than they do about news"

Urban Poverty in America Made Me Question Everything - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself pt1

Pt 1 of 7. Launching a new show "Reality Asserts Itself", Paul Jay interviews author, journalist and activist Chris Hedges about the formative experiences that shaped his world view


Commentary by Paul Jay

Wisconsin's Billionaires Make a Sacrifice?
Paul Jay: Here's an alternative "something has to give" plan for Wisconsin

Is "Democracy" a Western Construct?
An excerpt from the Live Real News Chat with Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network.

Why Does AIPAC Have So Much Power?
An excerpt from the Live Real News Chat with Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network.

Why Don't Americans Hear the Palestinian Voice?
An excerpt from the Live Real News Chat with Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network.

Why Do You "Attack" Putin?
An excerpt from the Live Real News Chat with Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network.

NATO and the Libyan People are Not One
TRNN Replay - Paul Jay: We should oppose imperialist "humanitarian" interventions and dictatorships

Denying Civil Rights is a Crime
TRNN Replay: Paul Jay on austerity, mass protests and mass arrests

Exclusive G-20 Report Coming
Paul Jay on TRNN interview with Ontario Ombudsman and other reports on G-20 anniversary

Wisconsin's Billionaires Make a Sacrifice?
Paul Jay: Here's an alternative "something has to give" plan for Wisconsin

Toronto G-20: Will Police be Held Accountable After Scathing Ombudsman's Report?
TRNN Replay: Paul Jay: If use of "martial law" was illegal, are most arrests at G-20 also illegal?

The Tucson Shooting, Civility And The New Class War Zone
Paul Jay: Instead of using 'civility' to cover up reality, how about a people's civility intended to reveal it

How Dems Allowed the Tea Party to Rebrand the GOP
TRNN Replay (first published days before the 2010 elections) - Paul Jay: Top six ways Obama and the Democratic Party allowed a resurgence of the Republicans

WHO GAVE THE G-20 COMMANDER HIS COMMANDS?
Paul Jay: Was the prime minister the hidden hand behind the G-20 fiasco in Toronto?

THE MISSING WORDS AT THE G-20
Paul Jay on the G-20 declaration - an absurd plan for the global economic crisis

TORONTO G-20 - THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
Paul Jay: Are extraordinary police powers and cuts to social safety net the G-20 plan for the future?

The Heart of Journalistic Mythology
Paul Jay Speaks at The Labour College of Canada

Health-care wars
From pro-single payer to anti-government plans, a report from a town hall in Virginia with Howard Dean

Single-payer advocates protest Senate hearing
Chair of Finance Committee takes single-payer plan off the table and calls for "more police"

The Real News Featured on PBS Foreign Exchange
TRNN REPLAY AUGUST 2008 - Paul Jay is interviewed by Daljit Dhaliwal, host of PBS Foreign Exchange

THE CRISIS WILL DEEPEN, WE NEED REAL NEWS
TRNN REPLAY:Paul Jay of The Real News speaks at the Von Krahl Academy, Estonia in November 2008

 


Articles

 

Letter to Gilad Aztmon
  October 3, 14

In Defense of Helen Thomas - On apologizing to apologists
This is a reprint of an article Paul Jay wrote at the time of Helen Thomas's forced resignation

Gore Redux
  October 3, 14

Wisconsin's Billionaires Make a Sacrifice?
Paul Jay: Here's an alternative "something has to give" plan for Wisconsin  February 24, 2011

"Martial Law" G20 Charge Disappears
It appears government doesn't want to test Public Works Protection Act in court.

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