With the latest addition to his Hidden History Series, veteran author, journalist, Thom Hartmann, returns to discuss THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF BIG BROTHER IN AMERICA: HOW THE DEATH OF PRIVACY AND THE RISE OF SURVEILLANCE THREATEN US AND OUR DEMOCRACY. It was just published by Barrett-Koehler on international women’s day, March 8, 2022.

He explores how the government and corporate America misuse our personal data and shows how we can reclaim our privacy. Thom Hartmann documents exactly how the government and corporations are tracking our every online move and using our data to buy elections, employ social control, and monetize our lives. Thom Hartmann traces the history of surveillance and social control, looking back to how Big Brother invented whiteness to keep order, and how surveillance began to be employed as a way to modify behavior. As he writes, “The goal of those who violate privacy and use surveillance is almost always social control and behavior modification.”

Along with covering the history, he shows how we got to where we are today, how China — with its new Social Credit System — serves as a warning, and how we can and must avoid a similarly dystopian future. By delving into the constitutional right to privacy, Hartmann reminds us of our civil right and shows how we can restore it.

And particularly now, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, cyberwarfare is a factor, whether control of information or disruption of infrastructure. We spoke with Thom Hartmann on March 9, 2020 via Skype.

We end this edition of Forthright Radio, mindful of the suffering of the Ukrainian people enduring the crimes against humanity at the hands of Russian military forces at the behest of Vladimir Putin. First, Russians unplugged live – with Sting introducing his live performance. This is followed by Ukrainian poet/composer, Valentin Silvestrov’s, Prayer for Ukraine performed by the Kyiv Chamber Choir in 2014 as part of the Maidan Cycle. And finally, a little girl, Amelia, singing “Let It Go” in Ukrainian while sheltering in a crowded basement under Russian Bombardment.

Prayer for Ukraine

Links to articles/videos/films pertinent to this edition of Forthright Radio:

With Roe Under Threat, Sale of Location Data on Abortion Clinic Patients Raises Alarm

Valentin Silvestrov: Prayer for Ukraine

Little girl singing “Let it go” in a shelter in Kyiv

Violinists Across the World Play for Ukraine
Russians unplugged live – Sting 2022


Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Mr. Jones

Evgeny Maslin, Russia General Who Secured Nuclear Arsenal, Dies at 84

‘We are not ready’: a cyber expert on US vulnerability to a Russian attack

As the Fourth Great Turning Unwinds, Ukraine has become the George Floyd of the World

‘We Are the First in the World to Introduce This New Warfare’: Ukraine’s Digital Battle Against Russia

Can the World Learn from the Failure of the Budapest Accords?

Investigation Shows Police Are Still Secretly Surveilling Minnesota Activists

Exposed: The Trump, Putin & Saudi Connection to High Gas Prices

Social media turn on Putin, the past master

I’ve Dealt With Foreign Cyberattacks. America Isn’t Ready for What’s Coming

How Can America Avoid the Bloodshed & Chaos of Civil War?

This is how we defeat Putin and other petrostate autocrats

Ukraine Again Shows Why Decentralized Energy is Essential

Russia’s War Crime in Targeting Nuclear Plant Makes Clear the Urgency for Renewable Energy

Santa Claus Is About To Drop a Bomb On Biden

Past Forthright Radio Interviews with Thom Hartmann:

Thom Hartmann – The Hidden History of American Healthcare: Why Sickness Bankrupts You & Makes Others Insanely Rich

Thom Hartmann The Hidden History of American Oligarchy: Reclaiming Our Democracy from the Ruling Class

Thom Hartmann MONOPOLIES: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream

Thom Hartmann: The War on Voting & Jane Kleeb: Harvest the Vote

Thom Hartmann The Hidden History of the Supreme Court + The Hidden History of Guns & the 2nd Amendment