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Nate Gowdy INSURRECTION

Seattle photographer, Nate Gowdy, has documented over 340 political events and protests across 25 states. He flew from GA to Washington, D.C. the night before January 6, 2021 to cover the much publicized so-called “Stop the Steal” Rally on the Ellipse.

He was about a mile away and heading to that rally along the national mall, when a couple of hundred Proud Boys marched toward him and the US Capitol from the Rally at 10:45am – hours before Trump was scheduled to speak. Having photographed many political events and demonstrations, he recognized some of them, and made the decision to turn and follow them, soon becoming swept along the growing flood of extremists to the very steps of the Capitol.

“10:43:47 am I recognize Ethan Nordean, a notorious Proud Boys brawler from the Seattle area known as ‘Rufio Panman,’ holding a bullhorn. To his left are Zach Rehl of Philadelphia and Joe Biggs of Florida. The three Proud boys lieutenants, each of whom is later charged with seditious conspiracy, lead chants of ‘Fuck Antifa!’ as they trek across the otherwise sparsely populated National Mall.”

His photographic compilation, Insurrection, not only documents the events of that day when our democracy hung by the thinnest of blue lines, but contributes to the art form of war photography in the highest traditions of Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White and Matthew Brady. We spoke with him via Skype on January 11, 2023.

“3:35:18PM – ‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder, Couy Griffin, incites the mob in insurrection. In September 2022, a New Mexico state judge rules that, under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, the Otero County Commissioner is disqualified from public office. The decision is the first of its kind since 1869, and the first time that any court rules the events of January 6th, 2021, an insurrection. In August 2022, I travel to Santa Fe to serve as the plaintiffs’ eyewitness in the landmark two-day trial.”

You can find out more about his work here: http://www.nategowdy.com

Michael Shermer CONSPIRACY: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational

Dr. Michael Shermer is a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the co-founder of The Skeptics Society and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine. He has been a college professor since 1979, teaching courses such as Skepticism 101. He was a monthly columnist for Scientific American for 18 years.

Among his books are WHY PEOPLE BELIEVE WEIRD THINGS; WHY DARWIN MATTERS; THE SCIENCE OF GOOD AND EVIL, and GIVING THE DEVIL HIS DUE: REFLECTIONS OF A SCIENTIFIC HUMANIST. His latest book, CONSPIRACY: WHY THE RATIONAL BELIEVE THE IRRATIONAL, is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

We spoke with him via Skype on December 5, 2022. The next day, a New York jury found The Trump Organization guilty of 17 felonies, including conspiracy. The day after that, 3,000 officers conducted searches at 130 sites in 11 of Germany’s 16 states against the group, Reich Citizens, whose members it said adhered to a conglomerate of conspiracy theories, including the QAnon cult and the so-called Reich Citizens movement.

Articles and videos pertinent to this interview can be found here:

My Gentle, Intelligent Brother Is Now A Conspiracy Theorist And His Beliefs Are Shocking https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brother-conspiracy-theory_n_61dd94afe4b061afe3b83cec

Attacks on Pacific north-west power stations raise fears for US electric grid https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/dec/09/us-power-grid-pacific-northwest-attacks

Far-Right Group Suspected in German Plot Gained Strength From QAnon https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/08/world/europe/germany-plot-qanon.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=World%20News

Peru’s President Tried to Dissolve Congress. By Day’s End, He Was Arrested. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/07/world/americas/peru-pedro-castillo-coup.html

Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww47bR86wSc

Bonhoeffer on Stupidity (entire quote) http://southsidemessenger.com/bonhoeffer-on-stupidity-entire-quote/

The Five Laws Of Stupidity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O9FFrLpinQ

‘Extinction is on the table’: Jaron Lanier warns of tech’s existential threat to humanity https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/nov/27/jaron-lanier-tech-threat-humanity-twitter-social-media

The size of the U.S. Jewish population < 4% of population https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2021/05/11/the-size-of-the-u-s-jewish-population/

Skeptic Check: Shared Reality http://bigpicturescience.org/episodes/skeptic-check-shared-reality

Christopher Marquis MAO AND MARKETS: The Communist Roots of Chinese Enterprise

Christopher Marquis is Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management at the Judge Business School of The University of Cambridge.

He and his co-author, Kunyaun Qiao, have written the book, MAO AND MARKETS: The Communist Roots of Chinese Enterprise, published by Yale University Press. It explores the seeming contradiction of capitalism under Chinese Communist Party rule. Part history, part economics, it uses the tools of academic data analysis to assess how China’s economic success is being shaped by the ideology and philosophy of Chairman Mao Zedong.

Professor Marquis’s interest in China began while he was in high school, when he did an independent research project on the role of Confucianism in contemporary China. He first traveled there in 1996, and he has marveled at the speed with which the mudflats across the Huangpu River from Shanghai’s waterfront became the city of Pudong, the financial capital of China, where three of the tallest buildings in the world now stand encircled by 20 miles of high rises. He spoke with entrepreneurs from many regions of China and brings their very human stories to his narrative.


His earlier book, BETTER BUSINESS: HOW THE B CORP MOVEMENT IS REMAKING CAPITALISM, focused on the ways companies can effectively shift from a shareholder to stake holder orientation.

We spoke with Christopher Marquis on November 21, 2022.

After learning of President Xi’s early life experiences – his being “sent down” from Beijing to manual labor in a remote, rural area for 7 years after the purging and arrest of his father, Xi Zhongxun, during the Cultural Revolution, made me think of his contemporary, Ai Weiwei, and his early life experiences. Born in 1957 in Beijing, he was exiled in 1958 when his father, poet Ai Qing, was accused of “rightism”. How differently the two men influence the world today. One, a ruthless authoritarian consolidating close to absolute control over the lives of 1.4 billion people, and the other undaunted, despite brutal state repression, in his artistic expression of beauty, creativity and human rights.

We end this edition of Forthright Radio with excerpts from an interview with Ai Weiwei from Oct. 9, 2017 on Democracy Now! You can link to the full interview here: World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/9/world_renowned_artist_ai_weiwei_on

Hu Jintao’s removal from the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Jintao%27s_removal_from_the_20th_National_Congress_of_the_Chinese_Communist_Party

David Daley & Paul Pierson: Post-midterms 2022

This Forthright Radio is devoted to digesting the results of the 2022 mid-term elections. Days after the election, there are still many crucial races that are too close to call, and it is too early to know which parties will control either chamber of congress. However the predicted Red Wave – or what some were projecting as a Red Tsunami – has not occurred. So, we were delighted to welcome back two distinguished guests, David Daley and Paul Pierson.

Dave Daley was our guest in June of 2020, when his book, UNRIGGED: HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY, came out. His earlier book, RATF**KED: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE SECRET PLAN TO STEAL AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY, did much to educate us about the nationally organized, anti-democracy efforts to seize political control from the majority of voters via gerrymandering, and what citizens across the country are doing to wrestle majoritarian democracy back. His articles appear in many outlets, including The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, among others.

Paul Pierson was our guest in July of 2020, when his book, co-written with Jacob Hacker, director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and a Political Science Professor at Yale University, LET THEM EAT TWEETS: HOW THE RIGHT RULES IN AN AGE OF EXTREME INEQUALITY, came out. Paul is is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at U. C. Berkeley. They have many earlier books, including, WINNER-TAKE-ALL-POLITICS: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class; and Off Center: The Republican Revolution and The Erosion of American Democracy.

Articles pertinent to this interview:

Will this Ohio judge’s retirement spell the end of fair elections in the state? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/26/ohio-judge-maureen-oconnor-republicans-gerrymandering-elections

Midterms bring major constitutional wins for abortion rights https://www.axios.com/2022/11/09/abortion-election-results-midterm-constitution-amendment

‘I never doubted it’: why film-maker Michael Moore forecast ‘blue tsunami’ in midterms https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/14/us-midterms-film-maker-michael-moore-blue-tsunami

Mike’s Midterm Tsunami Truth #41 https://www.michaelmoore.com/p/midterm-tsunami-truth-41?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=320974&post_id=83466690&isFreemail=true&utm_medium=email

Critical Maine Congressional Race Heads To Runoff https://www.huffpost.com/entry/maine-race-runoff-golden-poliquin_n_636bea42e4b04925c8939612

Marijuana Is About to Be Legal for Half of the U.S. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/marijuana-legalization-midterm-results-1234628966/

‘Canary in the Coal Mine’: Did Elissa Slotkin’s Win Reveal Trumpism’s Self-Defeating Toxicity? https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/11/11/elissa-slotkin-michigan-election-00066278

Let’s talk about Republicans losing more than the youth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QOwb_7cTf0

Young voters hailed as key to Democratic successes in midterms https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/11/young-voters-us-midterms-democratic-youth

Hispanics could make more historic gains in U.S. House https://www.axios.com/2022/11/10/midterm-elections-latino-democrat-republican

New York Democrats spoil House party https://www.axios.com/2022/11/10/new-york-democrats-house-majority

Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin admits interfering in US elections https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/07/putin-ally-yevgeny-prigozhin-admits-interfering-in-us-elections

See Which 2020 Election Deniers and Skeptics Won in the Midterm Elections https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/11/09/us/politics/election-misinformation-midterms-results.html

Trump Is the Republican Party’s Biggest Loser https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-is-the-gops-biggest-loser-midterm-elections-senate-house-congress-republicans-11668034869?mod=hp_opin_pos_4#cxrecs_s

The Fever Is Breaking https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/10/opinion/the-fever-is-breaking.html

Young Voters Helped Democrats. But Experts Differ on Just How Much https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/12/us/young-voter-turnout-election-democrats.html

The Biggest Election Wins And Losses For America’s Public Lands https://www.huffpost.com/entry/public-lands-wins-losses-2022-elections_n_636eb9aee4b002e88211aa66

The Supreme Court’s Hands Are All Over The 2022 Midterm Election Results https://www.huffpost.com/entry/2022-midterm-supreme-court_n_636ea0f2e4b002e882118a88

A Running List Of All The Election Deniers Heading To Congress In 2023 https://www.huffpost.com/entry/election-deniers-congress-big-lie_n_63694188e4b0eb51ab12d3cd

Adam Hochschild AMERICAN MIDNIGHT: The Great War, A Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis

Award winning author and journalist, Adam Hochschild, is the author of eleven books. He returned to Forthright Radio to discuss his latest book, AMERICAN MIDNIGHT: THE GREAT WAR, A VIOLENT PEACE, AND DEMOCRACY’S FORGOTTEN CRISIS, published by Mariner Books.

While a college student in the early 1960s, Adam Hochschild worked on an anti-government newspaper in South Africa, and he was also a civil rights worker in Mississippi. He was a writer and editor for Ramparts magazine, and a co-founder of Mother Jones. He has been a lecturer in the UC Berkeley School of Journalism for many years. In 2014, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In our earlier interviews, he discussed his books, BURY THE CHAINS: PROPHETS AND REBELS IN THE FIGHT TO FREE AN EMPIRE’S SLAVES, and KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST: A STORY OF GREED, TERROR AND HEROISM IN COLONIAL AFRICA.

Military Intelligence Chief for NYC and virulent anti-immigrant proponent, John B. Trevor’s, “ethnic battle map” of upper Manhattan. Red for Jews, brown for Italians, grey for Blacks, blue for Irish. Circles are meeting halls. Stars are publication offices.

We spoke with him via telephone from his home in the Bay Area on October 25, 2022.

Articles pertinent to this interview:

A Forgotten Assault on the Constitution https://ucbjschool.wpenginepowered.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/A-Forgotten-Assault-on-the-Constitution.pdf

What You Don’t Have and Why https://tomdispatch.com/what-you-dont-have-and-why/

When Is a Lynching a Lynching? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/oct/25/lynching-michael-williams-iowa-police-prosecutors

Supreme Court Declines To Take Case Aimed At Overturning 100-Year-Old Racist Precedents https://www.huffpost.com/entry/supreme-court-insular-cases-racist_n_634d7c5fe4b051268c4c6a17

To change our future, we should change how we teach history to children https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/18/change-future-teach-history-children

Fiona Hill: ‘Elon Musk Is Transmitting a Message for Putin’ https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/10/17/fiona-hill-putin-war-00061894

Jailed for their words https://www.montanapbs.org/programs/JailedforTheirWords/

The Palmer Raids | The Bombing of Wall Street https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvFZmBJNZUc

Emma Goldman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTCMcO4WTjE

Utah Phillips covers Joe Hill’s “Pie in the Sky” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ236CwhlPw

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones A Question of Standing: The History of the CIA

On September 18, 1947, the National Security Act, a major restructuring of the US Military and intelligence agencies went into effect. It created The National Security Council and The Central Intelligence Agency, headed by the Director of Central Intelligence. Our guest today on Forthright Radio is Professor of American History, emeritus, at the University of Edinburgh, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones. His latest book, A QUESTION OF STANDING: THE HISTORY OF THE CIA, published by Oxford University Press, examines how the influence of the CIA has shifted with its standing with different presidents, Congresses, and the US as well as international public over time.

His reputation as an intelligence authority has been long established
with earlier books such as, THE CIA AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY; CLOAK AND DOLLAR: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN SECRET INTELLIGENCE; IN SPIES WE TRUST: THE STORY OF WESTERN INTELLIGENCE; and THE FBI: A HISTORY. We spoke with Professor Jeffreys-Jones on October 11, 2022 via Skype from his home in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Articles pertinent to this interview:

The inside story of the CIA v Russia – from cold war conspiracy to ‘black’ propaganda in Ukraine https://theconversation.com/the-inside-story-of-the-cia-v-russia-from-cold-war-conspiracy-to-black-propaganda-in-ukraine-188550

Has the C.I.A. Done More Harm Than Good? https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/10/10/has-the-cia-done-more-harm-than-good?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Magazine_Daily_100322&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9dcd924c17c6adf43abf9&cndid=24611174&hasha=a6252e8e1a4afcf8f16af402c223ed5a&hashb=41a28f2320837a2fbc8a7a5a890aad11f1bcae9f&hashc=c69dd0ac8ee9b9f68834963c34476bde472773e79c68ee6c6f59d276224b5c0d&esrc=&utm_term=TNY_Daily

Covert CIA websites could have been found by an ‘amateur’, research finds https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/29/cia-websites-security-sources-communication-safety

China ‘dismantled’ CIA spying operations and killed sources – report https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/20/china-dismantled-cia-spying-operations-new-york-times

64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wihoBNG94QQ

Reece Jones NOBODY IS PROTECTED: How the Border Patrol Became the Most Dangerous Police Force in the United States

Reece Jones is a Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His latest book, NOBODY IS PROTECTED: HOW THE BORDER PATROL BECAME THE MOST DANGEROUS POLICE FORCE IN THE UNITED STATES, is published by Counterpoint Press.

He is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Geopolitics, and co-editor of the Routledge Geopolitics Book Series with Klaus Dodds. He is best know for his work on border walls, the militarization of borders, and the rise in migrant deaths. His earlier books include Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move ; Open Borders: In Defense of Free Movement; and Placing the Border in Everyday Life . Among his numerous awards is a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In NOBODY IS PROTECTED: HOW THE BORDER PATROL BECAME THE MOST DANGEROUS POLICE FORCE IN THE UNITED STATES, he traces the history of the Border Patrol, from its creation, quietly tucked into The Labor Appropriation Act of 1924. He writes “Its sole mission was to enforce the new eugenics-derived rules about who could enter the United States.” For most of its existence it was a small, underfunded agency, a mere 1,500 agents in the 1970s, until the 21st century, when it has become “a modern, sophisticated paramilitary force of over19,000 agents that asserts the legal right to sweep people off the streets of an American city without a warrant or even probable cause that a crime was committed.” Citizens and noncitizen alike. As Justice Thurgood Marshall noted, NOBODY IS PROTECTED. We spoke with Reece Jones on September 20, 2022.

We end the program with the poem with which Amanda Gorman opened the 2022 United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2022.

Articles pertinent to this interview:

Arrests at Southwestern Border Exceed 2 Million in a Year for the First Time https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/19/us/politics/us-border-arrests.html

‘The numbers kept going’: the forensic office identifying human remains at the border https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/arizona-migrants-remains-border-forensics

The Border Patrol Invited the Press to Watch It Blow Up a National Monument https://theintercept.com/2020/02/27/border-wall-construction-organ-pipe-explosion/

“This Is America Motherfucker”: Witnesses Describe Border Patrol Killing of Mexican Migrant https://theintercept.com/2022/05/12/border-patrol-migrant-killing-coverup/

Border Patrol Agents Are Trashing Sikh Asylum-Seekers’ Turbans https://theintercept.com/2022/08/02/sikh-turban-border-patrol/

A Pastor’s Legal Fight Against CBP Exposes a Reckless Surveillance Operation https://theintercept.com/2022/03/06/cbp-border-surveillance-migrant-caravan/

U.S. poet Amanda Gorman opens 2022 U.N. General Assembly week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf3xEgVsgJo

Thom Hartmann Neoliberalism: How Reaganism Gutted America and How to Restore Its Greatness

Broadcaster, journalist, author, and four time winner of the Project Censored Award, Thom Hartmann returned to Forthright Radio with his latest book in The Hidden History Series: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF NEOLIBERALSIM: HOW REAGANISM GUTTED AMERICA AND HOW TO RESTORE ITS GREATNESS.

This is number eight in the series, and it joins his more than thirty other books.

After the interview with Thom Hartmann, we share excerpts from a speech by Bernie Sanders at a rally of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers in the UK on August 31, 2022.

Articles/videos pertinent to this interview:

“Tell The Oligarchs They CANNOT Have It All!” – Bernie Sanders At RMT Rally https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjnPpxMx5Wk&t=1s

Will America See a 2nd Major Renewal of the Middle Class? https://hartmannreport.com/p/will-america-see-a-2nd-major-renewal

A Personal Apology to Young Americans for Failing to Stop Ronald Reagan https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/07/13/personal-apology-young-americans-failing-stop-ronald-reagan?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op

When Will Americans Again Believe in America? https://hartmannreport.com/p/when-will-americans-again-believe

It’s Time to Enforce the Constitution & Ban Seditious Republicans from Congress https://hartmannreport.com/p/its-time-to-enforce-the-constitution

Student Loan Debt Is an American Malignancy Born of Ronald Reagan https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/08/26/student-loan-debt-american-malignancy-born-ronald-reagan?utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter_op

What Is It that Republicans Actually Do Love? https://hartmannreport.com/p/what-is-it-that-republicans-actually?triedSigningIn=true

Santa Claus Is About To Drop a Bomb On Biden https://hartmannreport.com/p/santa-clause-is-about-to-drop-a-bomb

Jacob Grumbach LABORATORIES AGAINST DEMOCRACY: How National Parties Transformed State Politics

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Jacob M. Grumbach, is a Faculty Associate with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. His research focuses on the political economy of the United States, with an emphasis on public policy, racial and economic inequality, American Federalism, health policy, climate change and statistical methods.

His book, LABORATORIES AGAINST DEMOCRACY: HOW NATIONAL PARTIES TRANSFORMED STATE POLITICS, which investigates the causes and consequences of the nationalization of state politics since the 1970s, is published by Princeton U. Press.

You can access Professor Grumbach’s State Democracy Index here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qe9pkneyt93i6cs/grumbach_state_democracy_index.csv?dl=0

Thanks to Mother Jones for Ari Berman & Nick Surgey’s article: Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country – “We did it quickly and we did it quietly,” said the executive director of Heritage Action. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/05/heritage-foundation-dark-money-voter-suppression-laws/

Articles pertinent to this interview:

Just 27 billionaires spent $90 million to buy GOP Congress: report https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/07/18/just-27-billionaires-have-spent-90-million-buy-gop-congress-report

The Supreme Court Just Rolled Democracy Back. You Can Measure How Much. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/06/30/court-made-america-less-democratic-00043549

How Ohio Republicans dodged court rulings to keep gerrymandered maps https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/21/ohio-republicans-gerrymandered-maps

Federal judge blocks Biden’s directives to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination – The temporary block coincides with a lawsuit claiming that the directives infringe upon states’ rights https://www.salon.com/2022/07/17/blocks-bidens-directives-to-protect-lgbtq-people-from-discrimination/

The Supreme Court’s Role in the Degradation of U.S. Democracy https://campaignlegal.org/sites/default/files/2022-07/CLC%202022%20SCOTUS%20Report_final.pdf

Could the US supreme court give state legislatures unchecked election powers? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/07/us-supreme-court-state-legislature-power

Our Fourth of July nightmare: A republic in the tightening grip of minority rule https://www.salon.com/2022/07/01/our-fourth-of-july-nightmare-a-republic-in-the-tightening-grip-of-minority-rule/

‘We don’t have to pretend anymore’: Greens ready to bail on D.C. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/30/greens-readying-to-bail-on-d-c-00043591

Political Violence Is The New American Normal https://www.huffpost.com/entry/political-violence-the-new-american-normal_n_62c07c37e4b0ffe00a1260a6

Children Should Not Have to Suffer the State’s Injustice https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/11/opinion/tennessee-schools-transgender-bathroom-laws.html

ALEC Focuses on “Woke Capitalism,” Bodily Autonomy and More at Annual Meeting https://truthout.org/articles/alec-focuses-on-woke-capitalism-bodily-autonomy-and-more-at-annual-meeting/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=b8da5b6e-f3cd-4b2b-9187-bb4382560860

Conservative push to recruit election deniers as poll workers causes alarm https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/30/republican-recruit-poll-workers-election-integrity

Wisconsin Court Validates a Republican Strategy to Preserve Power https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/29/us/wisconsin-supreme-court-natural-resources-board.html

Voting is significant determinant of health, US medical association declares https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/14/voting-health-us-medical-association

The Israel Lobby’s New Campaign Playbook https://jewishcurrents.org/the-israel-lobbys-new-campaign-playbook

Jamie Susskind THE DIGITAL REPUBLIC: On Freedom & Democracy in the 21st Century

Jamie Susskind is a British barrister and the author of the multiple awards winning bestseller, FUTURE POLITICS: LIVING TOGETHER IN A WORLD TRANSFORMED BY TECH.

His latest book is THE DIGITAL REPUBLIC: ON FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN THE 21st CENTURY, published on July 5, 2022 by Pegasus Books.

In it he addresses questions like: Is it possible to “democratize” digital technology? What kinds of rules and standards should govern important algorithms? Should powerful figures in the tech industry be regulated, like doctors or lawyers, or even hair salon workers? Is anti-trust law fit for the purpose? What rules should govern the use and abuse of personal data? Can we regulate social media without stifling freedom of speech?

With more and more news reports of the damage that digital technology is doing to individuals as well as our democracy, Jamie Susskind’s insights into the problems and challenges to reforming this largely unregulated industry are helpful for citizens grappling with the many issues with which we are faced.

We spoke with him via Skype on July 6, 2022.

Articles pertinent to this interview:

Facebook gave police their private data. Now, this duo face abortion charges https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/10/facebook-user-data-abortion-nebraska-police

Amazon Admits Giving Ring Camera Footage to Police Without a Warrant or Consent https://theintercept.com/2022/07/13/amazon-ring-camera-footage-police-ed-markey/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter

The Uber files tell a simple truth: democracy depends on curbing mercenary tech giants https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/11/uber-files-democracy-silicon-valley

‘Frankly it blew my mind’: how Tron changed cinema – and predicted the future of tech https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jul/05/tron-steven-lisberger-interview

Police sweep Google searches to find suspects. The tactic is facing its first legal challenge. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/police-google-reverse-keyword-searches-rcna35749?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Push to rein in social media sweeps the states https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/social-media-sweeps-the-states-00043229

Parents Sue TikTok, Saying Children Died After Viewing ‘Blackout Challenge’ https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/06/technology/tiktok-blackout-challenge-deaths.html

Families sue TikTok after girls died while trying ‘blackout challenge’ https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jul/05/tiktok-girls-dead-blackout-challenge

‘Asleep at the Wheel’: Canada Police’s Spyware Admission Raises Alarm https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/07/canada-police-spyware-admission-surveillance-experts

How long will Twitter stand by as ‘online violence’ curtails our right to know? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/01/twitter-online-violence-journalists-rana-ayyub

The future of privacy rights in a post-Roe world https://www.axios.com/2022/06/29/privacy-right-roe-v-wade-dobbs-v-jackson-online-data

Google says it will delete users’ location history at abortion clinics, other ‘personal’ data https://www.politico.com/news/2022/07/01/google-abortion-delete-history-00043841

Deleting Your Period Tracker Won’t Protect You https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/30/technology/period-tracker-privacy-abortion.html

Fact Check-Does ‘2000 Mules’ provide evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 U.S. presidential election? https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-usa-mules-idUSL2N2XJ0OQ

Chatbots Are a Danger to Democracy https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/opinion/chatbots-ai-democracy-free-speech.html?searchResultPosition=1