Luke Lafko is a social justice/anti-war activist currently residing in the state of Florida. He currently works as an employment counselor with people who are educationally and/or economically disadvantaged. Luke believes passionately that we must not forgot about those segments of our society that the greater whole of our intuitions either simply forgets or neglects. In Luke’s time working in social services and his time engaging in social justice movements, he feels strongly that there is a disconnect between public opinion and public policy. Luke’s is also about to graduate with his dual bachelor’s degree in Public policy & Criminal justice focusing his attention on bringing a voice to the otherwise voiceless and assisting those within his surrounding communities navigate the public policy arena.
Luke is also former US Marine who has been on two combat deployments to Iraq. It is important to remember, as Luke likes to say, that he did not join the military out of patriotism, nationalism or any other abstraction; Luke enlisted into the military because he was languishing in a rust belt town that offered little drive and excitement. In part, Luke didn’t take into account the gravity of his hasty decision to join the US Marine Corp and soon found himself in a far off desert land participating in one of the greatest immoral wars of the 21st century. Luke has since denounced the war on terror, the war in Afghanistan and of course the war in Iraq. While Luke has lived within the relationship between US Empire and the global war on terrorism, he understands that its relationship between the two that, more often than not, offers the world a reservoir of newly created terrorist organizations, among all others both organizationally and individually, who have suffered as a result of strong arming its foreign policy. For Luke, for every regional problem, both foreign and domestic, is viewed as a nail with the military being the hammer; and that is a problem he maintains his focus on. War is an economy. War is a racket; and with booming arms sales comes a series of events that are certainly unpredictable.
Today we are going to do something different with the show. Rob will be reviewing a musical album with a mixture of playing music from the album and providing commentaries several songs on the album. The album Rob will be reviewing is called Kids which was recently released by the band The Midnight. This album epitomizes what is going on the world and what we can do moving forward.
Today we are joined by Matthew Lyons, the author of the book Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right's Challenge to State and Empire to talk about his book and Far Right Movements in the United States.
Matthew Lyons has been writing about right-wing politics for over 25 years. His work focuses on the interplay between right-wing movements and systems of oppression, and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals, and the state. He writes regularly for Three Way Fight, a radical antifascist blog, and his work has also appeared in the Guardian, New Politics, Socialism and Democracy, teleSUR, Upping the Anti, and other publications.
Anthony DiMaggio has a Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, with a focus on media, social movements, inequality, and politics at Lehigh University. He is the author of the books The Politics of Persuasion: Economic Policy and Media Bias in the Modern Era, and Selling War, Selling Hope: Presidential Rhetoric, the News Media and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11. You can find more of Anthony’s writings in CounterPunch, TruthOut and Salon.
Today we are going to be discussing Anthony’s upcoming book Rebellion in America: Citizen Uprisings, the News Media, and the Politics of Plutocracy.
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Today we have a conversation with Patrick Farnsworth about what is going on in the world and what we can do moving forward.
Patrick Farnsworth produces weekly released episodes for the podcast Last Born In the Wilderness, a project that covers a wide array of subjects from psychedelic research, radical political ideas, philosophy of consciousness, geopolitics, climate change, and reflections on the unique and perilous times we find ourselves in. Speaking with a wide array of individuals from experts in their fields to close friends, in order to provide context and understanding not only for himself, but for those that choose to listen to his work. His website is lastborninthewilderness.com
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Our guest today is Dr. Bones. Dr. Bones is a conjurer, gonzo reporter and egoist-communist. His narrative journalism, found at Gods and Radicals and his website 'The Conjure House,' combines sorcerous metaphysics with insurrectionary anarchism. He also has written a book titled 'Curse Your Boss, Hex the State, Take Back the World,' where he weaves these themes into a stirring critique of modern society with a call for occult rebellion. Bones is one half of 'The Guillotine,' a revolutionary news and call-in show co-hosted with Breht from Revolutionary Left Radio that is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing podcasts on the Left. He lives in Florida where he eats alligator, gets drunk in forgotten towns, and shits pure sunshine.
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Today we discuss the life of Kevin Hester in hopes that his life can inspire us to lead a more meaningful live.
Today on Moving Forward we are discussing the nonfiction in fictional stories with author Vanessa Blakeslee.
VANESSA BLAKESLEE is the author of a forthcoming book that is a collection of short stories called Perfect Conditions. We are going to discuss this book with her today, so we can get a glimpse into her worldview. Vanessa’s writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review,
The Paris Review Daily, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. Her novel Juventud won the
2015 IPPY Bronze Medal in Literary Fiction, was a finalist for Foreword Review’s Book of the Year,
and a runner-up for the Eric Hoffer Award. Her story collection Train Shots won the
Today on Moving Forward we conclude our series called The Conversation We Need To Have with Mike Sliwa.
Today is part one of our two part series called The Conversation We Need To Have.
This is a 2013 talk from Uhuru Solidarity Chairman Omali Yeshitela.