A world on fire: If it seems these last couple weeks have been more insane than usual, you’re not watching enough baseball.
From the bombing of the citizenry of captive Gaza, and media-made invisible bombing of the citizenry of the captive cities of Eastern Ukraine, to typhoons, firestorms, and the mysterious fate of jetliners, (the second disaster in a row for Malaysia Airlines) it’s all looking a little too apocalyptic for what’s supposed to be the idle, Dog Days of Summer. But then again, we’re headed into uncharted waters on a lot of fronts now, in the teenaged years of the 21st Century.
Before proceeding further into that most difficult fifteenth year however, a peek back at recent history to figure out how we got into this mess we call Western Civilization is probably well-advised.
Allan Engler is a Vancouver-based trade unionist, social and environmental activist, and essayist whose many articles appear online at Dissident Voice, What Really Happened, and Dystopia Earth, among other places.
Al’s also the author of the books, ‘Apostles of Greed: Capitalism and the Myth of the Individual in the Market,’ and ‘Economic Democracy: The Working Class Alternative to Capitalism.’ His latest article examines the recently translated book, ‘Capital in the 21st Century,’ a new sensation by French economist, Thomas Pikitty.
Al Engler in the first half.
And; it’s not only in the Middle East where Canadian media fails us, but there are no more egregious examples of their incompetence, incapacity, and stubborn refusal to provide insightful coverage than in both Eastern Ukraine and Gaza right now. This glaringly obvious abrogation of responsibility to their craft, let alone the ethical failure that surrender to real politik represents, has rendered the CBC and their task masters in Stephen Harper’s Ottawa complicit in the crimes Israel, and the fascist coup regime of Kiev, they support through misreporting and factual omission.
Dave Lindorff is an award-winning investigative reporter, long-time muckraker, and founder of the online news site, ThisCan’tBeHappening.net. Dave’s writing regularly appears online at Counterpunch.org and is featured too in some mainstream interests. Lindorff is author of the books, ‘This Can’t Be Happening! Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy,’ ‘Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For Profit Hospital Chains,’ ‘Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,’ and co-authored with Barbara Olshansky ‘The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush’. Dave too recently collaborated with one of America’s preeminent online investigative journalism sites, WhoWhatWhy, on a three-part series on Climate Change.
Dave Lindorff in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on on our streets – and otherwise, (and beyond there too) – in the coming week; but first, Al Engler and getting to know Capitalism: A System of Patrimonial Wealth.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/