The Department of Defense recently, and very quietly, changed regulatory rules regarding law enforcement in the US, giving itself broad new powers over and above state and local law enforcement. Using intentionally vague terms like "domestic disturbance," the military suddenly upended over 200 years of the tradition of civilian control over the military. You think this is an exaggeration? Our guest today, Jed Morey publisher of the Long Island Press has led the investigation into this historic game change, which would legalize the murder of the Kent State 4 were it to happen now. The silently achieved rule change can be fixed, he says, but citizens need to speak up and demand this return to traditional America where the Constitution reigns over the military.
Archive for May 2013
In early May, former dictator Rios Montt was convicted in his own country, Guatemala, of genocide. Then three weeks later, apparently due to extrajudicial political pressures, that conviction was thrown out. Professor Colin Snyder provides some needed clarity into justice in Guatemala and the role President Reagan, a big Montt supporter, may have played in that bloody ethnic cleansing against indigenous Maya. US relations in the rest of this hemisphere are called into question by this enlightening discussion.
Beginning in the 1930s, liberalism and Southern-style white supremacy worked well together. Today's guest Jeremy Kessler argues that it is liberals themselves who shoulder the blame for accomdating racist Jim Crow policies. As a result, Southern values controlled the implementation of much of FDR's New Deal. And the Cold War, that too came out of the dominance of Southern values. Today, in many ways, we continue to pay the price.
Judy Wicks' new book is Good Morning Beautiful Business; The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer. It's a new 21st century way of doing business. And in this discussion she describes a model both left and right can agree on, and it can help feed the six billion of us better than the corporate dictated homogenuous imposition of blandness. And it's a fascinating story.