#1239 Building the future of an international progressivism ​

Air Date: 1–8-2019
Today we take a look at the burgeoning call for progressivism to look beyond national borders to create policies, solidarity and power that spans, unified, across the world.


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Ch. 1: Progressive International

Progressives of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.

Ch. 2: Adam Tooze on seeing the 2008 financial crisis as the first of the global age - Who What Why - Air Date 9-14-18

Adam Tooze, a professor at Columbia University, on a reinterpretation of the 2008 financial crisis, explaining this was not just a problem that started in the US but was a global problem: the first real crisis of the global age.

Ch. 3: Michael Walzer on a foreign policy for the left - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 3-7-18

Michael Walzer argues that a foreign policy for the left has to begin with internationalism, and with the choice of comrades abroad. His new book is A Foreign Policy for the Left.

Ch. 4: Yanis Varoufakis on the Need for a Progressive Internationalism - Jacobin Radio (@jacobinmag) - Air Date 12-21-18

Doug Henwood explains the bitcoin craze, and then ex-finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis ties up some loose ends on Adults in the Room and discusses the need for a progressive internationalism.

Ch. 5: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on Yanis Varoufakis, Bernie Sanders, and the Progressive International - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 12-19-2018

Right-wing authoritarians have been coordinating political campaigns and disrupting elections across national boundaries—a project masterminded by Steve Bannon. It’s time now for the left to reclaim its tradition of internationalism.

Ch. 6: Naomi Klein: How shocking events can spark positive change - @TEDTalks - Air Date 3-7-18 

Naomi Klein shares a few propositions from "The Leap" -- a manifesto which envisions a world after we've already made the transition to a clean economy and a much fairer society.


Ch. 7: Learning from 2009 and shifting our focus to the local level - V from Central New York


Ch. 8: Final comments on thinking globally and acting locally



Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • Laura Smith
    commented 2019-01-09 15:22:32 -0500
    Superb global and forward-looking episode, would like to see similar forward-looking content at least a couple of times per year. Important to learn from the past, to be engaged in the present, but also to have some goals for what we want to achieve as progressives and especially to find ways to work together. I especially liked the Naomi Klein clip; her comments about brands versus movements are particularly insightful. If you have not yet read her book “The Shock Doctrine,” I highly recommend it and I’d even go so far as to say it would make my top ten list of best non-fiction books.
  • Ryan Shuput
    commented 2019-01-09 11:46:05 -0500
    Thank you so much for not getting distracted by the corrosive media tendency toward personality coverage rather than issues and policy.
    To address the incomplete vision of left internationalism is to highlight an important facet of unity; and in so doing we begin to cobble together a coherent vision to strive for. A truly inspiring notion and episode.
    I would LOVE to hear some coverage of how the Koch’s and dirty fuel conglomerates are trying to call an article V convention to decimate individual liberty in the name of corporate greed.
    Thanks Jay! & Amanda
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