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Episode 856

Founder's Fee

Jul 4 2015

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Marc Flury

Past colonialism and future resource scarcity are fueling current Asian island conflicts.

Live from Seoul, Marc Flury breaks down the modern factors and historical forces behind Asian island disputes, and explains how trade routes, resource rights and military power converge to create a potentially explosive international melodrama.

Marc also gives us an update on his upcoming rhythm violence videogame - THUMPER.



Dan Beeton

The Wikileaks files reveal a new era of US imperialism in Latin America.

CEPR’s Dan Beeton examines US policies in Latin America through a cache of its own leaked diplomatic cables, and finds efforts to undermine democratically elected governments and isolate popular, leftist leaders for the sake of corporate profit and political advantage.

Dan is a contributor to The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire from Verso Books.



Carmen Boullosa, Mike Wallace

The drug war is fought on both sides of the US-Mexico border, but its guns are pointed South.

Writers Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace examine the causes and consequences of America’s century-long drug war in Mexico, from its roots in racial panic to an uncontrollable wave of violence unleashed across Mexican society.

Carmen and Mike are the authors of the new OR Books release A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico jointly created the “Mexican Drug War.”

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David Sehat

Fundamentally flawed: Dispelling modern myths of America's founders.

Historian David Sehat explains how America’s current, fundamentally incoherent portrait of the founding fathers shuts down honest discussion of the nation’s past and present, and why history reveals America’s founders as divided, compromising, contradictory politicians.

David is author of The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible from Simon & Schuster.



Fanny Malinen

Crisis credit: Uncovering the immoral nature of Greece's debt.

Debt activist Fanny Malinen examines the nature of Greece’s debt, and finds the public bearing costs of the financial sector, austerity policies crippling the national economy, and a complicit international news media pushing a morality play instead of reporting on the lives of Greeks under the creditors’ thumb.

Fanny wrote the Red Pepper article Breaking with creditors’ power: the importance of the Greek debt audit.



Jeff Dorchen

In praise of independence, libertarian economics and solid foods.

Jeff Dorchen celebrates his independence by thanking all the people who helped him get that way - mom, dad, John McCain, libertarians, slaves, wombs, teats, crackpots, dreamers, commies, and racists.