Podcast Show #103: The Rise of the Police State & Ever-Expanding Perpetual Wars

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Stephen Lendman

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Author and analyst Stephen Lendman joins us to discuss the Obama Presidency, the rise of the Police State in the USA, the Two-Sides-of-The-Same-Coin party system, the sham election system and campaign financing, our ever-expanding perpetual wars, and the grand scheme involved in our imperial pursuits targeting Syria and Iran.

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LendmanStephen Lendman- BFP Contributing Author & Analyst
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. He received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. Since 2005, Mr. Lendman has been writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues. He hosts The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network. Visit Mr. Lendman’s blog site here. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

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  1. Another interesting program and analysis. Sibel, I was glad to hear you ask the question (and I know you’ve asked it many times before), what needs to be done in the face of the ineffectiveness of voting (especially for mainstream candidates)and additionally, why do informed people continue to cling to these mainstream politicians. In spite of the informative dialogue, I didn’t feel like we got much of an answer from the guest, in that department. I think the question you asked might tie into the earlier post about feeling like the deliverer of bad news. Analysis, reporting, news, voting, legislation, all of these things come primarily through the vector of word craft. Perhaps it is time to bring on less analyst oriented individuals and more people who, like yourself, can speak to direct involvement in struggle, and ideally, can impart new modalities for effective resistance, since you seem to recognize the fundamental brokenness of the system. Perhaps some of these “well informed” individuals who are voting for more of the same are exactly that: people who dwell in the contained world of “information” rather than physical transformation, and in many ways are still too dependent on the dysfunctional system, too wrapped up in having too much to lose, to make a true departure from it.

    Creative resisters might include developers / users of alternative currencies like BitCoin, or those behind the rolling jubilee, which is buying up debt of individuals through debt collection agencies for pennies on the dollar, and then cancelling it. Others might include disillusioned vets that are getting active, people within the Oathkeepers movement, the newly forming Idle No More. One group, The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, has helped a handful of communities in the US to draft documents which strip corporations of their status of legal personhood, essentially preventing them from wielding the power they have over most localities (more words, I guess, but this time backed by real transformation).

    Anyway, thanks for the continued good work.

  2. The process of change will involve informing the people… and providing them action plans and it will begin with resistance.. strikes, refusals to not cooperate with TSA.. but passengers and pilots and crew. Tax revolts… We need to resist the system. But we need to have a vision of what we need… not a corrupt two party system. If we continue with a representative democracy…

    We have to get all money out of politics
    We have to have term limits for ALL government officials
    We have to have no corporate lobbying

    Government service is not a career. Like military service… you give a few years of your time and move on. This applies to ALL management levels in the military and the national security state.

    We need to spend our resources on our people not on wars and weapons and foreign adventures. If our corporations need resources… let them buy them with cash… not take them.

    We need to change how corporations act as if the world had no borders and laws do not apply to them.

    Let’s not stop critiquing… but lets start proposing our future and acting on it.

    Very good interview and analysis by Lendman.

  3. I think Lendman’s critique of the big picture in international affairs is correct. The Wesley Clark remark was very telling real politik… the USA’s MIC and transnationals are simply planning to control or all the nations.. not just the ME… those may be low hanging fruit with ongoing oil industries to grab.

    The next giant will be China and perhaps Russia which will not accept the USA hegemony. They may again form a partnership against the USA. War will not see these huge invasions and battles… but drone wars and insurgencies and most economic wars.

    The question is whether the people’s interests will be honored or simply the few at the top… whether communist in name or capitalist. Top down does not serve the people…

  4. Good morning,

    Please have look at this website. I hope it will explain more why majority of population is blind on what is happening.

    kind regards
    Mariusz

    http://www.voiceofconscience.org/VideoList

  5. avatar flogchopsuey says:

    The organization of non-aligned nations should establish their own tribunal, and put the US on trial. Perhaps the BFP community could put a petition together, perhaps addressing the inhumane medical embargo against Iran.

  6. Thanks for this interview, Peter, Sibel, and Mr. Lendman. I agree with Luke, that Sibel’s question was not answered directly. I would say that part of the answer may have been in the question though.

    Sibel asked about what could be done in the face of having the very aware among us campaigning for the supposed lesser of two evils. But when she asked, she named a couple examples: McGovern and Ellsberg. It is this effort to refine the focus, refine the target, that I think is part of the answer to what we should do now.

    It may be more efficient and effective if we challenge particular individuals, who belie their anti-war leadership image with support for the establishment. Sibel has been doing an excellent job of this and I just wanted to point out that the descriptive nature of the complaint in her question was an example of where we need to continue to go.

    Also, I think this Breaking the Set interview has some relevant commentary to this post: Abby interviews Boots Riley

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMmjOHAHpXk&w=560&h=315

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