Populist Dialogues

Populist Dialogues is Alliance for Democracy's 1/2 hour weekly cable public access program, interviewing individuals on topics such as corporate personhood, and single payer healthcare, money in politics and more. All from a populist progressive perspective.

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Populist Dialogues - 14-03 - Olympic Games, Militarization, and Protest

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Guest Jules Boykoff, Political Science and Government professor at Pacific University in Oregon, talks about the militarization of the Olympic games, and the prospect of protests happening during the games at Sochi. Jules sees the Olympics as Celebration Capitalism, a form of public private partnerships in which the benefits move from the public to the private. The grisly underbelly of the games are talked about, especially the militarization and the affect on dissent.

First broadcast January 26, 2014

Populist Dialogues - 14-02 - Community Forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Populist Dialogues presents video of the recent "Community Forum on the Trans Pacific Partnership" in Portland OR. Speakers include

* David Delk, President of Alliance for Democracy (Portland), speaking on the effects of so-called free trade agreements on democracy as well as how intellectual property rights in the TPP will affect affordable medicines,

Populist Dialogues - 14-01 - Why Not Nuclear? The Case Against Nuclear Power

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Guest David Hill is a volunteer working with Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility on their program to stop the use of nuclear power. He delivers a modified version of his power point presentation: “Why Not Nuclear? The Case Against Nuclear Power.” He provides a broad overview of how nuclear works (fission vs fusion), the environmental and health dangers of nuclear energy, discussion of Fukushima and the Columbia Generating Station at Hanford and why it needs to be closed down.

First broadcast December 29, 2013

Populist Dialogues - 13-51 - Supreme Court Undermines Democracy

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Oregon Common Cause Exec Director Kate Titus joins us to discuss the Supreme Court attack on democracy with the Citizens United decision as well as the upcoming McCutcheon v FEC decision. She states that if McCutcheon strikes down aggregate limits on campaign contributions, it will effectively strike down the individual limits as well.

Populist Dialogues - 13-52 - Friends of Family Farmers

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Leah Rodgers, Dep Exec Director of Friends of Family Farmers (FofFF) describes how and why the organization formed in order to be a community voice supporting small socially responsible family farmers in opposition to a corporate farm in Oregon. FofFF is a non-corporate alternative for family farmers to the Farm Bureau, which is entrenched in the status quo of big corporate farming. Discussion covers challenges faced by small family farmers including access to capital.

Populist Dialogues - 13-50 - Folksinger Tom Neilson "Corporations Are Human?"

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Populist Dialogues features progressive populist folksinger Tom Neilson for a sampling of his music starting with "Corporations Are Human?" Music selection included "These Colors Don't Run the World" and "Its a Crime."

First broadcast December 8, 2013

Populist Dialogues - 13-48 - Community rights lawyer asks: “Regulate or Ban?” Part 1

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This program features an address by Thomas Linzey, Exec Director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF.org) on how we have gotten to the situation we find ourselves in and how using the regulatory system to escape that situation has failed. Why? Because the regulations were written by those who are supposed to be regulated. Tom goes on to address how English Common Law and the US Constitution have been used to establish the regulatory system and corporate power. And looks at the use of preemptive law to limit local democracy.

Populist Dialogues - 13-49 - Community rights lawyer asks: “Regulate or Ban?” Part 2

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Thomas Linzey, Exec Dir of Community Environment Legal Defense Fund (CELFD.org) continues his presentation regarding how the regulatory system functions to control you, not the industry it purportedly regulates. He notes that the question of who decides has been centralized but people are learning how to resist. And discusses how we have been boxed in and the doctrines that accomplice that. Several examples of how people have resisted, a resistance which started in rural Pennsylvania, moved to New England, Philadelphia and internationally to Ecuador.

Populist Dialogues - 13-47 - So Rich, So Poor

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Host David Delk talks with Rev. Kate Lore, Social Justice Minister for the First Unitarian Church in Portland. The detrimental effects of the ever increasing economic and social inequalities in the United States today are expressed through Kate Lore's personal experiences as well as scientific studies. Thoughts on what we do to address these issues are presented.

Populist Dialogues - 13-43 - Arrested for Free Speech, Placed in Solitary

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Guest Michael Meo of the Portland Green Party describes the plans by the City of Portland to cover the open air water reservoir system and how, because he expressed and used his constitutionally acknowledged free speech right to speak out against the plan, he was arrested and placed in solitary confinement in a 60 degree temperature cell. He further talks about how one develops an effective campaign of civil disobedience.