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 - 13-40 - Symbols of Love - Flowers, Diamonds and Gold

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We give flowers, diamonds and gold as symbols of our love without thought as to how those symbols are mined or grown or even how they became symbols. Dr. Martin Donohoe discusses how these symbols have taken on their meaning and the consequences of giving these symbols. He suggests more humane expressions of our love, which do not encourage war and terrorism and consumerism.

Populist Dialogues - 13-38 - Corporate Rule by the Supreme Court Pt1

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Portland public interest attorney, Dan Meek, reviews recent US Supreme Court decisions which have further empowered corporate power at the expense of “We, the people.” Included are comments on Citizens United v FEC, Gabelli v S.E.C., Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v Bartlett, Decker v NW Environmental Defense Center, Shelby County (Alabama) v Holder and more. Part 1 of 2.

Populist Dialogues - 13-44 - Tigard First vs Walmart

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Guests Steve Bintliff and Gary Jelinek talk talk with host David Delk about their effects to prevent the opening of a new Wal-Mart in their community just south of Portland. Wal-Mart has been shielded from most of the usual pubic input hearings and review processes by taking over development plans originally approved for different retail operation. Residents are therefore facing off against a local government united with Wal-Mart against the interests of the regions citizens.

Populist Dialogues - 13-37 A Personal History of the John Birch Society

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Claire Conner, author of Wrapped In The Flag, speaks at the First Unitarian Church about her new book and her history as the daughter of two original John Birch Society members in Chicago. She talks about being the youngest member at age 13 and how she came to realize the true character of the society, causing her to change into a liberal critic and activist. She warns that the John Birch Society continue to live on in the Tea Party today and other far right organizations and the importance of being united against the far right.

Populist Dialogues - 13-30 The Monopolists Rule II

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Guest David Cay Johnston, a prize winning investigative reporter and author of a trilogy of books on tax policy (his most recent is The Fine Print, How Big Companies Use “Plain English” To Rob You Blind) talks about how changes in the national and local tax systems has been gamed to benefit those who have the most already at the expense of all the rest of us. This is part 2 of a 2 part series.

Populist Dialogues - 13-29 The Monopolists Rule I

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Guest David Cay Johnston, a prize winning investigative reporter and author of a trilogy of books on tax policy (his most recent is The Fine Print, How Big Companies Use “Plain English” To Rob You Blind) talks about how changes in the national and local tax systems has been gamed to benefit those who have the most already at the expense of all the rest of us. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Populist Dialogues - 13-35 - Campaign Against Torture

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Populist Dialogues host David Delk talks with Linda Gustitus, President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. The first part of program deals with America as a torturer and changes in that since Pres. Obama became president. And then moves on to talk about another form of torture, solitary confinement in the US. The US has over 80,000 people in solitary, some of them being there for over 30 years. Linda describes some of the effects on people and how we can help end solitary confinement by organizing in our local communities.

Populist Dialogues - 13-34 - Oregon Drone Law

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The Oregon legislature passed a bill regulating drone use in Oregon by public agencies but left drone use by individuals and corporations without rules or oversight. Guest Jason Kafoury, a Portland Trail lawyer and organizer with the Oregon Progressive Party, talks about the party's campaign first with the City of Portland and now the state to craft laws which would ban private drone use, create a registry of drone users (both public and private) and put in place effective controls on public agency use of drones.

Populist Dialogues - 13-33 - Citizens Climate Lobby

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Guests Tamara Staton and Phil Carver discuss the growing Citizens Climate Lobby (CLL) and how people can be involved to advance a Fee & Dividend Proposal to reduce the amount of climate carbon to below 350 PPM. Tamara Staton is the leader of Portland's CCL chapter and Phil is a policy advisor to Oregon's Department of Energy. Fee & Dividend would impose a fee on the production of fossil fuels and rebate it back to the citizens, creating an incentive to reduce the amount of fossil fuel production and use.