Daily Topics - Tuesday January 4th, 2011

Truthout is proud to bring you an exclusive series from America's No. 1 progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. We'll be publishing weekly installments of Hartmann's acclaimed new book, "Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country." We invite Truthout readers to join us as, chapter by chapter, we explore these groundbreaking ideas for national transformation.

Hour One: Tax cuts, the new global elite and the new international oligarchy - Thom speaks with Professor of Economics Michael Hudson, President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET) - www.michael-hudson.com

Hour Two: The "business" of fear - Thom confronts Walid Shoebat, former terrorist turned law enforcement consultant and author of "Why We Want to Kill You" - www.shoebat.com; Plus, "The Great Islamophobic Crusade" - Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, will be here - www.maxblumenthal.com

Hour Three: Hayley Barbour, the White Citizen's Council and the murder of MLK - Lamar Waldron, JFK Historian and Thom's co-author on "Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK" and "Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination", will be here - www.legacyofsecrecy.com


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making progress 9 years 37 weeks ago

Having learned nothing from his midterm drubbing, the president is considering making JPMorgan Chase executive William Daley his chief of staff. Because what this administration needs is more sympathy for the criminals on Wall Street.

Daley, one of a seemingly endless supply of think-small corporate Democrats, is the founder of a think tank that goes by the unfortunate name of Third Way. http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/gag_me_with_a_banker_20110104/


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making progress 9 years 37 weeks ago

"The Left has Nowhere to go" - Ralph Nader http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/the_left_has_nowhere_to_go_20110102/

The previous post dove tails nicely into this one. Why is that?

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mathboy 9 years 37 weeks ago

I think you just invented a slogan, Thom.

"Tax the fat, not the bone!"

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Maxrot 9 years 37 weeks ago

Well perhaps we'll get economic collapse and war.


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Maxrot 9 years 37 weeks ago

Hey Thom, in reference to your 1984 allegories, don't forget that we have to listen to the morning Hate too, like good party members. What do you think Rush and Beck are on air for anyway?


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gerald 9 years 37 weeks ago

Our president can still learn about our country and the world.


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Erik300 9 years 37 weeks ago

The Roosevelts were old money and were the closest thing we had to a Landed Aristocracy in America which could explain their paternalistic Nobless Oblige attitude. - from Ch 5 - The Lord of he Manor. "


The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941

By Robert S. McElvaine


From "The Hundred Days of FDR"........Born in the Hudson River aristocracy, he inherited a sense of obligation to land and to community. He was indeed, as John T. Flynn labeled him in a once famous polemic, a country squire in the White House. The Republic was Hyde Park writ large, and he saw himself as trustee for a national estate that required vigilant protection and cultivation.

There was more than a touch of paternalism and noblesse oblige in all this, but there was also a vivid feeling of responsibility for the national community as a whole, especially its most defenseless members.

F.D.R. had had a reasonable exposure to the economic thought of his time. At Harvard he had taken more credits in economics than in any field except history and English. His teachers -William Z. Ripley, A. Piatt Andrew, O.M.W. Sprague - were in the reformist school that hoped to mitigate laissez-faire by regulation.

In the 1920's he had been active in the business self-regulation movement. As Governor of New York, he had pioneered in regional planning, conservation, electric power development and welfare legislation.

The President-elect emerged from this varied experience with a patrician disdain for business wisdom and a curiosity about economists. ''This nation asks for action, and action now,'' he said in his inaugural address................

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Erik300 9 years 37 weeks ago

I heard Trader Joe's pays its employees 50% higher than union wages, which could explain why they are so friendly and TJ's is growing while other chains are shrinking. http://www.workforce.com/section/recruiting-staffing/feature/fostering-loyal-workforce-trader-joes/

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Mimi Adams 9 years 37 weeks ago

Whatever they pay, cannot undo the damage that their refusal to end carrying produce/products grown in or manufactured within Illegal settlements/in Occupied territories under a brutal racist apartheid system, the even Bishop Desmond Tutu, and other notable Elder leaders have described as "worse than" South African apartheid.....Trader Joe trades with the 'enemy' and has not responded to ending the carrying of products with the Bar Code that begins with 729xxxxx. Please support the boycott of illegally raised, made and sold items with the 729xxx bar code. thanks

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