The F Word with Laura Flanders

The F Word with Laura Flanders

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In Barcelona, Being a Fearless City Mayor Means Letting the People Decide
Jun 13 • 3 min
No matter the result of the elections, Barcelona’s Ada Colau and Barcelona en Comú continue to put principles into practice. Subscribe to theLFShow Podcast to receive Laura Flanders’ commentary. Support theLFShow! Help us thrive and not just survive, by…
F-Word: Reporter in Spain
May 30 • 4 min
Today on the F-word we have a report from Spain. 80 years ago this April Spain fell under a brutal 30 year dictatorship after right beat left in a brutal civil war, General Franco’s rebels backed by Mussolini and Hitler and the religious extremists of his…
F-Word: The Opportunity Cost of Trump TV
May 20 • 3 min
“The Attorney General’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and his standoff with the House may be important. Something, sometime, may come of it. But let’s consider the opportunity cost of all that one-note coverage.” Support the LFShow!…
F-Word: Can It Happen Here?
May 20 • 3 min
“white nationalists have been targeting bookstores and libraries across the country for a while”…..”It’s not the hate that’s new. It’s the apparent sense of entitlement. ….they’re out in plain sight, and not just in the media’s backwaters but in the…
F-Word: Lyra McKee, Shot Dead In Derry, Reported on the Uncomfortable
Apr 22 • 3 min
“These days, establishment journalists spend inordinate amounts of time, bemoaning their own welfare and the state of their beleaguered industry. but it’s rarely been journalism fed and watered by the establishment that’s asked anything uncomfortable and…
F-Word: Collusion is in Plain Sight
Mar 28 • 4 min
Oh no! What will the money media report on now that Russia-gate has proven to be a dud? Not to worry, there’s plenty of collusion in plain sight, and it wouldn’t take a twenty-two month inquiry to find Trump conspiring with enemies of US democracy. Let’s…
F-Word: The Anti-Vaxx Epidemic
Mar 22 • 3 min
The State of Washington has declared a public health emergency due to spreading outbreaks of Measles. The World Health Organization credits “Vaccine Hesitancy” as a cause of the resurgence. And Trump tops it off by tweeting his doubts about vaccines and…
F-Word: Making American Journalism Great and Different
Mar 9 • 4 min
The same miserable mob that mauled main street banks has plundered and pillaged newspapers across the country. Pursuing only profits, private hedge funds bought and stripped even long-lived legacy papers leaving them for dead. One in five local papers has…
F-Word: Time For Socialist History Month?
Feb 22 • 2 min
Laura Flanders’ commentary, The F-Word. Host of The Laura Flanders Show airing on TV & Radio and streaming & by podcast subscription. http://www.LauraFlanders.org/listen Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our…
F-Word: An End to Amazon’s Two-Bit Romance. No Low-Rent Rendez-Vous
Feb 15 • 3 min
Like a macho man in the pre-feminist era, Amazon wanted things their way or no way. That’s how monopolies roll. Don’t ask questions, don’t consider options, and whatever you do, don’t conduct a background check. Becoming a member, you sustain our…
F-Word: In Prison, the Power’s On But There’s No Accountability
Feb 8 • 3 min
Hour after hour of hands hammering on windows at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn was chilling, until the President’s State of the Union Speech. Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and…
F-Word: In the French Yellow Vests Murdoch Finds a Movement to Like
Dec 12, 2018 • 2 min
“By many accounts Macron’s paying the price not so much for taxing carbon as for ignoring inequality and passing tax breaks for the rich, while pushing more austerity on people already at breaking point.” Laura Flanders, weekly commentary. Our goal is to…
F-Word: HUD Official to Move into Public Housing?
Dec 5, 2018 • 3 min
HUD NY official Lynne Patton is planning on moving into NYCHA projects, but why not move big money OUT of housing instead? Make a year end donation. Support 10 years of the Laura Flanders Show. http://www.LauraFlanders.org/donate
F-Word: Amazon Gives to End Homelessness? That’s Rich
Nov 27, 2018 • 3 min
The F-Word, Laura Flanders’ weekly commentary. Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!
F-Word: From Voting to Wealth Building for Native Americans
Nov 20, 2018 • 3 min
Building a new economy for and by Native Americans requires election level attention beyond election week. That new book out from the Democracy Collective, ”An Indigenous Approach to Community Wealth Building: A Lakota Translation”.…
F-Word: WTF White Women?
Nov 8, 2018 • 3 min
“The particular patriarchs whom white women have put in office this November are on the record, anti-female. ” Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!…
F-Word: Hate Speech at Homeland Security
Nov 2, 2018 • 3 min
Someone scrawled KILL [email protected]%gers on the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York this week, not thirty five feet from the headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, ICE and the FBI. Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a…
F-Word: Is Donald Trump Responsible For Violence? Absolutely
Oct 26, 2018 • 3 min
Is Donald Trump responsible for unhinged violence against innocent people? Absolutely. You only have to look at Yemen to see that. Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!
F-Word: Fighting Chance in Virginia’s Fighting 9th
Oct 12, 2018 • 4 min
“For a while last week, I thought I was in the wrong place. While the nation’s eyes were on the Kavanaugh hearings, I was in southwest Virginia, with a congressional campaign in rural America that big donors and DC Democrats don’t seem to care that much…
F-Word: It’s Time to call #TimesUp on Standing Alone
Sep 28, 2018 • 3 min
“September 28, when a woman, Ana Maria Archila, stuck her foot in the door of an elevator and gave Republican Jeff Flake, a potential swing voter, a talking-to, and kept that foot in that door so that another woman could do the same, as the cameras…
F-Word: 10 Years on, The End of Capitalism is Easier to Imagine
Sep 21, 2018 • 3 min
‘Not long after the financial crash of 2008, I heard someone say, “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” Is it?’ Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and…
F-Word: Markers - Past, Present, Public, Private
Sep 14, 2018 • 3 min
“This particular plaque for my father made me think about something else too. If it wasn’t for inclusive design, I literally would not exist.” Check out our SPECIAL REPORT: Ableism Out, Independent Living Now! http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=56122055 Our…
F-Word: Ominous Silence on the Anniversary of the ADA
Jul 28, 2018 • 3 min
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Cooperatives, From Brooklyn to Brattleboro
Jul 20, 2018 • 3 min
Socialism is as close as your closest coop. Check our our UK special with Jeremy Corbyn- UK Labour: http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=55387497 Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven…
F-Word: Jeff Sessions Sets Back The Clock
Jul 9, 2018 • 3 min
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F-Word: National Suicide Point?
Jun 22, 2018 • 3 min
“Smash society and you create craven people. Craven, from the early English word meaning crushed, defeated, overwhelmed.” Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!
F-Word: Bottom Up Wins In Virginia’s Primaries
Jun 15, 2018 • 3 min
A certain handshake in Singapore dominated the news June 12, so you may have missed Virginia’s Democratic primaries. Our goal is to thrive, not just survive. By becoming a member, you sustain our independent, and grassroots-driven content!…
F-Word: Liberal and Establishment Media Thwarting Populist Politics
Jun 12, 2018 • 3 min
The commentary is an excerpt taken from our online-only interview with Chomsky, where the famed linguist analyzed the state of geo-nuclear politics, the crisis of climate change, and the need for international solidarity against proliferation. Check out…
F-Word: Throwing Shade not Light on Youth Voting
Jun 1, 2018 • 3 min
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F-word: After Brexit, Blexit: Putting Your Money Where Your Life Is
May 24, 2018 • 3 min
Public banks serving public interests. Find out more about BLEXIT at http://NextCity.org and learn about the Banking for Justice campaign at http://NewEconomynyc.org and watch the Laura Flanders Show. Please write a review in iTunes. Our goal is to…
F-Word: What if Ida B Wells Depended on Facebook?
May 4, 2018 • 3 min
“After Ida B. Wells published a column on May 21, 1892, denouncing “the old threadbare lie,” that lynching was used to “protect white womanhood,” a white mob marched to her office in Memphis, destroyed her presses and left a warning they would kill Wells…
F-Word: Water, Profit and Public Trust in Michigan
Apr 27, 2018 • 3 min
Two hundred dollars a year, to make private profits off public water is little for Nestle Water Company in the state of Michigan. When it’s what residents in Flint Michigan are paying every month to drink private water because the public supply’s been…
F-Word: U.S. Led Strike on Syria More of a Show of Weakness
Apr 20, 2018 • 3 min
“Politicians and pundits tend to get excited about war, but the US-led strike on Syria of April 14th, was more of a show of weakness than of strength, veteran Middle East correspondent, Patrick Cockburn tells Laura Flanders.“ Patrick has reported on the…
F-Word: USA Human Rights Double Standard on Palestine and Syria
Apr 13, 2018 • 8 min
USA on Human Rights Has a Double Standard on Palestine and Syria: As Israeli forces kill unarmed demonstrators for a third week in Gaza and while the US simultaneously prepares to strike Syria over human rights abuses, I spoke to Lana Abu Hijileh, Country…
F-Word: We Need Local Media For Our Health
Apr 6, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: We Need Local Media For Our Health by Laura Flanders
F-Word: Sesta Doesn’t Make Us Safer
Mar 30, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: Sesta Doesn’t Make Us Safer by Laura Flanders
F-Word: An Exception to the Rule In Rio
Mar 23, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: An Exception to the Rule In Rio by Laura Flanders
F-Word: ​’Headline: Time for Farm to Table Fairness’
Mar 16, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: ​’Headline: Time for Farm to Table Fairness’ by Laura Flanders
F-Word: West Virginia Workers And the Taste of Solidarity
Mar 8, 2018 • 2 min
F-Word: West Virginia Workers And the Taste of Solidarity by Laura Flanders
F-Word: West Virginia Workers And the Taste of Solidarity
Mar 8, 2018 • 2 min
F-Word: West Virginia Workers And the Taste of Solidarity by Laura Flanders
F-Word: Smear’s The Thing
Feb 23, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: Smear’s The Thing by Laura Flanders
F-Word: #IraqToo
Feb 16, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: #IraqToo by Laura Flanders
F-Word: Dr King and the Ram
Feb 7, 2018 • 2 min
F-Word: Dr King and the Ram by Laura Flanders
F-Word: America’s New Fossil Fuel Moment
Feb 2, 2018 • 2 min
F-Word: America’s New Fossil Fuel Moment by Laura Flanders
F-Word: Who Needs DeNeuve When We Have Judge Aquilina?
Jan 31, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: Who Needs DeNeuve When We Have Judge Aquilina? by Laura Flanders
F-Word: Trump’s Migration Program Mimics the Cold War Dragnet
Jan 26, 2018 • 3 min
F-Word: Trump’s Migration Program Mimics the Cold War Dragnet by Laura Flanders
Life or Death to the FCC
Dec 19, 2017 • 3 min
Life or Death to the FCC by Laura Flanders
F-word: From Washington to Jerusalem - It’s not Reckless. It’s a wreck
Dec 14, 2017 • 2 min
F-word: From Washington to Jerusalem - It’s not Reckless. It’s a wreck by Laura Flanders
F-word: Wanted, This Christmas, A Media-Monopoly Bust Up
Nov 30, 2017 • 3 min
This week’s commentary covers the ongoing battle over the future of Net-Neutrality. As if 2017 hasn’t been filled with enough threats to our civil liberties, the ax seems to finally be coming down on so-called Net Neutrality laws. Historically, the role…
Election Night: Dems Divided Down Progressive Fault Lines?
Nov 16, 2017 • 3 min
Plus, an F-word from Laura on how election night wins on the part of Democrats shouldn’t conceal their internal fissures or the work being done by progressives. Tis the season to make that year end donation. Keep this commentary ad free!…
Fword: Weinstein Suggests It’s Time for a Shared Power Index for Companies
Nov 8, 2017 • 3 min
Fword: Weinstein Suggests It’s Time for a Shared Power Index for Companies by Laura Flanders
Catalan Crisis or Capitalist Crisis?
Oct 25, 2017 • 3 min
Catalan Crisis or Capitalist Crisis? by Laura Flanders
Absolute Media Power Corrupts Absolutely
Oct 12, 2017 • 3 min
Absolute Media Power Corrupts Absolutely by Laura Flanders
First They Came for the Immigrants
Oct 4, 2017 • 3 min
If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention and if you are, well the feds know about it.
Made Homeless by Hurricanes? This Budget’s Not For You
Sep 20, 2017 • 3 min
Made Homeless by Hurricanes? This Budget’s Not For You by Laura Flanders
Anti Racist Rebellions Deserve Their Own Monuments
Sep 13, 2017 • 3 min
A commentary from Laura on monuments - where are the monuments to the motley crew and our antiracist predecessors?
On the Side of the Mob: American Interests in Venezuela
Aug 1, 2017 • 3 min
In the case of Venezuela — President Trump’s on the side of the mob, not the government. The burners, not the burnt. Still he’s asking the right questions: Look around. What’s going on? And are we going to tolerate it?
On the Diggers - The Revolution Will Be Fed
Jul 28, 2017 • 2 min
A commentary from Laura on the Diggers and feeding while rebelling.
People Who Stand for Justice, Not the Just-Us
Jul 20, 2017 • 2 min
Laura Flanders on the recently passed Reproductive Equity Act in Oregon that extends heath coverage to all Oregonians, including trans and undocumented people. Watch the full episode at www.lauraflanders.com
Hunger Strike Against Inhumane Detention of Immigrants
Jul 12, 2017 • 2 min
You’ve gotta wonder, protests, congress, hunger strike, deaths? What’s it gonna take before Americans notice what’s happening?
Hell In Hamburg? The G20 Summit Could Have Been Worse.
Jul 7, 2017 • 3 min
Laura Flanders on the G20 summit and prospects for resistance.
Progressive Power Shifts From the Bottom Up
Jun 21, 2017 • 3 min
An F-word from Laura on why, and how, progressives need to respond to the Russia fiasco by buckling down on a focus towards local power shifts.
People Have A Right to Repair
Jun 7, 2017 • 3 min
People Have A Right to Repair by Laura Flanders
Zombie Economics and Zombie Malls are a Problem
May 24, 2017 • 3 min
We can’t look to the dying economics of retail and so-called unskille work to move us in to the future.
On Pope Francis, Concentration Camps and US
May 16, 2017 • 3 min
So what about the subhuman conditions we systematically herd whole populations into through war, segregation, expulsion, redlining detention, incarceration?
Nuclear Provocation Update: It’s Not Just North Korea
May 10, 2017 • 2 min
Laura on why there isn’t just one major nuclear aggressor in the world, and in fact, we have to look homewards to find some key nuclear players.
Putin’s Alleged Crimes Distract Us From The GOP’s Real Ones
Apr 5, 2017 • 2 min
Laura’s weekly F-word on why focusing on what Russia’s head of state might have done, is distracting us from what he’s actually doing.
Trump’s Budget is Socialism for the Rich and Corporates
Mar 28, 2017 • 3 min
Laura’s F-Word on why Donald Trump’s new budget isn’t about cuts — it’s about conversions. The budget wants to convert public dollars into private funding for military research and spending, for the only government apparatus that never gets audited.
Happy White Cis Het Capitalist Patriarchy Month?
Mar 23, 2017 • 2 min
Happy White Cis Het Capitalist Patriarchy Month? by Laura Flanders
The Roots of International Working Women’s Day
Mar 16, 2017 • 2 min
Laura goes back to where the International Women’s Day began: in the dire straights of striking women, demanding autonomy and a right to the way they lived.
The Merit in Merit-Based Immigration is Political
Mar 13, 2017 • 1 min
Laura describes how the history of Irish immigration to the United States shows the way lines drawn for deciding immigrants “merit” are blurry.
Trump’s Migration Program Mimics the Cold War Dragnet
Feb 23, 2017 • 3 min
Laura’s F-Word this week on how the Trump administration has launched a Soviety era, McCarthyist witch hunt to catch “illegal” immigrants, that’s not really about immigrants at all.
Trump vs the Judiciary
Feb 15, 2017 • 2 min
It’s not too far out to think that Trump and co.’s first target might be the judiciary courts themselves. Laura takes a look.
Taking A Breath From The Political Moment
Feb 7, 2017 • 3 min
An F-Word from Laura on taking a breath in the midst of panic, to recollect, and then, organize.
Reimagining Our Systems of Power
Jan 27, 2017 • 3 min
Who governs is important, but what we really need to be talking about is government itself. Let’s remember that least discussed statistic, 49% of eligible voters, some 117 million Americans, didn’t even cast a vote in a country where registering is pretty…
Independent Media vs. Donald Trump
Nov 28, 2016 • 3 min
In the days since the election, the Trump team have stated their intention to ‘open up’ (nonexistent) libel laws and sue the elect’s accusers. But it’s not just about protecting old bastions of media, it’s about transforming the very way we think about…
Never Again
Nov 7, 2016 • 3 min
Laura Flanders, on why she hopes voters will never have to make this choice again.
The Gritty Work of Marriage Equality
Nov 2, 2016 • 2 min
Laura’s F-Word on the new documentary Political Animals, which tracks the four California Assemblywomen that put in motion the pieces that allowed marriage equality to happen.
Building Highways Not Gates
Oct 25, 2016 • 3 min
Laura’s F-Word on what happens to the house when the glass ceiling is broken, with notes from feminist scholar Anna Julia Cooper’s famed 1893 speech, “Women’s Cause is One and Universal.”
Being Stressed & Organizing Anyway
Oct 18, 2016 • 3 min
A few words from Laura on how to keep mobilizing and organizing — in spite of stress.
Don’t Trust The Money Media
Oct 18, 2016 • 3 min
Laura speaks a little on why winner takes all media isn’t helping voters.
Recovering Our Pride
Jun 24, 2016 • 2 min
On this week’s F-Word: Laura talks about the complicated history many LGBTQ people have with pride, and why at its best, it still proclaims solidarity and joy.
Rosa Luxembourg: Reform or Revolution as a Lesson for Modern Times
Jun 21, 2016 • 2 min
On this week’s F-Word, Laura reminds us of the German socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxembourg who, while living in an epoch eerily similar to ours, called for reform against capitalism.
Apple’s Questionable Borrowing
Jun 15, 2016 • 1 min
On this week’s F-Word, Laura asks why Apple, one of the most profitable companies on the planet, borrows so much money. Find out more at www.lauraflanders.com/read
Yale Should Pay Its Fair Share
Jun 13, 2016 • 2 min
Ancient law, contemporary blowback, a chase-the-rich approach to developing your local economy. It’s not just Puerto Rico that’s mired in debt and a crisis that’s sparing the rich at the expense of the poor. It’s also New Haven. That Connecticut city is…
Celebrating Ali, Collectivizing Courage: Dave Zirin w. Laura Flanders on WBAI
Jun 10, 2016 • 12 min
On his way to #MuhammadAli’s memorial in Louisville, KY, Ali’s hometown, Nation Magazine editor and @EdgeofSports podcaster Dave Zirin talks with @TheLFShow’s Laura Flanders about the man, his message and his “last great act of resistance” — his Muslim…
Men Who Move and States That Shake
May 24, 2016 • 2 min
One man moves and a whole state shakes? When that one man is hedge fund billionaire David Tepper, that’s just what happens. David Tepper is a multi-billion dollar hedge fund manager who’s lived in New Jersey for more than 20 years. Now he’s moving his…
The Human Cost of Automation or “My Miserable Travel Experience”
May 20, 2016 • 2 min
Automation automation everywhere. Wherever you look, robots are in, and precarious work is getting precarious-er. Take telephone operators, it’s been years since I spoke to one. I kinda miss’em. Bank tellers are probably next. Business Insider reports…
Who Needs Panama When You Have the Home State of Joe Biden?
May 12, 2016 • 2 min
“Enough time has gone by that it’s worth following up on a question raised but then rapidly dropped this spring. Remember the Panama papers? That staggering dump of 11.5 million documents leaked on fourteen thousand clients of the law firm Mossack Fonseca…
Lucy Parsons: The Anarchist & Intersectional Feminist Who Inspired May Day
Apr 28, 2016 • 2 min
“Workers shouldn’t strike and go out and starve, but strike and remain in, and take possession, said Lucy Parsons. Lucy Parsons was of Mexican American, African American, and Native american descent. Born into slavery, a feminist, anarchist, and a leading…
Concentrated Media Power is Real Power: We’ve Let Markets Rule the Public’s Airwaves
Apr 12, 2016 • 2 min
For months we have done our best here at the Laura Flanders Show show to keep it a Trump-free zone. As far as humanly possible we’ve not commented on Donald Trump’s rise, his fall, his peaks, or his lows. But maybe just maybe there is something positive…
This Primary Season: Don’t Give In To Panic And Mute
Apr 5, 2016 • 2 min
Well here we are in my least favorite phase of the election season. The part when pundits and politicians pile on en masse to pull back public aspirations. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, calls it the “We Shouldn’t Even Try”…
Paying for War: Time to Step Up and Stop the Bleeding
Mar 29, 2016 • 2 min
It’s coming up. April 15th: US Tax Day. Among other things, that’s the day that the Stockholm International Research Institute releases its annual report on world military spending. The number is always mind blowing. But what to do? To back up - for the…
Easter Rising: Irish Eyes Are On Neoliberalism
Mar 25, 2016 • 2 min
“We declare the right of the people to the ownership of the land and the unfettered control of our destinies.” Sounds familiar? It’s not the US Constitution, it’s the Proclamation signed by Irish rebels 100 years ago this April. In 1916, a few thousand…
Happy Easter: Why are Taxpayers Subsidizing Church?
Mar 22, 2016 • 2 min
Happy Easter everyone! Have you ever noticed how — US Constitution notwithstanding — churches occupy a pretty special place in our society? Just consider the upcoming holiday. If there’s a Christian church in your hood, chances are, you might see a street…
A Great National Sick-Out - It’s Past Time
Mar 15, 2016 • 2 min
A picture’s worth a thousand words they say, and that was certainly the case earlier this year when public school teachers in Detroit started tweeting out pictures of the crumbling schools they work in. After months of attempting to grab legislators’…
The Great Corporate Buy-Up: Because of Corporations, Our Cities Are Not Our Own
Mar 8, 2016 • 2 min
Think you can tell the difference between a city and a business park? It may not be so clear. A corporate buying boom since the financial crash is gobbling up city property and leaving us with places that are literally not our town. Purchasing took off…
Dark Money: What Might The Money Media Cover If They Weren’t Covering Trump?
Mar 1, 2016 • 2 min
Dark Money, Super PACs, shady multi-millionaires buying your democracy. When Americans were asked recently what they fear most, it wasn’t terrorists (unless you mean the sort that take over your TV at election time.) It was corruption of government…
SCOTUS Case Friedrichs is a Trojan Horse - Let’s Talk Real Freedom in the Workplace
Feb 23, 2016 • 2 min
The Supreme Court is considering the most important labor case in years. Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, ostensibly addresses public workers rights on the job, specifically their right not to support their union. The plaintiffs argue that…
We’re Still Moving Forward - On Authoritarianism and Angels in America
Feb 2, 2016 • 2 min
Half way through Tony Kushner’s play, Angels in America, two old Bolsheviks consider the prospect of the future in a scene set in the Kremlin on the verge of the end of the Soviet Union in 1985. “The great question before us is: are we doomed?” says one.…
Who Cares if Hillary is Warm? I Care About Her Wars
Jan 26, 2016 • 2 min
Primary season is in its prime and feels familiar in almost every respect. Eight years on, it’s the same candidate, the same point of contention. Is Hillary Clinton warm enough? I’m not debating that this is sexist stuff: all this focus on her warmth, her…
Wealth Isn’t Colorless or Gender Free: Capital and Intersectionality
Jan 19, 2016 • 2 min
Capital is intersectional says guest Zillah Eisenstein on The Laura Flanders Show this week. People with bodies labor, which means that the capital they produce is immersed in race and gender. Just like the bodies that make it, wealth’s not colorless or…
The Dark Magic of the Art Market
Jan 12, 2016 • 2 min
The market is magic, say capitalism’s admirers but some that magic is pretty dark. Just look at what it’s done to art and the art market. What once inspired generosity now feeds off its exact opposite - inequality and there’s no reason art buyers or…
Laissez Faire Capitalism - That Is Anything But
Jan 5, 2016 • 2 min
“Laissez faire” capitalists love to argue that the market itself is magic. You don’t need government or regulation to rein in bad companies — consumers will do it. The principle involved is called “reputation”. It’s amazing how vigorously, then, some…
The Solution Isn’t Kindler, Gentler Prison
Dec 15, 2015 • 3 min
What got a person locked up – no matter what - in 1790? Piracy. Period. At the birth of the republic mandatory minimum sentences were a rare and targeted thing. Attacking and robbing ships at sea got you life, no ifs, ands or buts. What gets you a…
Working against the Racial Wealth Gap
Dec 8, 2015 • 3 min
Black workers centers are meeting nationally this month to deepen their ties and strengthen their political power. In a sane world their agenda would be our national agenda: to build assets and access to resources, for the least wealthy Americans. After…
What Do 19th Century African Statues Have to Do with COP21?
Dec 2, 2015 • 2 min
The heads of 19th century African states, when they found their authority bypassed by colonial traders and their land and people savaged by powers beyond their control, sought to reassert their authority by erecting scary little statues with the…
This Thanksgiving Think Food Power, Not Food Pantries
Nov 24, 2015 • 2 min
During his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis called out Dorothy Day. Scurrying to figure out why, reporters duly described Day as the co- founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, which feeds and houses the urban poor. It may take her being…
If You’re An Activist, Free Information Will Cost You
Nov 17, 2015 • 2 min
Just because it’s called the Freedom of Information Act, doesn’t mean the information is free. In fact, if you’re an activist or a journalist trying to investigate the police, chances are it’s going to cost you, as reporters discovered last year when they…
Money Media Cover Change Makers Most When They’re Dead
Nov 10, 2015 • 2 min
It’s amazing how money media cover activists when they die. When radical philosopher and organizer Grace Lee Boggs passed away on October 5, she received long, respectful obituaries in just about every paper. “Activist and revolutionary”, “trail blazer”,…
A Long Forty Seconds: Mohammed el Gharani and Habeas Corpus
Nov 3, 2015 • 2 min
Mohammed el Gharani was one of the youngest detainees ever held at Guantanamo Bay. At the age of fourteen he was abducted, imprisoned and subjected to torture – a non person in America’s non prison camp. Close to eight years later, never having been…
Who’s Leading The Charge for Change? Women
Oct 27, 2015 • 2 min
Towards the end of the new movie, This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein, author of the book that inspired the film, notices something about who’s leading the charge for change. They come from sacrifice zones, the very same places the powers that be have…
System Overhaul: Stop Isolating Prisons
Oct 20, 2015 • 3 min
The State of California recently conceded that its policy of keeping prisoners in isolation demanded an overhaul. Now can we overhaul our system of isolating prisons? As the prison activists and lawyers who forced California to change made clear, human…
Gaza and Ferguson: Security Forces that Stink - Literally
Oct 13, 2015 • 3 min
What do Gaza and Ferguson have in common? Security forces that stink. I mean it literally. Thanks to Missouri’s open records law, it has been confirmed that the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is one of a slew of US city police forces to add a…
Why Are Our War Criminals Still Walking Free?
Oct 6, 2015 • 3 min
If the Guatemalans can send their war criminals to jail, why are ours still walking around? It just so happened I was reading Greg Grandin’s new biography of Henry Kissinger while the news was breaking in Guatemala. After thirty years of civil war, and…
Who’s In Deepwater For The Deepwater?
Oct 4, 2015 • 2 min
BP‘s settlement for the Deepwater Horizon spill was great headline-grabbing news recently. Five Gulf coast governors as well as the US Attorney General took the opportunity to claim glory for the largest settlement with a single entity in American…
Cheney, Bush, Give Your Home To a Refugee
Sep 29, 2015 • 2 min
Waterfront sunsets, oysters, cool breezes on white sails. I hope the Bushes and the Cheneys enjoyed their long vacation, because now it is time for them to hand over their vacation homes to refugees. I know, you didn’t think your war would touch your…
The Pseudo-Email Scandal
Sep 22, 2015 • 2 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv, for the Progressive Voices channel on Tune-In A year from now we’ll be in the election’s grimmest days; those weeks before the voting when every scrap of dirt that can be hurled at the candidates will have been unearthed,…
An America Without Prisons: It’s Been Done Before
Sep 15, 2015 • 2 min
The state of California agreed in early September to overhaul it’s solitary confinement system. With some 3,000 living and breathing people locked up, some of them for twenty or thirty years, in small cells without windows, all but two hours a day — you…
Inversion Perversion
Sep 1, 2015 • 2 min
There’s US law and then there’s global trade law and if you ever felt inclined to believe that Congress rules the roost, just take a look at the Obama administration’s evaporated pledge to take on corporate tax evaders. Obama’s talked for years about…
New Orleans’ Deadly Floodwaters Are Now From Gentrification
Aug 27, 2015 • 2 min
It’s New Orleans remembrance time; that time where, for the last ten years at the end of August, public attention returns for a bit to the city that abandoned its poorest. Poor people clinging to rooftops in the richest nation on earth. The pictures…
In The Empire Of Google
Jul 24, 2015 • 2 min
You can now “unsend” email. Whoop di doop. Forgive me if my enthusiasm is under control. For one thing, “unsend’s” been around for years. Google’s announcement this June was merely that what had been experimental, will now be a built in feature for…
Will We Ever Stop The Drones?
Jul 18, 2015 • 3 min
Almost a year after the 2012 election, Florida congressman Alan Grayson decided to hold a hearing. The number of drone attacks were going up not down; sparse news reports from mostly military sources weren’t making much of an impact on the American…
Anti-Social Giving to Harvard and Yale
Jul 10, 2015 • 2 min
Not so long ago, Yale university received a $150 million gift. That looked like a lot until Harvard scooped up $400 million a few weeks later. Both gifts came from Wall Street speculators – Blackstone Group Founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman and hedge…
Death By Stereotype
Jul 6, 2015 • 2 min
The nuclear clock’s still ticking and arms-trading is fuelling a suicidal race. There are a lot of things to fear in the world today. I’d like to suggest that African American women be taken off that list. Not long ago, I had a chance to hear from…
I am Not Roof’s Woman
Jun 24, 2015 • 2 min
“You rape our women and you’re taking over our country,” Dylann Roof is reported to have said as he opened fire on African Americans in Charleston, killing nine. His claim to act in women’s – which is to say white women’s – defense is as old as white male…
This LGBT Pride, Let’s Celebrate Difference not Sameness
May 31, 2015 • 3 min
It’s hard to imagine an American poet more celebrated than four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost whose most famous poem concludes: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I —I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” When the…
Black Women Suffer Death By Stereotype
May 25, 2015 • 2 min
Sticks and stones may not break your bones, but stereotypes can certainly put your life in danger. That’s the message of a new report on police violence against women of color. Not only are black women, just like black men, in interactions with the police…
From Belfast To Baltimore Bad Police Tactics Spread. Can Justice Too?
May 22, 2015 • 2 min
It’s an old adage but it’s true, especially when it comes to policing: an injury to one really is an injury to all. That’s because like a bad movie, bad police tactics spread the globe. Accountability can go global too, but as in a recent case out of…
Gaza’s Missing Money
May 10, 2015 • 3 min
US media coverage of the Middle East is awash in vagueness – I’m looking at two headlines this year, “Palestinian Said to Be Killed by Israeli Soldiers” and “Palestinian Driver Suspected of Deliberately Hitting Jerusalem Bus Stop.” On top of the…
Is Freddie Gray Dead Because Of Lead?
May 6, 2015 • 3 min
Indictments are nice, but institutional change is necessary. That’s the message bellowing out of Baltimore. Even as she announced charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby called for “structural and system…
The Missing Millions in Prison, Aren’t Missing. We Are.
Apr 30, 2015 • 2 min
It’s becoming popular in the media to talk about the missing millions— the 1.5 million African American men in their prime who are missing from civic life. Those millions, it’s explained, are mostly missing because they’ve died young or been locked up.…
Don’t Expect The Master’s Media To Cover the Master’s Trade Deal
Apr 28, 2015 • 3 min
LED signs, banner drops, projections on famous monuments; activists have used all manner of tactics to spread the word about the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Still, a vote on the largest trade pact of our time is looming before most voters have even…
Visionary Sci Fi for an Age of Acquiescence
Apr 19, 2015 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. A new book just out on the Gilded Age, calls ours an Age of Acquiescence. We’ve become a nation of accepters, its author argues, wiling to tolerate corporate crime and public poverty as inevitable outcomes of a system…
The “Cost Of Doing [BIG] Business”
Apr 13, 2015 • 3 min
“The cost of doing business.” That’s what corporations call it when they claim a deduction from their taxes for the damage they’ve done to people and the planet. It’s a cost of doing business all right; a cost to us, of doing business with them the way we…
High Stakes Testing for High Stakes Economy
Mar 31, 2015 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. Governor Scott Walker stirred up the hornets this winter when he not only proposed cutting $300 million from the University of Wisconsin’s budget, but simultaneously tried to change the vaunted mission of that institution…
The Costly Police Gender Gap
Mar 24, 2015 • 3 min
Women’s History Month is drawing to a close and as if on cue, we saw another example of why paying attention to gender matters, and how for the most part we still don’t do it. In their blistering review of the Ferguson Police Department, Justice…
What’s the Economy For? Community or Control? Lessons from Hungary
Mar 16, 2015 • 3 min
Communism, capitalism; I just spent a week in Hungary, where anyone in their 50s has spent more or less equal parts of their life under each system and what many of those people find surprising now is just how little has changed. As one resident of…
Federal or Local? It’s About Power
Mar 1, 2015 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. Conservatives need to figure out where they stand on local power. Their views present a paradox, suggested The New York Times recently. Causing the confusion are so-called pre-emption laws passed by states to stop local…
The Incredible Whiteness of Clinton
Feb 25, 2015 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv, for the Progressive Voices channel on Tune-In Hillary Clinton effectively entered the 2016 presidential race this week with a major speech to a women’s conference in Silicon Valley. Word is, she’s decided to make gender…
Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, too Can Play at that Game:
Feb 16, 2015 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv, for the Progressive Voices channel on Tune-In The global newswire Associated Press announced this January that it will no longer refer to the app-based cab-hail service Uber, as “ride-sharing.” The move follows criticism…
Own The Change: Building Workplace Democracy One Worker Cooperative At A Time
Feb 9, 2015 • 2 min
You cannot be what you cannot see, they say. We all saw an economy in crisis a few years ago. Now, in between fear of another crash and pain in a supposed recovery, many Americans are frustrated. Last year, researchers with the Pew Center found that 78…
Media Miss Half the Story of The Greek Election
Jan 24, 2015 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. When it comes to elections, there’s the “who” of politics and then there’s the “what” of it, by which I mean what do parties and politicians actually do to win support? While they’re not brilliant at covering the first,…
NATO Chief Unfit To Quote on Terror?
Jan 23, 2015 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv, for the Progressive Voices channel on Tune-In It tells you something about what’s laughingly called the public debate, when the most dovish voice on the questions of terrorism and war comes from a leader of the military…
If People Were Pipelines
Jan 12, 2015 • 3 min
If Nigeria’s Dead were Oil Profits The UN has called on Nigeria to restore law and order in the northeast and investigate mass killings alleged, to have been carried, out in the past few weeks by the militant group, Boko Haram. Boko Haram’s the same lot…
From Drones to Chokeholds, We’re Over-Policed!
Dec 15, 2014 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. I’ve just spent two very different weekends in the company of two very different groups of people dealing with two very related problems; on the one hand, invasive, warrantless wiretapping; on the other, violent,…
Human Rights Not Issues
Dec 3, 2014 • 3 min
Human Rights Day is coming up. It’s marked every year on December 10th — an occasion on which the world commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the US spreads lies about what’s in that document. On December 10, 1948, the…
Sexist Smoke Serves Clinton Camp
Nov 13, 2014 • 3 min
The Hillary Clinton nutcracker reappeared this week — a blonde plastic doll with sharp, steel-lined legs. The stupid sexist toy came to retail shelves amid a slew of post midterm stories that repeated old boring guff about the Democrats’ age, her health…
Hart, Ferraro: Today’s Dirty Tactics Have Old Roots
Nov 6, 2014 • 3 min
Former New York Times political correspondent Matt Bai is out with a new book about the decline of US campaigns and it’s a timely read in the cold post midterm winter. Bai’s topic is the downfall of Gary Hart, the Democratic Party’s 1988 front-runner…
When First Responders Are Women
Oct 31, 2014 • 3 min
It shouldn’t take a strike to keep first responders safe, but that seems to be what’s needed when those first responders are women. Hunks in hard hats, we make our heroes. Women in scrubs we’re not so sure about. Kaci Hickox, on her return from Sierra…
Our Politics Is The Pathogen
Oct 23, 2014 • 3 min
HI, I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. Infectious disease specialists say Ebola can’t spread through the air, but the political grandstanding about it can and if history’s any guide, that could well do us more harm than the epidemic. To recap, while thousands…
From Ferguson to the Nation: What if Moral Mondays Came Everyday?
Oct 17, 2014 • 2 min
The Moral Monday movement came to Missouri. What if it spread nationally, and to the rest of the week? Police arrested more than fifty people in front of the Ferguson Police Department Monday October 13, during demonstrations against the police killing of…
Shifting Syria Threats
Oct 9, 2014 • 2 min
The US is under pressure to respond to allegations of war crimes in connection with its air strikes on Syria. But how do you assess disproportionate harm when this entire assault is disproportionate and premised on undefined threats? Local residents in…
Demanding Local Power from Hong Kong to New York
Oct 3, 2014 • 2 min
Imagine: a wave of protests engulfs a city, demanding attention to a lack of democracy. Police fire tear gas, local lawyers object, and instead of dispersing, the protests don’t dwindle, they grow. A week in, thousands of students are boycotting their…
Dump Hope! Break The Trance!
Sep 24, 2014 • 3 min
On Sunday September 21st, huge crowds marched through Manhattan. More than 1,000 environmental justice, labor, faith and grassroots groups mobilized and trod the many steps down the city’s upper west side and through midtown to end up somewhere west of…
It’s Not the Carbon; It’s the Capitalism!
Sep 20, 2014 • 3 min
The big climate march in New York City and a big new book have concentrated attention on the climate. Enough denial and delay the marchers chant; This Changes Everything, says Naomi Klein in her latest call to action. “It’s not about carbon, it’s about…
Surplus Military
Aug 23, 2014 • 2 min
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police. That’s a relief. Now can we have a review of the distribution of military influence throughout US society? What we’ve learned so far is…
A Mountain Is Not A Beach: Media Rules on the Middle East
Aug 14, 2014 • 3 min
Hi, I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv on the Progressive Voices Channel on Tune In. “I will not compare slaughter to slaughter. I will not compare death to death. I will not compare I will not compare… “ Welcome to my morning mantra. It’s been a long hot news…
My Brothers (and Sisters) Keeper
Jul 30, 2014 • 3 min
President Obama addressed a Town Hall meeting the other day, to announce the expansion of an important initiative on racial justice. The room was packed and all sorts of people were there including members of the National Basketball Players Association.…
Where are the Referees On Gaza?
Jul 16, 2014 • 3 min
Not so long ago, as I watched the World Cup soccer final, I couldn’t help but wonder where the referees are when you need them — in the Middle East, for example? The final soccer match between Germany and Argentina was close; tied until the bitter end,…
Revolution Now: Common Sense Asks Why Not?
Jun 26, 2014 • 3 min
July 4th, Independence Day, is coming up and I’ve been thinking about Thomas Paine. “These are times that try men’s souls,” wrote the American revolutionary in 1776. But you’ve got to wonder. The rule of mad King George and the Royal East India Company…
More Cheering, Please, for Seattle
Jun 6, 2014 • 2 min
I’m beginning to think the American Left is a lot like Eeyore. Our favorite food is thistles. Give us a week in which something extraordinary is won and we cheer for an instant before retuning to gloom. On June 2, Seattle’s City Council unanimously…
What About North Dakota’s Man-Made Tornado?
May 29, 2014 • 3 min
If you’re going to get hurt in a North Dakota man camp you’d better make sure it’s by a tornado. In fact, when a 120-miles per hour twister tore through a group of homes on Memorial Day making national news, it was probably the first time most Americans…
To Repair the Environment, Rehabilitate the Body Politic
May 21, 2014 • 3 min
Hi, I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. I’ve been out of commentary mode recently, in part because I’ve been recovering from knee surgery and in part because I’ve been traveling. In early February I tore a tendon. Painful, but fixable, once I decided to…
Chokwe Lumumba’s Solidarity Economics: Not Black or White, Just Smart
Mar 5, 2014 • 2 min
It’s one of the exasperating things about our not-so United States. When white people in the North protest inequality outside city hall, it may take a while but eventually they’ll get noticed. Remember Occupy? When black people in the South, by contrast,…
On VDay, Justice Looks Like Love
Feb 19, 2014 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. You often hear that progressive causes are trapped in competing “issue silos”, so it’s worth celebrating when those silo walls crack and people come together, as they did February 14th for VDay, a global day of action…
AOL’s CEO IS Not the Only One who Should Be Shamed
Feb 9, 2014 • 2 min
Hi, I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. Not long ago it was the Great Recession, today it’s Obamacare that’s serving as a convenient scapegoat for employers seeking to tighten the screws on their workers. This week saw AOL’s chairman and CEO, Tim Armstrong…
To Truly Address Inequality, Build a People-Centered Economy
Jan 30, 2014 • 3 min
Hi I’m Laura Flanders of GRITtv. President Obama got one thing right in his State of the Union address. “It is [we] the citizens who make the state of our union strong.” Just look at his speech. After years of saying the word poverty less than any…
On Giving Tuesday, Giving’s Never Been Easier, or Cheaper for Global Corporations
Nov 29, 2013 • 3 min
It’s “Giving Tuesday” on December 3. Following Black Friday, on Giving Tuesday people all across the United States will be kicking off the holiday season not with shopping, but with giving. In just its second year, Giving Tuesday is attracting thousands…
Catastrophe or Crash? Welcome to the Carbon Bubble
Nov 23, 2013 • 2 min
When the UN’s climate chief told a meeting of coal executives this month that most of the world’s coal reserves will have to stay in the ground if we want to perpetuate life on the planet, we should have heard a shudder on Wall St. But we didn’t.…
Fukushima: WTF?
Nov 15, 2013 • 3 min
Far be it from me to distract from the important blaming and shaming around the Obamacare website. But if we do have a minute left for our actual health, can we talk about the radiation threat that seems to be soaring on the Pacific? So as not frighten…
De Blasio in New York: If You Can Do It Here…
Nov 7, 2013 • 2 min
Bill de Blasio is now Mayor-elect de Blasio. Take that, all of you who doubted that a candidate who planted his campaign on a promise of tackling inequality could attract enough support to win. On November 5, New Yorker’s elected just such a guy by a…
We Need Robin Hood Not Food Stamp Cuts
Nov 1, 2013 • 2 min
We need Robin Hood because between them the richest 400 Americans are worth just over $2 trillion dollars. We only need a fraction of that to stop food stamp cuts. Robin Hood would know what to do. Read more at http://GRITtv.org.
Finally Someone’s Paying Attention to Our Imbalance!
Oct 25, 2013 • 2 min
It was early but for a moment I thought I was reading something important in an ad in the New York Times. Someone was paying attention to our nation’s teetering imbalance! (Not. )
New Economics and Mad Nobels
Oct 18, 2013 • 2 min
In the same week that the pseudo-Nobels in economics were announced, regular Americans were diving into economics. October 12-18 is New Economy Week. Read more about New Economy Week in Yes Magazine.
Domestic Workers Aren’t Family
Sep 19, 2013 • 2 min
Big Labor is welcoming domestic workers like family. But are they getting up and washing the dishes?
Noam Chomsky on GRITtv with Laura Flanders
Sep 9, 2013 • 19 min
What do Takism Square, Google Glass, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NSA data gathering have in common? Find out in this interview with Noam Chomsky. This conversation was recorded backstage at the Left Forum in New York, June 8, 2013.
Laura Flanders: The “F” Word - Democracy is Not A Disease
Sep 4, 2013 • 2 min
It is a mind-boggling thing to hear an international journalist compare democracy to disease, but that’s just what happened in a CNN debate around military action in Syria.
The Price For Praising the March on Washington is A Peace Conference.
Aug 28, 2013 • 3 min
Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, President Obama is participating in celebrations at the Lincoln Memorial. At the same time, he’s said to be considering authorizing action in Syria. I’m sorry Mr. President, but you cannot simultaneously…