Political poetry for the tense moments of our time
Derek Chauvin is not the only one on trial,
To think anything else is simply denial.
There is copious evidence,
Showing this officer’s malevolence.
Will the nation’s justice system again be defiled?
Part 1: We talk with Lewis Gordon, Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut. He works in the areas of Africana philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, political theory, postcolonial thought, theories of race and racism, and philosophies of liberation.
We discuss the Derek Chauvin trial. “There is a difference between enforcing the law and being the law.” Chauvin's actions were torture, and define the difference between law enforcement on a white population and a black population. Blacks are presumed to be guilty, while whites are innocent, and are assumed to have made a mistake. We have a dual legal system as a result. This attitude also translates to non-police whites being 'presumed' deputies in order to enforce laws.
Part two: a conversation with Mel Goodman
Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His most recent book is “American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump” (Opus Publishing), and he is the author of the forthcoming “The Dangerous National Security State” (2020).” Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.
We talk about the announcement that Biden is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. This will put an end to a 10 year war for the US. This is controversial among military leaders, because they do not want to let go of a war, even if it is lost. While the initial reason for intervention in Afghanistan was logical, that is, to punish al Quaeda for 911, that goal was reached early on. To then attempt to build an American style government in Afghanistan was not feasible. We talk about those Afghanis who helped the US troops should be treated.
The Strategic Importance of Leaving Afghanistan
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