Ask Jesse Episode 12: Criticizing Republicans

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes by Jesse Crall Occasionally, people take issue with my tendency to focus critiques on Democrats. But Donald Trump draws easy and constant ire from my left-leaning circles. As economic commentator Dylan Ratigan says “The Village Idiot is acting like a Village Idiot again.” ItContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 12: Criticizing Republicans”

Awareness & Syria

By Jesse Crall In recent days, I’ve been trying to raise awareness around the Caesar Act sanctions currently imposed by the U.S. government against Syria. These sanctions, already harmful to a population ensconced in poverty, take on an even more deleterious effect in light of the explosion in Beirut earlier this week. Since Lebanon wasContinue reading “Awareness & Syria”

Ask Jesse Episode 11: Keeping It Real On Climate

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes by Jesse Crall Throughout this episode, I stress how many of our problems are downstream from the economy. Because the United States remains the sole empire in the world, our economic structure boasts global consequences. Since post-WWII America’s international role facilitates the mass movementContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 11: Keeping It Real On Climate”

Ask Jesse Episode 10: Michael Brooks & Empathy

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes by Jesse Crall Last week, political commentator Michael Brooks died from a sudden illness. I shared the following in other spaces and thought I’d reprint it here:Through his work on his eponymous YouTube show and The Majority Report, Michael produced a remarkable array ofContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 10: Michael Brooks & Empathy”

Fascism in America?

As protests continue in Portland, Oregon, footage of government officials in unmarked vans snatching protestors off the streets has hit the Internet. According to Politico, the Trump Administration “enlisted federal agents, including the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and an elite U.S. Customs and Border Protection team based on the U.S.-Mexico border, to protect federalContinue reading “Fascism in America?”

Yemen & the Truth

One of the overlooked horrors of contemporary politics remains America’s support for Saudi Arabia’s genocide in Yemen. Since 2015, the numbers around this war are stark: 233,000 dead Yemeni civilians & counting from strikes, disease & hunger 140,000 dead Yemeni children 20 million Yemenis experiencing food insecurity $460 billion in weapons sent or promised byContinue reading “Yemen & the Truth”

Ask Jesse Episode 9: Progressive Possibilities

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall This is what my life was like when I thought being engaged in politics meant watching the news and voting: And this is what my life has been like since getting more involved in politics during this primary season: It’sContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 9: Progressive Possibilities”

Ask Jesse Episode 8: The Last Time We Talk About Russia

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall According to Stars and Stripes these young Soldiers Died in Afghanistan in 2019: Born in 1995 Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kirk T. Fuchigami Jr. 25, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2019. Born in Hawaii, heContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 8: The Last Time We Talk About Russia”

Ask Jesse Episode 7: Peace > Partisanship

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall I greatly admire author, activist and former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and one of the many reasons I became a grassroots volunteer for her campaign was because of her stance on foreign policy in general as well as her specific proposal forContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 7: Peace > Partisanship”

Better Capitalism?

By Jesse Crall Business Insider runs a weekly series of articles entitled “Better Capitalism,” with the presumed design of offering an improved way forward for our overall economy. In practice, the series reads less like a coherent collection of fixes than a desperate, sustained whitewashing offered by our economy’s prime elites. Article after article givesContinue reading “Better Capitalism?”