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?”

Ask Jesse Episode 6: Fund Peace

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall As I alluded to at the top of this episode, I spent some time on Facebook this week arguing with people on whether “Defund The Police” was an effective slogan. However, I also spent time reading articles about defunding theContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 6: Fund Peace”

Syria and Silence

By Jesse Crall This week, new sanctions imposed by the U.S. government took effect in Syria. With a poverty rate above 80% and years of civil war provoking devastation across the country, Syria hardly needs further impediments to its economic security. And yet… The sanctions are part of the Caesar Act, which passed through CongressContinue reading “Syria and Silence”

Ask Jesse Episode 5: Facebook

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall A pet peeve of mine is when people consistently criticize social media on social media. Their criticisms may be entirely valid but the very fact that they are using a social media platform to spread their message is ironic toContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 5: Facebook”

Certainty

By Jesse Crall While walking to my supermarket last week, I took notice of something new: Two stores hung signs letting passersby know that they were “minority owned” and supported Black Lives Matter. Other stores lining the block, presumably white owned or inclined to not take any chances, boarded themselves up to avoid possible damageContinue reading “Certainty”

Difficult Conversations

By Victoria Lynn Hall I’ve had some difficult conversations with my friends this week. Some of them were about politics or race but all of them were about more than politics and race. They were about expending the effort to really listen and hear each other, to understand and acknowledge the validity of each othersContinue reading “Difficult Conversations”

Ask Jesse Episode 4: Imperialism & Neoliberalism

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall One of many reasons I enjoy following Jesse on Twitter is that he more often than not offers a unique but essential perspective on current events. I know he doesn’t do this out of some conscious effort to be iconoclasticContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 4: Imperialism & Neoliberalism”

Donald Trump isn’t a Fascist. He’s Just a Republican

By Jesse Crall In his support for presumptive nominee Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders often offers the following refrain: “We must come together to defeat the most dangerous president in modern history.” (1) We’ve heard similar expressions of alarm from other influential sources. Yale philosophy professor Jason Stanley’s made the podcast & editorial rounds comparing Trump’sContinue reading “Donald Trump isn’t a Fascist. He’s Just a Republican”

Ask Jesse Episode 3: Russia and China

Click here to listen to full episode on YouTube Show Notes By Victoria Lynn Hall As I say at the top of this episode, I struggled deciding what to bring up to talk about. Roughly thirty minutes once a week is not enough to cover all the questions I have about the bleak state ofContinue reading “Ask Jesse Episode 3: Russia and China”