If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot. That is the unifying theme of sixty-six incisive interviews with Dennis J. Bernstein on his Pacifica Radio Network KPFA Flashpoints program, in a just-released book, Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice, selected, transcribed and edited by Riva Enteen. The interviews, all during the Obama administration, are the writing on the wall that foreshadowed a Trump presidency. Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
The interviews are grouped by theme: The New and Not so New Police State; The Class War; Domestic Dissent; Black Lives; Church, State, Women, and the Criminalization of Sexuality; Migration, Deportation, and US-Latino Culture; Global Militarization and Empire; Ongoing Bloodshed in the Holy Land; and There is No Plan(et) B.
Follow the Money has been described as an "encyclopedia of resistance," a "book of hope," which illustrates how "the nation is bursting with movements." It is an invaluable resource for research as well as finding allies in the struggle.
Luminaries include: Alice Walker; Oliver Stone; Phil Donahue; Ramsey Clark; Laura Flanders; Danny Glover; Marjorie Cohn; Christopher Simpson; Dolores Huerta; John Pilger; Helen Caldicott; Vijay Prashad; Antonia Juhasz; Blase Bonpane; Katharine Gun; Greg Palast; Birgitta Jonsdottir; Frances A. Boyle; Adrienne Pine; Richard Falk; Marsha Coleman-Adebayo; Dahr Jamail; Margaret Prescod; Ali Abunimah; Deborah S. Rogers; Richard D. Wolff, and Martin Espada. The book inspires action by ending with Marge Piercy’s poem “To be of use.”
Even though the store takes a hiatus, it’s easy to imagine that long conversation amongst the great minds continuing around the Great Table, in our fancy, if not in Eternity, though we can agree to disagree about that.
How many can you identify?
Some are pretty obvious, others a little obscure. If educated outside the U.S. you might have an advantage in naming two or three. One makes for a fancy pose, but he’s actually a blockhead.
All have made significant contributions, even when shown demonstrably wrong. Nonetheless, we continue to argue with them because even when we argue with them, more often than not, we find them productively wrong.
We look forward to the time when you too can rejoin the conversation.