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(original broadcast Tues., Feb. 21 from 8:00-10:00 PM EST)
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Produced by Bob Lederer, John Riley, and Naomi Brussel
The alt-right has gained wide coverage for its white supremacist, anti-woman, and anti-Jewish politics. Steve Bannon, the power behind Trump’s throne, has called his former Breitbart News "a platform for the alt-right." But just who is the alt-right, what are their internal divisions, how are they tied to the Trump regime, and how can we fight them? And what are their precursors throughout U.S. history?
Join us for a program examining these questions with Matthew Lyons, longtime leftist scholar of the far right and co-author of two books:
* the brand new book, Ctrl-Alt-Delete: The Origins and Ideology of the Alternative Right. With four essays by different authors, the book addresses the origins and rise of the so-called “alt-right,” the fascistic movement that grabbed headlines in the months leading up to the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
* Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, a 2000 book by Chip Berlet & Matthew Lyons, which is a thorough review of these movements in U.S. history starting with colonial days.
We will also speak with Michelle O’Brien, a long-time queer and trans activist who has been involved in AIDS and housing organizing, and currently is in the academic worker movement.
Understanding the alt-right is important for those who aim to resist the era in which we find ourselves. This is a movement that has the wind in its sails, embodying the resentments and frustrations of large swathes of America, intent on reasserting and reinforcing the supremacy of white men, to the detriment, exclusion, or even annihilation of everyone else. Matthew Lyon’s survey of the origins of the alt-right takes a look at its constituent parts and beliefs at the present time, as well as observations about how its future relationship with the Trump administration may play out. Of particular interest, Lyons draws attention to the importance of sexism and misogyny within this movement, to its long-term strategy, as well as to the tensions between the disparate groups that have found their home under its banner.
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Tuesday 1/31/17 at 9pm on WBAI/NY, 99.5FM and wbai.org
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Sasha W from National Queer Asian American's & Pacific Islanders joins us to discuss the the attacks on both Muslims and the boarder wall with Mexico.
Emma Missouri brings us an interview with Dave McReynolds.
Tune to Out-FM Tu. 1/24 at 9pm on WBAI/NY 99.FM. The topics: Part 2 of Dean Spade’s Kessler Award Lecture. This lifetime achievment award is given by CLAGS, the City College Lesbian and Gay Studies Deptartment. Dean Spade is a founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project which serves trans people’s legal needs.
In Part 1, available on our website, courtesy of CLAGS, Dean Spade discussed how the system uses fake reforms to recuperate. The reforms are only for public relations and don’t provide actual relief, or just tinker at the edges for a few people. He also discusses 5 liberal myths that are dangerous to organizers.
In tonight’s presentation, Dean Spade outlines his criteria for judging whether activist organizing projects are progressive or not, and includes the criteria of a few other organizers. He discusses the importance of direct aid to marginalized people and what criteria to judge whether a project which deals with direct AID is good or a liberal nightmare project.
Naomi Brussel brings us sounds from the Women's march in Washington DC including the voices of J.Bob Alotta of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation/ Janet Mock, a Trans activist and writer; Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian activist and Exec. Dir. of the Arab American Assoc. of NY, and finally Sophie Cruz.