Taylor-Report.com - August 2013

August 2013


August 26th, 2013 || Listen Listen | Download Download

Taking Apart the Empire's Case on Syria

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans,

Phil Taylor introduces the program by expressing what is wrong with the Anglosphere's approach towards Syria: everything has turned into a cowboy movie.

Prolific commentator Stephen Gowans takes apart NATO's case on Syria's WMD. Syria is being asked to prove a negative. Gowans investigates the legality of chemical weapons' use, and asks why we accept a narrative that says some weapons are bad, and other highly destructive weapons are ok.

Links:
gowans.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/syria-has-the-right-to-use-chemical-weapons-but-theres-no-proof-or-reason-to-believe-it-has/




August 19th, 2013 || Listen Listen | Download Download

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August 12th, 2013 || Listen Listen | Download Download

Class and Elections in Zimbabwe

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans,

Stephen Gowans has analysed the recent elections in Zimbabwe. We in the West look at Zimbabwe through the prism of our own experience. In our elections, we select from a group of parties that fundamentally agree on how power is divided. The modest differences between our political parties help establish the parameters of political discussion.

In Zimbabwe, the two major parties represent different class interests. The country cannot alternate between the two without experiencing substantial changes in political economy. The elections in Zimbabwe, therefore, are far more contested, and involve social movements.

ZANU-PF is tied to the fabric of post-British rule in Zimbabwe, and remains committed to its original mission.

Links:
Class and Elections in Zimbabwe by Stephen Gowans




August 5th, 2013 || Listen Listen | Download Download

The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac Mégantic

Featured Guest(s):
Harry Glasbeek,

Harry Glasbeek is back, and he's ready to talk about the Lac Mégantic disaster.

His recent article "The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac Mégantic" engages with several questions. Why were people with little experience allowed to run this train?

How can we trust a system that places the accumulation of profit above all else? Glasbeek tackles the externalizing beast and its inevitable consequences for public safety.

Links:
The Presumed Innocence of Capitalism and Lac Mégantic




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