August 25 - A Case For Non-violent Revolution; Rick Perry's Posse of Crony Capitalists; The Film Makers of "Freedom"

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We begin with an analysis that, in spite of the use or arms in Libya, non-violent struggle still may be the most effective way to topple dictators. The director of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research at Weslyan University, Erica Chenoweth, joins us. She has an article at Foreign Policy, “Think Again; Nonviolent Resistance” which compares the violent liberation of Libya that cost an untold number of lives, with the on-going non-violent liberation of Syria that has cost considerably fewer lives.

 

Erica Chenoweth

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Then, now that Rick Perry is surging ahead of the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, we get a profile of the Texas Governor from Dave Mann the executive Editor of the Texas Observer, who has been following Perry for years. We try to find out whether this skilful politician is something more than a cynical opportunist who runs a crony capitalist patronage operation, and whether or not Rick Perry has a political ideology.

Dave Mann

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Then finally we speak with Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell, the film makers of “Freedom” a new feature documentary that makes a powerful case that oil interests have cleverly used public relations and propaganda to undercut public support for Biofuels. Oil companies claim to be in favor of reducing our dependence on foreign oil, but are they in fact making us more dependent and less secure, while discrediting more viable, cheap and less polluting home-grown alternative fuels?

Rebecca Harrel Tickell

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