The Socialist Program with Brian Becker
The Socialist Program with Brian Becker
The Socialist Program
News and views about the world for those who want to change it. Socialist commentary and education episodes every week: Tues: In the News | Wed: Capitalism in Crisis | Thurs: The Real Story
CHINA PROTESTS & COVID - MYTHS AND FACTS
The US mainstream media is twisting and distorting news about the recent Covid-related protests in China. This important interview with Tings Chak, a Beijing-based researcher at the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, a member of Dongsheng News collective, and the author of the pamphlet Serve the People – The Eradication of Extreme Poverty in China, explains the realities of the protests, the US media, and what’s really going on with Covid in China. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Dec 1
50 min
In the News: Julian Assange, Ukraine War [Brian Becker Seminar #21 - Preview]
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses the importance of five  major international papers coming out against the ongoing prosecution of  Julian Assange, where the U.S. proxy war in Ukraine is headed, how we  can talk about these tough issues with friends and strangers, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest of this seminar, support the show, and access the highly valuable archive of years of socialist analysis.
Nov 29
18 min
Cryptocurrency Collapse: Money, Scams and Capitalism
On today's episode Brian Becker and Prof. Richard Wolff  discuss how FTX, which was among the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in  the world, has collapsed in one of the most spectacular corporate  bankruptcies ever. In other tech-related industries too, mass layoffs  continue to gather pace. The boom-bust cycle of capitalism is once again  on full display. Professor Richard Wolff is an author &  co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Nov 23
30 min
"Fighting for Peace as US Seeks Major Power Conflict:" Brian Becker's Speech on Nov. 19
This weekend, Brian spoke at the "The Real Path to Peace in Ukraine" event in NYC, which inaugurated   a new, multi-national, grassroots movement    to advocate for the end to the current war in Ukraine. He spoke about the need for negotiations in Ukraine over escalation. To  see the whole program, including  Former Green Party Presidential Nominee  Jill Stein,  Tricontinental Institute for Social Research  Director Vijay Prashad, BreakThrough News Host Eugene Puryear, The  People's Forum Co-Director Claudia de la Cruz, and CODEPINK Founder  Medea Benjamin, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asndac1ETFk. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Nov 22
37 min
Trump’s 2024 Announcement Speech Debunked — His Real Record Against Workers
Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he’s running for president again, despite only delivering a “red trickle” in the midterm elections and losing the presidency by seven million votes in 2020. What was his real record in office? Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, an author, activist, and co-host with Rania Khalek of The Freedom Side LIVE, a live video show every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on BreakThrough. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Nov 17
58 min
Billionaires Order Mass Layoffs of Tech Workers
On today's episode Brian and Prof. Richard  Wolff discuss the mass layoffs that billionaire CEOs at Meta (formerly  Facebook), Twitter, Amazon, and others have begun. More than one hundred  thousand workers are projected to lose their jobs this year just in the  tech industry. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder  of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at  rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Nov 16
31 min
Why the Republican Red Wave Became a Trickle, Ukraine and the U.S. Antiwar Movement, China & Cuba [Brian Becker Seminar #20 - Preview]
In this patrons-only seminar, Brian discusses why the widely predicted Republican red wave became a trickle and what it means for  organizing and answers questions about the anti-war movement, the  Ukraine war, China's relationship with Cuba, and more. Check out the preview now and subscribe at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram to hear the rest!
Nov 15
11 min
Voter Suppression Behind Georgia’s Run-Off: GOP Blocked 149,000 Mail-In Ballots w/ Greg Palast
Brian is joined by investigative reporter Greg Palast,  who wrote the film “Vigilantes: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitmen,”  available at gregpalast.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Nov 10
32 min
Housing Market Whiplash Locks out Millions of Workers
On today's episode Walter Smolarek and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss how huge numbers of people are being locked out of the housing market amid soaring interest rates and home prices, marking a dramatic reversal for millions of people who were hoping to buy their own home. With prices spiking for renters as well, the failure of the capitalist market to provide something as basic as affordable shelter is on display. Professor Richard Wolff is an author & co-founder of the organization Democracy at Work. You can find his work at rdwolff.com. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram. We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Nov 9
27 min
From Poll Taxes to Election Police: Racist Voter Suppression in America
The poll tax was eliminated within this lifetime, in 1966, but the  right-wing in America has been hard at work reconstructing it with ID  requirements, stripping people with convictions of the right to vote,  and even arresting people for voting. It's Election Day today and many  people are heading to the polls in what may be a significant election.  What are the most important elements for socialists to know about? Brian  is joined by Esther Iverem, journalist, producer and host of the show  ‘On the Ground: Voices of Resistance From the Nation’s Capital,’ which  comes out weekly on Fridays. Check it out at onthegroundshow.org and two dozen Pacifica stations nationwide. Please make an urgently-needed contribution to The Socialist Program by joining our Patreon community at patreon.com/thesocialistprogram.  We rely on the generous support of our listeners to keep bringing you  consistent, high-quality shows. All Patreon donors of $5 a month or more  are invited to join the monthly Q&A seminar with Brian.
Nov 8
45 min
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