Friday 4/17 – Listen live – 8 to 10 pm Eastern on Revolution Radio: http://www.freedomslips.com/ – click on the “Studio B” button. To be rebroadcast Sunday 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Eastern on http://NoLiesRadio.org and then archived at the usual spot.
First hour: Daniela Walls of the Tax Wall Street party says it isn’t fair that you and I have to pay sales tax on every purchase we make – while billionaire speculators pay no sales tax whatsoever on their casino-style Wall Street transactions. I think she’s onto something.
Second hour: Humanities professor Thaddeus Kozinski writes:
|Thaddeus Kozinski’s essay “9/11 and the Satanic Sacred”
(in We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo) is a tour de force
“For some in the truth movement, the greatest enemy, the primary source of all past and present evils, genocides, crusades, political oppression, economic disparity, environmental degradation, the outrageous machinations and deceptions that reveal and effect the increasing totalitarian control of government, media, and military over the bodies and minds of citizens, is religion. Whether in the form of fundamentalist worship of a tribalist god who demands political hegemony and violence against heretics, as in the Zionism and Americanism on the right, or a fundamentalist secularism that persecutes those who question its sacred dogmas and narratives, as in the militant atheism and liberalism of the left, it is the belief in absolutes that is the problem. A truly secular, pluralistic, liberal, and tolerant democratic state and society, these truthers believe, would be based solely upon and ordered to, not the will of God or the political establishment of moral or spiritual absolutes, but the securing of what each individual deems good for himself, what promotes and secures their personal freedom, privacy, and well-being. Instead, due to religion’s pernicious influence, we in the twenty-first century are ruled undemocratically and tyrannically by people and institutions holding fanatical beliefs in sacred absolutes–God’s will, on the one hand, ‘freedom,’ ‘diversity,’ ‘tolerance,’ ‘multiculturalism,’ and ‘security’ on the other.
“Is the belief in absolutes and the idea of the sacred really the cause of all our problems? Is the public presence and influence of religion the main obstacle to truth and democracy and freedom and progress?
“Join us in a discussion of these questions with philosopher Thaddeus Kozinski, author of The Political Problem of Religious Pluralism: And Why Philosophers Can’t Solve It, and contributor to We are not Charlie Hebdo, with his essay, ‘Charlie Hebdo, 911, and the Satanic Sacred.'”