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Thursday, July 23, 2009

153 - Global Overview: As The Third World Continues To Fight Against Western Economic Exploitation, Obama's A Mixed Bag, The Right Still 100% Wrong

In recent podcasts you've heard about the hottest issues du jour, such as health care reform and the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination. This show will address issues not, for the most part, as immediately applicable to the water cooler wars.

There's a whole world of strife, struggle, bloodshed and sometimes progressive victory out there. It's all about the Third World's centuries-long attempt to throw off Western economic exploitation. That struggle is my real passion. Here you'll get a whirlwind review -- things that caught my eye, and that I think you might want to be aware of, pay attention to over the coming months.

Particular attention will be paid to how Obama is doing in this foreign policy realm.

The linchpin to understanding all this is my Four Pillars concept, my analysis of the ways the First World economically exploits the Third World. The Four Pillars are how the right effectuates the supreme right-wing directive: transfer wealth from everyone else to the already rich.

I go over these Four Pillars in detail in podcast 137. That's a seminal podcast that I urge you to listen to if you haven't.

In short, the Four Pillars are:

1 - sweetheart contracts for natural resources

2 - unfair conditions of international trade

3 - dubious loans that ensnare Third World countries on a debt treadmill, and

4 - imposition of so-called "structural adjustment programs"

Woe to any nation that challenges any of the Four Pillars. The Four Pillars will pop up again and again as we go through the day.

Let's start by going over some overall stats...

(PS: Right-wingers, if you want to write in to me, fine, but at least do me the courtesy of listening to the podcast first. Please don't respond just on the basis of the brief preview above. Thanks!!)

Scheduling note: during the summer, Blast The Right will come out every three weeks.

#153 Transcript
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Jack Clark documents the right's wars on the poor, civil liberties, the right of workers to organize at work and obtain a decent working wage and work conditions, and against other countries who refuse to accept American domination. Jack provides all the sources so that you can see for yourself how the right is out to enrich itself at the expense of everyone else. Great job, Jack!
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