3370 – America’s Politics Of Paranoia; Chiquita Loses In Court w/ Arthur Goldwag, Manpreet Karla

It’s an EmMajority Report Thursday! She speaks with freelance writer and author Arthur Goldwag to discuss his recent book The Politics of Fear: The Peculiar Persistence of American Paranoia. Then, she’s joined by Manpreet Kaur Kalra, development economics & legal scholar with an emphasis on business and human rights, to discuss her recent piece in In These Times entitled “The Landmark Ruling Against Chiquita Exposes the Failure of Voluntary “Corporate Social Responsibility”, co-authored with Anna Canning. First, Emma responds to the military coup attempt in Bolivia that was beaten back by President Arce, organized labor, and the Bolivian people in the nation’s capital, La Paz. Afterwards, Emma speaks with Arthur, and they trace the history of paranoia in American politics, and how that history intersects with the rise in anti-Semitism, conspiracy theories, and hatred on the right today. Arthur traces back the racial, ethnic, and religious animus on the right even further back then contemporary American racism and anti-Semitism, discussing the history of anti-Masonic tropes in American history, which also dovetailed with another great American prejudice: hatred towards Catholics and Catholicism, which dissipated mostly only after the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960. Arthur reckons with a question from an MR IM’er as to whether there is a capacity for this conspiratorial, hate-filled energy to be translated and minimized, potentially into a outlet that isn’t characterized by those things, into something more pro-social. He’s not convinced. Then, Emma is joined by Manpreet to discuss her reporting on the ruling against Chiquita, the banana company that funded paramilitary groups in Colombia. Manpreet discusses the particulars of the lawsuit, the history of paramilitary groups in Colombia during its pitched, extended Civil War, how companies would gain footholds with those groups, and what this ruling means for corporate governance and its social responsibility.

And in the Fun Half, Emma and the MR Crew are joined by Matt Binder and Brandon Sutton, as they discuss yet another day’s worth of expectation setting by Congressional Republicans ahead of tonight’s Biden-Trump debate. This time, Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles touts his “No Juicing Joe” legislation in the sake of transparency (i.e. forcing President Biden to admit whether he’s taken mind altering stimulants while in office). They then discuss Sen. John Fetterman’s pow wow in Israel with Netanyahu, a bipartisan vote to amend an appropriations bill to bar departments from citing the Gaza Health Ministry and Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s excoriating speech on the House floor in response, and a crazy story out of West Virginia about a couple now in court for allegedly engaging in human trafficking and what could amount to modern slavery inflicted upon adopted black children. Plus, your calls & IM’s!

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Check out Manpreet’s piece here: https://inthesetimes.com/article/chiquita-auc-colombia-death-squad-verdict

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