The Majority Report with Sam Seder

On today's show the South African freedom fighter and former Minister of Intelligence Ronnie Kasrils joins us to talk about the new film project London Recruits and the current state of South Africa.

-Using activism to break the silence of the police state. How the activists were able to maintain their cover as tourists. Denny Schecter’s expression of humanity by helping black cleaners mop up. (6:00)

-Smuggling pamphlets and leaflets into South Africa and using stunts to get people’s attention with messages of liberation. “London Recruits,” as a project of internationalism and the importance of the film. (22:20)

-Kasrils’ critique of the ANC. The achievement of toppling Apartheid. Kasrils’ belief they could have asked for more concessions especially on the economic front. The need for to challenge the current ANC from the left. Kasrils’ perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict as reminiscent of apartheid. (35:00)

And on the fun half: GOP debate recap, Christie makes Marco Robio malfunction, Trump makes Cruz look totally weak, Bill Clinton attacks Sanders, and your calls and IMs!

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It's casual friday and Cliff Schecter explains why Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pound on each other in last night's debate. How big of a deal are Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs speeches? Was Bernie Sanders a flop on foreign policy?. Why the Sanders campaign is focused on the wrong part of the Goldman Sachs speech controversy? Clinton's corporate connections are a problem. The time Elizabeth Warren explained Hillary Clinton's reversal on the bankruptcy bill. Where Hillary Clinton is failing in her attack on Bernie's  gun record. How much does foreign policy matter in the Democratic Primary? And Hillary's disturbing reference to Henry Kissinger. (13:00)

Film Matthew Weiss talks like Trump now as well. The uncomfortable closeups in the Democratic debate. The Film Guy's new project. Matthew's beef with Just Coffee. Jeb Bush was probably abused by Barbara Bush and Matthew says we should watch The Firm and read Alice Miller's Drama of the Gifted Child. (57:30)

On The Fun Half: The Democrats show some unity. Should Bernie Sanders being talking about the military industrial complex? Jeb Bush tries to sound hard.

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Susan Eaton Director of the Sillerman Center at the Heller School at Brandeis University and author of Integration Nation Immigrants, Refugees, and America at Its Best explains the distinction between integration and assimilation. How American culture is enriched by immigration. Why integration is better for everyone. Exclusion policies don't work and why we need to know what inclusion really means. What Fort Wayne has got right in its treatment of immigrants and refugees. Repairing the mess of anti immigration measures. Busing in Boston and how to transform values. The inspiring story of Mississippi's Civil Rights movement fighting for immigrant rights and class consciousness and overcoming racial division. (13:00)

On The Fun Half: the CEO of Goldman Sachs says Bernie Sanders has the potential to be "dangerous".  Hillary Clinton explains why she spoke at Goldman Sachs and misses the bigger point. Jeb Bush is so sad. This Donald Trump supporter is the best thing ever. President Obama visits the Islamic Society of Baltimore. Marco Rubio is disgusting in his comments on Islam and your calls IMs.

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The New Yorker's Jane Mayer author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Rightexplains and the new role of oligarchs in American politics.

-The difference between now and the robber baron era. More people work for the Koch Brothers than the Republican National Committee. The Koch's cultural project. The Powell Memo and the deep history of the American Right. (9:40)

-How the actual "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" works. The war on academics and objective science.  How we subsidize the Kochs and their toxic industries. Why the Kochs backed the bank bailouts. (18:00)

-The influence of this money in the 2016 election season on the GOP side. How Donald Trump is the only Republican who they can't control. (32:00)

-Koch money and global warming denial and when the Kochs targeted Jane Mayer for a smear job. (36:00)

On The Fun Half: Knives come out for Marco Rubio. Chris Christie unleashes on the sweaty young Senator. Fox News morons want Hillary to be indicted really badly. Right Wing Mandela torches Ted Cruz. Rand Paul drops out. Marco Rubio is a mess and your calls and IMs.

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Ted Cruz wins the Iowa Caucus and Ben Carson accuses him of dirty tricks. Bernie Sanders ties Hillary Clinton in Iowa. The Clinton campaign is not going well. Why the Bernie Sanders insurgency should wake up the Democratic establishment. Bernie Sanders incredible fundraising and why the Democratic establishment needs to smarten up.

On The Fun Half: Marco Rubio is still a weak candidate. What Trump did to Rubio in the summer and what he needs to do again. Ted Cruz fires a shot at Rubio. An amazing comedy duo called the Good Liars perfectly troll Bush and Trump and your calls and IMs.

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On today's show Tony Karon the Editorial Director of Al Jazeera America online joins us to talk about why America's age of turbulence has just begun. Read his his latest here. The history of right wing militia politics. The resonance of militia ideology in mainstream conservative politics. Ideology doesn’t need to be coherent. (8:50)

The Difference between European and American populist movements. Nations as “Imagined Communities.” The difficulty experienced by the GOP in controlling its candidates compared to recent elections. (17:10)

The disintegration of national identity. Karon’s perspective on our current political climate and how it relates to popular movements in South Africa. White fear in the age of non-white political power. (26:50)

Iran and the nuclear bomb. The Non-Proliferation Treaty and how the lack of movement toward disarmament encourages proliferation. How Iran used the threat of developing nuclear weapons in order to be taken seriously internationally. (32:40)

On The Fun Half: Bernie Bros, Trump Bros, a libertarian caller and your calls and IMs! 

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Cliff Schecter and Sam explains why Trump is right to be angry at Fox. Why Fox is not a media organization and how they played the same game in media that Trump has in politics. Jeb Bush cannot shake Donald Trump and is bizarre again. Jeb Bush is so sad. Ted Cruz has a terrible debate. Marco Rubio says insane things but no one notices because he is so boring. Jeb wants to take down Rubio. Rand Paul has a good night and how cynical Fox's debating questioning was. The Democrats debate controversy. Why Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a terrible DNC Chair and who what would a Bernie Sanders Donald Trump election look like. (9:00)

Isabel Gillies has new dogs. How do you best train dogs, we find out. Does Isabel still support Trump? Republicans and fear mongering. Did the Republican debate make any difference? Isabel loves Alan Rickman and she tells us to watch Truly Madly Deeply. (58:00)

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump mocks Jeb Bush. The Saudi Prince who knows how to own Trump. The birth of "Islamic Trump". Bernie and Hillary who is the more practical choice and your calls IMs.

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Guardian columnist and author of the new book Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe (buy it on Jet.com or Amazon) Antony Loewenstein explains what “disaster capitalism” means (7:00). Privatization and the European and American strategy to make life harder for refugees. How Western policy feeds the refugee crisis in the Middle East. The corporations who benefit from disaster capitalism. Colonial histories and abuse of refugees. Australia’s brutal approach to asylum seekers. The Clinton Foundation and Haitian sweatshops. Why the United States does not want Haiti to be truly independent. The connection between NGOs and disaster capitalism. US policy in Afghanistan and the complete lack of understanding of Afghan culture and politics and the ongoing power of crony capitalism under the Obama Administration.

On The Fun Half: Is Michael taking “Primal Blueprint” payola? The Washington Post’s pathetic attack on Bernie Sanders. How big a threat is Bernie Sanders to the system. The Democrats debate controversy. Sam explains what Hillary Clinton is doing in her call for another debate. Donald Trump stands firm on Bill O’Reilly’s show and your calls and IMs.

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Law Enforcement moves against the squatters in Oregon.

David Dayen explains the problem with liberal establishment attacks on Bernie Sanders and the deeper implications for reform policies.

-Why are establishment Democrats attacking the 21st century Glass-Steagall. Missing the point on stronger financial reform. Why institutions were to "interconnected" to fail. The need for structural reforms. The need for statutory reforms an the difficult of enforcing complex regulation. Restricting banking and protecting the economy. (11:30)

-"Shadow Banking" and the distraction from the larger issues. Eliminating fraud and what Elizabeth Warren's new Glass Steagall bill does. Why the arguments against serious banking reform is undermining vital economic protection, the global consensus on segregating assets in banking. Also why the attacks on Bernie Sanders matter beyond him. (31:00)

On The Fun Half: Donald Trump is not showing up to the next debate and its not going to matter. Fox News is not a news organization. Right Wing Mandela endorses Trump. Debbie Wasserman Schultz hugs Michael Bloomberg. Plutocrat runs ads attacking Bernie in Iowa and your calls and IMs.

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Bernie Sanders fights back against the false narrative of "the era of big government being over." Sanders sharpens the differences with Hillary Clinton. Sanders talk movingly about his parents. (10:00)

Hillary Clinton's powerful anti Islamophobia statement. Who is most ready to be President? The problems with Clinton's foreign policy and Martin O'Malley cannot get it together. (25:00)

On The Fun Half: More revelations of the Snyder Administration's grotesque decision making that led to the poisoning of Flint's water. Jeb Bush's disgusting response to the Flint crisis. Chris Christie goes out of his way to be the worst. Oregon militia man challenges Christie to a sumo match and your calls and IMs.

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