Today I’m privileged to have Robert Kohler as a guest. He’s an award-winning Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His recent book is Courage Grows Strong at the Wound. His website is commonwonders.com. Robert Kohler is a peace journalist. Peace journalism is when editors make choices about what to report, how to report it – creating opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict. See, for example, Johan Galtung, the father of peace studies, has been interested in this for years. Peace journalism looks for negotiated peace, consider issues important to the “other side,” and attempts to find a solution without murdering each other. Welcome, Robert Kohler.
Robert: Thank you Blase, good to be here.
Blase: Pleased to have you. You wrote about the great American awakening. People are saying that Trump is the problem and if we can get rid of him, we can go back to the way things were before. What’s wrong with that statement?
Robert: (laughing) Well, what we had before was a world of endless war. It has produced the chaos in the Middle East and the terrorism that’s evolved out of it. It’s millions of deaths, etc etc. All that good stuff.
Blase: The point is that as an empire, we have had a long history of this. Basically since the end of WWII. Now someone’s in government who wants to increase the military budget.
Robert: Yes, that’s the latest we’ve heard from the Trumpster. He speak populism, he speak this and that, but he’s really just another stooge of the military industrial complex, as far as I can tell. This time we’re going to fight and we’re going to win. That’s the populist’s rhetoric. They’ll take another 50 billion dollars.