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Blase with a Christmas Pledge of Resistance

I’d like to wish you a blessed Christmas Day. I was thinking today of WWI, which was an orgy of international insanity in pursuit of profit. We remember those old songs: “You’re a grand old flag, Give my regards to Broadway, Send the word, the Yanks are coming,...
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Blase’s Commentary on the Imperative of Resistance

Well, friends, the “electors” are meeting tomorrow. What did Alexander Hamilton have to say about the electoral college – which has been so bad, so archaic?  This maybe the first time it could prove useful. This is Federalist Paper 68 from 1788. Nothing was more...
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Blase’s Commentary on War, Trump and Resistance

Friends, at this time of Thanksgiving, having just received a major blow to so many of our aspirations, and as we continue our organizing with great haste, it is a good time of year to reflect on our blessings and to do what we are able for those who do not share the same bounty....
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Blase Interviews Labor for Standing Rock

Friends, today we’re going to talk about Standing Rock. We’d like to say a few words about indigenous people. First I’d like to go to the Declaration of Independence, where our forefathers are talking about insurrections and they’re blaming them on the...
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Blase Interviews Paul Baker Hernandez

Friends, this was a week of demonstrations. There were 600 peace demonstrations this week. The biggest was at the Pentagon on September 26th – an absolutely magnificent gathering of people in non-violent resistance. People of conscience went to the Pentagon, the seat of US...
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Blase Interviews Mary Beth Sullivan

You know, friends, maybe one percent of our congresspeople are peacemakers. It’s just not enough. The republican / democrat pendulum is not doing it. So we have a person who served so well in the congress, Dennis Kucinich, and he spoke to us this week about the monstrous...
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Blase Interviews Medea Benjamin and Alli McCracken

I’m privileged to have Medea Benjamin as a guest. She’s one of the best known and most effective of the 21st century peacemakers. Her book Drone Warfare shows how weapons created an extreme armed response. Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group...
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Blase Interview Professor Stephen Zunes

Today I’m privileged to have Dr. Stephen Zunes.  Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. Recognized as one the country’s leading...
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Blase’s Commentary on Peace Journalism vs War Journalism

Friends, the father of Peace Studies, Johan Galtung, a Norweigan professor, has given a definition of two kinds of journalism. One is called war and violence journalism, and that’s what the commercial media gives us. Now, what does that include, according to Galtung? It...
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Blase’s Commentary on Taxation, Lobbyists and the Pentagon

Just think. Young millennials have never known peace. They’ve only known war as our constant way of life. So imagine today that we are in a high school class for honor students. Yes, millennials! Well, the first question is: where did the slogan taxation without...
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