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Aired 29 December 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Visionary Activist Norlyn Dimmitt
I’ve said it before, and it looks like this is going to become a broken record for my Wiki Politiki broadcasts for this coming year – we have a deeply UNITED body politic in that more than three quarters of us want to cooperate and collaborate, rather than fight one another.
When this week’s guest, visionary activist Norlyn Dimmitt asserted that 76% of Americans want to come together to solve problems, it reminded me of something that happened nearly 25 years ago. I was listening to a talk by spiritual psychologist Patricia Sun, and she recounted a presentation she gave at a new age bookstore. Outside the bookstore were four fundamentalist Christians picketing the bookstore. Patricia suggested going out to talk with the picketers, but the bookstore owner said, “Forget it. You can’t talk with those people.”
Nonetheless, Patricia went out to converse with the group, and after ten minutes three of the picketers put down their signs, hugged her and said, “You’re saying exactly what Jesus said.”
The fourth picketer was unmoved and continued to carry his sign.
This anecdote led me to postulate what I call “The Law of 75.” 75% of people – three quarters of us – are susceptible to loving, respectful conversation. Norlyn does me one percent better. His figures say 76%.
Furthermore, Norlyn is working with an organization, Compassionate Citizens, that is weaving together hundreds of faith-based organizations to help bring about what he calls caring culture, caring economy, and wise democracy. One of the partners, the Listen First Coalition, is billed as “350+ organizations working together to mend our frayed social fabric by building relationships and bridging divides,” empowering what is called the National Conversation Project.
Christmas In the Trenches, Revisited – Can America’s Warring Parties Emerge From Entrenched Positions and Find Our Sane and Sacred Center?
Aired 22 December 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Author and 2020 Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson
It used to be that the “work of heart” I most associated with Christmas was the Frank Capra movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” But ever since my friend Shanti Norman recorded John McCutcheon’s song, “Christmas in the Trenches” in 2000, I have held that extraordinary piece of work as best symbolizing the light that can shine in times of greatest darkness.
After World War I started in 1914, the Pope suggested a truce around Christmas time. The generals pursuing the war didn’t like this idea one bit, and in fact one of their concerns was that the enemy trenches were so close, that soldiers could hear the enemy speaking to their comrades, and even smell the food they were cooking.
What came to be known as the “Christmas truce” happened at a number of places along the front lines. As the song suggests, peace might have “broken out” due to soldiers hearing their enemies singing Christmas carols in their native tongue, and then joining in singing in two languages. As soon as the “enemy” was “re-humanized” after the dehumanization necessary to get ordinary humans to kill other ordinary humans, the trance was broken. In some cases, the trances lasted a day, in others three days. Despite this brief respite of sanity, the war continued nearly three more years, killing 18 million soldiers and civilians and wounding another 23 million.
Now more than a century later, America seems to be locked into another version of trench warfare. Thanks to social media and mainstream media fanning the flames of polarization, there are those talking about armed warfare on our own soil as we face the fundamental issue that has kept humans on the battlefield for millennia – the illusion of separation vs. the truth of oneness.
We seem to be “entrenched” in intractable positions, but the truth is more than three quarters of us would prefer to collaborate and cooperate. The challenge is to coalesce around the virtues and values 90% of us hold in common, and activate what we are calling our “sane and sacred center.”
To help us collectively address and break this trance of separation, I am pleased to have as my special Christmas week guest, Marianne Williamson.
Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, political activist, and spiritual thought leader. She is the author of 14 books, four of which have been #1 New York Times best sellers. Here is a well-known quote from the mega best seller A Return to Love, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…” Read More Here…
Aired 15 December 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Spiritual Political Activist Rabbi Michael Lerner
There is a concept in Jewish theology called Tikkun Olam, roughly translated as the healing of the world. According to 16th century Rabbi Isaac Luria, in order to set the world right humans must be involved in this repair of the world. In our own times, this call for restoring wholeness has been taken up by this week’s Wiki Politiki guest, Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of Tikkun magazine and of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley, California.
Rabbi Lerner is the author of several groundbreaking books, including The Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility in an Age of Cynicism, which caught the attention of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who invited him to stay at the White House. Ten years later, he wrote The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right, a book that pointed out that by focusing primarily on economic issues, progressives left the dealing with the spiritual malaise so many Americans were feeling to the religious right.
In 2005 Lerner became chair of The Network of Spiritual Progressives whose mission was to “challenge the materialism and selfishness in American society and to promote an ethos of love, generosity, and awe and wonder at the grandeur of the universe.”
His latest book is Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto Heal and Transform the World, where he lays out his vision of a caring society that evolves past the narcissistic memes of capitalist dogmas and self-deceptive, self-help teachings. Rabbi Lerner’s unique perspective comes not only from his spiritual and political foundations, but also from his background as a psychotherapist. Read More Here …
Can Laughter REALLY Bring Us Together? This Trial Lawyer Turned Baptist Minister and Stand-Up Comic Thinks So
Aired 8 December 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview With “Stand-Up Minister” and Author Susan Sparks
We’ve all heard the saying that laughter is healing, and you probably have heard the story about the writer Norman Cousins. Back in the 1970s, he was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness that was so serious I can’t even pronounce it. Instead of checking into a hospital, he checked into a hotel room with Marx Brothers movies and Candid Camera re-runs – and he got well. His book, Anatomy of An Illness, caused quite a stir, and medical science began studying the healing power of humor – which is kind of like, well it works in practice, but does it work in theory?
Yes, laughter CAN heal … as we recognize that the true meaning of the word “healing” is to “restore wholeness.” In that way, the magic of levity can help us rise above the gravity in life and see from a higher perspective.
So … in these most contentious of times can laughing together keep us from crying separately? Our guest this week, Rev. Susan Sparks is a trial attorney turned stand-up comic and Baptist preacher. She has toured as part of an Abrahamic comedy troupe consisting of her, a rabbi, and a Muslim. She thinks laughter is a universal language of the heart that can help heal the illusion of separation.
I first met Susan in the early 2000s at an Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor in San Diego, where we were both presenters. She was just making the shift from her career as an attorney to begin theological studies, and apply her skills as a stand-up comic. Since that time, she has written three books, Miracle on 31st Street, Preaching Punchlines, and Laugh Your Way to Grace, and has made numerous appearances on TV, radio and at pulpits across the country. She is currently the senior pastor at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church in Manhattan. Oh, and she is also a Harley-Davidson aficionado with a love for cowboy boots (I suppose that also makes her a Harley Krishna and a Bootist). Read more here…
Out of the Matrix and Into the Creatrix – New Collaborative Media Platform Is Where the REAL Reset Is Happening
Aired 1 December 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview With Grammy-Award Winnnig Producer and Mobilized.news Founder Steven Jay
This coming year, 2021, will mark the 40th anniversary of Walter Cronkite’s final broadcast. It’s been that long since America’s most trusted newscaster said, “And that’s the way it is,” while all of America nodded yes.
At a time when we seem to be living in two separate realities, despite the polarization, more than two thirds of us long for a trustworthy, independent, credible authority to help us address those three key questions – what’s so, so what and now what?
Meanwhile, the COVID crisis is being used to accelerate the “global reset” agenda of the World Economic Forum and those who want to impose a top down global authority to rule the world. Well, as the Swami says, “If we don’t want dystopia, we need to offer an alternative – dat-topia.” Our guest this week, Steven Jay, is dedicating his life work to creating a new media platform where creative ideas can come out to play, and where we can together reset the HUMAN HEART as we shift from domination to collaboration, and where we can step out of the matrix and into the creatrix.
Steven describes Mobilized as a “new kind of media for a newer, kinder world inspired by nature, powered by people, and empowered by imagination.” He writes, “Mobilized is a hands-on learning network for imagination and human potential. To inspire, empower and embrace the genius within us to create a world that works for all people, our planet and for our common purpose.” …Read more here…
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The Reunited States of America – How We Can Close the “Reality Gap” and Create a Sane and Sacred Center
Aired 17 November 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview With Author and Mediation Expert Mark Gerzon
At the most politically contentious time since the Civil War, can you imagine what it would take to “reunite America”? You can’t? Well our guest this week, Mark Gerzon, can. He has written a book called the Reunited States of America, and his life work for the past half-century has been bringing all sides together in fruitful conversation.
Mark Gerzon is the president of Mediators Foundation and is one of the key architects of the field of global leadership and an experienced facilitator in high-conflict zones. He has advised a wide variety of organizations including the US Congress, multinational corporations, and UNDP. The author of numerous books, including Leading Through Conflict and Global Citizens, his most recent book is The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide.
Concerned about the increasing polarization in American communities, Mark has spent the last two decades working on the ideological frontier between Left and Right. He co-designed and served as head facilitator for the US Bipartisan Congressional Retreats in the late 1990s, and has spent the following years participating in a wide variety of efforts to deepen dialogue across the political spectrum. He is currently developing with his colleagues a multi-pronged strategy to build a transpartisan movement in the United States… Read more here…
Aired 10 November 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview With “Thrive” Film-Maker Foster Gamble
As we in the US find ourselves in the midst of a toxic, contentious election season that threatens to continue indefinitely, two apparently contradictory ideas seem to be true. First, we are deeply divided, not just into two parties, not just into two narratives, but into two separate and seemingly incompatible realities.
Second, the vast majority of the American people overwhelmingly agree – they want to work together to find solutions, and not just blame the other side. As Einstein famously said a problem cannot be solved at the same level it was created. The two political parties are locked in battle in a dualistic playing field, in the death throes of Newtonian politics, where equal and opposite forces fight to the death, with we the people and the natural world as collateral damage.
Einstein said something else as well — the field is the sole governing agency over the particle. In other words, if we want to transform what we call politics – not to mention every other aspect of civilization – we have to get off the old battlefield and on to a new playing field.
Our conversation today is about how we can play on the unified field that is above and beyond all the particles we are trying to move around. For example, what if instead of the force and friction-based energy systems we have today we have free energy systems that tap the infinite energies of the non-physical world? What if the drug-and-surgery, symptom-management, illness-care system, gave way to energy medicine that change the vibrational field so that a disease condition could not take hold?
This week’s guest, Foster Gamble, producer of a new film Thrive II: This Is What It Takes, that offers heartening examples of how these technologies – dismissed as science fiction – are proving to be scientific fact. In the first Thrive movie, Foster and his wife Kimberly Carter Gamble, journeyed deep down the rabbit hole to explore dark and controversial ideas. In this one, Foster jokes, “We have found the light at the end of the rabbit hole.” Read more here…
Aired 3 November 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview With Author and Microwave Radiation Specialist Arthur Firstenberg
T5G stands for “fifth generation cellular technology” which promises to deliver data rates that are 10 to 100 times faster than current 4G. Not only does this mean much faster download rates, but 5G will also enable new technologies like self-driving cars and augmented reality. Mobile devices will be able to send and receive information in less than one-thousandth of a second, appearing instantaneous to the user.
Wow. Faster internet, faster downloads on our smart phones … Fast, fast, fast.
Well … not so fast, say some concerned citizens and scientists. As with cell phones, the radiation from this 5G technology is being linked to higher cancer rates. The cell phone providers and mainstream media insist all is safe, and there is no problem. Are they correct? Or is this just another issue where those with much to gain are railroading an untested technology?
Our guest this week, Arthur Firstenberg, is here to help clear the air. Arthur Firstenberg is a scientist and journalist who has been at the forefront of a global movement to have a transparent conversation around the apparent trance of 5G technology. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University with a degree in mathematics, he attended the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine from 1978 to 1982. Injury by X-ray overdose cut short his medical career. For the past thirty-eight years he has been a researcher, consultant, and lecturer on the health and environmental effects of electromagnetic radiation, as well as a practitioner of several healing arts… Read More Here …
The Race Issue and “Tools of Bamboozlement” – Black Lives Matter, White Power Structure Matters More
Aired 27 October 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview With Pioneering Black Journalist Glen Ford
This summer, the murder of George Floyd by police sparked a huge, nationwide protest movement and put Black Lives Matter into the headlines. Within days, hours actually, mass protests emerged across the country, and celebrities – from the entertainment industry to sports figures – all seemed to speak as one to support this movement.
What impact has the movement had and will it have in the future to insure that actual black lives are impacted for the better? How do we replace a criminally unjust criminal justice system with one that works for all? What is this “defund the police” issue all about, and what actually happened in Portland and Seattle?
Our guest this week, pioneering black journalist Glen Ford, will take us deeper as we examine to what extent #BLM is grassroots, and to what extent it is “Astroturf”, and we look at who benefits from this movement, and what this movement and media campaign may be keeping us from seeing. Hint: He uses the phrase “bamboozlement”, popularized by Malcolm X, to describe how the power structure has used the #BLM movement to keep folks from poking around the real issues. Read more here …
Aired 20 October 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Visionary and Political Strategist Eleanor LeCain
In 2005, journalist and NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller published a book, Fooled Again, presenting evidence that Republicans stole the elections in 2000 and 2004 using hacked voting machines and other nefarious means. While the mainstream press largely ignored the book, the so-called progressive press – including Democracy Now and Mother Jones — roundly condemned the book and dismissed Miller as a conspiracy theorist.
Here we are a decade-and-a-half later and the most mainstream of mainstream Democrats are discussing the prospect of Trump stealing the election, and not abiding by the results he be defeated. Makes you wonder … had we handled the bullying party then, maybe we wouldn’t be dealing with this “bullyshit” now.
Fortunately, Donald Trump is so blatantly toxic that everyone has been forewarned, and consequently forearmed. Our guest this week, Eleanor LeCain recently put out a video to help the sane and reverent majority reassert our will should the misleader try any monkey business. Click here to watch the video.
Eleanor LeCain, is a long-time political visionary, strategist and public official. She spent 2019 as policy advisor to the Marianne Williamson campaign, and has extensive experience in successfully electing progressives at the federal, state and local level. In 2016, she was the National Director of the She Wins We Win campaign to elect Democratic women to Congress. In 2014, she was campaign manager for Marianne Williamson for Congress in Los Angeles… Read More Here…
Aired 13 October 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with … Myself!
Hard to believe that it’s nearly three years since I did my first interview with cellular biologist Bruce Lipton to launch Wiki Politiki Radio. Our interview, about conscious evolution as our alternative to mass extinction is even more relevant today than it was then.
The current administration has brought us closer to our own species topping the Endangered Species list, as it makes its great leap backward toward feudalism. On the other hand, the best the Democrats can promise is that they are NOT Donald Trump. Their corporate agenda, however, cloaked in nice-sounding language and representing the dominance of technology is leading us forward to a brave new world of … neo-feudalism.
Fortunately, there is an awakening happening on both sides, and a growing movement from the “sane and sacred center” that is calling on us to work together, to collaborate for the betterment of each and all. And yeah, that sounds like an ideal, but unless the ideal becomes the real deal, there will be no deal at all. It’s a clear-cut, binary choice – a life economy or a death economy, an awakening or a wake.
Today’s conversation is about the “signs of the upwising” – the cues and clues that we are indeed awakening, and I will be offering ideas for how we might awaken in time, and use our good will, our knowledge, our wisdom, and our technology to bring back the missing piece in government of, by and for the people – the people.
Yes, I will be talking to myself … and hopefully speaking to you in a way that informs, inspires and activates. Please join me for this show… Read More Here…
Aired 6 October 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Entertainment Mogul, Attorney and Author Steven Machat
Just a few days ago it came to me.
The 2020s will be the Decade of the Citizen.
It will have to be, because the entrenched and dysfunctional political, social and economic systems hopelessly addicted to money and power cannot reform themselves. What is required is an outside intervention by we the people, or else we will devolve into just another “turd world” country.
Our guest this week, Steven Machat, has spent a lifetime in the entertainment industry, and has seen first-hand how consent is conceived and manufactured, how the industry feeds toxic memes, and how it disempowers originality and imposes subliminal narratives.
Steven grew up in show business. His father, entertainment attorney Marty Machat boasted clients like Phil Spector, Sam Cooke and the Rolling Stones. After graduating from Vanderbilt University law school, Steven went into business with his father. He became a worldwide entertainment attorney, music publisher, manager of music talent and record label owner as well as film producer among other commercial endeavors. His clients have included Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Leonard Cohen, Snoop Dogg, Ozzy Osbourne, and Hugh Masakela, and he also produced Bird on a Wire, the documentary film of the Leonard Cohen 1972 European tour. His book “Gods, Gangsters and Honor” tells the story of his storied career in the music business …read more here…
Advisory Voting and an “Eco-System for Civic Engagement” – Restoring the Missing Piece in Government By the People – THE PEOPLE!
Aired 29 September 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Tech CEO and Author Richard Lang
As we are caught in the swirl of the most toxic and dangerous election season in our lifetimes, citizens from across the political spectrum are asking two questions: How did it get this way? And, how do we restore the missing piece in government of, by and for the people – THE PEOPLE?
If you’ve had the sense that the will of the ordinary citizen in America has little or no impact on what legislation actually gets passed — you’re right. A study conducted by Princeton University in 2014 concluded: “The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.
Could this be why fewer Americans exercise their right to vote than any other “democratic” country in the world? Might be we need to rename our system “Futilism” because of the futility of voting for a candidate, who does the bidding of the highest bidder instead of doing your bidding?
Our guest this week, Richard Lang, has come up with a “meta-strategy” for bringing the collective (and amplified) voice of we the people to the forefront of politics. The idea starts with an observation: For the first time in known human history, it is now possible to convene an unlimited number of citizens, in one place, at one time, to cast collective, non-binding, advisory votes on any issue of collective concern or importance. …Read More Here…
Guaranteed Income — For Wall Street! How the “Pirates of Manhattan” Steal From the Middle Class and Give to the Rich
Aired 22 September 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Author and Financial Advisor Barry James Dyke
With the COVID lockdown and many businesses closed, there has been more talk this year about guaranteed income – a way to counteract trickle down economics with “bubble up”, payments from the bottom that bubble up and prosper everyone on the way up.
Unfortunately, the only “guaranteed income” we have right now is going to Wall Street, not Main Street. For decades, conscientious folks looking to secure a reasonably prosperous retirement have followed the dictates of Wall Street and financial advisors who have steered them to funds that have enriched already high paid executives, and impoverished middle class Americans.
This week on Wiki Politiki, we will go deeper into that story … and, more importantly show you ways that YOU can guarantee your retirement income. Our guest this week, Barry Dyke, is a financial advisor and author, whose three books shed light – and enlightenment – on the endarkened spaces of retirement investing.
Barry James Dyke is a best-selling author, advisor and speaker committed to telling the truth out about how Wall Street really works. Barry believes that today’s financial service and retirement planning systems continue to serve Wall Street, the government, the media, Ivy League academia and giant asset managers such as mutual funds more than the common man. Barry with his advisory firm, Castle Asset Management, LLC has made a spiritual, intellectual and professional commitment to act as an economic warrior that looks out for your best interests—not Wall Street.
He is the author of The Pirates of Manhattan, and the sequel The Pirates of Manhattan II: Highway to Serfdom (or as the Swami would say, “Serf city here we come!”) and his latest book, Guaranteed Income: A Risk-Free Guide to Retirement… read more here.
Aired 15 September 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Canadian Journalist, Author and Activist Guy Crittenden
When Bruce Lipton and I published Spontaneous Evolution in 2009, Barack Obama had just been elected President of the United States. In our first hardback edition of the book, we celebrated the election as a sign of a great evolutionary upwising, indicating that the majority of Americans prefer living into the “we’re-all-in-it-together” meme as opposed to the “every-man-for-himself” dominate-or-be-dominated paradigm.
And while I still suspect that most of us would rather live by the Golden Rule as opposed to the rule of gold, the neoliberalism of the Obama Democrats has shown itself to NOT be the vehicle that will take us there. A dozen years after the heady celebration of Obama’s election, the body politic is locked in a mutually-destructive battle-to-the-death that will insure that, whoever wins the election, the American people will lose.
How did we get here? And now that we are in this war of the worlds, what now? Can we agree on an agreed upon reality? Can we call forth a sane and sacred center to lead us from the middle?
Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week is Canadian-based journalist Guy Crittenden, who recently posted a piece that caught my eye – An Open Letter to Bill Gates – that calls out the technological “fix” that will further destroy the natural world. Guy Crittenden enjoyed a career as an environmental journalist and magazine editor for 25 years, winning 14 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for excellence in business journalism and was twice a finalist at the National Magazine Awards … read more here
How We the People Can Protect the Vote in 2020 – Making Sure Every Vote Counts, and Every Vote is Counted
Aired 8 September 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Author and Activist Harvey Wasserman
“Those new ‘smart’ voting machines are so smart, they don’t even need voters.” — Swami Beyondananda
One of the characteristics of a sociopathic conmen is that they will boldly and blatantly tell you ahead of time what they intend to do. Another characteristic is that they project their own evil intentions on to others. So it should come as no surprise to those who recognize Donald Trump as the sociopathogen he is, that he has already announced he will not accept the results of the election, if they are not to his liking. And he and his Vichy Republican enablers have continued to accuse the DEMOCRATS of voting fraud – as they have done everything in their abusive power to disenfranchise potential Democrat voters.
Trump knows – as Josef Goebbels knew before him – that if you repeat a lie often enough it will begin to sound like the truth.
By the way, I offer my assessment of Donald Trump not as a partisan, but as a student of meta-politics my entire adult life. I know what I am seeing, and as the legendary baseball umpire Bill Klem said, “I call ‘em as I see ‘em.” Or to quote Swami Beyondananda, “If it quacks like a duck and steps like a goose, there is something fowl afoot.”
Given this – new word – shituation, what do we do about it?
Those who want to call forth a sane and sacred center to preserve government of, by and for the people — what can we do in the next two months to make sure everyone who wants to vote does vote, and those votes are counted?
Our guest this week Harvey Wasserman has some answers, and not a moment too soon.
He has been active in civil rights, peace, ecological, safe energy, and election protection issues for almost sixty years. In 1966 he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Meredith voter rights march through Mississippi. A co-founder of the global grassroots No Nukes Movement … read more here
Aired 1 September 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Author and Journalist Mark Crispin Miller
“What a topsy-turvy time we are living in. These days, the ones WITHOUT the masks are the outlaws.” — Swami Beyondananda
On this week’s show, we are going to take a journey to a parallel universe – a reality just as real as this one, maybe even more real, where people believe that wearing masks DOESN’T make most people safer during the COVID crisis. It’s a reality where thousands of Europeans have taken to the streets to protest lockdown, where a huge crowd listened to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. speak out against mandatory vaccinations in the same spot where his Uncle John F. Kennedy spoke in Berlin nearly sixty years ago. It’s a reality where the people who showed up are not right-wing neo-Nazis as the New York Times proclaimed, but ordinary citizens from across the political spectrum alarmed by what they see as totalitarianism.
Our guide is journalist Mark Crispin Miller, who set out on a journey some fifteen years ago to delve into the truth about America’s “electile dysfunction”, and found himself at odds with his own “progressive” tribe. The further he has gone into exploring what others have termed “conspiracy theories”, the more he has discovered “con’s piracy facts” – discomforting truths that indicate that those with too much money and too much power – conman pirates — have already decided what our future will be like, and this future may not be to our liking.
As the Bible didn’t quite say, the truth shall upset you free.
In these apocalyptic – and in many ways apoplectic – times when the veils are being lifted on all sorts of things we would prefer not to look at, Mark has had the courage to speak up where others are silent. I may not agree with everything he says, and I don’t expect you to either. And … beyond the polarizing and incomplete narratives on both sides, Mark is going to give you a chance to look at a bigger picture … read more here
Aired 25 August 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Author and Family Therapist Bill Doherty, Co-Founder of Braver Angels
“We need more visionaries, and fewer divisionaries” — Swami Beyondananda
Here is an irony supplement to munch on.
America is in the midst of the most politically polarizing times since the Civil War … and yet, a 2018 Pew Research Center poll found that nearly 80 percent of Americans in each party believe it’s important for Republicans and Democrats to work together on issues.
Huh? How could that be?
Are we that schizophrenic … or, is there a deep longing to find our sane and sacred center at the heart and soul of who we are?
Our guest this week on Wiki Politiki is family therapist and author Bill Doherty, co-founder of Braver Angels, an organization dedicated to bringing the polarized sides together to find a new angle – where instead of dehumanizing the other side, we re-humanize the other.
The problem is obvious. The political narrative and discourse on both sides is to paint the other as a dangerous enemy, and the less contact we have with the other side, the easier it is to demonize them. In December 2016, Braver Angels co-founders David Blankenhorn, Bill Doherty, and David Lapp brought together 10 Trump supporters and 11 Clinton supporters in South Lebanon, Ohio for their first Red/Blue Workshop. The goal was simple. They wanted to see if Americans could still disagree respectfully – and just maybe, find common ground… read more here
Aired 18 August 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Fred Burks, Former Government Official and Journalist (PEERS and Want To Know)
To paraphrase Dickens, it was the worst of times … it was the worst of times.
No, wait a minute, that’s not right. But it sure seems that way. Welcome to the Apocalypse. As you may know the definition of “apocalypse” is “the lifting of the veils” and for anyone paying attention – or for that matter, not paying attention – just as the curtain seems to be going down on Western Civilization, the curtains seem to be rising to expose every manner of toxic perpetration.
But that’s only part of the news.
Along with the awful truth, we are being exposed to the awesome opportunity of awakening and conscious evolution. Our guest this week, Fred Burks, is able to speak about both. A one-time interpreter for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he has had a front-row seat to our political sausage factory, and has looked into the heart of darkness with an unblinking eye. He has also pursued and studied paths of awakening, and love-and-spirit based communities that point toward humanity’s future, if we are to have one.
This week’s conversation will focus around swirling political narratives, the deep history behind the deep state, the truth and fallacy of Q-Anon and other “conspiracy theories” … seen from a higher, deeper and wider view that will help us metabolize the toxins and find the nourishment to create a truly new and healthy order.
Fred Burks says his deepest intention for his entire adult life has been to live in service to all beings. His favorite saying is “I give all that I am into the service of All This Is.” This intention has brought countless miracles, big and small into his life, including serving as an interpreter for Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush in the White House, founding several love-and-spirit based communities on the Internet and in the San Francisco Bay Area, and considerable success in letting go of his own judgment and arrogance to find love and deep connection with those around him. He manages the PEERS nonprofit network of transformation-focused websites, which are all about shining a loving light into the shadows and building a new paradigm of love and cooperation on our planet. … read more here
Aired 11 August 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Paul Levy, “Wounded Healer” and Author of “Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil”
Over the past month or so, a few of my colleagues have written articles expressing alarm at how many “spiritual folks” have gone off the deep end embracing wild “conspiracy theories”, forsaking rational science and the material world view. Indeed, there are some wild and wacky scenarios out there – like Q-Anon claiming that Donald Trump is really a “good guy”, and at the right moment will bring forth his good friend, John F. Kennedy, Jr. who didn’t really die in that plane crash, to save the day.
Just goes to show how far people will go to find a savior … without recognizing that we, through our collective awakening, just might be the saviors we have been praying for.
Regarding “conspiracy theory” (a term popularized in the late 1960s by the CIA to dissuade further investigation of the Kennedy assassination), I take a slightly different view from my colleagues. I see too many folks suffering from “conspiracy denial” – where they intentionally choose to not connect obvious dots because doing so would lead to discomforting conclusions.
Our guest this week on Wiki Politiki, Jungian student Paul Levy quotes Carl Jung as saying that we must develop an “imagination for evil” in order to recognize our own complicity in evil, rather than putting it outside of ourselves. Writes Levy, “If we can’t imagine the evil that human beings are potentially capable of—and of which we ourselves, under the right circumstances, could also be capable of—in our naivety, we offer ourselves into evil’s hands.”
If we look at the current polarized political “shituation”, we see an ever-escalating projection of evil onto the “other.” On the right, we see self-described “Christians” embracing Donald Trump and his philosophy of “hate thy neighbor.” On the left, we see the equally-ironic “cancel culture” proclaiming that “INTOLERANCE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!”
This week’s conversation will – hopefully with humor and humility – shine light on the darkness that makes these kinds of projections possible, and point us toward the awakening in the human psyche that can transform human civilization. And not a moment too soon … read more here
Aired 4 August 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Glenn Aparicio Parry, Author of “Original Politics: Making America Sacred Again”
There’s disheartenment in the heartland.
And while many blame that loss of heart due to heartlessness on the Trump presidency, more and more Americans are awakening to realize his “election” is more of a symptom than a cause. As Swami has said, “Donald Trump is America’s balloon karma payment.”
American history – not unlike the history of humankind in general – has moved forward on two parallel and seemingly opposite tracks. One track, based on the Declaration of Independence, has sought to expand freedom, justice, equality and the common good. The other track has been the reactionary forces pursuing the obsolete and obsolethal meme, dominate-or-be-dominated.
So those who dismiss our Founding Fathers as white elitists, many of them slaveholders, who allowed the genocide of Native People are right. And … those who recognize the founding principles, many of them based on the wisdom of the Iroquois Nation and other Native peoples, they are right too. And unless we reconcile these two “rights” it will be “last rites” for American democracy.
Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, Glenn Aparicio Parry, has a new book that highlights the Native wisdom at the foundation of the American system, and offers way to use that wisdom to restore – or maybe even establish for the first time – a sane and sacred center at the heart of our Republic.
Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, is a writer, educational consultant, international speaker, and entrepreneur with a vision to reform thinking and education into a coherent, cohesive whole … read more here
Death By Censorship – How Politicization of Science Endangers Our Lives, Our Liberty, and Our Wellbeing
Aired 28 July 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Meryl Nass, M.D., Expert on Anthrax, Gulf War Syndrome and Vaccine-Induced Illness
The world as we know it is brought to a screeching halt by a deadly novel coronavirus, and the entire world – doctors and scientists, world leaders, and ordinary people – work as one to share the best information as rapidly as possible so we can face this challenge as one united, purposeful species…
Well, not quite.
For a brief moment, there was the recognition that for the first time, all of humanity faced one common challenge, and that we had the worldwide communication network to find the best practices and adopt them as quickly as possible. But then “reality” set in – the reality of economic and political interests pushing their agendas and seeking to discredit and de-platform other points of view. On one hand, we have a President who has lied so consistently, that even when he makes a truthful statement he has no credibility. On the other, we have a medical industrial complex claiming to represent “science”, when in actuality it represents only the science that supports its financial interests.
Add to this a polarized population, skeptical of anything the “other side” had to say, and the stage is set for disaster: A nation shut down and economically paralyzed, without the benefit of defeating the virus to show for it.
Truly a – new word – shituation.
This week on Wiki Politiki, we interview Dr. Meryl Nass, internist and biological warfare epidemiologist to help us get past the political narratives to find a likelier story of how COVID-19 took hold, where we are today, and treatments likely to make a difference.
Meryl Nass, MD, ABIM, is an internist with special interests in vaccine-induced illnesses, chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War illness, fibromyalgia, and toxicology. As a biological warfare epidemiologist, she investigated world’s largest anthrax epizootic, in Zimbabwe, and developed a model for analyzing epidemics to assess whether they are natural or man-made … read more here
Aired 21 July 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with “Hydro-luminaries” Jim Lauria and Adam Tank
A benefit of the current COVID-19 crisis – if there is one – is that it offers human society a chance to stop, to pause, and if we are wise, to hit “reset.” Reset suggests a stop in linear action, and then using the pause to access the wisdom that “busyness as usual” keeps us from seeing. It means seeing anew, and allowing ourselves to imagine how things would look and feel if they REALLY worked, and if they reflected our connection to the web of life and the web of love.
It’s fitting that we begin our Reset conversation with water – truly life’s most precious “liquid asset.” The Native Peoples say, “Water is life” because indeed everything we are, everything we have, everything we do requires water. Not only are we physically 70% water, but water is required for all human endeavor.
This week we are pleased to welcome two diverse “hydro-luminaries” – that is our new word for “enlightened visionary water experts” – to help us imagine together how our human species can work together to insure this precious WE-source is used wisely so that every human on the planet has access to clean, adequate water.
Our first hydro-luminary, Jim Lauria, is a leader in the water treatment field with a proven track record of revenue growth, profit improvement and new business development. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, he has traveled the world benchmarking the best global water management practices. While living in Hong Kong, Jim did a trains, planes and automobiles tour of China visiting breweries, oil refineries and water treatment plants to direct a $45 million investment in Chinese mining operations … read more here
Adam Tank has over 10 years of experience in the water industry with a focus on innovation, software, and business development. As the Director of Software Solutions at Transcend he’s responsible for client success related to Transcend Design Generator and the automation of preliminary engineering activities. Most recently he served as the North America Smart Cities Director at Suez … read more here
Aired 14 July 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Osteopathic Physician and Clinical Metal Toxicology Expert Dr. Rashid Buttar
About a month ago, I heard some really good news … and then I got angry.
A chiropractor friend told me that a colleague of his had successfully treated more than 30 COVID-19 cases – including an 80-something man who had been sent home to die – using alternative means. However, his colleague could tell no one what he had done, lest he lose his license. Meanwhile, treatments as innocuous as intravenous Vitamin C therapy have been removed from Facebook by orders of the World Health Organization. (See my April 1st interview with Andrew Saul.)
As we hear of the COVID-19 casualties likely caused by the lame and incoherent response of our narcissist-in-chief, I’m left to wonder about something else. How many COVID patients would be alive today – or would have had much milder cases – had they had access to the full panoply of healing modalities, including prevention?
Of course, the public needs to be protected against false or misleading information … but what if the “protectors” have another agenda? Those of us who believe in science are told to follow the guidelines of medical authorities, but consider this quote by the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Marcia Angell: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”
On this week’s Wiki Politiki show we will be talking with an outspoken critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. He is an advocate of alternative therapies and medical choice. Dr. Rashid A. Buttar, graduated from Washington University with a double major in Biology and Theology, and went on to attend medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Surgery. He trained in General Surgery and Emergency Medicine and served as Brigade Surgeon and Director of Emergency Medicine while serving in the U.S. Army…
Can “Tell-A-Vision” Change Our Programming? Shifting Our Focus From What We DON’T Want to What We DO Want
Aired 7 July 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with George Cappannelli, Co-Founder of Age Nation and the “World I Want Collaboratory”
Something that seems to be true about we humans is, we are a lot more clear – and vocal – about what we DON’T want than what we DO want. Maybe it’s because that to survive, our ancestors had to be hyper-vigilant about anything that could be harmful, and visioning and designing a future different from our past was relegated to the luxury of leisure time. Add to this the programming that we are “sinners” and that creating a world that works is “utopian”, and we can see how we’ve arrived at the brink of a dark, dystopian reality.
But as the Swami says, we have a choice. If we don’t want dystopia, we have to choose “dat-topia” – an alternative where we use our intelligence intelligently and our resources more resourcefully.
The question of the day – if not the century – is, how do we turn the ideal into the “real deal”? How do we cohere a sacred center around the virtues and values our spiritual teachers have extolled for millennia – and that science is now confirming as the optimal operating system for evolutionary thrival?
Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, George Cappannelli is the co-founder of The World I Want “Collaboratory” to help us design a future worth living into. George Cappannelli is an award-winning author, and an expert on individual, organizational and societal change. An internationally known consultant and coach, he has worked with hundreds of the country’s leading organizations in both the private and public sectors including Boeing, NASA, Sun Micro Systems, The Disney Company, PepsiCo, The LA Times, and the U.S. Navy. He is also an Emmy Award winning television producer/director and co-producer of the new 40-episode Ageless Living Television Series now airing on PBS stations across the country — and he is also an award-winning sculptor.
Aired 2 June 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Erik Goldman, Founder of Holistic Primary Care – News For Health & Healing
The current COVID-19 crisis has made our health care system front-burner news. On one hand, there are stories of dedicated and skilled professionals who have put their own wellbeing on the line as the front line in fighting the COVID infection. On the other hand, we have physicians who, alarmed at the ineffectiveness of the protocol, have spoken out and have been shut down. Not only that, but helpful non-drug remedies have been de-platformed by social media at the behest of the World Health Organization, and any information not consistent with the official CDC COVID-19 story has been blatantly censored.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. As a country, we pay more per capita for medical care than any other nation in the world, and all that money buys us health care that ranks 27th in the world, down from sixth 30 years ago. What’s wrong with this picture? Perhaps it’s a medical system that is about money, money über alles, and where primary care physicians are little more than plantation slaves, paralyzed by university debt. Instead of noble independent practitioners, they have largely become employees of managed care conglomerates – where executives make millions in salary.
Our guest this week, Erik Goldman, has been serving health care professionals who want to practice more holistically for 20 years. He is the founding editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, a medical publication serving ~60,000 professionals with news and education about non-pharma alternatives for preventing & treating common chronic conditions. He is also co-producer of “Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Patient Care,” a series of conferences that explored practice models to support holistic medicine; and The Practitioner Channel Forum, an annual executive retreat focused on the opportunities and challenges in the practitioner segment of the natural products industry.
COVID-19 Crisis and Opportunity – Caterpillar’s Last Stand, and How We Connect the Emerging “Imaginal Cells”
Aired 26 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Author and Activist Shariff Abdullah
As more of us have come to recognize, fear – and the fight or flight response – puts us in our hindbrain, where we are hard-wired for survival. This is essential for the short term, but what about the bigger picture?
Transformative ideas and evolutionary solutions, and out-of-the-box creativity come from our forebrain. In times of crisis and upheaval, the urgency of the shituation gets our attention. And … it’s the creative part of ourselves that must give us the INTENTION.
Our guest this week, Shariff Abdullah, has cultivated the ability to hold two ideas simultaneously – the ideal and the real deal – and use the dynamic tension between the two to help us get from the urgent crisis to the emergent opportunity. He uses the same analogy Bruce Lipton and I use in Spontaneous Evolution – the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly – to characterize our current predicament.
More intriguing – maybe trying to get from “here to there” keeps us crawling like a caterpillar along the same linear pathways that got us where we are. Instead says Shariff, we need to work backward from “butterfly” so that we figure out how to get from THERE to HERE.
Aired 19 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with “Conspiracy Literacy” Expert Mark Robinowitz
While we’re sheltering in place, one of our natural pastimes has been cruising the Internet for information we are unlikely to get from mainstream corporate media, particularly as it is beholden to certain industries and their narratives. However, even though mainstream media gets an issue wrong doesn’t mean those outside the media matrix get it right.
Our guest this week Mark Robinowitz has a distinct talent for distinguishing “conspiracy theories” from “con’s piracy facts”, and helping us all become more discerning about what we hear and see. Today’s conversation focuses on three movies – including one that isn’t out yet: “Contagion”, the prescient theatrical film from 2011; Michael Moore’s current controversial movie, “Planet of the Humans”; and a forthcoming documentary from Oliver Stone, “JFK: Destiny Betrayed.” Mark will use these three films to offer insight on our current “shituation.”
Mark is a writer and researcher, who focuses on the intersection of deep politics and deep ecology. He runs several websites, including OilEmpire.US – A Political Map, PeakChoice.org – Cooperation or Collapse, and JFKMoon.org about President Kennedy’s call to end the Cold War and convert the Moon race to a joint US – Soviet mission. Mark is based in Eugene, Oregon where he practices permaculture and encourages re-localization as a community response to Peak Everything.
Aired 12 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Journalist and Author Mark Crispin Miller
There is a telling quote I ran across, purportedly by Ronald Reagan’s CIA director William Casey: “We will know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”
So if you’re confused about what is true in the age of COVID-19 … relax. It’s part of the plan. At a time when we have a pathologically blatant liar in the White House, a corporate media that cannot be trusted, and Google, You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter de-platforming dissenting opinions at the behest of the powers that be in power, who or what are we to believe? How do we practice discernment?
Our guest this week, Mark Crispin Miller, is a voice in the bewilderness, whose views bridge and transcend the established left and right narratives, as he takes on issues such as fixed elections, the controversy over vaccines, and media censorship.
Mark Crispin Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1971, and his doctorate in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1977. He is currently a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is the author of several books, including, The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform (2007).
Aired 5 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Practitioner, Teacher and Author Philip Goldberg
As our attention is drawn “out there” to the latest news or latest speculation or latest commentary about COVID-19, information given ostensibly to safeguard our health is making people more stressed, and consequently less healthy. The question is not so much how do we tune that information out, but how do we attune ourselves in to the resources that will help us process this information in a helpful, healthy way?
Long-time meditation teacher, practitioner and author Philip Goldberg has a new book out that couldn’t be more timely – Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times. And anyone who doesn’t think these are crazy times must be nuts.
Philip Goldberg has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than 50 years, as a practitioner, teacher, and writer. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including The Intuitive Edge; Get Out of Your Own Way; and Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path: Living at the Heart of Paradox. His 2010 book American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West chronicles the remarkable influence of India’s traditional spiritual teachings on the West and was named one of the top 10 religion books of the year by both Huffington Post and the American Library Association’s Booklist. His most recent book, published by Hay House, was The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. He also appears onscreen in the award-winning documentary Awake: The Life of Yogananda. A screenwriter and published novelist (This Is Next Year), Phil is an ordained interfaith minister, spiritual counselor, and meditation teacher trained in 1970 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Read more here…
Activating the Sane and Sacred Center in America – Is There A “Radical Middle” – And If So, How Do We Get There?
Aired 28 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with independent political consultant Joel Searby, “Better For America”
The Presidential Campaign has often been characterized as a popularity contest, and a beauty pageant. However, if we think back to the 2016 campaign, featuring two of the least-liked candidates in history, it might better be called an unpopularity contest and an ugly pageant. Indeed, as my wife and I traveled the country that summer, the question everyone was asking was, “So … who are you voting against?”
Now four years later, not much has changed. We are facing a contest between a candidate who has sold his soul to the devil – and another who is just renting his. Now I exaggerate, but not much. When every four years, the voter is forced to choose whichever they perceive is the “lesser evil,” they are still voting for an evil at worst, an unsatisfactory choice at best.
And yet, most Americans – and 90% of millennials – are clamoring for an alternative to this two-party polarity that keeps dysfunction in place. Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, Joel Searby, has been treading this middle ground. In 2016, he managed Evan McMullin’s independent campaign for President. McMullin – a never-Trump Republican — did manage to get 21% of the vote in his home state of Utah. Since that time, Joel Searby has worked on several campaigns for independent candidates who are both dedicated to reform and working across party lines.
Joel Searby is a veteran consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the realm of political campaigning, government affairs, corporate and non-profit strategic planning, leadership development, and faith-based initiatives. Joel has worked with campaigns and organizations across a wide spectrum of sizes and resources – from local candidates for office to managing a presidential campaign and from small trade associations with a few thousand members to some of the largest with over a hundred thousand members and multi-million dollar budgets.
Aired 21 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Andrew Saul, World Authority on Vitamin C and Founder of Doctoryourself.com
Two weeks ago there was a report that high-dose intravenous Vitamin C was being used to successfully treat COVID-19 patients in New York. According to the article, “The patients received 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C, which is sixteen times the National Institutes of Health’s recommended daily dietary allowance of vitamin C. The 1,500-milligram dose was administered three or four times per day.” They were apparently following a protocol that had been successful in China.
Yet, at around the same time, as today’s guest Andrew Saul will tell us, the World Health Organization instructed Facebook to de-platform anyone promoting Vitamin C as a treatment, or even as a way of enhancing immune function.
What’s going on here? Are holistic treatments being intentionally discouraged or repressed? Is Vitamin C in those high doses dangerous?
Fortunately we have Andrew Saul to help us clear the air, so that we can become better informed and assert our public will to make sure natural medicine is not extinguished through mass-fear and information manipulation.
Andrew W. Saul is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, and is on the Advisory Board to the International Intravenous Vitamin C China Epidemic Medical Support Team. He was on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years, and taught nutrition, health science and cell biology at the college level. Saul has studied in Africa and Australia, holds three state certificates in science education, and has twice won New York Empire State Fellowships for teaching.
Aired 14 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Misa Hopkins and Stephanie James, Co-Hosts of the Women Emerging Summit
The #METOO movement enabled women to acknowledge and share stories of sexual abuse. The movement has moved mountains of dismissal and denial, not to mention ending the careers of several notable serial predators. And … now what?
Now that the stories are revealed, how do women heal?
Keeping in mind that the definition of healing means “restoring wholeness” how do those traumatized become whole again? And … how do we heal the whole story, the thousands of years of dominate-or-be-dominated culture? How do we acknowledge the discounting and oppression of the feminine, and the price we have paid for it? (Hint: Our dominator species is about to weave itself outside the web of life.)
Our guests this week, Misa Hopkins and Stephanie James have brought together teachers, healers, therapists, and other wise luminaries in an online summit called Women Emerging: Reclaiming Our Souls from Sexual Abuse. The intention of the weekend is to “Go from surviving to thriving with this unique psycho-spiritual approach to healing from sexual abuse and permanently remove abuse patterns from your energy field.” Read more here …
Can We Disagree Without Becoming Enemies? Beyond Understanding and Empathy to Collaborating and “Co-Resisting”
Aired 7 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Arthur Peña and Jacob Hess, Co-Authors (with Randall Charles Paul) of “Inevitable Influencers: Why (deep down) We All Want—and Need—to Persuade Each Other of What We See as Good, Beautiful, and True”
A gay Marxist Spanish teacher and a Mormon mindfulness practitioner walk into a bar – and that is NOT a joke.
Despite seemingly opposite backgrounds, Arthur Peña and Jacob Hess have not only become friends, but also collaborators. And they have done so by boldly speaking their truths with, and listening to, one another. At a time when people are de-platformed and “canceled” for speaking their truth and political correctness is proving itself politically incorrect, how DO we use our differences in a dynamic and transformational way?
My guests this week Arthur Peña and Jacob Hess, are the co-authors along with Randall Charles Paul of an upcoming book, “Inevitable Influencers: Why (deep down) We All Want—and Need—to Persuade Each Other of What We See as Good, Beautiful, and True”. (Wow. What a title. With a title that long, who needs a book?)
Truth, beauty and goodness – as Plato stated and Rudolf Steiner reiterated – are the manifest expressions of love. And while love may be universal, love’s expressions are diverse. And while there’s a part of us who want to pretend these our differences can be glossed over, in doing so we miss out on the power of genuine engagement.
Aired 31 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with investigative journalist Gerald Posner, author of “Pharma: Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America”
With the Coronavirus front and center in the news, and with talk of how quickly a vaccine can be developed and by whom, national and international attention is being focused on the pharmaceutical industry. So who better to have on Wiki Politiki Radio this week than the man who wrote the book – literally – on big pharma, investigative journalist Gerald Posner the author of “Pharma: Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America”.
Gerald Posner was at age 23 one of the youngest attorneys ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. A Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1975), he was an Honors Graduate of Hastings Law School (1978), where he served as the Associate Executive Editor for the Law Review. He is co-founder of Posner and Ferrara, a public interest law firm, where a pro bono legal representation on behalf of surviving twins of Nazi experiments at the Auschwitz death camp led him to coauthor his first book in 1986, MENGELE: The Complete Story, a bestselling and critically acclaimed biography of the infamous Nazi “Angel of Death,” Dr. Josef Mengele.
He is also author of Case Closed on the Kennedy assassination, Killing the Dream about the Martin Luther King assassination and God’s Bankers, which chronicles the history of money and power at the Vatican.
Aired 24 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Duncan Campbell, Comprehensivist and Host of Living Dialogues Radio
The current COVID-19 crisis is making these feel like “apocalyptic” times, and as you may know the original meaning of apocalypse is “the lifting of the veils.” Indeed, the veils are being lifted on the fundamental weakness of our “too big to fail” economic – and political – system, that seems to be teetering if not toppling under the weight of this crisis.
Add to this a President who blatantly lies and then demands these lies be accepted as truth, and we truly have a shituation.
This “up-is-down” and “down-is-up” rhetoric and impropaganda is certainly reminiscent of Orwell’s “1984.” As to why it has taken so long for 1984 to manifest in reality, the Swami has an answer: The Republicans are 35 years behind the times.
So, do we say, “Ah well, all’s well that ends Orwell”? Or do we see if we can overgrow Big Brother by fully activating “bigger brotherhood”?
Our guest today, Duncan Campbell, has been tracking the path of “newspeak” for years, and through his Living Dialogues Radio Show he has conversed with literally hundreds of visionaries, illuminaries and solutionaries of our time, from Senator Boren of Oklahoma and Governor Inslee of Washington, to teachers like Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston, to leading edge doctors like Larry Dossey and Andrew Weil (hey, there’s a paradox!) to economists, sociologists, scientists, and entertainers like Judy Collins and Richie Havens. In the process, he has gleaned a wealth of information, and as a synthesizer and contextualizer, and has cultivated knowledge and wisdom.
The Ship of Civilization Is Sinking – We Find Our Lifeboats By Shifting From Domination to Collaboration
Aired 17 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Psychotherapist, Author and Men’s Health Expert Jed Diamond
In many ways, our top-heavy civilization seems like a sinking ship, and the current coronavirus crisis is just – please pardon the awful analogy – the tip of the iceberg.
This current crisis is apocalyptic – in the original meaning of the word, “the lifting of the veils.” The veils are being lifted on the me-first culture and our me-first President, and more specifically we are seeing that the dominate-or-be-dominated worldview is obsolete and obsolethal.
Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, Jed Diamond, is an expert on men’s health and how we can use both the masculine warrior energy and the feminine nurturer energy to face and embrace the challenges of this new reality.
Jed Diamond, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of Men Alive, a health program that helps men live long and well. Jed is the author of 17 books including his latest, My Distant Dad: Healing the Family Father Wound (Lasting Impact Press, 2018).
The Surprising Truth About “Sex Trafficking” – How Our “Myth-Perceptions” May Be Leading Us Down the Wrong Track
Aired 10 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Sexologist, Coach and Author Veronica Monet
Sex trafficking – everyone agrees it’s bad, right?
Well, that depends on what you imagine “sex trafficking” to mean. If the term conjures up innocent women and children being sold into a life of sexual exploitation and slavery, then we all should be against it. But what if “sex trafficking” actually applies to ANY sex for money, with mutual consent?
Our guest on Wiki Politiki, Veronica Monet, is a one-time sex worker who is now a “sexual empowerment change agent” whose website, “The Shame Free Zone” offers “a safe place to explore feelings of shame without being judged.” As someone who sees her own career as a highly paid escort as an expression of self-empowerment, she has a unique and enlightening perspective on how what we imagine “sex trafficking” to be has created more repression, confusion and shame – and doesn’t really address where sexual abuse (and pedophilia) originate: inside the family structure.
Can “Socialist” Bernie Prevail Over “Antisocialist” Trump? A Middle East Expert Weighs in On the Conflict in the “Middle West”
Aired 3 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with USF Professor and Middle East Scholar Stephen Zunes
With Bernie Sanders surging into the lead as we come to Super Tuesday, the “stop Bernie” forces on the moderate side insist that Bernie can’t win in November. But, what if he is the ONLY candidate who can truly overwhelm Trump?
Can his movement of young people inspired to vote counterbalance those “moderate Republicans” who might switch from Trump to either a Biden or a Bloomberg?
Weighing in on this issue on Wiki Politiki Radio is scholar and Middle East scholar Stephen Zunes, who recently wrote a piece for Truthout debunking the idea that a progressive candidate cannot win the general election. Zunes, who as a teenager worked for the George McGovern campaign, insists the comparison between McGovern, who lost in a landslide, and Sanders holds no water.
Is Political Climate Change An Inside Job? How Our “Human Climate” Feeds Political Discourse … and Discord
Aired 25 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Carol Smaldino, Psychotherapist and Author of “The Human Climate: Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us”
With political discourse and political discord nearly synonymous, and with the phenomenon of “fake news” – where facts take a backseat to emotionally-fueled beliefs — maybe it’s time we look at the fact that feelings make more of a difference than facts do. Might this highly-charged politics “out there” have something to do with the emotional terrain “in here”?
Our guest this week, psychotherapist Carol Smaldino thinks so … she has written a book that speaks directly to the stormy political climate, The Human Climate: Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us, that examines the role of emotions in our political landscape, both in politicians and in the diverse populations and issues that make up this landscape.
As someone who speaks with and listens to “both” sides, what’s clear to me is that for the most part, each side sees the other side’s shadow – but not its own. Combine this with each side constantly receiving, embracing, and absorbing information that reinforces what they already “know” to be true. I know, I know. The other side is much more that way than we are. (Exactly what the other side is saying about us.)
Aired 18 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Chase Palmieri, Co-Founder of Credder
At a time when disinformation, misinformation and missing information characterizes much of the news, and the trust in media is at an all-time low, might it be time to access the “wisdom of crowds”?
Our Wiki Politiki guest this week, Chase Palmieri, thinks so. He and his partner, Austin Walter, have founded a new platform, Credder, that they’ve branded “Rotten Tomatoes” for the news. Credder – rooted obviously in the word “credibility” — allows readers to review articles for veracity and bias, and then post these reviews on the Credder site. Writers are then rated on these criteria, and reviewers too are held accountable by THEIR ratings.
The site says:
We believe news should compete for credibility, not clicks. Together on Credder’s news review platform, we can hold media accountable and accelerate the news industry’s transition from clicks to credibility. Credder works by allowing journalists and the public to review articles, creating credibility ratings for every article, author, and outlet. We believe this is the only way, without censoring content, to establish a clear incentive for quality in online news.
Aired 11 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Music Mythologist Steve Wagner, author of “All You Need Is Myth: The Beatles and the Gods of Rock”
In his study of “spontaneous remission,” Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona suggested that these unexplained anomalous healings were often accompanied by what he called a “change of story.” Given the dire “shituation” we as a civilization, a species and a world find ourselves in, maybe we need a collective change of story, a “spontaneous remissioning” so to speak.
So … where might we go to find such a story?
Hint: All you need is love.
Our guest this week, “music mythologist” Steve Wagner offers an interesting and compelling thesis: That during the latter half of the 20th century, mythology “came alive” as the ancient archetypes cited by Joseph Campbell emerged through the Beatles, and other rock icons like the Stones, Elvis, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, the Who and Brian Wilson.
Unlike ancient and traditional mythologies, based on story and faith, here were real flesh-and-blood contemporaries who brought these archetypes to life, and gave us purpose and meaning. Read more here…
Aired 4 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Consultant and Conference Convener Richard Margolies
In these most contentious times, what if there were a way for “we the people” to gather above and beyond the battlefield conversation and focus on the common purpose we share?
The Bible says where there is no vision, the people perish. And at this moment, our democratic republic looks awfully perishable. Fortunately, a paradigm-breaking conference happening in Washington, D.C. this April looks to – in the Swami’s words – “bring left and right front and center to face the music and dance together.”
As the conference website says, only citizens can change society: “The purpose of the conference is to create a conversation about what we as a people and as a nation can become.”
“Politicians offer policies that are like medication to cure fears of the future, but these policies only address symptoms. The cure requires a vision of an America based on the values of the Declaration and the Constitution designed for the new reality that is radically different from anything imagined by Jefferson or Hamilton.”
Bringing together solutionaries and evolutionaries to “tell a vision” and ground that vision in reality, this conference reflects the “evolution of revolution” from something led by a charismatic leader to something that emerges from the grassroots up and brings forth the uncommon wisdom of common people.
Our guest this week is Richard Margolies, conference convener, who has spent more than a half-century as psychologist, political activist, researcher and consultant.
Richard Margolies, PhD is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant. He has worked on numerous research and consulting projects in the US and Europe with Michael Maccoby and other associates over 45 years. Richard consulted to the senior military and civilian leadership … Read more here …
Aired 28 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Psychologist and Educator Robert Strock, Author of “Awareness That Heals”
One of my favorite cartoons of all time is a two-panel piece that I first saw in a psychotherapist’s waiting room. In the first panel, a boy being swept under in a raging river calls out to his dog, “Lassie, get help!”
In the second panel we see Lassie on a psychiatrist’s couch.
We are living in the “self-help” generation, and yet so much of this self-help comes from outside ourselves. Well, what if we actually DID develop the inner resources to be truly helpful to ourselves? What if we able to find and cultivate an inner voice that is wise and loving, gentle yet firm, that speaks softly yet with authority? And what if this voice can provide comfort and wisdom, not just for our internal crises, but in dealing with the external ones as well?
Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week Robert Strock, a psychotherapist in practice for half a century, developed what he calls “awareness that heals” while dealing with a dire personal crisis. 25 years ago, a hereditary condition required him undergo a kidney transplant. The medications he had to take to prevent the new organ from being rejected by his system created a chemical and emotional imbalance that left him alienated from his own emotions and own self. “It was as though I had a ‘heart-ectomy’. I felt as if my heart had been taken away.”
In response to his crisis, he was able to find an inner guide that allowed him to accept his feelings and hear the messages clearly from the intuitive intelligence of his own heart. (Or as Chris Padgett put it in his book of the same name, “I’m not okay, you’re not okay … but it’s okay!”) By cultivating what he terms “the friendly mind”, Robert Strock saw his way through his own crisis, and found similar heartening results with his therapy clients. … Read more here.
Aired 21 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Journalist, Author and Media Critic Norman Solomon
If they saw what the Republican Party has devolved to, Republican icons like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and even Barry Goldwater would flip in their crypts. The blatant heartlessness, self-centered short-sightedness, and downright insanity of a political party that has become a toxic cult, would certainly make the Democrats seem like a sane and viable alternative, right?
Well, here’s the elephant – and donkey – in the living room. In a political system where it costs the average Senator $14,000 to finance their re-election campaign, the oligarchs have a well-established foothold in that party too.
Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, journalist, activist and author Norman Solomon has been involved with progressive politics for decades, working to move the Democratic Party beyond the “identity issues” that they have used to cobble coalitions, to addressing the “identical issues” we all face – like a clean environment and economic justice.
Norman Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, author and activist.
His dozen books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” A full-length documentary film, narrated by Sean Penn, was based on “War Made Easy.” The New York Times review called the film “ultimately persuasive” and said: “Many of its arguments have been made before … but Mr. Solomon digs deeper and hammers harder.” … Read more here…
Aired 14 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Activist and Campaign Consultant Lenore Goldman
In the wake of the 2016 elections, millions of Americans were awakened to what they perceived as a battle for the heart and soul of America. Many became politically active for the first time, joining in the various “resist” movements, and becoming involved in supporting “battleground state” campaigns in the 2018 Midterm elections.
This being a Presidential election year, everyone is focused on the national election and the national issues – but maybe there is a more fertile field to cultivate. Our guest this week, veteran activist and consultant Lenore Goldman, shows us where the REAL change takes place – the grassroots, particularly statehouse elections.
At a time when the power of money overwhelmingly controls the airwaves, the new playing field is “on the ground”, the door-to-door campaigns where real people talk with real people, and where people who have been disenfranchised by and are cynical about the system can be motivated to vote.
Consider how much energy is wasted on social media, throwing slings and barbs at folks on the other side who will never be convinced. What if that energy was used in a focused way to bring new voters to the polls and swing the swing states from the grassroots up? What if instead of arguing with folks who don’t agree with us, we spent that time encouraging voters who do?
Lenore Goldman will tell us why and how to get off that old battlefield, and mobilize the power of people to prevail over the power of money. … Read more here…
Aired 7 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Journalist and Activist Judah Freed, Author of “Making Global Sense”
What would happen if a billion people worldwide took a stand in recognition that we humans are indeed cells in a larger super-organism called Humanity, and then began to live their lives as if that were true?
Our Wiki Politiki guest two weeks ago, Stephan Schwartz – a lifelong student of social change movements (How to Change History BEFORE it Happens) — asserts that when 10% of any population has agreement around an idea, adoption of that idea becomes inevitable. And while it seems like gathering one billion people under “one big intent” is virtually impossible, it is actually VIRTUALLY more possible than ever before. We now have the technological ability to connect billions of people on the Internet at one time … and now if we cultivate the spiritual, psychological and political coherence, we may be able to achieve something that cellular biologist Bruce Lipton says is necessary for survival at this point – conscious evolution.
Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week is Judah Freed, whose forthcoming book, Making Global Sense, reports on a dozen world social trends that prove more than a billion people on earth — acting alone and together, spiritually and politically — are forming the “global sense movement,” already gathering momentum for a quantum shift in human consciousness that transforms all life on our planet. He also is updating his prior book, Global Sense, inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, which revives the ideas and ideals of the 18th century Enlightenment to champion 21st century enlightenment. His earlier editions of Global Sense won the 2005 Colorado CIPA award for the Best Personal Growth Book along with 2007 and 2012 Nautilus Awards for the Best Social Change Book. … Read more here…