The Gary Null Show on Progressive Radio Network 1/25/12
Runs about 15 minutes:
Podcast Interview of Dennis Loo by Linda Rigas on 1/9/12.
This conversation is the first in a series between Loo and Rigas talking about Loo's book. It begins with a short discussion of the book's overall content and goals. It then addresses the momentous shift in the norms of governance known as public order policies that began in the 1970s. Public order policies treat everyone as a suspect and are necessitated by the nature of neoliberal regimes that relentlessly, recklessly, and systematically pull the rug out from under the vast majority of the people. Because this will provoke, and is provoking, the people into resistance against authority, authorities are using coercion and fear to maintain "social order," treating free assembly and free speech as "low-level terrorism" (e.g., pre-emptively arresting people before they have engaged in protest activities and charging them as "terrorists") and monitoring and surveilling the entire population. The NDAA of 2012 that suspends all due process is discussed in relation to this governmental trajectory that began long before 9/11. The conversation then moves onto a discussion of why the "lesser of two evils" logic in elections is a mistake, what the fundamental nature of the state is, bureaucracies' different dimensions, how the "War on Terror" is really a "War on the People" and an outcome of the logic of neoliberal policies, why the WOT has an institutional stake in anti-state terrorist incidents occurring (or the fabrication of said incidents), and ends with a brief discussion of why the very bad political situation now should not be a cause for despair but a call to action. Runs 1:05:54.
Hour long interview on KWMR Post Carbon Radio on 12/12/11: http://kwmr.org/blog/show/1233:
Loo discusses with the three hosts the nature of neoliberalism, the distinction between neocons and neoliberals, why there are fatal flaws in democratic theory and what it will take to actually progressively approach authentic popular rule, why voting isn't the answer and social/revolutionary movements are, the reasons why capitalism's very nature is tearing the social fabric and driving the society and the biosphere to catastrophe, and other important issues such as the Occupy Movement.
Michael Slate's show on KPFK, 12/7/11:
"What's It Gonna Take to Get the World We Need?"
"Professor Dennis Loo, Cal Poly Pomona, talks about the nature of the State and how it functions in Capitalist Society, arguing that the defining characteristic of the State is the monopolization on the legitimate use of force. Loo then explores the character of the modern imperial State, its embrace of the so-called War on Terror and what it means for those who want to change the world." http://radio.indymedia.org/uploads/the-michael-slate-show-12-7-11.mp3 (20 minutes beginning at the top of the show).
Project Censored Radio with hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips, 9/22/11:
Huff and Phillips discuss Globalization and the Demolition of Society with author Dennis Loo. At the top of the show http://dl.dropbox.com/u/42635027/PC100.mp3.
The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show 8/17/11:
Rob Kall is the founder and editor of OpEd News. http://www.opednews.com/Podcast/Dennis-Loo-Globalization-by-Rob-Kall-110817-987.html
This site aims to accomplish two related goals. First, it complements Dennis Loo's book Globalization and the Demolition of Society so that people reading the book can get more deeply into it. (See navigation bar above, labeled "GDS Book Annotations"). We believe that his book is a landmark, providing a solid foundation for politics of a new path. Taking such a path is critical to humanity and the planet's future. As his book's dust jacket states:
[F]ree market fundamentalism - also known as neoliberalism - makes us not more secure or prosperous: it tears the social fabric and undermines security, leading inevitably to disasters on the individual, regional, and global levels.
Neoliberalism is based on the mantra that market forces should run everything. It aims to eliminate job and income security, the social safety net (including welfare and other social guarantees), unions, pensions, public services, and the governmental regulation of corporations. It consequently undermines the basis for people to voluntarily cooperate with authority as almost everyone is increasingly left by themselves to face gargantuan private interests, with governmental and corporate authority ever more indifferent to the public’s welfare.
Those in charge of our collective fates in government and business personify a heartless system based on profit and plunder. They have been relentlessly instituting profoundly immoral and unjust policies even while they insist that they are doing the opposite. We, on the other hand, stand for and are fighting for a radically different system and set of values than this.
Defeating the empire is not something that occurs only on the literal battlefield. It is also something that is determined throughout the continuum of battles over many issues, including: ideas; philosophy; forms of organization and leadership in economy, politics, and other realms; ways of arguing; ways of responding to and respecting empirical data; interest in truth as opposed to expedience; how people and the environment should be treated; the nature of relations among people (e.g., between women and men, different races and ethnicities, rich and poor countries, etc.); ways of responding to criticism and ideas that are not your own; ways of handling one’s own errors and those of others; and more, all the way up through how warfare is carried out. The contrast between the methods and goals of the neoliberals and those of us who seek an entirely different world is stark. (Globalization and the Demolition of Society, Pp. 326-7)