12/15 FED RAISES RATES AGAIN; America’s Fight Over Israel; Chaos In Peru w/ Eric Alterman & Javier Puente

December 15, 2022

In a pre-taped conversation, Sam’s joined by Eric Alterman, Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, writer of the “Altercation” newsletter at The American Prospect, to discuss his recent book We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel. Then, Emma speaks with Javier Puente, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College, to discuss the recent civil unrest in Peru after former President Pedro Castillo threatened to dissolve the country’s legislature and rule by decree before being removed from office.  First, Emma runs through updates on the Fed’s newest interest rate hike, the House pouring more money into American policing, the return of free by-mail covid tests, Pulse Nightclub survivor Brandon Wolf’s statements on Florida’s transphobia, and the continued response to the Respect for Marriage Act. Then Sam and Eric Alterman join to tackle the history of American Jews and Zionism, first jumping back to the start of the 20th Century and the desire of the American Jewery to build America into their homeland, before shifting to the campaigning of Louis Brandeis in the 1920s for American Jews to push for the rights of their European brethren to colonize Palestine and return to Israel. Next, Professor Alterman and Sam tackle the mass shift in the American Jewish perspective on Zionism in the wake of the revelations of the Holocaust, particularly as it came after an era where the US (and its German-Jewish citizens) pushed against the immigration of Eastern European Jews. Moving to the wake of the Holocaust, Sam, and Eric explore the evacuation of the British from Israel leaving a colonial vacuum, and why the US saw it as an opportunity to build their power in the region, even with some conservative pushback from US politicians, before tackling the impact of the Six-Day War in bolstering the support for Israel among US Jews. They wrap up the interview by tackling the growing stratification between an increasingly conservative Israeli youth movement, and a more and more liberal American Jewish constituency, and where the future of Israel lies in US politics. Then Emma is joined by Javier Puente as attempts to contextualize the last week in Peruvian politics for us, from Pedro Castillo’s coup attempt on the 7th to Dina Boluarte replacing him through similarly undemocratic means, before tackling why the hell he attempted the coup in the first place, and where the motivations of the protesters largely stand, feeling both betrayed by Castillo and wanting to push against a return for a far-right Peru.

And in the Fun Half: Emma is joined by Brandon Sutton and Matt Binder as they explore Donald Trump’s late arrival to the NFT game (and even later to the trading card one), discuss the Washington Posts’ failed employee town hall, and take on Elon taking stock of his tanking stocks. They also dive into the continued fallout from Sam Bankman-Fried’s fall from grace and FTX’s massive collapse, plus, your calls and IMs!

Check out Eric’s book here: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/eric-alterman/we-are-not-one/9780465096312/
Check out Javier on Democracy Now: https://www.democracynow.org/2022/12/8/peru_political_crisis

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