From Alpha To Omega
About This Show
What is happening to our economy and our politics? Are we stuck forever in this corporate dystopia? What can we learn from the failures of radical politics over the last 100 years? Tom O'Brien talks in depth to experts from the fields of Political Economy, Politics, Science, Philosophy, Complexity, Mathematics, Music, and the Environment.
Most Recent Episode
The Vietnam War & Revolution
This week we talk to show regular C. Derick Varn about the recently released 10 part documentary series of ‘The Vietnam War’, made by Ken Burns and Lynn Novak. It’s a pretty amazing documentary series, about as balanced and accurate a program about a US war you could expect to find on a mainstream US network. Even more so, considering it was made with money from the Koch Brothers. The idea for the show was to talk about the amazing ability of the Vietnamese people to purposefully act under the guidance of their Marxist-Leninist leaders, and what positives we can take from that type of organisation. However, we are quickly blown off course and end up talking about every revolution under the sun, and the problems facing radical action in today's world.
Note: Since recording, Derek's friend let informed him of a factual error about Kim Il Sung: Kim was not in France. He was radicalized in Manchuria during his teenage years through Korean Marxists and later through leadership and involvement in Chinese and Korean anti-Japanese resistance armies. He also did retreat to Russia for a good part of WWII.