Hello.
My Name is
Chris Jeffries

I survived in the most disgusting and depraved places man can hope to find himself. I traveled the never ending road and thus purchased a front row ticket to the decline of western civilization. My creative efforts are my only outlet for the things I’ve seen. While most scramble to find purpose in a purposeless existence, I encourage entropy and empathy.

 

Music

Chris Jeffries
Homeless Romantic

The Homeless Romantic is a revolving cast of musicians who help bring my songwriting to life.  The music is a disjointed poetic look the life of a 21st century vagabond.

“If Lou Reed had lived in the ’30s and had an affinity for moonshine instead of heroin, he would sound dangerously close to the delicate rootsiness of what Chris Jeffries is creating. Combining the swagger of Mr. Reed with the bad-luck living and roaring fingerpicking of folk stalwarts like Lead Belly, Jeffries creates a sound that could be plucked straight out of your granddaddy’s Crosley. This three-song, self-titled EP also conjures images of Chris Adolf’s pre-Bad Weather California project, the Love Letter Band, which, like Jeffries himself, was stripped down, slightly psychotic and teetering on the verge of its own classification. Although Jeffries calls on a myriad of influences, he is close to creating a sound that is uniquely his own — and right at home on any chain gang.”

, Westword

 

Writings

America Is STUCK in the 20th Century | Ben Norton | HR #208

America Is STUCK in the 20th Century | Ben Norton | HR #208

Ben Norton from The Geopolitical Economy Report, discusses various issues and global power shifts are discussed, with a focus on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Israel, and the Middle East. Ben Norton highlights Israel’s history with the ICJ, including its losses in cases related to the separation wall and actions against Nicaragua during the […]

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Anti Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism | Qorantos & Chris Jeffries | HR #207

Anti Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism | Qorantos & Chris Jeffries | HR #207

Qorantos and Chris Jeffries discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s complexities and the controversial association between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Guest Corantos, known for his debates regarding Gaza and Israel-Palestine, shares his views on Israel’s actions, questioning the use of the “human shield” argument and challenging the assumption that Zionists genuinely desire coexistence. The speakers also discuss the […]

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Art

Growing up there was a long list of artists that I was inspired by including Kandinsky, Greg Simkins, Gary Larson, Andy Warhol, Jhonen Vasquez, Ron English, Robert Crumb and Many More.

Digital Painting, Acrylic Painting, Screen-printing, 3D animations, Cartoons, Graphic Design and Sculpture. Pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have been very fortunate  to have had art shows in Mexico, United States, and Germany. I am Always happy to accept commissions. 

Podcast

The Homeless Romantic Podcast

Conversations with Human Beings. From the Lowest classless hobos to the top scientists, academics and artists all over the world.

America Is STUCK in the 20th Century | Ben Norton | HR #208

America Is STUCK in the 20th Century | Ben Norton | HR #208

Ben Norton from The Geopolitical Economy Report, discusses various issues and global power shifts are discussed, with a focus on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Israel, and the Middle East. Ben Norton highlights Israel's history with the ICJ, including its losses in cases related to the separation wall and actions against Nicaragua during the Reagan Administration. The US's veto power in the Security Council has prevented the implementation of these rulings, raising questions about the outcome of the current allegations of genocide against Israel at the ICJ. Additionally, Ben Norton discusses the US's influence in the Middle East and China's rise as a manufacturing superpower and a significant player in the production of green technology. The US's interventionist policies and historical support for extremist Islamist groups in the region have fueled ongoing conflicts, causing many countries to seek closer ties with China. This trend is further augmented by China's economic cooperation with various countries, including those in Africa, where the US has experienced negative impacts due to its historically aggressive foreign policies. Ben Norton also touches upon the resource curse, the influence of former colonizers in West African countries, and Russia's diplomatic and trade strategies in Africa and South Asia. The US's historic interventions and the limited incentives it offers have driven many developing countries to seek economic and diplomatic cooperation with China. The speaker argues that the US, stuck in a 20th-century mindset, needs to provide more incentives to compete with China rather than just threats.

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Anti Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism | Qorantos & Chris Jeffries | HR #207

Anti Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism | Qorantos & Chris Jeffries | HR #207

Qorantos and Chris Jeffries discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict's complexities and the controversial association between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Guest Corantos, known for his debates regarding Gaza and Israel-Palestine, shares his views on Israel's actions, questioning the use of the "human shield" argument and challenging the assumption that Zionists genuinely desire coexistence. The speakers also discuss the larger implications of US alliances with Israel, political discourse, and ethical concerns. In a lighter segment of the conversation, they touch on technological advancements, mental health, and the ethical considerations of veganism and animal agriculture.

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Gaza, Capitalism and Imperialism | A Conversation with RATHBONE | HR #206

Gaza, Capitalism and Imperialism | A Conversation with RATHBONE | HR #206

Rathbone discusses the complexities of capitalist systems, using the examples of New Orleans' corrupt politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He shares his perspective on the struggling city of New Orleans, attributing its corruption to capitalist systems and admitting his deep connection to the city despite its challenges. However, he also emphasizes its unique history and cultural contributions. Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Rathbone and Chris Jeffries discuss the historical context, including the displacement of Palestinians and the use of violence. They argue that Palestinians, like the Houthis in Yemen, resist by disrupting trade and challenging power imbalances. Rathbone is critical of international involvement, particularly the role of the United States, and expresses sympathy for resistance groups. The conversation also delves into the complexities of morality and violence in the context of the conflict. Rathbone argues against the condemnation of Palestinians for using violent resistance, noting historical examples of justified violence against oppressors. They also critique undercover Israeli operatives' use of deception, emphasizing its harmful impact on the Palestinian community. Furthermore, Rathbone explores the control of resources and exertion of power through the examples of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S.-Israeli relationship. He calls for recognition of historical decisions and their consequences and warns of the potential global consequences if such actions continue.

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Re-Engineering Humanity | Brett Frischmann | #205 HR Podcast

Re-Engineering Humanity | Brett Frischmann | #205 HR Podcast

Brett Frischmann, the interdisciplinary law professor shares his unexpected journey from studying math, science, and astrophysics to becoming a law professor specializing in technology and economics. Frischmann discusses his book, "Re-Engineering Humanity," which explores the impact of technologies and infrastructures on individuals and communities. He also expresses concerns about the power dynamics and potential consequences of surveillance and data collection, particularly within the context of the internet and artificial intelligence. Throughout the discussion, Frischmann emphasizes the importance of understanding the complex and interconnected nature of societal issues, including the role of individuals and communities in engaging with technology. He also touches upon the potential dangers of propaganda and manipulation, particularly in the context of new communication and media technologies. Overall, Frischmann's talk highlights the importance of questioning our desires, understanding the systems that shape our beliefs, and advocating for responsible use of technology.

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Why is Regulation Slower Than Technology? | Bruce Schneier | #204 HR Podcast

Why is Regulation Slower Than Technology? | Bruce Schneier | #204 HR Podcast

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier discusses the challenges of applying traditional systems like democracy and capitalism to the information age. He argues that these outdated systems are struggling to adapt to the complexities of modern technology, leading to power imbalances and issues like slow regulation. Schneier expresses a desire to find new solutions and a greater role for regulatory bodies in counterbalancing corporate power. He also discusses the challenges of securing democracy in the digital age, particularly in relation to social media and fake news. Topics addressed include market dynamics, network effects, and the need for new ways to regulate companies and protect consumer rights in the face of rapidly evolving technologies, such as DRM and facial recognition. Concerns over privacy and data sharing with law enforcement are also highlighted

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What the Future will Bring | Cory Doctorow | The Lost Cause | #203 HR Podcast

What the Future will Bring | Cory Doctorow | The Lost Cause | #203 HR Podcast

Chris Jeffries and Cory Doctorow discuss his latest book, "The Lost Cause" which explores a future where humans adapt to a post-climate apocalypse and embrace radical changes to harness 0.4% of the sun's energy. Doctorow also talks about the origins of money and the roles of governments and markets. He critiques rents, intermediaries, and rent-seeking in the technology sector, discussing Uber's history of violating competition laws and its transformative impact on the industry. Doctorow emphasizes the need for competition law enforcement and legislation to level the playing field for small businesses and prevent monopolies. He also touches upon the historical context of Marxist theory and the interplay between competition and regulation. Throughout the conversation, Doctorow raises concerns about the concentration of power and wealth in the technology sector and its potential impact on the future.

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How Not To Age | Dr. Michael Greger | #202 HR Podcast

How Not To Age | Dr. Michael Greger | #202 HR Podcast

In "How Not To Age," Dr. Michael Greger talks about the eating habits of centenarians, drawing from research in areas known as "blue zones" where people live longest and healthiest. These individuals mainly consume whole plant foods, limit processed items, meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, and salt, favoring fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, and herbs. Dr. Greger also discusses the debate around coffee consumption and aging, stating that long-term health isn't impaired despite short-term brain and arterial effects. He advises on optimal coffee consumption, such as filtered brewed coffee for the highest antioxidant benefits. Furthermore, Dr. Greger touches on topics like inflammation reduction through diet, natural anti-aging remedies, managing stress, and the impact of the food industry on health. He provides insights on increasing anti-aging enzyme AMPK through vinegar and black cumin, maintaining healthy blood sugar, and minimizing stress through healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Greger criticizes the influence of food industries on nutrition science and encourages listeners to educate themselves and make informed decisions for their health

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The Big Problem with Veganism | Chris Jeffries & Plant Geezer | #201 HR Podcast

The Big Problem with Veganism | Chris Jeffries & Plant Geezer | #201 HR Podcast

Chris Jeffries and Plant Geezer discuss the challenges and misconceptions surrounding veganism. They highlight the mean-spiritedness of some within the vegan community, which makes it difficult to gain traction with non-vegans. They also address arguments against veganism, such as humans being omnivores, and dismiss them as flawed. The speakers stress the importance of not picking and choosing which injustices to care about and emphasize the need for cultural change in order to gain majority support for veganism. They also discuss the influence of capitalism and government subsidies in promoting unhealthy eating habits and the need to address food addiction. Despite the challenges, they express hope that the vegan revolution can overcome these obstacles.

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How To End Injustice Everywhere | Dr. Melanie Joy Ph.D. | #200 HR Podcast

How To End Injustice Everywhere | Dr. Melanie Joy Ph.D. | #200 HR Podcast

My Friend Dr. Melanie Joy, a Harvard-educated clinical and social psychologist, discusses her new book where she argues that all forms of injustice, including violence towards animals, humans, and the environment, share the same underlying structure and mentality. She also explores the concept of relational dysfunction, which stems from a non-relational mentality that disconnects individuals from their empathy and rational thoughts, leading to unjust actions and infighting within social movements. Dr. Joy emphasizes the importance of building relational literacy to combat this mentality and create a more relational world where dignity is honored for all beings. Additionally, Dr. Joy addresses the detrimental effects of infighting within the vegan community and the impacts of chronic disregulation on individuals and communication. She encourages individuals to prioritize self-regulation, clear communication, and emotional intelligence to reduce toxicity within movements and maintain productivity and effective engagement

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How To DECOLONIZE Palestine | Professor Leila Farsakh Ph.D. | #199 HR Podcast

How To DECOLONIZE Palestine | Professor Leila Farsakh Ph.D. | #199 HR Podcast

My Friend Professor Leila Farsakh Leila Farsakh discusses her book "Rethinking Statehood in Palestine" and her research on the doctrine of self-determination and decolonization. Farsakh argues that the creation of a Palestinian state after the 67 War and the UN resolution 242 was doomed from the start, as Israeli settlements destroyed the possibility of having territorial integrity and continuity in a potential Palestinian state. Farsakh also advocates for an alternative understanding of statehood that focuses on democratic institutions and depoliticizing ethnic identity in order to create a more inclusive state. She also discusses the history and principles of Zionism, and how Israel's creation led to the displacement of two-thirds of the Palestinian population. Farsakh notes that Zionism was a colonialist movement that aimed to create a Jewish state as a project of salvation for the Jewish people. She discusses the hypocrisy of the global community's response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly how it is so different from their responses to the ongoing violence in Ukraine. Despite the challenges, Farsakh remains hopeful that a political solution is possible with the growing activism and support for Palestinian causes in the US, and notes the importance of respecting international law and the rule of law in order to resolve the conflict.

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The Truth Behind THE CONJURING | Matthew Brockmeyer | #198 HR Podcast

The Truth Behind THE CONJURING | Matthew Brockmeyer | #198 HR Podcast

My Friend Matthew Brockmeyer discusses the history of the family and the events that led to the filming of the movie “The Conjuring.” Brockmeyer explains how the family thought the country house they bought was not trouble, but strange things started happening, including the appearance of a ghost. He also highlights how the witch is not as infamous as many believe and that the Family members were advised not to unboard the chimneys due to an old superstition about ghosts and chimneys.

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Creating a Vegan World | Andrew Alexander | #197 HR

Creating a Vegan World | Andrew Alexander | #197 HR

My Friend Andrew Alexander shares his journey to becoming vegan and discusses the challenges and opportunities he has encountered within the vegan community. He talks about the support he received from the community during the creation of his documentary, the importance of leveraging existing systems to make veganism more accessible and less socially conditioned, and the growing number of activists and influencers within the vegan community. Alexander believes that while there are challenges to growing the vegan movement, the potential rewards of creating a more compassionate and ethical world make it worthwhile. He encourages others to look for unique opportunities to make a difference within the community and stay focused on the long-term goal of creating a better world for all living beings.

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Why We Should STOP Killing Animals | Dr. Marc Bekoff Ph.D. | #196 HR

Why We Should STOP Killing Animals | Dr. Marc Bekoff Ph.D. | #196 HR

My friend Dr. Marc Bekoff is a biologist and author who has published numerous books on animal behavior and the natural world, including "Minding Animals" and "Dog Demystified." He attributes his interest in animals to genetic makeup and ability to understand their emotions. Dr. Bekoff has published "Rewilding Our Hearts," a book aimed at encouraging people to reconnect with nature and build a bond with animals. In this section of his TEDx talk, he discusses his book "The Emotional Lives of Animals," which explores animal emotions and behaviors, and establishes the credibility of studying animal emotions. Bekoff argues that humans should be more compassionate towards animals and strive to build a bond with them, regardless of their utility to humans. He believes that by doing so, we can lead a more sustainable and ethical lifestyle.

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Life on the Road with Joseph Faison IV | Homeless Romantic | #195 HR

Life on the Road with Joseph Faison IV | Homeless Romantic | #195 HR

My friend Joseph Faison IV is a musician and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. He talks about his experiences living overseas, including time in Berlin, Greece, and a small village in Greece. During his time in Turkey, he faced difficulties obtaining the necessary documentation, leading to his departure for 90 days. He reflects on how he felt like bad luck was chasing him around, despite his desire to live a more carefree lifestyle. Faison also talks about his experiences playing guitar with a group of musicians he met while living in a diesel/biodiesel bus, including two brothers he grew up with in Nashville.

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A Conversation with MUGS and POCKETS | Swamburger & Scarlet Monk | #194 HR

A Conversation with MUGS and POCKETS | Swamburger & Scarlet Monk | #194 HR

My friends MUGS and Pockets AKA Scarlet Monk and Swamburger discuss their musical influences including Sly Dunbar, James Brown, the Freestyle Fellowship, Jupiter, mic nine, and Brother Jay from X-Clan, Billy Holiday, Ace of Base, Madonna, Tupac, Biggie, Little Kim, and Missy Elliott. They both emphasize the importance of being able to piece together their compositions, and their influences have helped them develop their unique style. The conversation then shifts to a discussion of an upcoming EP and single coming out inspired by trip hop music, features a non-poppy, genuine sound that is true to its roots and draws inspiration from subgenres of jazz.

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How Chemical Companies are Killing Humans | Sherri A. “Sam” Mason, Ph.D. | #193 HR

How Chemical Companies are Killing Humans | Sherri A. “Sam” Mason, Ph.D. | #193 HR

My friend Dr. Sherri A. "Sam" Mason discusses the detrimental effects of chemical inputs in the manufacturing process of plastic products and the resulting plastic pollution. She emphasizes the need for industries to prioritize sustainability and consider the environmental impact of their creations. Dr. Mason also explores the health risks associated with microplastics and plastic pollution, including the potential connection to neurological disorders. She highlights the lack of education on ecotoxicology in the chemistry curriculum, and the need for more collective action to address chemical toxicity and its impact on the environment and public health. Lastly, she encourages individuals to take action and make changes to protect wildlife, animals, and the environment.

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The Don Quixote of Fish Biologists | Dave Cannon | #192 HR

The Don Quixote of Fish Biologists | Dave Cannon | #192 HR

My friend Dave Cannon, a fish biologist, recounting his experiences and sharing his views on various environmental issues. As a child, his interest in nature was sparked by fishing and catching snakes, which later led him to a career in fish biology. He has worked in various capacities, including in Idaho dealing with endangered salmon and steelhead, and facing abuse from ranchers and miners. In this section, he discusses the challenges that biologists face in protecting natural habitats and preserving threatened species. Later in the section, Cannon talks about his efforts to create a movie about ADD and its causes. He notes that he believes ADD is a dysfunction that needs rehabilitation, and that the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, leading to the same evils being recreated. He also discusses Hollywood's desire for a one sentence logline to pitch the movie and mentions that his movie may follow a non-traditional, scattered format like a Robert Altman film. In this part of the transcript excerpt, the speaker also discusses his vision to make a full-length feature film about a scientist known as the Donkey, a biologist who is passionate about making a difference by reaching the masses in a unique way. Cannon is facing challenges in finding the right people who are passionate about the environment and mental illness, and who can help him create a compelling story about psychology and sustainability. Throughout this section, Cannon touches on various environmental issues, including loss of biodiversity, bycatch fishing, and climate change. He also discusses the interconnected nature of these crises and the urgent need for action. Additionally, he talks about the term "soul nostalgia," a type of environmental grief loss experienced by those who have lost their home or their immediate or environmental surroundings

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Saving the Planet by Going VEGAN! | Jeremy Gregory | Tindakan | #191 HR

Saving the Planet by Going VEGAN! | Jeremy Gregory | Tindakan | #191 HR

My friend Jeremy Gregory speaks about Tindakan, an eco-social justice organization that works to expand the capacity of non-profits advocating for eco-social justice. The organization seeks to inspire positive action in communities through events like concerts, festivals, and workshops. Gregory explains his personal journey to becoming more focused on animal rights and protection as he grew older, inspired by a National Geographic article he read at a young age. He also talks about a new project called the "Global Coffee Solution" that aims to develop sustainable coffee growing methods that do not harm ecosystems or endanger wildlife. Additionally, Gregory discusses the importance of having a positive mindset and incorporating meditation and pranayama into one's daily routine, and the challenges of finding time for activities we enjoy as we get older.

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The End Of The World | Paul Quaiser | Sustainability and The Planet | #190 HR

The End Of The World | Paul Quaiser | Sustainability and The Planet | #190 HR

My friend Paul Quaiser discusses various solutions to the climate crisis and pollution, such as planetary intelligence, regenerative farming, urban and rural community change, transition to a shared economy, 20-minute city model, waste prevention from reaching the ocean, and a phased approach to sustainability with efficient recycling programs. Quaiser also emphasizes the importance of addressing environmental concerns and finding sustainable solutions, voting for candidates who prioritize the environment, and supporting movements and organizations that catalyze a more environmentally-friendly living environment. He is optimistic about the future and believes that there are many pioneers and non-conformists working towards positive change.

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WTF is Wrong with Libertarianism? | Vivek Chibber | Capitalism and Marxism #189 HR

WTF is Wrong with Libertarianism? | Vivek Chibber | Capitalism and Marxism #189 HR

My friend Vivek Chibber discusses his journey into academia and his experiences as a left-wing social theorist. He explains how his upbringing and his personality led him to pursue academic research, and how he was fortunate enough to find a good place to do his Ph.D. and obtain a decent job. Chibber touches on the concept of empathy and how it is an inherent aspect of human beings, but notes that it is difficult to build a politics based on empathy alone, as it can clash with our desire to defend our material interests. He argues that capitalism forces us to make immoral decisions in order to succeed, and that success in many occupations requires engaging in what he calls "correctly sociopathic behavior."

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The Conservative CANNIBAL: Austin Harrouff | Matthew Brockmeyer | #188 HR TRUE CRIME

The Conservative CANNIBAL: Austin Harrouff | Matthew Brockmeyer | #188 HR TRUE CRIME

My friend Matthew Brockmeyer discusses the case of Austin Harrouff, a man who in 2016 claimed to be a werewolf and murdered two people in Florida. We explore the myth of werewolves and its potential influence on real-life criminal behavior. We also discuss the issue of class and privilege in the United States, as Harrouff was a student in physical education and came from a privileged background. We also discuss the case of John R. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, who were convicted of murdering five women and two children in a home in 1984. Douglas, who claimed to be a werewolf, believed that he had been cursed to kill children to protect them from evil. The hosts discuss the implications of dangerous mental illnesses and the use of shock therapy as a form of treatment.

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The Soil Food Web | Dr. Elaine Ingham | Agriculture & Biology | #187 HR

The Soil Food Web | Dr. Elaine Ingham | Agriculture & Biology | #187 HR

My friend Dr. Elaine Ingham explains the concept of the soil food web and emphasizes the importance of nurturing a healthy soil ecosystem for plant growth. The soil food web consists of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and microarthropods, all of which play a crucial role in providing nutrients to plants. By reintroducing these organisms into the soil, plants can communicate their nutrient needs and receive the necessary minerals. Dr. Ingham also discusses the functions of the soil food web, including nutrient cycling, building soil structure, promoting plant health, and preventing the growth of disease-causing organisms. She highlights the detrimental effects of toxic chemicals and pesticides on soil microbes and encourages the use of compost, cover crops, and organic methods to rebuild soil structure and promote a balanced ecosystem. The video also covers topics such as the effects of different organisms on soil health, the importance of avoiding harmful nematodes, the risks of introducing different biomes into compost, and the impact of smoking and cannabis cultivation on soil contamination. Dr. Ingham concludes by recommending experimentation and observation of local conditions to understand and enhance soil biodiversity.

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A Conversation With Adam Hochschild | Imperialism | American Author & Historian | #186 HR

A Conversation With Adam Hochschild | Imperialism | American Author & Historian | #186 HR

My friend Adam Hochschild, an American author and historian, discusses his journey as a writer and activist, as well as the themes explored in his books. He talks about his fascination with history and his commitment to social justice. Hochschild delves into specific historical events such as the atrocities committed in the Congo by the Belgians and the senselessness of World War I. He also touches on the grassroots movement that led to the abolition of slavery in Britain and the Spanish Civil War. Additionally, he discusses his thoughts on Stalin's legacy in Russia. The conversation concludes with a thank you to Hochschild for his insights and a mention of his various books. Overall, Hochschild's work reveals untold stories from the past and sheds light on the impact of imperialism and social movements on society.

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What Led to the COUP in MALI? | Martin A. Klein | Professor of History | #185  HR

What Led to the COUP in MALI? | Martin A. Klein | Professor of History | #185 HR

My friend Professor Martin A. Klein discusses the factors that led to the coup in Mali. The coup was prompted by the soldiers' frustration with their losses on the field and their perception that the civilians weren't providing adequate support. This, combined with corruption, the fall of Gaddafi in Libya, the emergence of radical groups, and racist ideologies held by some groups, created instability in the country. The professor also highlights the involvement of Western powers and the challenges faced by civilian governments in providing support to the military. The coup in Mali is not an isolated incident, as there have been several coups or attempted coups in the country over the years due to various factors such as religious issues, nationalism, and soldiers' grievances.

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A Conversation with The Metermaids | Strange Famous Records | #184 HR

A Conversation with The Metermaids | Strange Famous Records | #184 HR

My friends The Metermaids discuss their experiences touring and their favorite towns to perform in, mentioning cities like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Providence. They reflect on the highs and lows of touring, equating it to high school where some people have the best time of their lives while others find it challenging. They also recount memorable shows and crazy experiences, including freestyling for only three people, chaos at a woman's place, witnessing a riot, and opening for Tyga. They talk about their early shows and experiences with merchandising, their connection with Strange Famous Records, and their admiration for Buck 65. The conversation also touches on their return to music after a hiatus, the challenges of fatherhood, the importance of their friendship, and their love for sampling. They express gratitude for working with Strange Famous Records and the positive and passionate community they have become a part of. They also express admiration for Sage Francis and his skills as an MC.

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What The F#@K are Microplastics? | Dr. Danielle Green | #183 HR

What The F#@K are Microplastics? | Dr. Danielle Green | #183 HR

My friend Dr. Danielle Green, an associate professor at Anglia Ruskin University, talks about her background and what drove her to ecology. She explains how she fell in love with marine life and the ocean as a child and decided to study marine life to conserve and help save the ecosystem. The conversation then shifts to microplastics pollution in the Falklands, and Dr. Green explains that her research has shown that microplastics pollution in the Falklands is as high as in the UK. She talks about her trip to the Falklands in 2015, where she sampled different parts of the East Island, including some remote little islands off the Falklands, and found high concentrations of microplastics. Dr. Green also talks about the implications of microplastics pollution on wildlife, including seabirds and fish, and how microplastics can affect their feeding and reproductive rights.

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Laytonville Murder Mystery: Who Killed Les Crane? | Matthew Brockmeyer | #183 HR TRUE CRIME

Laytonville Murder Mystery: Who Killed Les Crane? | Matthew Brockmeyer | #183 HR TRUE CRIME

My friend Matthew Brockmeyer discusses the murder of Les Crane, a medical marijuana dispensary owner, who was killed in his home in Laytonville, California in November 2005. Les was known for his generosity and community involvement, often giving back to the food banks and opening a community center for kids. He operated his dispensary within the legal gray area of those times and had some trouble with law enforcement, including having money confiscated from him. The video explores various theories and suspicious events surrounding the murder, including rumors of a large sum of money, the sudden resignation of Sheriff Tony Craver, the death of District Attorney Norm Roman, and the potential involvement of the police or outlaw culture in Northern California.

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The World's Most Dangerous Marxist | John Bellamy Foster | #182 HR

The World's Most Dangerous Marxist | John Bellamy Foster | #182 HR

My friend John Bellamy Foster, a professor emeritus of Sociology, discusses his journey towards Marxism and his interest in environmental issues. He explains how his involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement led him to philosophical readings, and how subsequent events like the coup in Chile and economic crises reignited his passion for activism. Foster explains Marx's ecological critique of capitalism and how the concept of "metabolic rift" highlights the alienation between humans and nature caused by capitalism's focus on profit over sustainability. He also discusses the evolution of Marxist theory, the rise of financialization and its relationship to economic stagnation, the changes in the global labor market, and the rise of China. Foster touches on his book "Trump in the White House," which explores the relationship between Trump and neo-fascism. He also highlights the need for a fundamental transformation of society to achieve ecological sustainability, emphasizing the importance of degrowth and planning, and the need to shift towards zero net investment in rich countries. Foster concludes by emphasizing the urgency of investing in saving the planet and promoting sustainable human development, democracy, and equality.

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A Conversation with ALXNDRBRWN | Strange Famous Records | #181 HR

A Conversation with ALXNDRBRWN | Strange Famous Records | #181 HR

My friend ALXNDRBRWN discusses how he got in contact with Sage Francis and signed to Strange Famous Records. He talks about his early inspiration from artists like Sage and Atmosphere and how sending a beat to Sage eventually led to their collaboration on the track "Grace." After facing discouragement due to tinnitus, sending his project to Sage it reignited his passion for music. They decided to release it through Strange Famous Records, and he started creating more beats. He also talks about his first music setup, his time working in LA, and his desire to live in a cabin in the woods. ALXNDRBRWN also mentions his upcoming projects and his appreciation for jazz samples. Great conversation with an amazing hip hop music producer!

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The Truth About Anti-Depressants | Robert Whitaker | Mad in America | #180 HR

The Truth About Anti-Depressants | Robert Whitaker | Mad in America | #180 HR

My friend journalist Robert Whitaker discusses the truth about anti-depressants and the need to bridge the gap between the public perception of mental health and the evidence-based reality. He uncovers the historical perspective on psychiatric treatments and how the long-term studies in the 1960s and 1970s revealed the questionable efficacy of these drugs. Whitaker emphasizes the importance of making the scientific literature known to the public, as studies have shown that individuals who were stabilized off psychiatric medications had better outcomes compared to those who regularly took their medications. He also discusses the ironic truth about antidepressants, highlighting that they do not fix the "low serotonin" in depressed individuals but instead disrupt normal serotonin function and can lead to relapses and dependence. Whitaker argues for a more comprehensive understanding of mental health conditions and the consideration of alternative approaches to treatment.

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A Conversation with MOPES | Strange Famous Records | #179 HR

A Conversation with MOPES | Strange Famous Records | #179 HR

My friend MOPES discusses various aspects of his journey in hip-hop. He talks about how his relationship with Sage Francis started and how he got into the genre. MOPES also shares his experiences with performing on stage, touring, and encountering unexpected situations in different venues. The conversation delves into his latest record, "Ham and Eggers," which is a collaboration with Trademarc, as well as his approach to producing beats and sampling vinyl records. Additionally, MOPES expresses his appreciation for certain eras of music for sampling purposes, particularly between 1968 and 1976. The discussion concludes with a mention of upcoming projects for MOPES and his record label, Strange Famous Records.

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Leslie Van Houten & The Manson Family | Matthew Brockmeyer | #178 HR TRUE CRIME

Leslie Van Houten & The Manson Family | Matthew Brockmeyer | #178 HR TRUE CRIME

My friend Matthew Brockmeyer discusses the Manson Family and their crimes, focusing on Leslie Van Houten's involvement and eventual release from prison. It explores the brutality of the LaBianca murders, Susan Atkins' confession, and the role of other members within the cult. The implications of Van Houten's marriage to a man allegedly planning her escape are discussed, as well as connections between the Manson Family and the CIA's MKULTRA program. The video also touches on the influence of psychedelic drugs.

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A Conversation about Communism | Professor Jodi Dean Ph.D. | #177 HR

A Conversation about Communism | Professor Jodi Dean Ph.D. | #177 HR

My Friend Professor Jodi Dean explores various aspects of communism, comradeship, capitalism, and neo-feudalism. She emphasizes the importance of comradeship in the communist tradition, highlighting the sacrifices and commitment involved. She also discusses how capitalism undermines the sense of community and collectiveness that communism aims to foster. Professor Dean argues for the compatibility of empathy with communism and addresses concerns about the biological ability to empathize. She further explores the impact of communicative capitalism on democracy, highlighting the erosion of shared meaning and truth. The conversation delves into regulating misinformation on social media platforms, the concept of neo-feudalism, and the issue of arbitration agreements stripping workers of their rights. Professor Dean concludes by discussing the importance of organizing and the challenges faced by the left in the struggle for communism.

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A Journey Inside the Mind of Dogs | Clive D. L. Wynne Ph.D. | #176 HR

A Journey Inside the Mind of Dogs | Clive D. L. Wynne Ph.D. | #176 HR

My Friend Clive D. L. Wynne discusses his research on marsupial mammals in Australia, highlighting the cognitive abilities of species like quokkas and fat-tailed dunnarts that are often considered unintelligent. He also emphasizes the importance of early life experiences and socialization in shaping a dog's behavior and ability to form relationships with humans and other animals. Wynne talks about the motivation and trainability of dogs, debunking the misconception that all dogs are primarily motivated by food rewards. He also explores the fascinating ability of dogs to understand human pointing gestures and shares a study that shows how quickly dogs can learn this skill. Additionally, Wynne underscores the need for responsible dog ownership and advocates for adopting from shelters or reputable sources rather than supporting puppy mills. He discusses the history of the dog-human relationship and the origins of domestication, as well as the role of dogs in the lives of historical figures. Overall, Wynne provides insights into the minds of dogs and challenges common misconceptions surrounding their intelligence and behavior.

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Inside The Mind Of A Killer: LORI VALLOW | Matthew Brockmeyer | #175 TRUE CRIME HR

Inside The Mind Of A Killer: LORI VALLOW | Matthew Brockmeyer | #175 TRUE CRIME HR

My Friend Matthew Brockmeyer discusses the case of Lori Vallow, a woman involved in a series of disturbing events. He explores her unconventional beliefs, her relationships with Chad Daybell and Charles Valo, and the disappearance of her children. Matthew raises suspicions about Lori's brother, Alex Cox, being involved in the murders and expresses his disgust towards both him and Lori. He also delves into the question of whether Lori's religious beliefs should be considered as a factor in her actions.

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Artificial Intelligence & The Brain | Dr. Thomas Trappenberg | Neuroscience #171 HR

Artificial Intelligence & The Brain | Dr. Thomas Trappenberg | Neuroscience #171 HR

My Friend Dr. Thomas Trappenberg, a computational neuroscience professor, discusses his academic journey and interest in neural networks and computational neuroscience. He highlights the advancements in AI and computational neuroscience, but also acknowledges the complexity of the brain that is yet to be fully understood. He emphasizes the need for a deeper understanding of the brain to truly understand intelligence. Dr. Trappenberg also addresses the challenges and opportunities of AI, emphasizing the importance of responsible and regulated development. He discusses his involvement in politics, advocating for a better electoral system and the use of technology to facilitate decision-making. He also expresses concerns about bias in AI language models and the potential job displacement caused by automation, suggesting alternatives to capitalism. Additionally, he discusses his work in computational neuroscience, focusing on mental illnesses and disorders. He concludes by emphasizing the need for students to be passionate about learning rather than solely focusing on grades.

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The Idaho Killer : Bryan Kohberger | Matthew Brockmeyer | #170 TRUE CRIME HR

The Idaho Killer : Bryan Kohberger | Matthew Brockmeyer | #170 TRUE CRIME HR

My Friend Matthew Brockmeyer stops by to discuss the case of Bryan Kohberger, the Idaho Killer. We explore the details of the quadruple murder of college students, speculating on possible motives and discussing the killer's background and behavior. They also touch on the comparisons to other serial killers, the death penalty, and their fascination with true crime. We ends with a mention of the upcoming trial and the potential for a death penalty if Kohberger is found guilty.

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Joshua T. Vogelstein | Using Artificial Intelligence in Neuroscience | #169 HR

Joshua T. Vogelstein | Using Artificial Intelligence in Neuroscience | #169 HR

My Friend Joshua T. Vogelstein, a neuroscientist, discusses his journey in neuroscience and his research on the fruit fly brain. He highlights the challenges of analyzing connectome data and emphasizes the importance of integrating the connectome with other aspects of neuroscience to fully understand cognition. He also talks about the ethical implications of using artificial intelligence (AI) and expresses concerns about its potential harms. Vogelstein introduces the concept of organoid intelligence and its role in machine learning pipelines, highlighting the need for further research and development. He also addresses the nature versus nurture debate in shaping the brain's connectome and emphasizes the importance of asking clear questions in scientific inquiry. The conversation touches on topics like the potential use of hallucinogens in neuroscience studies, the limitations of these studies, and humans' attraction to change. I have admiration for Vogelstein and his achievements as a neuroscientist and family man.

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The Gilgo Beach Serial Killer | Matty Brockmeyer | #168 TRUE CRIME HR

The Gilgo Beach Serial Killer | Matty Brockmeyer | #168 TRUE CRIME HR

My Friend Matty Brockmeyer stops by to discuss The Gilgo Beach Serial Killer case, which took place on Long Island, New York, involved the targeting and murder of sex workers. The investigation began when Shannon Gilbert, a missing sex worker, was heard pleading for help. Eventually, 11 bodies were discovered, with four linked to a suspect named Rex Heuermann. Heuermann, an architect, was identified through the use of burner phones and his presence at crime scenes. DNA evidence, including a hair found on a piece of burlap, also linked him to the crimes. The serial killer’s disturbing Google search history, interest in violent pornography, and potential mafia involvement were discussed. The possibility of multiple serial killers in the area and the correlation between serial killers and hunting were also explored. Additionally, there was speculation about the potential involvement of Heuermann’s husband in the murders due to his wife’s absence during the crimes.

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A Conversation with Sage Francis | Hip Hop Legend | #167 HR

A Conversation with Sage Francis | Hip Hop Legend | #167 HR

My Friend Sage Francis discusses his experiences touring in Germany and the unique dynamics he encountered with the German audience. He initially felt that the crowd was disengaged and unresponsive, but after his performance, he realized they were just being respectful and showed their appreciation individually. He also mentions that Germany has a strong hip-hop culture and love for graffiti. However, he found it increasingly difficult to promote his shows and engage with fans on social media in Germany due to a lack of social media engagement and the use of different platforms.

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America Is STUCK in the 20th Century | Ben Norton | HR #208

Ben Norton from The Geopolitical Economy Report, discusses various issues and global power shifts are discussed, with a focus on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Israel, and the Middle East. Ben Norton highlights Israel's history with the ICJ, including its losses in cases related to the separation wall and actions against Nicaragua during the Reagan Administration. The US's veto power in the Security Council has prevented the implementation of these rulings, raising questions about the outcome of the current allegations of genocide against Israel at the ICJ. Additionally, Ben Norton discusses the US's influence in the Middle East and China's rise as a manufacturing superpower and a significant player in the production of green technology. The US's interventionist policies and historical support for extremist Islamist groups in the region have fueled ongoing conflicts, causing many countries to seek closer ties with China. This trend is further augmented by China's economic cooperation with various countries, including those in Africa, where the US has experienced negative impacts due to its historically aggressive foreign policies. Ben Norton also touches upon the resource curse, the influence of former colonizers in West African countries, and Russia's diplomatic and trade strategies in Africa and South Asia. The US's historic interventions and the limited incentives it offers have driven many developing countries to seek economic and diplomatic cooperation with China. The speaker argues that the US, stuck in a 20th-century mindset, needs to provide more incentives to compete with China rather than just threats.

Anti Zionism is NOT Anti-Semitism | Qorantos & Chris Jeffries | HR #207

Qorantos and Chris Jeffries discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict's complexities and the controversial association between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Guest Corantos, known for his debates regarding Gaza and Israel-Palestine, shares his views on Israel's actions, questioning the use of the "human shield" argument and challenging the assumption that Zionists genuinely desire coexistence. The speakers also discuss the larger implications of US alliances with Israel, political discourse, and ethical concerns. In a lighter segment of the conversation, they touch on technological advancements, mental health, and the ethical considerations of veganism and animal agriculture.

Gaza, Capitalism and Imperialism | A Conversation with RATHBONE | HR #206

Rathbone discusses the complexities of capitalist systems, using the examples of New Orleans' corrupt politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He shares his perspective on the struggling city of New Orleans, attributing its corruption to capitalist systems and admitting his deep connection to the city despite its challenges. However, he also emphasizes its unique history and cultural contributions. Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Rathbone and Chris Jeffries discuss the historical context, including the displacement of Palestinians and the use of violence. They argue that Palestinians, like the Houthis in Yemen, resist by disrupting trade and challenging power imbalances. Rathbone is critical of international involvement, particularly the role of the United States, and expresses sympathy for resistance groups. The conversation also delves into the complexities of morality and violence in the context of the conflict. Rathbone argues against the condemnation of Palestinians for using violent resistance, noting historical examples of justified violence against oppressors. They also critique undercover Israeli operatives' use of deception, emphasizing its harmful impact on the Palestinian community. Furthermore, Rathbone explores the control of resources and exertion of power through the examples of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S.-Israeli relationship. He calls for recognition of historical decisions and their consequences and warns of the potential global consequences if such actions continue.

Re-Engineering Humanity | Brett Frischmann | #205 HR Podcast

Brett Frischmann, the interdisciplinary law professor shares his unexpected journey from studying math, science, and astrophysics to becoming a law professor specializing in technology and economics. Frischmann discusses his book, "Re-Engineering Humanity," which explores the impact of technologies and infrastructures on individuals and communities. He also expresses concerns about the power dynamics and potential consequences of surveillance and data collection, particularly within the context of the internet and artificial intelligence. Throughout the discussion, Frischmann emphasizes the importance of understanding the complex and interconnected nature of societal issues, including the role of individuals and communities in engaging with technology. He also touches upon the potential dangers of propaganda and manipulation, particularly in the context of new communication and media technologies. Overall, Frischmann's talk highlights the importance of questioning our desires, understanding the systems that shape our beliefs, and advocating for responsible use of technology.

Why is Regulation Slower Than Technology? | Bruce Schneier | #204 HR Podcast

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier discusses the challenges of applying traditional systems like democracy and capitalism to the information age. He argues that these outdated systems are struggling to adapt to the complexities of modern technology, leading to power imbalances and issues like slow regulation. Schneier expresses a desire to find new solutions and a greater role for regulatory bodies in counterbalancing corporate power. He also discusses the challenges of securing democracy in the digital age, particularly in relation to social media and fake news. Topics addressed include market dynamics, network effects, and the need for new ways to regulate companies and protect consumer rights in the face of rapidly evolving technologies, such as DRM and facial recognition. Concerns over privacy and data sharing with law enforcement are also highlighted

What the Future will Bring | Cory Doctorow | The Lost Cause | #203 HR Podcast

Chris Jeffries and Cory Doctorow discuss his latest book, "The Lost Cause" which explores a future where humans adapt to a post-climate apocalypse and embrace radical changes to harness 0.4% of the sun's energy. Doctorow also talks about the origins of money and the roles of governments and markets. He critiques rents, intermediaries, and rent-seeking in the technology sector, discussing Uber's history of violating competition laws and its transformative impact on the industry. Doctorow emphasizes the need for competition law enforcement and legislation to level the playing field for small businesses and prevent monopolies. He also touches upon the historical context of Marxist theory and the interplay between competition and regulation. Throughout the conversation, Doctorow raises concerns about the concentration of power and wealth in the technology sector and its potential impact on the future.

How Not To Age | Dr. Michael Greger | #202 HR Podcast

In "How Not To Age," Dr. Michael Greger talks about the eating habits of centenarians, drawing from research in areas known as "blue zones" where people live longest and healthiest. These individuals mainly consume whole plant foods, limit processed items, meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, and salt, favoring fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, and herbs. Dr. Greger also discusses the debate around coffee consumption and aging, stating that long-term health isn't impaired despite short-term brain and arterial effects. He advises on optimal coffee consumption, such as filtered brewed coffee for the highest antioxidant benefits. Furthermore, Dr. Greger touches on topics like inflammation reduction through diet, natural anti-aging remedies, managing stress, and the impact of the food industry on health. He provides insights on increasing anti-aging enzyme AMPK through vinegar and black cumin, maintaining healthy blood sugar, and minimizing stress through healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Greger criticizes the influence of food industries on nutrition science and encourages listeners to educate themselves and make informed decisions for their health

The Big Problem with Veganism | Chris Jeffries & Plant Geezer | #201 HR Podcast

Chris Jeffries and Plant Geezer discuss the challenges and misconceptions surrounding veganism. They highlight the mean-spiritedness of some within the vegan community, which makes it difficult to gain traction with non-vegans. They also address arguments against veganism, such as humans being omnivores, and dismiss them as flawed. The speakers stress the importance of not picking and choosing which injustices to care about and emphasize the need for cultural change in order to gain majority support for veganism. They also discuss the influence of capitalism and government subsidies in promoting unhealthy eating habits and the need to address food addiction. Despite the challenges, they express hope that the vegan revolution can overcome these obstacles.

How To End Injustice Everywhere | Dr. Melanie Joy Ph.D. | #200 HR Podcast

My Friend Dr. Melanie Joy, a Harvard-educated clinical and social psychologist, discusses her new book where she argues that all forms of injustice, including violence towards animals, humans, and the environment, share the same underlying structure and mentality. She also explores the concept of relational dysfunction, which stems from a non-relational mentality that disconnects individuals from their empathy and rational thoughts, leading to unjust actions and infighting within social movements. Dr. Joy emphasizes the importance of building relational literacy to combat this mentality and create a more relational world where dignity is honored for all beings. Additionally, Dr. Joy addresses the detrimental effects of infighting within the vegan community and the impacts of chronic disregulation on individuals and communication. She encourages individuals to prioritize self-regulation, clear communication, and emotional intelligence to reduce toxicity within movements and maintain productivity and effective engagement

How To DECOLONIZE Palestine | Professor Leila Farsakh Ph.D. | #199 HR Podcast

My Friend Professor Leila Farsakh Leila Farsakh discusses her book "Rethinking Statehood in Palestine" and her research on the doctrine of self-determination and decolonization. Farsakh argues that the creation of a Palestinian state after the 67 War and the UN resolution 242 was doomed from the start, as Israeli settlements destroyed the possibility of having territorial integrity and continuity in a potential Palestinian state. Farsakh also advocates for an alternative understanding of statehood that focuses on democratic institutions and depoliticizing ethnic identity in order to create a more inclusive state. She also discusses the history and principles of Zionism, and how Israel's creation led to the displacement of two-thirds of the Palestinian population. Farsakh notes that Zionism was a colonialist movement that aimed to create a Jewish state as a project of salvation for the Jewish people. She discusses the hypocrisy of the global community's response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly how it is so different from their responses to the ongoing violence in Ukraine. Despite the challenges, Farsakh remains hopeful that a political solution is possible with the growing activism and support for Palestinian causes in the US, and notes the importance of respecting international law and the rule of law in order to resolve the conflict.

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