TVO Big Ideas, November 8, 2008: Ronald Wright on American identity
Ronald Wright, the author of What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order, examines the dichotomy between "America's ideals and the realities". Wright discusses how such conflicts as those between Native Americans and the Europeans who came to settle the new world have shaped the American identity.
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Resources and links to related material
1) TVO Allan Gregg in Conversation, March 20, 2009: Ronald Wright - What is America?
Book Review @ www.straight.com: Ronald Wright - What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order
2) Noam Chomsky - American Imperialism - April 25, 2008
Noam Chomsky - Edward Said Memorial Lecture: The Unipolar Moment and the Culture of Imperialism - December 03, 2009
3) Read Arthur Silber's superb 10 part series, Dominion Over the World to get a sober, non-mythologized history and thorough analysis, backed solidly by facts, of American foreign-policy and its long, bloody and brutal track-record of vicious military intervention against one country after country in pursuit of what has always been its primary goals, i.e., hegemony and global dominance, despite the soaring rhetoric and ideological cover used to justify those military interventions, i.e., "bringing freedom and democracy", "humanitarian intervention" and other such easily disproved nonsense.
Part I: Iraq Is the Democrats' War, Too
Part II: Why the Stories We Tell Matter So Much
Part III: The Open Door to Worldwide Hegemony
Part IV: A "Splendid People" Set Out for Empire
Part V: A Global Empire of Bases
(Sidebar): Ah, Democracy...Ah, Peace
Part VI: Global Interventionism -- A Disastrous Policy Supported by Indefensible Ideas
Part VII: The Mythology of the "Good Guy" American
Part VIII: Unwelcome History -- Religion, the Progressives, Empire and the Drug War
Part IX: The Elites Who Rule Us
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"BIG IDEAS is a showcase of ideas that shape our public debates. At their best the lectures featured on the program expose us to the differing ways of defining what matters and how that affects our understanding of the world as it is and as it is likely to be," adds Szemberg. "Each age has a set of questions by which it defines itself. If, 50 years from now, someone came across a list of BIG IDEAS shows, they would have a pretty good idea of what people thought about and debated in the early 2000s."
By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. Engaging, articulate speakers stand behind lecterns across the province addressing audiences - a stark, on-air aesthetic running counter to fast edits and whizzy sound effects. The simple, bold concept, a victory of substance over style, has found an appreciative following. The success of this public television offering is testimony to our viewers need for nothing but intelligent discussion with perhaps a dash of personality and humour. At a time when much television programming induces in many viewers feelings of guilt, BIG IDEAS is as guilt-free television experience as it is possible to imagine.
BIG IDEAS offers a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... The program has introduced Ontario viewers to the impressive brainpower of people like Niall Ferguson on American empire, Daniel Libeskind on architecture, Robert Fisk on the Middle East, George Steiner on the demise of literacy, Camille Paglia on aesthetic education, Tariq Ramadan on being a Western Muslim, Noam Chomsky on U.S. politics, Leon Kass on dying, Janice Stein on accountability and governance.
The public face of the program is Andrew Moodie, who assumed the hosting duties for BIG IDEAS on January 7, 2006. You may recognize him as one of the three jurors who helped us to come up with the 10 finalists in 2005's Best Lecturer Competition, or you may know him as a gifted actor and playwright.
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