Media Roots Radio: Pandemic Xenophobia, the Decline of US Empire & Normalcy of the Extremist Right

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Danny Haiphong of Black Agenda Report joins Robbie Martin on Media Roots for an in depth discussion about how the Covid-19 pandemic has shown without a doubt that America is a declining empire and how it has also revealed an ugly undercurrent of anti-Chinese xenophobia and anti-Asian racist sentiment that has exploded exponentially in the wake of the pandemic. In the second half of the podcast Robbie asks Danny how the Black Lives Matter movement could eventually merge with other long standing leftist issues movements like anti-imperialism and the class struggle and also how leftists can effectively oppose the Trump administration without resembling the neoliberal press that thrives on sensationalizing everything Trump does. In the last third Robbie brings up the ‘Boogaloo Boys’ shooting death of an officer in Oakland, CA which was initially blamed on antifa but was actually done by an active duty US air-force sergeant inspired by a troll right-wing group on 4chan that wants to start a civil war.

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