If we follow the money, we find the root of the rot. That is the unifying theme of sixty-six incisive interviews with Dennis J. Bernstein on his Pacifica Radio Network KPFA Flashpoints program, in a just-released book, Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice, selected, transcribed and edited by Riva Enteen.
The interviews, all during the Obama administration, are the writing on the wall that foreshadowed a Trump presidency. Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it. As Oliver Stone says in his interview, “[History] allows you to think and put together events and make sense of them. Often we only react to the tyranny of now.”
The book features a foreword by best-selling author and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and is dedicated to the late great Robert Parry of Consortium News. The interviews are grouped by theme: The New and Not so New Police State; The Class War; Domestic Dissent; Black Lives; Church, State, Women, and the Criminalization of Sexuality; Migration, Deportation, and US-Latino Culture; Global Militarization and Empire; Ongoing Bloodshed in the Holy Land; and There is No Plan(et) B.
Follow the Money has been described as an "encyclopedia of resistance," a "book of hope," which illustrates how "the nation is bursting with movements." It is an invaluable resource for research as well as finding allies in the struggle.
Luminaries include: Alice Walker; Phil Donahue; Ramsey Clark; Laura Flanders; Danny Glover; Marjorie Cohn; Christopher Simpson; Dolores Huerta; John Pilger; Helen Caldicott; Vijay Prashad; Antonia Juhasz; Blase Bonpane; Katharine Gun; Greg Palast; Birgitta Jonsdottir; Frances A. Boyle; Adrienne Pine; Richard Falk; Marsha Coleman-Adebayo; Dahr Jamail; Margaret Prescod; Brian Willson; Ali Abunimah; Deborah S. Rogers; Richard D. Wolff, and Martin Espada. Alice Walker says in her interview, “I believe it is our responsibility to do something when the world is out of whack, as it is almost everywhere you look. What do you do and where do you place yourself?” The book inspires action by ending with Marge Piercy’s poem “To be of use.”