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KPBS Strengthens News Service

Blues Box? There is a public radio blues show? Oh please please PLEASE play that. It is the perfect counterbalance to years of whitewashing, Eurocentric classical music that is not relevant to San Diego's demographics or tragic relationship with European invaders. Or its more recent history of segregation and racial exclusion.

May 19, 2011 at 3:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KPBS Strengthens News Service


I didn't hear the OBL program, but you raise a good point. Most religious minorities' nonprofit organizations are flush with cash and spend it subtly influencing news coverage, unlike the US Navy. That's probably why this is the only place you heard from an imam. Instead of using their massive financial influence and their ability to set the agenda on American news media, they spent it all in one place to get the most one-sided coverage possible, for an hour. Of course, they donated to KPBS as a whole, but they probably thought the message would be more effective if it were limited to one hour in the morning instead of all the local news features throughout the day.

Fight the good fight for the First Amendment! America needs you to stand up for our poor, beleaguered Navy which has no voice in the media. When will American taxpayers wise up, and start donating to the Navy so they can buy more air time? Maybe soon, with your help!

May 18, 2011 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KPBS Strengthens News Service

Thank you KPBS! Finally!

As to those who say there are many places to get news and few to listen to classical music - I disagree and I am baffled by your position. There are many right-wing propaganda stations in San Diego, and at least one 24/7 classical music station, but KPBS is the only station that offers more than the occasional morsel of news, as opposed to the cynical editorializing that seems to dominate other “news and talk” stations. To me this change is like a tall drink of water in the desert. If I had any money I would open up my checkbook to show my appreciation.

By the way, am I the only one who is positively excited to see World Have Your Say come to KPBS? I love that they will air literally anyone calling in from anywhere, and I look forward to joining their discussions. Hearing conspiracy theories is the price you have to pay for that kind of inclusiveness, which is ultimately beneficial to democratic ideals and the prospects for global solidarity IMHO. On the other hand, I would much rather hear Democracy Now!, Radiolab or Planet Money than Being. I hope KPBS takes a listener survey after a few weeks or months of the new programming schedule to see if there are some minor tweaks like this that would satisfy most listeners. I would be more content to have a show like Being that isn’t relevant to my life if it turned out that most listeners wanted to hear it. Either way, I agree with kacifay that Democracy Now! would be an especially appropriate addition.

All in all, I think San Diego is finally catching up to other cities and I am happy to see the day. Add me to the chorus of listeners who usually turned off the radio after The Writer’s Almanac. If a lot of KPBS listeners are left out, maybe some compromise option could be available, like airing one classical music show at 9 PM and then switching back to news and information after the Euroclassical fans go to sleep. Even better, in my mind, would be some kind of world music show, or maybe a show about California’s rich tapestry of musical intersections, from First American traditions to cool jazz to mariachi to socially conscious hip hop. I know it’s hard to invent a show from scratch in this economic climate, but even an existing show with any of those themes would offer something that’s rare to nonexistent on the radio here. That might help balance out the Eurocentrism, too. I would really love a cooking show for vegetarians and/or starving students but maybe that’s a little unrealistic.

May 18, 2011 at 2:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Can A Libertarian Be An Advocate For Social Justice?

As a libertarian socialist (anarchist), I was hopeful upon hearing the intro to this program that my viewpoint, represented by many luminaries in American history from Emma Goldman up through Noam Chomsky, Leonard Peltier and other of our contemporaries, would finally receive a moment's attention on NPR. I am baffled to see absolutely no mention of anarchism except for what is called "anarcho libertarianism", a term which would be redundant, although I understand that you are referring to the deceptive platform that calls itself "anarcho-capitalism". (The word "libertarian" used to mean "anarchist" and still does in every other country than the US.) The so-called "anarcho-capitalists" are not actually anarchists, because capitalist firms and "free markets" are almost universally hierarchical in practice. cf An Anarchist FAQ, sec F: "Is anarcho-capitalism a type of anarchism?"

Note that ANarchy is an antonym of HIERarchy (capitalism). It is not possible to support both anarchy and hierarchy (or oligarchy, monarchy, patriarchy &c).

Anarchists have a long tradition of collectivist, mutualist, socialist and communist economic structures organized by the working class to meet everyone's needs in the most efficient way possible, leaving time for community organizing work and play. The Ocean Beach People's Food Co-Op is a long-standing local example of the closely related collective movement.

The basic principle of libertarian socialism, mutualism, collectivism, or communism: that workers, peasants, the landless, the oppressed and neighborhoods in general can and should organize themselves from the bottom up, creating a federation of free communities with open democratic participation from all, in order to maximize individual liberty through the active pursuit of collective freedom. Again, An Anarchist FAQ covers these ideas thoroughly for those interested in the ideas of the original social justice libertarians: "What would an anarchist society look like?"

Personally I think this concept of bottom-up community-to-global federation, with delegation instead of representation, direct election/action, and instant recall to hold delegates accountable, is a fascinating read since it is literally a radical alternative to the current structure of our government that very few contemporary Americans have heard of, or had a chance to consider. As small-L libertarians we also believe in voluntary ordering of social and economic structures, based on unlimited freedom of association and movement and on the principles of horizontal democratic organization noted above. Unlike the State and corporations with absolute economic power, though, we believe it is wrong to force anyone else to play by your rules except to keep their fist away from your nose.

May 17, 2011 at 2:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )