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The German Left Leans Forward

Some say an anti-Trump sentiment is not enough. This week, "The Laura Flanders Show" reports from Berlin. In the lead-up to the German elections, the German left is saying that opposing Trump is simply not enough. But the left has work to do too.

Then, two guests join us in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss new governance from the left.

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In her new film, The Edge of Democracy, director Petra Costa tells the story of how Brazil went from a rising star among free nations to a democracy on the verge of collapse. With unprecedented access, Costa documents the rise and fall of Brazil’s Workers Party and its charismatic leader Lula da Silva, the impeachment of Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, and the rise of President Jair Bolsonaro who has ushered in, as Costa puts it, a new era of rule by the bible, the bullet, and the banks.

Laura Flanders Show

Social change and systems change go hand-in-hand. Movements for democracy and human rights are most effective when they aim to transform unjust, unequitable economic systems. In this episode, Laura travels to Spain to learn how people in two of the regions most brutally repressed under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco built the worlds’ largest worker-owned co-ops. From the Basque Country to Barcelona, she speaks with co-op members who explain how humanist models of business helped their parents and grandparents survive dictatorship.

Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders Show