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    The Silencing of Alternative Politics and the Erosion of Democracy

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    Green Party's Jill Stein targeted in Russia-probe, the failure of global democracy, the future for Blacks in the American South.

    On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer of Black Alliance for Peace and 2016 Vice Presidential candidate for the Green Party, to talk about the Senate intelligence committee's investigation into the Jill Stein presidential campaign for "collusion" with Russia, the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party crafting #Russiagate while ignoring the concerns of its base and how progressive and radical movements must return to grassroots organizing if they're going to attract the politically disaffected masses.

    In a special third segment, the show is joined by Ashok Panikkar, the founder of Citizen Demos, an initiative designed to strengthen the values and culture of Democratic societies. Ashok also runs Meta-Culture, a conflict management center that works with highly polarized groups joins the show to talk about "small d" democracy, the failures of electoral democracy to create fully engaged value-based societies, the detachment of social movements from political movements, the difficulties of understanding the complexity of radical movement building, what is to be learned from China's modern structure of governance, and the global intersections of political, social and economic movements around the world.

    In the last segments of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Michael Harriot, critically acclaimed poet, journalist, novelist, broadcaster and the editor-in-chief of NegusWhoRead, to talk about the ongoing intellectual sparring between Dr. Cornell West and popular writer Ta Nehisi Coates, how to deepen the debate on how Black people should engage with the American political system, the take away from last week's Alabama special election, and the effects of gerrymandering in silencing black and progressive movements in the South.

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