On Saturday May 14, at 1 p.m. Australian EST, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Radio National “BookTalk” program will broadcast a lengthy interview with David North, WSWS international editorial board chairman, on the political situation in the United States.
The interview was given by North to program presenter Lyn Gallacher in February during his visit to Australia to promote his recently published book The Crisis of American Democracy: the Presidential Elections of 2000 and 2004.
North discusses with Gallacher the central thesis of The Crisis of American Democracy, that behind the breakdown of democracy in the US lies the deterioration of the global economic position of American capitalism, and the development of unprecedented levels of wealth concentration and social inequality. The turn to aggressive militarism abroad and the vast expansion of police state measures during the past three years arise, he maintains, not from the so-called “terrorist threat,” but from the extreme sharpening of social and class tensions within American society itself.
Information on how to tune in to Radio National from across Australia is available at: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/freq/default.htm. The frequencies in the major cities are: Adelaide 729AM; Brisbane 792AM; Canberra 846AM;Darwin 657AM; Gold Coast 90.1FM; Hobart 585AM; Melbourne 621AM; Newcastle 1512AM; Perth 810AM; and Sydney 576AM.
Readers outside Australia and those who wish to listen via the Internet can do so by using Radio National’s online stream. A prominent link for listening live to Radio National online is available at the top of the site’s front page: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/, as well as at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/audio.htm. The online stream is most suitable for people with a high-speed Internet connection, such as DSL or cable modem.
For readers who cannot tune in at the time of the broadcast, a Real Audio copy should be available to listen to or download one hour after the interview’s broadcast at the “BookTalk” section of Radio National’s web site: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/booktalk/. To download a copy of the interview, right-click on the link and select “Save Target As.” Text transcripts of “BookTalk” presentations are generally available at the same location two weeks after broadcast.
Copies of The Crisis of American Democracy can be purchased online in the US for US$19.95 per issue, at firstname.lastname@example.org in the UK and Europe for £8.99 per issue and email@example.com in Australia and Asia for A$19.95 per issue plus postage and handling ($5 in Australia and the US, £2 in Britain—international rates extra).