PRIMO RADICAL #242: Glenn Greenwald

World-famous journalist Glenn Greenwald discusses his recent involvement in the feud between Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks (TYT) with Jimmy Dore and Aaron Mate. Glenn shares his thoughts on whether this rivalry may be indicative of a larger split between the anti-imperialist Left and Democratic Party apologists. Greenwald also talks about his departure from The Intercept and shares his thoughts on Noam Chomsky.

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  1. I don’t think there’s a rift so much as unmasking of people who were confused about where they were on the political spectrum. Being anti-imperialist is a key part of being on the left. It’s not really possible to be for war and/or imperialism and be on the left. You can use whatever rhetoric you want to describe how cool with minorities you are, but if you’re not against war and imperialism (which has historically affected them more than others), then it’s just rhetoric and doesn’t change the right leaning nature you have of being for war and imperialism

  2. Bravo Primo! You have a gift that enables you to bring out the best in your guests by asking great questions and then stepping aside to allow them to fully articulate. Keep these interviews coming.
    Maybe make some trimmed down ones versions as well.

  3. I love the assumption that the US should OCCUPY Syria to protect Kurds from Turkey. Turkey is supposedly a NATO ally, so why not occupy TURKEY, and stop it at the source, instead of breaking international law occupying another country you’re not welcome in, and have no right to be involved?

    The answer: The US doesn’t really care about Kurds, and their cause is to destabilize and destroy SYRIA!

  4. Those of us who have watched RIGGED primaries and elections and the F*CK YOU America conventions the DNC held for the last couple of presidential primaries and watched those progressives we support become coopted in congress, and Truth tellers being PERSECUTED, Tortured and CENSORED all over social media… have LEARNED OUR LESSON. We cannot fix the mess we are in voting in elections controlled by the Oligarchs. There is no middle ground on that. There is no b.s. acceptable around that… That is where the divergence is. Unless you understand these things, you are basically supporting 'nothing will fundamentally change', especially when you go around criticizing people fighting for their rights and you praise politicians who DID NOT DO THEIR JOB and then last minute put on theatrics to boost their 'progressive sheep dog status' with a planned in advance solution that is a half measure… when you praise that, you are part of the problem.

  5. This tendency to focus on drama instead of the world shattering events occurring all around us is a psychological coping mechanism, channeling angst into issues of little consequence instead of confronting reality. We are currently being menaced by the state/media/corporate industrial complex under threat of losing medical freedom and basic civil liberties. It floors me that so many excellent outlets are fiddling while Rome burns.

  6. I have the same love for Chomsky's past that the two of you share. However, since Zinn died, Chomsky has not had his intellectual whetting stone. I hate to say it but after Zinn's death, he has become Norm Chumpsky…

  7. This was quite good. Primo’s Q @ around 35:00 and Glenn’s explanation afterward really got to the heart of the matter. His description of how Dem leadership views the squad was so raw.

  8. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian [or State Dept spokespersons] : why not to focus on Turk's genocide of Armenians . funny one must investigate how these two have come together !!!!

  9. Fair criticism: Greenwood and Omidyar led us to believe the Snowden files would be released to the public after Omidyar bought them. This DID NOT HAPPEN.

    Nowhere near all the files were subsequently reported on/released. It has been said that in the unreleased files are details that expose ugly truths about Pierre.

    And no, I don’t raise this issue …(and this is not a small issue when considering the Intercept’s inception!) …because I hate the Intercept or anyone involved.

    “Branded ourselves this way” – exactly – it was branding. The intercept and Omidyar s purchase of the remaining Snowden files was meant to hide, not shed light on the information that was meant for the public. When I asked Greenwald on Twitter what percentage of the files have been released and why it was taking so long, he got testy and was evasive – so I don’t know what percentage was ever reported on.

    Pando did a great piece on this, search “Keeping Secrets: Pierre Omidyar, Glenn Greenwald and the privatization of Snowden's leaks”

  10. This is this first time I’ve seen Glenn suggest that Omidyar had influence over the Intercept (albeit passively). Congrats on another excellent interview.

  11. cmon now dnc cheated in 2020 also… that app from the company named "shadow " counting the votes….
    barrack obummer making phone calls so a buncha ppl dropped out and endorse status quo joe 😛

  12. HR 1, also known as the “For The People Act,” is sold as a way to get money out of politics and to protect voters, but it contains several poison pills for democracy and opposition parties like the Green Party. Most alarmingly, HR1 quintuples the amount of money Green presidential campaigns will be required to raise to qualify for federal matching funds: from $5,000 in each of 20 states to $25,000 per state.

    I stands opposed to the anti-democracy poison pills in HR 1, a package that is sold as a “voting rights” bill but would actually undermine everyone's right to organize electorally against the parties of War and Wall Street. In a recent Gallup poll, a record 62% of US voters said we need a new major party.

    In addition to quintupling the money presidential candidates must raise to access presidential primary public matching funds, other poison pills in HR1 would:

    Abolish the general election campaign block grants that parties can access by winning at least 5% of the vote in the previous presidential election. HR1 would eliminate this provision that was created to give a fair shot to alternative parties that demonstrate significant public support

    Replace the general election block grants (where each qualified candidate receives a set, lump sum of public funding for campaign expenses) with matching funds through Election Day — a huge step backwards for public campaign finance reform — using the above-mentioned criteria designed to squeeze out alternative parties and independent candidates

    Eliminate the limits on donations and expenditures candidates can receive and make — what kind of campaign finance reform is that?

    Inflate the amount of money national party committees can give to candidates from $5000 to $100 million, an astonishing increase of 1999900% that would give party bosses virtually unlimited power to flood elections with big money
    HR 1 contains some good provisions to combat voter suppression and enact incremental electoral reforms in the right direction. But democracy depends as much on the right to run for office in elections as the right to vote in elections. As the infamous Boss Tweed said “you can vote for anyone you like, as long I get to pick the candidates!” The anti-democracy poison pills must be removed from HR 1 before it can be passed.

    Instead of trying to fool American voters and eliminating alternative party voices, I calls for real reforms to democratize elections:

    The Fair Representation Act, introduced in 2018 and 2019, would enact Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) and multi-member districts for Congressional elections, giving voters more power and more choice.

    Individual state governments should enact RCV for their elections, including the presidential election.

    Fully-public campaign finance for every federal, state and local office through the Clean Money/Clean Elections model now used in Arizona and Maine

  13. Great interview, Primo’s questions were not watered down and were direct and concise as well as Glenn’s responses. This is good honest YouTube lefty content ~

  14. Glenn: I think you are a great journalist, But to say TYT wasn't corrupted by that infusion of 20 plus million dollars sounded quite nieve, TYT has changed, i was a avid viewer, its was obvious to me . There are many people that have done alot worse thinks for alot less, for example, all our representatives, federal and state level, see how must you can get with a 5,800 dollar donation.

  15. Glenn Greenwald was not a name heard often before his interview of Edward Snowden.
    Now he's a journalistic "star", and arguably one of the to 10 journalists in the world.

    The factions of the capitalist party are exposing themselves and should be dismantled, entirely.

  16. I recall the McCarthy era, he was publicly disgraced after ruining many careers with false accusations of persons being a communist. But it was nothing like what is happening today with zero disgrace associated in lying.