Segments in this Video

Meet the Panel (02:41)


Drs. Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers--both with long histories of activism -- are working to convince the UN to intercede at a hazardous nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.

Bringing Attention to Nuclear Hazard (01:48)

Drs. Stein and Flowers explain the global implications of fuel rod storage at a Fukushima nuclear power plant, as well as the measures they've taken to intercede.

Era of Citizen Empowerment (02:41)

Dr. Stein believes the time is ripe to challenge Wall Street hegemony. Dr. Flowers lists the things citizens should demand of their governments to keep them safe from radiation.

Facing Arrest for Activism (03:50)

Drs. Stein and Flowers explain their personal motivation, even in the wake of multiple arrests. They emphasize that being arrested is a necessary consequence of speaking truth to power.

Experiencing America's Justice System (04:15)

Dr. Stein believes office-holders should experience civil disobedience and arrest to understand the justice system and prison industrial complex. She discusses the implications of detention on American civil liberties.

Failure of Political System (03:03)

Drs. Stein and Flowers believe the American political system is incapable of functioning in the civil interest, but they emphasize the importance of voting and the urgency for change.

Failures of Bipartisan Democracy (01:56)

Drs. Stein and Flowers discuss the illusion of democracy in the U.S., wherein the top two candidates are chosen by Wall St.

Third Party Politics (02:29)

Dr. Stein encourages people to engage with third party politics, claiming that there's enough support in America to transform the political system. The Green Shadow Cabinet offers an alternative political dialogue.

Power of Civic Engagement (02:42)

Drs. Stein and Flowers created to publicize protests. Data shows that 3.5% of the population is all it takes to effect change in any government, and Dr. Flowers lists ways to engage.

Mainstream Support for Third Party Politics (03:00)

Dr. Stein responds to a Gallup poll that says 60% of American voters wish for a third party. She believes third party candidates don't represent the fringe of American politics.

Politicians' Neglect of Issues (01:12)

Dr. Flowers explains that no politician has held a hard line on third party issues. Progressives are confused by President Obama's divergence from Democratic ideals.

Critique of Obamacare (03:50)

Dr. Flowers declares Obamacare a scam that forces Americans to support private insurance companies in exchange for deficient policies. Data shows that similar systems have failed at state levels.

Public Health & Politics (01:42)

Dr. Stein claims that 75% of the money the U.S. spends on healthcare is spent on diseases that would be preventable in a different political landscape.

Hope in Activism (03:44)

Drs. Flowers and Steins feel invigorated by their alternative political vision and the people around the world who support it. They reject the mythology of powerlessness.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony (09:32)

Bill Moyers discusses the influence of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 throughout global history and introduces a clip from the documentary "Following the Ninth."

Deriving Hope from Beethoven (01:34)

Beethoven created his Ninth Symphony despite feeling miserable about the state of his world. Bill Moyers connects this message of hope to Americans.

Viewpoints on Drones (01:32)

Bill Moyers reads viewer opinions on President Obama's use of drones to fight terrorism abroad.

Viewpoints on Privacy (00:60)

Bill Moyers reads viewer opinions on whether or not increased surveillance since 9/11 is justified.

Online Resources (00:38)

Go online to learn about the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement involving the United States and several other major countries.

Credits: Moyers & Company: The Path of Positive Resistance (01:50)

Credits: Moyers & Company: The Path of Positive Resistance

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Between them, Drs. Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers have been arrested nine times fighting injustice in America. Stein and Flowers serve as president and secretary of health, respectively, for the Green Shadow Cabinet, an organization formed to speak out against dysfunctional government and offer alternative policies. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill speaks with Stein and Flowers about their personal journeys, what they have learned about our political system, and why they continue to fight the good fight. Also included are a preview of Following the Ninth, a new film about Beethoven’s masterpiece, and Bill’s thoughts on viewer response to Moyers & Company programs on drone attacks and government surveillance. Broadcast date: November 15, 2013. (57 minutes)

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL56159

ISBN: 978-0-81608-971-0

Copyright date: ©2012

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