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9. The Battle of Pittsburgh (2020 version)

Paranoia, provocateurs, the Phoenix Program, and the one weird thing that connects Vietnam to political activism

Joseph L. Flatley is a veteran of the anti-globalization movement, but sadly these days COVID-19 and some seriously messed up lungs have turned his activism into slacktivism. When he wasn't busy yesterday Venmo-ing a donation to the Pittsburgh Freedom Fund, he spent about 12 hours monitoring Twitter feeds, live streams, and the police scanner to try to get an idea of what was going on during the Battle of Pittsburgh.

On this episode of Failed State Update, we ponder paranoia, provocateurs, the Phoenix Program, and the one weird thing that connects Vietnam to political activism. 

Special guests include Pittsburgh activist Vincent Scotti Eirene of Duncan and Porter House, and Douglas Valentine, author of The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam.

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